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Five examples that LGBTQ activism is a religion

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Fifty years ago, gays had a genuine problem in American culture. Thirty-five years ago, the onset of AIDS did much to humanize a subculture that only existed in steamy bathhouses in New York and San Francisco. In the last twenty years, first with Bill Clinton’s DADT in the military moving on to Obergefell v. Hodges nearly two years ago, that struck down state laws against same-sex marriage, LGBT culture has achieved parity with the rest of America.

In fact, it’s no big deal these days if someone is gay. Ask any teenager or twenty-something and they’ll give you a verbal “so?” and body language indicating “meh.” It’s just not a huge social stigma anymore.

But the LGBT activist movement doesn’t want to end itself and declare a kind of victory that leads to purposelessness. They want to keep going and pushing against what they feel is derogatory, and they do it in a religious, pious fashion, pursuing doctrinal purity at the altar of their self-consuming sexual appetites.

So they have to find other stigmas to pursue, like bathroom rights for adult males in women’s locker rooms. Or even a celebrity saying something slightly off from the approved liturgy.

Here’s five recent examples of the LGBT religion in action, evangelizing, correcting, and recruiting converts.

#1: The Dodgers kiss cam

At a Dodgers game on June 9, they celebrated LBGT “Pride Night” at Dodger Stadium. On that night, the usual “Kiss Cam” activities were a tad more inclusive of the most salacious gay kisses they could find. And this was done, as many Christians saw it, to replace Christianity with a different religion.

Can you see what’s happening here? The Left is replacing Christianity with pagan concepts of “sexuality” that redefine the created norm. What was once widely regarded in the West as a “crime against nature” (Noah Webster’s definition of sodomy) is now celebrated as just another form of “love.” It began with that slippery term “sexual orientation,” but now that we’re in full LGBTQ “equality” mode, we will see more and more outward expressions of homosexuality, breaking down our natural, God-given inhibitions against this sin.

If there were an “adultery night” at the ballgame where married couples were encouraged to lock lips with partners to whom they were not married, this would be, in Christian eyes, just as sinful as “Pride Night,” but there’s no movement to promote adultery (although there is one for bigamy).

The public, forced celebration of LGBT physical affection at a sporting event is simply an in-your-face slap against what the activists consider a competing religion with morals diametrically opposed to their own. You don’t have to attend the Pride parade (unless you’re a firefighter on duty). But if you want to watch the Dodgers on June 9, you have to deal with these images on the jumbotron (and your kids get to see it too).

#2: The Facebook rainbow

Facebook’s gender-bending list of identities is totally optional, and honestly, not even relevant for most people. But their “pride” reaction button has caused some consternation that the company hasn’t gone far enough to protect people from revealing their birth gender (i.e. biological sex).

That’s one of the new commandments of the LGBT religious movement, that gender preference is immutable but gender itself is fluid, and therefore disclosure of birth gender is prejudicial.

Transgender activist Geena Buono, a founder of the Asbury Park chapter of New Jersey Transgender Day of Remembrance, said [Facebook’s] name policy can end up outing transgender people and can leave them exposed to harassment.

The “pride” rainbow on the mobile Facebook app’s “my story” is so easy to get to that I’ve seen small children inadvertently post videos using it. Christians can’t opt out of that.

“Many times, in LGBT, the T is sort of a stepchild,” said Buono. “Sometimes people aren’t really sensitive or aware of the things they’re doing or of some contradiction. That being said, I’m glad there is a pride reaction. Unfortunately, they have to get on the same page with their sensitivity training and understanding the needs of the trans community.”

Sensitivity only goes one way in matters of religion.

#3: Abercrombie’s tweet

Abercrombie & Fitch is no slouch at being LBGT inclusive. I think a large number of their sales associates are, in fact, gay or lesbian. But just being LGBT doesn’t mean you’re a proper activist showing sensitivity.

Abercrombie and Fitch tweeted an ill-conceived tweet stating that “the pride community is everybody, not just LGBTQ people.” Don’t worry, though — people spoke up in the brand’s mentions and the backlash was swift.

See, the “pride community” isn’t just everyone, or even everyone who’s gay, lesbian or transgender. It’s everyone who keeps the proper doctrine, says the right words, and supports the activist cause. And that cause is not, in itself, inclusive.

The activist community is exclusive by nature, because it’s a religion making exclusive claims to truth, values, and morality.

#4: “Anything”

Hollywood actor and producer Mark Ruffalo, himself a leftist, earned the ire of the LGBT activist community by selecting an actor to play a transgender part, who himself is not transgender. I didn’t realize that’s a sin against humanity, but apparently, it is now.

Actor Matt Bomer plays Freda Von Rhenburg in Anything, a movie about a prostitute who forms a relationship with a straight man,” reports BBC Newsbeat. “It been criticised for its casting and showing trans people as sex workers.”

It seems to me that this movie could have been cast a few different ways. Either a woman could have played the transgender woman, or a man could have played the part, or a transgender woman could have played the part.  (Help me here, I always get confused: is a transgender woman a man who takes on the physical appearance of a woman, or a woman who takes on the physical appearance of a man?)

But the main point is the best actor for the part should play the part, n’est-ce pas? But not to Jen Richards, a transgender actress who auditioned for the part but didn’t get the role.

To her, it’s not about the performance, it’s about the authenticity (read: entitlement). But that’s not how it works.

Hollywood, despite its liberal preening, is a cold, hard place when money is on the line for a movie. So, Richards didn’t get the part because someone better at acting the role got it. Sorry for her, but the LGBT activist religion doesn’t get to choose who plays trans characters any more than Christians get to choose who plays Jesus Christ.

#5: McDonalds “Pride” fries

You know, if a restaurant uses the words “Merry Christmas” during the so-called “holidays,” they get pilloried by offended atheists, pagans, pastafarians, and secular humanists as being prejudiced and bigoted (funny, but most Jews are happy to deal with it and wish Christians a Merry Christmas). But McDonalds in San Francisco is aggressively and outwardly proselytizing LGBT for Gay Pride month.

“The rainbow fry boxes are a fun way to show our support of the LGBTQ community, using one of McDonald’s most iconic and recognizable items,” Cathy Martin of the restaurant corporation’s “Pride Network” stated in a press release.

Imagine if all the McDonalds in Augusta, Georgia (the most “churched” evangelical city in America, according to the Barna Group) issued “Jesus fries” with a cross on them and the corporate office called it a “fun way to show our support of the Christian community.” The world would figuratively (and for some, literally) end.

It’s also funny to note that the most “dechurched” city in America, according to the same study, is San Francisco. “Dechurched” was defined as individuals who were once active churchgoers, but have not attended in the last six months. I suppose they may have been recruited into the LGBT activist religion and out of Christianity, due to the unflagging efforts of the McDonalds pride evangelists.

When souls are at stake, its most important to get the word out, and keep proper doctrine. Like any religion, the LBGT community does a great job at this, and one day, to finally destroy its greatest foe: evangelical Christianity. Maybe then, having saved the world from being called sinful, they can finally rest.

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Thoughts and prayers are exactly what we need

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One of the more disturbing developments in recent years is the growing attacks on thoughts and prayers in the wake of tragedy. Not only are more and more shouting that thoughts and prayers are “not enough” in the wake of tragedy. Many are also doubling-down on the idea by calling thoughts and prayers an excuse to do nothing.

This assertion not only strikes me as wrong-hearted but fundamentally in ignorance of two honest observations.

Firstly, those who attack thoughts and prayers ignore the necessity to grieve and the resolve that arises in the hearts of those who mourn.

Offering thoughts and prayers provides a message of unity and compassion. It’s a unified message that the victims of tragedy do not stand alone. The time where we offer thoughts and prayers is a time where we can set aside our petty differences and unite in mourning.

Further, it has often been my observation that those who offer heartfelt and fervent thoughts and prayers are the ones which arise from their knees, wipe the tears from their eyes, and provide the most energetic actions towards the support of others.

Mocking thoughts and prayers is mocking the humanity of those who are overcome with the grief of a heart-rending tragedy. It’s to mock the natural response of caring, faithful citizens. Quite honestly, it boils my blood that anyone would mock or belittle a quiet, tearful prayer, a lit candle in the window, or messages on social media that are, for once, positive, supportive, and contemplative.

Secondly, the attitude of mocking the thoughtful and prayerful is yet another example of the degradation of what holds us together as a society. It is a manifestation of our nation’s rotting core of community and brotherhood.

Ultimately, it is a demonstration of the same societal decay that is itself responsible for the lost souls of those who not only perpetrate horrible crimes, like mass shootings, but who resolve to end their problems by ending their life or escape their hollow realities through substance abuse.

We need a more thoughtful and more prayerful society. If we are ever going to get to the bottom of what is causing people to grow so cold in their hearts to kill others or so fallen from hope to kill themselves, we must rediscover the compassion and empathy that can alone save our families, our communities, and our nation from abject dysfunction.

Thoughts and prayers are not keeping us from solutions to the problem. Thought and prayers are the only true beginning to real solutions for the problems that ail our country.

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Everything wrong with our political discourse in a single tweet

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Everything wrong with our political discourse in a single tweet

I will be completely transparent. I did not click on the link to read the extended version of what John Pavlovitz wrote. I looked at his tweet and determined that I was not going to give him the revenue for a single click. Especially for such clickbait. I did look at his profile which reads: “Author of ‘A Bigger Table’, ‘Hope’, and ‘Low.’ Unapologetically committed to equality, diversity, compassion, love, and justice.” Given the content of his tweet, the word irony comes to mind. As well as the dismal state of our politcal discourse.

John takes an approach toward people he disagrees with politically that I would not allow my children to take against anyone. Whether they looked different, practiced a different religion, came from a different country or God forbid, may vote for one of the insane Democrats currently on the debate stage. I have taught my children to think more deeply than that about people and relationships. To look at what people do. Not a single characteristic and make inane judgements like John.

I have been clear in all of my public statements that I did not vote for Donald Trump in 2016. I also did not vote for Hillary Clinton. It was astounding to me out of a country of 340 million people we had two candidates under investigation by the FBI. It was even more concerning that one of them would be leader of the free world.

However, I will vote for Donald Trump in 2020 barring some unforeseen circumstance. I do not own a MAGA hat, and do not think I have ever tweeted the hashtag without irony. However, given the fact I could now be construed as a supporter, John’s aspersions are being cast at me. They are also being cast at many of my friends who did vote for Trump in 2016. Wonderful people, they just thought Hillary Clinton was as corrupt as she actually is. I know them, their children and their values. Here is what we actually teach our children in the order John has defined them:

  • Do not judge people by the color of the skin, who they love or what they worship and be very suspicious of those who do. It is the content of a person’s character that matters.
  • Apologize if you are wrong. Do not ever apologize for speaking your mind. Be polite. Don’t waste time being politically correct. That is a soft form of censorship that does nothing but limit your thinking.
  • Diversity is more than skin deep. (See number 1.)
  • You need to take responsibility for your own behavior and success. Then be generous.
  • Empathy means you can understand where a person is coming from. Don’t confuse that with sympathy and ever think you can truly understand someone else’s lived experience. Move through your life with empathy.
  • America is exception and has given more freedom and opportunity to more people than any other country in the world. That does not mean everything America has done is a source of pride. Learn history and to ensure we don’t repeat the mistakes of the past.
  • Women can be whatever they want to be from CEO, to teacher to stay at home mom. They should not feel shame for any choice they make.
  • See number 1.
  • Religion is the foundation for values that made Western civilization one built on free will and freedom. It also helps you find the “you” shaped hole in the world.
  • When in doubt, do your homework.

I literally can’t imagine thinking the way John thinks. Of course it does not surprise me with the identity politics so valued by both the far left and the far right. To actually imagine that you can tell anything about someone based on a single characteristic is the most arrogant and simplistic point of view I can imagine. To think you know anything about the values people teach their children based on their preference on taxes, regulation, border security or foreign policy is asinine.

I have no idea what John has taught his children any more than he knows what the millions of Trump supporters nationwide teach theirs. I certainly hope they have been taught to be open-minded, to actually listen to people with different ideas and judge people for who, not what they are. Otherwise their point of view will be a simple and lacking as John’s tweet. And our public discourse will never improve. That would be sad.

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Democrats turn Mexican Independence Day celebration in Chicago into political statement against Trump

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Democrats turn Mexican Independence Day celebration in Chicago into political statement against Trum

The long-standing tradition of cruising in Chicago streets for Mexican Independence Day had a double meaning this year as hundreds of revelers circled Trump Tower in Chicago waving Mexican flags and honking in celebration and protest.

The change in venue from the normal “cruising” in Hispanic neighborhoods was prompted by law enforcement’s decision to block off roads normally used for the occasion. The disruptive and sometimes violent celebrations were relocated after 10th district police blocked 26th St. in the Mexican neighborhood of Little Village.

The motivation behind the blocked streets in Hispanic neighborhoods was clear: To move the celebration downtown where it could become a protest. We know this because the official police statement declared their reasoning was for cleanup following a parade… but there was no parade scheduled for the streets in question. This was clearly a political move orchestrated by leftists in the Mayor’s office.

Cars and trucks with Mexican flags have been cruising Hispanic neighborhoods for Mexican Independence Day since the mid-80s. It wasn’t until far-left Mayor Lori Lightfoot sought to weaponize and politicize the celebration that the venue was changed to the streets right in front of Trump Tower.

Expression of cultural pride is one thing. Waving Mexican flags defiantly at Trump Tower has turned the celebration of Mexican Independence Day into a political statement, just as Democrats want it to be.

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