Speaking to about 2,000 young people, which included many Catholics, Obama seemingly argued that religious education can promote division and resentment.
â€œIf towns remain dividedâ€”if Catholics have their schools and buildings and Protestants have theirs, if we canâ€™t see ourselves in one another and fear or resentment are allowed to hardenâ€”that too encourages division and discourages cooperation,â€ Obama said, according toÂ the Scottish Catholic Observer.
JustÂ two days beforeÂ Obama made his comments, Archbishop Gerhard Mueller, Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith,Â spokeÂ to a crowd in Glasgow, Scotland. Mueller told his listeners that religious education upholds the dignity of the human person, and Catholic schools should promote â€œall that is good in the philosophies of societies and human culture.â€ Mueller said that Catholic education is â€œa critical component of the Church.â€
In addition, MuellerÂ advocatedÂ for an understanding of â€œCatholicâ€ which includes the breadth of â€œall that is good in the philosophies of societies and human culture.â€ The archbishop spoke of relativism as a threat to education because the objects of educationâ€”the true and the goodâ€”â€œstand in some way outside the personâ€ and are transcendent.
â€œA danger in the relativism of modern society is the assumption that human freedom essentially entails creating oneâ€™s own truth and moral good.â€
Mueller said that the implications of relativism â€œwould lead to the breakdown of society… if pursued to their logical conclusion.â€
How ironicâ€”and perhaps providentialâ€”that Archbishop Mueller spoke his faith-filled words in Scotland at about the same time President Obama spoke his words of sabotage in Ireland.
As is often the case, Obama begins his process of undermining faith, the Constitutionâ€”whateverâ€”by speaking to young people, hoping to divide them from those who will hand down the traditions and the culture to them. In truth, it is Obamaâ€”not faith or the Churchâ€”who is the Great Divider, the promoter of class warfare, envy, racism, etc.
Common Coreâ€™s English standardsÂ stressÂ nonfiction over literature. By grade 12, 70 percent of what studentsÂ readÂ should be informational rather than literary.Â Supporters of the guidelines say an increased focus on informational texts will better prepare kids for post-college employment.
Many of these nonfiction texts come from government websites and promote the findings of various government agencies.
Some might find the texts a bit dry. (And thatâ€™s without including â€œKenyaâ€™s Long Dry Season.â€)
Here are a few recommended informational texts.
â€œInvasive Plant Inventory,â€ by the California Invasive Plant Council. This is just a list of invasive plant species in California.
â€œRecommended Levels of Insulation,â€ by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. While assuredly a fascinating read, The DC News Foundation was unable to review â€œRecommended Levels of Insulation,â€ because the websiteÂ was hacked.
â€œFedViews,â€ by the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco. This report from 2009 explains that the federal stimulus helped to stabilize the economy and asserts that there is no link between deficit spending and inflation.
I must admit that I would have been too embarrassed to teach Julia Alvarezâ€™s sexually explicit novel, In the Time of the Butterflies, to the college students I have taught for over twenty years, much less to ninth- and tenth-graders, as many Georgia high school teachers have been instructed to do.
Some high school teachers also have a problem with its overtly feminist and leftist-leaning ideology. The men are portrayed as weak drunkards, continually cheating on their wives.
For example, there is a drunken New Yearâ€™s celebration of â€œthe triumphant announcement.Â Batista had fled!Â Fidel, his brother Raul, and Ernesto they call Che had entered Havana and liberated the country.â€ No indication in the novel that Fidel and Raul turned out to be tyrants, or Che a mass murderer.
The novel has explicit descriptions of masturbation and intercourse, but Iâ€™m too embarrassed to quote those.
The novel is taken straight from Common Coreâ€™s â€œText Exemplarsâ€ for ninth and tenth grades.Â Although the â€œexemplarsâ€ are officially intended to be suggested readings, educrats take the suggestions literally.Â They know that they have to prepare students for theÂ national testsÂ being rolled out in 2014/2015.
[…] Â Even my question in private to the school board member (who claimed to love â€œliteratureâ€) about the fact that informational texts like EPA directives will be replacing a large percentage of literary works was met with the retort, â€œSo how many times do you use Beowulf?Â Graduates need to learn how to read informational texts in order to be able to read instructions at work.â€
No doubt, high school students sharing his opinion would rather read Alvarezâ€™s unchallenging polemical and titillating prose than Beowulf or Paradise Lost.Â Â No doubt, her novel will bring them up to speed on politically correct figures and sex tips.Â The accompanying EPA directives will teach them how to scan boring texts for required instructions at their â€œ21stÂ centuryâ€ jobs where they will do tasks that require little concentration or independent thought.
When I walked into this yearâ€™sÂ Oregon Adolescent Sexuality ConferenceÂ in Seaside, Oregon, one of the first things I encountered was a table manned by three young teen boys. On the table was a collage that included many depictions of totally bare female genitaliaâ€”obviously pornographic and, one would think, illegal.
The collage included a drawing of a woman circa 1950 declaring, in the most base terms, what a womanâ€™s private parts should smell like. It also included a drawing of a pigtailed little girl riding on a tricycle with the word â€œVagina!â€ written above her, and another drawing of a young female child standing by a rose, with the word â€œVaginaâ€ written below her on a chalkboard.
â€œEveryone can come insideâ€ are the words visible along the outer edge of the piece, which appeared to be a decoupaged plate.
The boys smiled nervously as hordes of teens, who had arrived for what some described as a field trip, passed the display table. Planned Parenthood was on the steering committee of this conference.
The booth belonged to Youth for Education and Prevention of Sexual Assault (YEPSA), a supposedly teen-led initiative from Eugene, Oregon. At a booth whose stated mission was the prevention of sexual assault, I could only wonder why the teen boys would be manning a table containing graphic pictures of female genitalia, suggesting that â€œeveryone can come insideâ€ a pigtailed little girl on a tricycle.
With that question in mind, I checked on the Internet and found that the group puts on performances, the first of which wasÂ The Vagina Monologues. The students stated they just finished a run of a play that they wrote about the life struggles of a transgendered woman. They have a transgender education panel coming up, and they do art shows around teen sexuality and gender.
Day two of the conference found me very reluctantly attending a workshop led by YEPSA entitled â€œYou Say Porn, I Say Porn!â€
The program description did not even begin to touch the stark reality of the session. â€œTo porn or not to porn, that is the question. YEPSA will be leading the masses through the very exciting world of pornography.â€ The session was held in a large room, filled with teens and adults. It started with a soft porn video commercial.
About 10 teen facilitators lined up across the front of the room and introduced themselves. They gave their names and the pronoun they prefer (â€œI prefer â€˜she,â€™â€ â€œI donâ€™t have a preference but I identify as male,â€ etc.). This was in keeping with a theory emphasized over and over at the conferenceâ€”that gender is fluid and is determined only by the person in question and how that person feels at that particular time about his or her gender. In others words, biology has nothing to do with gender.
[…] Â This is just a sampling of the plan that Planned Parenthood has for our teens. Check out our website atÂ www.stopp.org, where I will be writing for several weeks on the unbelievably inappropriate materials and scenarios that were presented at this conference.
Oregon Education Department â€œsexuality education expertâ€ Brad VictorÂ prides himselfÂ on the fact that Oregon has the â€œmost progressive sex education laws in the nation,â€ and brags about how he easily slid Oregonâ€™s explicit Administrative Rule under the radar as a consent item at the state board level. The plan is that other states will follow suit. Many are already deeply embroiled in Planned Parenthoodâ€™s sex education. Those who are not embroiled are targeted.
But as we pointed out inÂ our last editionÂ ofÂ The Wednesday STOPP Report, Brad Victor also demonstrated that if parents will speak out at every level, sex education can be easily derailed in a school districtâ€”even one where the programs are already firmly in place. The sooner parents start their challenges, however, the better.
Jim Sedlakâ€™s bookÂ Parent Power!!Â is available free of charge on our website. It is a brilliant instructional tool that lays out the plan that parents can follow to get Planned Parenthood out of local schools. It is a plan that has been proven to work time and time again when parents follow it. Read Jimâ€™s book today and take action!
Nationwide, congregations and families are coming to terms with the BSA policy change. In an effort to remain strong in their biblical convictions, many are being forced to cut ties with the BSA despite years of financial support and mutual trust.
But in doing so, their decision to withdraw support of the nationâ€™s largest scouting organization has come under scrutiny by the liberal media and the leftwing blogosphere. Just days following the vote, Atlanta-area pastor Ernest Easley made national news when he advised his parishioners to cut all ties with BSA.
â€œI never dreamed Iâ€™d have to stand up publicly and say to parents: Pull your kids out of the Boy Scouts,â€ Easley told the Baptist Press May 28. â€œIf you would have asked me that five years ago, 10 years ago, I would have laughed,â€ Easley said. â€œAnd even as I was saying it Sunday morning, I thought, I cannot believe Iâ€™m having to address this and encourage parents to pull their children out of the Boy Scouts of America.â€
Louisvilleâ€™s largest church, Southeast Christian Church, also made headlines when they cut ties with the Boy Scouts after the national organization decided to drop its ban on gay youth.
â€œWe want everyone, including ourselves, to live by biblical standards,â€ said the Executive Pastor Tim Hester. â€œTruly for us itâ€™s a logical decision â€¦ We cannot be distracted from the mission God has called us to.â€
Churches, families and the Scouts themselves are what some might consider collateral damage of a decade-long battle waged by the LGBT organizations against the BSA to impose their morality on a non-government entity. And thanks to a compliant media, clearly in the LGBT camp, these institutions must fend off accusations of intolerance and bigotry while trying to stand strong in their biblical convictions.
â€œWe hoped to keep sex and politics out of Scouting,â€ lamented John Stemberger, a lifelong Scout with two sons in scouting, now leading the fight to start a new scouting chapter in defiance of the adopted policy. Unfortunately the LGBT community and the liberal media had other plans.
Sadly, itâ€™s the parents and churches that must unravel this messy BSA policy and tenaciously step through the landmine of media scrutiny as they seek to live biblically in an increasingly anti-Christian society.
In suburban Atlanta, northern Idaho and a number of other places, churches have moved swiftly to sever ties with the Boy Scouts of America in protest over the vote last month to let openly gay boys participate in Scouting.
To date, itâ€™s far from the mass defection that some conservatives had predicted before the vote by the Irving-based BSAâ€™s National Council. But the exodus could soon swell, depending on the outcome of the Southern Baptist Conventionâ€™s annual meeting next week in Houston.
Baptist churches sponsor nearly 4,000 Scout units representing more than 100,000 youths, according to the Boy Scouts of America.
That number could drop precipitously.
The Southern Baptist Convention, the countryâ€™s largest Protestant denomination, will soon urge its 45,000 congregations and 16 million members to cut ties with the Scouts, according to church leaders.
In light of the BSA’s recent decision, there is already a move to create a faith-based alternative called “Faith Based Boys.” Â The name and program are still being developed, but they’re looking for families that are willing to give them feedback and join their efforts.
Dr. Karen Kenney of the San Fernando Valley Tea Party Patriots, related the madness of an intrusive questionnaire with 35 topics and 80 sub-topics, which she was expected to complete in just 20 days, under penalty of perjury. Â One of the questions asked her to list the ways her organization was condoning or promoting illegal activities. Â â€I think the IRS needs to fix its labeling machine,â€ Kenney said sarcastically. Â â€Weâ€™re the San Fernando Valley Patriots, not Occupy Oakland.â€
She eventually gave up on the â€œcostly and exhausting IRS process,â€ but kept her organization going with her own money and a few modest donations kept n a cake tin. Â â€Like patriots before us, we persevere,â€ she declared. Â â€The voice of this Republic resides in our citizens, not in the tongue of government. Â More must grasp that self-evident truth. Â This dialogue is about the jackboot of tyranny upon the field of our founding documents. Â To whisper the letters â€˜IRSâ€™ strikes a shrill note on Main Street, USA, but when this behemoth tramples upon Americaâ€™s grassroots, few hear the snapping sounds.â€
[…] Â Susan Martinek, president of the Coalition for Life of Iowa, talked about the IRS inquisition into the conduct of her groupâ€™s prayer meetings, and the â€œeducationalâ€ content of their protest signs. Â She was eventually instructed by the IRS not to protest outside Planned Parenthood offices.
[…] Â Becky Gerritson of the Alabama Tea Party was one of several who testified that they received intimidating lettersÂ personally signedÂ by the infamous Lois Lerner, the IRS official currently on paid administrative leave. Â â€This is a willful act of intimidation to discourage a point of view,â€ charged Gerritson. Â â€What the government did to our little group in Wetumpka, Alabama is un-American.â€
â€œIâ€™m not interested in scoring political points. Â I want to protect and preserve the America that I grew up in, the America that people cross oceans and risk their lives to become a part of, and Iâ€™m terrified that it is slipping away,â€ Gerritson testified.
Early Tuesday during a House Ways and Means Committee, Democrat Jim McDermott blamed tea party groups for IRS targeting. McDermott essentially said that because conservative groups dared to apply for tax exempt status, they deserved to be targeted.
[…] Â Luckily, Republican Rep. Paul Ryan was there to shut down his nonsense and received roaring applause in the hearing room for doing so.
During Tuesday’s testimony, Congressional Democrats attacked the private citizens brought before them to tell their individual horror stories. The witnesses were Tea Party groups and other conservative groups put through months of paralyzing harassment by an IRS that had intentionally singled them out based on their political beliefs.
Well, that is not the point and everyone knows it. Had the IRS put the same number of left-leaning groups through the same hyper-scrutiny as they did right-leaning groups, none of this would be happening. There would be no scandal.
But the idea here is to change the subject from the fact that the IRS singled out Obama’s political foes for paralyzing scrutiny in the run-up to Obama’s re-election campaign, to the supposed abuse of a tax exempt status by conservative political groups.
The thinking goes that if Democrats can make the Tea Party look like tax cheats it will take the heat off of Obama and further damage his opponents.
Well, right on cue, Politico arrives this morning like the cavalry withÂ an appallingly dishonestÂ (but expected) piece of reporting that falls right in line with what Congressional Democrats did yesterday. It is as pure a piece of coordination and left-wing propaganda as you will ever read.
And this is the only kind of investigative reporting Politico ever does. Imagine if Politico poured these same resources into investigating the IRS’s connections to the White House or the shaping of the IRS talking points by the State Department.
U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice, famed as the chief purveyor of the Obama Administrationâ€™s false talking points on the Benghazi attack, will become Barack Obamaâ€™s new National Security Adviser following the resignation of Tom Donilon. Obama previously tried to promote her to Secretary of State, but that required confirmation, so the effort collapsed.
Iâ€™d say that a more brazen insult to the American people from this President could not be imagined, but, hey, IRS.
This means the President who claims he learns about his Administrationâ€™s activities by watching the news will be advised on national security by a woman famous for lying to the media. That seems like a closed information loop. Riceâ€™s defenders claimed she had nothing to do with preparing the phony talking points â€“ she was just mindlessly reciting them. Is that really the sort of thing America wants on a national security adviserâ€™s resume?
1973: reporters investigate All the President’s Men. 2013: reporters are All the President’s Men.
You knew the mainstream media was biased, but this is incredible. It wasÂ revealed todaythat CBS News President David Rhodes’ brother is Obama Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes, who was instrumental in rewriting theÂ BenghaziÂ talking points. But it gets worse. It is now learned that ABC President Ben Sherwood’s sister, Dr. Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall,Â isÂ a Special Assistant to Barack Obama on national security affairs. But even this isn’t it! CNN’s deputy bureau chief, Virginia Moseley, is the wife ofÂ Tom Nides, who until February was Hillary Clinton’s deputy.
The unmitigated gall of this man is mind-blowing. Â Â His administration’s gun-running scheme armed Mexican drug cartels and resulted in the deaths of at least 2 border agents and 300 Mexican citizens. Â And he has the nerve to blame US??
President Barack Obama, speaking in Mexico City on Friday, said the United States is responsible for much of the crime and violence in Mexico because of the demand for drugs and the illegal smuggling of guns across the southern border.
He told the crowd, â€œWe understand that the root cause of violence thatâ€™s been happening here in Mexico for which so many Mexicans have suffered is the demand for illegal drugs in the United States.â€ He later added, â€œWe also recognize that most of the guns used to commit violence here in Mexico come from the United States.â€
Obama acknowledged the illegal smuggling of guns into Mexico by American criminals, but did not mention the Justice Departmentâ€™s Operation Fast and Furious that allowed the flow of about 2,000 U.S. guns to Mexican drug trafficking organizations. Fast and Furious began in the fall of 2009 and was halted in December 2010 after two of the weapons from the DOJ gun walking program were found at the murder scene of Border Patrol agent Brian Terry.
Obama didnâ€™t just offer a few throwaway lines at the issue, taking playful jabs at his Republican opponents. He actually seemed to be blaming Americans for the corrupt and violent Mexican drug culture.
He said, â€œMuch of the root cause of violence thatâ€™s been happening here in Mexico, for which so many Mexicans have suffered, is the demand for illegal drugs in the United States.â€
Can you believe that? Who thinks that way, much less a United States president? Whose team is he on? Whom is he fighting for? Wouldnâ€™t you think that if the captain of our team were going to complain about problems between our two countries, he would direct his criticisms at those committing the crimes in their own country and those who also come to our country in droves illegally, even if the numbers have decreased recently because of Obamaâ€™s economy?
But no, itâ€™s our fault. Itâ€™s always our fault, even when heâ€™s the president. What an impotent guy he must be not to be able to have a more positive effect on us evil Americans.
But he didnâ€™t stop there. Why should he have? He had a perfect platform to kill a couple of eagles with the same stone. He next took aim at Americaâ€™s evil gun manufacturers.
He said: â€œMost of the guns used to commit violence here in Mexico come from the United States. I think many of you know that in America, our Constitution guarantees our individual right to bear arms. And as president, I swore an oath to uphold that right, and I always will. But at the same time, as Iâ€™ve said in the United States, I will continue to do everything in my power to pass common-sense reforms that keep guns out of the hands of criminals and dangerous people. That can save lives here in Mexico and back home in the United States. Itâ€™s the right thing to do.â€
It is disgraceful enough that this American president would gratuitously paint America in a negative light before foreign people and their leaders (absent some egregious, deliberate action by the United States). But it is especially reprehensible that he attacked Americans and American gun manufacturers for the purpose of advancing his political and policy agenda in the United States.
If he wanted to apologize to Mexico, perhaps he should have started with Fast and Furious and the illegal guns his administration walked into Mexico without its permission or knowledge, which resulted in the death of some 200 Mexicans. But his apology ought to be on behalf of his administration, including himself and his attorney general, not America generally.
A year to the day after kicking off his re-election campaign at Ohio State University, President Barack Obama returned to the college campus and told graduates that only through vigorous participation in their â€œdemocracyâ€ can they right an ill-functioning government and break through relentless cynicism about the nationâ€™s future.
Obama also urged the students to â€œreject these voicesâ€ that warn of the evils of government,Â saying:
Still, youâ€™ll hearÂ voices that incessantly warn of governmentÂ as nothing more than some separate, sinister entity thatâ€™s the root of all our problems, even as they do their best to gum up the works; orÂ that tyranny always lurks just around the corner. You shouldÂ reject these voices. Because what they suggest is that our brave, creative,Â unique experiment in self-rule is just a shamÂ with which we canâ€™t be trusted.
We have never been a people who place all our faith in government to solve our problems, nor do we want it to. But we donâ€™t think the government is the source of all our problems, either. BecauseÂ we understand that this democracy is ours.Â As citizens, we understand that America is not about what can be done for us. Itâ€™s about what can be done by us, together, through the hard and frustrating but absolutely necessary work of self-government.
The cynics may be the loudest voicesâ€”but they accomplish the least.Â Itâ€™s the silent disruptorsâ€”those who do the long, hard, committed work of changeâ€”that gradually push this country in the right direction, and make the most lasting difference. [Emphasis added]
Interesting. Obama said that those who warn others to be on the lookout for government tyranny run counter to the reason this â€œbrave, and creative, and unique experiment in self-ruleâ€ called the United States of America was formed, when in fact a stand against government tyranny is precisely why this country came into existence. Can somebody please flick the paradox switch on the teleprompter to the â€œoffâ€ position?
Thomas Paine wrote about the â€œgovernment and society should be a single entityâ€ approach inÂ Common Sense, and concluded the two should never be indistinguishable:
â€œSome writers have so confounded society with government, as to leave little or no distinction between them; whereas they are not only different, but have different origins. Society is produced by our wants, and government by wickedness; the former promotes our happiness positively by uniting our affections, the latter negatively by restraining our vices. The one encourages intercourse, the other creates distinctions. The first is a patron, the last a punisher. Society in every state is a blessing, but government even in its best state is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one;â€
1. We need no further proof to justify a chorus of horse-laughter over his claim to being a Constitutional scholar. Because a Constitutional scholar would have read a book or two. Specifically, say, theÂ Federalist PapersÂ and theÂ Anti-Federalist Papers. He wouldâ€™ve seen that the nation was extremely concerned about tyranny in America in the run-up to the ratification of the federal Constitution. Indeed, those on the Anti-Federalist side seem more like prophets with each passing day, as they were convinced that the new Constitution would not, in fact, keep tyranny from happening here. Warning about government tyranny is practically theÂ sine qua nonÂ of the American experiment.
President Reagan spoke as an American in this honorable tradition when he quipped that the scariest words in our language were, â€œWeâ€™re from the government and weâ€™re here to help.â€ Mr. Obama speaks those words in earnest, like he reallyÂ meansÂ them, and wonders why anyone would be nervous about it.
2. I really have no idea who heâ€™s talking about, these mysterious voices warning of tyranny lurking around the corner. Everyone I know who is paying any attention is aware thatÂ tyranny is here right now, out in the open! IÂ wishÂ we lived in a time when tyrants were still afraid to show themselves!
Recently, the Pentagon hired a rabid, anti-Christian fanatic to advice them on how to make the military more “tolerant.” Â Â His first recommendation has been to court-martial Christians who dare to share their faith with another service member.
â€œToday, we face incredibly well-funded gangs of fundamentalist Christian monsters who terrorize their fellow Americans by forcing their weaponized and twisted version of Christianity upon their helpless subordinates in our nationâ€™s armed forces.â€
Those words were recently written by Mikey Weinstein, founder of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF),Â in a column he wroteÂ for the Huffington Post. Weinstein will be a consultant to the Pentagon to develop new policies on religious tolerance, including a policy for court-martialing military chaplains who share the Christian Gospel during spiritual counseling of American troops.
[…] Â Â Many media outlets are silent on this disturbing new alliance between fanatical secularists and leaders in the Pentagon appointed by President Barack Obama and Secretary Chuck Hagel, under which the U.S. military would officially consult with someone with such foaming-at-the-mouth passionate hostility toward traditional Christians, including Evangelicals and devout Catholics. The militaryâ€”Americaâ€™s most heroic and noble institutionâ€”includes countless people of faith, and this represents a radical departure from the U.S. militaryâ€™s warm embrace of people of faith in its ranks.
Yet the little coverage this story is getting is positive, such asÂ thisWashington PostÂ columnÂ that somehow manages not to carry any of these frightening quotes from Weinstein and instead actually endorses the Pentagonâ€™s meeting with him. Sally Quinnâ€™sÂ Postcolumn also approvingly quotes MRFF Advisory Board member Larry Wilkerson as saying, â€œSexual assault and proselytizing, according to Wilkerson, â€˜are absolutely destructive of the bonds that keep soldiers together.â€™â€
Did you get that? They say having someone share the Christian gospel with you is akin to being raped. Weinstein makes sure there are no doubts, being quoted by theÂ PostÂ as adding, â€œThis is a national security threat. What is happening [aside from sexual assault] is spiritual rape. And what the Pentagon needs is to understand is that it is sedition and treason. It should be punished.â€
The Pentagon has released a statement confirming that soldiers could be prosecuted for promoting their faith: “Religious proselytization is not permitted within the Department of Defense…Court martials and non-judicial punishments are decided on a case-by-case basis…â€.
The statement, released toÂ Fox News, follows a Breitbart NewsÂ reportÂ on Obama administration Pentagon appointees meeting with anti-Christian extremist Mikey Weinstein to develop court-martial procedures to punish Christians in the military who express or share their faith.
This regulation would severely limit expressions of faith in the military, even on a one-to-one basis between close friends. It could also effectively abolish the position of chaplain in the military, as it would not allow chaplains (or any service members, for that matter), to say anything about their faith that others say led them to think they were being encouraged to make faith part of their life. Itâ€™s difficult to imagine how a member of the clergy could give spiritual counseling without saying anything that might be perceived in that fashion.
Ironic that the very men and women who volunteered to defend liberty are now watching their most basic, unalienable rights being stripped away, all in the name of “tolerance.” Â Is this what they fought for?
Gay activists have been putting pressure on the Boy Scouts for years, but they finally started to get results when they targeted BSA’s large corporate donors and infiltrated the National Executive Committee with members willing to undermine the BSA from within. Â Fearing losing their funding, the Boy Scouts have now partially caved to allow gay scouts, but notÂ Troop Leaders. Â It’s obvious that won’t be far behind. Â The Â wall has been officially breached, and the bullies of the gay lobby won’t be satisfied until they’ve been brought down completely.
If ever there was a week to quietly announce a major organizational change, this is it.
A spokesman with the Boy Scouts of America on Friday announced that the 103-year-old organization is set to lift its long-standing ban on openly gay youth members but will continue to exclude gays as adult leaders.
However, asÂ ReutersÂ notes, the groupâ€™s board â€œstill has to vote in May on whether to ratify the resolution.â€
If the vote goes through, â€œno youth may be denied membership in the Boy Scouts of America on the basis of sexual orientation or preference alone,â€ Deron Smith, the organizationâ€™s spokesman, told Reuters.
Virtually every news story on this topic erroneously frames this issue as the Boy Scouts â€œbans gaysâ€ or â€œdiscriminates against gays.â€ This is simply not true. Contrary to what the media might report, the Boy Scouts do not discriminate against homosexuals. The BSA membership application does not even ask about sexual orientation.
[…] Â The fact is that veterans of Scouting will tell you there are currently Scouts and adult leaders in uniform who have same-sex attractions and who are in good standing with the program. They are discreet, though; they are private, they are discerning, and most of all, they conduct themselves appropriately in front of other young boys. Further, there has never been a witch hunt in theÂ BSAÂ to find or remove its members with a same-sex attraction.
So if homosexuals are already allowed in Scouting, then what is the national controversy about?
The real issue is this: Homosexual-rights activists are not satisfied with membership in good standing and being allowed to fully participate like everyone else. They want to be able to openly promote homosexuality. They want to promote a gay-rights political agenda. They want to act out publicly and be â€œloud and proud.â€ They want to inappropriately inject sex and politics into theÂ BSAÂ program, where children as young as six years old are involved. Not on this dadâ€™s watch. This behavior and open homosexual conduct is exactly what the currentÂ BSAÂ policy prohibits, a prohibition that we as parents demand that the program reaffirm if it wants our continued support.
[…] Â Former U.S. Rep. Richard T. Schulze, Pennsylvania Republican, a recipient of the rare Distinguished Eagle Scout Award, recently commented, â€œWhat kind of a message are we sending to our young people if the very leaders who are teachingÂ Boy ScoutsÂ to be brave cannot even find the courage to stand firm and avoid caving in to peer pressure from Hollywood and political activists?â€
It’s sad that an institution which has taught boys to stand up for moral principles and against the tide of moral relativism has allowed themselves to be compromised for the sake of money. Â That’s exactly what this boils down to – and it will destroy them. Â They may keep their big donors, but thousands of churches and other charter organizations will simply dissolve their charters rather than risk the wrath of gay bullies and potential lawsuits.
â€œItâ€™s a no-brainer that (homosexual activists) should have the right to marry, but I also think equally that itâ€™s a no-brainer that the institution of marriage should not exist. â€¦(F)ighting for gay marriage generally involves lying about what we are going to do with marriage when we get there â€” because we lie that the institution of marriage is not going to change, and that is a lie.
The institution of marriage is going to change, and it should change. And again, I donâ€™t think it should exist. And I donâ€™t like taking part in creating fictions about my life. Thatâ€™s sort of not what I had in mind when I came out thirty years ago.
I have three kids who have five parents, more or less, and I donâ€™t see why they shouldnâ€™t have five parents legallyâ€¦ I met my new partner, and she had just had a baby, and that babyâ€™s biological father is my brother, and my daughterâ€™s biological father is a man who lives in Russia, and my adopted son also considers him his father. So the five parents break down into two groups of threeâ€¦ And really, I would like to live in a legal system that is capable of reflecting that reality, and I donâ€™t think thatâ€™s compatible with the institution of marriage.â€
The end point of liberalism is a coercive secular state in which the religious have no meaningful rights. American church leaders are kidding themselves if they think the gay-marriage juggernaut is going to stop at civil marriage. It wonâ€™t. It will quickly travel past court houses to churches, demanding that all religions bless gay marriages.
Denmark casts a shadow of this future, where the gay-marriage juggernaut has smashed through church doors. Last year the countryâ€™s parliament passed a law requiring all Lutheran churches to conduct gay marriage ceremonies. â€œI think itâ€™s very important to give all members of the church the possibility to get married,â€ said Manu Sareen, Denmarkâ€™s minister for gender equality. Reluctant bishops have to supply ministers to satisfy the right whether they like it or not.
Iceland and Sweden have similar arrangements. Since many of the bishops are in the tank for gay marriage anyways and since these churches are â€œstateâ€ churches, this pressure generates little news. But it is instructive nonetheless. Where gay marriage exists, religious freedom gradually disappears, to the point where ministers have to choose between serving as secularismâ€™s stooges or facing societal oblivion.
In America, this pressure will take the form of â€œdiscriminatoryâ€ churches losing government grants, permits, and participation in programs. It will be the death of religious freedom by a thousand little cuts here and there: canceled speeches of religious figuresÂ at state universities, lost HHS grants, the refusal of city governments to recognize churches that donâ€™t permit gay marriages, â€œhate crimeâ€ legislation that extends to opposition to gay marriage, and so on. All of this will have the effect of pressuring churches into blessing gay marriages. A law forcing priests and ministers to preside at gay marriages wonâ€™t need to be passed; the invisible law of indirect governmental pressure will do the trick.
[…] Â The goal of the gay-marriage juggernaut is to make Christians pariahs, as irrelevant to public life as racists. It doesnâ€™t have to pass a Denmark-style law to force churches to conduct gay marriages; it can achieve the same end through punitive political correctness.
Minutes before the bombs blew up in Boston, Jeff Bauman looked into the eyes of the man who tried to kill him.
Just before 3 p.m. on April 15, Bauman was waiting among the crowd for his girlfriend to cross the finish line at the Boston Marathon. A man wearing a cap, sunglasses and a black jacket over a hooded sweatshirt looked at Jeff, 27, and dropped a bag at his feet, his brother, Chris Bauman, said in an interview.
Two and a half minutes later, the bag exploded, tearing Jeffâ€™s legs apart. A picture of him in a wheelchair, bloodied and ashen, was broadcast around the world as he was rushed to Boston Medical Center. He lost both legs below the knee.
â€œHe woke up under so much drugs, asked for a paper and pen and wrote, â€˜bag, saw the guy, looked right at me,â€™â€ Chris Bauman said yesterday in an interview.
Those words may have helped crack the mystery of who perpetrated one of the highest-profile acts of terror in the U.S. since the 2001 assault on New York City and the Washington area, one that killed three people and wounded scores.
[C]ongressional researchers and foreign policy analysts have long tracked a connection between the Chechnya region and Islamic extremists sympathizing with Al Qaeda and the Taliban. If the suspects are indeed Chechen, analysts told Fox News they may represent part of a jihadi network which has made its way to American soil.
“The Chechen jihadi network is very extensive,” Middle East analyst Walid Phares said Friday. “They have a huge network inside Russia and Chechnya.”
The older brother, 26, was killed in a shoot-out with police on Thursday night, after killing a police officer. Â The younger brother was finally taken into custody on Friday night, after the entire city of Boston and outlying areas had been on lock-down for most of the day in search of him.
She wasn’t the only media back who was openly hoping it was a white “right winger,” because that would fit the narrative they’re trying to use to smear good, decent American citizens who happen to disagree with them politically. For them, it’s not about the truth, the victims or justice. It’s all about politics, and how they can exploit any tragedy to advance their agenda and smear their opponents.
After the Chechnyan revelation, the Left finally stopped blaming right-wingers. Â Â How big of them, after baselessly smearing their fellow Americans for a week.
Never one to take defeat graciously, Obama threw a full-blown tantrum in the bully pulpit, using Gabby Giffords and the Newtown families as political props as he declared the Senate vote “shameful” and slammed 2nd Amendment advocates as “liars.”
With the failure of the Democratsâ€™ attempt to exploit the Newtown school shooting to press forward gun control measures, President Obama took to the microphones along with the relatives of Sandy Hook victims to demonize his opposition. This, of course, was his strategy all along: knowing that he did not have 60 votes in the Democrat-controlled Senate to pass his gun control legislation, he pressed forward anyway, hoping to paint Republicans as intransigent, immoral tools of the gun lobby who donâ€™t care about dead children. After demonizing Republicans, Obama hopes, he can press Americans into voting Democrats back into power in the House of Representatives.
On Wednesday afternoon, Obama played his part to perfection. Mark Barden, father of a first-grader murdered in Newtown, introduced him. Flanking Obama were other Newtown victims; Vice President Joe Biden, face creased in supposed emotional agony, his arm around the mother of a Sandy Hook victim; and former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords, who has been one of the lead advocate for gun control on behalf of the administration.
â€œOn behalf of the Sandy Hook parents, I would like to thank President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden,â€ said Mark Barden, father of a first-grader murdered in Newtown. â€œWe will not be defeated. We are not defeated and we will not be defeated â€¦.. Iâ€™d like to end by repeating the words by which the Sandy Hook promise begins: Our hearts are broken. Our spirit is not.â€
He then introduced President Obama, who blasted away in a carefully calculated and calibrated assault on gunowners, Republicans, and all those with the temerity to disagree on his gun control proposals. Lashing out with more emotion than he has on any issue of his presidency, Obama played up to the cameras, all the while using gun violence victims as a backdrop.
Obama said that he had acted in response to the shooting of Congresswoman Gabby Giffords and Sandy Hook. â€œFamilies that had known unspeakable grief,â€ Obama said, reached out â€œto protect the lives of all children â€¦. A few minutes ago, a minority in the Senate decided it wasnâ€™t worth it.â€ Standing on the graves of the children of Sandy Hook has become rote for this president.
[…] Â Â All of this was setup for the coup de grace: a request for more power. Because, after all, Obama was never going to win this debate. He didnâ€™t have the votes, he didnâ€™t have the evidence, and he didnâ€™t have a decent piece of legislation to propose. What he did have was unbridled faux moral indignation and a compliant press.
But he needs more. He needs a majority in the House. And he asked for it. â€œSo all in all, this was a pretty shameful day for Washington. But this effort is not over,â€ said Obama. â€œIf this Congress refuses to listen â€¦ the real impact is going to have to come from the voters.â€
â€œThe memories of these children demand [gun control],â€ Obama concluded.
What he meant was obvious: the memories of dead children in Sandy Hook demands that voters give Obama more Senators and more Congresspeople. How convenient for him.
With thousands of runners still on the course, two bombs exploded near the finish line of the Boston Marathon on Monday, killing three people, injuring at least 113 and turning the cityâ€™s most celebrated event into a grisly spectacle of shattered glass, blood and screams.
President Barack Obama said authorities did not know who carried out the attack but vowed to render â€œthe full weight of justiceâ€ against those responsible. Minutes later, law enforcement officials said that an 8-year-old child was one of the dead.
Video from the scene showed two blasts about 20 seconds apart just off the course at the finish. White smoke rose, barriers flew, and throngs of people who had gathered to cheer the runners turned and fled in terror. They later reported seeing horrific injuries that included blown-off limbs and bodies thrown to the asphalt.
However, the Left isn’t necessarily opposed to jumping to conclusions, so long as the people they wish to target are being Â blamed.Â The bodies weren’t even cold before Leftists began exploiting tragedy to attack political opponents.
Esquireâ€™s Charles P. Pierce noted that today was “Patriots Day” inÂ Massachusetts, and suggested it might be the work of the Tea Party, whom he compares to Timothy McVey.