For some time now I've been saying that gay activists will overplay their hand and that the bullying will backfire. I've also said that we can outlast the gay revolution and ultimately, by God's grace, turn the moral tide in America.
Of course, to speak like that is to invite all kinds of scorn and ridicule, not to mention the ugliest death wishes you could imagine. How dare we not roll over and die!
But events from the last 7 days remind us that, even though the cultural battles promise to be long and difficult, many Americans are ready to push back. more >>
Prominent Evangelical and Catholic groups jointly warned that a proposed Department of Health and Human Services rule regarding abortion, gender identity and gay marriage could erode religious liberty.
The National Association of Evangelicals, Southern Baptist Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, Family Research Council, World Vision and the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and other religious groups jointly submitted comments last week expressing concern that religious groups could be required to engage in actions contrary to their beliefs about abortion, gender identity or gay marriage.
Religious organizations could, for instance, be required to provide abortion referrals or coverage, pay for health costs related to gender transition, or hire, or not fire, someone in a same-sex relationship, even if those actions are antithetical to their beliefs. more >>
NEW YORK — Jamaal Bernard, associate pastor and chief of operations at the Christian Cultural Center megachurch in Brooklyn, New York, couldn't say enough about the church's founder and his father, A.R. Bernard Sr., as he talked about the importance of legacy for the next generation.
"Legacy from my father — it means a lot. And the reason why it means a lot and is dear to me is that his father denied him. He didn't have a father in his life and I understand that as men, there are four things we have to learn how to be. We have to learn how to be a son, a father, a husband and a grandfather," said Jamaal, addressing several hundred people who had gathered for Movement Day 2015 in New York City last Thursday.
Speaking to Roda Viva television in Brazil, author and social critic Camille Paglia criticized transgenderism, specifically the availability and popularity of sex-reassignment surgery.
"I think that the transgender propagandists make wildly inflated claims about the multiplicity of gender," Paglia asserted.
The lead pastor of a United Church of Christ in Massachusetts describes what happened when a Christian man disrupted its annual "Drag Gospel Festival" event held to raise money for assisting LGBT asylum seekers in the U.S. and whose promotional poster carried a 12th century icon of Jesus Christ "digitally enhanced" with makeup and earrings.
The festival, as this church describes, is "a Mardi Gras atmosphere, a chance to bend gender, which society is beginning to understand is so far beyond binary, and a chance for children and adults to be who they really are from the inside out." The church's website says: "God is GOOD all the time! That means God is a DIVA… and girl… Jesus is FIERCE!"
The United Methodist bishops in Africa this week released a statement urging all bishops of their denomination to uphold the church's teachings on marriage and sexuality, saying they are "deeply saddened" that the Bible and the Methodist Book of Discipline are being ignored by some clergy.
"We are deeply saddened that the Holy Bible, our primary authority for faith and the practice of Christian living, and our Book of Discipline are being grossly ignored by some members and leaders of our Church in favor of social and cultural practices that have no scriptural basis for acceptance in Christian worship and conduct," the bishops said in a statement released this week at the Council of Bishops' fall retreat in Lake Junaluska, North Carolina.
"We support laws in civil society that define marriage as the union of one man and one woman," the United Methodist Church says. "The United Methodist Church does not condone the practice of homosexuality and considers this practice incompatible with Christian teaching." more >>