Here is why I oppose the Equality Act

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A Chance for Christians and Liberty-Minded People to Stand Up against Tyranny

On 17 May 2019, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi will bring up the Equality Act (HR 5) to a vote. For the reasons outlined in the rest of this page, I hope that this measure fails magnanimously.

If implemented, the Equality Act would expand the definition of the word sex in the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to include “gender identity” and “sexual orientation” as legally protected classes. The result will unleash radical liberals to attack those whose faith teaches that marriage is only between one man and one woman and that sexual identity of male and female is a fixed, biological fact.

By government edict, business owners, employees, and customers alike will be subject to a radical LGBT agenda that would bend them in the following ways:

  • Churches would be required to marry same-sex couples.
  • Female business owners, customers, and employees would then be forced to share their privacy in restrooms and dressing rooms with men who claim to be women.
  • Health care providers and professionals would be forced to perform gender transition procedures (sex changes) and provide medical services (hormone therapy) that would violate their moral and religious convictions.
  • Amusement parks, recreation centers, skating rinks, and daycare centers, etc. will be forced to employ people whose values on sexuality deviates from those of the employer.
  • Adoption and foster care agencies will be forced to place children into same sex households and into homes of individuals suffering from gender confusion.
  • College sports programs would be required to allow men who identify as women to compete as women in sports competitions
  • College and professional sports stadiums would be required to open its restrooms to either sex.

The Democratic Party has clearly laid out their intent to force Christians into subjugation to radical sexual deviancy. The Party’s platform states, “We support a progressive vision of religious freedom that respects pluralism and rejects the misuse of religion to discriminate.”

The “progressive vision” of religious liberty for Democrats was recently made visible by Chai Feldblum, the former fixer for Micelle Obama and commissioner of the Obama administration’s Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Feldblum set the “progressive direction” of the Democratic Party through her statement (emphasis mine):

I’m having a hard time coming up with any case in which religious liberty should win… Sexual liberty should win in most cases. There can be a conflict between religious liberty and sexual liberty, but in almost all cases the sexual liberty should win because that’s the only way that the dignity of gay people can be affirmed in any realistic manner.

Here are some additional resources on the Equality Act that you can read and share with others:

Additionally, look back at this previous post here at the Mark 1:1 blog:

6 things Christians should watch

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#1 – Christians should be aware of cultural trends that weaken the weak

Lesbian Feminist Testifies Against the ‘Equality Act’

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A 2 April 2019 National Review article points to the words of lesbian feminist Julia Beck as she points out many of the things that Christians have regarding the Equality Act. Specifically, she points out many instances where the Equality Act will allow the blurring of lines that protect women.

On Tuesday Julia Beck testified against the Equality Act (H.R. 5) before the House Judiciary Committee. Beck is a lesbian who was booted out of the Baltimore LGBT Commission for describing a male transgender rapist as a male and saying that men can’t be lesbians.

Advocates of the Equality Act characterize it as anti-discrimination for LGBT people and a much-needed extension of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. Nearly 300 Democrats (and a few Republicans) support the bill. It is scheduled for hearings later this spring, and a vote this summer. It will likely pass the House, if not yet the Senate.

In her testimony, Beck said the law would mean that,

male rapists will go to women’s prisons and likely assault female inmates as has already happened in the U.K.; female survivors of rape will be unable to contest male presence in women’s shelters; men will dominate women’s sports — girls who would have taken first place will be denied scholastic opportunity; women who use male pronouns to talk about men may be arrested, fined, and banned from social media platforms; girls will stay home from school when they have their periods to avoid harassment by boys in mixed-space toilets; girls and women will no longer have a right to ask for female medical staff or intimate care providers, including elderly or disabled women who are at serious risk of sexual abuse; female security officers will no longer have the right to refuse to perform pat-downs or intimate searches of males who say they’re female and women undergoing security checks will no longer have the right to refuse having those security checks being performed by men claiming a feminine identity.

She pointed out that “everything I just listed is already happening, and it’s only going to get worse if gender identity is recognized in federal law.” And added, “I urge my fellow Democrats to wake up. Please acknowledge biological reality.”

(Read more at National Review)

Now that a recognized leader in the lesbian community has said the same thing that Christians (such as Tim Wildmon of the American Family Association) has been saying, maybe more people in government will start to take note.

Then again, maybe they will just sideline Ms. Beck just like they have sidelined Christians.

Still, with that said, what about the Christians who want to live out their faith despite aggressive attacks from liberal activists? What about Jack Phillips and his Masterpiece Cakeshop? What about the former owners of Sweet Cakes by Melissa? What about Barronelle Stutzman?

Rep. Nadler says that we cannot hide behind religion when discriminating against transgenders and homosexuals. Can this question be turned around? Have lesbians used their power with liberal states to persecute Christians? Is there equal representation under the law?

#2 – Christians should be aware that government doesn’t want to protect your children

Houston Library continues program after registered sex offender found in Drag Queen Storytime

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The Houston Chronicle tells of Alberto Garza in a 17 March 2010 article, a transgender who was convicted of abusing an 8-year-old boy has now been found participating in the Houston Public Library’s program that has transgenders reading to preschoolers. What can go wrong there?

Houston Public Library officials apologized Friday for failing to conduct a background check on a registered sex offender who read books to children at an event hosted by drag queens.

Albert Garza, a 32-year-old registered sex offender, participated in the program under the name Tatiana Mala-Niña, according to the conservative anti-LGBTQ group, MassResistance.

Library officials acknowledged in a statement Friday that Garza has “a criminal background that should have prevented him from participating” in the Drag Queen Storytime program, in which drag queens read books at the Freed-Montrose library.

Department of Public Safety records show Garza was convicted of aggravated sexual assault of an 8-year-old child in 2009, for which he received five years of probation and community supervision.

Mala-Niña did not respond to attempts Saturday to confirm her apparent criminal background.

“We assure you that this participant will not be involved in any future HPL programs,” the library’s statement reads. “…We deeply regret this oversight and the concern this may cause our customers. We realize this is a serious matter.”

(Read more at the Houston Chronicle)

Although many citizens of Houston’s Montrose would not be surprised to find that a transvestite who was reading to children at the public library was a registered sex offender, this is still a breach of the public trust. The sad thing is that it was not the Houston Public Library’s last breach of trust under this program.

Second Child Sex Offender Unmasked at Drag Queen Story Time, Houston Activists Say

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According to a 5 April 2019 article on PJ Media, a second child abuser discovered within the Houston Public Library Drag Queen program.

On Thursday, activist parents with MassResistance unmasked another child sex offender who greeted children at Drag Queen Story Time. According to local MassResistance leader Tracy Shannon, a drag performer with many aliases has sexually assaulted children and publicly recounted his history as a transgender dominatrix and prostitute for hire. His name has been redacted here because he was allegedly convicted for sexual assault against children at age 16, so his record has been sealed.

“We have another big reveal today at our press conference which will take place at 2 PM at the Freed Montrose Library,” Shannon announced in an email. “Due to this individual using multiple aliases and having moved around a lot it was hard to nail down his identity but we finally connected the dots. We found his name a few days ago but trying to find some affirmation and photos was like looking for a needle in a haystack of social media postings.”

“Once we affirmed the identity we ran background checks and found the record. We will reveal all at 2 PM Central time at our press conference,” she added. She also excoriated the Houston Public Library (HPL) system for allowing child sex offenders to greet children.

At the conference, “MassResistance will demand an audit of the entire HPL background checks vs volunteer applications to see how many have experienced an ‘oversight’ and how many sex offenders have been allowed to participate in children’s programming at the libraries in Houston. We will also be demanding a city ordinance that requires background checks for all city-sanctioned programs for children when we have our press conference.”

Shannon sent PJ Media the research document outlining how MassResistance uncovered this second alleged sex offender.

She connected the man to an article at About Online recalling experiences in “sex work” as a “professional dominatrix.” At the beginning, the anonymous author admitted, “I had tried for so many years to alleviate my depression and dysphoria through random sex, I had lost track of how many partners I’ve had.” This eased the transition from “sex work” to becoming a transgender prostitute and porn actor.

(Read more at PJ Media)

Hat tip: Frank and Freeda Blunt, Trigger Reset

Hopefully, this will be the last breach of trust for the Houston Public Library for a while.

We must protect children and others who are incapable of protecting themselves. Allowing preditors, whether in the library or in the church, does not cut it. We need to either stay with them or know those in whom we trust our children.

#3 – Christians should know that most powers want to shut us up

From Baylor to Yale, Free Speech for Christians Is Dying, and Ted Cruz Wants Some Answers

As made evident in a 5 April 2019 Christian Broadcasting Network article, even liberals on Christian campuses are threatened by Christian speakers coming with messages that other crowds of Christians want to hear.

Freedom of speech is under fire now possibly more than ever on college campuses as this fundamental American freedom is being stripped from students, professors, and even public speakers.

Examples of threats to free speech continue to roll in across the nation, especially for Christians and conservatives and their biblical stand on issues.

Even at a Christian university in the Bible belt, free speech is at risk. Some at Baylor University in Texas are trying to stop Matt Walsh, a Christian author and blogger, from speaking on campus.

Walsh was invited by Baylor’s Young Americans for Freedom chapter to give a speech titled, “The War on Reality: Why the Left Has Set out to Redefine Life, Gender, and Marriage.”

It didn’t sit well with some students and so they circulated a petition to stop him from speaking on the topic from a biblical perspective.

The petition accuses Walsh of spreading “harmful hate speech.” Some students even vandalized posters advertising the event.

Walsh took to Twitter saying he simply wants to express a point of view, is trying to have a good sense of humor about the protest, and is asking students to try to have a rational dialogue with him.

Organizers say the event, scheduled for April 9, is now sold out.

A second recent case involves Yale Law School saying students who work for Christian groups supporting biblical teaching on marriage being between one man and one woman will no longer receive school financial support.

The controversy erupted when an attorney with Alliance Defending Freedom was invited to speak on campus about Christian baker Jack Phillips who, for religious reasons, declined to make a wedding cake for a gay couple.

A number of Yale’s liberal groups, including the LGBTQ advocacy group the “Outlaws” protested the speech and the school’s financial help to conservative students.

Yale responded by pulling the funding for students who follow their biblical beliefs.

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz (R) is now involved. He sent a letter to the dean of the Yale Law School saying its new policy is “transparently discriminatory” and intended to “blacklist Christian organizations.” Cruz has threatened legal action.

(Read more at the Christian Broadcasting Network)

It would seem that a number of liberals have flocked to the private institutions founded by religious groups (like Baylor, which is currently at least partially funded by the Southern Baptist Convention). Therefore, it seems that Christians have been tolerant of liberals who moved into their halls of learning. However, it also seems that those same liberals cannot be tolerant of Christians.

#4 – Christians should watch for politicians who try to pander to the crowd

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Melts Down over Criticism of Fake Accent

This Breitbart article highlights both the extremes of pandering that the Democrats have fallen to and the degree of pain they feel upon being called out for that pandering.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) responded to criticism for her patronizing use of a fake accent in front of a black audience in the usual manner — crybabying.

The not-terribly-bright socialist was caught on video Friday patronizing the mostly black audience with a fake southern drawl at Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network conference.

The humiliating video quickly made the rounds on social media, earning the criticism and ridicule it deserved.

The video is as shocking as it is excruciating. All of a sudden, the Westchester socialist, who is famous for her Jerry the Mouse voice, starts talking like a black preacher.

“This is what organizing looks like. This is what building power looks like,” Ocasio-Crazy said with her affected cadence. “This is what changing the country looks like. It’s when we choose to show up and occupy the room and talk about the things that matter most, talking about our future.”

“Ain’t nothing wrong with that. There’s nothing wrong with working retail, folding clothes for other people to buy,” she continued. “There is nothing wrong with preparing the food that your neighbors will eat. There is nothing wrong with driving the buses that take your family to work”:

The moment is reminiscent of two-time presidential loser Hillary “Hot Sauce” Clinton’s similar attempt to condescend to a predominantly black audience with her “Ain’t No Ways Tired” remarks in 2007:

(Read more at Breitbart)

#5 – Christians should know that apostasy is growing in the “Church”

The Swedish Church Creates LGBTQ View of the Bible for Children, Identifies Jesus as ‘Queer’

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One 5 April 2019 Christian Broadcasting Network article shows that one diocese of the Church of Sweden has published a guide stating that Christ was homosexual.

The Diocese of Västerås, a division of the Church of Sweden, is now giving away an LGBTQ guide for “Christian queer kids.” Bible-believing Christians may be stunned to hear that this extreme guide describes Jesus as “queer” and Joseph as transvestite.

No, this isn’t just some radical college course about the Bible. This is coming from the actual Church of Sweden.

The church, which identifies as Protestant, has created what it calls a “survival guide” for LGBTQ youth. A Swedish news site, Nya DagBladet, states the church’s guide contains definitions and concepts, a bit about the Bible and LGBTQ, as well as Bible stories that it claims are related to LGBTQ people.

The guide goes on to contradict Scripture by stating the Bible is actually not against homosexuality, implying scriptures dealing with it are actually about exploitation or rape. Click Here to see what the Bible actually says about homosexuality.

(Read more at the Christian Broadcasting Network)

#6 – Christians should know that the groups that spew hate aren’t going away

‘Hate-Filled, Anti-Christian, Anti-Conservative Organization’: Why the SPLC Has Been Given an ‘F’ by Charity Watch

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A 4 April 2019 article at the Christian Broadcasting Network points out the vehemence of the attacks by the SPLC.

More than 25 Christian and conservative leaders have signed a letter to the CEO’s of Facebook, Twitter, Google and Amazon, urging them to end any working relationships with the Southern Poverty Law Center.

The SPLC has notoriously listed Christian and conservative groups as hate groups.

“It is now clear that the SPLC has proven to be a hate-filled, anti-Christian, anti-conservative organization and nothing more than a weapon of the radical Left, whose goal is to bully people into compliance with their ideology,” the letter states. “Fail to comply with their demands, and you will be labeled as a hate group or an extremist.”

The Family Research Council is one group the SPLC has put in that hate group category for its Biblical beliefs and defense of traditional marriage. Others like the Alliance Defending Freedom and Prager University have also been targeted.

And this letter may be just the beginning of the SPLC’s worries. Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) is calling on the IRS to investigate the non-profit and review its tax exempt status.

“They’ve really become kind of a hate group themselves,” Cotton told Fox News’ Tucker Carlson. “Serial repeated defamation against what you see as a political opponent is not a tax exempt purpose.”

The SPLC has a reported $500 million in assets with a good chunk of that in offshore accounts.

(Read more at Christian Broadcasting Network)

When you also consider that the leadership of the SPLC left under the cloud of mistreatment, sexual harassment, gender discrimination, and racism, you would not know it from the virtual silence among the mainstream media outlets.

Additionally, you would not know that the current leader of the SPLC (Tina Tchen) has close ties to the Obama administration — including Greg Craig — and the Council on American-Islamic Relations (an unindicted co-conspirator in the Holy Land Foundation case). What do we here about this? Do we even hear crickets out of the media?

 

What do these two cases have in common?


Democrat enabler of a pedophile

Leading Democrat provides a visa to a Muslim pedophile.

As the story goes, following Trump’s initial travel ban on 7 terrorist-producing nations (which actually was an extension of Obama’s ban on travel from the same 7 nations), one Islamic athlete from India procured the help of House minority leader Chuckie Schumer in getting a visa.  That is, as a result of his appeal to Mr. Schumer, this athlete did get his desired visa to the USA and was allowed into our country.  However, it turned out that there were four problems with the whole situation:

  1. He was traveling from India, a country that was not blocked by Trump’s travel ban.
     
  2. The athlete and his coach had been denied visas 10 days before Trump’s order was issued. In fact, both were in the USA when the order went into effect.
     
  3. After the hold on the visas was released, the athlete engaged “in a passionate kiss with a 12-year-old girl and there was touching in an ‘intimate area over the clothes’ ” (as stated by the police report).
     
  4. Although no records can be found by this blogger on why the athlete’s visa was delayed in India, it was noted by the officials in charge of the sporting event that:

    the visas for the pair “would not have been issued without the personal efforts” of Schumer and New York’s other Democratic senator, Kirsten Gillibrand,” confirmed the arrest, expressing “full faith in the American law.””

Therefore, it seems that the efforts of Democrats allowed a pedophile entry to the USA just because both the pedophile athlete and the Democrats were so eager to make political hay and thereby hurt President Trump.

Admittedly, there are cultural differences between Muslim-majority Kashmir and the USA.  The USA does not have bacha bazi (boy play) or the level of flesh trade of young girls.  Still, we can thank Chuckie for importing this.

Chuckie might then counter that a growing number (from 0.9% in 2010 to 1% in 2015) of Muslims have entered our nation and those people likely approve of behavior current Americans resist. More specifically, he might point out that the number of people accepting of child marriage (such as the marriage of a twelve-year-old girl to a 80-year-old man) has been steadily growing.

However, why wouldn’t the acceptance of child marriage be growing when one considers that the central character of their religion (their Prophet Muhammad) is reported in numerous Islamic texts to have married a 6-year-old girl?

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A Canadian Imam professes “Muslims will kill all Jews”

Commentator Pamela Geller starts by quoting the Quran in her 12 March 2017 comment and video:

“Muhammad said it: “Abu Huraira reported Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) as saying: The last hour would not come unless the Muslims will fight against the Jews and the Muslims would kill them until the Jews would hide themselves behind a stone or a tree and a stone or a tree would say: Muslim, or the servant of Allah, there is a Jew behind me; come and kill him; but the tree Gharqad would not say, for it is the tree of the Jews.” (Sahih Muslim 6985)

Muhammad said it. Why should anyone expect imams in Toronto or anywhere else not to preach it?”

Specifically, this imam says (as translated from Arabic by http://www.hadithcollection.com):

“Ibn ‘Umar reported Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) as saying: You will fight against the Jews and you will kill them until even a stone would say: Come here, Muslim, there is a Jew (hiding himself behind me); kill him.

Ubaidullah has reported this hadith with this chain of transmitters (and the Words are): “There is a Jew behind me.”

Abdullah b. ‘Umar reported Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) as saying: You and the Jews would fight against one another until a stone would say: Muslim, here is a Jew behind me; come and kill him.

Abdullah b. ‘Umar reported that Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) said: The Jews will fight against you and you will gain victory over them until the stone would say: Muslim, here is a Jew behind me; kill him.

Abu Huraira reported Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) as saying: The last hour would not come unless the Muslims will fight against the Jews and the Muslims would kill them until the Jews would hide themselves behind a stone or a tree and a stone or a tree would say: Muslim, or the servant of Allah, there is a Jew behind me; come and kill him; but the tree Gharqad would not say, for it is the tree of the Jews….”

For all the Democrats and neo-libs cannot answer the question posed at the top of this post, the answer is “the fundamental strain of Muslims who do not accept Western ideas on sexuality and coexistence.

A Plea to base Life-changing Decisions for Dependent Children on Facts


The American College of Pediatrics reminds us that enforcing transgender ideology on children is child abuse

In an updated statement made during January 2017, the American College of Pediatrics urged pediatricians and practitioners to remember that facts, not ideology, determine reality and that chemical and surgical efforts to circumvent nature will cause irreparable harm.

“The American College of Pediatricians urges healthcare professionals, educators and legislators to reject all policies that condition children to accept as normal a life of chemical and surgical impersonation of the opposite sex. Facts – not ideology – determine reality.

  1. Human sexuality is an objective biological binary trait: “XY” and “XX” are genetic markers of male and female, respectively – not genetic markers of a disorder. The norm for human design is to be conceived either male or female. Human sexuality is binary by design with the obvious purpose being the reproduction and flourishing of our species. This principle is self-evident. The exceedingly rare disorders of sex development (DSDs), including but not limited to testicular feminization and congenital adrenal hyperplasia, are all medically identifiable deviations from the sexual binary norm, and are rightly recognized as disorders of human design. Individuals with DSDs (also referred to as “intersex”) do not constitute a third sex.1
     
  2. No one is born with a gender. Everyone is born with a biological sex. Gender (an awareness and sense of oneself as male or female) is a sociological and psychological concept; not an objective biological one. No one is born with an awareness of themselves as male or female; this awareness develops over time and, like all developmental processes, may be derailed by a child’s subjective perceptions, relationships, and adverse experiences from infancy forward. People who identify as “feeling like the opposite sex” or “somewhere in between” do not comprise a third sex. They remain biological men or biological women.2,3,4
     
  3. A person’s belief that he or she is something they are not is, at best, a sign of confused thinking. When an otherwise healthy biological boy believes he is a girl, or an otherwise healthy biological girl believes she is a boy, an objective psychological problem exists that lies in the mind not the body, and it should be treated as such. These children suffer from gender dysphoria. Gender dysphoria (GD), formerly listed as Gender Identity Disorder (GID), is a recognized mental disorder in the most recent edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of the American Psychiatric Association (DSM-V).5 The psychodynamic and social learning theories of GD/GID have never been disproved.2,4,5
     
  4. Puberty is not a disease and puberty-blocking hormones can be dangerous. Reversible or not, puberty- blocking hormones induce a state of disease – the absence of puberty – and inhibit growth and fertility in a previously biologically healthy child.6
     
  5. According to the DSM-V, as many as 98% of gender confused boys and 88% of gender confused girls eventually accept their biological sex after naturally passing through puberty.5
     
  6. Pre-pubertal children who use puberty blockers to impersonate the opposite sex will require cross-sex hormones in late adolescence. This combination leads to permanent sterility. These children will never be able to conceive any genetically related children even via artificial reproductive technology. In addition, cross-sex hormones (testosterone and estrogen) are associated with dangerous health risks including but not limited to cardiac disease, high blood pressure, blood clots, stroke, diabetes, and cancer.7,8,9,10,11
     
  7. Rates of suicide are nearly twenty times greater among adults who use cross-sex hormones and undergo sex reassignment surgery, even in Sweden which is among the most LGBTQ – affirming countries.12 What compassionate and reasonable person would condemn young children to this fate knowing that after puberty as many as 88% of girls and 98% of boys will eventually accept reality and achieve a state of mental and physical health?
     
  8. Conditioning children into believing a lifetime of chemical and surgical impersonation of the opposite sex is normal and healthful is child abuse. Endorsing gender discordance as normal via public education and legal policies will confuse children and parents, leading more children to present to ‘gender clinics’ where they will be given puberty-blocking drugs. This, in turn, virtually ensures they will ‘choose’ a lifetime of carcinogenic and otherwise toxic cross-sex hormones, and likely consider unnecessary surgical mutilation of their healthy body parts as young adults.”
     

(For the doctors’ clarifications and end notes, refer to the American College of Pediatrics)

Since we are called to be the protectors of children, it sounds like it is high time that we assume that mantle.

Note that this article does not present a prohibition for adults to take their own path. While I don’t agree with this lifestyle, if God does not force conformation, neither will I.

Additionally, this is not a condemnation of either children or adults that feel this compunction.  As far as the adults who feel this compunction, they will have to wait for another article.  This is about the needs of children.  For the children who feel this compunction, we must work to protect them.

From this point, this article points out the irreparable harm by well-meaning people who administer body-altering chemicals to young bodies.  Additionally, it points out the coercive effects of our educational and media outlets with their current trajectories of thought.  Therefore, we must be aware of these powers (to damage a child based on the child’s current feelings) and these forces (of media and the education establishment).  With these things in mind, we must work toward the best interests of the child.

The Innocence of a Baby’s Prayers


This second baby prayer video can be found at JumbleJoy.

A Baby’s Prayers

When a child repeats a prayer while under the gaze of a parent, that prayer may be offered to please the parent.  However, when the child prays while alone, that child has started to cement her (or his) own relationship with God.

After putting their baby daughter to bed, the Whitts heard noises in the baby’s room.  On further inspection, the noise turned out to be the prayers of their daughter.

And He called a child to Himself and set him before them, and said, “Truly I say to you, unless you are converted and become like children, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever then humbles himself as this child, he is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 18:2-4 NASB)

Babies are just about as humble as people can be. They know that they must depend on others for food. They reach out their arms when they seek to be carried.

In the video above, the baby asks for God’s blessings on those who care for her (mom, dad, Santa, …).

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:6-7 NASB)

We should all note something that separates our prayer from the prayer of this baby: there is no anxious tone in the baby’s voice. Additionally, I doubt that the baby followed up this prayer with anxious attempts to fulfill the requests on her own.

Train up a child in the way he should go, Even when he is old he will not depart from it. (Proverbs 22:6 NASB)

You shall teach them to your sons, talking of them when you sit in your house and when you walk along the road and when you lie down and when you rise up. (Deuteronomy 11:19 NASB)

With my limited knowledge of this baby, I can still say that her parents seem to have fulfilled the commandments of these verses.

How Gay Marriage Could Effect Children, our Rights, and Christian Colleges


 

Mental Problems More Likely for Kids of Gay Parents

According to the following 16 Feb 2015 report by the Christian Broadcast Network, a study conducted by sociologist and priest Donald Sullins of the Catholic University of America and conducted on 512 American children raised by same-sex couples found that mental problems occur more frequently with children within homes headed by same-sex couples.  More specifically, using 8 out of 12 standard psychological measurements, the study found:

  • Children with same-sex parents had over twice as many mental and emotional problems
    • Seventeen percent of the children with same-sex parents had serious problems
    • Seven percent of children with opposite-sex parents had serious problems
  • Developmental problems also increased among children of same-sex couples
    • Fifteen percent of children with same-sex parents had ADHD
    • Seven percent of children with a mother and father had ADHD
  • Similar results were shown for learning disabilities

The Witherspoon Institute reports that bullying was eliminated as a factor, because the children from both types of families reported similar levels of bullying.

Read more at Newsbusters (regarding the lack of media coverage) and the Heritage Foundation (regarding flawed earlier studies).

Daughter of Lesbians: ‘The Kids Are Not Alright’

In this 28 Apr 2015 report by the Christian Broadcasting Network, Heather Barwick and Katy Faust were said to have filed a friend of the court brief before the Supreme Court due to the fact that they felt were harmed by having been raised without both a father and a mother.

“While we love and cherish our mothers, we feel it’s imperative that we bring to the court’s attention the impact that redefining marriage will have on children like us.

We oppose gay marriage on the grounds that it violates children’s rights and cannot provide children with the most foundational building blocks for child development – a mother and father living with and loving them.”

Similarly, Brandi Walton wrote The Kids Are Not Alright: A Lesbian’s Daughter Speaks Out to express the point of view of an adult daughter of a same-sex couple.

How Gay Marriage Can Kill First Amendment Rights

Eric Metaxas Details Its Destruction of Free Speech and Religious Freedom in Canada

In his 26 June 2012 submission to Breakpoint, Eric Metaxas described how same-sex marriage proponents in Canada stifled the free speech and religious rights of any people who disagreed:

“The handwriting is on the wall in Canada, which legalized same-sex ‘marriage’ in 2005, in effect completely changing its true meaning. Since then, as Michael Coren notes in National Review Online, ‘there have been between 200 and 300 proceedings … against critics and opponents of same-sex marriage.’ Of course he means legal proceedings.

For instance, in Saskatchewan, a homosexual man called a state marriage commissioner, wanting to “marry” his partner. The commissioner, an evangelical Christian, declined to conduct the ceremony for religious reasons. He simply referred the man to another commissioner.

But that was not enough for the gay couple. Even though they got their ceremony, they wanted to punish the Christian who had declined to conduct it. The case ended up in the courts. And the result? Those with religious objections to conducting such ceremonies now face the loss of their jobs.”

Additionally, this pattern of suppression of free speech and religious rights began occurring in America during 2014 with the cases of Jack Phillips and others.

How Gay Marriage Could Hurt Christian Colleges

In a 28 April 2015 Washington Post article, Sarah Baily quoted an exchange between Justice Alito and Solicitor General Donald B. Verrilli Jr., who was arguing for the same-sex couples on behalf of the Obama administration:

Justice Alito: Well, in the Bob Jones case, the Court held that a college was not entitled to tax­ exempt status if it opposed interracial marriage or interracial dating. So would the same apply to a university or a college if it opposed same­-sex marriage?

General Verrilli: You know, ­­I don’t think I can answer that question without knowing more specifics, but it’s certainly going to be an issue. I don’t deny that. I don’t deny that, Justice Alito. It is – it is going to be an issue.

Therefore, by the admission of Solicitor General Verrilli, tax-free status may be revoked for colleges that refuse to perform same-sex weddings.

Churches May Be Pushed Out Financially Due to Their Opposition to Gay Marriage

By the same line of reasoning applied by Justice Alito to colleges and by the example provided by Canada, it is not hard to see how churches might be bankrupt by lawsuits and the denial of tax-free status.