Thursday, November 21, 2019

LGBTQ sword, part 2

As an addendum to the post I made just previous to this one, take a look at the following two web pages:

The Overhauling of Straight America

That article was published in 1987, and has served as an effective playbook for the various gay lobby organizations that have been very active in politics and media for the past 32 years. If you look at it closely, you will find strategies that are manipulative and repugnant, and they indicate more than once that the vilification of dissenters is required to lift up their own group. The authors actually admit in the article that the methods outlined are dishonest and fraudulent, but they apparently think that 'by any means necessary' is acceptable in their case.

Next, take a look at this article, which was published in the summer of 2016, three years before the recent Chick-fil-A capitulation due to pressure from GLAAD and other branches of the gay lobby:

We Have Been Warned

When that was written, many people likely dismissed it as alarmist, and trusted that the benevolent champions of the LGBTQ cause would take the high road. Why wouldn't they take the high road, when they speak so strongly for fair and kind treatment for LGBTQ people?

On a side note, in an effort to help a trans student, why is it necessary to force others to be uncomfortable?

High School Forces Girls to Share Locker Room with Biological Man

Trans people don't like to be told they have a mental illness, so how is it appropriate to tell girls in a high school that they are bigoted for feeling uncomfortable about undressing in front of a male? Doesn't sound very tolerant or empathetic to me. And by the way, if I say I identify as a paramecium, are people seriously going to honor that claim? Physical reality is not erased by one's imagination. The boy who is trans may believe he's a girl, but his twig and berries, and DNA beg to differ.

It's possible that originally, all the gay rights lobby wanted was to be treated with respect. That reality has been established for quite some time; all of the 21st century at least. However, that is no longer the goal, the bar has been moved yet again. Now the goal has moved beyond acceptance to celebration, including public school indoctrination of young children to concepts they are too young to properly process, according to many concerned pediatricians. Here is one of them.

The troubling thing about the process by which LGBTQ activist goals have been achieved is that dissenting opinions are now punished, not changed. Somewhere along the line, the people in charge of the gay rights activism forgot that you catch more bees with honey than vinegar. They were not content with just the previous propaganda techniques of making dissenters look like bigoted monsters. Now they use political pressure to drive businesses to bankruptcy if they don't jump on board the gay bandwagon.

Where will all this go? Depends on what you think is important.

After all, if a person doesn't believe God exists, then why would he or she care about someone's freedom of religion? If the public thinks religious people are all a bunch of bigoted neanderthals, who will care if their livelihoods are taken away?

According to Jesus, those who give mercy will get mercy in return. Perhaps the LGBTQ organizations should consider the consequences of treating others so poorly.



Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Chick-fil-A has fallen to the LGBTQ sword


On November 18th, 2019, Chick-fil-A officially ended donations to the Salvation Army and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) charities.

Chick-Fil-A Caves to the Rage Mob

Why did they do this?

Chick-fil-A has been successfully blocked from expansion to San Antonio and Buffalo, and might potentially be blocked from Boston, San Francisco and Chicago. How were they blocked? Politicians, pressured by LGBTQ activists, have decided that donating to Christian charities is "anti-LGBTQ behavior."

Allegedly, both the Salvation Army and the FCA hate gays.

And how do they hate them?

The Salvation Army encourages any homosexuals they assist to practice celibacy, and the FCA asks their leaders to sign a purity agreement, committing themselves to avoid homosexuality and sex outside of marriage.

Both of the above actions are based on the Christian (religious) beliefs of the charitable organizations, which include traditional views of human sexuality. The Salvation Army does not refuse anyone assistance if they are a member of any LGBTQ group. The FCA has no directive whatsoever in any part of its organization to discriminate against or harm any member of an LGBTQ group.

Never mind that the Salvation Army provides relief and assistance to 23 million people a year, including LGBTQ persons, and may actually be the largest provider of poverty relief to the LGBTQ community. Never mind that the FCA provides help for sports camps and school programs for inner city youth.

This is about a lot more than a deliberately mistaken perception of the charities that Chick-fil-A no longer donates to.

It's not about seeking tolerance, acceptance, nor equality.

It's about vilifying Christianity and attempting to make the world think that Christians are despicable hypocrites who hate gay people and are ruining society with their uptight, fascist beliefs.

So why would the LGBTQ activists (and their supportive constituents) want to accomplish that goal?

Because they're trying to get rid of the Judaeo-Christian God in the public square. See, that particular God is a bit of a pest for them, because despite many misguided attempts to rewrite or cast the Bible as hateful ignorant propaganda, they just can't seem to stamp out the light that shines in every man, woman and child who respects the Lord.

And make no mistake. The loving, all-inclusive, all-tolerant LGBTQ lobby hates that light. Light destroys darkness. Human beings, both gay and straight, love to live in the dark. Sin respects no gender, color, bank account, sexual preference or belief system. Sin lies in wait for you, not the other way around. And sin, foolishly considered by many to be outmoded, is relentless. No one escapes it.

Yes, there are people who call themselves Christians and hold up signs that say "God hates fags." But be wise instead of vindictive: in all groups there are hypocrites and self-righteous individuals, and Christians, being human like everyone else, are just as subject to those sins as any other section of the population. But same as criminals, the sign holders are the significantly tiny minority of the entire group.

Don't ask me how God feels about homosexuals. I can't pretend to know the mind of God. All I'm qualified to comment, based on the Bible and my reading of it, is that God loves all human beings, and homosexuality is no different than sex before marriage in terms of sin status. That would mean heterosexuals who have sex before marriage are the same as homosexuals in regard to sin. We all sin.

Here. Let me repeat that, lest you feel the urge to fire up the rage mob.

I said we all sin. There are so many sins, so many ways to disappoint God. Just why some people are hyper-focused on homosexuality I'm not sure. It's not as common as looking at pornography, for example. It's not as hidden as people who steal things large and small and don't get caught. It's not considered anywhere near as heinous a sin as murder, or molesting children. It doesn't have the same obvious fallout of an alcohol, drug or gambling addiction. It may or may not be as seemingly innocuous as eating pork.

You want to get mad at someone because they think that something you do or enjoy is a sin? Grow up. People have been calling alcohol, recreational drugs, sex before marriage, adultery and gambling sins for as long as those activities have existed. Those activities hold various degrees of enjoyment for many people, and if consenting adults want to do something alone or together and not force anyone else to partake, that's their business. It would become logistically bothersome for someone who liked to buy lottery tickets to concern himself or herself with every single person who thought gambling was a sin.

I mean really. What difference does it make to a non-believer if Christians think sex before marriage is a sin? Their belief only affects their decisions in their own lives. Someone who doesn't share Christian beliefs is free to have sex with a thousand people if he or she wants to. So why hate the Christian who thinks it's wrong? It's not like someone's thoughts ever stopped others from having all the sex they ever wanted. Even in the prehistoric days of the early 20th century, when being gay was still kept private, gay people were still having gay sex. They just didn't have a state sanctioned cheering section. Most rational adults support underage drinking laws, but does that stop minors from using alcohol? No, it doesn't.

Are thoughts truly daggers that stab the enjoyment out of life of others, or are they the precious possessions of every human being, regardless of where they reside on any spectrum? Oh wait! You want to talk about someone refusing to bake you a cake? Sure, that's rude, and could be considered insulting. But using our legal system to force them to bake you a cake? Get serious. Go somewhere else for the damn cake. Why would anyone want to purchase anything from the baker after being refused anyway? If someone told me their religion prevented them from making cakes for people who like to play video games, I'd be surprised and taken aback, but I'd simply leave with the thought that I'll give my money to someone else for the work, happy in the knowledge I'm not saddled with that particular belief.

The problem we're facing in Western Civilization in 2019 isn't that we're becoming more fascist. The problem isn't Christianity or any other religion. The problem isn't actual hate groups like Neo-Nazis or Nation of Islam, that never accomplish much more than making fools of themselves. The problem we're facing isn't the growing divide between the one percent and everyone else. The problem we're facing has nothing to do with toxic masculinity, gender pronouns, systemic or individual racism, gun ownership, returning abortion laws to individual states, manspreading, mansplaining, capitalism, the republican party, conservatism, etc.

The real problem we're facing?

It's a force growing in our culture that wants to use fear and intimidation to stamp out anything disagreeing with it. Doesn't sound very scary or dangerous?

Not yet, but give it time. As a society we've been compelled to abandon judgment for tolerance, trade tolerance for acceptance, and now trade acceptance for the new paradigm.

The new paradigm is compulsory adoption, and nothing less will be tolerated by those who are currently successful in their efforts to shut down both your ability to disagree and your first amendment right to openly worship the God of your choice.

There are two angels knocking at your door, you'd better answer it.



Sunday, November 17, 2019

Evil is now good, good is now evil

I'm sure at this point most adults have heard of "Antifa."

For an unadulterated look at the people who claim to be anti-fascist and championing our country, view this:

Does Antifa know what Fascism is? | Interviewing Proud Boys Protesters at Trump Tower

I wouldn't expect anyone to watch the entire twenty-seven minutes of this sh** show. But it would be wise to take a good look, regardless of your political leanings, and absorb what is happening right before our very eyes.

Yes, we are living in 2019. The most advanced civilization in the history of the planet. A population that is experiencing the greatest wealth, abundance, freedom and opportunity in history.

And this is what some of us choose to do with our lives?

From a dispassionate standpoint, as long as Antifa's worst antics continue at a relatively low frequency, they will remain little more than a circus attraction and a cautionary tale of how not to behave in a civil society.

But, if they keep taking to the streets and acting aggressive and obnoxious instead of peacefully protesting, there will surely come a day when the wrong person is in the crowd, believes he or she has nothing to lose, and has sufficiently fed himself or herself with an infuriating, long term video stream of these kinds of twisted confrontations. Forget reactionary groups like the Proud Boys; the mortal carnage by a solitary, mentally unstable malcontent will make Proud Boys fisticuffs seem like Sesame Street.

The title of this essay is referring to the phenomena we've all come to recognize from the Left: attributing the conservative sectors they hate with the very traits the Leftists themselves possess, and accusing conservatives of committing the very infractions against freedom the Left are committing by censoring speech, intimidation via social media, using legal pressure to cow everyone into accepting things that some individuals do not find acceptable, and of course, the now well known examples of Antifa physically harming people who disagree with them.

The two fellows who asked for Elad's personal information, along with the cameraman's, are obviously attempting to frighten them. Whether or not they successfully dox, and potentially harass,  these members of the press is almost beside the point. The craven nature of hiding behind a mask and/or computer is evident. They see themselves as revolutionaries, but their actions are those of domestic terrorists in a free country.

See for yourself here

A "point of privilege":

These miscreants apparently have never experienced any genuine danger. If they keep this aggressive, disrespectful behavior up, they're going to start eating pavement, steel and lead. Then, and only then, will the remaining ones admit the error of trying to intimidate reasonable people by threats, doxing and violence. At the end of it all, for all the sadness of their needless passing, the knowledge that they created their own fate will be clear to anyone who watched all this nonsense transpire thanks to the reporters they tried to silence.



Thursday, November 7, 2019

YouTube censorship continues

YouTube recently took down a video, citing "hate speech" as the reason:

Dr. Michelle Cretella on Transgenderism: A Mental Illness is Not a Civil Right

At first glance, a reasonable person should consider whether or not the charge is accurate. Due to the language YouTube used on the removed video page, one might be inclined to believe that the video was full of hate speech. You know, things like saying X are scum, or Y should die, etc. But was this really what the video contained?

No. Thank goodness Bitchute, the repository that does NOT censor individual opinion, has the same video on their site. You are free to watch the video there and make up your own mind:

Dr. Cretella president of the American College of Pediatricians on Transgenderism: A Mental Illness

You can also read the transcript here:

Transcript of the full interview

What does the video actually contain?

Dr. Michelle Cretella, president of the American College of Pediatricians, discusses important issues regarding children and the transgender movement, from the point of view of a pediatrician, not a political provocateur.

I'd love to go off on an angry tangent here, but I won't. All one has to do is listen to her interview to understand the gravity of what's actually going on. It's no longer something that will go away if ignored, because the Texas legal battle over seven year old James Younger proves that the abuse of children is not off limits to those with a particular agenda:

Why it's wrong to chemically castrate children

Back to YouTube censorship. Before I discovered the video also on Bitchute, I found this video on YouTube:

The terrible fraud of 'transgender medicine'

You might say, "Wait. YouTube allows this video, so they can't really be censoring people who don't adhere to their preferred political platforms."

The problem with that conclusion becomes apparent when one considers the public visibility of any particular spokesperson. There's a very good chance that the people with agendas who troll YouTube looking for videos to flag just haven't gotten around to Van Meter's video yet. Dr. Cretella has been seen speaking about the matter on national news networks so her profile is easier to target, Van Meter has a lower public profile at this point. Here's Dr. Cretella on a recent OAN broadcast:

Doctor Lays Out Dangers Of Using Puberty Blockers On Children

Here's an article that talks about YouTube's censorship and cites several experts on the issue of transgenderism:

YouTube Removes Video On Gender Transitions, Claims Doctor's Comments Are 'Hate Speech'

So... should you be upset about censorship of non-partisan, scientific content that sheds light on an issue that is fraught with bias and emotion, or about the content of the video itself, that shares professional medical information directly contradicting the politically correct perception of gender dysphoria?

Take your pick, but whatever you do, don't imagine the subject matter is a harmless fad, at least where children are involved. They can't protect themselves, we're supposed to be doing that. Let's not abandon their well being for misguided virtue signalling.



Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Catch-22 alive and well

Either civilization was a product of evolution or it was a product of a top-down influence like God. You can't have both.

If evolution is the truth, and we evolved from primitive, survival-of-the-fittest origins, then why are we still arguing about the same things we were arguing about in ancient Mesopotamia, still killing each other, and still sexualizing children?

Shouldn't our historical course be incrementally exemplified by more kindness, more cooperation and less selfishness, if the evolutionary biologists and psychologists are correct that our instincts of cooperation and altruism were merely more successful survival strategies?

So then the next question should be:

If evolution is not true, and we received our moral perspective from God, then why are we still arguing about the same things we were arguing about in ancient Mesopotamia, still killing each other, and still sexualizing children?

Shouldn't the fact that God gave us our moral tenets motivate us to continually progress to a more unified existence?

There is no contradiction in that regard. The Hebrew and Greek scriptures explain quite clearly why the human condition does not continually improve in those areas.

But that's the Catch-22. If you're a staunch defender of Darwin's core theory, you are duty bound to insist that those same scriptures are just the mythological fancy of a bunch of Bronze Age sheepherders and first century fishermen.

Either the secular humanists and evolutionary biologists are correct about the dawn of civilization, or they are not.

Let's stop pretending we can have it all.



Sunday, October 6, 2019

Lost without your love

With all due respect to the forgotten genius of David Gates, these words were not penned for a female companion, but for Someone much more important.

Lost and all alone
I always thought that I could make it on my own
Since You left I hardly make it through the day
My tears get in the way
And I need You back to stay

I wander through the Night
And search the world to find the Words to make it right
All I want is just the way it used to be
With You here close to me
And I've got to make You see

That I'm lost without Your love
Life without You isn't worth the trouble of
I'm as helpless as a ship without a wheel
A touch without a feel
I can't believe it's real

But someday soon I'll wake
And find my heart won't have to break

If we had love before
We can have it back once more



Monday, September 30, 2019

The Precipice

As I write this, I'm standing on the edge and looking down in.

Here we are in 2019. That's two thousand and nineteen years since the birth of Jesus. More anger, jealousy, hatred, resentment and suspicion than we've seen for a long time. People doing horrible things to each other, and more frequently. Apparently getting rid of God in the public square didn't have the effect that the secular humanists thought it would. People are capable of good, but they are not good by nature. That's what we've learned from the secular approach.

People still argue about the existence of God. Atheists love to insist he doesn't exist, believers love to insist he does. But none of that matters. God exists; everyone chooses how to deal with that inexorable fact. Neither side argues logically. They both are merely defending the world they want to live in.

What are those two worlds? Let's postpone that for a moment.

For all my life (that I can remember), I knew God existed. I was drawn toward God, without any influence from my parents (they were non-practicing Catholics that never spoke about the subject). So we didn't attend church, didn't have religious friends, and just did our own non-religious thing.

In grade school I wanted my own Bible, so I asked my mom if I could get one from Goodwill. In junior high I gave my life to Christ, and of course, in the years that followed, because I had no real foundation to stand upon, I pursued worldly interests and fell by the wayside, like the sower's seeds that fell among thorns.

As a young man on my own, there were times I really wanted to get back to a good place with God. But life and my own selfishness would soon overtake those desires and replace them with worldly concerns, such as getting a girlfriend, trying to become a rock star, getting people to accept and like me, etc.

I had an important experience at the age of 25 that completely altered my understanding of my place with God. Being near death can certainly be an attitude adjuster. I came out of that experience with an important piece of information: God will do as God will do, and we are all but arrogant potsherds to the mysterious and merciful Potter.

Nevertheless, time went on, I grew older, eventually got married and had a child.

I tried my best to toe the line, but in retrospect I was really quite pathetic in my failed attempts to stay with God. I still hoped that my efforts would make a difference with my life and the lives of those I interacted with. Sunshine and rainbows, that was the message. God is in charge, God will take care of everything, God is truth.

All that is true, most certainly. But there was one tiny problem. I was fooling myself regarding my eternal destiny. About who I really am.

I have met people I know are going to be with God someday. I can't properly explain how I know, but I know. I can tell you they are few and far between, just like the Bible says. "Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it."

What are they like? Well, I can tell you what they're not like: they're not rough, not aggressive, not violent, not selfish, not cruel, not judgmental, not proud, not vain... and definitely not decadent. You disagree? That's fine. Just remember we're all geniuses at self delusion. Many people are mistaking their road to Hell for a subjective moral high ground.

Yes, this is anecdotal, yes I have no tangible proof. Some people think they can identify who goes to Hell, but I think that's nonsense. No one really knows who goes to Hell, because that destination is not ours to decide for others.

I have confidence I can tell who goes to be with the Lord (Heaven), because I realized recently that I was exercising cognitive dissonance on the subject. More simply put: I would guess most people think they're right with God, because they "know down deep inside" that they're "good people with good intentions."

However, when looking at myself with critical eyes, based on things I know about myself, I realize that despite anything kind or good I may have done, my eternal destiny is not Heaven, no matter how much I might wish it to be so.

The next question is: so if that's true and you know it for sure, what do you do with that?

My answer is simple: live my life, respect God and others to the best of my ability, and just accept the fate that awaits. Am I happy about it? Obviously not. Am I angry at God? No. God is God. The person that I am is the person I am, regardless of my wishful thinking, or attempts to change. And those people who will be with the Lord someday? I wish them all the happiness they deserve.

We are not the Creator, we are the created. Our responsibilities to each other are only square one. Most people think they don't deserve to end up in Hell. But a significant portion of them are wrong.

Honesty about one's self is probably the hardest thing for everyone to address.

Oh, and the "two worlds" thing mentioned earlier? Despite the fact that I don't think I'm going to Heaven, I still prefer the world with God. Why?

Because that's the world that gets righted eventually, and that's more important than my comfort.