For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. (Ephesians 6:12 NASB)
- Illinois school district rules transgender students have unrestricted access to bathrooms
The Daily Caller reported in a 18 November 2019 article that a Chicago-area school district has decided to allow biological males who have determined themselves to be females to have full access to the changing areas and bathrooms for females.
An Illinois school district ruled Thursday that transgender students will have unrestricted access to bathrooms of their choice.
A school district held a meeting at Palatine High School in northwest Illinois where board members voted to give unrestricted locker room and restroom access to transgender students, the Chicago station WGN9 reported. The board voted for the decision in a meeting attended by almost 500 people.
“Students shall be treated and supported in a manner consistent with their gender identity, which shall include students having access to restrooms and locker rooms that correspond to their gender identity,” the updated school policy states, according to WGN9.
The decision came after four years of controversy between parents, students, and the board. The Department of Education ruled in 2015 that the district where the high school is located, District 211, violated federal law by banning a student from using the girls’ locker room, according to Advocate. The district eventually said the student could use the girls’ locker room, prompting outrage and lawsuits from parents and students represented by the Alliance Defending Freedom.
Parents and students spoke out who were worried about their children’s privacy ahead of the ruling. But transgender students also spoke up, saying the school was impeding students by not allowing them to use the bathroom of their choice.
“The district should be helping transgender students, not putting more obstacles in front of them, because they face enough already,” said Palatine High School senior Mandy Logan, according to WGN9.
(Read more at the Daily Caller)
Look at the pictures. There will be 10 signs against mixing the bathrooms and 1 supporting. It is time to remove children from the tyranny of the minority.
It is time to support funding the child rather than funding the broken system.
We need to remove our children from the broken government-run schools where socialism is taught, math does not get taught, and radical left concepts (like LGBTQ ideology) have been enforced.
Additionally, when we are moving our children to new schools, we need to make certain that the new school (and ourselves) teach absolute truth. This is opposed to relativistic, change-as-it-needs-be truth that has become the mainstay of American education. We need to ensure that the truth (not “my truth” or “your truth”) finds itself center stage at the new school. Likewise, as parents, we need to provide spiritual leadership on the absolute truth of the Bible.
- Let’s be clear: What Pete Buttigieg preaches isn’t Christianity
God’s Word tells us, “But even if we, or an angel from heaven, should preach to you a gospel contrary to what we have preached to you, he is to be accursed!” (Galatians 1:8 NASB)
Therefore, we have to consider with clear thought the perspectives of OneNewsNow when they point out that the preaching of Pete Buttigieg does not fall within Christianity.
Manipulating God’s word, twisting it, misinterpreting and misapplying it, presenting a false gospel in the name of Jesus, have alarmingly become Mayor Pete’s niche in this campaign – and it deserves universal censure and rebuke.
I’m fine with the fact that I disagree with South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg on virtually every political issue. We can debate those.
Even though as a Hoosier myself, I am more intimately aware of the mismanaged manure pile his administration has produced, I know that can be endured and fixed.
I am annoyed by his politically-motivated doublespeak regarding Vice President Mike Pence – claiming a positive working relationship with the “nice” Vice President, before sharpening his tongue to stab him as a “fanatical” homophobe when it was expedient. But I can tolerate that as standard political backstabbing.
Where I personally draw the line with Mayor Pete, however, is his persistent, naked attempts to hijack the Holy Spirit-inspired Scriptures for his own personal gain.
Pete Buttigieg (dark bkgrd)Manipulating God’s word, twisting it, misinterpreting and misapplying it, presenting a false gospel in the name of Jesus, have alarmingly become Buttigieg’s niche in this campaign. And it deserves universal censure and rebuke. If not from Americans at large, at least from Christians.
As a Christ-follower, my people are His people. My primary citizenship is in His kingdom. My principal concern is the propagation of, and fidelity to, His truth. And since Mayor Buttigieg has chosen to make the central focus of his presidential campaign this effort to misrepresent the Word of God to a watching world, I’ll happily go on record issuing a full-throated and unequivocal condemnation.
In a recent interview with Rolling Stone, Buttigieg declared,
“There’s simply no way that a literal understanding of Scripture can fit into the Bible that I find in my hands. Jesus speaks so often in hyperbole and parable, in mysterious code.”
To anyone who takes Scripture seriously, this was a jarringly incoherent thought. Biblical scholars – including unbelieving ones – understand that far from any “mysterious code,” Jesus of Nazareth employed the use of parables in His teachings to ensure the lessons would be within the grasp of even a child. Buttigieg’s confusion on that point is either insincere for convenience sake or frighteningly revealing about his lack of exposure to the biblical text.
The Bible itself is a remarkably broad compilation of ancient texts that employ a wide range of genres. There are proscriptive texts as well as descriptive ones. There is poetry, personification, parable – and as any academic worth his salt will affirm, context doesn’t reflexively prevent “literal understanding” of a text.
What this intellectually silly statement does do, however, is reveal precisely why Mayor Pete swings so wildly and misses so badly when he attempts to speak from a position of biblical authority: he doesn’t understand or even appear to want to understand the Bible.
What he wants is what all human nature wants: to justify acting on his own urges and desires.
Mayor Pete wants to justify acting on his own same-sex desire and urge to be with another man romantically. So despite the objective condemnation of such relationships in Scripture, Buttigieg “contextually” erases such prohibition and declares,
“My marriage to Chasten has made me a better man. And yes…it has moved me closer to God.”
Mayor Pete wants to justify his own politically-motivated support for abortion. So despite the objective Scriptural affirmation of the inviolability of life in the womb, Buttigieg cherry-picks the singular account of God animating the first human by breathing life into his lungs, and irresponsibly extrapolates outward to say,
“[T]here’s [sic] so many parts of the Bible that associate the beginning of life with breath that there’s plenty of scriptural basis to reach different conclusions about that.”
Mayor Pete wants to justify his own goodness and promote himself a man of merited self-righteousness.
(Read more at OneNewsNow)
Christians need to imitate the Bereans and search the Word
In Acts 17:10-11, we find a positive report of some new believers when Paul writes:
The brethren immediately sent Paul and Silas away when they arrived, they went into the synagogue of the Jews. Now these were more noble-minded than those in Thessalonica, for they received the word with great eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see whether these things were so. (Acts 17:10-11 NASB)
Like these people, we need to search the Old and New Testament. We need to know God’s commands to protect orphans and widows (since children and the weak, as would be include in orphans and widows, find themselves more vulnerable to the workings of the sex trade — which seems too well associated with the LGBTQ agenda). Hence, we might see how the following verses might apply to those made vulnerable by this agenda.
You shall not afflict any widow or orphan. If you afflict him at all, and if he does cry out to Me, I will surely hear his cry; (Exodus 22:22-23 NASB)
You have seen it, for You have beheld mischief and vexation to take it into Your hand. The unfortunate commits himself to You; You have been the helper of the orphan. (Psalms 10:14 NASB)
A father of the fatherless and a judge for the widows, Is God in His holy habitation. God makes a home for the lonely; He leads out the prisoners into prosperity, Only the rebellious dwell in a parched land. (Psalms 68:5-6 NASB)
The Lord protects the strangers; He supports the fatherless and the widow, But He thwarts the way of the wicked. (Psalms 146:9 NASB)
Open your mouth for the mute, For the rights of all the unfortunate. Open your mouth, judge righteously, And defend the rights of the afflicted and needy. (Proverbs 31:8-9 NASB)
Learn to do good; Seek justice, Reprove the ruthless, Defend the orphan, Plead for the widow. (Isaiah 1:17 NASB)
Honor widows who are widows indeed; (1 Timothy 5:3 NASB)
Pure and undefiled religion in the sight of our God and Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained by the world. (James 1:27 NASB)
Although these verses focus on widows and orphans, the thought centers on the helpless. In our secular schools, all students are helpless in the hands of these powers.
- Atheist group issues a shocking complaint against Kanye’s Texas prison visit
The Christian Broadcasting Network reports that the Freedom From Religion Foundation has made some odd demands of the Houston Police Chief after a Kayne West concert at the jail.
A notorious atheist lobby group has issued a complaint to the Texas Sheriff responsible for allowing Kanye West into the Harris County Jail for an impromptu worship service.
The Freedom From Religion Foundation has urged Sheriff Ed Gonzales that this type of religious gathering must not happen again, after the Gonzales himself referred to it as a “church service” on Twitter.
Ed Gonzalez (@SheriffEd_HCSO) November 16, 2019
Kanye West’s Sunday Service was Held in Houston’s Harris County Jail Today https://t.co/16ceJJSMAg—
(@Shtreetwear) November 16, 2019
“The Supreme Court has said time and again that the First Amendment ‘mandates governmental neutrality between religion and religion, and between religion and nonreligion,’” FFRF Director of Strategic Response Andrew L. Seidel explained in the letter. “By organizing what you admit to be a worship service, you crossed this line.”
FFRF added that Gonzales “has been elected to a secular office and to uphold a secular Constitution” and “cannot use that public office to promote his personal religion, even if it happens to be a religion Kanye West shares.”
The alleged “constitutional violation” was “egregious,” said FFRF, “because it imposed religious views on inmates — literally a captive audience — who have a deep and immediate interest in being seen favorably by the jail staff.”
In comments made following Kanye’s appearance, Gonzales told KHOU 11 that the whole occasion was “very uplifting,” noting that many of the inmates experienced God in a powerful way. “You can see some who were down on their knees in prayer – to even some of our teammates who were brought to tears,” he said.
(Read more at the Christian Broadcasting Network)
Considering that the jail mess hall holds fewer than the total incarcerated, attendance could not have been mandatory.
Despite what the people at the Freedom From Religion Foundation believe, only people at the Houston who chose to attend the concert were there. Nobody was forced.
Although nobody who was in the jail was allowed passes to leave the jail during the concert, surely other options were available to the inmates.
- Message to Chick-fil-A: Say what you want – but you caved
Just to clear the air, OneNewsNow points out that the Chick-Fil-A issue was a relinquishing of ideals.
Chick-fil-A continues to have people scratching their heads over a decision to change its philanthropic structure.
“That was a gut punch when Chick-fil-A decided to compromise on its values,” says David Almasi of the National Center for Public Policy Research. “It’s something that’s going to hurt the chain more than it’s going to help it, despite what they say.”
On November 18, 2019, the Chick-fil-A Foundation, which is the corporate foundation of Chick-fil-A, Inc., announced it “will no longer make multiyear commitments and will reassess its philanthropic partnerships annually to allow maximum impact. These partners could include faith-based and non-faith-based charities.” (See related article from OneNewsNow)
Two of these partners have been The Salvation Army and Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA). Liberal activists and organizations have expressed concerns that those ministries are “anti-LGBTQ.” It was for this reason that a majority of San Antonio City Council members voted to pull a contract with Chick-fil-A to put a restaurant in the San Antonio Airport. LGBTQ activists and organizations have also expressed concerns about Chick-fil-A’s expansion efforts in the U.S., Canada, and the UK.
Thursday, in a Facebook post, evangelist Franklin Graham shared details of a phone call he had with Chick-fil-A CEO Dan Cathy, son of Chick-fil-A founder Truett Cathy:
“Dan was very clear that they have not bowed down to anyone’s demands, including the LGBTQ community. They will continue to support whoever they want to support. They haven’t changed who they are or what they believe. Chick-fil-A remains committed to Christian values. Dan Cathy assured me that this isn’t going to change.”
But Almasi doesn’t buy it.
“The president and the COO, who is not a member of the Cathy family, made the comment when this was announced that ‘as we go into new markets, we need to be clear about who we are,’ – and by saying that ‘who we are’ is someone who is going to change their giving priorities at this time is kind of playing their hand and showing that they are giving in to cancel culture,” Almasi argues.
“That was the thing that was so great about Chick-fil-A,” he adds. “It was refreshing to see a corporation that didn’t give into the leftist pressure campaigns, [but] that’s what they did – no matter what they say.”
Appeasement of bullies ‘will not work’
A pro-family activist who works to expose the truth about homosexuality says the fast-food giant is making a huge mistake by appeasing radical LGBT bullies.
“Already the homosexual lobby is demanding that Chick-fil-A establish a non-discrimination policy at its company,” says Peter LaBarbera, founder and president of Americans for Truth About Homosexuality.
“They’re going to demand that Chick-fil-A sign onto the HRC Corporate Equality Index with its radical agenda for corporations. They’re not going to let go of Chick-fil-A; they are the political bullies of the century.
(Read more at OneNewsNow)
Recently, I cited a verse regarding the impossibility of Christians marrying non-Christians. This verse has standing with the agreement between Chick-Fil-A and the LGBTQ groups.
Christians cannot afford to make agreements with groups that compromise our central Christian ethics. Specifically, as the following verse instructs us, there can be no joining of the two:
Do not be bound together with unbelievers; for what partnership have righteousness and lawlessness, or what fellowship has light with darkness? (2 Corinthians 6:14 NASB)
- Let’s Take a Closer Look at the Pro-LGBT Group Chick-Fil-A Will Now Be Funding: Mat Staver Responds to Franklin Graham
The Christian Broadcasting Network published Mat Staver’s response to the Chick-Fil-A capitulation.
Franklin, you have done a huge disservice by not doing more investigation into Chick-Fil-A’s betrayal and capitulation to the LGBT agenda. While Dan Cathy may say the company has the same values, the company’s statements and actions tell a different story. The President and Chief Operating Officer, Tim Tassopoulos continues to serve as an advisor to the Atlanta Boy Scouts. This alone should raise a red flag considering the Boy Scouts also capitulated to the LGBT agenda. He stated: “There’s no question we know that, as we go into new markets, we need to be clear about who we are.” “There are lots of articles and newscasts about Chick-fil-A, and we thought we needed to be clear about our message.”
In 2014, Chick-Fil-A decided to stop funding the Paul Anderson Youth Home because it was accused of being “anti-LGBT.” But it still had funding commitments with the Salvation Army and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, both of which are also falsely accused of being “anti-LGBT” because they have biblical policies on marriage and sex outside of marriage.
Now that the funding commitment has expired, Chick-Fil-A says it will no longer fund the Salvation Army and FCA, even though the Salvation Army fits within its giving priority of funding organizations that provide housing and food banks, and FCA provides education. Instead, Tassopoulos states Chick-Fil-A will now fund Covenant House International, which is much smaller that the Salvation Army (in only 31 cities) and an LGBTQ activist.
Tassopoulos, speaking of funding Covenant House, states: “This provides more focus and more clarity.” At least he is correct, and this clarity reveals the betrayal.
The founder of Covenant House, accused of being a Catholic priest pedophile, was sued for allegedly sexually abusing the youth who were seeking shelter and food. Covenant House proudly promotes LGBTQ on its website, referring to “LGBTQ Inclusion Initiatives,” and even doing an “inclusion assessment” at every one of its facilities.
Covenant House also proudly supports the New York City Gay Pride parade with its own float, banners, t-shirts, and hashtag #CovUnity.
Covenant House is recognized as a national funder of LGBTQ causes.
Chick-Fil-A dumps the Salvation Army because it wants to expand into new markets and now shuns originations the LGBT activists falsely call “anti-LGBT”, and then turns 180 degrees to announce that it will now fund Covenant House, a radical LGBTQ activist organization that celebrates homosexuality, transgenderism, and the entire LGBTQ agenda.
And, Covenant House does not stop at LGBTQ activism, it also takes girls to abortion clinics.
To save its own corporate skin, Chick-Fil-A has thrown good, biblical organizations under the bus and legitimized the false narrative of the LGBT activists. I attended a meeting yesterday in Washington, DC with national leaders, and, although the meeting was not about Chick-Fil-A, the leaders expressed outrage and betrayal over Chick-Fil-A’s betrayal.
(Become more educated at the Christian Broadcasting Network)
Christians, know what you are now funding.
Know that your Chick-Fil-A meals now fund the LGBT and the abortion narrative. If you still want to throw your money at it, so be it.