An indictment of the Christian right

October 17, 2016

The Christian Right has become as worldly and polluted as the Christian Left.

 

By your actions in Campaign 2016, you have harmed all of our witness. You have made it more difficult to save the lost and more difficult to protect the rights of faithful believers. You have dragged down the reputation of penitent heroes of the Bible to justify the sins of Donald Trump.

 

You made Christianity partisan instead of holy.

 

Christians should be known by our love, but you have sown division, hatred, and apologies for sin. You have exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator. You have made an idol of your politics and worship it as a religion. You have allowed bad company to corrupt your good morals.

 

The harm you have done at a time Christianity is under assault will echo through the coming decades. Instead of putting your trust in the real savior, you went looking for an earthly savior and shackled yourselves to him.

 

Erick Erickson has done a great job here indicting the Christian Right for making faith in Jesus partisan and for seeking a political victory. “My only hope is that as he sinks down that you remain shackled to him as well and drown in your own irrelevance that Christians in America can be surrounded and supported now by the right Christians instead of the Christian Right,” says Erickson toward the end. If by that he means that the sham of the  Christian Right  and their leadership will or should be judged for what they’ve done–instead of promoting the gospel–then I agree.

There have been a few bright spots in this awful campaign cycle. I remember when Russell Moore, President of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, responded when Trump called him a “nasty guy”. With a national audience listening, Moore presented a simple, bold witness in the midst of this chaotic political process. It made my heart sing. Jeffress, Falwell, Dobson, and Graham should take note.

http://www.snappytv.com/tc/1892738

http://theresurgent.com/an-open-letter-to-the-christian-right/

An Open Letter to the Christian Right

By  |  October 14, 2016, 12:42am

I am an evangelical Christian. I believe scripture is the inerrant word of God. I believe that when scripture speaks with authority on a subject, it is accurate even though it sometimes forces me to confront seeming contradictions. I believe in one triune God who through the person of Jesus Christ has delivered me from sin and will return to judge the quick and dead.

But I no longer believe in you.

While there are many right thinking Christians in the United States, the Christian Right has become as worldly and polluted as the Christian Left. Liberal Christianity in the United States has found that God is ever changing. His pronouncements on homosexuality have evolved. The application of the Bible need not be taken literally. And sin itself must be affirmed. Now the Christian Right does the same. It ignores admonitions of the Bible. It excuses the sins of those on the team.

To be clear, when I say Christian Right, I mean the political organizations that agitate for Christian values in Washington, D.C., not the conservative Christians in America struggling through their lives. I do not mean the mission focused biblically based organizations spread across America. I mean the remnant of the Moral Majority, which still seeks to exercise influence on behalf of Christians in Washington, D.C.

By your actions in Campaign 2016, you have harmed all of our witness. You have made it more difficult to save the lost and more difficult to protect the rights of faithful believers.
You have dragged down the reputation of penitent heroes of the Bible to justify the sins of Donald Trump.

You have dismissed claims of sexual assault against Donald Trump.

You have subverted and perverted the Word to justify and excuse the behavior of a man who finds it acceptable to degrade others and revel in sexual sin.

You have taken the story of Jesus protecting a woman from stoning and twisted it into an admonition that we should not hold Donald Trump accountable for sexual harassment lest we be “judging” him.

You have ridiculed the motives of the women who have come forward and in some cases mocked these women created in the image of God solely for political gain.

You have defended Donald Trump as partisans, not as Christians.

You have openly embraced a man who revels in sin and failed to publicly call him to repent.

You have made binary a choice that involves the weight of daily faith and determined that one evil should be chosen over another. Then you had the audacity to declare it God’s will instead of relying on God.

You made Christianity partisan instead of holy.

You should be ashamed.

How long will you defend the unjust and show partiality to the wicked?

Donald Trump is going to lose the White House now and through you he has dragged down all of us. When Christians of good faith and conscience stand up now to defend religious liberty, who will take us seriously? You championed a man who does not respect the First Amendment. You championed a man who implied that he, not Christ, will make Christianity great again.

When Christians argue for a moral basis of law, who will take us seriously? You, the media adorned face of Christianity in America, rallied to a man who revels in sin. You dismissed sexual assault claims because you did not want to harm your chances of getting secular, worldly power.

When Christians argue that we should, in the future, have a moral leader, who will take us seriously after you so quickly whored yourselves to Donald Trump?

When Christians take a bold stand, how will anyone assume the motivation is pure when you’ve been taking money from Trump? How will people know that this next time you are not bought and paid for?

We live in an age of increased cynicism toward faith and increased hostility toward Christians. By standing with a man who makes a mockery of faith, who revels in sin, and who calls himself a Christian, but has never felt the need to repent, you have exacerbated secular stereotypes of the Church in America. You have provided all the ammunition the secular world needs to question our motives, our beliefs, and our aspirations.

And yet you have no shame and refuse to acknowledge the damage you have done by excusing a man accused of sexual assault.

Christians should be known by our love, but you have sown division, hatred, and apologies for sin. You have exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator. You have made an idol of your politics and worship it as a religion. You have allowed bad company to corrupt your good morals.

The harm you have done at a time Christianity is under assault will echo through the coming decades. Instead of putting your trust in the real savior, you went looking for an earthly savior and shackled yourselves to him.

My only hope is that as he sinks down that you remain shackled to him as well and drown in your own irrelevance that Christians in America can be surrounded and supported now by the right Christians instead of the Christian Right.

Let the wicked be put to shame; let them go silently to Sheol.

Shame on you.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Let Us Change the World Rather Than Be Changed by the World

October 17, 2016

http://townhall.com/columnists/michaelbrown/2016/10/14/people-of-god-let-us-change-the-world-rather-than-be-changed-by-the-world-n2232389

This article in Townhall was encouraging to me as a Christian evangelical seeing numerous believers choosing to justify, excuse and minimize candidates’ behavior and conduct, and was a reminder as to what we are called to do.

As sons and daughters of God through faith in Jesus the Messiah, we have been given wonderful promises by God, but with those promises comes responsibility.

 

As the world around us is plunging into sexual anarchy and madness, let us swim against this polluting tide, determining, with God’s help, that rather than the world changing us, we will change the world.

 

People of God, Let Us Change the World Rather Than Be Changed by the World

 

Michael Brown
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Posted: Oct 14, 2016 1:23 PM
People of God, Let Us Change the World Rather Than Be Changed by the World

 

In front of our eyes, America is descending into vulgarity, lewdness, crudeness, and profanity. In front of our eyes, things which should not be spoken of in private are being shouted across the airwaves, and there seems to be almost no way to escape the bombardment of filth.

At times like this, those of us who love and fear the Lord need to be careful that we too don’t descend into this trashiness, paying careful attention lest we become desensitized and hardened along with the rest of the culture.

I don’t know if it can be demonstrated statistically, but many people believe that President Clinton’s affair with Monica Lewinsky had a negative effect on the nation as a whole, in particular, among young people, who learned that one particular sexual act did not constitute “having sex.”

Today, with the daily attacks on Donald Trump’s past and the daily reminders of Bill Clinton’s past, with websites blasting out the most salacious headlines and with newscasters shamelessly talking about shameful things – all this by the minute and by the hour – we run the risk of being polluted by the world’s corruption without even knowing it, just like a non-smoker comes out of a smoke-filled room smelling like smoke but doesn’t even realize it.

This is a time to remember the words of Jacob (James) who wrote, “Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world” (Jas. 1:27).

By all means, let us “visit orphans and widows in their affliction,” and by all means, let us keep ourselves “unstained from the world.”

Last week, I posted a video expressing my grief and sadness over professing Christians who minimized so-called “locker room” talk, referring specifically to the horrific sexual comments made by Donald Trump back in 2005.

But my focus was not on Trump.

My focus was on Christians saying, “It’s no big deal. All of us do things like that.”

There were even Christian women who said, “Hey, I hear that from my husband and sons.”

Seriously? No big deal? The kind of stuff most men and boys engage in? What kind of rubbish is that?

Followers of Jesus claiming that crass, despicable, crude, degrading talk about women is no big deal, even for themselves? Followers of Jesus calling me self-righteous and a liar if I don’t admit to engaging in similar talk? What kind of deception are they living in?

In response to my video, one individual wrote, “I guess Dr. Brown never says or minimizes anything inappropriate! Maybe Dr. Brown takes the opposite side of this issue to generate controversy for his Youtube Channel.”

Another wrote, “Dr. Brown, I’m sure you have said even worst, and you don’t fool anybody; you’re no better.”

What kind of world are these people living in?

It’s true that I’ve been following Jesus for the last 45 years, but my teen years were anything but holy, to the point that I was shooting heroin at the age of 15 and even broke into a doctor’s office to steal drugs for fun. I hung around with some pretty despicable and even dangerous people, and I had a miserably foul mouth.

But even then, the level of “locker room” talk heard on that tape was not something I engaged in (maybe because I wasn’t a star with that kind of access to women, even though I was filthy?).

Either way, the past is not the issue, not for me, not for you, not for Trump, not for Clinton, as long as we have asked God and people for forgiveness, as long as we have made things right, and as long as we are putting the past behind us by living new, transformed lives.

The issue, then, is how we are living today.

The issue is what we think about, what we talk about, and what we do today.

The issue is the purity of our hearts and the purity of our lips and the purity of our actions – and make no mistake about it, we are called to purity. And purity is downright beautiful.

This is how the Lord calls us to live (and this is just one relevant passage out of many; I encourage you to read it slowly, out loud, several times over):

“Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. But sexual immorality and all impurity or covetousness must not even be named among you, as is proper among saints. Let there be no filthiness nor foolish talk nor crude joking, which are out of place, but instead let there be thanksgiving.

“For you may be sure of this, that everyone who is sexually immoral or impure, or who is covetous (that is, an idolater), has no inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God. Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience. Therefore do not become partners with them; for at one time you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light . . .” (Eph. 5:1-8).

Yes, we used to be darkness, but now, in Jesus, we are light. Let us walk as children of light!

As sons and daughters of God through faith in Jesus the Messiah, we have been given wonderful promises by God, but with those promises comes responsibility. That’s why Paul wrote, “Therefore, since we have these promises, dear friends, let us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God” (2 Cor. 7:1, NIV).

As the world around us is plunging into sexual anarchy and madness, let us swim against this polluting tide, determining, with God’s help, that rather than the world changing us, we will change the world.

 

Let us run with endurance the race that is set before us

August 15, 2016

My mother-in-law Betty passed away tonight. She was a prayer warrior and a testimony of faith in Jesus. She was actually my husband’s stepmother, but like his dad, Allen (who passed in 2010), she always treated me like one of her own. She had many admirable qualities, but her steadfast faith in Jesus, her Savior, was one of her best. There were many family dinners and occasions where the family’s expression of faith was led by Betty and Allen and provided my daughter with a legacy of Christian faith and living that I am grateful beyond measure that my daughter was able to experience.

I know I will miss her, but in my sadness I am remembering some verses that offer some comfort. The first is Hebrews 12:1-3.

12 Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.For consider Him who has endured such hostility by sinners against Himself, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.

This online source explains the “cloud of witnesses” this way.

http://www.gotquestions.org/cloud-of-witnesses.html

“We are surrounded by the saints of the past in a unique way. It’s not that the faithful who have gone before us are spectators to the race we run. Rather, it is a figurative representation and means that we ought to act as if they were in sight and cheering us on to the same victory in the life of faith that they obtained. We are to be inspired by the Godly examples these saints set during their lives. These are those whose past lives of faith encourage others to live that way, too. That the cloud is referred to as “great” indicates that millions of believers have gone before us, each bearing witness to the life of faith we now live.”

Betty now, along with Allen, and the other loved ones who have gone before us are a part of that “cloud of witnesses”. I can’t help but think of Mark Schultz’s song, Cloud of Witnesses, and the words toward the end of the song. I can imagine Betty, despite her 93 years on this earth, running “the final mile” to the throne surrounded by all those who went before her, and who is now in the arms of the Savior.

So when it comes the time
That heaven calls
They’ll come running to see the ones who’ve gone before,
Ran the race and made the journey home,
To find waiting for them at the finish line,
Cheering happily
They will run
And they will see

A cloud of witnesses
Lined up on a street of gold
As they run the final mile.
That leads them to a throne.
And through the cloud of witnesses
They see God upon the throne.
And as they fall into His arms,
They know they’re home in
A cloud of witnesses,
Surrounded by a cloud of witnesses.

 

In closing, I’d like to note 1 Thessalonians 4:13:

13 Brothers and sisters, we do not want you to be uninformed about those who sleep in death, so that you do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope.

I will miss Betty and I am deeply saddened by her passing. I understand from family members that she passed peacefully. Though some tears may fall, we now know that she is rejoicing.

Why I won’t vote for Trump or Clinton

August 8, 2016

There have been a number of good editorials and opinion pieces written lately explaining why the writer has chosen not to vote for either Trump or Clinton. They all offer excellent reasons and reasoning why neither one earns their vote (or mine). Here are links to those articles, as well as a link to a series of videos that explains why voting for the lesser of two evils is not something in which a Christian wants to participate.

http://unhyphenatedamerica.org/2016/06/28/lesseroftwoevils/

http://drkevinbaird.com/wp/2016/07/29/__trashed/

http://www.nationalreview.com/article/438623/conservatisms-moral-crisis-defending-trumps-lies

http://www.dailywire.com/news/3896/shapiro-i-will-never-vote-donald-trump-heres-why-ben-shapiro

http://stepstopoliticalepiphany.com/

But I particularly liked the following article by Susan Wright because it captured, in a fairly concise way, my thoughts on the matter, from a Christian believer’s point of view.

http://www.redstate.com/sweetie15/2016/08/07/christians-crossroad-choosing-lesser-two-evils-still-choosing-evil/

Christians at a Crossroad: Choosing the Lesser of Two Evils is Still Choosing Evil

by Susan Wright

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“Of two evils, choose neither.” – Charles Spurgeon

And here we are, at a crossroad for choosing.

Turn to the left, and you find yourself in the camp of Hillary Clinton. She is the Teflon candidate. She has weathered more scandals and been let off the hook for more misdeeds and missteps than probably any known candidate in our nation’s very short history.

How she manages to elude justice and become the Democrat nominee, I have no certain idea. I suspect there is more than a slight bit of collusion going on behind the scenes. Politics is a cesspool, and until very recently, we could claim the Democrat end to be most corrupt and putrid.

If you turn to the right at this crossroad, you find yourself with Donald J. Trump. His supporters are made up of a mish-mash of the poorly educated, the angry, who desperately need a scapegoat for their anger, Nazis (No, seriously… Nazis), and the odd addition of Christians who feel he is the “lesser” of two evils.

If the idea of Christians united with Nazis for a common goal (getting Trump elected) causes you to recoil in disgust, you are not alone.

I’ve watched the nightmare of Trump unfold for the past year and I’ve taken every opportunity to sound the alarm about what he was. As a nation, we had better to choose from, but Trump was chosen by the people.

Trump is an unrepentant adulterer. He owns gambling houses. He demeans women, veterans, immigrants, and the handicapped.

Trump has not only cheated on his wives, but has cheated small business owners out of their rightful pay. He’s made a fortune out of sticking it to those he owes debts to, and has left creditors holding the bag, as he has used the bankruptcy courts to avoid payment.

He is ungracious, profane, and a bully.

Those the people choose to represent them are a direct reflection on the people, themselves.

So what does that say about Trump’s supporters? Or Hillary’s, for that matter?

More importantly, what does it say about those Christians that want to use the excuse, “At least he’s not Hillary” as a reason for supporting such a man?

I am in full agreement that we can’t let Hillary get in the White House. The damage she would inflict on our nation and our constitutional freedoms would take generations to correct.

I am equally convinced that Trump is not the answer for a Christian.

To Spurgeon’s point, there is no acceptable level of evil. Christians who are willing to trade Hillary’s wickedness for Trump’s, simply because of the magical “R” beside his name betray their principles, as Christians.

That “R” doesn’t stand for righteous.

What I’m hearing from most is that they will support a man who has never displayed anything hopeful or godly in his life, on the off chance that maybe he won’t be as bad as they know Hillary will be.

Is that faith?

If it is, it’s misplaced and misguided, at best.

I was told last night that if I stood against Trump, I was battling against God.

It was a curious and disturbing statement. I have to assume this person, in her zeal to exalt Trump, was incorrectly applying Romans 13:2:

“Consequently, whoever rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves.” Romans 13:2 NIV

As it is, however, Trump is not president, nor any authority, at this point.

He’s a reality TV star running for the presidency, and giving fair warning about him is not out of line with what God would have us do.

All throughout the Old Testament, God allowed for wicked leaders to be placed in authority over the people. Quite often, we can assume it was to humble the people and bring them back to Him. So it would seem, per Proverbs 16:4:

“The Lord has made everything for its own purpose,
Even the wicked [according to their role] for the day of evil.” Proverbs 16:4 AMP

As it appears, either Trump or Hillary would be a punishment on this nation, and we would deserve it. If these are the representatives of our values that we clamor for, even our Christians, then is this nation worth saving, or do we belong on the ash heap of history?

I offer this for your consideration: At a crossroads, you don’t have to take the left or the right. Sometimes, you just go straight ahead.

If by associating with wickedness and sin, we aid in the fall of many people, do we not bear a portion of that wickedness on ourselves?

There comes a time to stay the course and not be distracted or led astray by doubt, fear, or party loyalty.

I’ve made a choice to stand on my faith and my Christian principles. I will not aid in ushering in any age of corruption or wickedness by placing the sacred trust of my vote with anyone who does not represent my values.

Does that mean God is going to honor my faithfulness by not giving us Hillary or Trump?

No. We may very well end up with one of the two evils that the people have clamored for.

What it does mean, however, is that I held to my faith, and will continue, through the good days and the bad, alike.

My God has been faithful to me through hard times before. I refuse to bow to fear. I refuse to “go along to get along.”

I will stay the course, looking neither to the left or the right, because our answers are not there. I’ll vote my values, whether those are popular or even successful in this election, and whatever happens after, I will still trust God.

“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, and I have remained faithful.” 2 Timothy 4:7 NLT

 

 

Thank you Senator Cruz and all who stand with him

May 18, 2016

http://www.trevorloudon.com/2016/05/thankyou-senator-cruz-and-all-who-stand-with-him/

Submitted by on May 4, 2016 – 2:21 am EST

I met Senator Cruz for the third or fourth time two nights ago in La Porte, Indiana. It was both exhilarating and poignant for me, as I knew the polls were not looking good.

cruzo

I shook Senator Cruz’s hand and touched his shoulder to wish him luck.

Now that Senator Cruz has stepped down from the race, I wish to thank him for the hope he has given me and millions of other freedom lovers all over this world.

I wish to thank him for the hope he has given me and millions of other freedom lovers all over this world.

I never thought I’d see a leader like Senator Cruz in my lifetime. A man of the deepest integrity, humility kindness, faith and courage. It was an honor for me to support Senator Cruz in any small way I could.

I never thought I’d see a leader like Senator Cruz in my lifetime. A man of the deepest integrity, humility kindness, faith and courage. It was an honor for me to support Senator Cruz in any small way I could.

During the campaign, I got to meet Ted’s Dad Rafael on a few occasions and was extremely impressed by his courage and commitment to America and the Constitution. The apple did not fall far from the tree. I never met Heidi Cruz, but I saw her at several rallies. She was always impressive – whether tending to her lovely little girls, or wowing the crowd with her impassioned speaking.

You can judge a man by the company he keeps. The Cruz people were always great and the supporters around the country were amazing.

Right up front were stalwarts like Rep. Steve King, Greg Cummings and the super astute Steve Deace from Iowa. Terresa Monroe-Hamilton, Lloyd Marcus, Ben Shapiro, David LimbaughJenny Beth Martin, Ann-Marie Murrell, Dana Loesch, Benjamin Weingarten, Arlen Williams, Shona, Thomas, Jack and Danita, Mike Michaels, Manny Roman, Pastor Greg Young, John King from Florida, Bryan from Idaho, Bill and Regina from Colorado, our New Hampshire friends, Curtis Bowers and his amazing family, Renee Nal and Sparky & Angela from the TK Radio Network!

Many that I’ve never met I like to consider friends – Eric Erickson and the crew from Red State, Mark Levin, Michael Harrington, Torin Archbold, Mark Prasek, John Daniels of TavernKeepers and SooperMexican from the Right Scoop.

A huge shout-out too to Glenn Beck and his team. True American heroes all.

There are many more, but I’m dog-tired as I write this, so please forgive me if I forget you temporarily.

I cannot begin to imagine how Ted and his family must feel right now. I wish them all the sound sleep of the righteous.

Ted Cruz has made an impact that will be felt for centuries. He has flown the flag for liberty like no other political aspirant I’ve ever seen.

Ted Cruz has made an impact that will be felt for centuries. He has flown the flag for liberty like no other political aspirant I’ve ever seen.

I don’t think this election cycle has delivered all its surprises yet. Whatever role you play in the liberty movement Senator Cruz, I offer you and your family my humblest thanks and very best wishes for the future.

Whatever role you play in the liberty movement Senator Cruz, I offer you and your family my humblest thanks and very best wishes for the future.

The fight for freedom moves to its next phase.

The fight for freedom moves to its next phase.

 

 

 

Dark days

April 24, 2016

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My husband showed me something this morning that was pretty upsetting, so don’t read this if you don’t want to get depressed.

First, he showed me a local Facebook forum page where someone posted a video about some people in our community expressing their faith on a street corner. In response, commenters posted hateful, mocking things about these Christians, including comments about being “offended” that the Christian faith was being “shoved down their throat” by these people on the street corner expressing their First Amendment right.

Then, he showed me a clip from one of the Sunday morning shows. In this, presidential candidate #1 was mocking presidential candidate #2, saying how presidential candidate #2 was “saved”, but would “hold up his Bible”, and then “lie”. It was clear that presidential candidate #1 was not only mocking Christians, but the entire Bible, and by extension, God.

Aside from the politics, there were some deeply troubling implications. I looked up some Bible verses regarding mocking and John 15:18 jumped out at me:

 “If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first.”

“Ah-ha,” I said to myself. They hate us. And I think that’s the bottom line.

I remember Billy Graham’s “last message” where he said the cross offends. And it’s because people are confronted with their sin because of it. Then, I thought of the people in my own community on that public forum mocking Christians. Some other people of faith jumped in on the forum and defended the people on the street and Christianity. But I wondered, can we really reason with them if they hate us? Perhaps even more troubling were the statements by commenters of being “offended” by the Christian message by the people on the street and that it was being “shoved down their throat”. Reasonable, cogent arguments about the First Amendment didn’t seem to sway anyone. They still hate us. Yes, we’re a long way off from Roman amphitheaters with lions and Christians, or ISIS simultaneously beheading 21 Christians on an African beach…or are we?

And then I thought of a person seeking to be a leader and openly mocking everything we believe in and that person being elevated to a position of great power. I thought about how that person has said he doesn’t need forgiveness. And then I remembered how some people who are recognized leaders of evangelical churches and communities are backing him and expressing support for this person.

I believe my husband connecting these two seemingly unrelated items was spot on. And if I didn’t already know that I would never cast my vote for presidential candidate #1, this alone, solidifies that.

These are dark days and it does not portend well for Christians. Nor Jewish people, nor Israel, I would add, because we are connected.

Has the abortion lobby taken on the tactics of LGBT advocates?

January 5, 2016

“Planned Parenthood sent people into pharmacies all over the state looking for violators until they finally found Stormans pharmacy.

“Within five miles of Stormans pharmacy, there are over 30 pharmacies that sell the morning after pill, so it’s undisputed that none of the customers have ever been denied timely access…”

This quote from the article (which follows) is what is disturbing.

It appears the Christian owners of the pharmacy were directly targeted, which is interesting for the following reason: has the abortion lobby taken on the tactics of the LGBT lobby?

Some time ago, I read an article that explained how the recent Supreme Court decision regarding gay marriage came about. (I can dig it up, if anybody’s interested, but it might take some searching.) If you remember, back in 2008, Prop 8 was passed in California banning gay marriage. The black community which turned out to vote for Barack Obama, also overwhelmingly voted to ban gay marriage, many citing that they were offended by the LGBT’s likening of the gay struggle to the civil rights struggle. The article (for which I’d have to search) explained that just saying the two “struggles” were similar wasn’t enough, LGBT advocates needed to show there was “widespread” discrimination against gays.

Thus, we began to see a photographer here, a baker there, and a wedding venue in another state refusing to supply a product or service to a gay couple seeking to “get married”. And what was the common thread? All of these people targeted were Christians who said they could not provide that service or product because it violated what they believed. These cases kept cropping up and the providers were always Christians. The tide began to turn and Christians were put on the defensive, accused of being discriminatory and the illusion of “widespread” discrimination was complete. And in just 7 short years, there were numerous leaders in the black community agreeing it was a similar struggle, whereas just a few years earlier, they were offended.

And now we have a Christian-owned pharmacy not wanting to sell abortion products. Over 30 pharmacies within 5 miles were found to supply the drug(s), so access was not an issue. Nevertheless, the pharmacy is being told to sell the drug or they will be found to be in violation of the law. Perhaps, the only silver lining in this story, is that Washington is the only state with this kind of law at this time. But I wouldn’t be surprised to see other states adopt similar laws very soon.

I would also not be surprised if we begin to see not just pharmacies, but doctors, and other providers targeted in the same way, creating an illusion of discrimination and/or a lack of access to “medical care” in order to justify and expand taxpayer support of abortion and abortion products. The side benefit will be the excoriating of Christians and what we believe. It may also provide an avenue to punish Christian business owners or Christian practitioners for not acquiescing to popular culture.

Gird your loins. It’s going to get ugly.

Planned Parenthood Is About To Shut Down A Christian Pharmacy For Refusing To Sell Abortion Drugs

Photo of Casey Harper

Casey Harper
Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2016/01/04/planned-parenthood-is-about-to-shut-down-a-christian-pharmacy-for-refusing-to-sell-abortion-drugs/#ixzz3wPHJNSZk

A family-owned pharmacy is on the verge of being pushed out of business because they say the owners — devout Christians — won’t sell drugs like the morning after pill.

Washington state passed a law in 2007 that pharmacies must provide emergency contraceptives, like the morning after pill and the week after pill, which many pro-life groups say are equivalent to abortion because they may prevent a fertilized egg from implanting on the wall of the uterus, effectively killing it.

Stormans Inc., a Washington pharmacy, may go out of business because its owners refuse to comply with the law and are now plaintiffs in a legal battle with the state. The two other plaintiffs in the suit are pharmacists, one who lost her job because of her refusal to sell the drugs and the other who has been told she will lose hers if the regulations are upheld. The plaintiffs say the law  violates their religious beliefs and their conscience and that the law is unconstitutional. But a federal appellate judge ruled against them in July of last year. They appealed to the Supreme Court Monday, their last chance of saving the Stormans business and the pharmacists careers in the state.

“[Under the law,] it’s perfectly legal for a pharmacy to say we’re not going to stock the week after pill because we think its unprofitable or we want to specialize in geriatric drugs and don’t want to stock that drug or even if you run out, that’s fine too, but if you don’t have the drug because your religion forbids you that is illegal,” Luke Goodrich, Deputy General Counsel of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, told The Daily Caller News Foundation. “The actual text of the rule lays out a general obligation that pharmacies have a duty to deliver legal drugs in a timely manner and then has a bunch of exceptions.”

Refusing based on faith or conscience does not fit into those exceptions, and, Goodrich told TheDCNF, was designed that way on purpose to target religious pharmacists. He said that Planned Parenthood sent people into pharmacies all over the state looking for violators until they finally found Stormans pharmacy.

“Within five miles of [Stormans pharmacy], there are over 30 pharmacies that sell the morning after pill, so it’s undisputed that none of the customers have ever been denied timely access,” Goodrich told TheDCNF.

The family challenged the law in court, and a federal court struck down the law in February 2012 saying it forced religious pharmacy owners to violate their faith. The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals then reversed the decision in July 2015 and reinstated the contentious law.

Goodrich said that Washington is the only state in the country with such a strict law and that the American Pharmacists Association, the leading group in the country, filed a brief in favor of the Christian pharmacists.

“There is going to be a tension there. In our view, the balance falls in favor of the patient who needs a medication,” Laura Einstein, chief legal counsel for Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest, told U.S. News and World Report. “It’s better for women’s health if there are laws or regulations on the books where there is a statement by the regulatory agency that it’s a priority that women’s health care needs are met.”

There is scientific dispute over whether the morning after and week after pill actually destroys a fertilized egg, which complicates the issue. It seems the distinction is more disputed on the morning after pill, Plan B, but is more likely with the week after pill, Ella. A brochure for Ella states that it is “possible that Ella works by preventing attachment to the wall inside the uterus,” reports U.S. News and World Report.

“As a matter of science there’s no settled answer on whether the drugs do or don’t destroy a fertilized egg by preventing it from implanting,” Goodrich told TheDCNF. “There are studies which say that it is really difficult to rule out that it operates that way.  The bottom line is there is uncertainty on that issue. It’s basically like handing them a gun and saying ‘some of the chambers are loaded, some aren’t, and I want you to point it at this person and pull the trigger.’ Their answer will be, ‘I don’t want to do that even if there is only a small chance of killing somebody.’”

The Supreme Court will likely decide in April if they’ll take up the case. If they take it up, it will probably be in the fall of 2016.

“It’d be one thing if there was actually some record of some woman somewhere not getting timely action to a drug, but there’s no record of that,” Goodrich told TheDCNF. “It’s really a solution in search of a problem. The only thing the regulations do is punish conscientious objectors.” Goodrich told TheDCNF that if the law is allowed to stand, pro abortion groups would try to make this law the standard nationwide.

“Ever since Roe V. Wade the states and the federal government have consistently protected all medical professionals from being involved in what they consider an abortion,” Goodich told TheDCNF. “This would really be the first time the legal system has given the green light to force people to be involved in what they think is an abortion.”

Sen. Ted Cruz at CPAC 2015

February 27, 2015

Hopefully, our next President of the United States.

Barack Obama is Bush Lite

September 23, 2014

Ben Shapiro’s Truth Revolt posted this. Don’t miss.

http://www.truthrevolt.org/videos/bill-whittle-obama-bush-lite

It’s the ultimate insult to a guy who’s blamed everything on his predecessor. In this video, Bill Whittle excoriates the president for “doing the same things for the same reasons his predecessor did, only he’s doing them late, doing them badly and blaming everyone else.” As Shapiro notes, “Bill Whittle shows why Barack Obama is nothing more than Bush Lite.”

Holding fast

August 26, 2014

I confess. I’m a little down. The republican party has won one.

Last year I divorced the GOP and became a registered conservative. I was fed up with the lies. Most republican candidates seem to become just conservative enough to suck conservatives into voting for them and then stab you in the back once they’ve won the election, abandoning conservatives in favor of being democrat-lites. I was sick of it. I felt battered by the republican party.

Over the last year, I’ve become more politically active because of local progressives pushing an agenda of creeping tyranny. In California, because of the top-two system, political parties don’t really matter. I joined a local arm of a group that claims to be the conservative arm of the republican party. At the time I joined, I explained that I was a registered conservative, and with a rising conservative activist as a witness to the entire conversation, was told that it was no big deal. Last night, at a meeting, I was told that being a conservative would prevent me from being able to vote to endorse conservative candidates–which was the whole reason I joined, that it was in their by-laws. When the other conservative vouched for what was said at the time of sign-up, the person in charge said, “Why would I say that?”, impugning not just my integrity, but the other conservative’s as well. Once again, I felt like I was back at the republican battered women’s shelter.

Well, just because the republican party won this round, I’m not going back to the abuser for more. It just confirms why I left in the first place.