The current issue of The Advocate, a propaganda organ of the homosexualist movement, features a fist on its cover. On the fingers of the fist the word 'HATE' is spelled out; the "t" is a cross. The caption: "THE BACKLASH: Christian Conservatives are Out to Get You."
Excuse me if I take a moment to chuckle. "The Christians are gonna get you if you don't watch out?" Really?
Here is an article which portrays the actual nature of the non-debate over the acceptance of homosexuality in our culture- one in which merely to argue in the negative is to risk one's livelihood, career, and future.
Today is the 475th anniversary of the martyrdom of Robert Barnes, English Lutheran reformer and personal friend of Luther.
Barnes, who had served as an Augustinian prior, was one of the Cambridge scholars who gathered at the White Horse Inn for theological study and discussion. He received his Doctor of Divinity degree in 1523, and was arrested and brought before Cardinal Wolsey for preaching a Lutheran sermon in 1526. Given the choice of recanting or being burned at the stake, Barnes chose the former, and was committed once again to the Augustinian monastery. He escaped to Antwerp, however, and proceeded from there to Wittenberg, where he met Luther and was a guest in his home. While there, he also made the acquaintance of Stephen Vaughn, an agent of Thomas Cromwell. Barnes made a good impression on Vaughn, who recommended him to Cromwell. Commenting on a book Barnes had written, he wrote prophetically to the Protestant who would replace Wolsey as Henry VIII's chancellor, "L…
Planned Parenthood in Colorado apparently failed to report the rape of a thirteen year-old girl, failed to obtain her parents' consent (required by law) before performing an abortion on her- and then returned her to the custody of her abuser.
Here is a post which begins with the simplest, most straightforward, and truest explanation of why it's nothing short of ridiculous to say that limiting marriage to heterosexuals is, in any sense, discrimination- or that Obergefell makes the slightest logical, much less legal or constitutional, sense.
It then goes on to predict what we can expect in the future from those who have argued for gay "marriage" on the ground of "tolerance."
Since the new policy espoused by the Boy Scouts of America leaves the decision as to whether openly gay scout leaders will be permitted up to local councils, some few may hold out for a time- under intense pressure. Ultimately, they will cave in to that pressure. Even now, they certainly ought to see the handwriting on the wall.
Hey. There are still congregations within the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America which confess the historic Christian faith; a bizarre provision in the ELCA decision to "unsin" homosexuality guarantees them the right of dissent- even while making themselves publ…
The only time polls on Obergefell and the public position on marriage redefinition get much publicity get much attention in the media is when they purport to show that Americans strongly approve of it. The trouble is, lots of polls reach the opposite conclusion. It depends in large measure, of course, on how the question is worded and who is asked.
This AP poll, for example, shows that Americans do, indeed favor marriage redefinition- by two percentage points. And it also shows that where religious liberties conflict with gay rights, Americans believe by a margin of 17 points that religious liberties should prevail.
It's conclusions are ideologically incorrect, so probably won't hear about this poll too often in the objective, unbiased mainstream media.
The First Amendment, however, does not say that in every and all respects there shall be a separation of Church and State...Otherwise the state and religion would be aliens to each other - hostile, suspicious, and even unfriendly... Municipalities would not be permitted to render police or fire protection to religious groups. Policemen who helped parishioners into their places of worship would violate the Constitution. Prayers in our legislative halls; the appeals to the Almighty in the messages of the Chief Executive; the proclamations making Thanksgiving Day a holiday; "so help me God" in our courtroom oaths - these and all other references to the Almighty that run through our laws, our public rituals, our ceremonies would be flouting the First Amendment. A fastidious atheist or agnostic could even object to the supplication with which the Court opens each session: 'God save the United States and this Honorable Court...'
Seems to me, Sen. Baldwin, that you ought to read a document before you swear to support and defend it. Precisely what part of "nor prohibiting the free exercise thereof" don't you understand?
I've heard Sen. Baldwin's bizarre argument from "progressive" Orwellians before, in the aftermath of the Holly Hobby ruling by the Supreme Court. DNC Debbie Wasserman, for example, made pretty much the same argument on that occasion.If you have any doubt that "progressives" and the Democratic party generally have declared all-out war on the First Amendment, wake up. Everything you treasure about being an American is on the line here.
In particular, your freedom of conscience is at risk.
Orthodox Christians can't use the word "husband" for a man "married" to another man, or "wife" for a woman "married" to another woman in good conscience, so that is going to create a lot of awkwardness for everybody. Why not let marriage traditionalists have those terms back, and let the marriage revisionists come up with terms of their own that would suit everybody?
I'm serious. This is actually a good idea. The only thing that would improve on it would be to find a new word besides "marriage" to refer to an institution reflecting gay and lesbian values and expectations instead of heterosexual ones.
But wait. That would assume that it was actually "marriage equality" rather than the mainstreaming of sodomy that was the point of this whole business, wouldn't it?
I have mixed feelings on the whole immigration issue. But it has been truly said that a country that can't control its own borders isn't a country. And there can be no question at this point that this is a matter of national security in the direst possible sense.
Donald Trump's mouth is bigger than his bank account, and his ignorant remarks about immigrants deserve all the scorn they're receiving. But it's not as if the problem of crime committed by these folks isn't real.
According to CDC figures (which fit with those from other countries all over the globe), gays and lesbians in the United States comprise about 2% of the population.
For quite a while now, they've clearly comprised a great deal more than 2% of the characters on network TV. And while (male) gays marry, the "weddings on television have disproportionately been same-sex ones. Nor can anybody without severe and unmedicated ADHD have missed the point that TV episodes have had way, way more plots promoting marriage redefinition or the acceptance of homosexuality in some other way than the number of gays in the population would suggest.
And certainly more than the tiny percentage of gay men who actually get "married" where it's legal would suggest.
Since orthodox Christians cannot in conscience refer to a man "married" to another man as his "husband," or a woman "married" to another woman as her "wife," or the partners in either arrangement as "spouses," we need to come up with a terminology we can use.
It's a situation that's going to keep coming up, now that the Supreme Court has presumed to re-define a divine institution.
Today is (or should be) the feast day of Johann Esch and Heinrich Voes, Augustinian monks who were burned at the stake on July 1, 1523 for teaching that faith alone justifies. Esch and Voes were the very first martyrs of the Reformation, and their deaths inspired Martin Luther to write his very first hymn.
Here is the version of Luther's hymn most often sung in English.
In an age of doctrinal indifference and superficial, emotionalized religion, the deaths of Esch and Voes provide a much-needed witness to our day. May the fire they lit in Brussels almost five hundred years ago never die out. Maybe in view of the events of this past week, the anniversary is more important this year than most.
This post from Pastor Mark Surburg's blog not only answers a common dodge from the LGTB community, but also addresses a point Americans generally seem to have trouble with- a point that's central to the Christian faith.