The second full week of the trial pitting the $340 million dollar Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) against the small non-profit group, Jews Offering New Alternatives for Healing (JONAH), ended with a bang last week in Jersey City, N.J.
While lawyers for the SPLC and liberal gay activist "experts" have testified about why they view any efforts at sexual orientation change effort (SOCE) therapy as "harmful," it has been revealed on the witness stand that they have little to no knowledge about the actual practice or efficacy of SOCE therapy. In fact, one witnesses for the SPLC included a so-called "cult-expert" who described the entire "ex-gay" community as a "cult" with JONAH's co-director, Arthur Goldberg, as the "cult leader."
Indeed, the past two weeks have included some of the most bizarre mischaracterizations and intentional misrepresentations by the SPLC. JONAH is a non-profit charity, which provides free information and referrals, yet the SPLC has attempted to blur the distinctions between the non-profit charity and many other organizations—referring to these third parties as part of the JONAH program and then misrepresenting them to create bizarre caricatures. more >>
A former employee of an organization seeking to promote acceptance of transgender and other sexual identities in the United Methodist Church is charging that the organization has itself exhibited transgender discrimination, according to a case filed with the Cook County Commission on Human Rights.
Reconciling Ministries Network, a pro-LGBT Methodist group boasting the support of hundreds of congregations throughout the country, had a complaint filed against it last month before the Commission on Human Rights.
Andy Oliver, the former director of communications for RMN, accused the group's executive director of unjustly firing him following his refusal to engage in an action he considered discriminatory on the basis of gender identity. more >>
Like many Southern boys, I grew up with two flags hanging in my room — an American flag and a Confederate battle flag. The American flag was enormous, taking up much of one wall. It was the "1776" flag, with 13 stars in a circle in the field of blue. My grandmother bought it for me on the bicentennial, and for years it was a treasured possession. The flag took on a special meaning later in life, when I learned more of a family history that included service with General Washington, suffering at Valley Forge.
The Confederate battle flag was much smaller, and it hung over my bookshelf. We bought it at the Shiloh battlefield in Tennessee, where one of my Confederate ancestors fought and where Albert Sidney Johnston died — the general that many considered the great hope of the Confederate Army in the West. My Confederate forefathers went on to fight at Vicksburg, at the battles of Franklin and Nashville, and in countless skirmishes across Tennessee and Mississippi. I grew up looking at old family pictures, including men who still wore their Confederate uniform for formal portraits — long after the war had ended.
Like many Southern families', my family's military story didn't end with the Civil War — it continued on to World War I, the European theater in World War II, the Cuban Missile Crisis, and then to my own recent deployment during the Surge in Iraq. The martial history of our family is inseparable from the family story, and it includes men in gray. more >>
If the Supreme Court rules in favor of gay marriage, its effect on religious freedom will depend upon how the opinion is written, according to experts.
The best possible outcome for religious freedom would be for the court to rule that the U.S. Constitution does not require all states to redefine marriage to include same-sex couples. If the court does require all states to redefine marriage, however, there are a range of options that could affect religious freedom differently.
If the court were to "elevate sexual orientation to a protected category similar to race," Erik Stanley, senior legal counsel with Alliance Defending Freedom, told The Christian Post that could have a detrimental impact on the religious freedom of groups and people who do not believe that same-sex marriage is actually marriage. more >>
A pattern is beginning to emerge regarding gunmen who go on shooting rampages, and it's bad news for the left and their values. Deranged shooter Jared Loughner, who shot former Congresswoman Gabbie Giffords in 2011, was a creepy leftist. Sandy Hook school shooter Adam Lanza spent all day addicted to violent video games, had no contact with his father and only communicated with his mother through email. Last week, 21-year-old loner Dylann Roof senselessly shot and killed nine people in a black church in Charleston, South Carolina.
Somewhere along his life, someone stopped caring about Roof's education. He was allowed to drop out of ninth grade, and at the time of the shootings was unemployed. He had been arrested for petty crimes after getting caught with drugs.
The radicalization of Roof appeared to start when he bought into the left's mantra of blacks and other minorities vs. whites. In what is believed to be Roof's manifesto, he says the race wars stirred up by the Trayvon Martin shooting were what influenced him. After searching on the Internet for answers, he came across white supremacist websites that further incited his developing racism. more >>
Over and over again we are told that we have lost the culture wars and that it's time for us to throw in the towel and capitulate, especially as the Supreme Court's decision on redefining marriage is about to be announced (or has even been announced by the time you read this article).
I'm here to announce that no matter what the Supreme Court says, no matter what the President says, no matter what society says, we are not bowing down to anyone other than the Lord Himself. And with God's help, there's not a shred of a possibility that we will compromise our convictions when it comes to the meaning of marriage.
Those who fear man more than God will compromise. more >>