"When the facts change, I change my mind. What do you do, sir?"
This frequently cited quote is often misattributed to John Maynard Keynes or Winston Churchill. But since no one knows the originator, I'll claim it as my own. Sometimes when the facts change, I change my mind. Such is the case with this article.
This is not the article I set out to write. The facts – or at least my recollection of the facts – changed and I had to change with them. My original thesis was that several years ago LGBQT activists gave assurances that their agenda did not have to conflict with religious liberty rights and that they rejected any claims that opposing homosexual rights was akin to racial discrimination. I thought they too had once claimed, as law scholar Doug Kmiec said nine years ago, that it was "inconceivable" that "a successful analogy will be drawn in the public mind between irrational, and morally repugnant, racial discrimination and the rational, and at least morally debatable, differentiation of traditional and same-sex marriage." more >>
While the nation waits for the U.S. Supreme Court to hand down its decision on the Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby case, an artist turned abortion activist is attempting to reshape the cultural debate through her art.
Heather Ault is both an award-winning artist and an activist for what she calls abortion rights and reproductive justice. In 2009, she launched a project called 4000 Years for Choice which is described as a "dynamic visual art series devoted to re-visioning the historical and cultural narrative of abortion and contraception." Ault has taken her project all across the country to art galleries, college campuses and abortion clinics.
The artist explains that her work is designed to provide an historical overview of abortion and contraception through the ages by using quotes from notable figures. Ault says, "My use of historical images seeks to replace to the iconic "wire coat hanger" used by the pro-choice movement for decades. Each poster conveys a positive word, such as love, embrace, bless, sing, and celebrate, as a means to critique the feminist battle cry of "fight, struggle, and defend." more >>
"I am not a racist." The fact that we even have to make a qualifying statement such as "I am not a racist!" in America may say less about our past and more about the present misuse of labels. Qualifying statements may also indicate how quickly others are to take offense in our culture. However, racial qualifications may have more to do with conscience than anything else.
Last month, my daughter's travel soccer team decided to go out to dinner after a game. Over pizza, the girls and the team parents were able to get to know each other on a more personal level. During some light conversation with another father, I asked, "Has anyone ever told you that you look like Kurt Russell?" He said, "No, is that a good thing?" I said, "Well, he's a good looking guy, successful, and famous!" I then jokingly said, "I guess it's better than being compared to Barak Obama." He laughed and shortly thereafter, we finished our pizza and went our separate ways.
Later that night, my conscience began bothering me regarding that last statement but I could not understand why. It finally occurred to me that my struggle had to do with the potential perception with which my comment could have been received because Barak Obama is a black President. I began thinking to myself, "I am not a racist and there are no latent issues of which I am aware." I further protested, "My comment was politically motivated and had nothing to do race." Yet, I was really bothered by the fact that it could have been misconstrued. more >>
Too many are evangelical in name only. After declaring via Twitter she is "leaving evangelicalism" because World Vision will not hire folks within same-sex "marriages," Rachel Held Evans is now "second-guessing" her decision.
Likely jolted by the realization that her female evangelical angst persona sells books, Held Evans is taking a break from blogging to allow the spotlight to pass over her reactionary decision to abandon a community that doesn't endorse all her values.
But here is what Held Evans and the Religious Left don't understand: Evangelicalism is not an identity we slip on and off like a pair of shoes when it is comfortable. It is a counter-cultural uniqueness reflecting our commitment and responsibility to place God's will first in our public and private lives. more >>
WASHINGTON — Youth pastor skills translate well to serving in Congress, Rep. James Lankford told The Christian Post this week. He also explained his recent decision to run for the U.S. Senate.
"There's a lot of middle school behavior in Washington, D.C.," Lankford joked. "I look at that and I say, 'I've seen that before,' it was just with a 14-year-old."
Like youth ministry, he added, serving in Congress means working with people and solving problems. more >>
Many Christians have been warning for years that the radical homosexual activist lobby is made up of Christian-hating fascists who are in rebellion against both God and nature, who are hell-bent on criminalizing Christianity and pushing to the fringes anyone who publicly acknowledges natural human sexuality and the age-old, immutable institution of legitimate marriage as created by God.
Sadly, many people, even many Christians, think that I and others are using hyperbole when we refer to this sexual anarchist "LGBT" movement as "homofascist" or the "Gaystapo." I hope you'll think again. It's time to wake up and smell the impending anti-Christian persecution. It's fully at hand.
BarbWire contributor Laurie Higgins, commenting on the Washington Examiner story below, summed it up well in an email tonight: more >>