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You don’t win battles when there is an abundance of white flags in your arsenal. Christian universities haven’t grasped that concept. One after the other, Christian schools have hoisted the white flag of surrender regarding their practices, policies, and precepts. That’s called apostasy.
Last month, California passed a resolution calling on religious leaders to affirm homosexuality and “transgenderism” and to accept that Christian efforts to help people with unwanted same-sex attraction or gender confusion are “ineffective, unethical and harmful.” Eager to please, Dr. Kevin Mannoia, Azusa Pacific University (APU) chaplain and the former head of the National Association of Evangelicals, kissed the LGBTQ ring and genuflected under the rainbow flag by “directing pastors and counselors to reject biblical views of sexuality and deny counseling for those struggling with unwanted same-sex attraction or gender confusion.”
And another white flag went up.
Earlier, Azusa had shamefully lowered the banner of Calvary and raised another white flag of surrender after hoisting the rainbow flag of perversion. (Last week, I did a national radio show dealing with homosexuality and perversion, and the host said, “It’s been 30 years since I’ve heard perversion and homosexual used in the same sentence.”)
I don’t want to write about pedophilia. You don’t want to read about it. But the threat of pedophilia becoming acceptable isn’t going away. The sudden embrace of transgenderism didn’t come from nowhere. And it isn’t going to stop there, as I argued in this space not long ago.
Targeting children comes in two general phases. The first involves bombarding them with LGBT messaging in schools. Or now, on public television (PBS) cartoons in which an 8-year-old Aardvark named Arthur and his peers are portrayed as pleased that his male teacher is “marrying” another male.
Other offenses in this category include Drag Queen Story Time at public libraries, which now seem to be cropping up all over the country. Scary to say, but chances are your local librarian may also be a monster-enabler – or at least too feeble a frog to jump out of water that is now well past the boiling point.
Drag Queen Story Time typically gives a platform to gay males (some are even convicted sex offenders) to abuse children by encouraging them to flout reality and to explore gender “fluidity.” Who thinks that is a good idea? Relatively few, in all likelihood. But that doesn’t tell us how many otherwise decent people are unwilling to draw a line in the sand.
Appeals to “tolerance” show their true colors when they are enlisted to support the blatant grooming of children – grooming being a term we used to be happily unacquainted in this abusive context. Such grooming also presents some commonality with certain elements in Islam; I refer to authorities in the UK willfully ignoring the systematic rape of local girls by Muslim “grooming” gangs for decades.
In short, a great many people in positions of authority are so keen on protecting both Islam and homosexuality that even the grotesque abuse of youngsters must be swept under the rug.
The Anglican Church of Canada voted at its General Synod in Vancouver this week not to allow a resolution that would have changed the definition of marriage.
The third-largest religious denomination in Canada rejected allowing its clergy to officiate at same-sex marriages. It called for deleting the words “the union of man and woman”.
Voting however was close. The laity voted 80.9 percent in favor, easily passing the required two-thirds threshold. The clergy voted 73.2 percent in favor, but the bishops failed to reach the requirement of two-thirds in favor, with only 62.2 percent voting yes. Two bishops abstained, 14 voted against, and 23 voted in favor.
As VOL predicted, there was much weeping, wailing, gnashing of teeth and defiance by progressives. David of Samizdat, an orthodox Canadian Anglican blogger wrote, “There was a lot of emotion following the vote. The final prayer was delivered by a lady who had tears trickling down her face. Like a zombie that just won’t die, the possibility of a new motion to revisit the Marriage Canon resolution was raised from the floor at the end of the evening.”
Almost immediately a number of progressive bishops defiantly announced that they would reject the vote and would proceed with such “marriages” invoking something called “local option.”
Conservative Canadian Anglican blogger David of ‘Samizdat’ wryly noted that as tax evaders are drawn to tax loopholes, so Anglican bishops are attracted to canon law loopholes. Although the resolution to change the marriage canon failed to pass at synod, resolution A101-R1, adopting the document A Word to the Church was passed by consensus by the Council of General Synod on March 16, 2019.
A vote in the House of Commons to extend same-sex marriage plans leaves no guarantees for freedom of speech or worship, the Coalition for Marriage has warned.
It fears that church ministers may be penalised if they refuse to conduct gay marriage services, and that public sector workers with conservative views could lose their jobs.
MPs voted overwhelmingly to introduce same-sex marriage to Northern Ireland if its devolved Parliament is not restored by October 21.
Stormont has been suspended since January 2017 but the political stalemate is not expected to end soon.
The Coalition for Marriage decried the amendments passed in the Commons last week, saying that a “coach and horses were driven through devolution”.
It criticised the plans to introduce gay marriage to the province through the Northern Ireland (Executive Formation) Bill and contended that such changes to the law should instead be given their own Bill and debate time in Parliament.
“Why is it that supporters of same-sex marriage so often resort to underhand tactics?” the coalition said.
“If redefining marriage is so great, why can’t the case be argued?”
The monument depicting Calvin, Farel, Bèze and Knox appeared covered in paint with the rainbow colours. The city files a complaint.
Tourists walking through the Parc des Bastions in Geneva (Switzerland) discovered on July 15 that the Reformation Wall had been vandalised. The monument is one of the main touristic attractions of the city in which Jean Calvin, one of the key French Protestant Reformers, developed his work after 1536. The wall, inaugurated in 1909, also honours the influence of Guillaume Farel, Théodore de Bèze and John Knox.
The paint was thrown on the monument forming a rainbow, a symbol of the LGBT groups. In the first reaction, the police said no-one had claimed the attack.
A Zen meditation group is to cease meeting in the grounds of York Minster following controversy over “bilingual religion”.
The group has been told that its weekly 90-minute silent meditation sessions in the Old Palace must end in the autumn.
The sessions were initiated by Christopher Collingwood, the canon chancellor of the minster, who practises and teaches Zen meditation and has described himself as “religiously bilingual”.
On his Twitter feed, Collingwood says he is “leader of York Zen Group (part of Wild Goose Zen Sangha in the White Plum Asanga)”.
A book by Collingwood, Zen Wisdom for Christians, which argues that the practice of Zen can lead Christians towards deeper spirituality, was published in May. A launch party for the book was held at the minster’s Chapter House, and the book is on sale in the minster shop.
Or, put another way, would any sane person do so? Wrong question.Here’s the right one: What kind of society can allow the punishment of a man who refuses to kowtow to collective madness by denying the evidence before his own eyes?
The answer is, a totalitarian society. You know, the kind ours is becoming.
It was George Orwell who first pointed out a key feature of totalitarianism: forcing people to accept madness as sanity and vice versa. Writing specifically about Italian fascists, he showed how they used that stratagem as a mechanism of power.
It was as if they were saying to the people: “What we make you do and say is ridiculous. We know it, you know it, and we know you know it. But we can make you do and say those things anyway, to impress on you who’s boss.”
If authoritarian regimes seek to run political life only, totalitarian ones strive for total control over people’s minds. That is the very essence of totalitarianism.
Each of us knows that certain things are wrong—not because we believe they are wrong, but because they really are wrong. And that applies to the moral relativist as well.
If you want to see a relativist sink into a sophistic seizure, ask him about the “virtues” of cruelty, rape, bigotry, exploitation, or the Holocaust. Even the most liberally minded secularist believes such things are wrong, but without a transcendent peg on which to hang his ethical system, he will be incapable of articulating a coherent moral argument against them. But that could change, if Sam Harris has anything to say about it.
Harris is a rationalist and trenchant atheist who is highly critical of religion and religious folk. But he is also a moral realist who believes in objective moral truths—truths, he is confident, can be grounded in science to form a system of shared moral values.
His argument goes something like this: the natural world operates according to natural laws discoverable through science; morality is a part of the natural world; therefore, morality follows natural laws discoverable through science. Logically, his argument is flawless. Practically, it suffers from several serious weaknesses.
Evangelical leader Rev. Franklin Graham is speaking out against one of the LGBT lobby’s top congressional priorities, warning that the so-called Equality Act would have “catastrophic consequences” for both religious freedom and women’s rights if it became law.
The Equality Act would amend the 1964 Civil Rights Act to include “sex,” “sexual orientation,” and “gender identity” among expressly recognized “non-discrimination” categories in “public accommodations” (the definition of which would be dramatically expanded); and force employers of 15 or more people to recognize their claimed “gender identity,” forbid them from “discriminating” based on “sexual orientation” or “gender identity,” and mandate transgender “access” to sex-specific facilities.
In May, the Democrat-controlled House of Representatives voted to pass the bill, which Graham warns could become law depending on the outcome of next year’s elections, WND reports.
“If the Senate majority changes or if enough Republican senators change their position, it would be up to the president to veto the bill. And if that office were to change hands in 2020, I have little doubt this would become the law of the land,” Graham wrote in the July-August issue of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association magazine Decision.
IT’S been a blatant mockery of democracy. In 2016 a Left-wing council had a Public Space Protection Order imposed on the area surrounding a Marie Stopes abortion clinic in Ealing, west London, in order to stop peaceful prayer vigils by pro-life groups. A High Court decision upheld the decision after it was first legally challenged.
It is right that the case should be reviewed. It is a matter of principle (not of opinion as to the rights and wrongs of abortion) that is at stake, as well as one of compassion. The new hearing provides an opportunity for the courts to reaffirm the fundamental right to speech and assembly.