Monthly Archives: March 2019

Pilot flew Iowa woman to Fremont during the flood to visit her dying mom

https://www.omaha.com/news/nebraska/pilot-flew-iowa-woman-to-fremont-during-the-flood-to/article_148a7610-b7a9-5a16-a9d6-3020024bce41.html

14 Years After They Starved My Sister to Death, We Must Never Forget Terri Schiavo

Here is the story.

Love doesn’t always mean saying yes and we should think of what is best for the baby

A Gretna woman serving as the gestational surrogate for her son and his husband gave birth to her granddaughter at 6:06 a.m. on Monday.

 

After carrying her granddaughter for nine months, Cecile Eledge, 61, delivered five pounds, 13-ounce Uma Louise Dougherty-Eledge at Nebraska Medical Center.

When her son Matthew Eledge and his husband Elliot Dougherty looked to expand their family, Cecile Eledge didn’t hesitate.

“There was no moment of hesitation. It was natural instinct.” Cecile Eledge said.

Cecile Eledge underwent several tests with doctors ultimately determining her a candidate to serve as a gestational surrogate for Matthew Eledge and Dougherty.

(  https://www.ketv.com/article/gretna-grandma-gives-birth-to-granddaughter/26991262 )

( Billy’s thoughts – Love doesn’t always mean saying yes to your children. Also think about what this baby needs  not two fathers but a mommy and daddy. This is wrong. And should not be endorsed by anyone.

The Point: A Society of Spectators by: John Stonestreet & G. Shane Morris

Facebook reports that at least 200 people watched a live stream of the Christchurch mosque attack. The entire time, not one contacted Facebook or the authorities. Twelve minutes after the attack, finally someone notified Facebook. There have been over 1.5 million attempts to re-upload the horrific video since it was taken down.

And just days ago, a man was arrested after repeatedly kicking a 78-year-old woman on the New York subway. Bystanders reportedly stood there and took videos of the attack on their phones.

Have we really become such a society of voyeurs that can’t be bothered to help or to even report a crime in progress? At the root of this is more than being a people entertained by violence. It’s our illusion of some kind of moral separation between us and the people on the other sides of our screens—even if those people are literally standing in front of us!

 

Indifference like this must stop. If we’re to reactivate our conscience, we may need to deactivate our devices.

 

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Sandy Hook Lawsuit

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Kerby Anderson The Connecticut Supreme Court is allowing a lawsuit from the Sandy Hook shooting to go forward. Kevin Williamson refers to it as a “Bogus Lawsuit Against Remington.” He raises important questions about the propriety and constitutionality of the legal case. First, he reminds us that in tort law the focus is usually on the entity with deep pockets. That couldn’t be Adam Lanza who killed himself. It probably couldn’t be the institutions that counseled him. Therefore, the focus…

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Parents and officials who support DQ story hour agenda are abusing children

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Penna Dexter Have you heard about the drag queen story hours taking place at various public libraries across the country? These events started popping up a couple of years ago. They feature flamboyant drag queens reading stories to children mostly in libraries, sometimes in schools or bookstores. One Detroit drag queen who read to kids at Huntington Woods Library marvels that the little girls thought she was “a princess.” The Washington Post reports that Drag Queen Story Hour “aims to…

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Albert Mohler: Sex Education and the Problem of Colorado Parents

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The state of Colorado is moving to pass a newsex education bill that would bar abstinence-only education. The legislation itself is troubling, but—when concerns are raised—proponents are pointing out that parents have an opt-out provision.

Patrick Neville, writing in the Denver Post, took a closer look. This claim—that parents can genuinely opt-out their kids—“is not only bizarre, it’s also deeply misleading,” he says.

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The Point: Flying Through San Antonio? No Waffle Fries for You!

The anti-Chick-fil-A crusade has reached San Antonio. Last week, news broke that the City Council voted to ban the restaurant from the San Antonio airport.

Why? According to Councilman Robert Trevino, because of Chick-fil-A’s “legacy of anti-LGBTQ behavior.”

That, my friends, is an old and annoying lie.

Chick-fil-A’s crime is donating to Christian organizations like the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, who affirm traditional Christian morality.

As a company spokesperson told Fox News, “The 140,000 people who serve customers … on a daily basis represent and embrace all people, regardless of race, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation or gender identity.”

But that’s not good enough for Councilman Trevino, who said without a hint of irony, and I quote: “Everyone should feel welcome when they walk through our airport.” Really? Everyone? How about Chick-Fil-A employees? How about the Fellowship of Christian Athletes? How about most of the people reading this post?

The councilman planning to run for mayor has apologized to Chick-fil-A, but the council vote still stands.

Exclusion in the name of inclusion. You can’t make this up.

Resources

Chick-fil-A banned from San Antonio airport over alleged ‘legacy of anti-LGBTQ behavior’

  • Janine Puhak | Fox News | March 22, 2019

BreakPoint: The Equality Act vs. Religious Freedom Equality for Me, but not for Thee by: John Stonestreet & David Carlson

In 2011, the Human Rights Campaign launched a video series that, according to HRC’s president, would “help drive the national conversation about same-sex marriage.” And it did just that. The series featured professional athletes, movie stars, politicians and civil rights leaders. And look where we are today.

Looking back, it’s clear that while opponents of same-sex marriage made much better arguments, the advocates changed the cultural imagination.

Well on Monday, the HRC announced a new video campaign called “Americans for the Equality Act.” This time, Christians need to be prepared to respond.

According to Andrew Walker of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, “the Equality Act represents the most invasive threat to religious liberty ever proposed in America.”

I agree—with the caveat that the Equality Act seemed virtually unpassable when it was first conceived all the way back in 1974. In fact, it seemed unpassable in 1984, 1994, 2004 and even 2014.

But today, what seemed unthinkable seems quite possible.

Despite the name, backers of the Equality Act aren’t seeking a balance of LGBTQ rights with religious rights. As Andrew told me recently on the BreakPoint Podcast, the Equality Act “is a winner-take all solution. It takes the categories of gender identity and sexual orientation and elevates them to a protected class in the Civil Rights Act of 1964.”

That would mean in every area of public life—public accommodation, public education, and even Christian education—gender identity and sexual orientation would receive the highest level of federal protection.

Even worse, the Equality Act specifically targets the Religious Freedom Restoration Act—a bill passed with overwhelming bipartisan support and signed by President Clinton. So in cases involving claims of discrimination based on gender identity or sexual orientation, religious rights would be tossed aside. The Barronelle Stutzmans and Jack Phillips of the world—or any Christian trying to live out their convictions in public life—wouldn’t stand a chance.

That means that religious conviction about sexual behavior or gender realities would immediately, as Andrew said on the podcast, be put “on the opposite side of federal law . . . Our viewpoints on marriage and sexuality and how we define male and female,” would be considered irrational. And that we hold them not with good will, but with animus. “The Equality Act,” Andrew continued, “effectively turns Billy Graham into Jim Crow.”

The new Human Rights Campaign videos, which will feature actress Sally Field, figure skater Adam Rippon, Jamie Lee Curtis, and a host of other celebrities, are designed to “drive the conversation” for the Equality Act.

In fact, part of the campaign is to actively recruit “local sponsors” for the Equality Act.

To be as clear as I can, every single Christian needs to know how to talk about gender identity and sexual attraction in light of our larger rights to live out of our deepest convictions about God’s design for human sexuality and human flourishing.

The supporters of the Equality Act don’t want debate or discussion. The Equality Act is designed to effectively shut down debate about human sexuality, about gender, about same-sex attraction. That’s a national debate that we’ve actually never had. It will instead force an answer on Americans that self-determination in those areas is the same thing as race.

Also, I need to mention that some Christians are currently exploring legislative efforts to compromise with the Equality Act in order to gain protection for Christian institutions. But this would grant into law something that’s not true about our most fundamental identity as human beings—something that’s central for human flourishing. And such attempts might protect certain religious institutions, but would do so at the expenses of individual Christians in the public square. That’s not religious freedom.

Right now, the Equality Act has no chance of passing in this Congress. But elections matter: If just a few seats flip in the next election, we may very well get the Equality Act, unless we begin to act now.

Start by learning about the Equality Act. Come to BreakPoint.org, click on this commentary, and I’ll link you to an excellent article by Andrew Walker called “The Equality Act Accelerates Anti-Christian Bias.” Share it with your friends, with your clergy, with public officials. Link to it on Facebook. I’ll also link you to the podcast episode with Andrew Walker.

Christians were caught napping in 2011. The HRC and supporters of the Equality Act are counting on us to be asleep at our posts again. We can’t let that happen.

Resources

The Equality Act and the Threat to Religious Freedom, with Andrew Walker

  • John Stonestreet, Andrew Walker | BreakPoint.org | March 18, 2019
The Equality Act Accelerates Anti-Christian Bias

  • Andrew T. Walker | The Gospel Coalition | March 11, 2019

Dog thinks the cat is crazy