Many Americans were shocked to hear the report by Todd Starnes that "A family-owned Christian bakery, under investigation for refusing to bake a wedding cake for a lesbian couple, has been forced to close its doors after a vicious boycott by militant homosexual activists."
But why should we be surprised? Bullying and intimidation have been standard operating procedures for many gay activists for more than 60 years. Why should they change their approach now?
In the early 1970's, gay activists became famous for their "zaps," which were strategically timed, carefully-staged, hit-and-run protests meant to humiliate and intimidate their opponents. According to gay historian David Eisenbach, zaps were used successfully by gay activists to push TV executives to portray homosexuality sympathetically and positively: "TV executives discovered they could avoid zaps and bad publicity by having gay activists review scripts that dealt with homosexuality before they were aired." more >>
Australia's prime minister is continuing to push his support for same-sex marriage as re-election for his political position draws near, leading critics to suggest that he is using same-sex marriage as a bargaining chip for re-election.
During a televised Q&A session on Australia's ABC News channel on Monday, Australia's current Prime Minister Kevin Rudd told Christian Pastor Matt Prater of New Hope Church in Brisbane that he changed his mind in support of same-sex marriage last May after "years of reflection in good Christian conscience."
"I just believe in what the Bible says and I'm just curious for you, Kevin, if you call yourself a Christian, why don't you believe the words of Jesus in the Bible?" Prater asked Rudd, who responded by saying that he believes Christians should not become "obsessed" with a particular definition in the Gospel, arguing that the teaching of the New Testament is universal love. more >>
While reading a book about Winston Churchill framed in his own words, I was struck by the vast difference between his leadership and our contemporary crop of leaders here in America. Where are the statesmen among us?
When President John F. Kennedy made Churchill an honorary American citizen in April, 1963, Kennedy said of him, "In the dark days and darker nights when Britain stood alone -- and most men save Englishmen despaired of England's life -- he mobilized the English language and sent it into battle. The incandescent quality of his words illuminated the courage of his countrymen."
Contrast that with today's Twitter style of superficial, sound-bite leadership, where even the President of the United States, rather than mobilizing the English language and sending it into battle, Tweets out meaningless slogans like "Love is love" (this in defense of the same-sex "marriage"), thereby lowering himself to the level of the masses that he is supposed to lead and call higher. more >>
Just as families were getting ready to head out the door for a long holiday weekend, the Obama Administration has rolled out new policies that disregard states' authority over marriage and redefine marriage for a variety of federal purposes.
The U.S. Department of the Treasury and the IRS and the Department of Health and Human Services put out press releases today announcing they'll be recognizing same-sex marriage even in states that define marriage as the union of a man and a woman.
The agencies announced that they will recognize same-sex couples as married provided that they were married in states that have redefined marriage, even if they now reside in states that retain the historical definition of marriage. As Treasury and IRS put it, "The ruling applies regardless of whether the couple lives in a jurisdiction that recognizes same-sex marriage or a jurisdiction that does not recognize same-sex marriage." more >>
Polls may be showing greater support for same-sex marriage than actually exists. Due to question wording, priming (the question that comes before the same-sex marriage question), and a social desirability effect (people will not tell a pollster how they really feel if they think their response is unpopular), support for same-sex marriage could actually be lower than what many recent polls indicate, according to political scientist Michael J. New and sociologist Mark Regnerus.
In public opinion polls, question wording matters. When polling questions make reference to "rights" as they ask about support for same-sex marriage, support can be 10 percentage points higher than when a more neutral question is asked, New, assistant professor of political science at University of Michigan – Dearborn, points out for Catholic Vote. more >>
DeVon Franklin, Hollywood executive and preacher, recently gave some advice about how some people's preferences can cause them to miss out on love.
"What if your greatest blessing is lying on the other side of the very thing you keep rejecting because you don't think it looks like what you want it to look like," Franklin questioned an OWN "Life Class" audience recently. "When it came to love and it came to dating, I said I would never date an actress."
Franklin said he believed that not wanting something will bring it into your life. more >>