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cultural and institutional licentiousness overrunning America and to provide motivation to restore God's essential sexual boundaries
protecting the young, preserving true marriage and family, ensuring religious freedom, and preserving civilized society. Please note: We value all people as precious children of God. Our view of sex and sexuality is based on timeless true principles.
We promote hope and help in preventing, rooting out, and repairing wayward sexuality.
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In this column, we feature questions and answers dealing with gender and sexual identity problems. Dr. Dan is a Christian. He is a medical/social scientist and a licensed mental health professional.Submit questions by sending an email to Dr.Dan@standardofliberty.org. SoL may edit questions and will respect anonymity.
Click hereto read Dr. Dan's answers to these questions: What causes homosexual attraction? Is it possible to change from homosexuality?
We are concerned parents of a young man in his twenties who has told us he is gay and is probably acting out. What should we do? How should we respond?
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In DOJ, silence on homoseuality will be treated as disaproval. Read the Matt Barber article. 5/24/2013
Family Research Council urges Scouts to maintain values. See the newspaper ad. 5/23/2013
Scouters already leave BSA, even before the vote on accepting "gays." Read the the blog post.
Sexual orientation and gender identity. What's the difference. Read the excellent UFI article. 5/18/2013
Mother Jones article says LDS Church made gay marriage possible in several states by pulling its influence out of the contest. 5/18/2013
Think you know what "sexual orientation" means? Read this Take Back Canada article which lists 22 possibile orientations. 5/18/2013
Inspiring article about a man who overcame his homosexual addiction. Read the allaboutjesus article. 5/13/2013
Study shows "gays" more than twice as likely to seek mental health and substance abuse treatment. Read the LifeSiteNews article. 5/13/2013
CA law will allow boys to shower with girls. CA has many crazy pro-gay laws on the books. Read the WND article. 5/12/2013
Pro B-Ball player comes out as gay and is a hero! For proxclaiming his sexual perversion! Matt Barber has a word or two to say about it. Read the WND article. 5/5/2013
83% of Utah BSA leaders oppose newly proposed changes. Read the SL Trib article from 3/25/2013
Family Research Council's BSA Sunday video serves to encourage those of us who want the BSA to retain its century-old God-based values. Watch the FRC video here. 5/5/2013
Abortion pill okayed for 15-year-olds and sold over the counter. Parent permission not needed. Read the Instant Analysis article. 5/1/2013
Sutherland Institute's President Paul Mero shows astuteness as he writes about the BSA, LDS Church, and "gay" orientation. Read the Sutherland Daily article. See the SL Tribune video interview with Paul Mero. 4/30/2013
Planned Parenthood provides stuff for our kids. American Life League prepared a full page ad showing some of what PP gives our kids. It was rejected by New York Times and Washington Post for being "too graphic" and "shocking" for the papers' adult readers. Want to see what PP is showing your kids? Click here to see the ALL ad. 4/29/2013
Sad news . . . Mormon Church approves of BSA's misguided, capitulating proposal to allow openly gay scouts, while Family Research Council, Baptist Church and On My Honor.net stand against it. National gay organizations, like HRC, applaud the Mormon Church's stand, saying it marks a big moment for a religion with a reputation of standing adamantly against homosexuality. Read the Washington Times article, which contains quotes from Mormon spokesman. Read the official Mormon Church statement. 4/29/2013
BSA buying the monstrous "gay child" myth. "No child’s same-sex attraction should be condoned, but instead, caring adults will guide them toward overcoming these feelings while recognizing a red flag signaling abuse or other disorders." Read Linda Harvey's WND article. 4/29/2013
Planned Parenthood and the federal government work together to indoctrinate our kids about sex, beginning in kindergarten. They have a very perverse concept of what constitutes abstinence. Read the Washington Times article. 3/29/2013
LDS counselor at BYU gives in to homosexual ideology. Helps LDS "gays" find a "sense of belonging" in the Church, without ever discussing the need for change, repentance, or overcoming. Read the Mormon Women article. 3/19/2013
Huge survey shows people don't support so-called same-sex marriage. Read the FRC article. 3/20/2013
Sen. Portman's son comes out as gay, so he abandons God's Word and moral principles? Read the Red State article. Read Sen. Portman's statement where he gives away eternal principles for worldly approval. 3/15/2013
Boy Scouts send out questionnaire to see what the rank and file think about gays in the Scouts. Read the Wall Street Journal Article. 3/15/2013
DC Comics caves to homosexual pressure, fires Orson Scott Card from Superman project. Read the LifeSiteNews article. 3/12/2013
Canadian Supreme Court rules Biblical speech against homosexuality is a hate crime. Read the Zimbabwe Mail article. 3/7/2013
What does the new Mormons and Gays website represent to Mormon gays? Read the Washington Post guest article. One thing they say the website says, which SoL disagrees with -- "sexuality is not a choice." Anyone who is troubled with homosexuality can overcome it if they truly desire it. It may not be easy or quick, but it can be done. 3/3/2013
Want a perfect example of thinking the Church should change its doctrine to fit the world, rather than a "gay" man making changes in his mind and heart to fit the Gospel? Read or hear the California Report article, "A Church Divided: Growing up Gay and Mormon." 2/21/2013
Randy Thomasson of SaveCalifornia.com has it right. Multiple ways homosexuality is wrong. Read the blog post "Someone's Got To Say It." 2/21/2013
United Methodist Church stands firm against acceptance of homosexuality in their international convention. Watch the YouTube video here. 2/21/2013
Baptist Church publicly calls on Boy Scouts to stay with God-based values. Read the ABC News article. SoL thinks the Mormon Church, the largest sponsor of the BSA, should do the same. 2/21/2013
Gay activist org. HRC founder arrested for possession and distribution of child pornograpy. Read the SF Gate article. Read the Bay Area Reporter article. WARNING! Graphic and offensive language and descriptions are used in the articles. 2/7/2013
PFOX weighs in on the Boy Scouts potential move to accept "gays." Read the article on the PFOX website. Read the Boy Scouts' Form 990 to see what top execcutives are paid. Approaches $1,000,000 for the top man. 2/4/13
30+-year veteran of Scouts vows to quit his leadership position if BSA votes to accept homosexuality. Has your church or group made the same public annnouncement? The Mormon church, largest BSA sponsor, refuses to take a stand until after they see what the BSA votes to do. Same for the Catholic Church. SoL believes a public statement of support for BSA's historical position by the Mormon and Catholic churches would be very helpful. Read the WND article. Sign the WND petition to the BSA urging them not to give in to "gay" activist pressure. 2/4/2013
"Homosexual" men 35 times more likely to get anal cancer. And it's on the rise among "gay" men. Read the Christian Medical article. 1/21/2013
Phony justification for "gay" sex amongst supposedly celibate Anglican Bishops. It exposes that many who claim a "gay" identity and say they are celibate are actually doing the "gay" sex, just lying about it.. Read the Guardian article. 1/20/2013
Man who does voice of Sesame Street character Elmo resigns after lawsuit is filed charging homosexual pedophilia. Read the USA Today article. Note that the news media never report it as homosexual, only as pedophelia. 11/27/2012
Planned Parenthood lies about injuries during abortions. Watch the LiveAction video. 11/8/2012
Planned Parenthood distributes more than 55,000 condoms with wrappers with codes to scan so college students can report where they had sex, and other info about themselves. Read the Blaze article. 11/8/2012
Teenagers made a video asking people to vote to conserve the U.S. Constitution, because they can't vote. Watch the "Voices Without A Vote" video. 11/3/2012
Survey shows children of "gay" relationships fare worse than those of traditional marriages. Read the Witherspoon article about the report. Read the Witherspoon article about survey author Mark Regnerus. 11/3/2012
Heterosexual rights threatened by "gay" marriage. Read the PFOX article by Greg Quinlan. 11/1/2012
International Planned Parenthood pushes children's "sexual rights" and publishes booklet. Read the WND article. Read the IPPF booklet. 11/1/2012
What if homosexualists get their way at schools? Read this Meridian Magazine article about boys dancing with boys. 10/30/2012
Fathers and mothers are both needed by children. Fathers are essential in children's lives and can't replace mothers. Read the Public Discourse article. 10/26/2012
Planned Parenthood lies about women hurt while having abortions. See the Live Action video. 10/26/2012
Lesbian couple files complaint with NY bureau after being refused wedding site by Christian owners. Read the Fox News article. 10/22/2012
Canadian superior court rules minister speaking against homosexuality is not a crime, after lower courts said it is. Read the WND article. 10/22/2012
British court orders Christian B&B owners to pay "gay" couple nearly $6000 for "hurting their feelings" by not renting them a room. Read the WND article. 10/21/2012
Australian schools to teach the evils of male/female relationships being considered the norm. Read the Mercator.net article. 10/17/2012
OK for boys in the girls restroom! Aurora Illinois school district allows transgender students to use locker rooms and restrooms of the sex they "identify" with. Read the Beacon News article. 10/16/2012
University professor suspended for being in favor of traditional marriage. Read the Washington Post Article. 10/13/2012
Supreme Court to hear plea to stop government funding of embryonic stem cell research. Read the LifeNews article. 10/13/2012
Tolerance should not be a one-way street. It requires reciprocity on the part of the person or thing being tolerated. Anthony Esolen has written an article an excellent and thoughtful discussion we highly recommend. Read the Public Discourse article. 9/24/2012
Men and women are different! So says research on personality and psychological differrences between the sexes. Read the Family in America blog post "Cardinal Feminist Claim Debunked." It is about halfway down the column of posts. 9/25/2012
Seriously? Salt Lake City's KSL-TV execs sit down with "gay" leaders to justify its not airing "The New Normal," NBC's new sitcom featuring a "gay" family. Legitimizing "gay" organizations by meeting with them, KSL denied that the "gay" characters had anything to to with the ban. The "gay" groups say the most important thing was that KSL was willing to meet with them. Read the Deseret News article. 9/2/2012
NBC's new sitcom "The New Normal" is about a gay couple who hires a surrogate to have a baby for them. Read about it and what you can to to protest this gay indoctrination. Read the One Million Moms article. 7/31/2012
Please support Chick Fil-A by patronizing their stores. They are under fire for standing for traditional sexual values, specifically against so-called "gay marriage." One CA city is even considering refusing to allow Chick Fil-A to open a store there. Read the Baptist Press article. Some gay activsts are calling for a boycott of Chick Fil-A. 7/20/2012
Boy Scouts reaffirm support for traditional values by keeping policy to not have gay men be scout leaders. Read the Fox News article. 7/20/2012
Child sexual abuse of a 6-year-old boy who stars in a rap video. Read the Gawker.com article. 7/20/2012
More LDS/gay support from former Bishop. Read the Advocate article, where he says "Queer Eye" TV show changed his mind. 7/20/2012
Gay-affirming San Francisco Mormon Bishop's letter printed in Salt Lake City paper, pushing new gay propaganda pamphlet designed to teach parents how to "accept" their gay children. Pamphlet starts with false premise: That homosexuality can't be changed. Read the SL Tribune OpEd. 7/5/012
Planned Parenthood distributes to college students 55,000 condoms with bar codes to scan so users can report their sexual activities. Read the Life News article. 7/5/2012
How many gay people are there in the USA? Fewer than you may think. Read The Atlantic article. 6/25/2012
New pro-gay survey says gay teens are less likely to be happy. Read the LA Times article. SoL says they don't need to be unhappy. They can change. Read the article listed below. 6/25/2012
Can gays change? Yes! says former APA president Nicholas Cummings. Read The New American article. 6/25/2012
More misled Mormons march in gay parades around the USA. Read the Religion Dispatches article. Also in the article is a letter of a mother emblematic of the conditioning people are giving in to regarding acceptance of homosexuality. 6/25/2012
SoL is constantly being reminded that we're not supposed to judge. Actually, we are to judge with the Spirit of Christ right vs wrong, good vs evil, beneficial vs harmful, etc., and all with Jesus' approval. We don't judge people, but we judge principles, ideas, practices. Here and here are talks which help. 6/25/2012
Medical records reveal diseases linked to "gay" sex. Read the AFTAH article. Warning: Graphic descriptions and images. 2/29/2012
Free condoms for CA kids as young as 12. Read the Fox News report about how our tax dollars are funding this CA Health Dept. program. Look into the unbelievable Teensource website kids are referred to for the condoms and weekly "Sex Tips," incl. a Planned Parenthood- sponsored video showing graphic comparisons in size and appearance of breasts and genitalia which assures kids that "different is normal," so don't be turned off or shy!! SoL says this information is worthless unless it is to promote all manner of teen sexual promiscuity. Nobody ever needs this hypersexed information. 2/25/12
A Christian psych student was kicked out of the university program for not being willing to affirm a client's homosexuality. She sued, and the district court agreed with the university. The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals has reversed that decision in favor of the student. Read the OneNewsNow article. 1/27/2012
Is there a trend in some LDS wards and stakes to embrace homosexuality as normal? Read the Salt Lake Tribune article. We checked out this "gay Mormon's" blog. He's pushing a project for LDS parents to accept homosexuality in their young children, no questions asked. They cannot seem to stay away from children. 8/31/2011
Rep. Michelle Bachman is being attacked because her husband's clinic helps re-orient clients with unwanted homosexuality. Read the AFTAH article. 7/14/2011
CA Governor Jerry Brown signs bill requiring all public school children be taught unit on LGBT history. First of its kind in U.S. Gay-straight clubs exist in 55% of CA high schools. Read the SaveCalifornia.com article. 7/14/2011.
In May, 2011, the Presbyterian Church USA joined the Episcopal Church, the United Church of Christ and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in allowing the ordination of homosexual clergy. afajournal.org
Sears caught selling pornography, and finally apologizes, removing hundreds of pornographic DVDs from its website. Read the AFA article. 7/17/2011
More proof gays are recruiting kids. This site has videos from adults telling kids it's ok to be gay. Videos include those from Obama, Hillary Clinton, Nancy Pelosi, Rev. Mark Hanson, Bishop Gene Robinson, San Francisco Giants, Anne Hathaway, Adam Lambert, The Gap, Google, Facebook, and many more. Read the It Gets Better blog. 6/14/2011
Same-Sex Marriage Judge Finds That a Child Has Neither a Need Nor a Right to a Mother. Read the CNSnews report. For a good information on the need for real parents, read Dr. Dean Byrd's paper on Gender Complementarity. 8/11/2010
Stephen & Janice Graham were guest hosts on K-Talk radio and discussed proposed revision to Utah's sex education statute. Also, they discussed a forthcoming book, Chased by an Elephant: The Gospel Truth About Today's Stampeding Sexuality. Click here to listen to the podcast. 1-23-2010
Planned Parenthood has prepared a booklet aimed at young people with HIV ancouraging them to continue sexual activity. It was distributed to Girl Scouts and a United Nations conference. Read the booklet. Read the WND article. 3/20/2010
Peter LaBarbera of Americans for Truth questions Christians who accept homosexuality. Read the AFT article. 3/17/2010
Christians forbidden to hold church meetings in private home. Gilbert AZ ordinance allows other group meetings in home, but singles out religious meetings. 7-member church not allowed to meet. Read the WND article. 3/15/2010
Utah Legislature refuses to pass dangerous liberalization of sex education law. The proposed bill was sponsored by Planned Parenthood and the PTA. Read the Deseret News article. 2/27/2010
Read Janice Graham’s 4 latest posts on our SoL Blog:
“If You Grew Up On a Desert Island,” “Wicked Thoughts Defile a Man,” “Love and Law,” “Gay Love?”
Stephen Graham, President of SoL, was interviewed by Peter LaBarbera and John Kirkwood of AFTAH (Americans for Truth About Homosexuality) 5/16/2013. See the AFTAH website, and listen to the podcast. The topic was the LDS Church, Boy Scouts, institutional softening on homosexuality.
Two statements regarding the using the words "gay" and "lesbian." Draw your own conclusion.
“We should note that the words homosexual, lesbian, and gay are adjectives to describe particular thoughts, feelings, or behaviors. We should refrain from using these words as nouns to identify particular conditions or specific persons.”
–Elder Dallin H. Oaks, “Same-Gender Attraction,” Ensign, October 1995
In this issue (April 22, 2013):
What's Showing at Your School?
The Gay Marriage Fraud
Scouts to Allow Gay Youth?
Five Gay Marriage Myths by Robin Phillips
Apples, Oranges & Gay Marriage by Robin Phillips
"It is the duty of parents, poets, artists, and educators [and clergy], to train young people in making the proper emotional responses, for without trained emotions peoplBoy Scoue do not have the motivation to behave morally." Doris T. Myers in Reading the Classics with C. S. Lewis
What's Showing at Your School?
--Stephen & Janice Graham
April 22, 2013
It's time for public schools' maturation programs. Because Planned Parenthood and the like have insidiously and widely hijacked these events, you may want to check out your child's school program to make sure it is in keeping with your family values. We have studied PP's presentation and found it grossly inappropriate, slanted, co-ed, and linked to material encouraging all sorts of sex for kids. Click here to see it and click here to read our assessment.
Be sure to preview your school's entire presentation and materials. Parents may opt their child out.
If your school's program conflicts with your ideals, we have a solution. "Growing Up is Natural and New" for girls and "Growing Up Basics" for Boys are each about 15 minutes long, prepared by us and the Family Action Council Team and Utah Education Coalition. Access it on our website (at the top of the center column), on Youtube ( boys or girls), or we can send you a complementary PowerPoint presentation disk (just send an email request with your name and address to email@example.com).
We were told that Utah's Governor Herbert endorsed Planned Parenthood's presentation but refused to consider or endorse ours or anything like it. As far as we know, he later rescinded his PP endorsement because of pressure from traditional values groups, but is allowing schools to continue using it.
We tested our 15-minute presentation last year on a small group of fifth-grade girls in a home setting with their mothers. Even in this safe place, the girls showed some signs of natural modesty and embarrassment learning about sensitive issues concerning natural body functions such as menstruation. Can you imagine how they feel, and what damaging notions are put into their heads, in a public school setting when such things are inappropriately and falsely presented?
Our purpose in producing these materials is solely to assist schools and parents in teaching children age-appropriate facts supported by proper attitudes and values. In the current culture that uses every opportunity to push destructive notions such as androgyny and unlimited sexuality on the rising generation, proper proactive teaching is sorely needed.
Pass it on!
Help for parents who want to teach their families the truth about today's stampeding sexuality. Click here to learn about/order this and other books.
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SoL Quote: "If we reflect on the dreadful consequences of sodomy to the state, and on the extent to which this abominable vice may be secretly carried on and spread; we cannot, on the principles of sound policy, consider the punishment as too severe. For if it once begins to prevail, not only will boys be easily corrupted by adults, but also by other boys, nor will it ever cease; more especially as it must thus soon lose all its shamefulness and infamy and become fashionable and the national taste; and then . . . national weakness, for which all remedies are ineffectual, most inevitably follow; not perhaps in the first generation, but certainly in the course of the third or fourth . . . To these evils may be added yet another, viz. that the constitutions of those men who submit to this degradation are, if not always, yet very often, totally destroyed, though in a different way from what is the result of whoredom. Whoever, therefore, wishes to ruin a nation, has only to get this vice introduced; for it is extremely difficult to extirpate it where it has once taken root because it can be propagated with much secrecy . . . and when we perceive that it has once got a footing in any country, however powerful and flourishing, we may venture as politicians to predict that the foundation of its future decline is laid and that after some hundred years it will no longer be the same . . . powerful country it is at the present."
--Sir John David Michaelis, 1814
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The Gay Marriage Fraud
April 22, 2013
Gays say they want equal rights. They insist that marriage is a right. Well, even if marriage was a right, gays, like everyone else, already have it. But that isn't what they are really saying. What they are really saying is that they want the right to be recognized as married to someone of their same sex. This is not marriage. The chimerical notion of gay marriage is diametrically opposed to marriage, an entirely different animal. The gay marriage movement is not about demanding something equal to marriage; it's about manufacturing something different than marriage and pretending it's the same thing.
Lawrence v. Texas, 2003, in essence caused the abandonment of one of civilized society's basic sexual boundaries. Because of the pushes and pressures of Godless contemporary culture, we now champion, model, even teach homosexual behaviors, maladaptive behaviors that inordinately spread deadly disease and are harmful to the human body. The consequences can only be destructive. Given the green light to sodomy, but still not anywhere near satisfied, the gay movement proceeds to hijack the marriage institution, dishonestly equating the practice of sodomy and the like to holy matrimony.
No matter how much they love each other, two men or two women cannot do marriage because they cannot do the thing that constitutes biological conjugal relations. In other words, they cannot do the thing that makes babies. Yes, they apparently do lots of things together that stimulate sexual feelings; pornography and masturbation, which are done all by oneself, do that too. Of course none of it constitutes mating. In fact, those dead-ended behaviors aren't good for anybody the way real marriage is. In fact, just as a corrupt tree cannot bring forth good fruit, because homosexuality is unnatural and harmful, absolutely nothing good can come of it in the long run.
It is understood that marriage includes the sexual union between opposite sexes. In fact, it's long been understood that the only place for sex is marriage (and we're talking about proper sexual relations). Yes, this rule has always been broken, and is being broken right and left nowadays, but that doesn't mean it isn't right and good. It's good for marriage, which means it's good for children and society as a whole. Even if rules are often broken, they are still essential to order and prosperity. Wise people know that human sexuality is a serious thing. If the sexual appetite is misused, somebody gets hurt. Thus our society still regards many sexual vices as criminal, punishable by law.
Many people caught up in this bizarre movement are damaged pawns who have developed misplaced sexual feelings. These confused people are being shamelessly exploited in a movement that is not really about sex but about upturning the order of a society based on God and His laws. Destroying limits on sexuality is just one of many vehicles that can accomplish this goal.
Eat, drink, and be merry. If it feels good do it. This life is all there is. Self-interest is all that matters. Any rule that conflicts with what we want is worthless and out-of-date. These are the clarion calls of this generation. As a result, many people don't seem to value what used to be prized above all, essential things like posterity, sanity, character, honesty, fidelity, sacrifice, rightness, and goodness. The funny thing is, every half-way decent person really does greatly value these things; when it gets personal they have to admit it. But they are usually so brainwashed in the emotional "cause" of the moment, they don't see that right principles must apply across the board or will be publicly abandoned eventually to the detriment of all.
Gay marriage? A misnamed wholesale fraud that thumbs its nose at reality, health, truth, and humanity. Embracing it with all its lies will only add to the destruction of a once strong and striving civilization.
And Bill O'Reilly says our side has "no good arguments?"
Click here to read this SoL Voice article on our website.
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SoL Quote: "All healthy men, ancient and modern, know there is a certain fury in sex that we cannot afford to inflame, and that a certain mystery and awe must ever surround it if we are to remain sane."
--G.K Chesterton (1874-1936)
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Boy Scouts to Allow Gay Youth?
Email exchange between an SoL subscriber and a local scout leader
Here is the original email sent by our SoL subscriber to BSA and the local scout leader
On Sat, Apr 20, 2013 at 11:27 PM, Mxxx Gxxxxx <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
to nationalsuppor., Mxxx.hxxx,
I'm writing to support your current membership policies, and to urge you not to cave to political pressure and change your policies.
Boy Scouts is one of the most meaningful and important things in my life, and has been for the past 30 years. I now have a son who is a Boy Scout.
Should BSA change this policy, I would have no choice but to resign as an Assistant Scout Master, and remove myself and my son from among your ranks.
This is a slippery slope you're stepping on to. In the community of those troubled with same-sex-attraction and gender identity, "Gay" represents a small subset their numbers. Don't forget about Lesbian, Transgender, Transexual, Bisexual, Unisexual, Pansexual, Omnisexual, etc. They'll all want consideration, and specific mention in your policies.
I'm a member of an LDS Troop in Utah, and I take my role as Asst. Scoutmaster seriously (as I have with various roles in the BSA for the past 10 years). I do not think that most members of my Church will have the guts to walk away from something that will only deteriorate my sons and my spirituality, water down his understanding of gender and the roles genders have in society, and confuse him about sex and sexuality at an age when he shouldn't be involved in sex or sexuality. The BSA is no longer in the business of making responsible and good men. You're in the business of "giving everyone an equal experience."
I'll be sad if you make this part of your official policy, but will respect your right as a private organization to do so. You'll just have to do so with our me, or my son. My eagle award is on my desk, ready to ship back to you.
Ironically, looking for the appropriate contact to send this to, I found this on my home councils web page:
To report Youth Protection issues and abuse, please call 801-437-4220.
I had idea to call that number, and report the BSA for putting my son and the boys in my patrol at risk.
Feel free to contact me directly if you would like. I'd be glad to speak with you further about this.
The local scout leader responds
On Apr 21, 2013 12:50 AM, "Mxxxxxx Hxxx" <email@example.com> wrote:
After reading your message, I am writing to provide a brief response.
Firstly, neither I nor those you addressed in our district will be attending the National Scout meeting in late May nor are we eligible to vote on a resolution that may recommend a change in BSA's membership policy.
Secondly, our council already decided its position and is sending 17 designate individuals who will be voting as a block on any proposed membership policy change. These individuals will be among approximately 1,700 voting members across the U.S. who are authorized to vote.
Thirdly, the media is presently reporting that BSA is proposing a policy change, yet without providing the complete text of a formal resolution that must be presented to each council and all charter partner organizations.
Fourthly, each scouting partner organization will review any membership policy change as put forth in a formal resolution and decide how they will vote and how or whether they will support the final outcome of said vote. We should not pre-judge either the vote outcome nor what any charter partner organization will decide and recommend to members of said charter partner organization.
Fifthly, as individuals, we make choices and live by these choices. This notwithstanding, I suggest waiting for the outcome then listen to the counsel and rationale each charter partner organization will provide, regarding its decision, to the scouting leaders in the units it sponsors before making and acting on any personal decision.
Our subscriber writes back to the scout leader
On Sun, Apr 21, 2013 at 9:59 AM, Mxxx Gxxxxx <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
Thank you for your email.
This is obviously an emotional issue, and I'm glad that our council is taking it seriously.
I realize the decision has not yet been made, and I pray daily that the BSA body will vote to keep the policy as is. I'd love nothing more than to remain in scouts along with my son.
I admit that my faith in the organization was shaken when the BSA decided to further investigate this issue just after reaffirming their long-standing position. At that time, I got the idea that it's only a matter of time before the policy is radically changed... either all at once, or bit by bit over a long time. I still hope I'm wrong. Boy do I hope I'm wrong.
I realize that it's likely that the charter organization will still be able to set their own policies... but that is little consolation. If the attitude of the organization changes, so will their values, literature, awards, and goals. That will no doubt seep into our own version of scouting over time. At some point we'll be skipping sections of the handbook, and avoiding certain merit badges. Believe me... those interested in promoting this gay agenda are not simply wishing to humbly be included so they can learn skills and enjoy the outdoors, or develops morals... they won't stop at a policy change. They are here to transform the organization into one that validates and promotes their lifestyle and choices. The BSA is already that kind of organization! I can't see it working both ways without some devastating compromises.
I'll take your suggestion and wait for the outcome... but I can't shake this pit in my stomach either.
The scout leader then writes back to the Sol subscriber
From: "Mxxx Hxxx" <email@example.com>
Date: Apr 21, 2013 10:25 AM
Subject: Re: Unable to remain a Scout or Scout Leader...
To: "Mxxx Gxxxxx" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
I, too, have mixed feelings about a potential membership policy change and its downstream implications on our youth, our values and the future of the organization.
This said, Scouts Canada changed its membership policy about 2005 not only to allow same-sex attraction members but to even allow girls to join Scouting units subject to the policies of the sponsoring partner. Nation wide membership dropped throughout Canada since this change, yet the LDS Church elected to continue partnering with Scouts Canada with a waiver that they will not be required to accept girls in Scouting units.
Given the LDS Church's recently announced web site reaching out to members who find themselves facing and dealing with same sex attraction and inviting these individuals to come and participate with the body of the church, I will wait for a decision and will carefully and prayerfully study the decision and supporting rationale for guidance.
Lastly, there are many members today who deal with this issue at a very deep and personal level, who participate actively, who live celibate lives, who have callings, and even have temple recommends. We love them and include them in our lives.
Thank you for sharing your concerns, which are noted and trust me when I say you are not alone. The council leadership is well aware of the full spectrum of thoughts, concerns and implications surrounding a potential membership policy change. I have participated in discussions with our council leadership at many levels and know they are not taking this matter lightly.
Just a few Sunday morning thoughts. Let's enjoy a beautiful day.
This is the last thing the SoL subscriber sent him . . .
"because of his ridiculous 'We love them and include them' comment.'"
I should say that I make a distinction between those who are troubled with same-sex-attraction, and those who are "gay". SSA is like any other temptation in my opinion. It's something we have to work at overcoming, maybe throughout our whole lives. Those with that attitude do not fall into any category that should be excluded from scouts or church activity. You're right... these people should participate actively, have callings and recommends and be included. They're no different that I am... struggling everyday to repent and apply the atonement in their lives.
However, there are those who profess to being "gay"- meaning they identify themselves by this sin which is, according to them, unchangeable, intentional (by God) and good and right. This is where my problem lies.
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SoL Quote: "It is a wicked, wicked world in which we live and in which our children must find their way. Challenges of pornography, gender confusion, immorality, child abuse, drug addiction, and all the rest are everywhere. There is no way to escape from their influence. Some are led by curiosity into temptation, then in experimentation, and some become trapped in addiction. They lose hope. The adversary harvests his crop and binds them down. Satan is the deceiver, the destroyer, but his is a temporary victory. The angels of the devil convince some that they are born to a life from which they cannot escape and are compelled to live in sin. The most wicked of lies is that they cannot change and repent and that they will not be forgiven. That cannot be true. They have forgotten the Atonement of Christ."
--Boyd K. Packer, May 2006
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Five Gay Marriage Myths by Robin Phillips
Myth #1: Marriage is fundamentally a voluntary union of persons in a committed relationship
We tend to think of language as something posterior to thought. A thought comes into your mind and then you find the right words to express it. Anthropologists and neuroscientists are currently doing some fascinating work on the relationship between thought and speech and have discovered that things are a little more complicated. Speech does not merely proceed from our thoughts like a one-way street. Rather, researchers have been finding that there is also traffic flowing in the other direction: how we speak affects how we think about the world on a level that our conscious minds may never even be aware. As psychologist Lera Boroditsky put it in a Wall Street Journal articlesummarizing some of this research, "the structures in languages (without our knowledge or consent) shape the very thoughts we wish to express".
There are fascinating examples of this from all over the world, but the phenomenon is just as evident close to home. In the last forty years, we've seen how the way people speak about unborn children (i.e., calling them "foetuses" or "lumps of tissue" instead of babies) has had an unconscious effect on how so many people think about the ethics of abortion. Or again, how we think about homosexuality has been enormously influenced by pairing homosexuality with words that already had a positive semantic range, such as gay. In David Kupelian book The Marketing of Evil, he showed that these and many other language shifts did not just happen, but arose out of a deliberate strategy for changing the way Westerners perceive certain key issues.
By introducing changes in how we speak, the media often changes how we think.
The same thing is now occurring in the debate over same-sex marriage. Almost without anyone taking notice, our society has begun to talk about marriage as a voluntary union of persons in a committed relationship, rather than a union of a man and a woman. Never before has marriage been spoken about in this way and the implications are profound. Because of how the brain works, this shift in how we talk about marriage has been attendant to a shift in how we think about marriage. Unconsciously we begin wondering: if marriage is really the union of persons in a committed and loving relationship, why shouldn't gay people be allowed to participate in this institution?
As same-sex marriage was discussed in the public discourse of various English-speaking countries (first Canada, then Britain, and now America), it was almost universally taken for granted not simply that marriageought to refer to the union of persons, but that the essence of marriage always has been the union of persons. As a result, less and less people, even among the Christian community, understand marriage to be intrinsically and inviolably heterosexual.
Let's consider what it would mean if marriage has always been the union of two persons, with the gender of those persons being accidental in an Aristotelian sense. We are then claiming that the union of a man and woman has always been a variant of the union of persons, that biology and the possibility of reproduction were never at the core of what marriage is but additions to it, that consummation was never central to the completion of a marriage since only practical when the "union of persons" happened to be members of the opposite sex, that "man and wife" were never something that made a relationship a marriage but were always a species of the genus "union of persons."
The only problem with construing marriage in these terms is that this has never been how it was understood, even among cultures like ancient Rome which might have been most inclined to understand marriage as the union of persons. Those who take this view are thus pushed into the corner of having to acknowledge that throughout most of human history the laws, customs, culture and language built up around marriage was based on a misunderstanding of what marriage actually was, for until recently no one understood that marriage has actually always been the union of persons.
Fewer and fewer people, even among the Christian community, understand marriage to be intrinsically and inviolably heterosexual
Now let's be clear: the fact that marriage has never been understood as a union of persons does not itself prove the new concept to be faulty. However, at a minimum it does establish that it is a new concept, a novel definition that is discontinuous with the institution of marriage as it has been understood and practice for thousands of years. This is something the champions of gay marriage are reluctant to acknowledge, since their case for "equal access" depends on maintaining some degree of continuity with the norms of an existing institution. This pretence of continuity enables them to form their arguments in quantitative terms, as if they were merely expanding the pool of people who can get legally married, rather than qualitatively altering the very essence of what marriage is.
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Apples, Oranges & Gay Marriage
by Robin Phillips
Ever since Aristotle, the philosophical categories of accident and an essence have provided a helpful way of distinguishing between the properties of a thing that are absolutely necessary for that thing to be what it is (essential properties) and those properties which a thing may possess but that are not absolutely necessary for its existence (accidental properties). For example, the property of greenness is accidental to apples, since an apple could be red or yellow and still be an apple. But "fruitiness" is an essential property of an apple, since, if it were not a fruit, it would not be an apple.
Put another way, an accident is an attribute not definitely excluded by the essence of a thing. Being tall is thus an accidental property of a tree, since a short tree is still a tree, whereas being ligneous is an essential property, since a tree that was metallic could no longer properly be called a tree, at least not a real one.
These distinctions can be usefully applied to the debate surrounding so-called gay marriage. Those who claim that same-sex couples have a right to get married tend to assume (usually without argument) that the sex of the two people involved is an accidental rather than an essential property of marriage. If they are right, then two men or two women can make a marriage just as easily as a man and a woman can. Under this framework, gender is to marriage what color is to an apple: an accidental property, not something essential to the thing itself.
In contrast, the Christian tradition has always maintained, by pointing to Genesis 2:24 and similar passages, that the sexual complementarity of husband and wife is not accidental to marriage, but absolutely essential to it.
The Question of Banning
Earlier this year, the UK government issued a consultation to gather feedback from the British public on same-sex marriage. The paper issued in accordance with this consultation continually framed the debate in terms of "removing the ban on same-sex couples getting married." Here the government jumped ahead of itself, however, because to speak of a ban on same-sex marriage is already to assume that same-sex marriage is possible, i.e., that gender is accidental rather than essential to it; yet that is the very point at issue.
Consider a parallel case: because it is not possible for a person to marry an orange, we do not say there is (or should be) a ban on human–orange marriage, any more than we would say there is (or ought to be) a ban on the cultivation of citrus apples. The essence of what marriage is simply excludes it from being contracted between a man and an orange, just as the essence of what an apple is excludes it from being grown as a citrus fruit. In both cases, the thing itself is conceptually impossible, so it makes no sense to speak of banning it.
If we were, then, to conclude that sexual complementarity is an essential property of marriage, it would be impossible for two persons of the same sex to get married, and it would be just as meaningless to speak of banning same-sex marriage as it would be to speak of banning the cultivation of citrus apples. On the other hand, if we were to conclude that the sex of the two people involved is merely accidental to marriage, then, and only then, would we be able to speak meaningfully of either banning or permitting same-sex marriage.
So which is correct? Is gender an essential or an accidental property of marriage?
Gender Is Essential
There are a number of good reasons to think that gender complementarity is an essential property of marriage. Consider some of the concepts and conditions that marriage gives rise to: concepts such as consummation and adultery. The very existence of these concepts presupposes a notion of marriage in which the participants are members of the opposite sex. Such concepts either become confused or collapse into complete vacuity once we assert that the gender of the participants is accidental.
Thus, when gender differentiation stops being essential to the married state, consummation and adultery either cease to be meaningful or must be redefined to mean something quite different from what they currently do. This was impressed upon me when I encountered the following paragraph in the UK government's consultation document on introducing same-sex marriage to England and Wales:
Specifically, non-consummation and adultery are currently concepts that are defined in case law and apply only to marriage law. . . . However, with the removal of the ban on same-sex couples having a civil marriage, these concepts will apply equally to same-sex and opposite-sex couples and case law may need to develop, over time, a definition as to what constitutes same-sex consummation and same-sex adultery.
Think about that for a minute. The English Parliament is proposing to allow same-sex couples to get "married" even though they acknowledge they have no idea what consummation and adultery would even mean under such conditions. Instead, they are content to rest in the knowledge that, some day, the courts will create new definitions for these terms. It remains to be seen whether the new definitions will play back to affect the meaning of consummation and adultery within heterosexual contexts. Given the press for equality, it would be hard to imagine that they wouldn't.
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Chapel Doors Open to "Gay" Marriage?
April 1, 2013
Stephen & Janice Graham
More and more churches are making the concessions that gayness is pretty much innate and permanent in normal healthy young people and insisting that this is why we all have to embrace homosexuality as perfectly fine. This is pretty crazy for several reasons, among them, (1) science is on the nongenetic side, (2) just because people say they were born with some tendency doesn't mean it isn't bad, (3) people fall in and out of it, and (4) homosexuality is maladaptive, harmful, and condemned by God.
Still, even as they make concessions, some churches continue to maintain that acting out homosexually is prohibited. Such a church remains officially opposed to gay marriage. Apparently, open gays who say they aren't acting out (whatever that means) can enjoy full fellowship, including all the opportunities and blessings of church employment, education, missions, callings, and the church's most sacred ordinances including marriage (albeit of the "mixed orientation" variety) just as worthy heterosexuals can.
Sad to say, when we accept something in principle, it will naturally become a reality. No matter what the written rules or laws, it is public sentiment, spoken or unspoken, that will rule the day, especially in a morally relativistic and radically individualist society. So we ask, if public sentiment within a church has embraced the principle of homosexuality as normal and fine, what is going to stop the embrace within that church of gay coupling and, ultimately, of gay marriage?
If you think we're out on a limb, just hear us out. Say a legally married gay or lesbian couple moves into your congregation. (It wouldn't matter in what state they were married or if the state in which they live does not recognize same-sex marriage; it just matters that they act like a legally married couple.) How does this unfold? It isn't hard to imagine. They present themselves as a married couple when they introduce themselves. "Hi! I'm so-and-so and this is my husband/wife, so-and-so." Nobody's going to contradict them. Maybe they have children leftover from broken heterosexual relationships/marriages, they adopted, or they used sperm donors or surrogate mothers. They are legally the parents of these children. Hence, we are being handed what for all social intents and purposes functions like a marriage and perhaps a family with growing children at home. How can we pretend otherwise? At this point it appears much too late to do or say anything negative. Who would want to break up a family? Since they went to the trouble of getting married, it stands to reason they are acting out sexually, that is, homosexually, which is supposed to be prohibited by the church they belong to. But who thinks about those things? Who is going to ask? No one. They are married and it's none of our business.
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- - - - - - - - - - SoL Quote: "The problems facing our nation today are not simply political, they are at their core, spiritual. Our country has strayed more and more from its founding roots and our public and insitutionas have forgotten the one true God that blessed this nation above all others. As a result, America is rotting from the inside out. The signs of decay are all around us: Men "marrying" men . . . pre-schoolers being sexualized . . . children being gunned down . . . drug use legalized . . . the Boy Scouts pressured to abandon morality . . . broken families . . . faith silenced . . . churches under attack . . . immoral leaders . . . millions of innocent unborn babies aborted . . . the list goes on and on. Yes, most of America's problems at their core are spiritual. And we, as followers of Jesus Christ, are called to be salt and light. To serve in this way, we must approach everything -- politics, culture, education, finances, all the pressing issues of the day -- from a Christian worldview."
--Tony Perkins, Family Research Council, in a letter 3/15/2013
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Even As He Is Pure
by Janice Graham
Book Review of Encompassing Charity by Joe Evans
What is charity in the true Christian sense? Is it merely an outward act, such as visiting the sick and afflicted, taking a meal to a neighbor, donating to a humanitarian cause, paying our tithes and offerings? Is the pure love of Christ mere kindness, tolerance, indulgence, or flattery, an emphasizing of the positive and an ignoring of the negative as is so often spouted by the world around us? The answer is a resounding "No," especially "if being self-concerned is the aim," writes Joe Evans, former BYU quarterback. In his refreshing book, Encompassing Charity, replete with spot-on scripture references and authoritative quotes, Evans fearlessly pops the complacent bubble of all complacent, church-going, blessings-seeking do-gooders, inviting us to step out of ourselves into the exalting light of Christ.
Evans briefly recounts his turbulent childhood and baptism into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at age 12, but the bulk of the book is based on what he learned after his true conversion. Through the years he found that "those who displayed undeniable discipleship had a great effect upon me because they served with nothing to gain . . . These pure souls' charity was one of the instigators to motivate me to search the Church for truth."And as all who sincerely seek, Evans discovered the plain and precious truths of the gospel of Jesus, truths which are too often missed when pride creeps in, puffing us up and blinding us. For there is nothing else to see when we ourselves are taking up the whole picture.
I found this truly religious book blessedly short on fleeting human feelings and relations and wonderfully long on substantive faith and eternal truth. Evans says we must search our souls and examine our motives, for it is our intentions-the why behind what we do-that make up our dispositions.
Throughout the book the author points out specific common stumbling blocks that keep us from becoming truly like Christ (who showed pure selflessness of soul). No matter how much good we believe we do or have done, Evans says, "actions with selfish motives leave one empty and spiritual alone. I believe the misunderstanding of charity . . . cause[s] much of what ails us in today's world . . . Principled people with righteous motives can withstand the trials and temptations of the last days." Contrarily, poorly motivated, albeit good and right acts, "do not comply with true religion," and constitute the hypocrisy condemned by Jesus.
Because "without truth charity is not charity, " Evans indicates that the first step toward true charity is understanding basic truths, one being God's love, a love that was willing to give us a chance at everlasting life by way of the sacrifice of the Son. Knowing God loves you perfectly but that you are not perfect and need a Savior "changes what you pray for and how you respond to the roller coaster of life."
If humbly and sincerely believed, this simple knowledge should be a motivation to live the gospel fully from the inside out. It should cause us to repent, to pray, to serve, to do everything we do primarily and consciously out of a returned love for God (the first commandment). I agree with Evans that it is a basic understanding of God's perfect love and Christ's Atonement, and the gratitude and devotion that result, that "will drive consistent, righteous actions more than any other motive." Purifying our motives, or conquering "the inward man," is how we become like Christ.
- - - - - - - - - - SoL Quote: “Pornography [addiction] has become a huge, huge issue . . . most often [for] males from the ages of 11 on up . . . [spanning] all cultures, religions, and classes. With the advent of the Internet . . . the average age of initially viewing pornography is 5 years old . . . ‘We tell people that if you don’t get this problem taken care of, it’ll kill you.’”
--Lexie Kite quoting Dr. Matthew Hedelius, The Herald Journal, 2006
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A note we received from one of our subscribers
Dear Stephen and Janice:
Recently my daughter went to visit my granddaughter's high school to check to see what, if anything was needed for graduation.
She told me that she was appalled at the behavior of the kids hanging around the big open area. Groups of kids were standing, or sitting, (not in classes) and when she had to walk through the assemblage some of the boys started cat-calling and whistling (as she is attractive at 38) and being very disrespectful. Girls were all over girls - holding hands, hugging, kissing; and there were boys doing the same thing. Girls were half dressed, wearing hot pants. Many of the kids sported tattoos and piercings.
Homosexuality is growing so fast. One man wrote to me that he felt that this generation didn't have a chance because they have been oriented in their schools and in movies and TV that all this sexual and disrespectful behavior is acceptable. I thought about that and I believe that we have to start talking to the parents for the Lord has said that in cases like that when the parents no longer teach correct principles, then the sins of the children will be upon their heads. What a mess. And what condemnation.
When I talked with my granddaughters about the situation there the younger said, "Now you know Grama why I want to graduate early and get out of high school." She has worked hard so that in her senior year, she will only have one class to attend. I'm proud of her! She saw the danger, and took it upon herself to get out of a bad situation. The elder granddaughter has been struggling to find out who she is in light of all the crummy examples around her. Now I understand. She is not into homosexuality, but with all the rebellion she is struggling with two opposing forces - follow the Church's teaching, or become like these other rebellious teens who have no respect even for one another. Perhaps home schooling is the answer.
Anyway, I don't think parents are even visiting the schools any more. How many sit in classes to see what is being taught? How many are asking questions which relate to their children? How many are reading the texts? How many talk to their children about what went on at the school that day?
I read recently of an incident that sickened me. A college teacher told his students to write the name of Jesus Christ on a piece of paper, then he told them to throw it on the ground and then step on it. Only one student, who was LDS, refused and quickly came under condemnation by the school. Its under review right now. Do we know what is happening to our children? Are we being supportive if they take a stand for the right? Do we encourage them?
Again, thank you for doing what you can to sharpen our awareness as to how fast wickedness is progressing, and I thank you for helping to bring darkness into the light so it can be destroyed.
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Our friend Regina Griggs, of PFOX, responds to Senator Portman
Loving Our Gay Children Unconditionally
While Holding to the Truth
By Regina Griggs
Ohio Republican Sen. Rob Portman has come out in favor of same-sex "marriage" because one of his sons has announced that he is homosexual.
My heart goes out to Sen. Portman and his wife. As the mother of a homosexual child, I understand how Sen. Portman feels. It is not easy, but as a responsible parent I must stand firm in my belief that marriage must remain as that of a man and a woman. To deliberately deny children a mother or father by supporting genderless marriage will create grave consequences. All children do best who live in a society where healthy relationships come from living with and being exposed to both genders.
President Ronald Reagan never let his children's liberal views get in the way of his running the nation according to his conservative philosophy. He did what he felt was right for his country, no matter how much it angered his son and daughter. President Reagan's unwavering beliefs left a legacy that younger politicians now strive to emulate for their generation.
The two gay couples who successfully sued their states to institute same-sex marriage are now divorced. Couples Julie & Hillary Goodridge of Massachusetts and Robin Tyler & Diane Olsen of California have divorced each other. One of the first gay couples to wed in New York, Katie Marks & Dese Rae Stage, is now also divorced. Attempts to legislate and force genderless marriage on society for financial gain and societal approval does not generate either, and after their battle to marry was won, it did nothing to keep these couples together.
What I, like tens of millions of Americans, think is best for society may seem like lack of support for homosexual people. Not so. As responsible members of society, we must look to what is best for the culture as a whole. All of my children, homosexual and heterosexual, benefit by living in a free society that is made possible only by legal and cultural encouragement of strong, mother-father-based families.
Marriage reaches beyond the individuals involved and affects society from top to bottom. A genderless society creates more problems than it solves. Children do best when raised by a mother and father. Which parent would Sen. Portman have missed if he had been raised by male homosexuals or a lesbian couple? Would he rather give up his Mom or his Dad? As adults looking back on our childhood, would any one of us have forfeited our mother or father and not have noticed? Yet children manufactured with anonymous sperm sellers or rent-a-surrogates and acquired by same-sex couples for self-gratification live with this kind of discrimination from the moment of conception.
As the executive director of Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays & Gays (PFOX), I believe parents do not have to approve of everything their children do and say. Responsible parenting means loving and respecting our children in spite of our differences.
The gay lobby insists that parents can love their children only if they affirm same-sex "marriage," and, sadly, that's what they are teaching our children. Don't believe it, Sen. Portman. An organization comprised largely of parents of homosexual children, PFOX knows that parents and children can love one another unconditionally, without stipulations or strings attached. Parents like Sen. Portman and me can love our children without having to support genderless marriage.
Sen. Portman, we invite you to rethink your recent statement and for you and your wife to become honorary members of PFOX. We welcome you with open arms.
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Hooking kids on sex: Planned Parenthood
starts "saturation process" in kindergarten
by Paul E. Rondeau
While the White House says sequestration has eliminated funds for children touring the White House, President Obama has no problem spending $350 million federal tax dollars for sexual indoctrination programs starting in kindergarten for those same children.
This is not your grandmother's sex education about how things work and what can go "wrong." In fact, the exact opposite is the essence of the Personal Responsibility Education Program (PREP): Obamacare funnels $75 million annually into PREP, which must be used exclusively for Planned Parenthood-style "comprehensive" sex ed programs where no type of sex is wrong and the only sexual behavior PP considers "unsafe" is becoming pregnant.
More than one-fourth of the funds - $20 million - has been awarded to a coalition of six Planned Parenthood affiliates, operating under the name Northwest Coalition for Adolescent Health, to implement HHS's TOP program across Montana, Oregon, Idaho, Washington, and Alaska at over 50 sites. In Oregon schools, Planned Parenthood is paying children cash incentives to participate.
PP is funded with our tax dollars to market sex to our children in our schools under the guise of sex education, anti-bullying, diversity, and tolerance. Once sexualized, those children then become PP sex customers for contraceptives, STD testing, and abortion.
"A glance at the teacher outline for Lesson 1A, the introductory lesson (page 12 of the linked PowerPoint presentation), shows exactly how abstinence plays out in the sex-encouraging scheme at Planned Parenthood. 'Abstinence,' it says, 'means choosing not to do any sexual activity that carries a risk for pregnancy or STD/HIV,'" says Rita Diller, national director for STOPP.org. "In other words, abstinence has nothing do with abstaining from sex acts. So long as the student avoids STDs and pregnancy, and is comfortable with what he or she is doing, it's an anything goes.
Click here to read the rest of this Washington Times article.
March 19, 2013
No matter what lies are currently popular, no matter how they are disguised to look like good things, no matter who promotes them, no matter who gives in to them, no matter who rationalizes them, no matter if these lies win elections, we at Standard of Liberty have decided we will go on publishing eternal truths. Of course it is up to each person to decide if truth is their cup of tea. All of you, reading us, can take it or leave it.
Timeless Truths, with capital Ts, are about reality and reason. They aren't invented by man and don't change. Some are obvious, some we must discover. A few examples: God is our Creator, we need air to breathe, human beings are male or female, only male and female can mate, we all sin, we all die, repentance through Christ is the only means whereby we can dwell with God again.
In a day when self, pleasure, popularity, and faux-compassion are worshiped above all, certain Timeless Truths are giving people discomfort. When they find themselves finally pushed into a corner, rather than endure such discomfort, inconvenience, sacrifice, even embarrassment, they convince themselves that they must compromise Truth to maintain the status quo. They then may proceed to play a little rationalizing word game in their minds until they regain their earthly equilibrium.
Whether we are personally involved in the fashionable conceits of our time or not, all must admit that it is much easier to shrug our shoulders at what's happening than take a stand. What does abandoning Truth look like? It looks like inconsistency, like softening, like winking at spiritual and physical dangers. It looks like being more concerned about being up with the times than caring about the welfare of immortal souls. It looks like gradually compromising eternal principles, like drifting into worldliness, like making huge concessions, like finally calling good evil and evil good, like Babylon. And in making concessions to the popular sins of the day we take up our own form of deadly sin, breaking that first great commandment.
We understand there are those who think that they can only help willfully sinning people by keeping them in the fold so they can influence them to return to truth and righteousness. This is like sinking the ship to save the ship. It makes no sense and does not work. Any influencing will more likely be done by the emboldened unrepentant sinners who, like wolves in sheeps' clothing, have been allowed to infiltrate the flock. Churches that no longer denounce willful sin, that include rather than excommunicate vocal apostates, are abandoning Truth. And what's a church without it?
If you take a look at human history and scripture, you see that nations, peoples, societies, and institutions come and go. It's inevitable. Especially for every individual, this life is pretty short. It's best to keep in mind that sooner or later we will leave it all behind, all the people, the places, and the things, all the wonderfulness and all the wickedness, all the struggles and sorrows, joys and pleasures. We can treasure our time here for every grain of learning we can glean while knowing there is something much better on the other side. We are free to choose that which leads to that something else, that Truth Eternal, over every earthly thing. And we can strive each day to make this choice, come what may, praying for the clarity and firmness of mind, the courage, the patience, and the faith we most certainly need.
Now, we realize these are hard words. The Truth is often hard and very inconvenient for us human beings. That's why Truth is also called the strait (difficult) and narrow. And as we said, all are free to take it and continually trust in the Lord, or leave it. That's the way it's all set up. There's nothing mystical or incomprehensible about it. It's a very clear cut, exciting time to be making this choice. Eternal Truth. Age-old lies. Which do you choose?
--Stephen & Janice Graham
Fearless and Famous Defense
by Drew Graham
Book Review of Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis
Based on transcripts from post-war radio broadcasts, C.S. Lewis details and outlines the very most basic tenets of (non-denominational) Christian beliefs, with his usual wit and incredibly keen insight.
I have read this book once before, several years ago, and while for some reason I wasn't quite as enchanted with it this time, I still thought it was an absolute masterpiece. I don't usually read much non-fiction, but this is a book that everyone should read. Lewis has such a way with words and such a brilliant grasp on life and death and religion and philosophy, that sometimes I felt I could barely keep up, but I truly wanted to keep trying anyway. I love how he doesn't shy away from telling the absolute truths of Christianity, without the slightest apparent fear or apology for deterrents or detractors. Sin is sin (and, as he points out, ALL sin must be treated equally, even though some sins seem "bigger" or "worse" than others). His tone is personal and conversational while still being literary, and his writing is as beautiful as ever, making very effective use of analogy and simile to make his points. I take mild exception to a couple of doctrinal issues, but overall he's right on, this book serves its purpose perfectly, and Lewis does a great job of being ecumenical but also specific. He presents here his famous defense of Christ as Son of God and NOT just a moral mortal teacher, since if Jesus wasn't who He claimed He was, he would be either a liar or a lunatic, in which case He would be anything BUT a great moral teacher. He addresses the all-important issues of sin, repentance, the Atonement, our relationship with God and divine potential, and the heinous, insidious sin of pride, while also making perfectly logical, foolproof evidences of the existence of a Creator and a Savior. Coming from a former staunch atheist, what could be a better defense?
Some favorite passages:
"Christianity tells people to repent and promises them forgiveness. It therefore has nothing (as far as I know) to say to people who do not know they have done anything to repent of and who do not feel that they need any forgiveness. It is after you have realised that there is a real Moral Law, and a Power behind the law, and that you have broken that law and put yourself wrong with that Power-it is after all this, and not a moment sooner, that Christianity begins to talk."
"If you think you are not conceited, it means you are very conceited indeed."
I really wish I could memorize and internalize and understand every last word of this book, but I guess that's the beauty of repeated readings throughout life. Completely unafraid to speak and write the truth, C.S. Lewis's transcribed radio broadcasts on the basics of Christianity are definitely deserving of their widespread renown. I've read this before, but I'm glad I finally took the chance to read it again (though it was an adjustment to switch to non-fiction, which I usually don't read). Everyone should read it, irrespective of their position regarding Christianity.
Senator Portman, Homosexual Marriage,
and the Death of Principle
Perhaps the biggest headline this morning was Senator Rob Portman's reversal of his position on homosexual marriage. In an editorial in The Columbus Dispatch - "Gay couples also deserve chance to get married" - the senator set forth his new found conviction.
I have come to believe that if two people are prepared to make a lifetime commitment to love and care for each other in good times and in bad, the government shouldn't deny them the opportunity to get married.
Portman attributed his reversal to the recent discovery that his son Will was gay.
Two years ago, my son Will, then a college freshmen, told my wife, Jane, and me that he is gay. He said he'd known for some time, and that his sexual orientation wasn't something he chose; it was simply a part of who he is. Jane and I were proud of him for his honesty and courage. We were surprised to learn he is gay but knew he was still the same person he'd always been. The only difference was that now we had a more complete picture of the son we love.
The discovery led Portman to reconsider his support for the Defense of Marriage Act. He stated that his previous opposition to "same-sex couples was rooted in my faith tradition that marriage is a sacred bond between a man and a woman." However, after wrestling with the issue, "it came down to the Bible's overarching themes of love and compassion and my belief that we are all children of God."
Since Senator Portman has cloaked his abandonment of principle and his newly formed support for homosexuality with an appeal to Christianity, the Bible, and the love of God, he deserves a response along those lines.
First, Christian opposition to homosexuality does not depend upon one's "faith tradition" but upon the unchanging Word of God. Scripture explicitly condemns homosexuality in Genesis 19 (Sodom and Gomorrah), Leviticus 18:22 and 20:13, Romans 1:18-32, 1 Corinthians 6:9-11, Galatians 5:19-21, Ephesians 5:3-5, 1 Timothy 1:9-10, and Jude 7. Homosexuality is not a subject on which Scripture is silent. It is not up for debate or interpretation - the language is clear. What Senator Portman now supports is in direct defiance to the Word of God.
Second, Senator Portman argues that the "Bible's overarching themes of love and compassion" actually trumps what the Bible says.
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We posted this before but thought it bore repeating because it keeps coming up.
“How can anyone wish to deny a gay person love?” is a common question with a false premise. The fact is, no one is trying to deny anyone love. All are free to love whomever they want to. What God and traditional morality discourage is harmful out-of-bounds sexual lust and behavior.
The truth is, love is all around. And all kinds of love should be nonsexual, except one. In the one case when love does include sexuality, it should always be associated with mating, and therefore marriage. Two people of the same sex cannot mate, and therefore cannot marry in the true sense of the word.
This does not mean two people of the same sex cannot love each other. On the contrary, people of the same sex can share the greatest love and devotion. Fathers and sons, brothers, cousins, friends, compatriots, comrades in arms. History and literature are filled with such love. (See the 1960 film Spartacus for a great example in the scene when Spartacus proves his love for Antoninus.) As Jesus said, there is no greater love than a man laying down his life for a friend, which love he himself exemplified in the highest degree.
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Most people don't realize that attitudes toward sex and sexuality are taught and learned. I myself didn't realize this until an expert pointed this out, and even then I had to think about it some. We don't realize that the basic premises of human sexuality are learned because the information is so ubiquitous and self-evident that we just absorb it from everyday life. We see underlying evidence of human mating all around us in every aspect of our existence. For example, we grow up knowing our parents had us, their parents had them, their parents had them, etc.
This is how it was explained to me: Think about if you lived on a desert island alone (not even any animals). What would you know about sex and sexuality? You might stumble upon pleasant sexual stimulation somehow but you would never know what it was for. You would never know that these pleasurable feelings could involve another person or love or reproduction. That's right, you wouldn't know how to reproduce because there was nothing to model it, or teach you about it, or even suggest it. Sex and reproduction would never occur to you. Think about it. You wouldn't know anything about sexual attraction at all, hetero or homo! Even if other equally clueless people appeared, the likelihood of stumbling upon how to reproduce would be very small.
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Thank you for reading our blog. We appreciate your lengthy response and totally understand your point of view. We believe that, growing up in this Godless, sexually-permissive society, you may not be having a fair test (Hugh Nibley's idea, not ours). Even so, here are some pointers.
We did not make up our point of view. It is God's.
The scriptures clearly outline God's rules.
God's rules can be very hard to follow.
We all choose whether to love and obey God or something else.
Sin is pleasurable . . . for a time.
Everything a person knows about sex and sexuality is taught and learned.
Young people today are bombarded with wrong ideas about sex and sexuality.
Young people today are learning wrong notions.
Sexual feelings are just feelings and can go in all sorts of bad directions.
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People like to say that Jesus was all about love. This is true, but not in the sense people usually mean it. Jesus was not all about just being neighborly and loyal to one another. He wasn't about heedless, selfish love, about winking at all sorts of wickedness in order to maintain the status quo and be popular and avoid offending anybody. No, he was about pure charity, selfless love, about doing the right thing and saying the right thing and wanting the right thing for everybody, come what may. Perhaps the closest modern vernacular is "tough love," the kind that points us to goodness, health, holiness and heaven.
The gospel is full of hard doctrines that are somehow being conveniently swept under the rug as the cunning, wicked world around us gains our approval and warps our understanding. The pure love of Christ is founded on truth and righteousness, and not just keeping the commandments outwardly but inwardly as well. How important is this thing called law, or in other words right and wrong, righteousness, justice, reality, God's rules?
2 Nephi 2:13 "And if ye shall say there is no law, ye shall also say there is no sin. If ye shall say there is no sin, ye shall also say there is no righteousness. And if there be no righteousness there be no happiness. And if there be no righteousness or happiness there be no punishment nor misery. And if these things are not there is no God. And if there is no God we are not, neither the earth; for there could have been no creation of things, neither to act nor to be acted upon; wherefore all things must have vanished away."
Apparently law is all important! But we are now afraid to stand for goodness and condemn sin, because that shows we aren't loving, right? Wrong. First, while we never condemn people (only God can do that), we are obligated to condemn bad opinions, false ideas, and all manner of wickedness, generally, in ourselves, and in those we have stewardship over. It is possible to love the sinner and condemn the sin because the person and the sin are two different entities. (Don't we continue to love ourselves even though we fall short?) People who are defending sin have embraced the ridiculous notion of combining the person and the sin together. That way, everybody gets hoodwinked into thinking we have to accept the sin or we are aren't loving the sinner and aren't being like Jesus. Again, Jesus condemns sin and calls us to repentance in no uncertain terms. Because he truly loves us.
The wicked don't like the truth about sin. The truth cuts them to the heart and they get angry and defensive and twist things around. They like their sins and don't want to give them up.
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I know you're really strict about the homosexual-temptations-being-sinful-thing, but . . .
The above communication came to us recently, and we would like to point out that it is the Lord who is strict about these things because he cares about the welfare of our souls. Of course there is such a thing as a dirty mind! If homosexual behaviors are wrong, so are the temptations (desires, fantasies, thought patterns) toward those behaviors. If we believe homosexual behaviors to be sinful, how can we honestly say that to think about them is not sinful? That would mean that homosexual temptations are pure and holy, which is what unrepentant gays actually believe. You see, we are dealing with wickedness here.
But there is more. Gays are claiming their dirty mindedness as an identity, publicizing and celebrating it and demanding that all of us embrace this nonsense. This is the same as people proudly claiming, publicizing, and celebrating their adulterous temptations or their incestuous temptations or their temptations toward pedophilia as "who they are" and demanding special treatment and everybody's utmost respect.
The questions arises, why are supposedly religious people so defensive about having to repent of wrong, bad thoughts? We should all be doing this all the time. If we care about the immortal souls of men, whether or not temptations toward wickedness are acted upon with the physical body is not the point. In fact, as C. S. Lewis put it, sins of the flesh are mere fleabites in comparison to sins of the heart. We must continually cleanse the inner vessel if we are to be fit for the presence of God.
On the subject of whether or not certain thoughts, feelings, desires, intents, minds, hearts, appetites, passions, etc. can be wicked and sinful, there are countless scriptures, many of them commonly well-known. We'll let the Lord speak for himself:
Genesis 6:5 "And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually."
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Our article about the BSA's consideration of letting gays into their organization needs an addendum. All the hype is distorted to make the public think it's about inclusiveness of individuals, but it's not really about that at all. Homosexuals, or those with homosexual tendencies, have always been allowed in the Boy Scouts. No one was asked and no one told if they had those proclivities. It was an unspoken don't ask, don't tell thing. It was a secret sin. But of course they were and are there. Recently the BSA released more than 1,200 files detailing decades of homosexual sexual abuse of minors within their ranks. The LA Times reports a database of more than 5,000 such cases over the years.
Times have changed. Through cunning propaganda the public has changed its opinion of homosexuals from perverts to victims to heroes. An unspeakable vice has become a glorified virtue. Sex activism is aimed at youth. Children and teenagers are being indoctrinated and recruited into gayness. What the BSA is now deciding is not about whether or not to include homosexuals; that's a given. It's about whether or not to jump on the bandwagon and publicly welcome homosexuals, or in other words, whether or not to institutionalize homosexuality within its leadership and ranks.
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Bye-Bye Boy Scouts?
The Boy Scouts of America. A treasured institution all about aiding boys in developing proper masculinity and responsible manhood, helping boys become morally straight godly citizens, giving boys opportunities to interact in healthy ways with other boys and men. We wish. Even after two years of research and a supposedly final decision to ban open homosexuals, the fact that the BSA is again rethinking its core values regardless of the danger to boys, shows that one of the last hold-outs against the normalization and embrace of gayness is going the way of the wicked world. You might say the BSA has more chicken in it than Chick-Fil-A. Although the BSA has postponed its new final decision until May, we believe it will likely end up encouraging the very opposite of its stated purposes. Here are some realities to think about:
Gay activist organizations target kids through every established organization that has kids in it. GLAAD, HRC, GLSEN, and every other gay affirming group, along with Planned Parenthood and others, all have "outreach" programs aimed specifically to indoctrinate youth to experiment with all manner of sex and sexuality. Tammy Bruce (who laments that she herself is a lesbian) in her 2003 book, The Death of Right and Wrong, wrote, "I believe this grab for children by the sexually confused adults of the Gay Elite represents the most serious problem facing our culture today." In their grab for the rising generation gay activists have not only come up with new institutions created in their image too many to name here, but attacked societal norms. They have cleverly infiltrated every type of traditional-values institution, including marriage, family, churches, schools, media, businesses, and of course the Girl and Boy Scouts. These institutions have been patiently and unceasingly singled out, pressured, and taken over to some degree by gay activists.
If this whole thing is just about adult issues such as love and rights and equality, why are the minds and bodies of children and youth so important to militant gays? No, it's not to teach kids to be kind to everybody. It's to reorder society. The whole innate and immutable gay identity thing is a hoax. Honest gays admit it. In their own words, they must, "recruit, recruit, recruit," in order to accomplish the godless gay agenda. The easiest demographic to influence is the young, whether they are indoctrinated into homosexuality themselves or into the wholesale celebration of it in others. Children are the best way to get at parents, and the more people gays can win over, the more justified they become in their arrogance, bad ideas, and bad behaviors, and the more power they accrue. But here, you can hear it in their own words.
(Warning: the following excerpt, though read into the U. S. Congressional Record, contains disturbing material. It is from a 1987 article.) Activist Michael Swift wrote, "We shall sodomize your sons . . . We shall seduce them in your schools, in your dormitories, in your gymnasiums, in your locker rooms, in your sports arenas, in your seminaries, in your movie theater bathrooms, in your army bunkhouses, in your truck stops, in your all male clubs, in your houses of Congress, wherever men are with men together. Your sons shall become our minions and do our bidding. They will be recast in our image. They will come to crave and adore us . . . The family unit, which only dampens imagination and curbs free will, must be eliminated . . . Our writers and artists will make love between men fashionable . . . All laws banning homosexual activity will be revoked. Instead, legislation shall be passed which engenders love between men . . . All churches that condemn us will be closed . . . Those who oppose us will be exiled . . . There will be no compromises. We are not middle-class weaklings. Highly intelligent, we are the natural aristocrats of the human race . . . Tremble hetero swine, when we appear before you without our masks."
Sound scary? How about Satanic? Well, it's totally happening, in the above ways and also in new highly sophisticated and effective ways that did not exist in the 1980s. A friend asked the other day how gays could really be so bad when the ones she knows are so "nice." Think about it. Just because people are nice and do amazing and good things in public does not mean they can't be quite nasty in other ways you don't know about. Most all of our sins are private. In fact, many clever sociopaths wear the masks referred to above and are adept at hiding their Mr. Hydes from the whole gullible world. (Check out the movie "Bernie" for a good example of this and the short article following this one.) Descartes (1596-1650) put it this way: "The greatest souls are capable of the greatest vices as well as of the greatest virtues."
The truth is, homosexuality is by nature unnatural, perverse, and physically harmful. As such, those who proudly claim the gay identity have become past feeling, their consciences seared, when it comes to sexual morality, health, and decency. People preoccupied with out-of-bounds sexual "identities" possess decreased sexual limits and weakened self-control. For most proud gays, promiscuous male-on-male sex is an impulsive, casual, no-strings-attached activity. Anonymous partners are found in seconds over the internet.. All of this and more accounts for the inordinately high spread of sexually-transmitted disease and other maladies among gays. In addition, homosexuality is often predatory. Grown men seek to initiate younger men and boys. And boys in turn introduce homosexuality among their peers. And this is the thing the Boy Scouts of America can't make up its mind about!
FACT: Homosexuals sexually abuse children at a rate 36 times higher than heterosexual perverts. See the CDC website for details.
It is a travesty that our godless mainstream culture today refuses to make this connection. When a man is caught sexually abusing boys he is reported as a pedophile, not as a homosexual, same-sex sexually attracted pedophile. An example is the recent horrendous case of Jerry Sandusky, the assistant football coach at Penn State and founder of The Second Mile, an organization for underprivileged youth. As far as we know the news never mentioned Sandusky being homosexual even though he sodomized only boys. (We are not saying that heterosexual perverts are less bad than homosexual perverts, or that every homosexual abuses children. We are saying that homosexuality is always a vice that inordinately breeds more evil.)
Again, the societal embrace of the gay identity as an immutable trait is a well-planned and executed hoax. Intimidation, fear, and misinformation have deceived many, causing individuals, families, and institutions of all kinds to step in line. Money is also a highly effective tool. We bet you don't know that while the Boy Scout staff members actually implementing the local scout programs are all volunteers, the regional executives and the 10 or so national BSA executive officers receive outrageously large salaries, ranging from $250,000 to almost a million dollars a year each. It appears that Robert J. Mazzuca, Chief Scout Executive, received $980,755 total compensation for the year 2011, not counting paid expenses. It's no wonder all those scout supplies cost so much and that we are relentlessly approached to donate! And as the Gay Elite is known to carry out significant financial punishment on those who oppose them, it's no wonder these executives are leaning toward removing their gay ban. It's about money. News reports have substantiated this fact. Of course execuatives' salaries comprise only a small portion of the BSA's total budget, but it is obvious the monetary value of the BSA matters to them also. It is excruciatingly sad to consider that the head leaders of the BSA (or any other traditional-values-based institution) would care more about things like salaries, societal approval, and financial standing than the safety and proper rearing of youth.
Many parents have been wary of scouting for many years as is. Reports of homosexual sexual molestation are all too common in boy scout settings. Some fathers we know get involved in the scouting program and attend their sons' activities and camp outs just to keep their sons safe. Any institution's concession to include publicly self-determined gays-those who are openly proud of their preoccupation with same-sex sexuality, which is the bottom line definition of gayness-as members and leaders will only embolden such people and make things unimaginably worse, silence any opposition, and further weaken a formerly strong and purposeful organization.
Read this and weep, all who have enjoyed or now enjoy the scout program, all eagle scouts, all veteran scout leaders, all cubmasters, all den mothers, and all parents who were counting on scouting for their sons. If the BSA ends up embracing homosexuality, whether officially or by finding a way to pretend to sidestep the issue (which amounts to quiet assent), the least decent people can do is contact the BSA at 972-580-2000 and/or withhold their annual donations. We've heard of thousands who are doing so. It also appears that many families are seriously considering discontinuing their participation in the scouting program altogether.
As Lincoln knew, "not to call evil evil is to call it good." So long, BSA.
Gay Rights Icon Arrested for Child Porn
If anyone asks you the loaded question, "So you think all gays are pedophiles?" the correct answer is, "An inordinately high percentage are. It's a huge problem." (Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council was asked this very question on CNN a few days ago.) For most gays, the supposed harmless gay identity they adopt is a total ruse. It's all about sex, and very bad sexual manners indeed. In many cases, criminal.
This appears to be true in the case of Larry Brinkin, founding member of the highest funded gay activist organization, the Human Rights Campaign, and former San Francisco Human Rights Commission staffer. This is a very big wig, a man who had a whole week dedicated to him in San Francisco following his retirement.
The 66-year-old Brinkin was recently arrested for sending emails containing child pornography of the most egregious kind. Along with the most incredibly vile language, the pornography showed men engaged in sex acts with toddlers as young as 1-3. Apparently this has not been widely reported. We only heard of it online. If you have the stomach to know more, read this Bay Area Reporter article.
We suppose we shouldn't be surprised that Larry's fellow gay rights activists/followers are making excuses for him and praising his great accomplishments.
Too Many Are Silent
Book Review by Standard of Liberty's Janice Graham
of Stand for the Family by Sharon Slater, President of Family Watch International.
We have become a civilization-international, national, state, and local-that now persists on valuing what is most worthless and harmful in place of what is most essential and healthy. Sharon Slater outlines this fatal trajectory to a "t" in Stand for the Family. Shocking and riveting, this book has the potential to pry open the eyes of a comfortable and complacent people and motivate them to thought and action. We are given a wide picture, from the author's stunning personal witness of the "broad assault on the family" at the radical and powerful United Nations to shocking information exposing the stealthy sexual rights agenda as it worms its way into our homes, schools, churches, and communities.
Employing cold hard facts on every such travesty, from the demeaning of motherhood, to the lies involved in the evil of convenience abortion, to the sexualization of school children, to the societal embrace of pornography, to the whitewashing of homosexuality and every other perversion, Slater shows that "every aspect of the assault on the family comes down to one underlying movement, the movement to destroy all societal restraints on sexual behavior."
Not many pages are turned before the reader must confess: It is beyond doubt that in our modern world the selfish sexuality-related demands of a few are well on the way to topping every other concern: the value of human posterity, public health and safety, support for the conjugal family, parental rights, decency and modesty, religious freedom, bona fide education, the innocence of children, even people's rights to the kind of psychological care they wish to receive.
Undoubtedly, the most graphic example of modern sexuality-related irresponsibility and selfishness is popular abortion and the harmful lies promoting it. Of all the evils our society now winks at, this has to be the worst. Forewarning the faint of heart, Slater describes five abortion procedures, none of which are humane. It turns out there is no clean, painless, or harmless way of getting rid of a pregnancy at any stage, whether for the baby or the mother. During any abortion a human body is delivered, albeit dead or left to die, that is, in bloody pieces, burned, shriveled, suffocating, or punctured with a collapsed, sucked-out skull. And mothers who choose to abort their babies are at inordinately high risk of multiple negative complications and consequences (including death and suicide).
Slater is also greatly exercised, as we all should be, with the harm being done to America's posterity that has been most recently allowed to be born. She writes, "I am concerned about laws, policies and school programs that promote homosexuality as these can affect the well-being of children and youth . . . Socially liberal teachers are carefully shaping the minds and hearts of the rising generation . . . When homosexuality is promoted, children can more easily be persuaded to adopt a homosexual lifestyle and thus experience many of the well-documented negative outcomes associated with this lifestyle."
A distinction is made between those homosexuals who keep to themselves and those homosexuals and their supporters who are actively working to push the homosexual agenda (and we add, in whatever degree or aspect). Slater warns that the latter are dangerous and destructive on a societal scale. It is well documented that activists have long planned and plotted to draw public attention away from what homosexuality is really about: perverse, impulsive, self-indulgent sex and sexuality. Just one of many examples is how the "media rarely portrays the sexual abuse of boys by men as a homosexual issue." And Slater adds, "Please understand that the drive for 'sexual rights' is not limited to homosexuality."
In an attempt to understand why anti-family forces are so determined to break boundaries and redefine marriage and family, Slater points out that many individuals have been harmed, disappointed, and become embittered, and as a result wish to throw the baby out with the bath water. To these sad souls, the very idea of "traditional family" has become inflammatory. "Dysfunctional, abusive families are a breeding ground for anti-family activists. As more families disintegrate, the ranks of the anti-family forces will grow, and the attacks against the traditional family will increase."
What can be done? The author says the problem is simple. "Even though we are in the majority, too many people are remaining silent." Throughout her book the indefatigable Sharon Slater offers suggestions on how to get involved in the fight and includes "Ten Ways to Immunize Your Family Against the Assaults."
While the author insists, "this book is not a religious book" (emphasis hers), presenting her case entirely on the facts at hand, I suspect she knows exactly what she is up to. Everything moral, right, and good comes from God. The obligation to battle against the devil is certainly nothing new. Thus, a book about fighting evil and standing for good cannot be anything but religious at its heart whether anyone recognizes that or not.
The world has turned its back on its Creator. Only a return to God-"a moral and spiritual regeneration" to quote the late Robert Bork-can save it.
A Politically Incorrect Guide to 'Sexual Orientation'
December 29, 2012. Matt Barber is an attorney concentrating in constitutional law.
He serves as vice president of Liberty Counsel Action. Click here to read this article online at WND.
Matt Barber explains latest alphabet designations for behavioral deviants
“Once we determine, as a matter of law, that people are entitled to special privilege because they subjectively define their identity based upon deviant sexual proclivities and behaviors, moral, legal and cultural anarchy are inevitable.”
It’s a mixed up muddled up shook up world … ~ The Kinks
Through the secular-”progressive” looking-glass, the term “sexual orientation” has, in a few short years, evolved to accommodate an ever-expanding fruit basket of carnal appetites.
First it was “LGB” – liberal shorthand for “lesbian, gay and bisexual.” Then they added a “T” for “transgender.” That’s cross-dressing. You know, fellas like 45-year-old Clay Francis (aka, “Colleen”).
Mr. Francis enjoys macramé, long walks on the beach, wearing lady’s knickers and showering fully nude with 6-year-old girls [ed. See article below].
Because it’s illegal to “discriminate based on the basis of gender identity,” and since it’s the only “tolerant” thing to do, this brave bellwether of the persecuted LGBT victim-class has secured the “civil right” for him and other men to fully expose themselves to your daughter in the locker room at Olympia, Washington’s Evergreen State College.
But slow down, Dad. According to the law, if you have a problem with Mr. Francis baring all to your baby girl, then you’re the problem. You’re a “transphobe” (“homophobia’s” evil twin sister, er, brother … whatever). Deck this sicko for terrifying your first-grader and you’re off to jail while “Colleen” is off to the “Human Rights Campaign” for a commendation as the latest victim of an “anti-LGBT hate crime.”
Rosa Parks in drag, I guess.
But to make sure they didn’t miss anyone, pooh-bahs over at Child Corruption Central added a “Q” to the “sexual orientation” mix. In case some fifth-grader in Ms. Adamsapple’s health class gets the urge to “taste the rainbow” (and I don’t mean Skittles), the catch-all term “questioning” was tacked on.
Gotta meet those recruiting quotas.
According to the “gay” activist group GLSEN, sexuality is “fluid” and “may change over time.” Unless, of course, you’re already “gay,” and then change is impossible, fixed and immutable. Like that hotel in California, “You can check out any time you like, but you can never leave.”
Nobody said it’s supposed to make sense.
Still, because “progressives” aren’t progressive unless they’re progressing toward progress, this nonsensical alphabet soup of sexual deviancy has ballooned to a marvelous “LGBTQQIAAP.”
The latest word salad in the counter-”heterosexist” war against “heteronormativity” (yes, they consider these real things) is “Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning, Queer, Intersex, Asexual, Allies, and Pansexual.”
In Canada, they’ve added “2S” which means: “Two-spirit. The visionaries and healers of aboriginal (sic) communities, the gay and lesbian shamans.”
I just can’t believe these closed-minded bigots left out members of the mistreated “BDSM” community (Bondage, Discipline, Sadism and Masochism). That’s OK, I guess. Being mistreated is their whole shtick, right? Or maybe they’re covered under “P” for “pansexual.” That means, more or less, that if the mood strikes, you’ll take a roll in the hay with anyone or anything in any way imaginable (or unimaginable).
Speaking of rolls in the hay, don’t put away your alphabet soup decoder ring just yet. It looks like we’ll soon be adding another “B” to the mix.
The late “gay” activist icon Frank Kameny – a pervert before his time – endorsed the practice of bestiality a few years ago. He called sex with animals “harmless,” saying that “as long as the animal doesn’t mind – and the animal rarely does – I don’t mind, and I don’t see why anyone else should.”
So we’ve further lowered the bar from “consenting adults” to “consenting adults and hoofed mammals.” How does that work? Bestiality is OK, but “neigh” means “neigh”?
In today’s frenzied struggle for unfettered sexual license cleverly couched as “civil rights,” we shouldn’t be surprised, then, that oppressed peoples representing all form of “sexual orientation” are lining up for their slice of “equality” pie.
Yes, even, um, animal lovers. According to a recent report by Florida’s Gainesville Sun, for instance, “Lawyers representing a Marion County man accused of sexual activity with a miniature donkey have filed a motion asking a judge to declare the Florida statute banning sexual activities with animals unconstitutional.”
“Carlos R. Romero, 32 … is accused of sexual activities involving animals, a first-degree misdemeanor, after he allegedly was found in a compromising position in August with a female miniature donkey named Doodle.”
First of all, I was offended by the article’s insensitive use of the term “miniature donkey.” I believe, if I’m not mistaken, the preferred nomenclature is “little horse.”
Still, I was especially struck – though not surprised – by the legal arguments Romero’s lawyers ponied up. They claimed “that the statute infringes upon Romero’s due process rights and violates the equal protection clause of the 14th Amendment in the U.S. Constitution.”
“By making sexual conduct with an animal a crime, the statute demeans individuals like Defendant (Romero) by making his private sexual conduct a crime,” they wrote.
Right. The statute demeans Romero.
“The personal morals of the majority, whether based on religion or traditions, cannot be used as a reason to deprive a person of their personal liberties,” the attorneys wrote.
This line of argument is directly from the homosexual activist playbook – the rationale adopted by the majority in the landmark Lawrence v. Texas case. In Lawrence, the U.S. Supreme Court manufactured, for the first time in history, a constitutional “right” for men to sodomize each other.
So why not Doodle?
In his characteristically brilliant dissent, Justice Antonin Scalia forecast exactly what’s happened in the decade since: “State laws against bigamy, same-sex marriage, adult incest, prostitution, masturbation, adultery, fornication, bestiality and obscenity are likewise sustainable only in light of Bowers’ validation of laws based on moral choices,” he wrote. “Every single one of these laws is called into question by today’s decision.”
Predictably, polygamists and incestuous siblings are now clamoring for so-called “marriage equality” based on Lawrence. At this rate, there’s little doubt they’ll get it.
Once our culture decides, as a matter of course, that all morality is relative, all bets are off. Once we determine, as a matter of law, that people are entitled to special privilege because they subjectively define their identity based upon deviant sexual proclivities and behaviors, moral, legal and cultural anarchy are inevitable.
The brave new world is upon us.
College Allows Transgender Man to Expose Himself to Young Girls
By Todd Starnes. Nov 1, 2012. Click here to read this article on FoxNews.com.
A Washington college said their non-discrimination policy prevents them from stopping a transgender man from exposing himself to young girls inside a women’s locker room, according to a group of concerned parents.
“Little girls should not be exposed to naked men, period,” said David Hacker, senior legal counsel with the Alliance Defending Freedom. A group of concerned parents contacted the legal firm for help.
Hacker said a 45-year-old male student, who dresses as a woman and goes by the name Colleen Francis, undressed and exposed his genitals on several occasions inside the woman’s locker room at Evergreen State College.
Students from nearby Olympia High School as well as children at a local swimming club share locker rooms with the college.
According to a police report, the mother of a 17-year-old girl complained after her daughter saw the transgender individual walking naked in the locker room. A female swim coach confronted the man sprawled out in a sauna exposing himself. She ordered him to leave and called police.
The coach later apologized when she discovered the man was transgendered but explained there were girls using the facility as young as six years old who weren’t used to seeing male genitals.
“They’re uncomfortable with him being in there, her, being in there and are shocked by it,” parent Kristi Holterman told KIRO-TV.
According to the police report, the local district attorney probably will not pursue charges because he said the “criminal law is very vague in this area.”
Francis told KIRO-TV that he was born a man but chose to live as a woman in 2009. Francis said he felt discriminated against after he was told told leave.
“This is not 1959 Alabama,” Francis told the television station. “We don’t call police for drinking from the wrong water fountain.”
Hacker and local parents are outraged over the college’s response to the incident.
“The idea that the college and the local district attorney will not act to protect young girls is appalling,” he said. “What Americans are seeing here is the poisoned fruit of so-called ‘non-discrimination’ laws and policies.”
Placing this man’s proclivities ahead of protecting little girls is beyond unacceptable, Hacker said.
A spokesman for the college did not return calls seeking comment.
Hacker said the college could be held liable for damages if any of the young girls is harmed by the transgendered individual.
“Clearly, allowing a person who is biologically a man to undress and expose himself to young girls places those girls at risk for emotional distress and harm,” he wrote in a letter to the college. “Any reasonable person would view this as dangerous to the young girls involved. The fact that this individual was sitting in plain view of young girls changing into their swimsuits puts you and Evergreen on notice of possible future harm.”
Anybody Can Be, Nobody Has to Be
Originally posted on SoL Blog Thursday, April 26, 2012. Dedicated to my father, W. Scott Barrett, 1925-2009.
A standard argument in favor of embracing the gay identity is that it is not chosen. We agree that under certain conditions, anybody can be tempted towards same sex sexual attraction. But let's think this through. If a desire or temptation corresponds with wrong or harmful acts, whether we choose it or not doesn't really matter. What matters is if we realize it for what it is and choose to beat it.
Do we choose a craving for chocolate? Or a feeling of anger? Or a wicked unkind thought? Probably not. It's just our human nature. The question is, what do we do with these passions? Do we proclaim ourselves hopeless chocolate gluttons? Raging lunatics? Devils? Is that just who we are? Is it okay, even special? Of course not.
If we're serious about health, order, and goodness, what we do is regulate ourselves. If we're religious that means we turn to God. We work at getting our hearts changed. It may be hard work, but we keep at it. If we're serious about God, order, and goodness, there is no giving up or giving in to the weakness.
What's missing in the LDS gay argument we see being swallowed by and emboldening so many these days, is this question:
If this condition or identity, whatever you want to call it, is so difficult, if it upsets family and conflicts with one's religious beliefs and prohibits a normal life, if these things are as important to them as they let on, whether a person felt they chose it or not, wouldn't they try to get help? Instead of clinging to trendy poilitically-charged notions about human sexuality and seeking validation through pornography and gay-affirming individuals and groups, wouldn't they choose to educate themselves from all sides, seek out the best professional help available that fits their religious views, turn to God for motivation, courage, and faith, and never give up? Wouldn't their families support them in conquering their problem?
That's what is so exciting about God's gift of agency. Whatever life deals us, we're free. We're free in our minds and hearts, no matter what. We can choose what we want, and if we truly desire to overcome this or that temptation, if we truly give it up to the Lord, we can be free of it. Because we are weak human beings, it may take time, it may creep up on us, we might get discouraged, it may cause us annoyance, regret, or sorrow, but if we keep truly striving and keep putting the Lord first, a current temptation can become ancient history, freeing us to make improvements in other areas.
Problems arise when people don't really want to give up their unrighteous passions. Sin, even in our minds and hearts, is pleasurable. We get something out of sin or we wouldn't make it a part of us. As foreign as it may sound to those who have been trained toward healthy heterosexuality, same sex lust is pleasurable to those who have learned and continually nourish such thought patterns.
Claiming the gay identity has a great deal of power and support these days. It gets a person a lot of attention and opens up all kinds of passes and possibilities, especially if one is proud, unrepentant, and completely ignores the above truths. In fact, the gay movement has done a great job of stifling discussion on important life issues such as the possibility of overcoming homosexual tendencies. It has done such a good job that ex-gays are denigrated and dismissed. Yes, one can self-identify as gay to rousing applause, but if one self-identifies as ex-gay, here come the tomatoes.
We at SoL are here to present an opposing view to the world's current opinion, that is, that the gay identity is unnatural, disorderly, and harmful. Homosexuality is taught and spread, usually to unwitting young people. We submit that sexual feelings are just feelings, and feelings can and do change direction. Whether you feel as if you chose the feelings and desires or not, you can choose to resist and reorient them toward rightness and an orderly, normal life.
Anybody can be, nobody has to be.
–Janice Barrett Graham
Salt Lake Tribune: Website another sign of
Mormon evolution on gay issues
by Peg McEntee, December 12, 2012
Their voices are tender and loving as they make the case that the LDS Church welcomes members of the LGBT community to a new era of kindness and acceptance.
The voices belong to men and women, gay and straight, who speak on the church’s new website — mormonsandgays.org — beckoning back gays, lesbians, bisexual and transgender Mormons who have lost touch with their faith.
On the site, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints doesn’t back away from its teaching that sex should only be between a husband and a wife. Instead, it reaffirms the current LDS stance — that same-sex attraction isn’t a sin, acting on it is.
Even so, it’s an enormous step. After all, this is a church that once backed reparative therapy for gay boys and men, urged gays to marry women, insisted gays and lesbians weren’t “born that way” and declared that it was sinful to have such “feelings.”
In past years, the Utah-based faith pushed for initiatives, including California’s Proposition 8, to ban gay marriage.
More recently, though, the LDS Church has avoided involvement in such ballot efforts and has endorsed housing and job protections for gay and transgender residents.
It also now recognizes that sexual orientation is innate, and that, as the website says, “The church reaches out to all God’s children, including our gay and lesbian brothers and sisters.”
For the LDS Church, intolerance, it seems, has given way to understanding. Rather than trying to change LGBT Mormons, members are urged to cherish them.
We live in a time when nine states and the District of Columbia have endorsed same-sex marriage, even as 37 states, including Utah, have laws or constitutional amendments forbidding it. Just last week, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear challenges to Prop 8 and the federal Defense of Marriage Act.
It is, of course, a religion’s right to guide its members to righteousness. Still, I wonder how many men and women can forswear sexual intimacy, recognized by many faiths as a natural extension of profound love?
Through its new website, the LDS Church explains how.
On it, a gay man tells of his attraction to men, and how, after years of seeking, he ultimately married a woman and became a father. A lesbian recounts her lifelong attraction to women and her ultimate decision, through faith and prayer, to re-immerse herself in the church she loves. A mother talks about her gay son and grandsons and how she loves them as unequivocally as she does her religion.
The LDS Church’s evolving stance recognizes that exclusion is not the way to treat gay people in its own midst. By opening its arms, it provides a spiritual haven for gay believers.
Right now, it may be too much to ask that the faith reconsider its opposition to gay marriage. But maybe LDS leaders — not today, but someday — will come to the conclusion that the law of chastity could accommodate married gay couples who share what the church describes as "the boundaries of commitment and responsibility."
Click here to read this article on the Salt Lake Tribune website.
How to Spot a False Teacher
November 27, 2012
False teachers. They are firmly established among the followers of Christ, presenting themselves as the ultra-faithful and ultra-spiritual. How can we recognize them and their false doctrines? The following, in some combination, are some common characteristics and tenets of false teachers today.
They are typically confident, outspoken, smooth-tongued, young, good-looking, tireless, charismatic, and encourage their own celebrity.
They are driven to spread their false doctrines and succeed in deceiving even the most intelligent and faithful, thereby attaining sponsors.
They choose professions that impact the most people: teaching, writing, journalism, blogging, speaking, counseling and the social sciences.
They are practiced in flattery; they tell people what they like to hear.
They say things to make people feel more comfortable about weaknesses and sins.
They mischaracterize God and subvert truth to allow for weakness and sin.
They focus on feelings rather than truths and on outward acts rather than true religiosity.
They tell a lot of sociological stories that stimulate emotions and pride rather than reflection and humility.
They emphasize the self: self-esteem, self-fulfillment, self-importance, self-determined “truth.”
They dismiss generational wisdom, including discouraging parental guidance of children, in order to restructure an entire people’s religion, morals, traditions, and beliefs.
They presume to hold back realities, truths, and commandments, claiming to know that others are special, incapable, or unprepared for the gospel of Jesus Christ.
They mix in bits of incomplete truths to make their lies more believable. Example: They repeat the truth that “God loves you just the way you are,” but leave out how God wants us to better ourselves from the inside out, which is only possible by humbly relying on Christ, in order to qualify for the greatest of all His gifts: eternal life.
They distort truths. Example: they say no one is perfect, but they present this truth as a consolation and excuse for sin.
They spout scriptures and quotes from authority figures with interpretations that suit their purposes.
They dismiss doctrines, if confronted, which contradict their position, and steer the discussion back to flattery and psychobabble.
They sound more like Oprah Winfrey than they do the Apostle Paul; their ideas more closely follow popular and new-age “spirituality” than true Christianity.
They push personal happiness in a hazy, temporal, light-minded, and self-satisfied sense.
They mostly use soft words in fuzzy, hollow ways like journey, challenges, understanding, manage, diminish, conversation, acceptance, love.
They are virtually silent on the basic gospel principles of agency, sin, repentance, and divine redemption.
They don’t distinguish between things we can change and things we can’t change, or they switch them up.
They don’t talk about sins of the mind and heart. Wicked thoughts and desires are okay as long as hands are clean.
They do a lot of tooting of their own horns, such as how blessed they are to share their experiences, how their “challenges” [read: temptations they continue to cling to] have made them spiritual giants and leaders, how close they are to God, and how they know so much about the Atonement.
They play down the experience of mortality as not needed or particularly defining or significant. (2 Nephi 28: “Eat, drink, and be merry for tomorrow we die and it shall be well with us.”)
They claim spiritual growth while advocating weakness and sin (Matthew 6:24: serving two masters?).
They speak more of embracing ourselves as “who we are” than making step-by-step progress.
They reject the gifts of agency and repentance, and the doctrine of restoration (Alma 34:34, Alma 41), proclaiming that God in His time will wrench from us our wayward desires in this life or the next.
They put low expectations on God’s children, disparaging the possibility and individual desire to become new creatures, washed clean and forgiven through Christ.
They suggest that any and all souls will be saved in the end no matter what our character, disposition, or desires may be.
For conscientious members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, many of these false teachings should resound with what the several Book of Mormon anti-Christs preached, who used the very same concepts (and even some of the same exact words) and who were highly successful in leading many of the faithful followers of Christ astray. Now, as modern anti-Christs walk and talk among us like wolves in sheep’s clothing, it will take courage and pure-hearted devotion to the gospel of Jesus Christ to recognize and reject their cunning and worldly sophistries while learning, teaching, and living everlastingly true but now unpopular doctrines.
–Stephen & Janice Graham
We highly recommend this article,
“The Doctrine of Repentance in Salvation,” by Dean Robinson
C.H. Spurgeon once made the statement: "Brethren, we shall not adjust our Bible to the age, but the age to the Bible."
We are living in a day and age where man is taught to think good thoughts, high thoughts, wonderful thoughts about himself. Within the last 20 years or so there has been a covert invasion in Christianity in America without hardly a whimper of protest. This invasion can best be described as "Christian" psychology, which is nothing more than watered-down humanism. While there are millions of people searching for answers to their complicated problems created by their increasingly complex lives, psychology comes along and attempts to answer and solve man's sin problems and its consequences through the building up and restoration of man's self-esteem and self-image. We are told today to get in touch with our inner self and ask the question: "How do you feel about yourself?" The bottom line is, it doesn't amount to a hill of beans what we think or feel about ourselves, but what does the Bible say and teach.
This matrimony between psychology and Christianity has created an unholy alliance which is producing some strange children that are permitting, promoting, and preaching deceiving, dangerous, and damnable false doctrines. This diabolical psychobabble of self-love is sweeping through churches today among self-seeking men in a self-centered society whose greatest problem is a desire to worship at the altar of self. The apostle Paul warned us that one of the characteristics of the last days would be that "men shall be lovers of their own selves" (2 Tim. 3:2).
I'm afraid many so-called fundamental/evangelical churches and preachers have fallen into the trap of teaching this mushy self-worth propaganda that seeks to camouflage itself in robes of charity and tolerance. Churches and preachers alike are abandoning their God-called purpose of holding up the mirror of God's Word and graphically revealing to man what he really looks like in the sight of a holy God. The missing message in modern-day preaching is the Biblical doctrine of repentance, where a sinner is convinced and convicted of his exceeding sinfulness and lost condition.
Obama Campaign Ad Equates Voting with Sex
October 26, 2012
Now we’ve seen everything. Paid for in the millions by Obama for America, the Obama Campaign has released an ad called “Your First Time” in which an actress compares voting for the first time with having premarital sex for the first time, alluding to having sex with someone comparable to President Obama. We think this shocking and suggestive ad, targeting young women, is pornographic in nature. Conservative commentators such as Mark Levin are calling it “contemptible and sick, that the president is dragging this election more and more into the gutter.”
Said Levin on his Oct. 25 radio show, “This election is “not about copulation . . . except of course if you’re Obama and his team and they think this is going to persuade you to vote for [him]. I’m starting to think . . . that these people are perverts. I’m starting to think that these people have a sexual obsession problem. Endless talk of contraceptives . . there’s something wrong with these people. And they think there’s something wrong with you.”
We agree. Sad to say, there are those among us who would like nothing better than an America made weak and easy to control by being enslaved by their own depravities, and so they pander and coddle them to their advantage. People like Sandra Fluke are mere pawns.
Introducing PFOX: Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays and Gays October 26, 2012
We would like you to know our friends at PFOX with whom we have enjoyed association for more than a decade. This vibrant organization of untiring, courageous individuals supports families, advocates for the ex-gay community, and educates the public on sexual orientation based on all aspects of human experience including science, family relations, and multiple religious denominations.
“PFOX families unconditionally love their children,” states their mission statement, and we have seen this for ourselves, whether their family members are continually involved in the gay lifestyle or have left it behind, and their children know it. Leaders of PFOX include those whose children are acting out and those individuals who have lived the gay lifestyle for decades and subsequently rejected it and reoriented to heterosexuality through therapy and faith.
The PFOX website contains news alerts, videos, resources, great articles, and true redemption testimonials of those who have changed from unwanted homosexuality to their natural heterosexuality. One story is about a man who underwent a degree of sex-change treatments, but who later changed his mind and was helped by PFOX to reverse the treatments and embrace his natural maleness and masculinity.
Excellent brochures such as “Prevent Bullying at your School;” “Can Sexual Orientation Change?”; “Tolerance for the Ex-Gay Community;” and “Gender Identity Disorder,” are available for downloading and printing for distribution to churches, schools, universities, libraries, exhibit booths, counselors’ offices, diversity centers, etc. It makes sense that the “inclusion of the ex-gay message is the way to spread the word that change is possible and tolerance [respect] for those who have changed is necessary.”
PFOX focuses on the realities that “No one is born gay! There are thousands of ex-gays, Anyone can decide to change, It’s your life and your decision,” which are rejected and ignored by most mainstream media, news organizations, and schools, and vilified by the gay community that supposedly promotes diversity and self-determination.
Thank you PFOX! Keep up the good work!
The Pornified and Prostituted Child
Book Review of Renting Lacy by Linda Smith
October 26, 2012
“Who are these men, and sometimes women, who lust after a child?” That is the sickening crux of the problem of child sex trafficking, for if there were no demand for it, it would not exist. This dark, cruel and inhuman subculture is exposed in Linda Smith’s book, Renting Lacy which we received at the Family Research Council’s Values Voter Summit in Washington D. C. recently as we attended a breakout session. Linda spoke on this topic along with a former victim of child sex slavery who has become an advocate for those enslaved today.
Aside from the selfish dismissing, despising, and destroying of the unborn, we can hardly think of anything as wicked as the sexualization, indoctrination, and exploitation of children for adult greed and perverse sexual pleasure.
What we learned right off is that child sex trafficking is not, as most have heard, an international problem occurring only outside of the United States or to foreign children brought into the U. S. No, it is a domestic problem, too, here, in our cities and towns where victims are harvested from our neighborhoods, schools, and churches. “[T]here are over 100,000 domestic child sex trafficking victims in the USA each year — 100,000 or more who don’t come in from other countries . . . our own children.” Victims are mostly girls, but boys also. And the customers? Heterosexual, and undoubtedly also homosexual.
Writes Smith,“[M]en in any country, our own included, don’t usually travel far to buy a trafficked child. In any area where buying sex is ‘normalized,’ local men buy — unhindered by legal penalty or public shame.” Indeed, “child sex slavery can only happen in countries, regions, and communities that have developed a culture of tolerance for commercial sex.” Bingo. That is us. Smith further reports that “minor sex trafficking is a burgeoning criminal enterprise in America” and that “gangs are turning to prostituting minors as a less risky source of revenue than drug trafficking or other crimes.”
Why, why, why young children? is the inevitable, heart-wrenching question. Smith gives us at least part of the answer: We did not realize that child pornography, an addictive marketing tool for sex trafficking, “depicts children enjoying sexual acts, and buyers want to experience what they’ve seen” (emphasis ours). “[C]hild porn is widespread, and video images of younger and younger victims lead buyers to demand younger and younger victims in order to fulfill the fantasies ignited . . . ”
Smith takes us on a horrifying journey alongside several of these victims, girls as young as 11. “Girls who haven’t reached puberty. Children who should be in fifth grade. Many have never attended a school dance. Never learned how to use a locker. Never pondered a class schedule.”
Like an unwitting toddler is lured with candy by a kidnapper, particularly vulnerable adolescent girls are gradually lured by a good-looking guy called a “spotter.” The spotter stalks them, flatters them, buys them clothes, promises a grandiose future, and wins their unfailing devotion until these girls will do anything for him, even give their bodies to strange men to supply the money he needs. Thus is the young girl initiated. Said a former child sex trafficking victim from Atlanta, Georgia, “ I met this guy and he said he was going to take care of me.”
“Porn is then used to train a child in how to behave, what to say, how to sound, how to seem. Children are forced to watch and learn.” The child’s spirit is inevitably broken through a combination of repeated “psychological manipulation; intimidation; gang rape; sodomy; beatings; deprivation of food or sleep; isolation from family, friends, and other sources of support; and threatening” of loved ones. After this “training” period, these young girls are easily “sold,” often to numerous customers per night. To quote a former child sex trafficking victim from Kansas City, Missouri, “The first 20 or so times were the hardest. Then you sort of get used to it and you don’t think as much about it.”
The young girl learns to pick out sexy outfits, is treated to getting her nails and hair done, even to breast implants. Often she is “in love” with her pimp, though he uses and abuses her in every way including taking all the money she receives from customers. As such, these young girls may not look or behave like victims, but they most certainly are. To point out how brainwashed these victims are, Smith tells the true story of one girl who was found several states away and returned to her grandmother, but who then ran away and returned to her pimp the first chance she got.
This is the author’s message: that these kids are individuals with heart-breaking stories, products molded and manufactured for the lively and lucrative marketplace of child prostitution, young people in endless supply who desperately need rescuing physically, psychologically, spiritually. What can be done? Smith, highly involved in lawmaking circles, outlines seven steps toward awareness, rescue and rehabilitation, and punishments for predators. She emphasizes that blame must fall where it belongs: not on the child on the street as it now does (the child is the one who gets arrested), but on the degenerate customers who get away with hired child sex, the pimps, and the facilitators.
More and better laws and policies may certainly help here and there. But as Smith points out, it’s our culture, the public resolve, that must change. The permissive, depraved, self-indulgent, oversexed, perverse world we are living in today has lit up the road to child sex slavery like the Las Vegas strip. What did we expect?
It seems that even if that portion of our national posterity escapes being destroyed before it can be born, it is then in danger of being robbed of innocence and virtue, that which is most precious next to life itself. Traditional moral values (which come from God) regarding human worth and dignity along with proper marriage as the only natural and right context for sex and sexuality, need a society-wide comeback or child sex slavery will only increase no matter what laws are on the books.
Click here to read about Renting Lacy. Click here to order Renting Lacy by Linda Smith for half price. Click here to learn about Shared Hope International, which exists to prevent and eradicate sex trafficking and slavery through education and public awareness.
They That Be With Us, Part Three
October 14, 2012
Here is our final report of the speeches we heard at the Values Voter Summit sponsored by the Family Research Council in Washington D. C. in September, although we will be further reporting on an important break-out session we attended and doing a review or two on books we were given there. If you have the time, we suggest that you watch the video of these speeches for yourself at the Values Voter Summit website. Now that we are energized and inspired toward truth, faith, confidence, patriotism, and action, perhaps the most important things we can all do are share what we know with others, of course vote, and urge everyone within our sphere of influence throughout the nation and those serving in the military outside the country to register and vote next month. Now is the time to take courage, pray for the Spirit, talk to others about important issues, and stand for truth and righteousness.
Kamal Saleem, former terrorist
He had his first terror assignment toward Israel at age 7. In his late teens he was converted to Christianity, and to God be the glory for that. He quoted Matt 24:4 about being deceived. Ishmael hated Abraham, was deceived and received a new, orphan spirit, which taught him to hate God. He quoted Psalms 33:9-12. Blessed is the people whose God is the Lord. Isaiah said kings and queens will lift you up. Deut 10:8. The presence of the Lord blesses the people. In Obama we chose a king instead of the King of Kings. The presence of the Lord is a must. As a boy he dreamed about killing Jews and Christians, as he was taught by his mother. He was indoctrinated in the mosque. He was taught how to marry and infiltrate nations. He was trained by the Islamic brotherhood, then the PLO. They tried putting explosive belts on sheep. When a friend died in a terrorist attack, the mother celebrated his death. Europeans have no passion for their people like radical Islamists do. They are intent on setting up an Islamic culture in Europe. He came to America to establish an Islamic civilization and jihad. But God had a different story for Kamal. Colleges are a jihadist’s playground. America slept while they worked. He was in an accident and was sent to the Christian surgeon’s home to recover. They were the Living God to him. You each are the walking Living God to others. He was astonished when the wife asked her husband to clean bathroom. In Islam women don’t tell men to help. Allah and Jehovah are not the same god. Our God came to serve us. He said that he learned liberty comes from the Bible. Everything about freedom in America was birthed from the Bible. Because of those Christians he lives in liberty, and nobody tells him how to live his life, including Barack Obama. To God be the glory. Here in Christianity he learned the power of forgiveness. Your God goes before you day and night. Nothing shall harm you, for I am Jehovah, God Almighty. He recovered from his injury and asked to stay with the Christian family. They made him their nanny. He prayed to Allah, speak to me. Nothing. He prayed to God. He spoke to me. He is a living God. How do you kill a terrorist? Introduce them to Jesus. You in America are the light on the hill. You are the breadbasket of the world. You send food. You send soldiers to give freedom. He said, “I salute the military in the name of the Living God. You are our heroes. When the President bows the knee before foreign kings, he recognizes that king's authority over us. There is a proposed UN resolution 1618 on hate crimes, to make speaking against Islam a crime. He quoted from Ecclesiastes. There is a time for everything: To be born, to mourn, to dance, for war, for peace. The war we’re in now is not by rifle. Now it is to vote and set people free. We should vote for those who choose the Lion of God, the Savior of the people. This the time to make a difference. God needs you.
Ken Cuccinelli, Attorney General, Virginia
We cannot be anything but vigilant on the topics of liberty and life. There is tension built into our constitutional system. When there aren’t enough politicians to curtail the federal government, it’s up to the states. The Federalist papers 25-31 are worth reading concerning the role of states in the system they set up. The government is working to steal freedom at an unprecedented rate. Obama thinks he can force America to buy things just like King George– our own president whom we elected! Can the federal government regulate commerce by forcing us to buy a product? This is an incredible invasion of liberty. Doing nothing is being called “economic activity,” [as in wanting to refrain from buying health insurance]. The government has power to regulate your decision, your thinking, your choice not to buy heath care. It’s about liberty, not heath care. The Supreme Court agreed with us on the commerce clause, but then said it was a tax. No judge in America held that this was a tax until the Supreme Court. One judge changed everything. The tax (because it’s a tax now) can be repealed by a simple majority in the U.S. Senate, rather than the usual 60 votes. Supreme Court appointments are critical to finally get nine people who will read the Constitution instead of write their own. This is true for the lower courts as well. It’s so important to prevent these bad ideas, because it’s harder to get out of bad programs. We need an outbreak of freedom in government. He calls the EPA “the employment prevention agency.”FCC is trying to regulate the internet. They call it net neutrality. If they say neutral, it isn’t. In the face of a court order to the contrary, they are doing this. They ignore the rule of law. If the president, who promised to uphold our laws, is the greatest lawbreaker of all . . .
Rick Santorum, former Senator from Pennsyvania and former presidential candidate
Three Ps: Pray (always first), Prepare (register to vote), Participate (vote).
If Obamacare is allowed, our country will be very different. It’s about who we are as America. “There’s a lot more at stake in this country than just economics,” such as what’s happening in the Middle East. Obama has coddled and appeased every country that wants to do us and Israel harm. And turned his back on our friends. He’s said, if you are a friend you’re on your own, If you’re our enemy let’s talk. He doesn’t believe in business, family, or faith; he just believes in government to do more until we’re all equal. He wants international organizations to be the arbiters. The future of America is decline. The media likes what he does, his abuse of power. They ought to be careful because there may come an abuse even they don’t like. This president did what the law says he cannot do. He acted like an emperor, not a president, and when that happens we can not longer be a republic. Name one country in which respect for America has grown in the last four years. They don’t respect weakness. The economy works when we work, not when the people in Washington work. We have a president who doesn’t talk about our founding principles. He just talks about all the things they are going to give you. Understand that when the government gives you something they can take it away and tell you how you must use it. This is how it takes away freedom. Our founders gave us a model that transformed the world. It’s been copied around the world to some extent. One result is that life expectancy has increased. Two institutions, the church and the family, are our only hope. They say we don’t want to talk about social issues. But without family and church there are no conservative values and founding principles. It is our job to spread this among those who believe in American values. It is our watch. We must pledge our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor to each other. We have to do what God has called us to do. This is the most important election we will ever know. I feel blessed to be here when my country needs me.
Lila Rose, President, Live Action
[Lila Rose is a young woman who started an organization that has exposed corruption at Planned Parenthood clinics on video such as false statements by executives, PP assisting sex traffickers, not reporting sexual abuses, and breaking sex-selection abortion laws. Planned Parenthood receives a huge chunk of its funds from the federal government, that is, our tax dollars.]
A war on women? Do we need to duck and cover? There is a problem, women are in danger, but not because women can’t get free birth control or abortions. It’s the unborn women being destroyed. The real current war is to destroy our beliefs. When we stop valuing life we lose everything. Mother Thereas said, in a nation in which a mother will kill her own children, what is left but for us to kill one another? Story of Tonya Reeves: She went to Planned Parenthood to seek an abortion. (They kill over 300,000 children a year.) The abortion was botched; she was bleeding internally. But PP is careful about their image, about marketing, public relations, dismantling others they don’t like. They didn’t want to embarrass themselves with an ambulance coming. So they waited several hours and didn’t tell anyone that something was wrong. Tonya was finally taken to a hospital where she died that day. And this is about women’s health??? This is the real war on women. Our current administration is pushing more and more extreme abortion measures. Hospitals are practicing infanticide by letting babies born alive by botched abortions die. And then there’s sex-selective abortion which Obama supported. It’s a war on baby girls. So Live Action went under cover. Our actor told the PP worker that she was pregnant and wanted an abortion because it was a girl and she wanted a boy. The PP worker told our actor she could have an abortion for any reason she wanted. Four states have laws against sex-selection abortion. PP openly breaks the law. Romney has pledged to defund PP. We need women who value life and liberty. When we get the facts out we can take our country back, a country that protects the right to life.
Religious Liberty Panel: Lt. Gen. (ret.) William Boykin, Former Commander, Delta Force; Mike Johnson, Esq., Liberty Institute; Todd Starnes, FOX News
The bedrock upon which all our other freedoms rest is religious freedom. The Founders believed that a man whose religious convictions were oppressed could never be a good citizen. Now our first amendment freedom is being turned upside down. It’s time to turn it right side up. Does the first amendment protect your private religious expression? A judge warned against praying in Medina Valley High School in Texas when Angela Hildenbrand [she was also on the panel] wanted to pray in her valedictory address. An anti-prayer family brought the suit. She actually faced possible incarceration. The Liberty Institute helped her sue and the court awarded her the right to pray. Finally there are Christians standing up for their rights. It’s an all-out assault that is getting worse, but we can win this war if we aren’t afraid. It’s all about intimidation, but we usually win when we stand up. There is absolutely, unequivocally, a war against Christianity in this country. Federal authorities are now investigating a film maker over his film. This is not about a film. It’s about free speech. If any gov. official can tell anyone what to say according to their conscience, what is to stop them from calling any minister and telling him to tone down his sermon on gay marriage, or whatever? Jesus was an extremely controversial figure. Young people have to be ready at a moment’s notice to profess their beliefs.
Lt. General William Boykin was invited to speak generally on faith to cadets at West Point. A
protest came from American Islamic Relations (a front for the Muslim Brotherhood in America), and he got uninvited. Then an Islamic radical was asked to speak at Fort Hood! [This is the Texas army base at which the radical Islamist shot 12 and wounded 31 in Nov. 20011.] Karl Marx’s goal was to dethrone God and destroy capitalism. Maybe these people don’t call themselves Marxists but these are their beliefs and goals. What we are seeing is Marxism, destroying the idea of a sovereign God to insert government, so people will depend on government instead of God.
Todd Starnes at foxnews.com/toddstarnes tells stories everyday of people facing attack because of their belief in Jesus. A group of 12-13-year-old school children from Arizona on a field trip were praying in front of the U. S. Supreme Court Building when police immediately descended on them and told them they couldn’t pray there. So they stood in the gutter of our nation’s capitol and prayed. Just preaching the gospel is becoming dangerous. Where is the outrage when Christians are subjected to the humiliation coming out of Hollywood?
Mike Johnson told how people are actually saying crazy things now like the mention of the name of Jesus is evil. Religion and morality are our essential supports. Without religious freedom there is no political freedom. In postmodernism truth is replaced by tolerance. Christianity says there is one way, one truth, one light. The claims of Christianity have always been offensive to some people. We don’t have the luxury of complacency any longer. Even just a few years ago we didn’t have to do what we have to do now, that is, fight for our religious rights.
Here are more of our notes from the Values Voter Summit, Washington DC, Sept., 2012.
Please note that the following speeches are full of religious beliefs and Christian family values coming out of the mouths of American leaders, state governors, national political candidates, and members of the U. S. House of Representatives. Yes, some people in these positions do speak this way — in public, in a fine hotel in the middle of our nations’s capitol with the national press covering every word. We find this exercise of religious freedom extremely refreshing, which is sad because it should be commonplace. Religious speech is our first freedom and is always alive and well at this conference. But we at SoL fear that religious/morality speech is being forfeited on every level through cultural and governmental secularization, political correctness, and pressure from powerful special interest groups. Do you hear your local church and community leaders, politicians, and elected officials speaking like the following? And if not, why not?
Tim Wildmon, President of the American Family Association
[We were shown a video spot: a spelling bee at which the child is given the word “person.” She asks for a definition but the facilitator can’t give one. Another word, “marriage,” is given and the same thing happens. The facilitator cannot give the child a definition of marriage. This shows how the things that are clearly evident to right-thinking people are being lost. This video was produced in support of legislation in some states which defines a person to include unborn children. The opposition denies that babies in the womb can be defined as persons. Click here to view the video, "Defining the Obvious." Also don’t miss another video spot, “Aaron.”]
Some Christians are still not involved in government affairs. They leave it to the rest of us to get down in the dirt. God expects us all to be involved. We are commanded to spread the good news of Christ. AFA proclaims the gospel every day on 200 radio stations. In addition to evangelism, much more is required. Jesus said to be salt and light. Do good works, be a witness for Christ. It is foolishness for Christians to get out of politics. Shall we leave lawmaking to unbelievers? This is all the more reason for believers to be involved, so we can have a better chance to have influence on the making of laws. If the Christian community won’t speak out about Christian values, no one else will. Alexis deTocqueville wrote a book on life in America in 1831 [Democracy in America]. He wrote about the great, the good, the bad, the ugly. He said the nation is suspended on the 7th day; everyone and families attend church where they are reminded to check desires, study scriptures, about the infinite goodness of God, and man’s responsibility. Religion is necessary for the state as well as individuals. It should dominate the culture. It’s the glue that holds society together. George Washington said the same thing. Religion and morality are indispensable supports. In 1950 Harry Truman gave a speech on organized crime. There had been an increase in crime along with crime organizations. He said to use the people’s sense of morality that comes from religion to put down organized crime. If there is a proper environment at home, fewer turn out wrong. The basis of our Bill of Rights comes from Matthew, Moses and Isaiah. Truman, a democrat, said the basis of our government is religion. Christianity is the glue that holds America together. If you take away religion, you take away the glue, and America falls apart.
Bob McDonell, Governor of Virginia
He served in the military for 21 years. Virginia is the cradle of democracy beginning with Jamestown in 1607. Character does count. It is indispensable to the welfare of the nation. Principles of freedom are needed today as much as before. Freedoms come from God; governments are instituted to protect those rights. Article 1, section 8, spells out the only things Congress is authorized to do. What we should be about are faith, family, and individual responsibility. But what we have are government debt, unemployment, fewer entrepreneurs, stagnated economy. In Republican-governed states like Virginia where the principles of freedom work, you find lower unemployments, lower taxes, fewer govt. employees. It’s time to get America back on the right course. We can stay where we are with more govt., more regulation, more taxes. Or we can quit blaming and take responsibility, apply ourselves. We are heading rapidly in the wrong direction as a nation. Sixteen trillion in debt. If we spend more than we take in for enough time, we go broke. It can be fixed, as WI, OH, VA have done. In VA, we cut back. Now we have a 1.4 billion dollar surplus, from the 6 billion dollar deficit when I took office from a Democratic governor. We even cut taxes. We have a pro-business climate. Govt must get out of the way. We’re not afraid to say that our rights come from Almighty God. We shouldn’t be voting to put God back into our stated positions. [This refers to the infamous vote at the recent DNC.] We should acknowledge the rightful role of God as author of our liberties. God is mentioned in the Republican platform 10 times. We need to stand up for marriage and for innocent life. I am asking you to get in and actually work to protect those freedoms. All of you are opinion leaders: the ½ of 1% of Americans who realize democracy isn’t a spectator sport. For the next 55 days talk to neighbors, put up signs, send out emails, make phone calls. Romney/Ryan need your help. Spend time. Get out of your comfort zone. Make the sacrifice. Protect the values of our country. Those of you who own, work for, or support business: talk to employees, suppliers, customers. Which candidate’s policies are better for business? Who you elect makes a difference. George Washington reminded us of what America is all about. In his first inaugural address he said that the smiles of heaven cannot be expected on those who ignore the principles upon which freedom is based. Values are important, character counts. This is an incredibly important election.
Ted Cruz, Republican candidate for U. S. Senate from Texas
As a young boy he recited the Constitution from memory to earn money for scholarships.
There are four threats to America. The first is economic security. Federal spending is out of control. We can look at Europe and see where this will take us. Next is our national security which is threatened by radicals throughout the world. Islamic terrorists would murder every one of us, and yet our President won’t even utter the words: radical Islamist terrorists. Bullies and tyrants don’t respect weakness. Our founders didn’t say: our rights are being trampled; we’d like to sit down and have some tea. We must stand with our ally Israel. Pres. Obama was too busy to meet with Israel’s Prime Minister but will appear on the David Letterman Show. The third threat is to our religious liberties. Americans are in essence being told to change your religious beliefs or the president will use his power to shut down your hospitals. The Democratic party removed from their stated platform reference to God and the fact that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel. At the recent DNC they voted on this change three times and the 3rd time I thought I heard a rooster crow. [Laughter from Values Voter crowd.] The “vote” was clearly divided and passed to boos. Do these people reflect your values? The fourth threat is to the Constitution. the Supreme Court teeters in the balance right now. There is something incredible sweeping the nation. It took Jimmy Carter to give us Ronald Reagan. Maybe Barack Obama will result in a new generation of Republican leaders.Together we will restore liberty.
Gary Bauer, President, American Values
It has been a very bad week for our country. A U. S. ambassador and others were brutally murdered. Radical Islam chanted, “Obama, Obama, we are all Osama’s now.” In other words, we are going to kill Americans. What can lay us low is the weak, vapid response from our government. We’re told we have to be very worried and careful about the sensitive psyches of the Muslims. Remember how Muslims celebrated 911 and what they did to Daniel Pearl. There have been more mosques built in the U. S. in the last 11 years since 9/11 than in any other 11 years. If only other countries treated Christians that well! The cause of the mobs is radical Islam, not some film or cartoon. When is the last time we heard the present administration mention Judeo-Christian/western civilization? America’s God is not the god of the Koran. Places that operate under the Koran are not pleasant places to live – to women, to minorities, to freedom of conscience. The central idea of western civilization is the sanctity of life at all phases. It is not an accident that America and Israel are hated by the same groups. Why weren’t embassies reinforced when they were warned? Why is the president not attending his daily morning intelligence briefings? He only attends 45%. If George Bush flew to a fundraiser on a week like this the media would be talking about it until the election. What happened at the DNC was incredibly important. God and Jerusalem were on trial. The Democratic party today is not pro-Israel like it used to be. We have the most anti-Israel president ever.
It used to be that abortion wasn’t something to be happy about like other freedoms. It was hoped that abortions would be rare. What other freedoms are hoped to be rare? Freedom of speech rare? Freedom of religion rare? They took rare out of legalized abortion four years ago. Now it’s something to be celebrated. They ought to be ashamed.
Steve King (R-Iowa), U.S. House of Representatives
There was a recent attempt by a government agency to remove all religious materials, Bibles included, from Walter Reed Hospital. No longer could anything religious be made available, or even handed out on visits, to wounded soldiers. This, when these soldiers have been fighting for that very constitutional right! The rule was rescinded the following day after King spoke against it.
The Religious Liberty Reciprocity Act is a new law passed by Congress that says that just as the U. S. respects the religious freedoms and beliefs of people visiting from other countries, we require that those countries respect the religious rights of Americans visiting their countries.
President Obama has violated the Constitution by undermining the rule of law and separation of powers. He has done great violence to the Constitution. As we work on undoing these violations, hundreds more violations are happening such as the executive edicts regarding immigration. The most egregious is what he has done to religious freedom. Directly against most American’s religious beliefs, employers, through their insurance companies, including those owned by religious organizations, are being required to provide sterilizations, free contraceptives and abortifacient drugs to every one of their employees. He is essentially running over the people by legislating by press conference! Our solution comes in November. The most sovereign thing we have is our soul. This president hasn’t figured how to nationalize the soul yet, but is nationalizing everything else. Obama and his minions are chiseling away at the pillars of the shining city on a hill.
Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), U.S. House of Representatives
The best way the U.S. can help Israel is to stay strong. Israel is a better place to be when the USA leads. This administration is doing everything wrong. If you want to lead, you’d better be right on the principles and values such as fiscal policy, health care policy, education policy. We need a new tax code. Everyone agrees. The tax code is broken and stupid. At some point we’re going to have to spend less money. If debt goes up, we will soon be paying more in interest than on defense. In the musical play, 1776, John Adams says it’s a revolution, dang it, we’re going to have to offend somebody. Romney is the man to make the cuts, regardless of who has to be offended. The reason for lowering taxes is to let people have more of their own money to spend on their kids and grandkids. If we want to do things that really matter, it won’t be easy. Every third generation has had to do something big. Revolution, Civil War, WWII. Now its our turn. Wright brothers made the first powered flights and 44 years later we were breaking sound barrier, and then 22 years later we landed on the moon. “If the press ain’t saying anything bad about you, you’re probably not doing anything good.” I get up in the morning and read my Bible to see what each side is up to. Paul the apostle fought the fight and finished the course. We are people of action. That’s what’s required at this time in history. If you do the right thing, you come out on the other side and things are better.
If you have more time, we urge you to view these excellent speeches at the Values Voter Summit website. You won’t want to miss Part 3, our next email concluding our report on the Values Voter Summit speeches.
They That Be With Us, Part One
September 23, 2012
Synopses of Speeches from 2012 Values Voter Summit, Washington D. C.
“And [Elisha] answered, Fear not: for they that be with us are more than they that be with them” (2 Kings 6:16). This is the feeling we always get when we attend the Values Voter Summit each year and it’s absolutely true, and yet the liberal establishment press would have us conservative patriots think the opposite. We wish you all could have been there to see for yourselves. Following are our own summaries and observations of several of the speeches we heard. Hear all the speakers for yourself at the Values Voter Summit website.
We need to go back to what made us a great nation in the first place. Cameron went to England and traced the pilgrims’ route. John Robinson, their leader, was the founding father of the founding fathers. He taught them the principles used in Mayflower compact: free enterprise, faith in god, power in the churches and communities, a nation built from the inside out. Kirk recalls that he was never taught this in school. He was taught that our country came from Greeks and others. Our country is utterly unique in the history of the world and we are beneficiaries of it. Monumental is a new movie he has made. Change two letters in abortion and you get adoption. The unborn child waiting for its first breath, its first step, its first day at school. Pledge to pray for the nation and the upcoming election. Help friends and family to register and then vote their conscience.
This “war on women” we are hearing about is not a true war. A real war going on across the world is Muslims against the West. Today Christians all over the world are being persecuted for their beliefs, even for going to church. Attacks are occurring in Egypt, Libya, Yemen. The present administration’s response shows lack of resolve. They want to restrict freedom of speech; we won’t stand for it. Not all Muslims are radical, but there is a wing of them who want the destruction of Israel and its allies. Media is scrambling to make sure Obama is not blamed. Obama’s first interview as President was with a Muslim news outlet. The Muslim Brotherhood was given front row seats to Obama’s Cairo speech. The Muslim Brotherhood took over Egypt’s leadership, said Jerusalem will be their capital. The Organization for Islamic Cooperation is the 2nd largest non-governmental organization after the UN. It claims to speak for all Muslims. It wants a world-wide speech code which would criminalize speech deemed by them to be insulting to Islam. That is what motivated attacks this week. The attacks at U.S. sites are a violation of our 1st amendment right of free speech. The Obama administration has ordered that the FBI, CIA, etc. be retrained to be more respectful to Islam, at the demand of the Organization for Islamic Cooperation. Bachmann asked who was behind demand and was told that info is closed, classified. UN needs to be told we will stop funds if they keep passing pro-Muslim resolutions. Also must stop granting visas to recognized terrorists to come to the US and visit the White House. Obama is meeting with David Letterman, Beyonce, and Jayzee, when he should be meeting with the prime minister of Israel. We need to stand for freedom, righteousness, truth. This administration will not admit who the real enemy is. Obama’s strategy is one of defeat. Appeasement doesn’t work. The administration should say: we will not tolerate attacks on the U. S. and its citizens, and you do so at your own peril. Victory is the only goal of war. We need to live by the three words: duty, honor, country. Obama has been the most dangerous president we’ve ever had.
Eric Cantor, House Majority Leader
This is the most important election in our lifetime. It’s about something more than the economy; it’s about: whether or not the moral fabric of our country will be upheld or torn apart. Thomas Jefferson was about life liberty, etc, we are about life. No taxpayer money should be used to kill innocent life. We must stand up and stand tall as a strong pro-life majority in House. We need a president and a senate who will stand up with us in defense of life and guarantee the right to practice our faith. Faith is not something to shrink from but something to protect. Now many Americans are being forced to sue the government in order to practice our faith. This is crazy and why we must repeal Obamacare, “downright an issue of religious liberty.” The fight for religious freedom starts here at home because we are “one nation under God.” People pursue happiness through individual effort, not through government. We stand with parents and children against the encroaching power of employee unions. (Current Chicago teachers strike.) We need leaders who will stand by our allies in times of need. There is one ally under threat who needs America: Israel. (This received a standing ovation from the audience.) We need leaders who will stand for these values. Take this home, where you live, work, worship.
Abraham Lincoln read two books: The Bible and Shakespeare. From Macbeth: “I think our country sinks beneath the yoke; It weeps, it bleeds; and each new day a gash is added to her wounds.” Today our country’s woes include welfare, unemployment, debt. These are gashes that would not be forgiven if they were in our charge. These burdens are more than economic, but cultural and spiritual. Our morale as a nation reveals the shining city on the hill is growing dim. More Americans than not think we are in decline as a nation. American achievement is ending! This is the worst thing our president has done to us. People are acting as if our own constitutional freedoms go too far. Our government is weak. It sympathized with those who waged the recent attacks (on American embassy in Egypt.) On the other hand, when something is blasted by the establishment press it is likely it is true. Romney denounced the terrorists instead of offering flimsy excuses. The press jumps in to kill truth in the womb, something that is now practiced regularly. Courage is the secret of democracy.
Paul Ryan, Vice Presidential Candidate
(Twice during this speech there were outbursts we couldn’t make out from detractors in the audience. The crowd immediately began chanting “USA, USA, USA” and the detractors were quickly escorted out of the conference by the Secret Service.) In 53 days we have a choice to decide what kind of country we want. We will choose from two very different ideologies. A mixed signal only makes our enemies bolder. We need steady, consistent leadership, firmness of purpose. America keeps the peace, prevents crises. Obama treats private enterprise as a resource for government funding. After 4 years of dividing people the country is only worse off. No government has ever been able to do for people what people have been able to do for themselves. We are at risk of becoming a poor country. Obama says government is the only thing we all belong to. What? Public servants do not take an oath to the government, but to the Constitution. The most important things we belong to have a different kind of hold on us. We Americans give ourselves to every kind of good cause, we fill a place that no one else can fill. America is carried forward by people doing good things. This is how life works in a civil society, in a free country. Abuse of government power ruins this. Private institutions are brushed aside with contempt. You would be hard pressed to find a institution that does more for women and their babies than the Catholic church. Obamacare is an insult to every religious group. We will repeal that mandate and all of Obamacare. Obama says we’re all in this together and yet has never once lifted a hand in defending the most helpless of human beings, the child waiting to be born. Abortion was hoped to be safe, legal and rare in Clinton’s time. Now abortion is totally unrestricted. We don’t write anyone off. Every child counts and has a place in this world. In a just society, government should stand on the side of life. Do we want a country where everything is free but us? Mitt Romney is the type of man we see in our own communities who is there helping in person.
--Stephen & Janice Graham
Also, on the News Links section in the left column of this website homepage, we have some new entries to recommend to you.
1. An excellent article "Tolerance and Reciprocity," by Anthony Esolen, will help explain why tolerance is not just a one-way street. "[I]t is a small step from approving the brave fellow who makes his temptation conspicuous and conspicuously averts the sin, to suggesting that perhaps the sin isn't really so bad after all, if such a conspicuously virtuous fellow is tempted by it. That too is an offense against tolerance. It is to make one's neighbor always aware of his tolerance: to weary him with it, to pester him little by little into giving in, because it is so much easier to condone than to tolerate. So it is that the most intolerant among us frequently preach about tolerance-to nag their opponents into submission, and to get their way."
2. The Deseret News has a welcome article on research done by Mark Regnerus on how grown children of same-sex couples compare to those of father-mother families.
September 19, 2012
In No Uncertain Terms:
Values Voter Summit September 14-16, 2012
Living day to day in a mainstream culture that has all but sold its soul at the price of its own future, how refreshing it is to attend the Family Research Council’s annual conference along with thousands of like-minded patriotic believers!
For the past seven years Standard of Liberty has attended the Values Voter Summit in Washington DC sponsored by all the top conservative groups in the country, including the Heritage Foundation, American Family Association, Focus on the Family, Liberty Counsel and more.
Our friends at PFOX (Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays and Gays) had a booth in the Exhibition Hall promoting the truth about homosexuality and the possibility of change. Please read on their website and then go here to sign a petition to present to Fox News urging that they find an ethical spokesperson for the liberal view of sexuality and cease giving a forum to Wayne Besen, a radical homosexual activist who uses inflammatory and hateful language to promote lies and possibly incite violence against conservatives, repentant homosexuals, and ex-gays, exploiting his appearances for fund-raising. (Standard of Liberty can testify to this man’s tactics. The most vile email we have ever received came from Wayne Besen, a perfect stranger to us.)
PFOX also has a new piece,“Is Someone in Your Church ‘Gay’? The ABCs of How to Respond.” This is timely information. Indeed, we spoke to several people at the conference this year who are heartbroken and up-in-arms about how their various churches and ministers are giving in to the homosexual movement, as if their standing in the world is more important than the worth of souls and their standing with God.
Along these same lines, we felt the overriding theme of the Values Voter Summit conference this year was that there is a very real threat to religious freedom in the United States of America, a threat that has become increasingly evident as the current administration has unconstitutionally pushed forward anti-America agendas. In no uncertain terms, speakers denounced the monstrosity known as Obamacare, which, among other things, requires insurance companies—even those run by religious organizations—to provide contraceptives and abortifacient drugs for free despite religious proscriptions. In no uncertain terms, speakers denounced the forcing of “same-sex marriage” on the American public and the president breaking his presidential oath by unilaterally deciding not to defend the Defense of Marriage Act in court. In no uncertain terms, speakers exposed the White House’s intention to take over the internet so as to curtail our first freedoms. In no uncertain terms, speakers exposed Obama’s kowtowing to America’s enemies while disrespecting our ally Israel. Right here in America, Judeo-Christian ideals and freedoms are truly under attack on many fronts, being replaced by all that is pro-secular, pro-sexual immorality, and inexplicably pro-Muslim and anti-
In no uncertain terms the conviction was expressed by speaker after speaker that America’s economic welfare is dependent on reviving and preserving our nation’s belief in, obedience to, and reliance on God.
What can we do? VOTE! And instill in everyone you know the importance of registering and voting.
The excellent speeches from this conference are available for viewing on the Values Voter Summit website. Our next emails will contain highlights from many of these speeches and break-out sessions. For those of you who have never attended this family, freedom, and faith-based conference, we think you will find the views expressed to be refreshingly brave and right-headed. In no uncertain terms, here is inspiration we all need.
--Stephen & Janice Graham
September 13, 2012
SoL is attending the Values Voter Summit in Washington DC September 14-16. It is sponsored by the Family Research Council. This is the 7th annual meeting of religious conservatives. It is a great time to hear messages of faith and conservativism. We will be posing on our SoL Blog with reports on the Summit. Check out the Values Voter Summit website here.
Here are the Speakers for the VVS:
Tony Perkins, President, FRC Action and Family Research Council (FRC)*
Dr. Michael Oren, Ambassador of Israel to the United States
Sandy Rios, Host, Sandy Rios in the Morning, AFR Talk and Fox News Contributor
Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.)*
Kirk Cameron, Television Film Actor and Producer, Monumental
Representative Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.)*
Pro-Family Champions in the House
- Representative Jeff Fortenberry (R-Neb.)*
- Representative Tim Huelskamp (R-Kans.)*
- Representative James Lankford (R-Okla.)*
- Tom McClusky, Moderator, Senior Vice President, FRC Action*
Senator Jim DeMint (R-S.C.)*
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.)*
Representative Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.)*
Tim Wildmon, President, AFA Action*
Governor Bob McDonnell (R-Va.)*
Saving the American Dream Panel
- Connie Mackey, President, FRC Action PAC*
- Genevieve Wood, Vice President of Marketing, The Heritage Foundation*
Representative Steve King (R-Iowa)*
Gary Bauer, President, American Values*
Ted Cruz, Candidate for U.S. Senate, Texas; Former Solicitor General of Texas*
Representative Jim Jordan (R-Ohio)*
Representative Allen West (R-Fla.)*
Lt. Col. Oliver North (ret.)*
Steven Crowder, Fox News Contributor, Comedian, Actor, Writer*
Dennis Prager, Host, The Dennis Prager Show*
Governor Mike Huckabee, Former Governor of Arkansas and Host, The Mike Huckabee Show Edwin Meese III, Ronald Reagan Distinguished Fellow in Public Policy, Chairman of the Center for Legal Studies and Judicial Studies, Former U.S. Attorney General;
Jennifer Marshall, Director, Domestic Policy Studies;
Nina Owcharenko, Director, Health Policy Studies)
Mathew Staver, Founder and Chairman, Liberty Counsel and Dean, School of Law, Liberty University*
Dr. Bill Bennett, Host, Morning in America*
Star Parker, Founder, Center for Urban Renewal and Education*
The States of Our Union
- Joseph Backholm, Executive Director, Preserve Marriage Washington*
- Carroll Conley, Executive Director, Maine Family Policy Council*
- John Helmberger, CEO, Minnesota Family Council*
- Cathi Herrod, President, Center for Arizona Policy*
- Derek McCoy, Executive Director, Maryland Marriage Alliance*
Governor Jan Brewer (R-Ariz.)*
Ken Cuccinelli, Attorney General, Virginia*
Senator Rick Santorum, Former U.S. Senator (R-Pa.) and 2012 Republican Presidential Candidate*
Gary Bauer, President, American Values
Lila Rose, President, Live Action*
Religious Liberty Panel
- Lt. Gen. (ret.) William Boykin, Former Commander, Delta Force*
- Mike Johnson, Esq., Liberty Institute*
- Todd Starnes, FOX News
Glenn Beck, Host, The Glenn Beck Show
Becky Norton Dunlop, Vice President, External Relations, The Heritage Foundation*
Dr. Michael Farris, Chancellor, Patrick Henry College*
Dr. Ronald Godwin, Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, Provost, Liberty University*
Lila Rose, President, Live Action*
(* indicates invited and confirmed. Others are invted, confirmation pending.)
Here are the breakout sessions for the VVS:
ECONOMIC INEQUALITY: RECONCILING CAPITALISM AND COMPASSION
Speakers: Dr. Matt Spalding, Vice President, American Studies and Director, B. Kenneth Simon Center for Principles and Politics, The Heritage Foundation (confirmed); Bob Woodson, Founder and President, Center for Neighborhood Enterprise (confirmed); Rea Hederman, Assistant Director, Center for Data Analysis and Research Fellow, The Heritage Foundation (confirmed)
Synopsis: President Obama has made income inequality and so-called "fairness" the defining issue of the 2012 election. How should conservatives think about these and related economic questions in light of our Founding principles? The Heritage Foundation's Matthew Spalding leads a discussion with his colleague Rea Hederman and Bob Woodson of the Center for Neighborhood Enterprise on the benefits of free markets, why inequality is not the problem the Left says it is, and how to really help the poor.
ISRAEL, IRAN AND THE FUTURE OF WESTERN CIVILIZATION
Speakers: Lt. Gen. (ret.) William G. Boykin, Former Commander, Delta Force (confirmed); Kamal Saleem, Founder, Koome Ministries; Author; Former Terrorist; Mathew Staver; Founder and Chairman, Liberty Counsel and Dean and Professor of Law, Liberty University School of Law (confirmed)
Synopsis: The tiny nation Israel is surrounded by large Arab states that are hostile to Israel's existence. Iran is on the verge of obtaining a nuclear weapon, and, if successful, will target Israel for annihilation. Israel is America?'s greatest ally in the Middle East. But U.S. policies towards Israel have not always supported Israel. The battle line for the survival of Western Civilization runs through Israel. America must provide its full and unreserved support for Israel. This breakout will discuss the strategic nature of Israel, and its role in the Middle East, America, and in the future of Western Civilization.
SPEECHLESS?--SILENCING THE CHRISTIANS
Speaker: Ed Vitagliano, Director of Research, American Family Association
Synopsis: Americans are at a greater risk of losing their basic freedoms today than ever before in the history of this nation. Political correctness and the voice of the liberal minority are undermining the morals and values of main-stream America. Christians are being silenced across America: in the political debate, the public square, the schools, the workplace, and even in the sanctuary of their own churches. Using examples from the video series, "Speechless, Silencing the Christians," Ed Vitagliano takes you on a journey across the country to meet citizens who have been arrested for speaking at a public rally, students who are being forced to attend classes that require them to recite verses from the Koran and to stage their own Jihad and activists pushing social tolerance to such an extreme that the Bible itself is being labeled "hate speech."
UNDERSTANDING RADICAL ISLAM 101
Speaker: Nonie Darwish, Founder, Arabs for Israel, Founder, Former Muslims United, Author, Cruel and Usual Punishment (confirmed); Frank Gaffney, President, Center for Security Policy; Kristi Hamrick (Moderator), Media Consultant; Erick Stakelbeck, Middle East Expert and Reporter, Christian Broadcasting Network
Synopsis: Since 9-11, blaming the victim has been a popular media and left-wing pursuit. Somehow, argue America-haters, we brought the violence upon ourselves. But when the blood of thousands of Americans spilt that day joined other victims of terrorist acts from around the world it became paramount to understand the radical mindset and worldview affecting us all. Political correctness is no protection against terrorist acts. Gary Bauer's American Values presents "Radical Islam 101" to provide a framework for understanding the worldview behind the violence.
ONE LIFE: 40 YEARS OF ROE V. WADE, ENDING ABORTION TODAY
Speakers:David Bereit (confirmed), National Director, 40 Days for Life; Ryan Bomberger, Founder, The Radiance Foundation (confirmed); Jeanne Monahan, Moderator, Director for the Center for Human Dignity, Family Research Council (confirmed); Dr. Michael New (confirmed), Assistant Professor of Political Science, University of Michigan; Melissa Ohden (confirmed), a saline abortion survivor
Synopsis: Looking back: 55 million isn't a statistic, It's your neighbor, Your teacher, Your classmate, Your colleague, Your friend, Your niece, Your sibling, Your child: Its one life and one life matters. Looking forward: Over 55 million lives have been lost ?" what will you do to save just one? Volunteer? March? Pray? Counsel? Protest? Pray? Its one life and every life matters. The 40th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade leaves over 55 million dead in its wake and even more injured.
Speakers:David Christensen (Moderator), Senior Director for Congressional Affairs, Family Research Council (confirmed); Dean Clancy, Vice President, Health Care Policy, FreedomWorks (confirmed); Martin Gold, Partner, Covington & Burling (confirmed); Russ Vought, Political Director, Heritage Action for America (confirmed)
Synopsis: Call it a mandate, a tax, a penalty, constitutional or unconstitutional the one word that best describes it is OPPRESSIVE. States' rights, religious liberty, life, economic freedom are all sacrificed if Obamacare is allowed to go forward. Full repeal is the ONLY answer. Learn how it can be done and what you can do.
CAN YOU PROTECT YOUR CHILDREN FROM THE COMMERCIAL SEX INDUSTRY?
Speaker: Former Congresswoman Linda Smith along with a Survivor of Sex Trafficking
Synopsis: Former Congresswoman Linda Smith, founder of Shared Hope International, will expose the facts regarding the frightening explosion of child sex trafficking in the U.S. and reasons our federal laws alone cannot address the problem. She will share details about the success of Shared Hope's groundbreaking 2011 initiative that assessed the laws of all 50 states and the District of Columbia having an impact on the issue of the commercial sexual abuse of our children. The report of findings and accompanying recommendations--the Protected Innocence Challenge--seeks to assist state legislators to establish minimum standards of law that serve to protect children from sex trafficking, bring victims access to justice, and impose meaningful penalties on the perpetrators of this horrible crime. In the first four months after releasing the Protected Innocence Challenge, 35 states introduced legislation based on its recommendations. Along with Linda, a survivor of sex trafficking will share her story and illustrate how better laws could have protected her.
PREPARING FOR THE COMING ECONOMIC EARTHQUAKE
Speaker: Art Ally, Founder and President of the Timothy Plan Mutual Fund Family
Synopsis: We all need to come to grips with the fact that America stands at the precipice of moral, economic and ultimately spiritual collapse. The question is no longer 'if' but rather 'when.' The bigger question then becomes, "What can you do to prepare for it and minimize the impact it will have on you and your loved ones?" We do not pretend to have all the answers but, if we gain a proper perspective as to where our nation stands economically, we will be better equipped to make better personal and family decisions.
Speakers: Robert Arnakis, Senior Director of Domestic and International Programs, Leadership Institute (confirmed); Gary Marx, Executive Director, Faith and Freedom Coalition (confirmed)
Synopsis: Learn how to win in 2012. Come learn how. The GOTV Workshop will teach you how to maximize each voter contact. You will develop a complete GOTV plan using the internet, mail, phones, door to door, and Election Day strategies. You will walk away knowing what resources you must have, what is available for early and absentee voters, and how to turn out your voters to the polls.
VERTICAL VOTE CAMPAIGN FOR LIFE, MARRIAGE AND RELIGIOUS LIBERTIES
Speaker: Bishop Harry Jackson, Jr., Founder, International Communion of Evangelical Churches and Senior Pastor, Hope Christian Church, Beltsville, MD (confirmed)
Synopsis: The institution of marriage is under a barrage of attacks from certain politicians, judicial activists, and citizen advocates. Recent events including the President of the United States commenting that he supports gay marriage, instructing the Department of Justice not to enforce violations of the Defense of Marriage Act and a 9th circuit court's decision to strike down Proposition 8 in California, makes it necessary for us to act now! The above combined actions make it abundantly clear that an effective campaign to counter the political, legal, and citizen advocacy activities to reshape and redefine marriage as a covenant between one man and one woman is needed. It is our intent to mount an effective multi-denominational, multi-racial coalition's operation to defend the institution of marriage.
MILLENNIALS AND THE FUTURE OF POLITICAL ENGAGEMENT
Speakers: Student Leaders; Matthew Lee Anderson, Blogger, MereOrthodoxy.com and author, Earthen Vessels; Owen Strachan, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Christian Theology and Church History, Boyce College, Louisville, KY; Eric Teetsel, Director, Manhattan Declaration; Andrew Walker, Policy Analyst at the Family Foundation; Chris Marlink (moderator), Social Media Manager, Family Research Council
Synopsis: Influential voices in the media and church are charging that Christians have become too politicized, and that younger Christians are leaving the church because of it. To hear the media tell it, younger believers are becoming more liberal and disengaging from the political process. But is it true? Join a panel of leading conservative millennials as they engage in a discussion with students leaders on the future of political engagement and the issues of life, marriage, religious liberty, and economics.
DEBUNKING THE MYTH OF SEPARATION....WHY PASTORS MUST ENGAGE IN POLITICS
Speakers:Dr. Rick Scarborough, Founder, Vision America
Synopsis: This breakout session will be led by Dr. Rick Scarborough, who will be joined by other Pastors who understand that our founders never intended for Pastors and Churches to be disengaged from discussing politics and politicians, from a Biblical perspective. They will conduct a panel discussion of how they have witnessed their congregations make a difference in the moral and civil arena and they will share why God expects all Biblical Pastors to do the same. Attendees will be allowed to ask questions during the panel discussion.
The Standard of LibertyVoice
August 20, 2012
Legalizing Same-Sex Marriage Proves Harmful
In Massachusetts, in 2003, same-sex marriage became legal (unconstitutionally, by judicial decree). We were told it was all about individual equality and the right to love whomever one wishes. We were told it couldn’t do any harm. Well, now we know none of that was true. According to what has occurred in Massachusetts since 2003, legalizing same-sex marriage turns out to be a powerful means to push homosexualism and punish those with traditional values in every aspect of society.
In “What same-sex ‘marriage’ has done to Massachusetts,” Brian Camenker lists widespread effects of the legalization of same-sex marriage by listing specific negative incidents concerning public schools, public health, hospitals, domestic violence programs, business and employment, the legal profession and judicial system, adoption and birth certificates, government mandates, the public square, churches being harassed, the media, politics, and the rule of law.
Here is just a sampling of these effects. An 8th grade teacher brags that she explicitly discusses gay sex in class because “it’s legal now.” School classrooms and libraries use pro-gay literature. Many more children are self-identifying as “gay.” The STD test required to obtain a marriage license was soon eliminated. When a doctor objected to his hospitals’ involvement in gay pride activities his job was threatened and he was required to apologize and keep his mouth shut. People can now get fired from their jobs by expressing religious objections to same-sex marriage. Gay activists have interrupted religious gatherings with screams and taunting while police do nothing. The Mass. bar exam now tests lawyers on their knowledge of same-sex marriage law. The Boston media regularly features homosexual married couples in general news stories where heterosexual couples used to be used. The cost of dealing with domestic violence has gone up exponentially given the extremely disfunctional nature of homosexual relationships. Every Mass. state elected official now publically supports gay marriage.
Many more incidents showing how same-sex marriage “is really about putting the legal stamp of approval on homosexuality and forcing its acceptance on (otherwise unwilling) citizens and our social, political, and commercial institutions,” are described in Cameker’s excellent article. Click here to read the article.
The War on God is No Joke
We have a joke line in our family that comes from an old Saturday Night Live sketch. It’s December 7, 1941 and a town newspaper is lackadaisically deciding on its top front page story. One suggestion is to feature the ladies volleyball team making the state finals. Another idea is the theft of some typewriters at the high school. Still another front page suggestion is to warn readers of the remote possibility of bad weather. This inanity goes on until an extremely distraught reporter played by Phil Hartman blurts out in desperation, “It’s Raining Bombs in Hawaii! — There’s your headline!” The front page ends up with Hartman’s photo and the headline “Local Reporter Shoots Self,” while in a back page a tiny blurb is titled, “Asians Attack ‘Base.’”
This is often how we feel at Standard of Liberty. There’s a war raging that seems to be going on largely unnoticed. It’s between two diametrically opposed world views. For want of a better term, it’s between the traditional values side and the anti-traditional values side. Since basic moral values come from God, what we have is the God side versus the anti-God side. If we care about freedom, our children and grandchildren, education, government, decency, order, health, truth, and the future of God’s children, we simply cannot “get along” with those who are actively and militantly pushing to replace God’s standard for goodness with some arbitrary, debased lifestyle.
When we went to our local Chick-Fil-A on August 8, we were surprised and gratified. Apparently all over the country, in a very big way, the silent majority was making its voice heard in support of the owner of the fast food chain who was verbally attacked and his business boycotted by gay activist groups because he expressed his belief in traditional marriage in an interview with a Baptist periodical. Preposterous, we know, but true. We witnessed a continual flow of families – from those with several small children to elderly couples – cheerfully standing in lines that circled the building or waiting patiently for drive-through service in the serpentine chain of cars. “Why are you here?” we asked customers, and the answer was always “to support the standard family.” Interesting that they expressed it was the family they were there in support of, not merely free speech.
They have it right. The bigger question is not about respectfully allowing everybody equal freedom to express their opinions, although that would be nice. We’re way past that. Just as our Founders indicated, our system of government was designed only for a moral people. If we take a good hard look at our mainstream culture today, we are no longer a moral people. Sad to say, not only are right opinions being attacked, but false, disgusting, and dangerous opinions are being allowed, respected, and encouraged. And as we know, ideas have consequences.
Just a few weeks after the amazing turnout at Chick-Fil-A an armed man with 50 extra rounds of ammo, and for unknown reasons a backpack of Chick-Fil-A sandwiches, entered the Family Research Council, a religious, traditional values lobbying organization in Washington D. C. He said he didn’t like their policies and fired his gun in the lobby at the unarmed, ununiformed building manager who, though shot in the arm, heroically and harmlessly subdued the shooter. As the shooter was currently a volunteer at a LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) center, it would be ridiculous to pretend that what the FBI is calling an act of domestic terrorism was not fueled by highly organized and funded groups which repeatedly rate businesses according to their degree of pro-gayness and target God-centered groups by calling them “hate groups.”
Incredibly, unlike any speech or event that can be spun as hate against gays, the shooting incident at FRC obviously fueled by gay activism hardly made mainstream news. Like Phil Hartman, we want to shout, There’s a war on against God! — There’s your headline.
Note: SoL has attended FRC’s excellent Values Voter Summit in D. C. each year since it began in 2006. We send them our prayers and best wishes.
--Stephen and Janice Graham
Virtue Brings Light; Indulgence Brings Fog
"The fog creeps in on little cat feet," begins Robert Louis Stephenson’s famous little poem. Fog is an interesting phenomenon. It creeps in silently and covers everything. In fog there is no black and white, all is gray. It makes it difficult to see clearly, to differentiate, to discern. This is how the devil works. He progressively grays the distinctions between right and wrong.
We now live in a sexually permissive culture in which God’s bright, clear rules have melted into fog as thick as pea soup. As a result, a great many young people’s sexual development has been interfered with; secret excesses and perversions such as pornography addiction, promiscuity, and homosexual experimentation are epidemic.
C. S. Lewis wrote about fog, too, as it pertains to chastity. “Virtue, even attempted virtue—brings light; indulgence brings fog.”As followers of Christ, complete chastity (holiness, excellence, purity inside and out) is the standard, the goal. If people fall short of this standard, and they often do, the rules are still in place and we know we should repent, relying on Christ, and strive on according to those rules to get back in the light. Like the hymn says, “Let us remember and be sure our hearts and hands are clean and pure.”
Is this difficult? Yes, especially today. C. S. Lewis (even 60 years ago) said there are three reasons “why it is now specially difficult for us to desire—let alone achieve—complete chastity.”
“In the first place our warped natures, the devils who tempt us, and all the contemporary propaganda for lust, combine to make us feel that the desires we are resisting are so ‘natural’, so ‘healthy’, and so reasonable, that it is almost perverse and abnormal to resist them. . . . Now this, on any conceivable view, and quite apart from Christianity, must be nonsense. . . . Every sane and civilised man must have some set of principles by which he chooses to reject some of his desires and to permit others . . . unless you are going to ruin your whole life.”
“In the second place, many people are deterred from seriously attempting Christian chastity because they think (before trying [and we add: even after what they consider enough trying]) that it is impossible. But when a thing has to be attempted, one must never think about possibility or impossibility. . . [P]eople quite often do what seemed impossible before they did it. It is wonderful what you can do when you have to.”
“We may, indeed, be sure that perfect chastity—like perfect charity—will not be attained by any merely human efforts. You must ask for God’s help. Even when you have done so, it may seem to you for a long time that no help, or less help than you need, is being given. Never mind. After each failure, ask forgiveness, pick yourself up, and try again. Very often what God first helps us toward is not the virtue itself but just this power of always trying again. For however important chastity ( . . . or any other virtue) may be, this process trains us in habits of the soul which are more important still. It cures our illusions about ourselves and teaches us to depend on God. We learn, on the one hand, that we cannot trust ourselves even in our best moments, and on the other, that we need not despair in our worst, for our failures are forgiven. The only fatal thing is to sit down content with anything less than perfection.”
Lewis’s third reason for the difficulty of being totally chaste is that we mistakenly refer to chastity as some dangerous sort of “‘repressed’ sex.” He expertly explains this away and puts the responsibility right where it should be. “[T]hose who are seriously attempting chastity are more conscious, and soon know a great deal more about their own sexuality than anyone else. They come to know their desires as Wellington knew Napoleon, or as Sherlock Holmes knew Moriarty; as a rat catcher knows rats or a plumber knows about leaky pipes.”
There exist organizations, supposedly in the LDS mainstream though not official, which are doing families and individuals a great disservice. But you make the call. If their goal is not excellence, holiness, or purity, but merely to “diminish” wayward desires (expressed in their mission statement) aren’t they doing Lewis’s fatal thing: sitting down content with something less than perfection? The word diminish is especially troublesome. What does that mean and who decides how much “diminishing” is enough? We pray that such groups will abandon foggy, irreligious goals that indulge wayward individuals and make concessions toward political correctness. Indulgence and concessions can lead only to spiritual darkness and risky physical behaviors. To have integrity we must take a clear orthodox stand by offering the light of truth to souls lost in today’s murky sexuality soup.
--Stephen and Janice Graham
August 15, 2012
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Quote of the day:
"Kids are naturally curious, and if they're exposed to a range of ideas, something will pull them in." (We apply this to how attitudes about sexuality are learned and how the homosexual propaganda ranging our culture is recruiting kids, but this is a quote from The Costco Connection from an article by Georgia Orcutt quoting cookbook author Sally Sampson about teaching kids to eat healthful foods by inspiring them to cook! Truth is everywhere if you care to see it!)
Chick-Fil-A is Anything but Chicken-Hearted
We lend our support to the excellent fast food chain's founders and owners who are standing firm in their right to express their deeply-held convictions according to the dictates of their conscience and financially support others who share those convictions.
It's crucial to note that the controversy surrounding this particular news story indicates a new development in gay activism. It is that gay activist organizations' tactics have become even more emboldened as to evolve from attacking what they call discriminatory policies and actions to attacking anything they perceive as anti-gay speech, thought, or support. We now see gay activists as the thought and speech police they intend to be. The mere expression of support for traditional morality is being narcissistically twisted and attacked as hateful discrimination against homosexuals.
The truth is, religious traditional moralists could now say the same thing, that homosexualists are full of hateful discrimination against them. The anti-traditional sexual morality rhetoric toward Chick-Fil-A has certainly been hateful and intolerant. You might call these detractors Christphobes, straight-bashers, or anti-traditional-marriage bigots. Even some gay proponents are saying this is going too far, that in America people should be able to think, share, and encourage what they believe without being harassed or threatened. Yes, but what an understatement! It's an unalienable right, protected by the Constitution!
But sadly, many unthinking individuals and groups are being taken in by the hyped gay victim mentality which is painting Chick-Fil-A as the bully, when it's actually the other way around. By the way, we at SoL have been the recipients of an email sent to us by Wayne Besen, a prominent gay activist who recently appeared on the O'Reilly Factor at Fox News browbeating Chick-Fil-A. This email, from a perfect stranger to us, is the most vile personal attack we have ever received, so sick and blasphemous we cannot repeat it. Everyone should now know who is really bullying whom.
A grateful thank you to the Truett Cathy family, for taking a stand for our precious First Amendment freedoms. Obviously, in this secular, gay-affirming culture, those who believe in traditional values will lose these freedoms unless more of us begin exercising them.
Eat at Chick-Fil-A today, August 1, 2012, designated as Chick-Fil-A Day by Mike Huckabee and others, or better yet, go there and enjoy their good food and service often. It's reported that this controversy has been great for business! There are more of us than there are of them, if we'll only speak up!
When Daddy Doesn't Love Mommy--
the effects of "mixed-orientation marriage" on children August 1, 2012
We have had a lot of feedback on our articles about the LDS open "mixed-orientation marriage" development. What we haven't discussed is the effect this would have on the children involved.
As we see the much-praised and publicized trend for openly same-sex attracted guys to get straight girls to marry them in the temple so they can progress toward their ostensible goals in the Church, we also see that couples involved in this experimental phenomenon are bringing children into their homes, however that is achieved. How will this affect these children? Do the parents teach their children that their daddy doesn't love their mommy the way married people should, that he wishes he could go to bed with another man instead?
Children growing up in a home where it is openly accepted and publicly known that the father is permanently SSA, homosexual, or gay, that is, romantically attracted not to the mother, his wife, but to another man or men, would seem to be growing up in a very insecure and dangerous environment. Proper attitudes toward sexuality are not being modeled. Instead, the child is being taught all kinds of harmful, false, and confusing ideas: that love and sex need not be connected, that fathers need not be affectionate toward mothers, that husbands and wives need not love each other the way married people do, that extra-marital lust is harmless, that it's okay for men to be turned on by other men, and the list goes on. Will the child have fears that Daddy will abandon the family if he falls in love with a man?
It seems that the openly homosexual father will undoubtedly model what are now thought of as gay stereotypes or exemplify homosexuality in one way or another (even if not actually acting out with other men), or why would he be openly SSA? He may be a spokesman, writer, therapist, facilitator, or belong to activist groups. The vulnerable child will naturally seek to emulate his father in every way. The duped mother may also endorse the homosexual identity and encourage the child to admire and copy the father. The child will then grow up believing that being SSA is okay, and that same-sex sexual attraction is a perfectly fine channel for his or her developing sexuality to take.
Of course the above is what the children would be learning in such a home. How can a mixed-orientation couple, married in the temple with the approbation of Church, family, and friends, teach their child anything else? Given their public declaration of support for SSA and mixed-orientation marriage, these parents aren't going to be teaching their own child that their own mixed-orientation marriage is in any way abnormal or below standard. Of course they will teach their children, even in unspoken ways, that they are a normal couple, or as these couples have articulated, even superior to traditional heterosexually oriented couples. Hence, the child will grow up thinking homosexuality and mixed orientation marriage are actually better than heterosexual coupling. Is this true or right or fair?
The other day we watched a good movie called There Be Dragons. A quote: "In a child's heart many seeds are planted. You never know quite what will grow." Before we allow for, encourage, support, or embrace mixed-orientation marriage, we need to consider what it will be teaching the children in that home.
There is a movement now within the LDS Church to push the notion that SSA (same-sex sexual attraction) is a virtuous and noble identity that can be legitimately claimed by faithful members of the Church, that is, as long as it isn’t acted on. Is there anything wrong with this thinking? Yes, lots. For one thing, when we say claiming an unalterable SSA identity is perfectly fine but must never be acted on, it is like saying ballet dancers are praiseworthy but actual ballet dancing is evil, which is crazy-making nonsense. Logically, something cannot be virtuous in theory but wicked in practice.
The scriptures are a great help here. We learn in Moroni 7 that it matters what things entice us. That which is of God always invites and entices us to do good, to love God, and to serve Him. On the other hand, whatsoever thing persuades us toward doing evil is most definitely of the devil. In other words, if a behavior is not of God, then anything that entices one toward that behavior is not of God.
SSA, or same-sex sexual attraction, is not just a neutral label as some may unthinkingly conclude. SSA is about self-maintained sexual feelings and thoughts which entice a person to act in certain ways. As uncomfortable as it may be, we must confront what SSA invites and persuades one to do and to assess whether that behavior is of God.
What behaviors does SSA entice people to do? Honest people cannot deny that same-sex sexual attractions entice a person to perform sexually stimulating acts with persons of the same sex, acts that perversely imitate male-female mating, abuse one’s body, and mock the sacred power of procreation.
We all know from the scriptures and countless propheticpronouncements that God unequivocally condemns such unnatural acts both from a moral and a spiritual standpoint. Not only that, we know such behavior inordinately spreads deadly diseases, causes specific cancers and chronic health disorders, and is associated with drug abuse, domestic violence, and child abuse in percentages off the charts. For one or more of these reasons, there doesn’t seem to be any doubt among most LDS Church members that homosexual behavior is wrong and therefore not of God.
Here we must point out that how these attractions come to be is a moot point in a discussion about right and wrong. The causes of homosexuality and the morality of it are two separate issues. Even if it were possible that an accountable person could not help doing something wrong, the act itself would still be wrong.
How wrong are these attractions? How destructive? How damaging to the soul? It’s important to note that same-sex sexual attractions, meaning those temptations which entice to do that which is not of God, are somewhat different from other types of temptations. Say you are tempted to drink alcoholic drinks, which is prohibited by LDS Church standards. You don’t get the actual feelings alcohol gives you just by looking at or talking about alcohol; you have to actually drink it. But sex is a very different story. With sex, you can get pleasure (arousal) out of just the enticement itself, as in fantasizing. That’s why things like written and visual pornography, internet chat rooms, phone sex, and sexting are so prevalent.
The infamous Planned Parenthood exploits this fact. It teaches: “Sexual pleasure is the feeling we get when we’re sexually aroused . . . Sexual fantasy is an important part of sexual pleasure.” Obviously out-of-bounds sexual lusts need not be acted upon body-to-body in order to give physical gratification, that is, sinful pleasure. What’s wrong with SSA? Not only does it entice to do evil, it is evil of itself. And like all evil, it can and should be rooted out and repented of.
The naming and dignifying of SSA in Mormon culture is more than a nod to the world’s current love affair with a very ancient vice. Giving place for this self-proclaimed identity within the Church only encourages sin. If we care about the welfare of souls we should uphold the gospel of Jesus Christ as it concerns the soul (sin, repentance, divine redemption) as it applies to all of us, those with SSA included. We are selling our own souls and losing the precious souls of young people all over the Church by advocating for and accommodating so-called SSA rather than bravely facing what it really is and compassionately offering hope and help for preventing, rooting out, and overcoming this sin, as all others, through knowledge of good and evil and the Atonement of Christ.
Philosophical Approaches to Liberty
and the Same-sex Marriage Debate
By Paul Mero, President, Sutherland Institute
Read this Salt Lake Tribune article here.
John Stuart Mill and Lord John Acton were contemporaries in 19th century British politics. Both men served in Parliament. Both men tended to vote similarly. But each man represented very different theories of liberty. Mill, ever the utilitarian, believed that liberty is the right to do what one desires, with certain restrictions. Acton, ever the conservative, believed that liberty is not the power of doing what we like, but the right of being able to do what we ought.
Nearly all modern arguments about personal liberty and rights reach back in time to embrace the views of Mill or Acton and their respective historical predecessors. When we hear libertarians (joined by many modern liberals) and conservatives debate today, both camps are posing theories of liberty developed in bygone eras.
Utah political culture is so divided as well. Freedom-loving people of all stripes invoke one or the other theories of liberty. Many of the current contentions between the Utah Republican Party and the Utah tea party are a result of mingling these theories. On some issues, such as economics, they lean heavily toward Mill. On other issues, such as morality, they lean heavily toward Acton. Contentions arise when activists apply these theories arbitrarily and interchangeably.
But where we are seeing these two camps increasingly come into conflict is over the issue of homosexuality. On the one hand, most Utahns understand and accept the need for individuals to "work out their own salvation" including the struggles and trials of personal human identity and the purpose of sexual behavior. We remain kind and tolerant to a very patient degree because most of us see these struggles and decisions no differently than any other with which all mortals are faced. There but for the grace of God, go I.
On the other hand, most reasonable Utahns also understand and accept that our personal decisions and struggles alone — the "right" to do whatever we desire — aren't always proper justification for public debate or rise to the level of rights. During a debate at the University of Utah several years ago on the subject of "gay rights," I expressed the point this way, "We know how you personally benefit from gaining all of the privileges you seek. What we want to know is how society benefits?" In other words, selfishness isn't a right in a free society, though it is how we often behave personally.
Clearly Utahns, by and large, have a difficult time coping with these important distinctions. We know we do because Utah culture is so extremely passive-aggressive. Compound that passive-aggressiveness with anecdotal stories of "injustices" and "indignities" experienced by struggling souls, especially anecdotes about children and youths, and pretty soon a political movement begins to seriously take shape even in Utah. So much so these days that even seriously conservative families begin to believe in the Mill theory of liberty when they are inherently and have been traditionally firmly in the Acton camp.
In these dysfunctional circumstances, facts matter little. What matters to severely passive aggressive people are the stories. The only influence that seems to matter for some Utahns is that a grieving parent in tears testifies that they know their child was "born gay." The fact that there is no replicable scientific or medical evidence that proves that point is irrelevant in the mind of that grieving parent. The fact that that testimony, if from an otherwise conservative Utahn, contradicts ideals of moral agency or religious teaching, is of little influence. As Mill and his predecessors and followers believe reason is the slave to passion and, in politics today, emotions seem to trump reason.
The American founders were students of liberty. They saw firsthand what France was experiencing simultaneously. France chose a different kind of liberty, the liberty eventually expressed by Mill. America's founders chose an integrated liberty — knowing order must precede liberty — eventually best expressed by Lord Acton that rights are inherited not organic. How Utahns will lean, especially over this issue of "gay rights," remains to be seen.
An open letter to homosexuals
by Matt Barber
Read this World Net Daily article here.
I write this not to professional homosexuals. That is to say, not to members of the well-funded, politically powerful homosexual activist lobby. They will mock and reject my words outright. They will twist and misrepresent what I say to further their own socio-political agenda. That’s fine. It’s to be expected. It merits little more than a yawn and an eye roll.
Instead, I write this to my fellow travelers in life – average, ordinary people, male and female, young and old – who happen to call themselves “gay.” I write this out of obedience to God.
It is my hope and prayer that you will consider what I have to say and take it at face value. My intentions are pure and my motives upright. If I can plant the seed of truth in just one person, and that seed begins to sprout, then I consider this letter a success.
I pray that you are that person.
What I write may offend you. It may even infuriate you. But I hope it makes you think. Know this: Your friends have lied to you. Christians do not hate you. We love you intensely. We love you because of who you are, not because of what you do or because of who you think you are.
Still, to love someone and to lie to them is to hate them – especially when that lie inevitably leads to a tragic and hopeless end.
If you have a loved one, blindfolded and running full speed toward cliff’s edge, do you not yell, stop! Would you not run after them, even tackling them if need be to prevent them from plummeting to certain death? What would we think of the person who said: “Keep running; all is well.”
All is not well, and you know it. On this path, “it” decidedly does not “get better.” It only gets worse. You will fall and you will die – perhaps not physical death, straight away – but certainly, an emotional and spiritual death. Homosexual activists, “progressives,” Hollywood, the media, academia and popular culture are telling you to keep running.
I’m yelling, stop!
Your lifestyle – homosexuality – is always and forever, objectively and demonstrably wrong. It is never good, natural, right or praiseworthy. If you have “gay pride,” you have “sin pride.” Although homosexuality is not the only sexual sin, it is, indeed, sin. Scripture is unequivocal on this fact throughout both the Old and New Testaments.
But this reality is manifest beyond the pages of Scripture. Unnatural behaviors beget natural consequences. So-called “homophobia” is not responsible for the fact that, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one-in-five “gay” men and adolescents in major cities across America have been infected – through bad behavior – with HIV/AIDS.
Sin is responsible.
In almost every category – disease, depression, drug and alcohol abuse, and suicide – those who call themselves “gay” live and die with consequences that have nothing gay, in the true sense of the word, about them.
Is this you? Be honest.
At least be honest with yourself.
Scripture admonishes: “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 6:23). This does not simply mean physical death, but something far worse: spiritual death.
I know from which I speak. I am no better than you. I, too, once lived a lifestyle of sexual sin. Not homosexual sin, but sexual sin nonetheless. As a young man I did not treat God’s daughters as He intended and, instead, engaged in a lifestyle of selfish womanizing and fornication.
The wages of sin in my life was death – spiritual and emotional death. I was on your same path.
But by His grace, I was offered and accepted “the free gift of God.” I, instead, was saved and given “eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Do I still struggle with sin? Of course. Every day. We all do. We are fallen. We are sinners.
Still, Christ’s gift to me was forgiveness, redemption and life everlasting. My friend, that gift is available to you as well.
Snatch it up. Please.
During the Awakening 2011 – a national conference held, that year, at Liberty University – I was visiting with a young woman from the hard-left Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC). I liked her. I loved her, in fact, in the way her heavenly Father, Christ Jesus, loves her and has enabled me to love her. I think of her and pray for her often.
In recent years, the SPLC has taken to smearing Christian organizations that defend the biblical sexual ethic as “hate groups.” After visiting for a while, I asked this young woman if she really believed that we Christians hate homosexuals. To my surprise she admitted that we do not. “But the things you say are sometimes hateful,” she added.
Indeed, truth is hate to those who hate truth.
The truth is that you have immeasurable value. You are a beautiful, unique, priceless human being. The very Creator of the universe, in the person of Jesus Christ, took such an interest in you that He meticulously wove you together in your mother’s womb. He loves you with a love that no human can fully grasp. Still, this is true not because of your so-called “sexual orientation,” but, rather, in spite of it.
You are valuable and worthy of love because God created you in His image. If you define your identity based upon sexual temptations and behaviors your Creator has called sin – an “abomination” – then you are not fulfilling the purpose for which He created you. In so doing, you have become the sum total of your sins. You are in rebellion against God and you know it.
He made you to know it.
Yes, the activists tell you to take “pride” in your “sexual orientation,” but you don’t feel pride. You feel ashamed, and so you try, in vain, to numb the shame with more of the very behavior that causes it. You will never fill the void you feel with drugs, alcohol or more sexual acting-out. These things only expand your emptiness.
Christ alone can fill the void.
And He will.
The Burning Question: What Do Mormon Homosexualists Want?
June 13, 2012
Before reading this please note the great distinction we make between those who believe people should privately strive to overcome homosexual tendencies, and those who have decided to publicly embrace and advocate for the SSA identity. By Mormon homosexualists we mean the latter.
Mormon homosexualists, SSA/gay or not, want something or they wouldn’t be going public. These are those who have swallowed the totally unproven notion that people are born gay and the totally irreligious and false notion that people can’t or shouldn’t try to school their sexual thoughts and feelings, and who are therefore caught up in the worldly pro-gay hype. We are seeing Mormon homosexualists marching in gay pride parades, being interviewed on radio and TV, writing books, appearing in newspaper and magazine articles, being invited to speak at LDS-related conferences, and blogging on the internet.
The latest twist in Mormon homosexulism is: Look at me, I’m same-sex attracted, I’m active LDS, I’m not acting out on my homosexuality, I’m even married to an opposite-sex person. I just want to advocate for Mormons with SSA. This may sound reasonable to many people. It may sound like a positive step. But once a person states his allegiance to homosexuality, everything else he says is not to be trusted. Such a stance is incongruent with LDS covenants to keep even one’s desires within God’s boundaries. It is incongruent with faithfulness in marriage, incongruent with respect for God’s gift of the power of procreation, and incongruent with protecting the innocence of, and modeling proper sexuality to, one’s children. This stance also obfuscates the definition of acting out and what same-sex lust really is. (See The Family: A Proclamation to the World.)
It’s a curious development. Seeing as how they appear to be following all the outward rules and seem to promise they always will, seeing as how they are getting married in the temple, procreating, and serving in the Church, what makes these Mormon homosexualists different from anybody else? The only difference is that they publicly identify themselves by and advocate their temptation. Do the rest of us become apologists for whatever particular temptations toward sin we happen to be experiencing? What would we hope to accomplish? Aren’t we all supposed to be turning to Christ, seeking to know what needs correcting in our souls, and overcoming this or that temptation continually? Obviously, this is not what these Mormon homosexualists have in mind. They certainly aren’t asking for help in overcoming their homosexual lusts. So, what are they hoping to accomplish? What is it they want?
1. These Mormon homosexualists may want to become popular within the Church. Perhaps they crave the same special acceptance and attention gays are now getting in the world. Society now increasingly accommodates and celebrates all things LGBT and a portion of the Mormon conmmunity seems to be following suit. Now it’s looking more and more like publishing your alternative sexuality—but not acting out (whatever that means)—is the way to have everything: stay in the Church mainstream, maintain your lusts, and even become popular. One such Mormon homosexualist is speaking at the annual LDS apologetics FAIR conference in August, advocating for same-sex sexual attraction. (We checked and there is to be no voice for reorientation therapy or LDS ex-gays at this conference as there has been in the past.)
2. These Mormon homosexualists may crave justification. Sexual lust is a mental exercise that is pleasurable and addictive. They know it’s wrong and may feel some degree of guilt but still want to hold on to the exciting thought patterns they have developed and the corresponding sexual feelings they produce. Another Mormon homosexualist in a “mixed-orientation marriage” came out recently on the internet and has attracted much attention. Among other things he blogs that if he walked into a room in which both men and women took off their clothes, he’d be turned on by the men rather than the women. Think about this bizarre scenario and his reaction; it is sick and wrong to instantly turn random human beings into pornography. And yet this blogger is getting all sorts of compassion, validation, and encouragement from effusive, unthinking Mormon readers who have now shown themselves to be a stripe of Mormon homosexualist as well.
3. These Mormon homosexualists may have a certain agenda, that is to normalize and elevate homosexuality as equal with heterosexuality within the Church as in the world. So far, activism for the “identity” within the Church has pretty much been accomplished despite President Packer’s recent warnings. In step with developments at BYU, we at SoL are now hearing that bishops and stake presidents are deciding that openly gay is okay in their congregations as long as there is no acting out (whatever that means). Add this to mixed orientation temple marriage being lauded. The next step (by no means the last) may be to get widespread Mormon acceptance, at least societally, of some form of same-sex marriage, no matter what the official Church stance is. If it’s the behavior they ultimately want legitimized, pretending at matrimony seems to be one way to get it. Even among those of us essentially against gay marriage, it could be that committed, monogamous same-sex unions, or the appearance of, will be thought the lesser of several other evils. And there are more travesties ahead. Could this really happen in the LDS community? Prominent Mormon, U. S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, recently announced his support of gay marriage to the entire nation, which is in essence an announcement of his support of homosexual behavior by another name.
Mormon homosexualists are boldly stepping forward. What do they want? It’s a burning question that needs to be asked.
Flower Children? Or Followers of Christ?
June 3, 2012
We have among us some outspoken members of The Church of Jesus Christ who have donned their Sunday clothes, taken up banners, and marched in Salt Lake City’s lewd Gay Pride Parade today, yes, in the name of Jesus. May we suggest that if people invoke the name of Christ they had better know what he is really about?
This group is saying that Jesus is all about love (they are handing out lollipops with stickers that read “love one another”) and that we should follow his example by reaching out to the gay community, “building bridges.” Is this accurate or appropriate in any way? What is Jesus’s love, also called the pure love of Christ, really about?
There may be many ways to hate people, but there is only one way to truly Love people, and that is through the kind of Love, with a capital L, Jesus alone exemplified. Jesus said to love one another as he loves, not the way we love, the way he loves. (Alas, we humans are not naturally very good at it.) It’s perfectly unselfish and righteous, that is, based in rightness and wishing the very best for the person in the moral, spiritual, and eternal sense. That’s a tall order. Jesus’ love for the Father in doing His will, and his love for us, God’s undeserving fallen children, in accomplishing the Atonement, are quintessential illustrations of this true, pure love we’re supposed to be striving to develop.
Another word for the pure love of Christ is charity. Bruce R. McConkie said, “Charity . . . is the pure love of Christ, a love so centered in righteousness that the possessor has no aim or desire except for the eternal welfare of his own soul and for the souls of those around him.” Key words: eternal welfare, souls. That is God’s business, the business Jesus was about.
The kind of Love Jesus wants us to learn does not begin and end with how nicely we treat others. Religion is not to be mistaken for mere neighborliness or social work. The devil himself has been known to treat others quite generously – he even offered to give Jesus everything: stuff, appetites, power. No, Real Love must begin in our heart of hearts as we seek the Spirit of the Lord to guide and correct. We are called upon to put off the natural man inside us so prone to wander. Christ invites each of us to become a new, selfless person – like him – intent on doing God's will, which will often mean putting aside one’s own will. This may cause friction in our human relationships, especially in today’s one-way, politically correct culture. So be it. Jesus himself said his coming would divide not just peoples, cities, and countries, but families (Matthew 10:34-37). Of course it’s entirely up to each of us whether we will choose God as our master or something or someone else instead.
This real Love has been called tough love, and rightly so. It’s difficult. It’s painful. And it can work to help people change for the better like nothing else if so desired. When Jesus said to love one another, even to love our enemies and do good to those who curse us, he didn’t mean for us to march in step with the decadent worldly parade; he meant for us to offer the Truth that can save souls.
People who don’t realize this, who think they can meet gays halfway with a see-no-evil, lollipop-love reminiscent of the anything-goes 1960s are very naive indeed and are part of the further vaporization of morality and religion in our society. Any of us who have any loyalty whatsoever to decency and propriety, to biological facts that defy the normalization of homosexuality, to God and His laws about chastity and sin, to the reality of male and female and motherhood and fatherhood, to mating and marriage, to keeping our passions and desires within His boundaries, to the priesthood, even to upholding mental and physical health, will find zero tolerance from the powerful gay community and its endorsers.
C. S. Lewis, talking about Love with a capital L, put it so well: "Love may forgive all infirmities and love still in spite of them; but Love cannot cease to will their removal . . . Love is something more stern and splendid than mere kindness."
The Love of Jesus? It isn’t comfort for its own sake, like a skin-deep massage, that makes us feel better about ourselves and each other here and now. It’s the sword of Truth, the real deal, elective heart surgery, or more accurately, a total, divine, voluntary heart transplant, that fits us for Everlasting Life.
I would like to express my feelings regarding the article "Counterfeit Marriage: A Tangled Web of Deceit". I was disappointed to see that LDS Living magazine would write about homosexuality without giving even the smallest amount of hope in the healing that can take place through the Atonement. Once again, we find that some members of the church would rather act as if the situation were hopeless. Either you live with being homosexual and live a lie or you commit suicide, seems to be what the general feeling is. I ask myself, why it is that there is seldom mentioned places where one can be treated. We know that there are places that exist that can help those afflicted overcome these feelings if there is a desire to be healed. Instead, these magazines are starting to sound like the world. This is not something people are born with. We know this because "The Family: A Proclamation To The World" states that "Gender is an essential characteristic of individual, premortal, mortal, and eternal identity and purpose." It doesn't take a rocket scientist to see that Satan is behind this whole thing. The first commandment is to multiply and replenish the earth and Satan knows that he is victorious when he can convince us and confuse us into believing that we are different because we are attracted to someone who is the same sex. If we would look into the scriptures we find this cycle has happened before in Moses 5:53-57 and this abomination eventually led to the demise of the people in Noah's time.
It is frightening to see how many of our own faith have bought into this lie. I can't help but wonder if those who see homosexuality as a lie will be like the blind man in John 9, who was healed of his blindness by Jesus. When asked who healed him he told them that Jesus had made clay, and anointed his eyes and told him to go to the pool of Siloam and wash and that after that he had received his sight. When we are honest about homosexuality we are called haters and liars. Will we be cast out just as the blind man was because we see homosexuality for the lie that it is? We have been told that not all the persecution for our beliefs will come from without the church. I think the foundation of the foresaid truth has been laid.
–CM, Elk Ridge
We may eventually lose this battle but you and I will never go down without a fight. Our country and our church are at stake.
Keep up the fight.
Your message today had many good insights.
--S, St George
To me the fundamental falsehood is that SSA is immutable and therefore moral. I believe the following put this in question.
1. Gays are constantly and unrelentingly recruiting new partners. If attraction is immutable, then why are they trying so hard to convince others that they are not straight?
2. If attraction is immutable, akin to skin color, then a doctor should be able to identify the physical attribute, like pigmentation, that establishes attraction and tell someone medically whether they are straight or not.
3. Why impose limitations on others. Just because some gays claim they cannot change, that does not create a limitation on others who want to change. This strikes at the core of Christianity which believes in changing our natures through the atonement of Christ and repentance and being born again as a new man.
4. The choice to be intimate with someone is always a choice. When you have no choice in intimacy, it is called rape. Just because someone feels a sexual attraction that is never a justification, by itself, to act on that urge. Gays claim that they are more moral because they admit their attractions and act on them, rather than live a lie. The fact is that our society, as is appropriate, only allows us to act on our attractions under limited circumstances.
Thanks again for your efforts in the fight. Please know that others share your burden and resist falsehoods in their own manner.
Articles Worth Reading
Five Reasons Christians Should Continue to Oppose “Gay Marriage,” by Kevin DeYoung
Yesterday, to no one's surprise, President Obama revealed in an interview that after some "evolution" he has "concluded that for me personally it is important for me to go ahead and affirm that I think same sex couples should be able to get married." This after the Vice-President came out last Sunday strongly in favor of gay marriage. Not coincidentally, the New York Times ran an article on Tuesday (an election day with a marriage amendment on one ballot) about how popular and not controversial gay television characters have become. In other words, everyone else has grown up so why don't you? It can seem like the whole world is having a gay old time, with conservative Christians the only ones refusing to party.
The temptation, then, is for Christians go silent and give up the marriage fight: "It's no use staying in this battle," we think to ourselves. "We don't have to change our personal position. We'll keep speaking the truth and upholding the Bible in our churches, but getting worked up over gay marriage in the public square is counter productive. It's a waste of time. It makes us look bad. It ruins our witness. And we've already lost. Time to throw in the towel." I understand that temptation. It is an easier way. But I do not think it is the right way, the God glorifying way, or the way of love.
Here are five reasons Christians should continue to publicly and winsomely oppose bestowing the term and institution of marriage upon same-sex couples:
1. Every time the issue of gay marriage has been put to a vote by the people, the people have voted to uphold traditional marriage. Even in California. In fact, the amendment passed in North Carolina on Tuesday by a wider margin (61-39) than a similar measure passed six years ago in Virginia (57-42). The amendment passed in North Carolina, a swing state Obama carried in 2008, by 22 percentage points. We should not think that gay marriage in all the land is a foregone conclusion. To date 30 states have constitutionally defined marriage as between a man and a woman.
Common Misconceptions About Homosexuality, by Dr. Neal Whitehead. Note: item 3 on the list states the truth and not the misconception!
1. Gays are 10% of the population
No academic would agree. Numerous surveys in many countries show
that (including bisexuals) gays are 2-3% of the population and lesbians
2. Gay relationships are as stable and long-lasting as those of
Gay relationships last about 2½ years for both gays and lesbians,
whereas in the divorce-prone USA a heterosexual couple has nearly an
even chance of reaching their silver wedding anniversary (25y).
3. Gays are extremely promiscuous
Both gays and lesbians have 3-4 times as many partners as
heterosexuals (comparison of medians).
4. Gays and lesbians are psychologically on par with heterosexuals
A good rule of thumb is that gays and lesbians have 3 times as many
problems. All are prone to suicide attempts. Otherwise problems are
mostly depression and other mood disorders for men and substance
abuse problems for women, though there are many others.
Anti-Bullying Crusader Attacks the Bible and Curses Christian Teens During High School Speech, from TheBlaze.com
Dan Savage, the founder of an anti-bullying campaign that has reportedly reached more than 40 million viewers, and has contributors that include President Obama to Hollywood stars, dove into unexpected territory while giving a speech at a high school journalism conference Friday.
There, instead the planned discussion on the dangers of bullying, Savage seemingly turned into a “bully” himself, albeit a powerful, adult one.
Reports say Savage’s speech quickly turned from the subject of anti-bullying into an event in “Christian-bashing,” causing as many as 100 students to simply walk out of the event.
California Senate Bill 1172 would ban psychologists from assisting patients who want to change from homosexuality, from Narth.com
California SB 1172 is a first-of-its-kind legislative effort to usurp the role of the professional mental-health associations and ban change-oriented psychological care to minors. This legislation assumes that sexual-orientation change efforts (SOCE) constitute a form of family rejection that will likely result in harm.
In reality, however, there is virtually no evidence to support this claim. In fact, the SOCE literature reporting harm among youth is extremely scarce and conducted only with non-representative samples. A single study was used by the bill’s supporters to support their claim. But it is remarkable that the authors of SB 1172 could even conceive that this particular study had any relevance to their legislative aims.
Furthermore, NARTH clinicians have long been aware that parents with traditional values need not “reject” their child; they can be encouraged to love and accept their children, even when they disapprove of their child’s sexual lifestyle choices.
Counterfeit Marriage: A Tangled Web of Deceit
May 8, 2012
We teach a standard of moral conduct that will protect us from Satan’s many substitutes or counterfeits for marriage. We must understand that any persuasion to enter into any relationship that is not in harmony with the principles of the gospel must be wrong. . . Some suppose that they were preset and cannot overcome what they feel are inborn temptations toward the impure and unnatural. Not so! President Boyd K. Packer, “Cleansing the Inner Vessel,” Oct. 2010 Gen. Conf.
You’ll have to come to your own conclusion why LDS Living Magazine, owned by Deseret Book and sold at Deseret Bookstores, has published an over-the-top cover article that is the antithesis of the above statement by President Packer, the second highest ranking leader in the LDS Church.
Our Story, Living with Same-sex Attraction by Ty and Danielle Mansfield, appearing in the May/June 2012 issue is a lengthy article illustrated with over a dozen photos, including a huge 2-page-spread close-up of the couple's faces (he is kissing her on the cheek). Written by the author of two gay-affirming books published by Deseret Book and his wife, the article is based on some serious new kookiness and some very false presumptions. What is presented as a happy, warm, fuzzy, and above all, highly spiritual article, is actually a tangled web of ignorance, delusion, and manipulation.
Please note that even more dangerous than the false representation of homosexuality as pure and noble, and the radical redefinition of some higher form of marriage that is supposedly nonsexual, is the presumptuous spiritual component in this article. The claim of personal revelation on sweeping topics that affect the very foundations of an entire people’s faith is this author's stock in trade. We quote from Ty Mansfield's book, In Quiet Desperation, in which he likens himself to Moses. "It was as if the Lord were saying to me, ' . . . Ancient Israel was called to build a tabernacle . . . You, my son, have likewise been called to a responsibility of great magnitude, for you have been called to build a kingdom'" (247). Please see Dr. A. Dean Byrd’s review of this book.
We apologize if the following intrudes on this couple's privacy. As always, we do not mean to attack individuals and most certainly wish only the best for this young couple and their innocent child. It is only because they have set themselves up as a light and voluntarily made their “mixed orientation marriage” an object of public concern by publicizing and defending what Pres. Packer called one of “Satan’s many substitutes or counterfeits for marriage” that we feel we must respond to this article. Sorry this is so long; there are just so many things wrong with the article.
The article presumes people who experience SSA are doomed to have to live with it. Again, “Not so!” Many outgrow SSA or make a determined and successful effort to overcome and reorient their sexual feelings in the proper direction (PFOX, NARTH, Exodus International, JONAH, Standard of Liberty). You'd think this promising couple would seek to resolve this supposedly on-going problem, but there is no discussion of understanding where the feelings came from in the first place, or about getting help for rooting out the misguided thoughts and lawless lusts.
But wait a minute. Is the husband in this article really same-sex attracted? How do we know this? After all, his most recent actions, which are glowingly described, are undoubtedly heterosexual. In his own words, he was "drawn to Danielle in multiple ways." (Notice he uses the word drawn instead of its synonym attracted.) He enjoyed a whirlwind romance, married this woman for time and forever, posed for many happy wedding pictures, and subsequently fathered a child. And Danielle says her husband’s SSA “isn’t noticeable in our marriage.”
What is same-sex attraction anyway? It seems Mansfield has convinced his wife that SSA, although it is his claim to fame, doesn’t mean anything of any importance. She says, “I don’t think much about my husband experiencing SSA unless something stereotypical comes up, like he’s a much better decorator than I am and he is a better listener than any other man I’ve ever dated.” What does she think gayness is – just some outward trappings she happens to consider unusual in men? Then she has drunk the gay Koolaid and doesn’t know much about the opposite sex. Just because a man is artistic or a good listener does not mean he is homosexual. In fact, all healthy men have everything it takes to be men in all the important ways no matter what their talents or hobbies.
If SSA is just about innocuous outward characteristics, who cares about it? Why do we feel sorry for men who paint or sing? Why do they need special rights? Why do we care about this couple? It’s like any other couple. Danielle writes, “People sometimes want to know what it’s like to be married to someone who experiences same-sex attraction. My answer is, I don’t know.” So, LDS Living has published an article about nothing? It’s like an episode of Seinfeld.
This girl needs to know that if your husband is same-sex attracted it means he is sexually attracted to men, not women. He is turned on sexually by men, otherwise he is not same-sex attracted. To him the idea of thinking sexually of women is as distasteful as you thinking sexually of women.
It follows that either this couple has never consummated their marriage and instead used artificial insemination to get pregnant, or the SSA husband has prostituted himself who knows how many times in order to impregnate his wife and found it repulsive every time. On the other hand, if they have consummated and he didn’t find it repulsive, then he is heterosexual by any definition. That's right, if he is enjoying intimacy with this opposite sex person he says he loves “to spend time with,” he is heterosexual and is playing a horrible trick on his wife and everyone else by pretending to be homosexual. Yes, heterosexuality is very natural and common. In fact, it makes the world go 'round. We hear from Danielle herself that her husband "is a more loving and affectionate husband than I ever imagined."
Can it be that this couple has no understanding of either homosexuality or heterosexuality? Can it be that the publishers of this magazine don’t either? We can’t believe any intelligent adult could be that ignorant. Perhaps it’s more along the lines of denial, deception, or an agenda.
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More Mormon Homosexualists Speak Out
April 25, 2012
Here's another Mormon-made video urging the LDS Church and its members to "change," to compromise their most basic and deeply-held doctrines and beliefs to include the homosexualism that has been embraced by mainstream society. The concern seems to be that if we don't accept their self-identified alternative sexuality, young people will feel rejected and/or commit suicide.
Despite the apparent sincerity, concern, and good intentions of the interviewees, there are many things wrong with the sentiments expressed on this video, already watched by 20,000 viewers. Please note that sentiments, opinions, views, just because someone expresses them, may not be valid or valuable. Some are totally mistaken, even harmful. Each of us must choose for ourselves to discern between truth and error.
We have listed some the the problems we found in the video, voiced or implied.
1. People do not commit suicide just because other people don't commend their romantic sexual desires. For example, do we think of unmarried teen couples who get pregnant as inordinately suicidal? No, and yet LDS doctrine and culture do not approve of what they have done. There are a number of reasons for suicidality, including mental and emotional illness, impulsiveness, lack of confidence, immaturity, dependence on others, lack of faith, inner conflict, addictions and total self-centeredness. These are the opposite of mental and emotional health, patience, confidence, maturity, reliance on Christ, faith in God, inner peace, spiritual-centeredness and humility, all of which would make us good stewards of our physical bodies. These latter qualities are the ones we need to teach and emphasize. We believe this video is doing more to emphasize the former and is therefore encouraging rather than preventing suicidality.
2. Gayness is not innate.
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Anybody Can Be, Nobody Has To Be April 25, 2012
A standard argument in favor of embracing the gay identity is that it is not chosen. We agree that under certain conditions, anybody can be tempted towards same sex sexual attraction. But let's think this through. If a desire or temptation corresponds with wrong or harmful acts, whether we choose it or not doesn't really matter. What matters is if we realize it for what it is and choose to beat it.
Do we choose a craving for chocolate? Or a feeling of anger? Or a wicked unkind thought? Probably not. It's just our human nature. The question is, what do we do with these passions? Do we proclaim ourselves hopeless chocolate gluttons? Raging lunatics? Devils? Is that just who we are? Is it okay, even special? Of course not.
If we're serious about health, order, and goodness, what we do is regulate ourselves. If we're religious that means we turn to God. We work at getting our hearts changed. It may be hard work, but we keep at it. If we're serious about God, order, and goodness, there is no giving up or giving in to the weakness.
What's missing in the LDS gay argument we see being swallowed by and emboldening so many these days, is this question:
If this condition or identity, whatever you want to call it, is so difficult, if it upsets family and conflicts with one's religious beliefs and prohibits a normal life, if these things are as important to them as they let on, whether a person felt they chose it or not, wouldn't they try to get help?
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It Gets Better at BYU? April 20, 2012
Some students made a video about being gay at BYU. Click here to watch it.
So let's get this straight. BYU students are getting away with making gay propaganda. It includes unverified information such as, "There are over 1,800 LGBT students attending Brigham Young University." It's a technically well-made montage of 20-something-year-old BYU-clad students accompanied by sad, somber music. These students confess self-determination as some sexual identity other than heterosexual: gay lesbian, bisexual. But it doesn't stop there. Students testify that it's all perfectly okay with God. There is no talk of chastity or sexual purity. Is there any doubt that they desire permission to act out (as if they aren't already to some degree), and they are telling the world that BYU and their Church, although still oppressive, is coming right along?
Here we have some obviously damaged, rebellious, confused, misguided young people on the mere brink of real living, of adult human relationships, of responsible adult experiences, of life's biggest decisions. And they believe they have lived enough to have figured everything out about themselves and about human sexuality, including unnatural, scripturally-condemned types of it that prohibit true marriage and pro-creation, inordinately cause chronic ill-heath conditions and spread horrible life-threatening diseases?
Young latter-day saints need to know that in order to champion homosexualism (in oneself or others), one needs to abandon truth, reality, science (no gay gene), biology (there are only 2 human sexes), and core tenets of their religion. They must reject the Atonement of Jesus Christ, scriptures, prophets and apostles from all dispensations, temple covenants (yes, we are all supposed to keep even our passions and desires within the Lord's boundaries), the Family Proclamation, and countless conference talks, books, manuals, and hymns (#336 School Thy Feelings for instance). If they ever had a witness of the Holy Ghost concerning the truth of all these things, they have to deny that, too. They have to ignore the knowledge and wisdom of the ages (which they are supposed to be learning at BYU) and invent an entirely new worldview and culture for themselves.
We have some outspoken young people willing to do this for many reasons, perhaps as a form of youthful rebellion, or just to feel involved in a popular cause, or to feel superior, enlightened, comfortable with their current lusts or with friends, and popular in the eyes of the world. Do they realize what they are doing? Is championing various unnatural sexual feelings worth giving up everything else? Really? All this that is happening -- it's all in the scriptures. One wonders, have these kids read their scriptures? If they have, they don't understand them, as Nephi put it.
To the precious, misguided young people on the video, we say: You live in an upside-down world where youth and a godless trendy culture have been unwisely put on a pedestal and God's timeless goodness and wisdom are derided and disregarded. It reminds us of the silly 60's movie, Wild in the Streets, where the hippies put all the adults over 30 in camps and kept them drugged so they could run the world however they felt like running it. Youth is by nature a rash, rebellious, emotional, ignorant, prideful time of life. And the truth is, as the LDS scholar Hugh Nibley, who himself knew 20 languages, put it, none of us are very pure or brave or good or wise, even in adulthood. That's why we need God whose love and rules and principles never change. That's why we all need a Savior who offers essential divine redemption for our many weaknesses and sins and errors. That's why we need the Spirit to constantly humble and correct us.
We didn't note much discussion of the true purposes of the Godhead on the video, rather it was all about the students' purposes, their feelings, desires, sufferings, and comforts and how they conveniently have come to know that God has changed His plan to include their particular proclivities. It's true that God loves us all no matter what, a bit like a good parent unconditionally loves a naughty child, but our feelings, thoughts, motives, and actions often require purifying, changing, and improving. Not on the video.
That's why no one should give this video any credence. These are culturally-indoctrinated and emboldened young people who have, in their inexperienced youth, rashly and wholeheartedly embraced politicized, pop-culture sexual identities despite God's boundaries for sexuality in heart, mind, and body. One should wonder how and where they got these ideas cemented; one girl on the video admitted she turned to the internet where her wayward sexual feelings were validated and welcomed. The internet. Not the scriptures. Not the Spirit. The internet. Enough said. These young people need to know they have rejected the accumulated wisdom of the ages and summarily dismissed the spiritually-demanding Atonement of Jesus Christ. They have ignored and disparaged the availability of cutting-edge, professional, gospel-based therapy and the possibility of reorienting to heterosexuality and a normal life. They also obviously reject their agency, stewardship, and obligation to strive against sinfulness in all its forms to the end of mortality. They are so far conditioned into today's worldly ways that the above glorious gifts are things which they seem to know and care nothing about.
Think about it. Boundaries. Wisdom. Christ. Hope. Help. Health. Normalcy. Agency. Obligation. Stewardship. Progression. Nope, not interested.
It gets better at BYU? We wonder if on these critical and essential topics it could get any worse.
BYU Professor Invites “Gay” Students to Make Presentations at Meeting on Campus
March 27, 2012
BYU Sociology Professor Charlie Morgan has scheduled a meeting on campus where students will share their stories of what it’s like to be gay at BYU. A Standard of Liberty subscriber sent us the attached picture of a flier being circulated around campus, which states that the meeting, scheduled for April 4, 2012, 7:00 p.m., in room 445 of the MARB, is sponsored by the BYU Sociology department.
SoL called and spoke with Professor Morgan and Renata Forste, the department chairman. When asked why the meeting was being held, we were told that BYU students need a greater understanding of homosexual attraction in order to be kinder and more accepting of students who experience it. We were told these gay students are keeping the law of chastity and are not acting out sexually, so there is no honor code issue involved.
We wondered how Prof. Morgan could know this, if all students who will attend the meeting have been screened for sexual abuse done to them or by them, or for wrong ideas and attitudes about sex and sexuality, or for current sexual impurity, how this is being defined, and if the gay students have told the truth. Homosexual behaviors are by nature practiced and spread in secret, BYU being no exception. Our book Captain of My Soul, the true story of a young man’s dark past experience during his freshman year at BYU ten years ago getting initiated into homosexual behaviors by older men via chat rooms and phone calls, shines the light on the grim reality of these covered sins. If there really are any innocent, clueless students jumping on the now public gay bandwagon for the novelty, youthful rebelliousness, sense of belonging, special attention, or politics of it, they had better find out quick what gayness really is –and so had Prof. Morgan – or they won’t be innocent or ignorant for long. They will be recruited in earnest.
When we suggested that giving talks promoting being gay at BYU was advocating for homosexuality we were reminded that claiming a gay sexual orientation is no longer an honor code issue. It’s true that BYU, pressured by activists, changed its honor code in 2007 to allow open homosexual self-identification, but according to the honor code itself, advocating toward unchastity of any kind (and homosexuality is always unchaste) is most certainly still an honor code issue. We quote: “As a matter of personal commitment, faculty, administration, staff, and students of Brigham Young University seek to demonstrate in daily living on and off campus those moral virtues encompassed in the gospel of Jesus Christ . . . In addition, students may not influence or seek to influence others to engage in behavior inconsistent with the Honor Code . . .” [emphasis ours]
The question is, how can homosexuality be all right in principle, as in homosexual attraction, but wrong in practice, as in homosexual behavior? If we concede that it is right in principle, isn’t the next step to accept the practice, even celebrate it? Mustn’t we?
Gay activism has done a great job presenting homosexuality as harmless, equal to heterosexuality, even virtuous, honest, praiseworthy. But homosexuality is not harmless, natural to the human body, chaste, pure, or wholesome in any form. The very nature of homosexuality is out of bounds. When SoL asserted that the basis of so-called same-gender attraction is same-sex sexual attraction, which is unchaste just as adulterous lust is unchaste, nourished by sinful thoughts and feelings, Prof. Morgan disagreed. He said there are many aspects to same-gender attraction: emotional, social, physical. This may be so for some, but it is sexuality alone that separates gayness from nonsexual same-sex relationships. Emotional and social attraction between members of the same sex is normal and acceptable; it’s called friendship. The only thing that makes “same-gender attraction” controversial is the fact that it is sexual in nature. The desire of homosexual attraction (lust) is a romantic, physically intimate, sexual relationship. Denying this is naive in the extreme. As to acting out sexually, Church resources have indicated that inappropriate same-sex behavior includes all private intimate physical behaviors as well as holding hands, hugging, kissing, etc. In addition, everyone should know that same-sex pornography, internet gay chat rooms, phone calls, support groups such as BYU’s USGA (Understanding Same Gender Attraction) and all other gatherings supporting homosexual inclinations also play a huge role in justifying and inflaming these desires.
SoL has attended meetings of BYU groups who claim to be all about helping others understand homosexual attraction. There are internet sites where interested people participate in discussions and report on these meetings. They are all about affirming anyone’s gay proclivities regardless of traumatic causes and harmful effects. Homosexual advocacy is about affirming, embracing, and celebrating the idea, the whole idea of homosexuality, including behavior. It’s about redefining marriage to include gay temple marriage. BYU teachers and students who pretend this isn’t so need to wise up.
What is striking is that these meetings and sites never talk about overcoming homosexual attraction. Speakers are invited who confirm and praise the gay orientation. No one speaks or advocates for the immeasurable worth of all souls, for purity, chastity, healing, or repentance, for overcoming the natural man. No one is invited to speak or advocate for schooling one’s feelings, seeking the Spirit to discern between absolute truth and error, or for rooting out and conquering wrong thought patterns, homosexual attractions, and sex addiction. Indeed, wisdom and knowledge and everlastingly true, gospel-based principles are taboo in these settings. Where is the kindness, support, and understanding for the valiant student silently struggling to overcome unwanted homosexual thoughts and feelings? Where are the resources?
Prof. Morgan related that the BYU counseling center no longer works with students on overcoming homosexual attractions, but merely on learning how to deal with them. So, according to this professor, young people are being told, without the benefit of knowledge and understanding as to how this came about and the spiritual, mental, and physical health dangers, that gay is the way they are, and here’s how to accept it. There is no concern for the mortal testing, temporal future, or eternal soul of the young person, no understanding of their impressionable, impulsive, and fallen human nature, no interest in past or future suffering, and no cheering for righteousness, excellence, and nobleness, only what appears to be a perverse motivation to advance the current worldly whim. Can this travesty be true? Perhaps partly. But we happen to know there are still some right-thinking people at BYU, including at the Counseling Center and send them our prayers.
Suicidal feelings and attempts, and depression are always mentioned by those promoting the social acceptance of youth homosexuality. Our conversation with Prof. Morgan was no exception; these serious problems are always ridiculously simplified to putting the blame on others. A victim mentality passes off personal responsibility and never helped anyone. Young people who feel suicidal or depressed are immature and easily persuaded, distracted, and recruited into all sorts of escapist causes and addictions. These problems may have less to do with sexuality than with the terrible conflict between right and wrong raging in the soul. There may be mental illness, as in the famous but misrepresented case of Stuart Matis. Many may desperately need clinical and medical attention. Tragically, the deep core issues are not being emphasized or even addressed. Instead, all is focused on the popular and politicized, self-identified gayness of the sick person.
Apart from mental illness, it takes humility and repentance and an abandonment of sinful desires possible through Christ in order to change and improve ourselves. This can happen to everyone. In fact, thousands of people with homosexual tendencies and lifestyles have left it all behind. And yet BYU is embracing the lowest common denominator by fostering the idea that this probably cannot and therefore need not be done, that once an impressionable young person growing up in our oversexed, pro-gay environment has thought, felt, or experimented with homosexual sexuality to any degree, they are to be labeled and identified by authority figures, not as a human being with sins to overcome like everyone else, but as a special person who gets a pass from natural man sinfulness and will be gay for the rest of his or her life.
We asked Prof. Morgan if he had anyone scheduled to speak who had a story to tell about successfully overcoming homosexual attraction. He said no, that he could not find any. It was suggested to him that he had not tried to find any, which he did not deny. SoL wants to know why someone would invite people to talk about a heart-breaking, soul-destroying situation some suffering people find themselves in, and not at the same event have someone there to give hope that they can leave the misery behind and live a normal life?
This meeting, where young people with homosexual attractions will talk about how okay SGA is, and how bad they have it at BYU, is ill-conceived. Not only will it not be helpful, it will be harmful, harmful to the souls of those giving the talks, harmful to those young minds listening who will be supported in covering both inward and outward sins and initiated further into homosexuality, and harmful to all those these people come in contact with.
SoL remembers that just a couple of years ago, being openly gay and advocating for homosexuality was considered against the honor code. Apparently it’s perfectly fine now, no matter what the honor code still states about unchastity. This shows that rules and codes and laws don’t matter so much as the popular consciousness does. Where is our will? Is it with God, with teaching His timeless correct and saving principles no matter how unpopular, or is it with the sycophantic political correctness of the day?
If you are concerned about this trend at BYU and the influence it is undoubtedly having on young people, we encourage you to write and call any or all of the BYU/LDS church officials listed below and ask them to cancel the meeting. Tell your friends about this and ask them to call and write. You could also call offices of General Authorities of the Church, 801-240-1000, and alert them. Letters are good, but phone calls are the fastest way of getting through.
Professor Charlie Morgan. 801-422-3652
BYU Sociology Department
Provo UT 84602
Renata Forste. 801-422-3146
BYU Sociology Department Chairman
Provo UT 84602
Dean Ben Ogles. 801-422-2084
BYU College of Family, Home and Social Sciences
Provo UT 84602
Carri Jenkins. 801-422-1166
Provo UT 84602
Janet Scharman. 801-422-2387
BYU VP of Student Life
Provo UT 84602
Cecil O. Samuelson. 801-422-2521
Provo UT 84602
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Premarital Sexual Abstinence Controversial in Utah
The Utah legislature passed HB 363, which calls for the high school sex edcuation curriculum to support abstinence only when discussing sex. This conservative approach supports marriage between man and woman, and sexual fidelity during marriage. The bill has been sent to Governor Herbert for his signature. Those in support of comprehensive sex education have started a campaign to urge the Governor to veto the bill. We at SoL are in favor of HB 363. Paul Mero, of the Sutherland Institute wrote a post on their blog which explains very well how we and many others feel.
The new sex education proposal, HB 363, has drawn lots of attention (and emotion) on all sides. And for good reason. HB 363 obviously represents more than a sex education proposal. It represents another front in the culture war over Utah values, how we see ourselves as human beings, how we view the proper role of government and, ultimately, how we view freedom.
This is my case for HB 363.
The most important idea to understand about lasting freedom is that it requires us to be our better selves. Most of my arguments with libertarians are over this point. Freedom is not simply “individual liberty” or “economic freedom.” Those qualities are important components of freedom, but incomplete. A complete definition is that freedom is the sum of liberty and virtue. Freedom requires human beings to be their better selves. Of course, implied is that we know what it means to be a human being.
A second important point to understand about lasting freedom is that government should be limited. But not in the way many people understand the meaning of “limited government.” To help human beings be our better selves, we surround ourselves with social encouragements: family, friends, religion, community groups, philanthropic and civic groups, educational opportunities, etc.
We also create governments. For instance, becoming our better selves requires people living in community to create rules about how we’re going to get along. This is the reason we have a system of justice in America. If we didn’t care about becoming our better selves, in the name of lasting freedom, we’d simply revert to the Wild West rule of law – every man for himself.
In this context, government has a limited role to play in helping us preserve our lasting freedom. That’s the meaning of limited government. That’s the proper role of government. Government has a limited role in helping us become our better selves. Many legal scholars refer to this role as “educative” – meaning the law not only restrains, it educates.
So how does sex education in public schools (i.e., government schools) fit into this broader theory of freedom?
Simple: a society interested in lasting freedom requires human beings to responsibly procreate and avoid irresponsible choices that burden society. Responsible procreation, as we’ve discovered over millennia, happens within the bonds of marriage between one man and one woman.
In other words, responsible sex education in our public schools must be set in the context of no sexual relations outside of the bonds of marriage. And that is the point of HB 363.
Critics of HB 363 insist the purpose of sex education in our public schools is to prevent, as much as possible, the unfortunate consequences of sex outside of marriage. It’s an “insurance policy” of sorts, they insist. They say it’s the only reasonable thing to do given that most Utah youth will have premarital sex. And, after all, if we can keep our youth from experiencing the ill consequences of pre-marital sex, why wouldn’t we?
There is a charm to that argument, especially if one doesn’t believe in the freedom construct I just shared. In other words, if the goal is simply to “sell insurance” to our youth in public schools, why not “sell insurance”?
The critic’s slogan is “education, not ignorance.” So, in that spirit, let me educate these critics.
Selling kids an “insurance policy” regarding premarital sexual relations doesn’t protect any youth from sexually transmitted diseases or pregnancy. The universal and public availability of contraception does not guarantee that any youth will use it. The only consequence-free sexual relation between youth is no sexual relation at all.
Yes, premarital sex is a reality. So, too, are sexually transmitted diseases and unwanted pregnancies even when contraception is at hand – quite literally meaning that the effective mitigation of these ill consequences from premarital sex is about the “choice” youth make, not about the “means” whereby they have sex after they’ve made the choice. Comprehensive sex education is all about the means. Abstinence-only sex education is all about the choice.
This is the point where our understanding of the proper role of government becomes relevant. Sex education in our public schools should address the choice, not the means. Furthermore, it should prioritize helping us to become our better selves, not our selfish selves. Comprehensive sex education is all about our selfish selves (i.e., attempting to mitigate the consequences of poor choices). Abstinence-only sex education is all about our better selves (i.e., attempting to influence the choices youth make).
We don’t teach youth how to drink liquor, not even responsibly. Nor do we teach youth how to consume narcotics, not even responsibly. We tell them not to. Teaching youth to have “safe sex” is like teaching youth to “drink responsibly.” Can people have “safe sex”? Yes. Can people “drink responsibly”? Yes. But in both cases we don’t teach youth to do either. We tell them don’t do it at all.
We are not arguing about the availability of contraception in a free society. We’re arguing about the availability of contraception in our public (government) schools. While I have my personal opinion about the work Planned Parenthood does, my concern about Planned Parenthood is in the context of government-funded and endorsed activities. The fact is that anyone can visit Planned Parenthood, in person or online, and get whatever “education” they need about sex. The question for us is should our public schools provide under force of law what Planned Parenthood provides voluntarily? My answer is no, for all of the reasons I’ve articulated.
Lastly, our governments, in their proper role, must be encouraging the best expectations and personal responsibility within our youth. Comprehensive sex education, as has been so clearly defined by the critics of HB 363 themselves, caters to a culture of dysfunction. It assumes the worst about us as human beings (i.e., that we will unavoidably choose to make poor choices) and it serves up attempts to mitigate those consequences by seeking to perfect our “skills” within the dysfunction.
Think of the timing of this educational process. Both comprehensive and abstinence-only sex education are premised on educating youth prior to a choice being made. Even most supporters of comprehensive sex education aren’t cheering on youth to have premarital sex.
Proponents of comprehensive sex education (i.e., opponents of HB 363) are attempting to influence the choices of youth in a good way, just as proponents of abstinence-only sex education are. The difference is that comprehensive sex education undermines, or at least severely contradicts, that attempt to influence those choices. Because law is educative and public schools are government schools, youth receive a mixed and confusing message under comprehensive sex education: Public authorities tell me no, but then go out of their way to show me how. That contradiction is a misuse of government, in my opinion, and certainly an injustice (even an insult) to our youth.
Abstinence-only sex education, as embodied in HB 363, is the only just, rational and consistent way to influence the choices of youth in public schools about proper and healthy sexual relations. It is the only justifiable instruction in such matters if lasting freedom is an important consideration to us.
Few Gays are Actually "Marrying"
We quote here from a Washington Post article by David Crary, April 26, 2006 about a study assessing how many gays actually are getting married in places where it's legal. Turns out the numbers are relatively very small. The percentage in the gay population is in the single digits.
Maggie Gallagher, president of the Institute for Marriage and co-author of the study, said interpretations of the findings might vary according to one's views on gay marriage.
One faction, she said, might conclude that opposition to gay marriage was an overreaction given that seemingly modest numbers of people were choosing it. Another faction, she said, might look at the same numbers and contend that they did not justify overturning the long-standing concept of marriage as exclusively heterosexual.
"That's why the debate is so contentious," Gallagher said. "In one view, if you treat gay couples any differently, that's akin to racism. There's another view that there's something special about the unions of husbands and wives."
"Whether same-sex marriage will emerge as commonplace or normative among gays and lesbians, or fade as time and novelty passes, cannot yet be determined," [said the study].
No matter how many gays actually take advantage of legalized same-sex marraige, the bigger problem is modern society's sanction of this chimerical travesty. We seem to be living in a world that has no problem selling its soul, that is, sound principles and basic reality, for whatever novelty is percieved as popular at the time. No society can long endure on such a shaky foundation.
by Dr. Lindsay M. Curtis, M.D., Ogden, Utah: I can’t speak for the Church, but let me share some ideas that seem appropriate to me as a doctor and as a Latter-day Saint.
A liberal-permissive element of the medical profession has been extremely outspoken on the subject of homosexuality.
In his letter to the Romans, Paul states: “For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly. …” (Rom. 1:26–27.)
We do not interfere with a man’s free agency when we teach him the truths contained in the Bible.
Our modern prophets have been no less forceful in teaching us the Lord’s way and his will in regard to sexuality.
Homosexuals and lesbians seldom are happy people. Theirs is a relationship that is unnatural, one not bound by fidelity, trust, or loyalty, and one totally lacking in the meaningful family relationships that marriage offers. Homosexuality often espouses emotional problems because of the constant insecurity inherent in a relationship neither sanctioned by nor protected by the law.
Because there is no legal bond, homosexuality too often encourages, or at least permits, promiscuity.
To say that “no one gets hurt” is presumptive. Homosexuals are hurt by the unacceptability of the relationship, not only by society, but also by themselves. This is evidenced by their almost universal desire that their children (if they have any) not follow the same pattern.
Someone does get hurt. There is harm in homosexuality. Many homosexuals seek to introduce others into their practice, often those in their tender, impressionable years. Many studies have indicated that such early homosexual experience may interfere with normal sexual adjustment in subsequent marriage.
Nor is homosexuality compatible with peace of mind, tranquility of soul, or with the Spirit of our Father in heaven that all of us want, need, and enjoy when we live in accordance with his laws.
To “persecute” homosexuals would be wrong, just as it would be wrong for us to persecute anyone. We must try to understand why they have chosen this way of life. Many of them want help and can be helped. But we should also understand that homosexual relationships are morally wrong according to the laws of God.
Just as the Word of Wisdom is the Lord’s way with or without medical proof of its value to our health, so likewise the moral law taught by the Church does not require any medical proof of its value to our spiritual and physical health. It is sufficient that the Lord has told us to marry, to have children, and to do this according to the righteous ways of the law of God. In this lies physical health, emotional stability, and true happiness.
Book Review of Light in the Closet:
Torah, Homosexuality, and the Power to Change
by Arthur Goldberg, Red Heifer Press, Los Angeles, 2008, second printing 2009.
His Word to a Thousand Generations
January 4, 2012
Before being asked to review Arthur Goldberg’s book, Light in the Closet: Torah, Homosexuality, and the Power to Change, just about all I knew about the Jewish faith came from Fiddler on the Roof, Dr. Laura, and the novels of Chaim Potok. Now, after carefully reading 575 pages and filling many legal pad pages with notes I feel I have a bit better understanding of Judaism: of the utmost sacredness in which they hold their books of scripture, of the timelessness of their Holiness Code for sexual morality (Leviticus 18), and of their doctrinally-based obligation to offer hope and help to all souls struggling against unwanted thoughts, feelings, and conduct which are not in keeping with G-d’s will. The author means to educate the public in behalf of strugglers of his faith dealing with unwanted same-sex sexual attraction and behaviors, but reminds us that G-d’s everlasting Truth applies and should be available to all of His children for all time. (In this review I am respecting the Jewish custom used throughout the book of avoiding spelling out the name of G-d in case it should have to be erased.)
Ancient Wisdom and the Sacred
In his careful study of Torah prohibitions and G-d’s plan for His children, Goldberg implicitly calls for a general revival of and return to wisdom and a sense of the sacred. Here we are living in a world where many people care only about the superficial and fun, the here and now, the self and its pleasures. In a repudiation of the most fundamental duties of humanity, our culture no longer concerns itself with the dead and the aged and what we must learn from them, or with the unborn and the young and what we must leave for them. All privileges go to the current movers and shakers. Thus we see our huge individual and national problems with spending, debt, hedonism, abortion, euthanasia, and the demand and creation of new sexual “rights.” Turning our backs on the past and shrugging our shoulders regarding the future, we’ve lost interest in and reverence for the sacrosanct, exchanging it for the false, the vain, and the foolish.
Goldberg reminds us that wisdom is an understanding of reality and truth that ultimately gives the only real consolation. He asserts that G-d’s ancient word must remain our guide, that any sexuality other than what G-d decrees is sexual disorientation, and warns us that we live in a climate of sexual indulgence and experimentation that is out to deliberately corrupt young children. “Once we throw away the compass of right and wrong bequeathed to us by ancient wisdom, we find almost everything to be subjective in opinion–usually the result of a little self-indulgence and a good deal of creative rationalization. By contrast, the Jewish People have lived for well over three thousand years in accordance with a deeply rooted persuasion that morality is not some vague notion of living in a general state of rosy self-satisfaction, but a specific and intricately defined set of dos and don’ts . . . that regulate every possible aspect of public and private life” (5).
Throughout the book is an overwhelming sense of compassion for those who, damaged by abuse and influenced by pervasive wrong ideas, have separated themselves from G-d and personal growth through temptation and transgression, who are miserable with “sexual conflictedness . . . in which one’s arousals, fantasies, behavior or sexual identity conflict with one’s deepest religious beliefs and values” (8) and who yearn for a way back toward the authentic self, truth, and the sacred. “For Jews, ‘establishing boundaries’ means respecting the differences between sacred and profane, permitted and forbidden, pure and impure, man and woman, human and animal—because that is the way of peace and well-being, and it is through inner peace and physical and mental well being that a person develops his or her fullest potential” (226).
The Holiness Code
“Nowhere are the contradictions between Jewish teachings and today’s cultural climate more evident—or more profoundly confusing to the individual—than in the area of sexual morality and conduct” (107). Anyone can see that in practically all denominations of worship has crept a milquetoast attitude toward reality, a shyness toward truth, a weakening of doctrine. Reports Goldberg of the Jewish faith, “Most recently, even the Conservative Movement has attempted to develop a ‘new age’ theology that redefines sexual morality in a way that legitimizes the theory and practice of homosexuality. Meanwhile, the Orthodox community stands firm, also bearing the brunt of politically correct criticism and opprobrium” (104-5).
Goldberg gives mighty evidence that there is no ambiguity in orthodox Judaism when it comes to G-d’s boundaries for human sexuality, both in thought and deed. The Holiness Code is clear. Sexuality is either holy or a desecration, with nothing in between. As Goldberg puts it, “How can one advance in the path of spirituality when one is enslaved by one’s own physical desires and passions and entangled in a web of reciprocal sexual exploitation? Spirituality, or the devoted quest for the deeper meaning of life and of the universe, demands a focus away from one’s bodily appetites and cravings. This principle has been fundamental to all the world’s great religions . . . Judaism was the first religion to articulate this principle clearly, accomplishing this by making the laws of human conduct paramount over bodily desires and needs” (101). But today, repudiating the Torah is being done “in a desperate attempt to fashion a pro-gay theology that will satisfy political correctness and accommodate the growing power of the gay lobby and their media friends” (173).
Seeing all this occur, Goldberg co-founded Jews Offering New Alternatives to Homosexuality, which he informs us has now been renamed to Jews Offering New Alternatives for Healing because of the increased demand for help and resources in all areas of sexual brokenness. JONAH is one of several organizations bravely dedicated to spreading knowledge of the causes, nature, treatment, and religious implications of same-sex sexuality. JONAH helps individuals who struggle with any condition “in which a person’s sexual behaviors, desires or fantasies are inconsistent with the Torah’s treatment of sex as pure, holy, and the private and exclusive domain of marriage between man and woman” (9). Goldberg goes to great pains to give scriptural foundations of G-d’s boundaries for human sexuality, and then goes to even greater pains to persuade readers that the sexually broken can avail themselves of the possibility of healing, a change of heart, forgiveness, and spiritual growth. As Rabbi Dresner stated, “the first lesson in holiness is to remain sexually pure” (177).
As is necessary for any book sincerely addressing homosexuality today, the author brings us up-to-date with gay activism, how in recent decades this vice was systematically transformed from an act to a condition to an identity and a cause celebre with the help of sexualized education and media systems and the public blessing (49). He chronicles how our society has been conditioned to reject G-d’s rules for sexual morality (Holiness Code), making homosexuality, in the words of the gay activists Kirk and Madsen themselves, an abstract social question thereby distracting the public from “the grim realities of homosexual behavior” (55). Gay activists now work to lower age of consent laws and aggressively model and promote homosexuality in our schools through panels, books and booklets, instructions in gay sex, providing information on where to meet gays, acting out in skits and plays, all without parental notification or consent. Goldberg rightly calls this movement “the sexual brainwashing of school children” being carried out under the false pretense of promoting safer schools.
Goldberg quotes John McKeller, leader of a group called HOPE (Homosexuals Opposed to Pride Extremism): “Introducing kindergarten and grade one students to alternative behaviors and lifestyles is psychological pedophilia. You don’t have to engage solely in physical contact to molest a child. You can diddle with their minds and their emotions. And this is exactly what some of my radical brothers and sisters are up to. And this is exactly what a disheartening majority of educators, school trustees and teachers unions endorse” (97).
Tragically, the scientific community also continues to succumb to radical homosexualism, beginning with the politically-pressured removal of homosexuality from the American Psychiatric Association’s manual of disorders in 1973. This travesty has reached a point where most psychiatrists today are treating sufferers according to widespread gay propaganda rather than reliable science, responsible ethics, proper therapy, and the client’s own wishes. Generously sprinkled through the book are testimonials from real sufferers and ex-gays. One ex-lesbian says, “People like myself have been politicized out of getting the help we desire by the one-sided arguments presented by the gay lobby” . . . [F]inding no one respecting my desires, I set about reading everything I could get my hands on . . . Nearly a decade later, I have experienced the shift to a heterosexual orientation along with an exponential improvement in overall well-being.” (40).
Incredibly, many professionals now insist that homosexual tendencies must be affirmed (including through the use of pornography and sexual experimentation, even for young teens) and that an invention they call “internal homophobia” is really the cause of the unhappy homosexual’s suicidal misery. “What has happened, in essence, is that political correctness in regard to homosexuality has substantially eroded the right of a patient to be fully informed of all treatment options and to determine his or her own therapy” (40). “So when a therapist encourages a resistant SSA client to live his fantasies and enjoy them at the cost of his or her ‘personal value system,’ that therapist is actively working to degrade the meaningfulness of that client’s life” (42). Two must-read case studies in chapter two chronicle tragic results of this highly misguided and abusive pseudo-professional course of action.
Speaking of professional care, Goldberg devotes an entire chapter to the tragedy of “sexual reassignment surgery” by which deep emotional and mental problems are merely artificially masked by the mutilation of healthy bodies by medical doctors. He reports a study in which it was found that SRS is actually cooperating with a mental illness and that these people’s basic problems remained unchanged after surgery. Said Dr. Paul McHugh after ordering the SRS clinic at Johns Hopkins closed in 1979, “We have wasted scientific and technical resources and damaged our professional credibility by collaborating with madness rather than trying to study, cure, and ultimately prevent it” (286).
A stunning story not to be missed is contained in the page notes about a five-year-old boy who exhibited all-around effeminate behavior and repeatedly demanded his penis be cut off. Fortunately, rather than steer the boy’s parents toward SRS, the MD they consulted (a member of the American College of Pediatricians), astutely looked into the environmental and medical factors that could be causing the child’s problems, and found several, including a painful medical condition affecting the boy’s penis (263-4).
No, Goldberg is not squeamish, and neither can the serious reader be. He devotes sections of the book to the strong Jewish judgment against masturbation, pornography, child sexual abuse, and bestiality. Here are some tidbits: “The habit of masturbation . . . renders many homosexual persons vulnerable to promiscuity. First, fantasy and masturbation, then cruising the haunts, and later, finding someone for a one-night stand” (233). “[T]o abuse a child for sexual gratification is to violate that child in body and mind and soul at an age when all three are defenseless” (217). Citing new-age bestiality advocates (yes, they exist), Goldberg points out that “because animals are unable to be fully informed, communicate consent, or speak out against the abuse,” bestiality is animal sexual abuse (223).
Contrary to the unabashed one-sided sexual propaganda we are increasingly bombarded with, Goldberg believes that sexual disorientation should be looked at with an objective eye that distinguishes between normal and abnormal, right and wrong, health and sickness, personal fulfillment or personal frustrations. Along with great thinkers throughout the ages, he points out that the normalization of sexual vice levies a huge cost to both the individual and society as a whole.
Real science, as opposed to junk science founded on intimidation from activists, proves that G-d’s traditional boundaries for sexual morality, that is, confining sex to man-woman marriage, are best for human society, for families, and for individuals. As A. Dean Byrd, Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, noted, in Light in the Closet Goldberg does “a masterful job bringing the truths of science in harmony with the Truth of the Ages.”
Goldberg points out that without rules and laws for human conduct, only the opinions and fashions of the moment remain (215), and why should those be trustworthy? Of course today’s trendy political correctness here is doing more harm than good, whereas the Holiness Code, by any other name, is still as true and as important as ever for everyone, G-d’s word to a thousand generations.
Bridging the GAP
In our reading we learn that “Torah sees sex in general as an enormously powerful force of nature that needs to be harnessed and controlled in order to realize its full potential for good” (108). We understand the Jewish belief that homosexuality “constitutes activity that will diminish an individual’s capacity to fulfill, in his own life, G-d’s expressed plan for creation. . . and achieve his full potential as a human being” (115). And we see that in Judaism “compassion does not mean condoning or remaining silent in the face of another’s errors” (104). Now, we ask, what is Goldberg’s solution? Is there hope for Jewish people with unwanted SSA who desire sexual orientation in accordance with their personal value systems? What should replace misguided public legitimization, corrupted science, and demoralizing oversexed gay-affirming therapy?
The overwhelming message in Light in the Closet is that there is hope and help for those with unwanted sexual disorientation. According to traditional Jewish teachings, the power of repentance is unlimited and homosexuality is a reversible transgression. Change for the homosexual is distinctly possible from the inside out.
In Goldberg’s experience, the Jewish homosexuals he has known are unwitting victims stuck in the middle of a reprehensible trilateral attack. On one side are militant gay activists who insist they cannot change, on another side are ultra-conservatives who loathe them, and on the third side are misguided and unethical psychiatrists who urge them to accept their gayness while ignoring their patients’ wishes and deeply-held, conflicted value systems.
Asserting, with the support of real science, that sexual attraction is primarily an acquired and not an inherited characteristic, and that sexual freedom always leads to self-destruction, not to mention social decline as shown throughout history (173-4), JONAH promotes GAP (gender affirmation process) through free will and free choice as the panacea for the problem of unwanted same-sex sexualization and sexual conflictedness. GAP seems to emphasize two equally important factors: (1) the necessity of rooting out the causes of a person’s homosexuality and (2) affirming the gender of one’s birth. Indeed, behavior will change as a bi-product of intense self-examination of past issues and true gender rediscovery (as encoded in one’s DNA). A great portion of the book is devoted to these two issues, including scientific research studies, clinical technics, and case studies from professional experts. As to sexual reorientation therapies for those with unwanted homosexuality which are much maligned by gay activist propaganda, even pro-gay scientists admit there is no harm. In fact, studies show a high level of success in development of healthy and wholesome heterosexual attraction as a result of reparative, gender-affirming therapy.
Not to be missed, especially in chapter 15, are the experiences and testimonials of ex-gays who have been helped to reorient to heterosexuality through JONAH and GAP. Not only do individuals break free of obsessive, harmful, and indecent behaviors, but they free themselves from inappropriate sexual fantasizing and arousal. Yes, says the Talmud and other sources, thoughts can be sinful and harmful, and thought patterns can be changed: “The thought of sin is worse than the actual sin.” Perhaps my favorite quotes in the entire book are: “[T]o engage in sinful thought is to sin with the noblest portion of the self” (201) and “It is not a light thing to restore one’s purity of soul” (380). Indeed, this applies in both homosexual and heterosexual contexts, and every circumstance. We all can and must submit not just the physical body but the inner vessel for divine cleansing if change is to be sincere and lasting. Goldberg provides a good description of what it takes to change from The People Can Change website:
“A man with homosexual attractions will usually maintain them unless he consciously surrenders them. [. . .] [S]urrender is letting go. It is choosing to release specific obstacles–whatever is holding you back and hurting you. It is a deliberate mental, emotional, and spiritual attitude of giving away these obstacles to G-d . . . in a spirit of humble trust in the wisdom, strength and goodness of the Divine Power.”
Yes, people can and do change, if they so desire. Thousands have changed. One psychotherapist and recovered homosexual urges the religious community toward a proactive attitude: “Let us promote true healing and restoration by getting involved, reaching out, and being there for those who wish to change. Remember this is a behavior, not an identity. Each man and woman who experiences same-sex attractions is somebody’s son or daughter . . . We must not sell them out by making new laws or modifying religious doctrine” (347).
But Goldberg astutely shows us we will encounter other problems. “The question still remains: how do we handle the ‘self-declared homosexual’— the man or woman who has openly adopted a gay lifestyle, sees nothing wrong with what he or she is doing, and even goes around aggressively advertising his/her views?” In response he determines: “There is no reason why behavior disrespectful of the community should be tolerated just because the person doing the misbehaving happens to be gay. Clearly, the community of Torah-observant Jews has just as much right as any other to bar or expel those who would come to shul (synagogue) to scoff, to shock, or to provoke trouble. Moreover, little can be done, in the short term, for the militant homosexual who angrily rejects all efforts of outreach and reintegration.”
Goldberg adds: “It goes without saying that healing programs cannot coexist side-by-side with gay advocacy programs disguised as ‘diversity training.’ As now taught in the elementary, middle and high-school systems, several ‘diversity’ courses actually encourage students to experiment with homosexual acts, and even counsel them where to go for homosexual encounters.” He goes on: “Moreover, it should be obvious that a society that honors Torah-based sexual morality cannot support legislation that attempts to establish, or results in the establishment, of homosexuals as a special protected class. To enact special legislation legitimizes the unhealthy behavior of broken men and women in need of true love and understanding.” The author notes that one thing that is surely needed, then, on a society-wide scale, is education as to the causes of SSA and the importance of embracing one’s authentic male or female gender identity (352-3).
Still, Goldberg’s primary concern seems to rest with the same-sex attracted person’s relationship with
G-d. Homosexuality, in the faithful Jewish mind, is a sin that erodes this relationship more deeply and more radically than the more “ordinary transgressions.” Interestingly, Goldberg quotes Freud: “‘Homosexuality represents the acceptance of a neurotic resolution of conflict with the oedipal father in a way which will eventually distort one’s relation to the Heavenly Father.’ How this distortion or alienation develops can vary. It may manifest in anger and deliberate loss of emunah (faith in G-d) owing to an apparently unanswered plea for salvation. Or, it may involve recourse to intellectual sophistry in an attempt to ‘reinterpret’ the words of Torah and Talmud so as to make homosexuality appear consistent with G-d’s will” (354).
Someone said that an attempt to tidy up reality is to succumb to the sin of pride. This seems to be the case when it comes to the public embrace of the indulgent political correct homosexualism of the day. Where can one find the truth about the “grim realities” of homosexuality in a culture of people more interested in being cool, popular, and worldly than in standing for health, goodness, and rightness? Indeed, animosity against normalcy and against religion are nurtured in gay society (503). And the push for gay marriage is practically a hoax with only between 1% and 5% of gay couples actually tying the knot, and those numbers are dropping (504). Homosexualism today is not about marriage and family, rather it disparages the nuclear family ideal. It’s not about committed loving relationships, rather it is overwhelmingly and inordinately promiscuous and transient; the incentives for staying together are missing or illusory (519). It is not about reality, rather it mocks and harms the human body and its natural biological functions. The gay lifestyle is overwhelmingly and inordinately dangerous and life-shortening. Most especially, the innocence and safety of children are being sacrificed to this deceptive and false idol that has become the national taste.
One can find plenty of reality, uncomfortable as it may be, in this book. Rather than going through the gyrations required to squeeze shut the door of the crammed closet many young people are “coming out” of into a life of sexual disorientation and self-destruction, Goldberg allows the door to fall open and the tragic mess to fall out. Pulling the string attached to a 100-watt bulb, he shines the light on a jumbled mountain of human error and pain, the sorting and cleaning out of which he has found is prerequisite to a sparkling soul and a free life uncluttered with escapist addictions, suicidality, failed relationships, chronic illness, disease, and early death.
I’ll conclude with a success story in the words of one Jewish struggler who went through reorientation therapy and in the process discovered G-d and His timeless truths for all generations.
“Whereas I used to be totally preoccupied with my SSA issues, I am now more and more occupied with Torah—G-d’s design for creation—and His Teachings for mankind. I am now connected with an inexhaustible well of wisdom that makes a difference in how I live, what I do, and the meaning and significance of everything I encounter in life. And wow, what a difference it has made. I am not just saying this either – people have told me that they have seen me change significantly. (Yes, for the better!) The path He has lit and on which I travel is indeed a journey of discovery, learning, growing, and progressing."
Sol Subscriber on The O'Reilly Factor
Shannon Laudie, of Pleasant Grove, UT was highlighted on the Fox News Channel's O'Reilly Factor email segment Friday, December 9, 2011. Here's what she wrote in response to Margaret Hoover's take on Pamela Anderson disrespecting Mary in a Nativity Scene comedy sketch on TV:
"Margaret Hoover has a double standard. She wants children to respect gays, but believes Pamela Anderson's profane portrayal of the Virgin Mary is funny." Way to go, Shannon!
What's Happening at BYU? November 21, 2011
As alumni, parents of alumni, and active members of the LDS Church, up to now we at SoL have tried to refrain from reporting anything too negative about BYU or any other Church-affiliated organization or business. But as some concerned like-minded friends said the other day, “We’re over it.” So, here we go, come what may. We feel those who have invested in this institution and continue to support it, including financially, deserve to know what’s going on at BYU.
If you think BYU upholds traditional family values, think again. Certain department heads, professors, guest lecturers, and students have become a law unto themselves, regularly preaching all manner of progressivism including socialism, radical feminism, anti-Americanism, revisionist history, outdated Darwinism, and popular homosexualism, and continue to be supported, employed, and welcomed.
The issue of homosexuality is a prime example. Incredible and exasperating as it is, we must face the fact that our beloved and trusted BYU has made concessions, step by step, for homosexuality as an alternative sexual identity to be accepted and respected. This is reflected in the change BYU made to its Honor Code in 2007 (with input from gay activist students) which approved the accepting of openly gay instructors and students. Individuals acting out, however, is still prohibited, although the definition of acting out is open to interpretation, rationalization, and can easily be covered in secrecy. Even though the honor code still prohibits the advocating of homosexuality, advocating homosexuality is definitely happening. Of course all these problems are born of the compromising and soul-killing inconsistency of allowing homosexuality in principle but not in practice.
Just a few years ago in 2006 we publicly opposed the intrusion of the lawless traveling gay advocacy group Soulforce onto the BYU campus, with their flyers and posters. BYU allowed them that year, the next year they disallowed them and arrests were made. Interestingly, we don’t have to worry about Soulforce anymore because now BYU has a very vocal home-grown student advocacy group of its own called USGA, Understanding Same-Gender Attraction. It meets every Thursday night at 7:00 p.m. in room 111 of the TMCB on the BYU campus with BYU’s permission. Call this group what they will, from what we've seen firsthand, it’s really about affirming out-of-bounds sexual lust.
Not many know about the BYU’s counseling office’s invitation to a formerly LDS, ex-communicated acting-out gay man to train its counselors to help sexually confused students accept "their gayness." It was found out at the last minute by concerned Church members who complained, but the result was that the training was merely moved off campus. This was in February 2010.
Recent news concerned an openly gay man being fired as executive producer in BYU’s broadcasting department; BYU public relations was quick to make it clear that he was not fired because he was gay as some suggested. Is BYU that concerned about “bad publicity,” that is, being thought of as taking any kind of stand against homosexuality?
Most recently, the media reported student outrage about a series of letters supporting traditional values in The Daily Universe concerning gay parenting/adoption, prompted by the TV show “Modern Family.” A group of gay activist students who took especial offense to one letter to the editor made up an accusatory flyer and without permission stuffed a number of them in the next day’s edition. Joe Campbell, the managing editor of the paper, faculty member, and also a columnist for the Salt Lake Tribune, catered to the lawless gay activists by printing an apology and affirming the Church’s understanding and respect for homosexually-attracted people, at the same time removing the offending letter from the online version of The Daily Universe, a letter that unequivocally expressed the timeless Biblical truth that homosexuality is sinful. SoL wonders, what about the person who wrote the letter that got removed? There seems to be no understanding and respect for him – or the Bible for that matter. Shouldn’t he now be offended? Shouldn’t God be offended? Apparently not. To quote the Salt Lake Tribune article, “BYU has no interest in pursuing or punishing the students who produced or distributed the flyer, Campbell said. ‘We count this as a learning experience.’” And what has BYU learned? Never to publish scriptural doctrine in its paper because it might offend gay activists?
By the way, the only defense of the social experiment called gay parenting students could come up with was to compare it as better than foster homes, orphanages, and bad traditional parents. Besides having no information on which to base this comparison, and besides respectable foster parents, honorable orphanages, and imperfect but striving traditional parents rightly taking umbrage at this comparison, the issue is not about comparing these situations. The issue is that gay parents are modeling sinful and highly harmful and risky sexual ideas and behaviors to innocent, untaught children. Everybody needs to read Dawn Stefanowicz’s book, Out From Under, The Impact of Homosexual Parenting and hear her highly-researched presentation, to name but one of many resources of reality and truth.
What is going on at BYU is incongruent and inexplicable. Unless we are instructed to turn in our Standard Works for new gay-affirming scriptures and clean out our ward and home library shelves of all our LDS Church manuals, books, and magazines, homosexuality should still be officially, courageously, and correctly shown as sinful and harmful in both thought and deed in every ward, stake, and Church-owned or endorsed group, business, or education entity.
For those of us who attended BYU, dated and became engaged on its campus, sent our children to be educated there and hoped to send our grandchildren, these developments feel like a gross and incomprehensible betrayal. Gone are the days of visiting this beautiful, memory-laden place with a warm, light heart, feeling as if it were indeed the Lord’s university, and having confidence in it as a fearless source of spreading goodness, knowledge, truth, and righteousness.
The gay activists continue their work and grow in boldness. Why aren't those who are obligated to stand for truth and righteousness at all times, in all things, and in all places vocal as well? At the very least, as things stand, you may want to think again about making that regular financial contribution to BYU.
--Stephen and Janice Graham, Standard of Liberty
The Pursuit of Happiness and the Fatal Principle
Our Declaration of Independence says that we have the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. But should people have a right to pursue their personal idea of happiness by any and every means? Of course not. Our society has all kinds of restrictions and outlaws a number of behaviors such as rape, murder, stealing, etc. The writers of the Declaration on which our country is founded meant that all people have the right to pursue happiness by lawful and moral means. It was written in a time when people were permanently divided and oppressed according to unchangeable class or social status, ruler-mandated religious denominations, and the like. Perhaps it's hard for us complacent, multi-generational Americans to imagine such a time when people did not enjoy such things as social mobility, property ownership, and religious freedom. Evidently, it was a very big deal to conceive of a such a nation as this was meant to be. The Founders wanted a different sort of society where everyone was equally free to pursue virtuous goals and worship God according to the dictates of a moral conscience.
Jan Lewis in The Pursuit of Happiness, explains that in using this phrase America's Founders actually had in mind not the fulfillment of the individual as we hear about today, but the fulfillment of family life as the ultimate wished-for personal happiness. This included the freedom to pass on one's moral/religious convictions to one's children and the opportunity for property ownership (acres for a house, garden, animals, pond, etc.) in order to independently provide for the spiritual and physical needs of a growing family. In those days owning a house was not considered for its own sake as a financial investment as it often is today, but for the sake of long-term conjugal family security. At its core the Declaration was meant to proclaim the human right to pursue the best safeguard against tyranny and the best chance for human happiness possible here on earth: family life.
Increasingly, since the 1920s, the original meaning of the pursuit of happiness has been redefined, even high-jacked, to include unlimited sexuality, the opposite of virtuous family life. We've seen how co-habitation, out-of wedlock pregnancy, divorce, abortion, homosexuality and the like, have become de-stigmatized, then championed, all in the name of individual sexual freedom, fulfillment, or happiness.
Of course licentiousness does not bring happiness, only misery, but we live in a blind and prideful society which values only itself and has abandoned its responsibilities to both past and future generations. Sexuality is now the one impulse that need not be bridled---except perhaps where it is associated with marriage, ecclesiastical discipline, and sex crimes, and even these restrictions are fast fading away. We have rampant infidelity, open marriages, state-recognized "gay marriage," churches softening and abandoning their doctrines, a growing gay clergy, and new laws and policies, local, state, and federal, reflecting ever-widening boundaries for all manner of sex and sexuality for all ages.
In the 1940s C. S. Lewis, in his essay "We Have No 'Right' to Happiness,'" (God in the Dock) discusses this societal trend, adding, "Our sexual impulses are thus being put in a position of preposterous privilege. The sexual motive is taken to condone all sorts of behaviour which, if it had any other end in view, would be condemned as merciless, treacherous and unjust." He is right. If our society did not embrace irresponsible sexual freedom as happiness, but rather the pursuit of classic family life as happiness, a "gay" man's abandonment of his wife and children, an adulterous woman's convenience abortion, a public school teaching children that homosexuality is normal and having a father who objects arrested, a little boy being encouraged by the adults around him to dress and act as a girl in preparation for hormones and surgeries that will confuse and mutilate his healthy young body, and many other behaviors, would not be condoned as they now are, but summarily condemned as merciless, treacherous, and unjust.
Now that we have made the sexual impulse a "right," this fatal principle, as Lewis calls it, "must sooner or later seep through our whole lives. We thus advance toward a society in which not only each man but every [unschooled and selfish] impulse in each man claims carte blanche. And then . . . our civilization will have died at heart and will . . . be swept away."
So much has happened which Lewis could hardly have imagined, but he clearly saw the direction the world was headed. It's incredible to us at SoL that even those with resources, influence, and obligation avoid this topic like the plague. Many of our seemingly most moral and conservative leaders no longer take a stand on issues of sexual morality. They, quite irresponsibly, turn a blind eye to the tragic consequences for a society bent on sex, sex, and more sex. As a result, Lewis's prediction is coming true. To its detriment, as our society has settled on pushing and celebrating unlimited sexuality it has had no trouble pushing and celebrating every other preposterous entitlement men arbitrarily claim from society as a right: a "right" to marriage, a "right" to be a parent, a "right" to destroy the unborn, a "right" to own a house, a "right" to have a job, a "right" to free health care, a "right" for foreigners to break America’s laws, and the list goes on. So much for the sense of personal responsibility needed to pursue real happiness.
How Does Our Garden Grow?
Review on A Queer Thing Happened to America, Michael L. Brown, EqualTime Books, 2011
by Janice Graham. September 17, 2011.
Is it any wonder that, hidden among and sheltered under the unruly weeds of the anti-establishment sexual liberation of the 1960s, up popped the stubborn and ligneous homosexualism crusade? Anyone knows that when even the most carefully planted vegetable garden is neglected it is quickly taken over by the uncultivated and inedible, even poisonous. Inevitably, that which is at least unproductive and at worst harmful will steal essential light, nutrients, and room to grow, killing the thoughtfully sown useful and productive plants. As Michael Brown repeats in his brave new book about this crazy jungle of a world we find ourselves living in, You think I’m making this up? You think I’m exaggerating? Well, I’m not. Read on. And as distressing, disturbing, and recondite as the little-known facts are in this hefty 600-page volume (including a hundred pages more of tiny-print notes and references), read on is what we must do, that is, if we care at all about the state of our shared societal garden.
Before we begin let’s shed some light on the importance and purpose of civilized human societies. Like a good garden, a good society is productive and beneficial to its people. When human beings form the best and most free societies, as in a family, neighborhood, community, church, and nation, each member willingly gives away some of his freedoms, especially those time-tested and proven to be destructive and harmful to himself and others. In return, the individual receives a myriad of benefits only a good society can provide, including safety, convenience, healthy boundaries, guidance, and a sense of place and purpose. Unfortunately, in America’s recent decades we have seen more and more of an emphasis on the individual’s basest, most self-centered freedoms and less and less on the lofty standards and great value of the best possible society. In fact, radical individualism is killing the garden, strangling the most fundamental units of free societies beginning with the family and the church. For instance, in our modern courts and legislatures, by whatever misguided or nefarious motivations, gluttonous and unchecked sexuality is now being favored over respect for life, childhood innocence, the conjugal family, religious freedom, and decency. When our society’s most carefully-sown seeds are thus oppressed, we open ourselves up to weakness and destruction from within and from without.
Is it true that faith, family, and freedom are endangered by some evil force in our society today? And if so, how did this happen? In A Queer Thing Michael Brown explains in no uncertain terms and with many a welcome reiteration and clarification (needed because the incredulous reader will often think his eyes and brain are playing tricks on him), how we got where we are, pro-gay ideology, the impact of gay activism on society, and where the current trajectory is taking us. One close-to-home illustration is Brown’s own experience in trying to find a publisher for this book, and finding instead that, in the words of a media pundit, conservative no less, “no media is willing to promote a book that opposes homosexuality” (10).
Unlike common weeds that spring up voluntarily in a neglected garden, we learn in this book that the seeds of this particular vice have been as carefully sown as the seeds of virtues must be, and all while the gardener slept. In chapter one, “A Stealth Agenda,” Brown reveals numerous documents, manifestos, articles, books, mission statements, task forces, training programs, policy institutes, conferences, demonstrations, campaigns, and national programs for schools which have been created over the years by dozens of highly funded gay activist organizations in the cause of legitimizing homosexuality. For a very small percentage of America’s population (2 %), their stated objectives are exceedingly self-important and presumptuous: overhaul straight America, encourage coming out, expunge scripture, punish objectors, repeal age of consent laws, allow same-sex marriage or abolish marriage altogether, free the homosexual in everyone, create a new reality in America. Create a new America? For the other 98% of us? In the often quoted words of the former legal director of the Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund, “Being queer is more than setting up house, sleeping with a person of the same gender, and seeking state approval for doing so. . . . Being queer means pushing the parameters of sex, sexuality, and family, and in the process transforming the very fabric of society” (37). Using the manipulation and amelioration of language, gay activism in its own words aims to “desensitize”, “jam” (smear the opposition), and ‘convert” (311).
The reader may not have known it before because of its underhanded quality, but he will know it now; there is a gay agenda with a widespread clear and consistent message: gay is good, in fact it’s actually best. Traditional morality is out. Sex is the new god. The Bible must be rewritten, or at least reinterpreted to be sexual, more particularly, homosexual (chapter 10, “Queer Theology”). What’s more, the rights of gays are more important than anyone else’s. Absolutely nothing opposing homosexuality will be allowed. In Brown’s words, the rule of thumb for gay rights is: “We have the right to be ourselves, even if it offends you, but you do not have the right to be yourselves or to be offended. And under no circumstances do you have the right to offend us” (47). (For those who think gay is good, read Larry Kramer’s own words on his depraved sex life, page 136, words from a man whose name is memorialized at Yale University.)
As for the hate we hear so much about, Brown’s research concludes that most of the hate is coming from the GLBT community itself. Another of their goals is to make anyone opposing homosexuality look bad, which has amounted to persecution in the form of vicious name-calling, crass speech, and character defamation (62). Indeed, the tolerance we are told is required is no longer enough. The “Riddle Homophobic Scale” defines homophobia as “repulsion, pity, tolerance, and acceptance.” Only when people “support, admire, appreciate, and nurture” will they earn exemption from the so-called “homophobia” label (117).
Having made great progress in gaining mainstream acceptance, the intolerance and insanity that is gay activism pushes on into private businesses, schools, and churches. Most people may not know that businesses are rated by the Human Rights Campaign, the foremost gay activist group in the nation, on how gay-affirming they are according to truly outrageous criteria. (Brown correctly points out that it is really the Homosexual Rights Campaign because it is not about everybody’s rights, only homosexuals’.) In chapter eight the author supplies a long, long list of HRC’s gay-friendliest corporations, companies so ubiquitous that it would be virtually impossible for the public to avoid patronage, including Nike, Disney, IBM, Costco, Sears, and Microsoft.
What most people don’t realize is that gay activism targets school children. The grab for kids over the heads of their parents is perhaps gay activism’s most insidious and hurtful tactic. Brown says the average age of coming out is now 10 for boys and 12 for girls (106), all because at school the male/female reality is being deconstructed while children are being indoctrinated and encouraged toward all manner of gayness. He gives a long list of elementary schools books promoting sex, the sexualization of children, and the normalization of homosexual as equal to heterosexual relationships (108). Now we have kindergarten boys dressed as girls. Girls using the boys’ locker room. School kids instructed to play at being homosexuals in skits.
What are being presented as anti-bullying, nondiscrimination campaigns in our schools, from pre-school to college, such as intrusive questionnaires about all manner of sexual behavior, gay clubs, Day of Silence, and Gaypril, is really pro-gay, all about affirmation, encouragement, and celebration of homosexuality. In top universities there are campus orgies, queer textbooks, queer proms, gayborhood clubs, drag shows, drag balls, queer film festivals, and queer conferences, not to mention what’s happening on internet social networks. And all this is sanctioned by teachers and administrators, authority figures kids trust and look to for truth, knowledge, and guidance.
Of course everyone should know by now that Hollywood is overwhelmingly gay-affirming. As Elizabeth Taylor put it, “If it weren’t for gays, honey, there wouldn’t be a Hollywood” (152). Brown takes us on a revealing tour of this once decent city that plays its own ginormous role in shaping our culture, showing how movies and TV have come to be a force for pushing acceptance of wayward and excessive sexual appetites. Thanks to Hollywood gay activism, the rising generation increasingly regards gayness as hip, fun, cool, and everywhere. It becomes obvious to this reader that homosexual behavior and the like has become just another tragic way, akin to smoking, drinking, drugs, and heterosexual acting-out, for naturally rebellious teens to proclaim their independence from or lash out at the established rules of their parents, religion, and society, or for insecure, harassed teens to escape the risk and heartbreak of failure with the opposite sex. Sadly, such youth are aided in this highly addictive debauchery by omnipresent techno-porn and readily embraced by the gay community, never told that this bout with out-of-bounds sexual thoughts, feelings, and experimentation could be a passing phase, or that sex addictions have tragic consequences.
A chapter called “Is Gay the New Black?” is particularly astute. Brown, while bending over backwards to show love and concern for people with homosexual tendencies, tackles the tired and unproven but still often believed born-that-way argument. Showing that science has not found a genetic gay factor, he goes on to point out that this argument is irrelevant, reminding us that biology offers no help in distinguishing between right and wrong. He quotes Dr. Richard Lewonin, “Cancer is biological; does that make cancer good?” (220) Writes Brown, “Only people, guided by values and beliefs, can decide what is moral and immoral” (224). And if there were a genetic cause for homosexuality, a circumstance people are constantly insisting is so difficult, Brown asks, wouldn’t we want to find a genetic cure, as in the case of diabetes?
In perhaps the most disturbing chapter to me, “Speaking of the Unspeakable,” Brown systematically proves that the exact same arguments put forward by activists promoting homosexualism in order to justify their sexual behaviors are being put forth by organized pedophiles and pederasts. And the dirty little secret gay activists don’t like to talk about is that all the famous homosexuals they claim from history to further their cause were actually pederasts. Whether this was part of the plan or not, the gay movement has paved the way for public legitimization of what is called “consensual child-adult sex.” You think Brown is making this up? He reports that in the Netherlands an open pedophile was recently elected to parliament and knighted. In Dublin in 1984 a “Gay Youth Conference” created resolutions to abolish all age of consent laws. To paraphrase Dostoevsky, once God and His objective, age-old standards for goodness are removed from the equation (as occurred with the onset of the sexual liberation movement — the free-love hippies used the same arguments, too), all is permitted. Talk about our neglected garden overgrown by frightful weeds!
Brown devotes one important chapter to little-known but indisputable facts about how gay activism has compromised and stifled scientific research and debate, even psychiatric treatment, including showing how the American Psychiatric Association came to remove homosexuality from its manual of disorders because of political pressure from gay groups. Another chapter champions the existence of thousands of ex-gays and the real and present possibility of overcoming unwanted homosexuality. Brown goes on to explain how and why this possibility is vehemently denied by the gay community. Of course. They know that if one homosexual person can reorient to heterosexuality, people will realize gayness is not immutable, and as such is not a bone fide minority group, and the entire gay movement falls apart.
Of great interest should be the author’s findings on the part government is playing in the sexual freedom versus freedom of conscience battle. Evidently, religion has lost the culture war and Big Brother has gone militantly gay. After all, the two views are obviously incompatible, given the in-your-face intolerance shown by the gay movement, therefore, to reference Robert Bork, one will be supported and the other harmed. Bringing to mind the horrors of the Spanish Inquisition or the Nazi regime, Brown cites incidents that show how those with views opposing homosexuality in any way are being marginalized, silenced, and punished— in schools and universities, in workplaces, and, I might add if Brown didn’t, in churches (with increasingly gay, pro-gay, or misled and complacent membership and clergy). Even church-run charity organizations (such as Boston’s Catholic adoption service that refused to relinquish children to gay couples) and private conversations are not immune, and this is happening around the world. Gay speech is protected, while Christian speech is forbidden, even demonized. “Fellow, Americans,” writes Brown, “this is coming our way and to a large extent it is already here” (537). He says we must “expect to be harassed, fired, interrogated, fined, jailed, and attacked” for actively holding traditional views that benefit, order, and protect human society, namely, that “Marriage is the union of a man and a woman only,” “It’s best for a child to be raised by his or her own mother and father” or “I believe that homosexual practice is wrong”(546).
But that’s not nearly all, as Brown says so many times throughout this big book. Imagine a “transgender” telling first graders how his penis was cut off and he became a woman. It happened. Enter the world of “trannies,” people who have decided they are not the sex God made them, who take hormones and get doctors to mutilate their healthy bodies so they can better try to fool themselves and others that they are someone other than they really are as irrevocably shown in their DNA. We could call this the newest, hairiest weed popping up in our society. Yes, reports Brown, we now have little boys officially deemed little girls, children being given puberty hormone blockers until they are ready for “sex change surgery” at age 16, husbands and wives who “trade sexes,” and children being forced to recognize that their dad has “become a woman.” Imagine this true scenario: Your father changed into your mother and your real mother is her lover. But your real mother doesn’t like your father being a woman or a mother after all and neither do you, and your mother isn’t a lesbian so your parents don’t love each other anymore.
In fact, yours truly may have seen a “transitioning” she-he at the gym the other day. Hair that could be either, a woman’s face and voice, shoulder tattoos, exaggeratedly loose hangy male clothes, a strangely unnatural looking too-flat chest, and lifting the same weights as her-his solicitous and obviously female friend in a skirt whom the she-he did not follow into the women’s locker room. There in the gym, seeing my obviously female self reflected in the mirror companioned with my obviously male husband, a freaky, science-fictiony thought occurred to me: could there come a day when androgyny is the rule, when we are not allowed to present ourselves as either sex, when seeing an obviously male person and an obviously female person holding hands is a thing of the past? In the wake of happening upon a bold she-he working out alongside us at our gym, my husband and I, together as an opposite-sex, married, loving couple suddenly seemed like an old-fashioned custom, on its way out.
Should this ridiculous and disturbing thought of mine be in any way taken seriously? Yes. Brown shows us beyond a doubt that along with the gay alphabet soup, we are now being treated to the much more open-ended and far-reaching term “queer.” With queerness comes the notion of eradicating the binary male/female gender reality altogether, and this inevitably translates into multiplying gender exponentially as if the two sexes have exploded into scattered fragments. Yes, it sounds like science fiction to most people, but these outrageous fabrications, which include sadism and masochism, are being treated as normal, natural, and legitimate in some aspects of mainstream society, just as the political gay fabrication has been for some time now. They include so many contortions of human gender identities and relationships that you might have to draw a diagram of stick figures to figure out what they mean or where they came from. Chaos is the only word to describe it.
After a sickening report on how the perversely sexually addicted have even mainstreamed a homoeroticized Christ and the Bible, Brown finally takes us into the debased and bizarre sub-culture of voluntary amputees, those who feel they shouldn’t have been born with certain limbs and actually find some doctor who will remove, say, their perfectly healthy legs at the knee. For the reader it is not difficult to see that this is the same sex-crazed insanity as Chinese feet-binding and removing healthy breasts and genitalia. Believe it or not, some people are turned on by anything and everything, the kinkier the better, and for sex worshipers, the kinkiness has no limit.
As G.K Chesterton said a hundred years ago, "All healthy men, ancient and modern, know there is a certain fury in sex that we cannot afford to inflame, and that a certain mystery and awe must ever surround it if we are to remain sane." To borrow from George Orwell, this is why societies must preserve fairly strict rules for sexual behavior, even if some people refuse to keep those rules. As much as decent people would dearly prefer to continue turning a blind eye, we must see that all the deviations from order, normalcy, and health Brown cites are Godless, sexual, evil, and addictive at their roots, are increasing, and will affect bystanders, that is, our children, our families, our lives.
With the our society-wide surrender to homosexuality, Brown tells us, “the new possibilities are endless as are the new problems” (572). That’s right and we can’t even imagine the tragedies and disorder that will inevitably stem from limitless sex and sexuality left uncontested. It struck me that even most gay activists, if they thought it through, would not want the world they are fighting for, for every human in every stage of development, and every human relationship, can and will be sexualized; goodness, the only force able to stop the evil, will have been beaten into blind submission. In a final call for sanity, the author concludes with the understatements, “There is something precious about the male-female distinctives” (579). And “The very foundations of human society are undermined once we deviate from the foundational path of male and female” (563).
So, if we Americans want this garden we call human society to flourish, what must we do? Michael Brown, with his tireless documentation of America’s dark, queer, tangled experiment and the horrors it has already engendered, makes a good solid case for a consistent and uncompromising return to God’s benevolent law for his children concerning the sexual desire. This is that sex and sexuality should be uniquely reserved for lawful marriage and healthy, wholesome relations between natural male and natural female, husband and wife. Considering the state of our society today, this would require a complete recultivation, digging out the noxious weeds, preparing the soil, and planting anew the timeless seeds of virtue.
Don't Let Your Kids Watch Chaz Bono On 'Dancing With the Stars'
Chaz Bono, the “transsexual” woman who underwent plastic surgery and takes male hormones in an effort to appear to be a man, and who asserts she is a man, will appear on the upcoming season of "Dancing with the Stars", according to ABC, the network which airs the show. He will be partnered with a woman.
Casting Chaz Bono on "Dancing with the Stars" is part of Chaz’s victory tour, which has included appearances on talk shows and the release of a book called "Transition."
I advise parents to not allow their children to watch the episodes in which Chaz appears.
Here’s why: Many of the children who might be watching will be establishing a sense of self which includes, of course, a sexual/gender identity. Some will be girls becoming comfortable with dramatic changes in their bodies. Some will be boys coming to terms with integrating the dawn of manhood with exquisite feelings of vulnerability. Young viewers will include tomboyish girls and sensitive, less stereotypically “masculine” boys. They will also include children who have sustained the losses of loved ones and are wrestling with depression, perhaps wondering who they are absent their deceased mothers or fathers.
The last thing vulnerable children and adolescents need, as they wrestle with the normal process of establishing their identities, is to watch a captive crowd in a studio audience applaud on cue for someone whose search for an identity culminated with the removal of her breasts, the injection of steroids and, perhaps one day soon, the fashioning of a make-shift phallus to replace her vagina.
It is a toxic and unnecessary byproduct of the tragic celebration of transgender surgery that millions of young people who do watch "Dancing with the Stars" will have to ponder this question: Maybe my problems really stem from the fact that I’m a girl inside a boy’s body (or a boy inside a girls body). Maybe I’m not a tomboy; I’m just a boy! Maybe I’m not just being bullied because I’m a sensitive, reflective young man interested in flowers, not football. Maybe I’m not just uncertain about my sexuality. Maybe I’m a girl! Maybe all this angst and suffering I’m feeling as I emerge into puberty and pass through it isn’t just because I’m changing, but because I should change completely—and have my breasts removed or my penis amputated!
It would be wrong to think that gender dysphoria cannot be kindled by celebrating those who have undergone sexual reassignment surgery. Human beings do model one another—in terms of emotion, thought and behavior. By broadcasting, applauding and mainstreaming the journey of a very disordered person who endured, and likely will continue to endure, real suffering based on extraordinarily deep psychological problems, we suggest that that journey is a smart—even heroic—one to take.
The truth is that Chaz Bono should be empathized with and treated with dignity. Any contribution he makes to the world should be applauded as it would be for any other person.
But Chaz Bono should not be applauded for asserting she is a man (and goes about trying to look like one) any more than a woman who believes she will be happier without arms, has them removed and then continues to assert that she was right all along—her self-concept was that of a double amputee. Now, all is well.
Chaz Bono should not be applauded any more than someone who, tragically, believes that his species, rather than gender, is what is amiss and asks a plastic surgeon to build him a tail of flesh harvested from his abdomen. If only a plastic surgeon would acquiesce, all would be well.
There are such people, by the way. Do you want them exalted, too, rather than commiserated with? Do you want your children thinking that if they suffer a delusion that they are better off without arms, that that means they should visit a plastic surgeon? Or would you prefer that they burrow to the psychological core of their abnormal psychology with an empathic professional, or two or three—even if that exploration is long and arduous? Would you not prefer that they try every available medication to impact mood, thought and perception before going under the knife?
It would be wrong to think that gender dysphoria—discomfort with one’s gender—must always end either in misery or sexual reassignment surgery. It can end with coming to terms with deep psychological conflicts that are fueling the gender dysphoria.
"Dancing with the Stars", starring Chaz Bono, takes the opposite view. It’s position is that Chaz Bono’s chemically and surgically altered appearance is a blessing to us all, a triumph of autonomy and self-possession on par with the triumphs achieved by the heroes of the Civil Rights movement.
That’s very nearly insane. It’s a psychologically destructive myth and can erode our children’s evolving senses of self.
I’m going to take heat for saying all this, by the way. I already have for making similar statements in the past. So be it. I would rather be the one shouting “The Emperor has no clothes!” than one of the happy-go-lucky villagers applauding the tragic parade.
Make no mistake: I would have gone to the ends of the earth to help Chaz Bono if she had come to me for help.
I would have treated her with dignity and summoned every ounce of my intellect and empathy to explore her psyche with her. I would have pried loose every family secret hidden by the Bonos.
I would have been relentless.
I would have used everything I know about medication to help her.
I would have enlisted the help of every expert I know—some of the world’s best—at everything from endocrinology to hypnosis.
I would have teamed up with a spiritual counselor, if that seemed indicated.
And if all that failed, and if Chaz Bono wanted either to kill herself or to undergo gender reassignment surgery, I would have taken that journey with her, too. I would have talked her parents through the hell of it. We would make the best of it.
Somehow, with enormous compassion and love and God’s help, we would get through it.
But I would feel no triumph in it, no sense of any heroic overcoming obstacles and righting the flesh in accordance with the soul. I would feel pathos. I would feel the limits of my attempts to truly heal Chaz Bono, and I would wish her well with a life that had veered, seemingly unavoidably, into a very dark place.
Chaz Bono didn’t come to me for help, though. She didn’t ask me for my opinion. But when she decided to promote gender reassignment surgery in the media as a happy triumph, she ended up getting my attention, anyhow. Because I care about you, too, and your families.
So, here it is. One psychiatrist’s prescription, sure to cost me a lot of hate mail, but reward me with the certainty that I am stating what I believe to be true and that I am doing my job: If you care about your kids, don’t let them watch "Dancing with the Stars" starring Chaz Bono.
Captain of My Soul, by Aaron S. Grant Available NOW! August 1, 2011
With a Foreword by Jeff Robinson, Ph.D. and an Afterword by A. Dean Byrd, Ph.D.
Reports from Readers:
This is an excellent book.
I couldn't put it down - I kept reading and reading and reading.
This book should be in the home of every family.
I read it in one sitting!
As a college professor, I have students who struggle with this problem. This book offers hope. It's disheartening, all the false information being put out. The truth needs to be told.
Tidal Wave Books, along with the Standard of Liberty, is pleased to announce the publication of a bravely revealed and important true story. Battle lines are drawn in an LDS setting as from a young man's own words we learn the reality of early experiences with peer abuse, same-sex internet pornography, a gay-affirming culture, and online associations with predatory men, conditions which can send developing masculinity and sexuality into confusion and addiction.
How is our secularized and sexually permissive environment
shaping the lives of young people?
What role does each of us play in their increasing decisions to
turn to pornography and homosexuality?
Here is a riveting true life experience
that reveals stunning answers.
Snippets of what experts have to say about Captain of My Soul:
"The condition of same-sex identity is definitely treatable. Your book would be a great resource."
-W. Dean Belnap, M. D., Psychiatrist
"Here's a success story."
-Douglas E. Brinley, Author, Brigham Young University Professor (ret.), Lecturer
"Aaron's story is not one of quiet desperation, but one of quiet celebration."
-A. Dean Byrd, Ph.D., MBA, MPH, University of Utah School of Medicine
"This is the clear account of love from a family and much greater love from Jesus Christ."
-Dr. Neil E. Whitehead, Ph.D., Author, My Genes Made Me Do It, A Scientific Look at Sexual Orientation
Here is truth about
youth, pornography, and homosexuality
that is being overlooked, ignored, and silenced
by a complacent, conditioned,
and dangerously compromised culture.
This is the story of a modern fall and a timeless redemption, with key roles played by a loving family, knowledge and education, gospel-based professional counseling, and unconquerable faith in the saving grace of Jesus Christ.
Captain of My Soul may be ordered on www.tidalwavebooks.com now for 12.95, free shipping. It will be available soon on Amazon.com and BarnesAndNoble.com. Also find Chased by an Elephant, the Gospel Truth about Today's Stampeding Sexuality for LDS families, Wild Elephant, the Gospel Truth about Today's Stampeding Sexuality for all Christian families, and Me, Tarzan, You Jane for the youngest children written for all Christian families, also at Tidal Wave Books, BYU Bookstore, through Barnes and Noble and amazon.com.
We recently received the following two items from our friends at NARTH (the National Association for Research and Therapy of Homosexuality), about recent attacks by gay activists about offering reorientation therapy for those with unwanted homosexual attractions.
As the linked article suggests, the attacks on those who offer assistance to clients struggling with unwanted homosexual attractions is growing daily. In just the past few weeks CNN had an extensive series of reports that sent the message to viewers that attempts to reorient homosexuality are unsafe and universally unsuccessful. Therapists who are willing to help these individuals were portrayed as frauds, and even more concerning, dangerous. Fortunately, the CNN report (though unbalanced) did include Dr. Joseph Nicolosi, one of NARTH's founding directors, who very articulately offered an opposing and scientifically accurate viewpoint.
Presidential politics will now apparently be used as a forum to attack change therapies. Dr. Marcus Bachman, for example, and candidates like former Governor Tim Pawlenty are under fire in the press. Both have pointed out that although homosexual feelings may not be a choice, they are also not genetically determinative, and cannot be used as a justification to push a political agenda. As the debate continues we can be sure that science will be generally ignored if we are unwilling to speak out and speak up.
NARTH does not intend to let that happen and we need your help to make sure our neighbors, families, friends, and the leaders of our civic institutions are not misled.
We believe the reason reorientation therapies are under attack is because the campaign to deceive society into believing that people are "born that way" is beginning to fail. The science won't support the rhetoric, and even the American Psychological Association has had to modify their position to reflect the research. The small but persistent voice of NARTH members and our allies has made a difference.
Now the new assault on science comes in the form of the equally fallacious argument that attempts to help those with unwanted homosexuality are "dangerous". This is completely false! This is particularly exasperating coming from a media totally unwilling to acknowledge the tremendous health and emotional toll that homosexual activities exact on those caught up in the lifestyle. They will spend thousands of hours searching for one individual who claims to have been injured by therapy, but seldom mention the thousands of broken lives that are the legacy of homosexual behavior.
At the same time, the number of individuals who have successfully overcome homosexuality continues to grow, and the lives of these brave folks continue to testify that change is possible. Please know that while we continue to plead for your financial support, NARTH members, supporters, and friends are making a difference! By making a generous donation we can and will do more. Thank you for your encouragement.
In the past week presidential candidate Congresswoman Michelle Bachman has been attacked because her husband, psychologist Marcus Bachman, allegedly does "reparative therapy" for those who come to his Christian counseling clinic seeking assistance with unwanted homosexuality. Almost simultaneously former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty was asked in an interview if he thought homosexuality was a choice. Both campaigns reacted with statements that mirror information familiar to NARTH members and supporters.
In short, they responded that counseling clients have a right to seek assistance for their unwanted homosexual attractions and science does not support the "born that way" mantra used to promote the gay political agenda.
In recent years, people have tried to marginalize therapists who provide psychological care for clients distressed by unwanted homosexual attractions; yet, change therapies have been offered for the past century and have been found to be successful. In fact, over the past 125 years, change of sexual orientation has been documented via case studies, clinical reports, and research studies (NARTH, 2009). It is clear that change of both behavior and attractions is indeed possible.
Although many people have been misled to believe that homosexuality is biologically based and therefore unchangeable, researchers acknowledge that people are not simply born homosexual. Researchers have never found a biological basis for homosexuality (APA, 2008). Anyone familiar with the research knows clearly that many factors contribute to sexual orientation. There are many pathways into and out of homosexuality.
Therapy for unwanted homosexual attractions is no different than therapy for any other issue. Therapists who offer psychological care for clients distressed by homosexual attractions typically offer mainstream approaches to therapy. Approaches to therapy include Interpersonal Therapy, Object Relations Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, Cognitive Therapy, Family Therapy, EMDR, trauma-based therapies, and others. NARTH therapists are fully licensed professionals who represent the major mental health organizations and who abide by the highest standards of ethical care.
NARTH supports the freedom of individuals to claim a homosexual identity or to explore their unwanted attractions and make changes in their lives. Clients have the right to self-determination. Ethically, therapists must honor the client's right to choose his or her own goals, or the therapist must refer to another therapist who can do so. Ethical therapists support their clients in achieving their stated goals, including goals to move beyond a homosexual orientation.
NARTH supports the rights of clients to pursue psychological care for unwanted homosexual attractions and the rights of professionally qualified individuals to provide such care. Those candidates in the public spotlight, and it will get far more intense as we get closer to election-day, are to be congratulated for sticking to the science and supporting client rights no matter how politically incorrect it is to defend truth and freedom regarding homosexuality.
American Psychological Association (APA) Committee on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Concerns (2008). Answers to your questions for a better understanding of sexual orientation & homosexuality. Retrieved from http://www.apa.org/topics/sexuality/sorientation.pdf.
National Association for Research and Therapy of Homosexuality (NARTH) Scientific Advisory Committee (2009). What research shows: NARTH's response to the American Psychological Association's (APA) claims on homosexuality. Journal of Human Sexuality, 1, 1-128.
Click here to go to the NARTH website.
New book, Captain of My Soul, by Aaron S. Grant Release date August 1, 2011 With a Foreword by Jeff Robinson, Ph.D. and an Afterword by A. Dean Byrd, Ph.D.
Tidal Wave Books, along with the Standard of Liberty, is pleased to announce the publication of a bravely revealed and important true story. Battle lines are drawn in an LDS setting as from a young man’s own words we learn the reality of early experiences with peer abuse, same-sex internet pornography, a gay-affirming culture, and online associations with predatory men, conditions which can send developing masculinity and sexuality into confusion and addiction.
How is our secularized
and sexually permissive environment
shaping the lives of young people?
What role does each of us play in their increasing decisions to
turn to pornography and homosexuality?
Here is a riveting true life experience
that reveals stunning answers.
Snippets of what experts have to say about Captain of My Soul:
“The condition of same-sex identity is definitely treatable. Your book would be a great resource.”
—W. Dean Belnap, M. D., Psychiatrist
“Here’s a success story.”
—Douglas E. Brinley, Author, Brigham Young University Professor (ret.), Lecturer
“Aaron’s story is not one of quiet desperation, but one of quiet celebration.”
—A. Dean Byrd, Ph.D., MBA, MPH, University of Utah School of Medicine
“This is the clear account of love from a family and much greater love from Jesus Christ.”
—Dr. Neil E. Whitehead, Ph.D., Author, My Genes Made Me Do It, A Scientific Look at Sexual Orientation
Here is truth about
youth, pornography, and homosexuality
that is being overlooked, ignored, and silenced
by a complacent, conditioned,
and dangerously compromised culture.
This is the story of a modern fall and a timeless redemption, with key roles played by a loving family, knowledge and education, gospel-based professional counseling, and unconquerable faith in the saving grace of Jesus Christ.
Captain of My Soul may be ordered on www.tidalwavebooks.com now for 12.95, free shipping. Also find Chased by an Elephant, the Gospel Truth about Today's Stampeding Sexuality for LDS families, Wild Elephant, the Gospel Truth about Today's Stampeding Sexuality for all Christian families, and Me, Tarzan, You Jane for the youngest children written for all Christian families, also at Tidal Wave Books, BYU Bookstore, through Barnes and Noble and amazon.com.
We can learn a lot about gay activism by who they attack and why. Incredibly, some still openly deny the existence of a gay agenda, scoffing at the very idea. But of course there is a gay agenda. We see it playing out in our government, schools, entertainment media, and culture at large.
One of the latest tactics in this agenda is attacking and misrepresenting presidential candidate Michelle Bachman because of her traditional, Biblical stance on human sexuality and her husband’s occupation as a clinical therapist who helps people with unwanted homosexual tendencies orient to heterosexuality. Of course gay activists deny this is even possible, ignoring and mocking credible research that proves success for thousands of people.
Bear in mind that this is the group that screams for diversity, for tolerance and acceptance of alternative points of view, at the same time screaming conformity, intolerance and hatred for those who hold beliefs opposite from theirs. This is the group that would deny an individual the right to approach Marcus Bachmann with the plea: I’m miserable. I’m sick. I want out of this homosexual lifestyle. It doesn’t feel right. Can you help me? I’m ready to change. Why? Because if it’s a choice, gayness, with all its political and cultural influence, is toast.
It’s awfully convenient how the growing popular opinion, especially since the 1960s, is that human beings are able to change their minds on just about anything BUT sexuality.
Let’s pray Michelle and Marcus Bachmann hold their own.
SoL Subscriber Leaves Wells Fargo Over Support of Gay Activists
A few weeks ago SoL highlighted the activities associated with the Gay Pride celebration in Salt Lake City. We included a letter from one of our subscribers to Wells Fargo Bank, in which he expressed his disappointment with the bank for its support of the homosexual activist movement. This prompted other subscribers to take action as well. Below is a letter written by SoL husband/wife subscribers to the manager of their local branch. Letters and phone calls are just two of the ways all of us can take a stand for our traditional, God-based values, and against the subversion of those values. We encourage you to consider what you can do. All that is needed for evil to prevail is for good people to do nothing.
Dear Mr. -----,
Thank you for taking the time to visit with us in regard to our concern over the recent participation of Wells Fargo in the Utah Pride Parade in Salt Lake City. As we expressed, at the time, we were very disappointed that our bank would have an entry in a parade whose major, if not sole, purpose was to state their preference as to a sexual partner.
We believe that every individual has the right to equal treatment, but when the most personal and intimate thing in life is paraded before others including some participants being dressed, or undressed, to the point that they would be arrested for indecent exposure in any other setting, it has gone too far. (See links below.)
After considerable thought we have concluded that, after 34 years with Wells Fargo, we can no longer be one of your customers. We are, therefore, phasing out our account with you and transferring to a bank that has community involvement in keeping with a higher standard.
We are sharing this e-mail with friends and family in hopes that, if they do banking with Wells Fargo, they will likewise take a stand for decency.
Salt Lake City Parades Towards Gomorrah
June 14, 2011
Someone said that if Congressmen Weiner had exposed himself on a public street as he has on the internet, he’d have been arrested. And yet we here in Utah do allow such shenanigans on our public streets. They are even city police-protected. It’s called the Gay Pride Parade.
In fact, if someone via the internet sent a child some of the images that appeared on the streets of Salt Lake City Sunday, June 5, they’d be arrested. There were many children present, as spectators and as participants, as usual. The parents might just as well have taken them on an outing to a gay bar, strip club, or Las Vegas adults-only show. These children are being taught to find men outrageously dressed as drag queens and homosexual acting out on the public streets things of great worth to be praised and celebrated with balloons and flags. Pride in sexual immorality is the new patriotism, complete with cheers, tears, and bursting hearts.
Such parades amount to earnest pilgrimages seeking vindication for lawless nonsense. That’s because everything licentious people stand for is now embraced by our society as worthy of the endorsement and encouragement of the media, public figures, the city and state, local businesses, churches, and all citizens, including children.
It’s being going on for decades — Salt Lake’s slobbering love affair with immoral, perverse, and high-risk ideas and behaviors, yes, in front of children, and yes, in this city founded by a church — while those who take any kind of stand against harmful permissiveness are silenced, dismissed, and even demonized.
Where is the mayor? Where is the governor? Where is Child Protective Services? Where are all the other people with power and influence who are obligated to defend virtue, protect children, and stand for God and goodness? They might as well have been waving from convertibles.
All it takes for this sort of thing to occur and to escalate is for good men to do nothing. But we’ve gone way past that. Apparently “good men” are facilitating it. In fact, the mayors of both Salt Lake City and Salt Lake County were in attendance to welcome the crowds. Shame on Salt Lake City for its undeniable and disgusting slouch – no, parade– towards Gomorrah.
The following is a great letter from one of our subscribers concerning the Gay Pride Parade:
June 8, 2011
Wells Fargo Bank,
Dear Wells Fargo Bank,
My wife and I have been Wells Fargo customers for many years. When I learned that Wells Fargo had entered a float in the Salt Lake Gay Pride Parade, I was angry and disgusted. I will not do business with a bank that supports the destructive and dangerous homosexual lifestyle. Would you mind explaining to me what there is to be “proud” about homosexual behavior?
Enclosed with this letter is a copy of a photo from the Tribune article about the parade. The young men shown are wearing nothing but pink underwear and flaunting their homosexuality. The whole parade was about the way in which they choose to have sex. Does Wells Fargo really believe that this is the kind of behavior a bank (or any other reputable business) should be promoting and encouraging? Would you want your own young children to go to such a parade? Wells Fargo should be ashamed about sponsoring this parade! Your position on this controversial issue has no doubt alienated and angered many of your customers as well as your own employees.
We are presently looking for another bank to do business with that does not support and promote the gay agenda. When we have found one, we will cancel our long-standing account with Wells Fargo.
(name withheld for privacy)
Here are some supportive SoL received about this message. Our thanks to those of our subscribers who take the time to write:
Thanks for having the courage to take a stand against this type of lewd, pornographic and immoral type of behavior. The real problem as I see it is that we need a total effort to take back the leadership of the politicians in Salt Lake.
The citizens of Salt Lake and I happen to believe also the church have been too complacent and wanting to accommodate alternative lifestyles and behaviors…. and as a result the anything goes attitude has taken over the city. Much of this type of bizarre, crazy thinking and attitude was a big part of the Rocky Anderson era, but it continues today and a monkey see…monkey do behavior is a part of the everyday thinking and attitudes.
We need the Church to take a stronger stand and we need people of all faiths to say no to this kind of degrading, evil performance on the streets of our community.
If our families from even 40 years ago could see this kind of thing happening on the streets of Salt Lake they would think that it was a terrible joke or they were watching demons from another planet.
It really is sad and the fact that so many good people buy into this nonsense means that the evil forces are in many ways winning.
It is disgusting, shameful, embarrassing and lacks any redeeming value.
We need new leaders…..we need men and women of courage to say “No…not or our streets….ever!”
Thanks for sharing. I have clients who are gay. As people I care for them and wish them all the best. I can't control what they do in their personal lives but when I see the Gaybune (Tribune) and other media doing stories with happy smiles on their faces, showing these images, it is painfully evident we live in a politically correct world. The only opinion that can be expressed seems to be the one that supports them. Otherwise you are hated and called homophobic. Its not about them having rights as they argue...it seems so clear there is an agenda.
“Recruiting children? You bet we are.”— Gay Magazine Admits Radical Agenda May 24, 2011
Many gays do not like it, but an online magazine, QUEERTY.com has published an article by editor Daniel Villarreal entitled, “Can We Please Just Start Admitting that We Do Actually Want to Indoctrinate Kids?” The author proudly confesses that one of the gay agenda’s main goals is to indoctrinate school children into accepting “queer sexuality as normal.”
The article states: “We want educators to teach future generations of children to accept queer sexuality. In fact, our very future depends on it.”
And “Why would we push anti-bullying programs or social studies classes that teach kids about the historical contributions of famous queers unless we wanted to deliberately educate children to accept queer sexuality as normal?”
And “I and a lot of other people want to indoctrinate, recruit, teach, and expose children to queer sexuality AND THERE’S NOTHING WRONG WITH THAT.”
And “I for one certainly want tons of school children to learn that it’s OK to be gay, that people of the same sex should be allowed to legally marry each other, and that anyone can kiss a person of the same sex without feeling like a freak.”
And “I would very much like for many of these young boys to grow up and . . .” I want lots of young ladies to develop into young women who voraciously . . . ”
And “not educating our kids about queer issues makes them ignorant, hateful little morons.”
The article urged fellow gays to face this reality, be proud of it, and combat resistence from those promoting traditional moral values by creating “ads — with tons of verifiable supporting evidence—that just plainly state that denying marriage equality ruins people’s lives.”
As we at SoL have said before, this fight is not about marriage. The institution of marriage is merely being exploited and redefined to promote the acceptance of risky, perverse, unlimited sexuality . . . yes, to kids.
Those promoting this agenda are making tremendous progress and they won’t stop. As the author of the article obviously knows, our society is at war for the hearts of its children, a war between two diametrically opposed world views: one hedonistic, the other God-centered. We quote: “Remember, Prop 8 passed along age lines with the very old voting largely in favor of it. The younger generation doesn’t fear homosexuality as much because they’re exposed to fags on TV, online, and at school.”
We congratulate our readers who are striving to counteract the gay agenda in their families, churches, and communities. For help, see the entire text of Me Tarzan, You Jane, a nondenominational book for the youngest children here or find the book available now at BYU Bookstore and tidalwavebooks.com. Also Chased by an Elephant (for LDS families) or Wild Elephant (for all other Christian families), The Gospel Truth About Today’s Stampeding Sexuality for families with older children.
Education? Or Stranger Danger? April 22, 2011
WARNING: The public school curricula being taught to minors contains offensive information, some of which is reported here.
The public school maturation programs that used to remind pre-pubescent kids to shower and wear deodorant now teach them about both sex’s genitalia, sexual feelings, and appalling symptoms of sexually-transmitted infections. Yes, here in Utah, strangers are introducing somebody’s else’s children to sex. This used to be called child abuse; now it is called education.
Children who in these programs are encouraged to seek out “the school nurse” or “counselor” for intimate questions about their bodies and feelings do not even know the names of these people; they are strangers to the children. Some seventh grade girls, so traumatized by being taught about “cauliflower-like growths” on genitalia, refused to eat the cauliflower in their lunch. Seventh graders were not told that HIV/Aids is primarily a promiscuous gay disease, but are led to believe that anyone, even healthy, faithful married couples, can contract it through their sexual relations.
We’re writing to alert you of dangerous Utah State Board of Education approved curricula being taught in the Alpine School District and probably all others. One is a maturation program for 5th and 6th graders produced by Planned Parenthood and the other is a unit in health classes for 7th graders.
See the 5th-6th grade maturation program, “Growing Up Comes First” on the website sponsored by Planned Parenthood. Some of the problems with this program are that it undermines parental authority, it is age-inappropriate and sexual, it greatly plays down the fact that there are essential differences between girls and boys, and it is co-ed (teaches about both sexes). (Earlier this month, the State Board voted unanimously to end its endorsement of the Planned Parenthood video, although schools can still use it if they want.)
Attached are handouts from the 7th grade health unit. Problems with this unit include that it is an elective but is not presented as such so most kids take it, parents are not fully alerted as to what it contains beforehand and usually sign the permission slip, it contains highly offensive and skewed material, it is presented in a co-ed class, and it requires children to share personal beliefs and feelings about sex and sexuality with the teacher.
Both boys and girls in a 7th grade class (around age 13) in varying stages of development learn together from a teacher (someone who is commonly not a permanent or intimate person in their lives) about male and female genitalia, gruesome symptoms of STIs including putrid penile and vaginal discharges and pubic lice and crabs; errections, ejaculation, and nocturnal emissions; "ways to show affection without sexual contact,” and much more. It's actually more information than these kids will ever need to know and it is presented without the proper values and principles that should be attached. (When a parent complained to the teacher, the teacher's lame excuse was that the kids need to know all of this so they can describe their symptoms to a doctor.)
Even though abstinence seems to be emphasized as per Utah code, which sounds like a good thing, this law is being exploited as a way for strangers to teach sex and sexuality in detail to the young. The unit ends up giving and requiring too much information, some of which is skewed, becoming highly age-inappropriate, intrusive, and harmful. It's like a drug-free school program that introduces kids in detail to the strange and interesting world of drugs and drug paraphenalia. See the attached handouts given to 7th graders at Lehi Junior High last month.
Parents and grandparents should make sure these programs are not being used in their schools. If they are, you should study them out, call or write your child’s teacher, school, school district, and Utah State Board of Education to point out what is wrong with these misdirected and dangerous programs. Even if some parents opt their child out, these ideas and attitudes become part of our culture and hurt everyone.
If you think school administrators and educators in Utah (and every other state) care about the safety and innocence of children and the sacrosanct rights of parents, think again. There are those who are using every opportunity to subvert our rights and values in the name of tolerance, enlightenment, and diversity. In our recent LDS General Conference D. Todd Christopherson quoted Kenda Dean, who called this trendy philosophy “niceness” and “benign whateverism.” Schools are no longer about the three R’s. They are about indoctrinating children with the “progressive” ideas of whoever happens to be in charge of the schools. Here is a quote from a Utah State School Board meeting, April 8, 2011.
Leslie Castle (District 7, SLC): “I do believe kids learn things in school that they don’t learn at home. Schools are for discussions with people who feel differently than their parents do, broaden their horizons, illuminating and enlightening kids beyond their parents’ views.”
What? Parents send their kids to school so they can learn to espouse different feelings and values than those they are striving to pass on to them? We think not. Parents need to know that elementary school is the new liberal university campus, teachers and administrators the new stranger danger.
Be prepared to be treated dismissively when standing up to the progressivism in our public schools.
Attention all parents, grandparents, leaders, and teachers
April 4, 2011
Do children need to be taught the proper attitudes about male and female, romantic feelings, and marriage? YES! But what is our modern culture teaching them? All manner of wrong ideas! Here is help!
Standard of Liberty and Tidal Wave Books are pleased to announce Me Tarzan, You Jane, a 28-page book for the youngest children filled with God’s timeless truths about the most basic of realities. The author is Janice Barrett Graham, an award-winning children’s writer whose stories and articles have appeared in a long list of publications including Highlights for Children and The Friend.
Me Tarzan, You Jane is nondenominational, charmingly illustrated, and contains such gentle language that parents will feel comfortable with unlimited readings of this book with children of any age.
Given most parents’ natural respect for childhood modesty, many children are growing up exposed to unchallenged misinformation regarding gender and gender roles. Thus, the simple truths contained in this book are for ALL children. Our oversexed, secularized, Godless environment puts every child in danger of developing complacent, perverse attitudes and slipping into the arbitrary, politically correct philosophies of the day that will affect every aspect of their welfare. In today’s jungle, Me Tarzan, You Jane is a great tool to help instill essential healthy attitudes and counteract wildly popular falsehoods.
Please take a look at the text of this book in its entirety below. Feel free to use this text with your family, or if you’d like the charming book, it is now available online for only $7.00 per copy, including shipping. Click here to order. Please allow 1-2 weeks for delivery.
Available for families with older children are our new chapter books, Chased by an Elephant (specifically for LDS families) and Wild Elephant (for Christian families, nondenominational) The Gospel Truth about Today’s Stampeding Sexuality. Click here to order for just $10 each, including. Please allow 1-2 weeks for delivery.
Coming soon is Captain of My Soul, the true story of a young man’s journey into and out of the darkness of sexual confusion and addiction.
Me Tarzan You Jane
by Janice Barrett Graham
illustrated by Lili Ribeira and Andrew S. Graham
Copyright 2011 by Janice Barrett Graham
Imagine Tarzan growing up in the jungle, the only human being. Then one day he meets Jane. She is the first human girl Tarzan has ever seen, and he sees she is different from him. This is because Tarzan is a boy and Jane is a girl.
There is no other kind of normal human being. Just those two, male and female. This is how God made us. You can call them boys and girls, men and women, ladies and gentlemen, guys and gals, even dudes and dudettes! Tarzan figured it out pretty quick when he said, “Me Tarzan. You Jane.”
One of the first things all new moms and dads want to know is if they are having a boy or a girl. Whether you are male or female is shown in every cell of your body. Scientists can even tell if ancient mummies thousands of years old are male or female!
Being a boy or a girl means more and more as we grow up. The differences between male and female are necessary to human life. Respect for this timeless truth helps people live in an orderly way.
The Ramifications of President Obama’s
Uncostitutional DOMA Action
February 25, 2011
Pres. Obama announced Wednesday, February 23, that DOMA (the Defense of Marriage Act that states marriage is between a man and a woman, signed into law by Pres. Clinton in 1996) is unconstitutional and has ordered the Dept. of Justice to no longer defend DOMA. This means that when a federal court case comes up challenging DOMA, the federal government will not respond to the complaint, nor will they assign any attorneys to the case, so the case against DOMA will automatically be won.
A hypothetical example would be when a gay “married” couple, one partner of which works for the IRS, want the federal agency to provide marriage-like benefits such as health insurance showing them as spouses. Even though DOMA says this is impossible, they could file a complaint in federal court and it would be sent to the Justice Dept. which would not respond. The judge would then automatically rule in favor of the gay couple.
Also part of DOMA is the exemption of states from Article 4 of the Constitution. This means states that don’t allow for gay marriage don’t have to recognize gay marriages performed in other states. But because of the President’s declaration, the same thing will happen as the above in regards to any law suits from gays claiming marriage complaining against a state that outlaws it. In other words, Utah is one law suit away from its state constitution’s marriage amendment being virtually nullified. You can be sure that gay couples, “married” out of state, are now all set up to file complaints against Utah. As things now stand, soon all state laws defining traditional marriage will be invalidated.
In essence, what the president did was unconstitutional, that is, declare an act of Congress unconstitutional without going through the legal process: either getting Congress to repeal it or getting a federal court to declare it unconstitutional. This act was a usurpation of presidential authority, the very thing our Founders strove to prevent by instituting federalism and our government’s unique system of checks and balances.
Still, all hope may not be lost because of our having a U.S. Supreme Court that leans conservative. When faced with this issue, which will probably be soon, the Supreme Court could find the DOMA law constitutional. It may also rightly rule that the President/federal government does not have the right to interfere with marriage, that it’s under state jurisdiction. In that case, each state will continue to have control over how it handles marriage.
It should be noted that our Founders never thought of marriage being licenced at all; it was strictly a religious institution. In more recent history, any government involvement or support of marriage, as in divorce laws and tax benefits, was mainly about the family, that is, the safety, security, nurturing, and teaching of children that often come from the union of man and woman. This was done in the best interests of society as a whole because it was rightly believed that strong families make a strong nation. This sounded good, but now that government is involved there seems to be no way out and no limits on government power over marriage. Government involvement paved the way for the gay movement, with the help of very bad public policies and laws concerning marriage since the ‘60s, to shift marriage to be first about the adult individual and adult relationships.
With our moral foundation lost, the next to go will be religious freedom. Aside from intimidation from gay activists causing churches to soften their stance and compromise their integrity here and there, churches may soon be coerced by government into treating gays and gay relationships as equal with male/female relationships, including performing same-sex marriages, or cease to exist as we know them. Ultimately, after a series of legal maneuvers and developments (which are now accelerating), all churches will either survive for the time being by fully accepting homosexualism in their midst or dissolve because they refuse to change their speech, publishing, and practices to accommodate homosexuality. Either way, religious people are intimidated and religious freedom is oppressed. Believe it, this gay thing is definitely big enough to disband churches and crush religious freedom and is perhaps being exploited by the powers that be to do just that.
What can be done? Since the Justice Dept. will no longer defend DOMA, Congress can step in on its own behalf and defend its own law. It is expected that Congress with do this. As citizens we can call and write our senators and representatives to encourage this measure. As church leaders and members we can stand for truth and righteousness at all times, in all things, and in all places, come what may.
SoL Editor's note: Here's a letter one of our subscribers wrote and sent to both Senators and his member of the House in response to the above SoL Voice
We are outraged at the Obama administration's plan to not defend the DOMA Defense of Marriage Act, signed into law in 1996 by Pres. Bill Clinton. Obama has decided to abdicate his responsibility to uphold this law. As Newt G. said of recent, in so many words, that Obama is striking down a federal law all on his own- against the congress's wishes which is unconstitutional, since he has sworn under oath to uphold the federal laws. So as a conservative Republican, what is your plan to defend DOMA?
Note: This abdication by Obama has the far reaching effects to perhaps cause churches who oppose homosexual marriages to either get in line with gay marriages or go under as churches and shut down as a church. This abdication by Obama could eventually imperil freedom of religion in the USA since the fed gov. is now so involved with marriage in the USA, and gays will no doubt put pressure on churches to grant them a marriage. What do you think and what are your plans to head off Obama and the Justice Dept and the gay community if in fact, you agree with me?
DU and LU
Gay Activists’ New Frontier: Conservative Politics
February 21, 2011
Gays--politically conservative? That’s the newest tactic. We were at CPAC in Washington D.C. February 10-12 selling our new book and helping at the PFOX (Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays and Gays) booth and saw it for ourselves. The Marriot Hotel was abuzz with the incredible news that a group called GOProud was a new sponsor of the 38th annual Conservative Political Action Conference and had a booth in the exhibit hall.
Sex activists have systematically attacked and infiltrated our marriage, family, education, and church institutions with their radical amoral agenda under the guises of equality, normalcy, and progress. Their latest insinuation into conservative politics is just another tentacle reaching in to squeeze God and goodness out of America.
GOProud apparently leans heavily on the idea of fiscal conservatism. But whether or not anyone there is really concerned about conservative economic principles (no deficit spending, cutting taxes and gov. spending, reducing size of government, etc.) which we doubt, it is obvious that any gay activist group is not socially conservative (pro-sexual morality, pro-traditional marriage, pro-mother/father parenting, etc.).
Here’s the truth that blows GOProud’s cover. Exploited gays need to know, along with everyone else, that homosexualism and all aspects of American conservatism have irreconcilable differences. At the 2010 Values Voter Summit we heard Senator Jim DeMint point out that you can’t be a true fiscal conservative without being a social conservative also. You can’t have the former without the latter. For example Sen. DeMint used the problem of the increase in the number of births to unwed mothers (now up to 40%). If there were more social conservatism (support for traditional values), that number would decrease and government financial support would decrease also. The same is true for all social problems such as crime, drugs, illegal immigration, health care, STD’s, abortion, and gambling. If these problem were handled through the lens of traditional values, they would decrease and so would government spending. Instead, misguided liberal government policies are seriously exacerbating these social problems. In other words, big government is spending our tax money to make these social problems worse. The corrupt Planned Parenthood, the largest abortion provider in the nation, receiving 360-odd millions annually from our government, is a case in point.
DeMint went on to say that conservatism itself is based on people controlling themselves while liberalism is based on the government controlling people. A government that purges religion purges traditional values. Our courts are in the process of getting rid of all religious influence in our society. This development touches everything: schools, businesses, families. Think about a people with no values; the government has to step in and control all the corruption. Say goodbye to freedom and hello to tyranny.
No, people who define themselves by their deviant sexual proclivities (GOProud) are not conservative, fiscally or any other way. Those who thumb their noses at social conservatism are themselves contributing to the fiscal problem. The good news is, because of CPAC’s decision to accept GOProud as a new sponsor, true conservative sponsors (Heritage Foundation, American Family Association, Family Research Council, Concerned Women for America, and Liberty Counsel) boycotted the event. CPAC has since rethought that decision and has voted to withdraw GOProud’s invitation in the future.
A few more thoughts about CPAC.
We were at the booth one day when two men and a young person stopped by. The men were aghast, saying they had never heard of these crazy ideas, such as that people weren’t born gay and that gays could change their sexual orientation. They talked and listened for ten or fifteen minutes, but the young person said absolutely nothing, just stood there listening close-mouthed with an understated but rather wide-eyed, negative expression. This young person at first appeared to be a slim neat female in her late teens or early twenties, with every short hair in place, obvious eye make-up, foundation, and pink lipstick, wearing a skirt and heavy coat with a high collar. But on closer inspection, despite this disguise, we could see this person had the eyes, complexion, hands, and subtle body movements of a male. No wonder he never spoke; his male voice would surely give him away. To us this is unspeakably bizarre and sad.
Ann Coulter addressed the issue of GOProud in her speech at CPAC. She said she wished they hadn’t identified themselves in this sexual way, but had attended like everyone else, as concerned American citizens. She also said she felt gays were being co-opted as a tool by liberals to use gay marriage to help destroy the family and radically change the culture. (Remember that totalitarian regimes always undermine family and religion early on.) Earlier she had talked GOProud into letting go of their gay marriage plank.(Could it be that most gays don’t really care about being “married?” Answer: yes.) She added that she had a lot of gay friends and wished there could be gayness without sodomy. We say dream on, Ann.
We occasionally receive emails that tell us something about our readers.
Here is one we thought you would find interesting, and our response. January 10, 2011
Date: Wed, Dec 22, 2010 at 12:30 AM
Hello, my name is Brianna and I'm 20 years old and a sophomore in college. I came across this site and I was overly offended by most of the content here. Honestly, if I was a teenager again i would have probably started cursing and yelling, but being a bit older I know what I want to say to people like you now. I article I'm commenting on is "gay clubs in high schools". Over all that articles was just offensive. I can't believe that in this world we can really STILL be saying that "Rainbows are harmless. Homosexuality is not."....It really makes me sick in the stomach. It is ignorance like this that starts hateful wars, killing, prejudice. I feel like she really was completely sheltered as a child with overly religious parents that shoved the bible down her throat. And since she is straight she had no idea what she is talking about, how can ANYONE that isn't close to someone who is gay or someone who is straight have any RIGHT talking about homosexuality?? Though I may not been gay I'm not ignorant. I have friends who are gay, my mother has adult friends that are gay, and hearing them out and talking with them about what it was like being gay when they were young is a sad story full of struggle. What is so wrong with people coming together and being a support? Religious groups do that same thing...I mean I was in youth groups and everything. I have nothing against God or the bible. What I have a problem is this ignorances and arrogance. There is nothing dangerous with Homosexuality. the LGB clubs OF COURSE talk about the dangers of intercourse. Teenagers are not ignorant about sex. They are teenagers. And anyway, you can't make the argument with HIV and AIDS....that
isn't a gay disease...anyone can get aids. It just happens that there are more tearing during anal sex then vaginal...Even straight couples have anal. So that argument is faulty. And being gay is just normal, just like straight. I can't believe this article. I support freedom of speech, petition, and religion, but this crosses the line into prejudice, thinking that you are right and everyone else is wrong. And just to say that God's law, was only made by man. I feel like the church forgets how many people they have murdered because of how the bible was interoperated. Lets look at the crusades, the witch hunts, the monarchies, women's rights being suppressed, thrown in asylums durning the victorian era to rot, the KKK....I can go on and on and on....but it always end up the same. Though I have nothing wrong with religious as a concept, it is purely SICK that religious people believe they have the right to put other's down! Gay's never hated the church, they just want to live their lives without the hatred. They never started anything but wanting the freedom to LIVE. How can we judge what is right and what is wrong. It says in the bible that God is the ONLY one that can judge us! No HUMAN has the right to judge another. Ever. You may be able to pray for them, and voice concerns but being prejudice like this is a sin. Anyway, you can't MAKE someone gay. There are families where the parents are gay and the children grow up being straight....you can have overly strict zelot parents that their kids can turn out totally gay.
But to conclude...this is wrong, hurtful, ridiculous, sad and prejudice...can't we just get along?
Thank you for perusing our web site and taking the time to share your strong feelings. We are sharing your email with our subscribers because it is a very good example of how a growing number of well-meaning people, young people in particular whose life experience is very limited, initially react to our point of view. They react this way because moral relativism along with the rejection of traditional sexual morality, the watering down of Christianity, and gay cultural indoctrination is what they have grown up with and all they know. In addition, they themselves, their friends, relatives, or others in their circle of acquaintance, may claim to be gay. Because they have been fooled into accepting their own or someone else’s alternative sexual proclivities as an identity in a legitimate minority group, they naturally refuse to tolerate any other view.
The fact that time-honored traditional sexual morality and the unique risks of homosexual behavior seem to be completely foreign ideas to you is indicative of how the accumulated wisdom of the ages, simple biological realities, and even common sense have been suppressed by an arbitrary, self-serving, and irresponsible trend. C. S. Lewis referred to this as a conditioning of many members of the gullible public by a lucky few with the means to do it.
We encourage you to think for yourself and explore another view. Of course, thinking these things through may not go over well with friends, family, and others. Truth is often uncomfortable. For instance, sometimes we have to choose between truth and being approved of by others. Why should we choose truth? Because truth enables us to offer real compassion, real `comfort, and real help. An example is how families and friends intervene to offer help to an alcoholic or drug addict they love. Pretending there is no problem is actually unkind. And yes, homosexuality is a problem. To begin with, it is maladaptive, addictive, may be a symptom of deep emotional trauma or mental illness, and leads to inordinately harmful behaviors.
A few points to clear up:
-It seems you missed Our Story which shows that we do know something about the homosexual mindset and lifestyle, its causes and its cures.
-Human sexual behaviors are always a choice for which we are each accountable, except perhaps in the case of severe mental illness/deficiently.
-It is common knowledge that decent straight people do not commit sodomy or anything like it. Sodomy is not mating; it is not the natural act that can make babies. It is an unsafe simulation, to put it mildly. Any self-respecting woman would not willingly consent to this act (the vagina can safely accommodate intercourse whereas the anus never can). It is the gay movement that has promoted the lie that everyone does this or that sexual behavior (introduced in the sexual revolution of the 1960s) in order to justify extreme, promiscuous, unnatural, and dangerous sexual behaviors. Doctors who care for patients who indulge in such acts can testify to the painful, chronic, and even fatal damage they do to an otherwise healthy body.
-A healthy, faithful man and woman who enjoy sexual intimacy in the only way natural to the human body can never get or spread HIV/AIDS (or any other sexually transmitted disease) from what they do together.
Please note that we at SoL treat everyone with respect. We discuss ideas, trends, human nature, events, and true principles rather than bash individuals, and encourage you to do the same.
Keep reading and all best wishes,
--Stephen and Janice Graham, Standard of Liberty
Do Ask, Do Tell: Congress Flies Gay Flag Over Our Troops December 22, 2010
It is perhaps the darkest day in the history of our essential American Military. What is the most discriminatory of all governmental institutions, at the price of our national defense, now flies under the phony gay rainbow flag. The lame duck U. S. Congress hurried to repeal the Don’t Ask Don’t Tell law December 18, 2010, a law signed by President Clinton in 1993 that disallowed open homosexuality in the military. Even though this law was better than nothing, it showed a fatal degree of acceptance toward alternative sexuality. Clinton was in essence saying, okay, we accept gayness as legitimate, just keep it to yourself if you’re a soldier. This was the slippery slope that led to the law’s repeal; if gayness is legitimate, why shouldn’t gays be able to proclaim their preference and act out? With the repeal of this law it appears that open alternative sexuality/alternative gender identities will now be allowed among military personnel.
New rules relative to gays in the military will be promulgated. As with every societal institution, we must now ask ourselves how allowing homosexuality and the like in the everyday activities of our armed forces will look. The ramifications of the repeal of this law, the collateral damage and the infrastructural changes that would have to be made to maintain some degree of integrity, discipline, decorum, and order, seem practically endless. We cannot make a comprehensive list, nor can we imagine them all, but here are some that will have to be faced:
– Soldiers’ unity, trust, and discipline will be compromised. (Women in the U. S. military are not allowed to fight on the front lines side-by-side with male soldiers and are required to live in separate barracks, one reason for this being that women prove to be a distraction and temptation to men. If sexuality between soldiers is allowed to be openly practiced, undue preferences, jealousies, and lewdness will most likely result that will put order, effectiveness, and lives at risk. Will same-sex partners who may be legally married to each other get to be in the same unit and engage in sexual activities in barracks or in battle in close quarters with the other soldiers? This public display may be acceptable to them but offensive to others.)
– Chaplains, and all others who hold fast to their Biblical religious beliefs, including those conservative officers seeking career advancement, will have to get with the program of accepting homosexuality (and gay marriage?) as normal or be fired, otherwise punished, or forced to resign. In this way their first amendment freedoms of speech and the free practice of religion will be obliterated. (We might say the U. S. Military is now doing the exact opposite of what it was intended, that is, to defend America and all it stands for. We have to decide which freedoms we will prefer and protect: those enumerated in our constitution or out-of-bounds individual sexual freedoms a relative few have decided are more important.)
– Retention and recruitment will suffer. There are those currently in the military, and those who plan on military careers, who will change their plans because of the acceptance of open homosexuality. There are men who do not want to train, bunk, shower, sleep, and fight alongside other men who have homosexual/anal sex on their minds. Parents will discourage their children from joining for these same reasons.
– How about housing? It isn’t fair or decent or proper to put straight and gay men together in close quarters. So where should gays live? With women? This isn’t fair or decent or proper for women. With each other in a whole new set of barracks? Even worse! (And the same goes for lesbians.) How about gay couples who are “married?” Will the military have to provide them housing alongside heterosexual couples? All this would be paid for by American taxpayers.
– Will military doctors and hospitals be forced to perform sex change surgeries? What uniforms, male or female, will these unfortunate people wear in the process and after? Will normal men and normal women have to live and serve and fight alongside these distracting, confused people? What about the soldier whose decides his gender identity is liquid and changes from day to day? Will they be required to choose a permanent gender identity?
– Will the same rules for sexual morality apply to homo or bisexuals that apply to heterosexuals? (There are strict rules for sexual conduct in the military.) Or will gays be allowed to act out indiscriminately? Will they say that since they don’t get to be married they should be allowed to engage in unlimited sex with unlimited partners?
– In a structured all-male environment where homosexuality is publicly and openly accepted and practiced if only through casual activities such as conversation, flirting, dancing, and dating, homosexual behavior will spread, secretly if need be. Emboldened by public legitimization, there is no doubt there will be an increase in men initiating other/younger men into homosexuality (pulling rank?), which will cause an inordinate spread of homosexual behaviors and corresponding illnesses and diseases.
– Military courts will be swamped with cases involving all manner of sexuality and sexual behaviors, including sexual freedom vs. religious freedom. If we think we have seen outrageous gay-based court cases in civilian courts, just wait for the onslaught from the military sector where innocent people trying to do their jobs turn into sitting ducks for the gay juggernaut.
The military tradition has always included the enforcement of sound sexual morality. This all- volunteer force is mostly comprised of Christians who overwhelming disapproved of repealing the Don’t Ask Don’t Tell law. ANY sexual immorality has previously been distrusted, disallowed, and punished in the U. S. military. This is about to change. Gayness is all about acting out. Unless this country drastically changes direction, over time we will see the order, health, strength, and effectiveness of this great and essential institution diminish.
Where institutions are concerned, it appears that our military has been the last holdout against the open acceptance of all manner of alternative sexuality. In the last decade especially, our schools and even churches have been succumbing to the pressure from the powerful, deceptive, victimhood-claiming gay lobby. What is really a problematic disorder, an unnatural choice, and an immoral and highly risky behavior that harms individuals and weakens nations, is now supported and celebrated in a government that once held fast to God and His rules for sexual morality.
What can you do? Contact those who voted against the repeal of this law and thank them. Contact those who voted for it and express your disapproval. Share these developments and your beliefs with others and take these sentiments to the voting booth.
LDS Book for Families Gets Perez Hilton’s Attention:
Who Knew Chastity Could be so Controversial? October 20, 2010
Standard of Liberty’s new book, Chased by an Elephant, the Gospel Truth about Today’s Stampeding Sexuality, recently having been picked up by Walmart stores in highly LDS populated areas in the intermountain west, and having been featured in a short local spot on KTVX Channel 4, has been getting a lot of attention from organizations promoting homosexuality.
The book has been highlighted online at more than a dozen magazines, web sites, and blogs including Q Salt Lake magazine, GayLGBT.com, The Advocate, and the web site of Perez Hilton, a nationally-known blogger and the judge who asked Miss California the question about gay marriage in the Miss USA pageant a few years ago. Online sites have received a flurry of comments and tens of thousands of views. A petition has been instigated to pressure Walmart into dropping this product.
The Christ-centered book is for LDS parents to present to children ages 10 and up. With its emphasis on the Godhead and basic gospel principles, it reiterates the reality of male and female, natural gender roles, and God’s law regarding sexual manners. One of its 12 chapters lists several ways human sexuality can veer dangerously out of bounds, including homosexuality. The book was written to present a worldview opposite to what is being presented in schools and in the media targeting younger and younger children. (See articles on Helena, Montana and Boulder, Colorado.)
Considering the amount of fierce and often vicious opposition from certain individuals and groups that the Standard of Liberty has received for its religious and moral stand (mostly ad hominem attacks including death wishes), it seems that the gay movement is not only anti-traditional morality, but carries anti-God, anti-parental authority, and anti-free speech elements as well.
There is some false information going around about the book such as what it’s about and a photo of a stranger who is supposed to be the author, but some truth manages to get through. A surprising number of comments posted on these gay-affirming sites defend the author’s right to free speech. Click here to see Perez Hilton’s blog and readers’ comments regarding Chased by an Elephant.
Chased by an Elephant for LDS families is available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, BYU Bookstore, Tidal Wave Books, and Wal-Mart. (If it is not in your Wal-Mart, ask at the Service Desk; they can order it for you.)
Another version of this book called Wild Elephant for nondenominational Christian families, is so far available at Tidal Wave Books.
Captain of My Soul, a young man’s riveting true story of conquering pornography addiction and homosexuality through therapy, faith, and family support.
Me Tarzan, You Jane, a picture book for little children which presents God’s truth about male and female, gender roles, mating and marriage in prose so gentle parents will feel comfortable reading it aloud again and again.
Chased by an Elephant NOW IN OVER 100 WALMART STORES!
October 7, 2010
We are pleased to announce that our distributor, Brigham Distributing, has informed us that our new book, Chased by an Elephant, the Gospel Truth about Today’s Stampeding Sexuality for LDS families is now available at 104 Walmart stores in the Intermountain West. It is also at the BYU Bookstore, at tidalwavebooks.com, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or contact us at sgraham@standardofliberty,org.
This charming, unique, and important book is a must-read for leaders and parents to use as they see fit that stunningly and resoundingly echos the truths and warnings presented in President Boyd K. Packer’s conference talk this past Sunday (October 3, 2010). For the sake of our children and youth, we can no longer afford to be silent on this topic. Given the licentious world around them, they need to be purposely taught the correct information and attitudes concerning human sexuality and God’s law of chastity.
We also have now available Wild Elephant, the Gospel Truth about Today's Stampeding Sexuality, written especially for the non-LDS, general Christian family, at tidalwavebooks.com.
President Packer’s Words:
An Answer to Prayers, A Warning Voice,
An Exercise of Religious Freedom
On Sunday, October 3, 2010, President Boyd K. Packer, at the General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, reiterated some common sense, basic doctrines, and deeply-held beliefs inherent in the LDS faith as they pertain to the proper use of the power of procreation. This talk was an answer to our continual prayer that the Church raise a warning voice, speaking out loud and clear on this important topic. Our main concern is with the rising generation which is being bombarded with messages that falsify, distort, and devalue human sexuality and natural gender roles, marriage and mating, posterity and parenting. Innocent victims of this propaganda are getting younger and younger. Just this past month we have talked to the distraught mother of a recalcitrant 14-year-old who insists he is “gay” and have been informed of a group of LDS boys as young as 8 years old announcing to their parents that they were born in the wrong bodies. As Pres. Packer put it, “This General Conference was convened at a time when there is such confusion and such danger that our young people hardly know which way they can walk.” You can hear President Packer’s talk.
A deluge of disappointment, anger, and intimidation from sexual activists toward President Packer and the Church has resulted. We bring this to your attention in order to raise awareness of the intense opposition to nature, reality, scientific facts, and God’s laws that exists and the need for parents to teach their children truth and correct attitudes. To get an idea of the outspoken resistance to President Packer’s talk coming from Church members and non-members alike, see www.sltrib.com.
Here at the Standard of Liberty we believe that attacks coming from those who demand that the Church change to fit modern worldly whims and to embrace the fashionable vices of the day show more than rebellion against reality, God, and nature. They also illustrate a bullying attempt to deny others the very freedom they are exercising themselves, that is, America’s guaranteed freedom to speak and live according to the dictates of one’s own conscience. (This is a real threat. For example, Canada now has laws that forbid Christians to speak against homosexual behavior. Click here to read about a Canadian pastor recently being fined and told to renounce his faith. It is up to us as citizens to do all we can to maintain this freedom, such as vote in the coming elections for representatives who will support religious liberty. More on this later.) In addition, they display a gross misunderstanding of the nature of Christianity itself. Almighty God, with His goals for the eternal progression of His children, makes certain demands on us. Contrary to what many now insist, what Christ offers is not massage therapy; it is heart surgery.
Please support President Packer in standing for truth and righteousness, sounding a clear and much-needed warning voice, and exercising his Constitutionally-protected freedoms despite intense intimidation. You can send an email to the Church’s Public Affairs office at email@example.com. (we are told your email will be forwarded to Pres. Packer) or send a note or postcard to President Boyd K. Packer, 50 East North Temple, Salt Lake City, UT, 84150.
–Standard of Liberty
A Monumental Day: SoL’s Report on Glenn Beck’s Restoring Honor Rally in Washington D. C.
August 28, 2010
Steve flew in Thursday and on Saturday he and I left our daughter’s house in Maryland (where I have been staying for a month helping with her 10-month-old triplets) at seven a.m. Emily drove us to the metro station nearby and before we got out of her van we saw people obviously doing the same thing we were doing: heading for Glenn Beck’s Restoring Honor rally at the National Mall. “Where are you from?” Steve asked nearly everyone we came close to and we heard Delaware, Missouri, Ohio, Connecticut, Arkansas. Everyone was so surprised we had come all the way from Utah. When asked if we drove or flew, Steve quipped, “We pushed our handcarts.” “What’s a handcart?” somebody undertoned, embarrassed. A Texas group with matching red t-shirts stepped on board, their leader rousting us all with a stentorian, “Anybody here going to the rally?” There was a feeling of unity and gratitude and excitement in the air. People offered each other seats, introduced themselves, spoke with the strangers sitting alongside them of things close to their hearts.
Steve and I remarked to each other that we had no way of knowing how many people would show up. But it was obvious when there was standing room only on the Metro ten stops out three hours before the rally was to start, that the crowd was going to be overwhelming. It took us a while just to get on the escalator to exit the Smithsonian Metro station. Everywhere people were talking, smiling, patient and willing to help each other.
I have never been anywhere with so many people gathered in one place. They just kept coming in never-ending parades. I was grateful it was not nearly as hot and humid as it had been earlier in the week. Steve and I walked past the Washington Monument, down the lawn, past the World War II Memorial, and got as close as we could to the Lincoln Memorial where the speakers and performers would stand. This ended up being on the north side of the Reflecting Pool three quarters of the way toward the World War II Memorial on the side under some trees. From here we couldn’t see the actual set-up, but had a good view of the last of six JumboTtrons. We could see across the Pool and back toward the Washington Monument. The place was suffused with color and movement, every empty space filling in. We set up our chairs among some others and relaxed. Two hours to go. As more people came along those of us already situated squeezed closer together to make yet another spot.
And there were all kinds of people. As we waited for the rally to start I looked around me and saw a pretty lady in a sun dress, a well-coifed grandma with hair as white as her jeans, a Viet Nam vet with a long gray ponytail, a business man in metal-rimmed glasses and khaki shorts, a southern belle in a sunbonnet, three teenage boys in baseball caps, a round-bellied guy in a Hawaiian shirt, a black woman with a gold camera on her wrist, a young couple in love, a little girl in a yellow shirt with pig tails sitting on her father’s shoulders, an Asian woman under a bright orange umbrella, a lady in black short-shorts with pick hearts munching popcorn with her husband, a heavy lady with a fanny pack passing around a bag for trash, a young woman in cropped jeans pinning a small jeweled American flag on her navy shirt, a retired couple reading the paper side-by-side in polka-dotted camp chairs, and families, families everywhere.
“There’s a sea of people everywhere you look,” said someone near.
“Still coming,” said another.
What I didn’t see was a single sign (Glenn asked that there be no signs), a single bit of stray trash, or a single act of rudeness. “Don’t let me get in your way,” a lady said to me. Courtesy and good spirits abounded. Just as the rally was set to begin at 10, a large flock of Canadian geese in perfect V-formation suddenly appeared and flew low, straight over the middle of the Reflecting Pool to the Lincoln Memorial. All eyes looked up and everyone clapped, then people wiped their eyes under their sunglasses. The Greeks believed birds were a good omen, too.
We were treated to a recording of the Tabernacle Choir singing, “Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing” and a slide show of cities and states all across the USA. People clapped when they recognized their homes. As a woman belted the National Anthem I watched a great big man, trembling with tears, wipe his face with the palms of his two big hands.
Glenn Beck wasted no time in setting the tone for the rally. It was to be a revival of American religiosity, of love of God and country. And everyone there, as far as I could see, was on the exact same page. Beck’s announcement, “Today, this country is turning back to God,” was met with rousing applause. He gave a short sketch of the first colonists, adding, “The first thing they did was pray,” and so this is what we did, too. The prayer was all about our nation’s need to repent. It was all about Christ the Redeemer.
It struck me that here we were, living in a time when the very freedoms we were at that moment so freely exercising, heartened and emboldened by our sheer numbers, are being threatened by our own government. Among other things, was Glenn Beck peaceably defying leadership gone astray? I think so, as were we all. It is difficult to express how glorious it was to participle in this gathering, in this prayer, and to say amen to these words, in this place, at this time in America’s history.
The program for the rally continued with an inspiring multi-faceted tribute to the military’s Special Operations Warrior Foundation. This was followed by a speech by Sarah Palin who said there is no “transforming America,” only “restoring America.” Glenn Beck announced that there would be Faith, Hope, and Charity merit awards which were then introduced with inspiring speeches and presented to veteran Texas pastor C.L. Jackson, Christian baseball player Albert Pujols, and businessman and philanthropist John Huntsman Sr. Alveda King, niece of Martin Luther King, then gave a speech about unity for the sake of honor to rebuild America. Dr. Harry Jackson spoke using lots of scriptures, including Romans 8:28. We heard phrases such as “we are one human family” and “the procreation foundation of marriage,” and “our nations’s moral deficiency will be healed when prayer is once again welcome in public arenas and schools,” and “America must pray that God will forgive us of our sins.” About this time Steve and I looked behind us and saw that people were filling in the lawn all the way to the Washington Monument.
Glenn Beck took up the last portion of the three hours. “Advance or perish,” he said. “God is the answer and always has been.” “Trust in the Lord.” “Look forward.” “Look to people who are honest and have integrity.” “Our values and principles must unite us.”
He talked about how Americans have explored west, up in space, down in the ocean, and must now explore within ourselves.
He spoke of how he has been called a “fearmonger.” To this he said, “On the Titanic, the man who said, ‘It’s an iceberg!” was not a fearmonger. He was warning the people on the ship.”
He reiterated his forty-day challenge:
1. Pray on your knees and profess God (and let your children see your praying).
2. Tell the truth (even when it is going to hurt you) in your own life and expect it from others.
3. Connect with your spouse and children because charity begins at home.
Following are some more of the highlights of his talk from my notes:
Does the American experience expand or end with us?
The words inscribed at the top of the Washington Monument are Laus Deo (Praise be to God). He said that the Founders’ idea was that to really share truth, we must embed it in our monuments.
Find out what you truly believe. Quoted Thomas Jefferson: “Question with boldness even the existence of God; because, if there be one, he must more approve the homage of reason than that of blindfolded fear.” (I looked across the way and saw a lady mouthing these words.)
Realize who God is and who you are. Great benefits and awesome responsibilities will come with this knowledge. You will no longer have a choice in many things.
His favorite line in the Declaration of Independence is “with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.”
Washington gave up the life he wanted (to be a surveyor) to do God’s will.
The truth will set you free (after it has made you miserable).
Go to God individually first.
We have to be on God’s side, not him on our side.
Need support of good spouse, families, friends.
We must insist that our churches stand for what we know to be true, universal, eternal.
Churches have fallen asleep. We need a black robed regiment (ministers that preach freedom).
(At this point there were 250 people arm-in-arm standing behind Glenn representing that many different denominations.)
All agree that God is the answer.
Is the next George Washington in this crowd? Our goal must be to raise the next great monument.
We can wallow in our mistakes or learn from the past and ask for redemption.
A tenor, accompanied by bagpipes, sang Amazing Grace. I looked around and saw people singing along and weeping.
The rally lasted three hours. Afterwards, during some afterglow vocal performances, many people ate the picnic lunches they had brought, sat on the lawns enjoying the day, or toured the mall. Steve and I did a little of all three. We even caught a glimpse of Al Sharpton’s “protest march,” but I couldn’t for the life of me understand what they could possibly be protesting. It couldn’t have been a racial thing because there were a great many black people performing and speaking and getting awards at Glenn’s rally.
Speaking of monuments, I think every American sixth grader should visit our nation’s capitol. It should be part of the curriculum. I find myself wondering, Why was I not told of these magnificent stone monuments engraved with reminders of God and the highest human virtues? Whey was I not taught to recite the resplendent sentence that appears above the 19-foot tall bronze statue of Thomas Jefferson? Why didn’t I learn that the building of the monolithic Washington Monument was halted during the Civil War? Why was I not encouraged to consider with reverence the significance of the Lincoln Memorial while seeing its white marble set against a navy blue, star-studded night sky as a child? How are we to be a nation of what Samuel Adams called “experienced patriots” whom our country stands in need of “to prevent its ruin” if we are not schooled in our country’s foundations? And what better way to begin to become those experienced patriots than to see with our own eyes these beautiful massive monuments imbedded with noble truths and built to stand forever?
This wonderful rally put me in mind of some things one of my heroes, Robert Bork, wrote in his 1997 book, Slouching Towards Gomorrah. I will end with some cogent quotes.
“Perhaps the most promising development in our time is the rise of an energetic, optimistic, and politically sophisticated religious conservatism. It may prove more powerful than merely political or economic conservatism because religious conservatism’s objectives are cultural and moral as well.”
“Because it is a grass roots movement, the new religious conservatism can alter the culture both by electing local officials and school boards (which have greater effect on culture than do national politicians), and by setting a moral tone in opposition to today’s liberal relativism.”
“We may be witnessing a religious revival, another awakening.”
“It remains to be seen whether intellectual orthodoxy can stand firm against the current of radical individualism and radical egalitarianism.”
“Victory over modern liberalism will require a robust self-confidence about the worth of traditional values that the relativism of modern liberalism has already seriously damaged.”
We certainly saw a robust confidence in God’s timeless standard of goodness in a big way on that monumental day. It seems America is waking up. Hallelujah.
Postscript to Sol’s Report on Glenn Beck’s Restoring Honor Rally,
“A Monumental Day”: I Demand a Recount!
I am no expert at estimating the sizes of crowds, but some of the numbers I am hearing from newspeople and such are ridiculously low. Let me repeat: Steve and I got to the mall two hours early amidst a stream of people getting on the Metro ten stops out. Even then, the closest we could get to the Lincoln Memorial was about 100 yards from the World War II Memorial– that’s on the other end of the Reflecting Pool. I never even saw Glenn Beck or any of the speakers or performers in person. I only saw them on a JumboTron, the last one of six extending from the Lincoln Memorial, and the sound came about two seconds after the words were spoken. I repeat, there were so many people we could not get close enough to see anything in person and we were so far away the words we heard in no way matched up with what we were seeing. And compared to the entire crowd which extended all the way to the Washington Memorial and fanned way out across the path under the trees on the sides of the entire length of the Reflecting Pool, we felt we had primo seats, there were so very many more people behind us. A friend said she was stuck behind the Lincoln Memorial and didn’t get to see or hear a single thing. I would venture to say that most people there could not see anything; I don’t know how far people were able to hear. The thing was, we were all so eager and happy and grateful to be there, to be exercising our freedoms, and to be among such an overwhelming crowd of like-minded citizens.
I think the lies the newspeople are saying are making those of us who were there pretty angry. We came from all over the country at our own expense. How dishonest and hurtful to pretend that even a single one of us was not there.
There were a reported 250,000 people at Martin Luther King’s famous speech. Take a look at one of those photos. Now look at photos of the crowd at the rally last Saturday. Scroll down the page to see the photos. You can make your own estimation of the size of the crowd according to these photos. The reflecting pool is 4/10 of a mile long, and you get the correct perspective in areial photos, but it looks shorter in some of the long shots. And it is 7/10 of a mile from the Washington Monument to the Lincoln Memorial.
People must be having terrible problems with Glenn Beck’s rally because they are out and out lying about the numbers. They don’t want America to know what a HUGE success it was. This is a mistake because a nice-sized chunk of America was actually THERE.
Here is a time-lapse type video of the Restoring Honor Rally. It presents a 45-minute walk around the rally in a 6-minute video. It is actually thousands of individual pictures taken as she walked around, so you can pause the video anywhere and see the individual shots.
"Homosexuality . . . is defined as 'sexual desire for those of the same sex or sexual relations between individuals of the same sex'."
--Spencer W. Kimball, The Miracle of Forgiveness, 1969, pg 78
Homosexuality . . . this sin, like fornication, is overcomeable and forgivable, but again, only upon a deep and abiding repentance, which means total abandonment and complete transformation of thought and act.
--Spencer W. Kimball,
The Teachings of Spencer W. Kimball, 1982
Many, like me and my family, cannot continue to support an organization more concerned with the intolerant demands of activists while compromising the safety and security of the young people they swore to serve. --John Stremberger, founder of OnMyHonor
May 23, 2013 was a sad day for the Boy Scouts of America (BSA), and another tragic day for an America in decline. The Scouts’ corporate-driven leaders in their folly put sexual morality up for a vote, and when it was all over, the Scouts as we once knew them – a God-fearing, wholesome organization – were finished. Now, truly “morally straight” organizations (to quote the Scout Oath) will rise up to compete with the corrupted BSA, and parents by the hundreds of thousands will migrate with their sons to these trustworthy alternatives.
This was a completely unnecessary capitulation. The equivocating Scouts somehow managed to snatch defeat from their hard-won victory in the Supreme Court in 2000 – which preserved the Scouts’ right to live by their own moral creed. Now they have eviscerated that creed, thus rewarding the very Homosexual Lobby that tormented the BSA since its high court triumph.
"If humans possess free will, they are able in many situations to consciously alter their thoughts, their feelings, and their behaviors to correspond with societal expectations or with personal values or religious rules."
--Warner, Bonds That Make Us Free, 2001).
"I have learned that with the help of Heavenly Father, the Lord, our Church leaders, inspired professionals, and caring friends and family members, same-gender attraction can be successfully resisted and overcome." --Becoming Whole Again, Ensign, Jan 1997
[M]asturbation is a purely selfish act, and sexuality is, at its most sacred, an act of selflessness. For both men and women, learning selflessness, especially in sex, is a key to developing a long-lasting and mutually beneficial marriage. --Geoff B. in Millennial Star article
"For we dare not make ourselves of the number, or compare ourselves with some that commend themselves: but they measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise."
--2 Cor 10:12
"If you are subject to this kind of temptation, it is essential that you break all connections with those who for one reason or another encourage it. Do not go back to places where you were tempted. Do not frequent those places where people with like attractions gather. This may require an adjustment socially, occupationally, even geographically.
If you are involved in a liaison, no matter how innocent it may appear, break it up right now. Some things tie you to this kind of temptation. Quit them. Avoid the very appearance of evil. This may be very painful if you are entangled in a relationship with deep emotional ties. Cut those ties and encourage the other person to do likewise. Get it done soon, and get it done completely and finally." --Boyd K. Packer, "To The One," 1978
"And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect will of God." -- Romans 12:2
All sins are equal and bring judgment in His kingdom. All men sin and fall short of His glory. This the the reason for the Savior. Thank God for the remedy – my sinfulness in itself would be reason for God to give up on me, yet His mercy and faithfulness is everlasting. --David Lane in WND article.
"In essence, the [Boy Scout] resolution doesn't allow a gay adult to go camping with boys, but may put an "experienced" gay 17-year-old inside a tent with a 12-year-old boy on his first campout. This creates a perfect environment for sexual abuse within scouting." -AFA news release 4/19/2013
"Every appetite, desire, propensity and impulse of the natural man may be overcome by and through the Atonement of Jesus Christ."
--Elder David A. Bednar, April 2013 Conference
"It is a heathy exercise to ask ourselves where we get the moral values that govern our lives. Is it each person for himself or do we acknowledge a higher power with authority to declare such?"
--Tim Wildmon, AFA Journal, April 2013
“A society that is careless about getting fathers and mothers together to raise their children in one loving family is causing enormous heartache. To legalize marriage between two people of the same sex would enshrine in the law the principle that mothers and fathers are interchangeable or irrelevant, and that marriage is essentially an institution about adults, not children; marriage would mean nothing more than giving adults recognition and benefits in their most significant relationship.” --Archbishop Cordileone of San Francisco in LifeSiteNews article.
"A little reading of even 'religious' gays' unmasked writings on blogs and comments reveals emotional illness, narcissism, obsession with sex as a prioritized 'need,' and the erotic sexualization of even the most casual human interactions."
Boy Scouts of America believes that homosexual conduct is inconsistent with the obligations in the Scout Oath and Scout Law to be morally straight and clean in thought, word, and deed. The conduct of youth members must be in compliance with the Scout Oath and Law, and membership in Boy Scouts of Americca is contingent upon the willingness to accept Scouting's values and beliefs. Most boys join Scouting when they are 10 or 11 years old. As they continue in the program, all Scouts are expected to take leadership positions. In the unlikely event that an older boy were to hold himself out as homosexual, he would not be able to continue in a youth leadership position. --Policy Statement on BSA website from 2004-2010
And if ye shall say there is no law, ye shall also say there is no sin. If ye shall say there is no sin, ye shall also say there is no righteousness. And if there be no righteousness there be no happiness. And if there be no righteousness nor happiness there be no punishment nor misery. And if these things are not there is no God. And if there is no God we are not, neither the earth; for there could have been no creation of things, neither to act nor to be acted upon; wherefore, all things must have vanished away." --2 Nephi 2:13
"For the things which some men esteem to be of great worth, both to the body and soul, others set at naught and trample under their feet. Yea, even the very God of Israel do men trample under their feet; I say, trample under their feet but I would speak in other words—they set him at naught, and hearken not to the voice of his counsels." --1 Nephi 19: 7
"The resurrection does not change one’s disposition nor does it alter one’s spiritual directions. One who was honorable and moral on earth but not valiant in the testimony of Jesus shall rise to a terrestrial glory. One who lived a telestial existence on earth–who lived after the ways of the world–shall reap what he sowed. Moroni taught that . . . "And then cometh the judgment of the Holy One upon them; and then cometh the time that he that is filthy shall be filthy still; and he that is righteous shall be righteous still; he that is happy shall be happy still; and he that is unhappy shall be unhappy still.” (Mormon 9:13-14)" –Joseph F McConkie/Robert L. Millett, Doctrinal Commentary on the Book of Mormon, 2Ne9:16
Soi-disant (swäd-zä) Adj. - as claimed by and for yourself often without justification. (re: one who claims a gay identity for themselves.) --The Free Dictionary
"The time is fast approaching when it will require great courage for Latter-day Saints to stand up for their peculiar standards and doctrine—all of their doctrine . . . We need not solicit persecution, but neither should we remain silent in the presence of overwhelming evils, for this makes cowards of men . . . [F]alse educational ideas are prevalent in the world, and we have not entirely escaped them among teachers in our own system. There are a few teachers within the Church who while courting apostasy still want to remain members in the Church, for being members makes them more effective in misleading the Saints. But their day of judgment is coming, and when it does come, for some of them it would have been better, as the Savior said, that a millstone had been put around their necks and they had drowned in the depths of the sea (Matt. 18:6), than to have led away any of the youth of the Church . . . [S]ome members of his Church will fall away. There has been individual apostasy in the past, it is going on now, and there will be an even increasing amount in the future. While we cannot save all the flock from being deceived, we should, without compromising our doctrine, strive to save as many as we can . . . [I]f your friends or associates encourage base thoughts, then you had best leave them . . . Think clean thoughts. Those who think clean thoughts do not do dirty deeds. You are not only responsible before God for your acts but also for controlling your thoughts. So live that you would not blush with shame if your thoughts and acts could be flashed on a screen in your church. The old adage is still true that you sow thoughts and you reap acts, you sow acts and you reap habits, you sow habits and you reap a character, and your character determines your eternal destiny. "As a man thinketh, so is he" (see Prov. 23:7) . . . Pray. There is no temptation placed before you which you cannot shun."
--Elder Ezra Taft Benson, Conference Address, October 1964
There are at least three dangers that threaten the Church within, and the authorities need to awaken to the fact that the people should be warned unceasingly against them. As I see these, they are flattery of prominent men in the world, false educational ideas, and sexual impurity. But the third subject mentioned-personal purity, is perhaps of greater importance than either of the other two.
--Joseph F. Smith, Gospel Doctrine, 312
"If you look for truth, you may find comfort in the end; if you look for comfort you will not get either comfort or truth only soft soap and wishful thinking to begin, and in the end, despair."
"Once darkened, a society loses its capacity to distinguish between right and wrong and the will to declare that some things are wrong per se. Without the lamp our world finds itself desperately building temporary defenses, drawing new lines, forever falling back, unwilling to confront. A society which permits anything will evenutally lose everything."
--Neal A. Maxwell, Deny Yourself of All Ungodliness, Ensign 1995
"I have never met a man who made it from youth to age 45 as a celibate gay Mormon fully active in the Church." --MOHOHAWAII
"Who in heart never kneels Neither sin nor savior feels." --George Herbert, 1593-1633
Definition of Wicked: Evil or morally bad in principle or practice; sinful; iniquitous. --www.dictionary.com
" . . . I can tell you concerning your thoughts, how that ye are beginning to labor in sin, which sin appeareth very abominable . . . unto God. --Jacob 2:5
“There is a line of demarcation well defined between the Lord’s territory and the devil’s territory. If you will stay on the Lord’s side of the line you will be under his influence and will have no desire to do wrong; but if you cross to the devil’s side of that line one inch you are in the tempter’s power and if he is successful, you will not be able to think or even reason properly because you will have lost the Spirit of the Lord.” --George A. Smith
While from man’s perspective, what’s going on here is the work of God, what really is going on here is God preparing his worker. God is always more concerned about the worker than He is about the work. While we focus our attention on the ministry, God is always focusing his attention on the minister. We always are enamored by what a man does. God is excited about what a man is. For god know that if a man is what he ought to be, what he does will be right. --Dr David Jeremiah
"I may be wrong in thinking that the normalisation of homosexuality, which may bring benefits to some, imposes a large social cost, by downgrading the institution of the nuclear family. This is not the place to argue the point. But it is surely not a crime to think in that way? The fast and loose accusation of ‘homophobia’, which is one of those ‘thought crimes’ for which accusation and guilt are not clearly distinguished, and for which prosecutor and judge are always one and the same, is a serious threat to freedom of speech about an issue that is of pressing public concern."
Matt Staver warned that the homosexual-marriage movement is not about “tolerance.”
“This is not about what two people want to do in the privacy of their own home. This is an ideological clash of unprecedented proportions. There will be one winner, and there will be one loser.…"
“I’m not optimistic that it’s going to tone down any time soon. But what I am saying is that we need to be vigilant, and Liberty Counsel is ready to not only educate but also to defend the line. This is a battle that we cannot lose … This is a battle that is absolutely intent on silencing biblical viewpoints.” --Matt Staver, Liberty Counsel
Civilized society is based on judgments. Laws, values & virtues are all judgments. Even Jesus said it's ok to judge, just make sure they are righteous judgments (John 7:24, Luke 12:57).
--wisdom of the ages
When Jesus said to love one another, even to love our enemies and do good to those who curse us, he didn’t mean for us to march in step with the decadent worldly parade; he meant for us to offer the Truth that can save souls. --Janice Barrett Graham
"So-called “homophobia” is not responsible for the fact that, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one-in-five “gay” men and adolescents in major cities across America have been infected – through bad behavior – with HIV/AIDS. Sin is responsible. In almost every category – disease, depression, drug and alcohol abuse, and suicide – those who call themselves “gay” live and die with consequences that have nothing gay, in the true sense of the word, about them."
--Matt Barber, in WorldNetDaily
"[T]ruth is hate to those who hate truth."
--Matt Barber, in WorldNetDaily
We do not help each other in the fight for holiness when we allow for righteousness to look increasingly strange and sin to look increasingly normal.
"Youth receive a mixed and confusing message under comprehensive sex education: Public authorities tell me no, but then go out of their way to show me how."
"Recruiting children? You bet we are. We want educators to teach future generations of children to accept queer sexuality. In fact, our very future depends on it. Why would we . . . teach kids about the historical contributions of famous queers unless we wanted to deliberately educate children to accept queer sexuality as normal?" --Daniel Villarreal, Queerty, May, 2011
"Could it be possible that many of us, like a cork in a stream, have been swept off our destiny line by false concepts, perilous ways, and doctrines of devils? By whom are we enticed? Have we accepted the easy way and veered off from the strait and narrow way to the easy and comfortable way, and the broad way that leads to sorrowful ends? Matt 7:13-14" --Spencer W. Kimball, Ensign, November, 1974
"May we repeat: Sex perversions of men and women can never replenish the earth, and are definitely sin without excuse, and rationalizations are very weak: God will not tolerate it." --Spencer W. Kimball, Ensign, November, 1974
"It is sad that decent people are thrown into a filthy area of mental and spiritual polution. We call upon all of our people to do all in their power to offset this ugly revolution." --Spencer W. Kimball, Ensign, November, 1974
"As members of the Church we are engaged in a mighty conflict. We are at war. We have enlisted in the cause of Christ to fight against Lucifer and all that is lustful and carnal and evil in the world. We have sworn to fight alongside our friends and against our enemies, and we must not be confused in distinguishing friends from foes." --Bruce R. McConkie, November, 1974 Ensign.
"In this war, all who do not stand forth courageously and valiantly are by that fact alone aiding the cause of the enemy. 'They who are not for me are against me.' 2 Ne 10:16." --Bruce R. McConkie, November, 1974 Ensign.
“A man with homosexual attractions will usually maintain them unless he consciously surrenders them. [. . .] [S]urrender is letting go. It is choosing to release specific obstacles–whatever is holding you back and hurting you. It is a deliberate mental, emotional, and spiritual attitude of giving away these obstacles to G-d . . . in a spirit of humble trust in the wisdom, strength and goodness of the Divine Power.” -- People Can Change website
To engage in sinful thoughts is to sin with "the noblest portion of the self."
--from Light in the Closet, Arthur Goldberg, 2008
[T]he challenges of living in sexual propriety apply to every Jew, not just homosexuals, and to every person, not just Jews. For a man or woman burdened with an "irresistible" attraction for the opposite sex -- or with any other variety of sexual brokenness -- it is no easier to avoid self indulgence than for a gay man or woman to shun same-sex contacts and fantasies. Certainly no Jew, no person, has the right or the authority to amend the Torah to allow for his or her own (or other persons') special sexual "needs." To believe the contrary might be soothing, but it is plainly delusional.
--Arthur Goldberg, Light in the Closet, 2008
There will be many who will criticize you for what you do while they stand by and do nothing.
--Woodrow Kroll, Back to the Bible Radio, 10/20/2011
We have been too unwilling for too long to talk about what is right and what is wrong . . . .
We have too often avoided saying what needs to be said - about everything from
marriage to welfare to common courtesy . . . . Children without fathers . . . . Rights without responsibilities. Communities without control. --David Cameron, UK Prime Minister
While we recognize that not everyone wishes to worship, and that religious diversity can be valuable, we also think that the existence of a large group of less educated Americans that is increasingly disconnected from religious institutions is troubling for our society. --
Andrew Cherlin, Johns Hopkins Univ.
Now that we have made the sexual impulse a "right," this fatal principle, as C.S. Lewis calls it, "must sooner or later seep through our whole lives. We thus advance toward a society in which not only each man but every impulse in each man claims carte blanche. And then . . . our civilization will have died at heart and will . . . be swept away."
The Lord said, “He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me” (Matt. 10:37). One of the most difficult tests of all is when you have to choose between pleasing God or pleasing someone you love or respect — particularly a family member....Our love of the Lord will govern the claims for our affection, the
demands on our time, the interests we pursue, and the order of our
priorities....We bless our fellowmen the most when we put the first commandment first.
--Ezra Taft Benson The Great Commandment -- Love the Lord
To some, telling the truth doesn't matter. Consider the following statement made by a prominent member of the American Psychological Association and published by the Harvard University Press: "...it may be that for now, the safest way to advocate for lesbian/gay/bisexual rights is to keep propagating a deterministic model: sexual minorities are born that way and can never be otherwise. If this is an easier route to acceptance (which may in fact be the case), is it really so bad that it is inaccurate?"
--From Article on APA's new pamphlet on homosexuality by Dr. A. Dean Byrd
As a physician, it is my duty to assess behaviors for their impact on health and wellbeing. When something is beneficial, such as exercise, good nutrition, or adequate sleep, it is my duty to recommend it. Likewise, when something is harmful, such as smoking, overeating, alcohol or drug abuse, and homosexual sex, it is my duty to discourage it.
--John Diggs, CRC
Perhaps the British playwright, self-identified secularist atheist Pat Condell, is indeed correct: "Political correctness is like a drug that we just can't stop injecting, even though we know it's going to kill us."
--From Article on APA's new pamphlet on homosexuality by Dr. A. Dean Byrd
Paul McHugh, a former director of the department of psychiatry at Johns Hopkins University, notes that the transgendered patients he has come to know were no happier after sex-change surgery than before. He writes in "The Mind Has Mountains": "I concluded that to provide a surgical alteration to the body of these unfortunate people was to collaborate with a mental disorder rather than to treat it."I used to approve of homosexuality, but changed my mind when I got more information, not less. The truth is, homosexuality itself is hateful. It hates the natural human body and spirit, and opposes truth at every level. It fights gender integrity as marvelously designed by God. It "uglifies" a person, preventing the full blossom of natual beauty as a young male or female. it it a dead-end affection, fruitless, never creating new life. All who enter it will be plagued by troubled spirits, anxious thoughts, unsatisfied desires, and insecurity, including separation from God and hostility and suspicion toward those who try to warn them. It is rebellion at a deep level against who you really are. It is a poison in any human life and it is poison in schools.
--Linda Harvey, Mission America, 2008
A passage [Winston Churchill] penned as the First World War was about to end reads: "In war, resolution. In defeat, defiance. In victory, magnanimity. In peace, good will." This is a sentiment which all those in public life should learn by heart. It encapsulates the lessons of history better than entire books.
--Paul Johnson, in Imprimis, 2008
[Certain school] programs assume that homosexuality as a behavior is something worthy of respect and defense. It's not. Let's get it out of kids' lives.
--Linda Harvey, Mission America, 2008
Opposition to evil is motivated by love for our neighbor, and our neighbor's child.
--Sonja Dalton, Choice 4 Truth, 2008
If this teaching [of the Church against homosexuality] is no longer applicable, why should young people believe that anything we say is morally binding?
--Dale O'Leary, author of One Man, One Woman
My fear was that if hate crime legislation comes in, many Christians, and many churches, will stop preaching the full Gospel of Jesus Christ. And sure enough, that's what happened.
--Canadian Minister Tristan Emmanuel
Homosexuality and Christianity are clearly incompatible. Thankfully, homosexuals can leave the lifestyle behind, with God’s help. Struggling with sinful temptations is one thing — we all do — but embracing them as an “identity” or inherent nature is quite another.
--Peter LaBarbera, AFTAH
Why are so many people of faith riddled with guilt in opposing a sin-based movement that threatens everybody’s religious and First Amendment freedoms? Perhaps it’s because many Christians, far from “hating gays,” as the trendy accusation goes, are intimidated by the liberal media and no longer agree with their Creator that homosexual acts are an egregiously sexual sin.
--Peter LaBarbera, AFTAH
A particularly heavy focus on the sin of homosexuality by “Christians as a whole” is not at all gratuitous. There is such emphasis, not because we intentionally and specifically chose to target this particular sin, but rather, because strident moral relativists demand that, in contrast to the other sins you address, the sin of homosexuality not only be “tolerated,” but celebrated. That’s what the euphemistic slogan, “celebrate diversity,” supposes.
--J. Matt Barber, CWFA
The very firm response by defenders of Biblical truth to the homosexual lobby’s relentless assault on our nation’s Judeo-Christian tradition is indeed a defensive reaction, not an act of aggression. [M]ost of us would prefer not to even imagine [homosexual behavior], much less struggle to defend against its wholesale promotion. But regrettably, our hand has been forced.
--J. Matt Barber, CWFA
[W]e find ourselves — back against the ropes — in a fight we did not pick, struggling in a culture war we did not ask for. It’s a clash of worldviews . . . Make no mistake; the sin of homosexuality is the bunker-buster bomb in this war against morality.
--J. Matt Barber, CWFA
Love . . . does not mean that we indulge sinful behavior and call it good. True love does not facilitate immorality, it takes it to task.
--J. Matt Barber, CWFA
"You have to understand that the motivation of the gay community is validation. They want to be approved. They want people to say, 'It's okay that you're gay' . . .
--Luke Montgomery, homosexual activist
"Being queer is mort than setting up house, sleeping with a person of the same gender, and seeking state approval for doing so . . . Being queer means pushing the parameters of sex, sexuality, and family, and in the process, transforming the very fabric of society . . . We must keep our eyes on the goal . . . of radically reordering society's views of reality."
--Paula Ettlebrick, Intl. Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Comm.
Until you have challenged the prevailing wisdom you have no idea how nasty people can be.
Every aspect of life and freedom as we know it will be diluted by the liberal agenda of the homosexual movement.
--Carol Soelberg, 1/2007
"A culture obsessed with technology will come to value personal convenience above almost all else, and ours does."
" We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion. . . . Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other."
"Make no mistake, two irreconcilable agendas are at war. Where do you stand in this great divide?"
--Dr. Ronnie D. Floyd
“We may safely study and learn about the theories and philosophies of man, but if they contradict the plan of redemption . . . do not buy into them as truth. If you do, you may. . . have your testimony repossessed. Your respect for moral agency may go with it and you will end up with nothing.” -- Boyd K. Packer, 1996
"Given the number and cultural strength of those who now serve the Devil, what should those who would serve God and man do? The challenges are easy to identify: men and women must preserve the holiness of their homes, must reminisce with each other about battles won and lost, and must be a humanizing link to earlier generations."
Turning and turning in the widening gyre
The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all convictions, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.
--William Butler Yeats, "The Second Coming"
Limits [of normal matrimony] were well understood by our Victorian ancestors. They understood the emasculating effect of profligacy. A libertine is not a strong man: he is an effete slave to his passions, often taking advantage of [others].
"Now, more than ever before, the people are responsible for the character of their Congress. If that body be ignorant, reckless, and corrupt, it is because the people tolerate ignorance, recklessness, and corruption. If it be intelligent, brave, and pure, it is because the people demand these high qualities to represent them in the national legislature."
--President James A. Garfield
"The Church and her members have a moral responsibility to engage the culture and political world in which we live. . . The right to redefine marriage is not [an] authentic human right." -Wisconsin Catholic Bishop Robert Morlino
There are at least three dangers that threaten the Church within, and the authorities need to awaken to the fact that the people should be warned unceasingly against them. As I see these, they are flattery of prominent men in the world, false educational ideas, and sexual impurity. But the third subject mentioned--personal purity, is perhaps of greater importance than either of the other two.
-- LDS President Joseph F. Smith
C. S. Lewis put it, "Wherever any precept of traditional morality is simply challenged [by the world] to produce its credentials, as though the burden of proof lay on it, we [the world] have taken the wrong position."
Cal Thomas has said, “That a president of the United States would feel compelled, for whatever reason, to make a public statement that marriage should be reserved for men and women is a leading indicator of the moral state of the union. . . . He may as well have stated the equally obvious that the sun rises in the east.”
"Why has government been instituted at all? Because the passions of men will not conform to the dictate of reason and justice without constraint."
No idea has been more destructive of happiness, no philosophy has produced more sorrow, more heartbreak and mischief; no idea has done more to destroy the family than the idea that we are not the offspring of God, only advanced animals, compelled to yield to every carnal urge.
--Boyd K. Packer, Ensign, May 1992
"Take courage to renew that battle which . . . [your] forefathers began, so that truth and justice and mercy and all the humane and Christian values may not be extinguished from the land."
“My message to the homosexual is: We love you. Come and struggle with us against sin. Don’t give in to it.”
-- Rev. Andrew Aquino
Joe Dallas reminds us that confrontation is not enough to change a heart. “The heart, having been hardened through deception or rebellion or both, has to be softened. And that is the work of God alone. Ours is simply to speak the truth.”
Said C. S. Lewis, "Love may forgive all infirmities and love still in spite of them: but Love cannot cease to will their removal." And "Love is something more stern and splendid than mere kindness."
"It is religion and morality alone which can establish the principles upon which freedom can securely stand. Religion and virtue are the only foundations . . . of republicanism and of all free governments."
“Certainly if any person ought to interfere in political matters, it should be those whose minds and judgments are influenced by correct principles – religious as well as political. Otherwise those persons professing religion would have to be governed by those who make no professions; be subject to their rule, have the law and word of God trampled under foot, and become as wicked as Sodom. The cause of humanity, the cause of justice, the cause of freedom, the cause of patriotism, and the cause of God requires us to use our endeavors to put in righteous rulers.”
--LDS President John Taylor, 1808-1887
‘Let a man cease from his sinful thoughts, and all the world will soften toward him, and be ready to help him; let him put away his weakly and sickly thoughts, and lo! opportunities will spring up on every hand to aid his strong resolves; let him encourage good thoughts, and no hard fate shall bind him down to wretchedness and shame.”
--James Allen, c. 1904
"When [my wife and I] were married there were no such phrases in common use such as 'women’s Lib' and 'politically correct'. There was no premarital agreement whereby I was required to do half of the housework. We instinctively knew what we wanted – a home and a family in which I would be the breadwinner and she would be the homemaker. When children came along they were cherished and welcomed. We are quite different yet have meshed well in providing a good home. There were always family meals together and lots of family activities. One of the greatest tributes we have received and one we value very highly is our children telling us that they had a happy childhood. I have been blessed to have a mate who has filled her traditional role well and continues to be a source of friendship, support, and happiness to me and all the extended family."
--W. Scott Barrett (1925-)
"All healthy men, ancient and modern, know there is a certain fury in sex that we cannot afford to inflame, and that a certain mystery and awe must ever surround it if we are to remain sane."
--G.K Chesterton (1874-1936)
“If I profess with the loudest voice and clearest expression every portion of the truth of God except precisely that little point which the world and the devil are at that moment attacking, I am not confessing Christ, however boldly I may be professing Christ. Where the battle rages, there the loyalty of the soldier is proved, and to be steady on all the battlefield besides is mere flight and disgrace if he flinches at that point.”
-- Martin Luther (1483-1546)
“There are a dozen views about everything until you know the answer. Then there’s never more than one.”
--C. S. Lewis, That Hideous Strength, 1946
“Even supposing that each of us can, if he wishes, effectively avert the eye and stop the ear (which, in truth, we cannot), what is commonly read and seen and heard and done intrudes upon us all, want it or not.”
--Supreme Court Chief Justice Warren, Paris Adult Theater I v. Slaton, 1973
“The tide of evil flows. Today it has become a veritable flood. Most of us, living somewhat sheltered lives, have little idea of the vast dimensions of it. Billions of dollars are involved for those who pour out pornography, for those who peddle lasciviousness, for those who deal in perversion, in sex and violence. God give us the strength, the wisdom, the faith, the courage as citizens to stand in opposition to these and to let our voices be heard in defense of those virtues which, when practiced in the past, made men and nations strong, and which, when neglected, brought them to decay.”
--Gordon B. Hinckley,
“In Opposition to Evil,”
Ensign, Sept. 2004
“It is far more important that we react effectively against immorality and evil in our communities which threatens the morals and the very lives of our children.”
--N. Eldon Tanner,
Seek Ye First the Kingdom of God, Deseret Book, 1973
“Ten per cent is not enough. Recruit, recruit, recruit.”
-- Donna Minkowitz,
“gay” activist, 1992
“If we reflect on the dreadful consequences of sodomy to the state, and on the extent to which this abominable vice may be secretly carried on and spread; we cannot, on the principles of sound policy, consider the punishment as too severe. For if it once begins to prevail, not only will boys be easily corrupted by adults, but also by other boys, nor will it ever cease; more especially as it must thus soon lose all its shamefulness and infamy and become fashionable and the national taste; and then . . . national weakness, for which all remedies are ineffectual, most inevitably follow; not perhaps in the first generation, but certainly in the course of the third or fourth . . . To these evils may be added yet another, viz. that the constitutions of those men who submit to this degradation are, if not always, yet very often, totally destroyed, though in a different way from what is the result of whoredom. Whoever, therefore, wishes to ruin a nation, has only to get this vice introduced; for it is extremely difficult to extirpate it where it has once taken root because it can be propagated with much secrecy . . . and when we perceive that it has once got a footing in any country, however powerful and flourishing, we may venture as politicians to predict that the foundation of its future decline is laid and that after some hundred years it will no longer be the same . . . powerful country it is at the present.” --Sir John David Michaelis, 1814
“The number one issue for the family today is the homosexual activist agenda.”
--Dr. James Dobson, 2002
“I believe this grab for children by the sexually confused adults of the Gay Elite represents the most serious problem facing our culture today.”
-- Tammy Bruce, The Death of Right and Wrong, 2003
“It is a wicked, wicked world in which we live and in which our children must find their way. Challenges of pornography, gender confusion, immorality, child abuse, drug addiction, and all the rest are everywhere. There is no way to escape from their influence. Some are led by curiosity into temptation, then in experimentation, and some become trapped in addiction. They lose hope. The adversary harvests his crop and binds them down. Satan is the deceiver, the destroyer, but his is a temporary victory. The angels of the devil convince some that they are born to a life from which they cannot escape and are compelled to live in sin. The most wicked of lies is that they cannot change and repent and that they will not be forgiven. That cannot be true. They have forgotten the Atonement of Christ.”
--Boyd K. Packer, May 2006
A health text for high school freshmen in Massachusetts suggests, “Testing your ability to function sexually and give pleasure to another person may be less threatening in your early teens with people of your own sex. . . . You may come to the conclusion that growing up means rejecting the values of your parents.”
--from an Alliance Defense Fund publication, 2006
“The term tolerance has now become code for acceptance of homosexual behavior and rejection of Judeo-Christian sexual ethics.”
--Alan Sears, 2006
“Pornography [addiction] has become a huge, huge issue . . . most often [for] males from the ages of 11 on up . . . [spanning] all cultures, religions, and classes. With the advent of the Internet . . . the average age of initially viewing pornography is 5 years old . . . ‘We tell people that if you don’t get this problem taken care of, it’ll kill you.’”
--Lexie Kite quoting Dr. Matthew Hedelius, The Herald Journal, 2006
“There comes a time when the general defilement of a society becomes so great that the rising generation is put under undue pressure and cannot be said to have a fair choice between the way of light and the way of darkness. When such a point is reached, the cup of iniquity is full, and the established order that has passed the point of no return and neither can nor will change its ways must be removed physically and forcibly if necessary from the earth, whether by war, plague, famine, or upheavals of nature.” --Hugh Nibley, 1985
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