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The following LA Times article was passed on to me by a friend via email. I am going to parse it and make comments along the way. Be warned: Subject material will offend most.
A Haven's Sex and Sensibility
Protective parents -- straight and gay -- are objecting to racy storefronts in S.F.'s Castro district. Some merchants are defiant.
By John M. Glionna, Times Staff Writer April 21, 2006
— Brody Paul and his kid brother Zander are making their after-school rounds in this city's Castro district — one of the most openly gay neighborhoods in SAN FRANCISCO . America
Brody, 12, shops for mouthwash and Clearasil. His brother wants No. 2 pencils. Veterans of tolerant
, they're unfazed by the two women holding hands and the graffiti etched into the sidewalk: "Nick Loves Olaf." San Francisco
Castro Street, the main business drag just two blocks from their home, the boys encounter images more difficult for children to digest. A video store where they regularly rent Disney films stocks triple-X gay porn flicks in plain view. Across the street, next to
their favorite pizza joint, the front window of a gay sex shop called Rock Hard displays a large Day-Glo purple sex toy, leather trusses
and graphic manuals.
"It's scary. It kind of makes you shudder," says Zander, who just turned 8.
"It's not scary," Brody corrects, offering a typical child's view of anything sexual. "It's just gross."
These are kids who live in Castro, not rural allegedly homophobic America. This is supposed to be the Mecca of tolerance (hypocritical as it may be). If you do not buy into the gay dogma at the heart of Castro you are very likely going to face rejection and ridicule. If these boy's innocent reactions, in spite of a very pro-gay community, city and region, are fear and repulsion, you can't blame it on homophobia. One of these kids even says being gay is natural at the end of the article.
Perhaps it is the messages that some in the gay identified and many in the gay activist communities are sending that create fear and repulsion. Maybe gay porn next to children's videos like Snow White deserves to be called scary and repulsive ... even by the adults in the gay identified community.
This month my testimony of surviving a physical assault, when I was gay identified, was printed in the Exodus Impact. I have attached the testimony to this post so if interested, you can download (It is an Adobe file. You can get the free reader here.)
In addition I wrote the following for the newsletter:
In this edition of the Impact you have read my testimony of facing true hatred and paying a heavy price for being openly gay identified. I will never forget the night I was attacked. I have forgiven my attackers and received healing for those memories. Today, I remember that pain and allow it to empower a passion to stop true violence against gay-identified people.
Most Senators and Conservative Christian groups on Capital Hill have read this testimony. When Alan and I have visit with Senators and staff, we state directly that while we oppose bad public policy on a national level, we know that pockets of true homophobia still exist. Each time we visit an office, our team was very clear that we do not condone violence. If there was any way possible we would take the attack personally rather than allowing our gay loved ones to suffer.
However, mandating on a federal level that some people deserve more justice than others is a terrible public policy move that undermines the heart and spirit of true civil rights. A federal policy will not make the difference in every corner of the nation. What will is bold leadership of Congressional men and women, and local leadership having community wide dialogs. They can lead by creating a forum of respected pro-gay activists, pastors and former homosexuals to assess the state of homosexual concerns for their area. This forum can more effectively address the concerns of each community’s own issues and ways to increase greater civility and respect for all persons in each community. It is my prayer that true tolerance for everyone, including former homosexuals, will be fostered in these gatherings.
Leaders addressing their spheres of influence at the point of need will do much more good for their community than a national policy that threatens the civil liberties of one group in the name of protecting the same for another.
Let us show our gay identified neighbors and community that we love them: being honest that small pockets of hatred can and do exist; and initiating dialog and speak against evil directed toward the gay identified community. We should not let our good hearts and good intentions lead us to pass bad public policy.
The Following was added as a highlighted statement in the newsletter:
Our team does not condone violence. If there was any way possible, we would take the attack personally rather than allowing our gay loved ones to suffer.
Mandating on a federal level that some people deserve more justice than others is a terrible public policy move that undermines the heart and spirit of true civil rights. What will make a difference are bold Senators, House Representatives and local leadership having community wide dialogs; creating a forum joining respected pro-gay activists, pastors and former homosexuals to assess the state of homosexual concerns for their area, each community assessing what they believe to be important issues and ways to increase greater civility and respect for all persons in each community. It is our prayer that true tolerance for everyone, including former homosexuals, will be fostered in these gatherings.
Every person deserves civility and dignity. All violence is hatred. Let us initiate dialog and speak against evil directed toward the gay identified community. At the same time, let us not let our good hearts and good intentions lead us to pass bad public policy.
Some of you who regularly read this blog go silent when I post stuff of this nature. I want to encourage you to add your comments. You don't have to engage those who don't particularly care for my point of view :).
Teacher reads 2nd-graders story about 'gay' wedding
"While two parents in Lexington, Mass., are upset about the fact their second-grade son was read a fantasy book in school about two princes getting married, what makes them even more angry is the fact the boy's teacher said because same-sex marriage is legal in their state there is no way a mother or father can opt out a child from such experiences. "- WorldNetDaily.com 19 Apr 2006
Groups unveil homosexuality school risk audit
"...the Southern Baptist Convention approved a version of a resolution that....urged parents and churches to investigate their local school districts...Linda Harvey of Mission America developed a survey instrument known as the "Risk Audit" to assist Christian organizations, churches and parents in determining whether their local school districts are placing children at risk by having clubs, programs, policies, or curricula that could influence children to regard homosexual behavior as an acceptable lifestyle."- Misssion America, 24 April, 2006
Day Of Truth” confronts the homosexual agenda
"Not content with their so-far stalled efforts to get "same-sex marriage" judicially imposed on America, the vanguard of sexual advocacy is now at work on a new strategy –- effacing any recognition of authentic marriage from textbooks, school materials and the minds of America’s children.
Calif. Senate Bill 1437 passed California’s Senate Judiciary Committee the first week of April, bound for a vote on the Senate floor. The bill, as currently conceived, would virtually rewrite the state’s history and social science textbooks to fit the conceits and demands of the homosexual legal agenda, laying the groundwork for gender-neutral school bathrooms and the elimination of all education material references to such “homophobic” terms as “mom and dad,” or “husband and wife.”- Alan Sears, Baptist Press, 24 Apr 2006
How homosexual school clubs offer sex to students
"...many times when a school tries to prevent a "GSA" from starting on campus, the American Civil Liberties Union or a similar legal group steps in. They will claim that students who prefer homosexuality have the right to this "viewpoint." Misapplying the federal "Equal Access Act," they will maintain that if other non-curricular clubs exist, then this type of club should exist, too. This, of course, ignores the prerogative of all schools to ban any activities that are per se harmful to kids and homosexuality is exactly that. But through framing it as a "viewpoint" and not a behavior, the ACLU manages to suppress the health risks – or get the school officials to do so. And in most cases, the schools and their boards will concede and cave. "-Linda Harvey, WorldNetDaily.com 25 Apr 2006
Wheaton College, Billy Graham's amla mater and the site of the 2002 Exodus Freedom Conference, welcomed Soulforce's 'Equality Ride' this week. From the Chicago Sun-Times:
"We're hopeful that God will manifest himself today, and that the truth will be revealed in meaningful discussion," College Provost Stan Jones told the equality riders. "We hope our students reflect well what our school is all about."
[Equality Ride's Jacob] Reitan told a reporter that he appreciated Wheaton College's hospitality, but he didn't want to sugarcoat Soulforce's visit.
"Wheaton is categorically different from most schools," he said. "Wheaton College not only expels students who practice homosexuality but who also affirm homosexuality. We do not believe that students should have to face this kind of discrimination."
"Sexual intimacy belongs with the confines of marriage," Jones said. "We don't single out homosexuals. But we do stand on historical and biblical Christian beliefs that have remained the same over the centuries."
It's great that the Riders are getting a chance to see for themselves that those who disagree with their beliefs don't actually hate them. Schools are also witnessing how developing a response that's uncompromising but also compassionate can really deconstruct the agenda at work here. While the reports on ER's website credit the hospitality demonstrated by Lee University as acceptance of their message, I suspect it probably had a little more to do with the fact that, just two days before, Scott Davis, David Fountain and I shared our stories and taught seminars for thousands of students and faculty. I'm not surprised that the result was a greater outpouring of love. When will they realize that hate doesn't come from us?
It doesn't always go so smoothly, though. At North Central University, the school prohibited Riders from entering school buildings.
Richard Lindsay [of Equality Ride] got the confrontation going. At the school’s cafeteria, he was denied permission to enter. Lindsay turned to a small crowd that had gathered, reading from Matthew 10:14-15, “If anyone will not welcome you or listen to your words, shake the dust off your feet when you leave that home or town.” Lindsay then announced, “Soulforce Equality Riders will go the Gospel one better.” And he sat, blocking the door. When asked what he meant by the statement, Lindsay said “Doing the Gospel one better simply meant sometimes love dictates that you must go beyond the limitations of the literal text, a message we have been trying to bring to all of these schools.”
Several other Riders followed suit and, as a result, were forcibly (not always gently) removed by security guards and students who wanted to get by. I don't think NCU handled the Riders as best they could, but I certainly don't agree with Reitan when he later said, "This is the meaning of redemptive suffering."
As Christians, we are not encouraged to "go beyond the limitations" of Scripture. Sometimes that means going without things we want, and other times giving up things we've learned to depend greatly upon. But that's what making Jesus Lord is really about; He let us know by using language like "take up your cross" and "let him deny himself and follow me." This is redemptive suffering, to give up who and what we think we are for the sake of knowing God. And if we stick with it, we come to realize that the idea we initially had about ourselves was misinformed.
"The full acting out of the self's surrender to God therefore demands pain: this action, to be perfect, must be done from the pure will to obey, in the absence, or in the teeth, of inclination." - C.S. Lewis
Our Friend Dr. Owens just released the following ...
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 20, 2006
Black Pastors Support Marriage Amendment
Coalition of African-American Pastors to take 100 Leaders to
MEMPHIS, TN-- William Owens, Founder and President of The Coalition of African-American Pastors, announced today that he will lead a group of 100 black pastors to Washington, DC, May 25, to rally support in Congress for the Federal Marriage Amendment and to discuss critical issues facing black . America
to know that as black leaders we are standing on our faith and not with a political party,” exclaimed Owens. America
According to Owens, despite a historic association with the Democratic Party, the black community has always been conservative about family values. In fact, Margaret Farr Young with Agape African Methodist Episcopal Church in
says polls show that over 70% of all African American support a federal marriage amendment. “We value family and share a strong faith in God and the teachings of the Gospel. Faith is non-partisan; it demands that we choose candidates who will distinguish between right and wrong in their political actions,” stressed Owens. The visit to Maryland by these black pastors will underscore the fact that righteousness and justice should be more important to black Americans than party affiliation. Washington
The press and some organizations have implied that African-American ministers who stand for natural marriage between one man and one woman are pawns of the Republican Party. “This is inaccurate. In the black community, it has been the tradition for politicians to go to ministers for advice. Today some ministers are going to politicians for advice rather than standing on the word of God,” stated Owens.
“I believe it is important for black pastors to organize and make this trip, so that there can be no doubt in the minds of anyone in America that we are standing up in support of what Scripture says on the issue of same-sex ’marriage,’ and that we are not doing it because we were asked to do it by any individual or political party. Scripture was here before we had any political parties and it is Scripture that is our foundation,” he emphasized.
Owens declared, “any politician of any party who does not take a position on moral issues that are consistent with Biblical principles does not deserve our vote, adding a person who does not stand for something will fall for anything.”
“We are living in a society where the public will tolerate immoral behavior, but doesn’t want to hear about our faith. Many want to ban faith from the public square, and we say ‘No, we will not allow our faith to be silenced’! We are going to
, and we want to face our Representatives and Senators and want them to tell us where they stand on the same-sex ‘marriage’ issue,” he proclaimed. Washington
Owens stated that a reporter asked him last week why the Federal Marriage Amendment is so important to African-Americans. “My answer was simple. Same-sex ‘marriage’ will destroy our families and our culture, and the black community has enough challenges already in holding our families together.”
The Coalition of African-American Pastors is a group of pastors and community leaders who are focused on bringing about positive change in their communities! We want to give a voice to the majority of African-Americans who share a belief in the importance of Faith and Family. For more
information about CAAP, visit the web page at http://www.caapusa.org/
Joe taped a program for HomeWord with Jim Burns which will air today (April 20 & April 21) . The program's title is A Man's Strategy for Defeating Sexual Addiction (Part 1 & 2), and discusses the concepts in his book The Game Plan.
The program can also be heard on-line at www.HomeWord.com up to two weeks after the broadcast date.
Attorney: Churches don't violate IRS code when supporting marriage amendments
"Gary McCaleb, senior counsel with the Christian legal group Alliance Defense Fund, said pastors can voice support for the amendments from the pulpit and churches can assist in petition drives without fear of reprisal from the Internal Revenue Service.
"In respect to their Internal Revenue Service tax exemption, they have a lot of liberty and leeway to support a ballot initiative," McCaleb told Baptist Press. "As long as what they do is an insubstantial amount of their total budget, they're pretty much free to do whatever they want in support or opposition to the ballot initiative."- MIchael Foust, Baptist Press, 19 Apr 2006 read more: http://www.bpnews.net/bpnews.asp?ID=23071
Shareholder's Proposal Urges Ford to Stop Pushing Homosexual 'Marriage'
"Late last year, a retired doctor from Alton, Illinois, named Robert Hurley penned a letter to Ford Motor Company's corporate secretary. In the letter Hurley informed company officials that he, as a Ford stockholder, intended to introduce a resolution at the annual shareholders' meeting that would forbid the automotive industry giant to promote homosexual marriage.
Ford, fearing homosexuals might boycott the company, asked the SEC to omit the resolution. However, the government agency denied the request. Therefore, the author of the resolution asserts, Ford officials will now be forced to deal with the issue.
"I think the more it can be discussed in the company and outside, the better because I think it's a significant issue," Hurley contends. "And it isn't just with Ford," he notes. "There are others who have similar written policies which really need to be streamlined and made non-preferential to any group's activities."- Allie Martin, Agape Press, 18 Apr 2006 read more:
Canadian Union Refuses Member’s Right to Oppose Gay “Marriage"
"The Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) has denied the request of Treasury Board employee Susan Comstock to divert her dues to a charity, a request she made on the grounds that PSAC’s open support of Bill C-38, the bill to legalize gay marriage, went against Ms. Comstock’s personal beliefs.
Although PSAC’s collective agreement contains a clause allowing a member to divert their dues to charity for reasons of religious or conscience, the union refused to grant Ms. Comstocks’ request, saying the clause did not apply to her."-Gundrun Schulz, LifeSiteNews.com, 19 Apr 2006 read more: http://www.lifesite.net/ldn/2006/apr/06041902.html
"The Massachusetts government heard testimony last week from a young Canadian woman, Dawn C. Stefanowicz who had been raised from infancy by her homosexual father and his various “partners” in a “gay” household. She told the Massachusetts Judiciary Committee that her life submerged in the homosexual subculture had left her scarred psychologically and morally...Describing her father’s homosexual lifestyle as a culture without “boundaries and principles of morality and monogamy,” Stefanowicz said her upbringing was characterized by confusion and lack of affection, domestic violence and sexual abuse."- Hilary White, LifeSiteNews.com, 19 Apr 2006 read more:
From PJ Media
Dutch Immigration and Integration Minister Rita Verdonk—who has higher political ambitions—temporarily halts the deportation of Iranian gay and Christian refugees, bowing to pressure from the greater portion of the Dutch Parliament. Pieter Dorsman: “The pre-existing notion that gays or Christians could somehow be safe in a nation like Iran is simply too absurd to seriously entertain…”
If you are Christian in Iran ... you get stoned to death.
If you have same sex attraction in Iran ... you get stoned to death
If you are a Christian who struggles with same sex attraction in Iran ... you get the point.
We have our "culture war" issues and battles over public policy here in the United States that are very important. Even so, we have the freedom to self-determine the course of our lives and how we identify. We have great freedom in what we can say and the course of our faith and worship. Often, here in the United States, we are not grateful for the freedom we have to discuss issues of faith and sexuality. In many parts of the world, those who are Christian and/or struggling with homosexuality are brutally tortured and murdered.
We must keep this in mind for perspective and seek out ways to intercede (prayer and other ways) for our Christian siblings and for those being murdered because of their sexual orientation.
Homophobia is not some off the cuff comment about Tinky Winky. Homophobia is what you see happening in Iran. I am grateful for the Dutch government finally giving asylum to those fleeing Iran. I pray that those who want to find Christ will and those who want to overcome homosexuality will be allowed their right to self-determine that path for their lives as well.
Note: The quote above lumps everyone with same sex attraction into a "gays" label. It must be noted that many with same sex attraction do not have to identify as gay nor adopt a gay defined worldview.
Liberty Counsel, PFOX Join Forces to Spread Truth About Homosexuality
"On the eve of the "Day of Silence" -- a nationwide pro-homosexual observance scheduled for April 26 -- the Orlando, Florida-based legal group Liberty Counsel and the national advocacy group Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays and Gays (PFOX) are conducting a joint effort called the "Change is Possible Campaign." This outreach focuses on public schools, which the two groups believe have been targeted by homosexual activists eager to promote their lifestyle to school children."- Allie Martin, Agape Press, 18 Apr 2006
Science and the bio-genesis of homosexuality
"ARISTOTLE warned that:“a small error at the outset can lead to great errors in the final conclusion”. This warning draws my attention to the current debate on homosexuality and especially to Mr. Douglas Anele’s contribution in the Sunday Vanguard of January 29. I would have allowed this esteemed philosopher, at least, to arrive at a conclusion. But to nip a progressing error in the bud, I had to put down these thoughts on paper. Furthermore, beauty and goodness might be estranged if Mr. Anele’s article is left without questioning. This statement finds its meaning at the conclusion."- Wilfred Chiwetalu, VANGUARD-Viewpoint, 18 Apr 2006
While the research cited in this article is dated. If new scientifically provable research has been done on hormonal and chromosonal changes providing different conclusions I am sure Ms.Chiwetalu would have provided them. The DMS 3 she stated was the latest APA statement on homosexuality and it was published in 1998. I therefore assume the research facts were used because they are the same research facts cited by Mr. Anele to support his position in his article of 29 Jan 2006. I have not linked to the article by Mr. Anele that Ms Chiwetalu refers to because it is archived on the VANGUARD site and a subscription is required to access it. -Nancy S Brown