#1 – Christians should be aware of cultural trends that weaken the weak
Lesbian Feminist Testifies Against the ‘Equality Act’
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
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
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)
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.
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Christian Today (@ChristianToday) April 09, 2019
#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’
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
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?
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Temet Nosce a.k.a. An ADOS (@TreyTheQuota) March 25, 2019