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“Man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.”
~ 1 Samuel 16:7
For every Bible-believing Christian, regardless of skin color, the first question to come to mind when evaluating a candidate is, “are the policies promoted by this person in line with God’s Word?”
Black Christians who vote for Obama knowing his crimes against Christianity and biblical principles have chosen to worship the idol of racial loyalty over their discipleship to Jesus Christ. Pure and simple.
“Thou shalt have no other gods before me.” -Exodus 20:3
Incredibly, some blacks have completely forsaken their Christianity for Obama. A fellow PK (preacher’s kid) said her parents recently changed their stance on same-sex marriage in support of their black president. I find this remarkable.
Though I disagree, I have been sympathetic and understanding with black seniors who have suffered dearly, with hearts still bearing scars of racial injustice.
A year or so ago, I hosted the first Black Conservative Press Conference at the National Press Club in D.C. Several prominent black conservatives from numerous black conservative groups/organizations spoke. My brother brought my 84-year-old black dad from Baltimore. That evening, Dad said, “Everything I heard today is true. But, because of racism I suffered in my youth, I can not turn against Obama.”
At that time, I respectfully gave my hero, my preacher dad, a pass. Some may criticize me, saying, Lloyd, either you stand for conservatism or you do not. While you may have a valid point, it is in my DNA to respect my parents. How do you respectfully tell your usually character-driven parent that his decision to support Obama, no matter what, is rooted in racism and a refusal to forgive?
But now that Obama has been exposed as the most anti-Christian president in U.S. history, senior black Christians must no longer be given a pass for supporting this man.
At stake is something extremely important: their fellowship with Christ versus an idolatrous worship of skin color.
Obama versus Jesus. “[C]hoose you this day whom ye will serve[.]“ -Joshua 24:15
A growing number of black clergy are publicly choosing Jesus over Obama — denouncing Obama for his support of same-sex marriage and his vow to be an advocate for the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender communities.
Talk about hardcore anti-Christian beliefs: not only does Obama support abortion, but he supports infanticide – killing babies who survive failed abortions.
Obama taught Alinsky tactics to university students from a book which its author dedicated to Lucifer. Rules for Radicals was written by Saul Alinsky. Alinsky’s dedication says, “…the first radical known to man who rebelled against the establishment and did it so effectively that he at least won his own kingdom - Lucifer“
Make no mistake about it: the black church is home base/campaign headquarters for Democratic Party politics. IRS rules against political campaigning from the pulpit apply only to Republicans.
In his shameful, blatantly race-baiting “African-Americans for Obama” campaign ad, Obama says to go “to your faith community” to promote his campaign. Obama actually instructs black churches to recruit “congregation captains” for his re-election campaign.
Rest assured: black churches which dis Jesus for Obama will not be investigated by the IRS for violating their 501(c)(3) non-profit status.
But there is a higher authority. Woe unto black pastors who encourage their flocks to vote racial loyalty over biblical principles.
No doubt united by their shared goal to destroy their mutual enemy: the U.S. Constitution.
This is VERY dangerous!
It is no surprise, after four years of Obama Administration pandering, Muslim groups have a prominent role at the upcoming Democratic National Convention in Charlotte. The Charlotte Observer reports that organizers expect as many as 20,000 Muslims to attend the “Jumah at the DNC” series of events being organized by the Bureau of Indigenous Muslim Affairs (BIMA). Among these events is an all-day “Islamic Cultural & Fun Fest,” which will include a “TownHall Issues Conference” that will address “issues such as Islamaphobia, Anti-Shariah, Middle Eastern Crisis, Patriot Act, National Defense Authorization Act and more.”
There is no doubt whatsoever that this “TownHall Issues Conference” will not include any discussion of Islamic jihad terror plotting in the U.S., or of how Muslim groups have tried to exaggerate the problem of “Islamophobia” by faking hate crimes. It is likewise certain that the “Anti-Shariah” issue will be portrayed as an attempt by bigoted Americans to restrict Muslim religious freedom, when in reality it is solely an attempt to prevent the political and supremacist aspects of Islamic law that are at variance with constitutional freedoms from gaining a foothold here. Certain also is that the discussions of the Patriot Act and the National Defense Authorization Act will focus on how these measures are supposedly excessive and unfairly target Muslims.
The overall thrust of the entire “TownHall Issues Conference,” as is clear from its stated agenda, is to portray Muslims as the innocent victims of a bigoted, racist and “Islamophobic” government and law enforcement establishment that is unfairly scapegoating Muslims as a whole for the misguided deeds of a few on September 11, 2001. It will include no discussion of the many attempted jihad attacks against the U.S. since then, or of the successful ones, such as Nidal Malik Hasan’s massacre at Fort Hood or Abdulhakim Mujahid Muhammad’s murders outside a military recruiting station in Little Rock, Arkansas. Any and all scrutiny of the Muslim community in the U.S. will be portrayed as gratuitous and unwarranted. The assembled Democrats, meanwhile, will be falling all over themselves to promise that whatever domestic counter-terror apparatus the Obama administration has failed to dismantle during its first term will go under the knife during its second.
But the most disturbing aspect of the entire “Jumah at the DNC” is not the obvious victimhood-mongering of its agenda, but the people involved. The Democrats are playing host to an unsavory gang of Islamic supremacists with numerous ties to jihad groups. Even this is not surprising, but it should be a matter of concern to any Americans who are more aware of the jihad threat than the average politically correct Democrat pol.
I wonder what Jewish Democrats think about this?
Christians need to understand the Alinskyite strategies that are being used to marginalize, smear and isolate Christians and their beliefs from the public square. The “hate” label is just one of their many deceptive tools to manipulate public opinion.
Christianity is being rejected and deemed evil by many today because it opposes homosexual practice, say pastors from The Gospel Coalition.
The Gospel Coalition held a Council meeting several weeks ago to discuss current issues and the state of ministry among evangelicals. Among the topics discussed was homosexuality.
John Piper, pastor for Preaching & Vision at Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis and a TGC Council member, summarized what the pastors concluded during the meeting in a blog post last week.
“All the participants of the panel on homosexuality at The Gospel Coalition Council meetings agreed that we have entered one of the most difficult challenges to a gospel-centered approach to evangelism,” he wrote. “The reason is not that the center of the Christian gospel has changed, but the center of the cultural gospel has changed. That center for many is the freedom to be GLBT and to be approved.”
Piper said the argument against Christianity today is “not epistemological but moral.”
“Christianity is rejected not because it is badly argued, or untrue, but because it is evil. And it is evil because it opposes homosexual practice,” he explained. “The panelists agreed that, at least in major metropolitan areas, the issue of homosexuality ranks near the top of the reasons people reject Christianity, along with the problem of suffering and the exclusive claim that Jesus is the only way of salvation.”
A poll released by the Gallup Organization in May this year revealed that a majority of Americans (54 percent) believe homosexuality is morally acceptable while 42 percent say it’s morally wrong. A decade ago in 2001, 53 percent had viewed homosexuality as morally wrong.
“[W]hether we want to make this a frontline issue or not, increasingly it is,” Piper said of homosexuality. And pastors, he added, must address it.
But as one TGC Council member pointed out, “There is no demilitarized zone in the homosexual debate.”
“It is almost impossible to express a compassionate disapproval of homosexual practice without being demonized,” Piper observed.
And that is EXACTLY what the Left wants: for ANY truth spoken in love about sexual sin to be automatically deemed as “hate speech” and the speakers as “bigots.” Their agenda is very clear, and it’s working, unless we can expose it and turn it around.
Since thousands of Americans went to Chick-fil-A to show their support last Wednesday, several Christian commentators have come out and condemned the move as supposedly “unloving” and driving a further wedge between the church and the gay community. Even though many of the customers weren’t Christians (many were even gay, turning out in support of free speech rather than agreement with the CEO’s statements), and even though the restaurant has been targeted with threats, vandalism and legal hassles for nothing more than speaking an opinion, these Christians seek to pin the blame on the church.
Yesterday’s campaign, while I don’t think it should be considered or called “hate,” neither can it be called love. Christians all over America ignored the second greatest commandment: to love our neighbors
[...] People felt hate and we ignored that. At the end of the day, regardless of whether or not your Christian understanding of scripture harbors hate or not, a large group of people felt hated. Again, we can debate this point all day long, but that does not change the fact that people felt hatred because of what happened yesterday. Whether or not hate actually existed is not the point, people felt hated. And rather than acknowledging those feelings or trying to understand or engage them in any way, Christians everywhere marched off to their local CFA like it was a cross to bear, a necessity, a battle cry of some sort, the waffle fry’s last stand.
If you saw a kid being beat up on the playground by a bunch of bullies, wouldn’t the loving thing to do be to step in and defend him? What if the bullies told you, “He deserved it! He has religious beliefs that are ‘intolerant’! He has no right to speak them publicly!” Would you consider it “loving” to step back and let them continue beating him to a pulp so as to prove that you don’t “hate” bullies? Of course not! Dan Cathy, CEO of Chick-fil-A, was being bullied on a national stage for daring to share his religious beliefs with an obscure religious newspaper. The loving thing to do was not to simply abandon him to the wolves.
Unfortunately, many people in the gay community have been seduced by the propaganda to believe that “love” means absolute and total agreement with their lifestyle and agenda (something, of course, that Bible-believing Christians simply cannot do). Anything less than that is defined as “hate,” even though it is not. We have allowed them to steal and redefine these terms, so now we are left with trying to explain to them how love doesn’t always mean getting your way. That’s how God loves us, after all. He loves us too much to always give us our way, especially if what we want will lead us to destruction. God’s love doesn’t mean caving to his children’s demands every time they yell “you hate me!” for not getting their way. We are called to love as God does, not as the world wants to redefine it.
Yesterday’s hoopla surrounding CFA did nothing to prove that Christians don’t hate gay people. Oh I know that most Christians will say, “I don’t hate gay people!!”
But did supporting CFA Appreciation Day prove that?
To say that Christians are responsible for proving that they don’t “hate” is to accept the Left’s false premise that we HAVE been guilty of hate, and therefore the onus is on us to prove otherwise. Nonsense! That’s like saying all rich people are responsible for proving that they’re honest and generous because the unjust smear campaign against them has convinced people that rich people are automatically guilty of dishonesty and greed.
Saul Alinsky, an anti-Christian activist who dedicated his book to Lucifer, taught his followers several key strategies for attacking churches, Christians, and anyone else opposed to leftist agendas:
“Whenever possible, go outside the expertise of the enemy.” Because Christians don’t engage in targeted smear campaigns, it usually doesn’t occur to us that this is what we are facing. This tactic is intended to create insecurity, anxiety and second-guessing of oneself. Blind-siding an organization with ridiculous accusations (such as “hate”) that they are suddenly forced to defend themselves against is a favorite tactic for accomplishing this. Worn down with attacks, a good-hearted person or organization is not above telling themselves in self-doubt, “Maybe they’re right. Maybe I’m a ‘hater’ and ‘bigot’ for not giving them what they want.” That’s exactly what the strategy is intended to do.
Alinsky also said, “Make the enemy live up to its own book of rules.” Christians are painfully aware of what sinners we are, how much we need a Savior, and how far we fall short of the God’s righteousness. Alinsky taught his followers how to use the voice of the Accuser against us. Not only do they seek to exploit and shame us with how far we fall short of our own beliefs, but they demand that we live up to our values as THEY define them. In other words, in order to be considered “loving,” we must meet THEIR definition of “love,” which means bowing to all their demands. Otherwise, they will smear us as “haters” and “hypocrites.” Alinsky said of this tactic: “You can kill them with this because no one can possibly obey all of their own rules. (This is a serious rule. The besieged entity’s very credibility and reputation is at stake, because if activists catch it lying or not living up to its commitments, they can continue to chip away at the damage.)”
When a group has become the victim of a sinister smear campaign designed to intimidate and silence them (as the false accusations of “hate” are designed to do), we don’t blame the target. We expose the attackers and their lies, and counter it with the truth. If the public doesn’t understand that these false accusations of “hate” are part of a coordinated smear campaign, it’s because Christians haven’t been successful in exposing it. The solution is to wake up and expose it for what it is, not tacitly admit guilt to a charge that isn’t true.
Turner further states on his blog:
By rallying behind CFA, Christians put an issue above people. And it’s impossible to follow Jesus when issues trump people.
Does defending the free speech rights of ALL people (including gay people) mean Christians who support the 1st Amendment are putting an issue over people? No! It’s BECAUSE an innocent man was being attacked and his rights trampled that we knew we had to stand up and tell the bullies “you don’t have to agree with what he says, but this kind of bullying is NOT OK.” We know if the bullies go unchallenged, they’ll be even more emboldened and merciless with their next victim.
The church didn’t look for this fight. The Left did. This hoopla actually started back in Feb 2011, when Chick-fil-A dared to donate food to a marriage conference. Don’t businessmen have a right to donate to any cause they want? The Left was looking to isolate groups like Focus on the Family and anybody who dared to support them (like Chick-fil-A), and they created this stink to make an example out of them (and also create a distraction in an election year). It’s a typical Alinskyite tactic, and one that even private citizens can be the victim of (as several of Romney’s donors have discovered).
Here are a few more “Rules For Radicals” that Alinsky taught that are being used against Christians:
“Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it.” Whenever anybody dares to speak out or stand up to them, their immediate goal is to cut that person or group off from their support and from public sympathy. They want you to become so radioactive that even your best friend is ashamed to admit knowing you. Alinsky elaborates: “Go after people and not institutions; people hurt faster than institutions. (This is cruel, but very effective. Direct, personalized criticism and ridicule works.)”
“Power is not only what you have, but what the enemy thinks you have.” How is it that a group which comprises less than 2% of the population can hold such incredible political clout? Why is that even churches seem so eager to appease them and accommodate their every demand? Simply put, through their allies in the media, they’ve succeed in convincing Americans that they are the majority, and that only a tiny, bigoted minority is all that stands in the way of “progress.” Don’t buy the lie and lose heart.
“If you push a negative hard enough, it will push through and become a positive.” The attackers want the public to perceive them as the underdog, and perceive their victims as the aggressors. This is why radical gay activists portray themselves as victims of bigotry, and anyone who disagrees with them as “haters.” For those without the discernment to see through the charade, this deceptive marketing campaign is very effective.
Do you see now why they went after Dan Cathy so vicously, and smeared his business as selling “hate”?
Do you see now why Democrat mayors felt so confident in public opinion being on their side, that they thought they could tell a private company that they’re not allowed to open a business in their city simply because of the owner’s religious beliefs?
Do you see now why it was necessary for Christians to stand up to these tactics, expose them for the evil that they are, speak the truth, and not be naive and intimidated by what we’re up against?
Jesus told us:
“Be as cunning as snakes but as innocent as doves.” ~ Matthew 10:16
I gotta tell you, it really irks me when Christians are so worried about being doves (or being perceived as doves) that they forget that we are also commanded to be as cunning as serpents.
Whether we realize it or not, war has been declared against us by radical, anti-Christian groups in our own land. We can roll over, bow to their tactics and hope they’ll go away and leave in peace, or we can take a stand for what’s right.
Now, I believe in turning the other cheek when it comes to personal attacks. I believe in loving your enemy. There is no question that we are called to do these things. We can reach out in love on one side, while still holding our ground and protecting the innocent on the other. The two are not mutually exclusive.
However, if a rampaging army was descending on your home and family, turning the other cheek would not only be suicidal – it would be wrong. We are called to defend the defenseless, to stand for righteousness, and to speak the truth.
Simply surrendering our culture to those who wish to destroy it is NOT the loving thing to do, or how we follow Christ’s commandment to disciple the nations by “teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.” (Matthew 28:20)
I have so many Christian friends right now who are afraid to speak their opinions. Afraid of being called “hateful”, when they’re not. Afraid of people misunderstanding them, because they speak the Truth in love. Afraid that if they say anything that sounds like it comes from their moral beliefs, it’s automatically invalidated. “Christians need to stay out of politics”, they hear, and wonder if it’s true. Even Christian friends will tell them to stay quiet because they think that taking a stand on moral issues will make people less receptive to hearing the Gospel.
I’ve got news for you, anytime a Christian stands up for ANY moral issue, they will be called “hateful” and “bigoted”, even when they’re respectful, tactful, and loving about telling the Truth. Darkness hates the light, and will always spew venom when it’s shined in their eyes.
What if we were to lay down on moral issues and let them have their way. Would that make them “like” us more? No! They’ll still always see anyone who believes in God as ignorant, narrow-minded, and an obstacle to “progress”. Appeasement only makes the aggressor more aggressive.
Remember that the TRUE aggressor here is not people, but the spirit of this world: the Enemy who has been battling for the hearts and minds of Americans (and winning ever since the Sexual Revolution). If we don’t stop the tide of moral decay, our nation will be destroyed from the inside out, just like Rome and great societies of the past.
The Enemy wants us to believe that the only way to be truly loving and not threaten our ability to share God’s love is to be silent. It’s a lie. Watching people throw themselves over a cliff, while insisting that the rest of society go with them, is not love!
The Gospel is offensive and foolish to people who don’t understand it. The idea that there is a loving God who made the universe and has a paternal right to tell us what we should and should not do is offensive. The idea that we will all someday answer to Him for our actions is offensive. The idea that there is a moral standard apart from our own invention is offensive. You can say it in the sweetest way possible, and it will offend. That’s the price we pay for telling the Truth.
People say that the Church should not be involved in politics. That’s a lie, too. Every citizen has the right to vote their conscience, whether that conscience has been formed by the Bible or their favorite Humanist college professor. Christians have just as much right to express their views, engage in the debate and influence the direction of our country as any other group.
Don’t let people intimidate you by saying, “this is why the world hates Christians”. They hated Jesus, no matter how loving He was, because He told the Truth.
I’m not saying we have permission to be obnoxious and rude, start pointless debates or force our opinions where they aren’t wanted (if we do, we deserve to be hated!), but we must never be fooled into silence for the false promise of the world somehow “liking” us more or being more open to the Gospel.
“Our fight is not against people on earth but against the rulers and authorities and the powers of this world’s darkness, against the spiritual powers of evil in the heavenly world. That is why you need to put on God’s full armor. Then on the day of evil you will be able to stand strong. And when you have finished the whole fight, you will still be standing.” ~ Ephesians 6:12-13
Dear Homosexual Friend,
I’m writing you this note because I just ate Chic-Fil-A. Some of my Christian friends around the country also just finished eating Chic-Fil-A. Some of my other Christian friends got mad at those of us who ate Chic-Fil-A because they said that you, my homosexual friend and neighbor, may view us as intolerant, hateful bigots.
I wrote you to personally inform you that my friends who ate chicken today did so not because they hate you but because they hate bullies.
I know that you understand all too well how it feels to be bullied. Sometimes you just have to stand up to the bully by eating a chicken sandwich! All kidding aside, this is a 1st Amendment issue, not an attack on homosexuals. Let me explain.
No one likes to be bullied. It’s not a good look, for anyone. Basically because a Christian man shared his religious views some people with governmental control decided they would intimidate and harass this man’s business by using the power of the government. That’s bullying. Bullying is bad. The 1st Amendment protects personal speech from government punishment. These Mayors weren’t playing nice so a lot of Christians wanted to tell the government to back off. People in government like to count votes and they understand the power of the purse. So a bunch of people ate Chic-Fil-A today.
I’m sure at times you feel that people who claim the name of Christ are bullies. I’m sure you’ve seen that inbred group of people known as Westboro Baptist Church on TV. They are not Baptist and they aren’t a church. They’re bullies. It seems that the 8 of those people have multiplied like zombies because every time a media source wants to show how intolerant, hateful and bigoted my chicken-eating friends are, they show the same 8 people from different angles. They’re always sure to show you the same 8 signs too. Actually they show you file footage as well to make it appear that there are about 200 signs being carried by these 8 people.
Can I let you in on a secret?
I was actually picketed by those hateful people once. My crime? Attending a worship service at Dr. Jerry Falwell’s Thomas Road Baptist Church. You read that right… Those 8 fruit cakes that the media keeps showing you protested AGAINST another guy the media made out to be a hateful bigot. He wasn’t. I promise. I got to see him up close when I was in college. You would have liked him if you knew him personally. Larry Flint did. Al Sharpton did.
Larry and Al disagreed with Dr. Falwell on social issues but they liked him personally. That is possible. Anyway, do you know what Dr. Falwell had done to deserve getting picketed by the bullies of Westboro? He invited gay leader and president of Soul Force, Mel White, and about 300 homosexual activists to Thomas Road and Liberty University for a discussion. Dr. Falwell fed them and set up civil conversations on the campus. I was there. It was peaceful. Isn’t that crazy? Gasp! Shock! My guess is that you didn’t even know that happened. Funny how that works huh?
Anyway, I wanted to let you know that I did eat chicken today. I didn’t do it to be hateful or mean. You know that. You’ve been around me enough to know that I’m aware of your position and you’re aware of mine. We’ve had great discussions and we treat each other with civility.
And that’s how we can show love and stand up for what’s right at the same time.
More Lefitist ‘Civility’: Chick-fil-A Vandalized, Slapped With Bogus ‘Human Rights Violation’ Complaints For CEO’s Religious Beliefs
Who are the “haters,” again? ‘Cause I tell you, these creeps could be giving lessons.
A gay rights advocacy group in Illinois has launched a series human rights complaints with Illinois state government against Chick-fil-A for supporting marriage, the day before a national homosexual “kiss-in” was planned to take place.
After filing the complaint Thursday with the Illinois Department of Human Rights, Jacob Meister, Governing Board President of The Civil Rights Agenda (TCRA) said that Chick-fil-A’s stance on marriage was to blame for a widespread stigmatization of homosexual individuals.
“In our current high speed media and social media environment, Chick-fil-A has announced and caused to be published, to hundreds of millions of people, that LGBT people are unacceptable and objectionable,” said Meister. “They have made it clear the lives of LGBT individuals are unacceptable to them and that same-gender families are unwelcome at Chick-fil-A.” The attorney alleged that Chick-fil-A’s “intolerant corporate culture” violated Illinois law.
A sane judge would throw the complaints out since there has been NO confirmed incident of discrimination against ANYONE, whether employee or customer. Chick-fil-A even provides free water to protesters!
Two days after thousands of peaceful Americans lined up to support free speech by patronizing Chick-Fil-A, the left struck back at Chick-Fil-A restaurants withbomb threats and now vandalism. Via Sooper Mexican:
A Torrance Chick-fil-A has been vandalized with spray paint on an outside wall reading “Tastes Like Hate,” KFI reports. It was done in a design similar to a Chick-fil-A ad campaign, complete with a drawing of a cow with a paintbrush.
Chick-fil-A Restaurants Flooded Nationwide With Supporters Lined Up Around The Block On ‘Appreciation Day’
Liberal boycotts…you’re doing it wrong!
It used to be that taking a bite of a chicken sandwich just meant you were hungry. Now it has become a symbol of whether you stand for or against same-sex marriage, or – alternately – the right to express your personal views without fear of retaliation.
At Chick-fil-A locations across the country, people voted with their wallets today, coming out to express support for the fast-food chain after CEO Dan Cathy said in an interview that he is a firm backer of traditional marriage.
“I believe what the Bible says (about marriage),” Chauncy Fields told us after wolfing down a breakfast of chicken and biscuits. “So I came out here to support Chick-fil-A and the movement.”
Chris Johnson sees a double standard. “He (Dan Cathy) said the exact same thing that President Obama said,” Johnson told Fox News — referring to the president’s past opposition to gay marriage – “And he gets negativity, and Obama gets positivity.”
[...] The Chick-fil-A firestorm has taken on different meanings for different people. For some, it harks to the days of intolerance and segregation. For others, it is about religious views of marriage. But for most people who Fox News spoke to today, it is about free speech.
“I think it comes down to a First Amendment issue. I mean, I do believe in the traditional values of marriage between a man and a woman,” youth pastor Stephen Lenahan told Fox News after a leisurely breakfast with three members of his ministry. He is also puzzled as to why Dan Cathy is such a target, when other corporate CEOs who openly support same-sex marriage are not similarly criticized by conservatives.
Lenahan says he sees a bigger issue at work here. “There is kind of a culture war going on and people aren’t really respecting each other and difference of opinion. There’s no dialogue taking place to get to the heart of what we really believe as a nation and what is truth.”
Here’s the line in Chicago, Illinois:
Jefferson Pointe, Indiana:
West Palm Beach, Florida:
Yes, it does! :)
If these radicals had their way, anyone who dared to express a dissenting opinion would be in the gulag before it had fully passed their lips. Welcome to the world of leftist “tolerance.”
There’s something unsettling about the public flogging of Chick-fil-A by government officials hell-bent on destroying a privately owned American company simply because of the owner’s personal opinions.
Democratic lawmakers in more than a half dozen major cities have led the charge – slandering Chick-fil-A’s owner and calling for all-out bans on the company’s expansion efforts in places like Chicago, Philadelphia, Boston, and San Francisco.
And Chick-fil-A’s only crime – is being a family-owned company that ascribes to the teachings of the Holy Bible – a belief that marriage is a union between one man and one woman.
Chick-fil-A’s president has been called a bigot, a homophobe. The mayor of Washington, D.C. accused the company of peddling “hate chicken.”
Philadelphia City Councilman Jim Kenney introduced a resolution condemning the company — and its president – Dan Cathy.
“This particular individual is rabidly homophobic and wants to deny Americans civil rights that are enjoyed by every other American,” Kenney said.
There are efforts underway to shut down Chick-fil-A restaurants across the country. Student groups are launching similar campaigns on university campuses.
Lost in their outrage over a belief held by a majority of the American public, is the fact that Chick-fil-A employs thousands and thousands of people.
And with unemployment hovering around 8.2 percent, you have to wonder what sort of message Democrats are trying to send to the nation.
Perhaps the party of President Barack Obama believes it’s morally better to be unemployed than to be anti-gay marriage?
American Christians are facing uncertain times. Our nation’s values are under assault. Religious liberty has been undermined. We live in a day when right is now wrong and wrong is now right.
The vicious leftwing assault against Chick-fil-A should serve as a wakeup call to people of faith. It’s not about a chicken sandwich. It’s about religous liberty. It’s about free speech. It’s about the future of our nation.
“Individuals have the right to decide whether or not to ‘eat mor chikin.’ But no government leader should restrict a business or organization from expanding to their district based on the personal or political views of the owners,” said Leith Anderson, president of the National Association of Evangelicals. “Such evident discrimination and attempts to marginalize those with religious values have no place in American democracy.”
And while Chick-fil-A’s public flogging has garnered headlines, there are other instances of Christians facing persecution for their religious beliefs.
- A family-owned bakery in Indianapolis was subjected to a city investigation after they declined to make cupcakes for National Coming Out Day. The owner of Just Cookies explained to local media they have “two young, impressionable daughters and we thought maybe it was best not to do that.”
- The artistic director of the California Musical Theater resigned under significant pressure after he gave money to support a measure that outlawed same-sex marriage in California. Scott Eckern, who is Mormon, was outed by activist bullies. As one activist told the New York Times, “I do believe there comes a time when you cannot sit back and accept what I think is the most dangerous form of bigotry.” Spoken like a true bigot.
- The Washington Blade published the names and addresses of 110,000 Maryland residents who signed a petition to put the state’s new marriage equality law onto the November ballot. Why? To intimidate the voters? I suspect the names were not published so readers could send them Christmas cards.
- The Masterpiece Cake Shop in Lakewood, Colo. is facing a boycott and picket lines after the owner declined to bake a gay couple’s wedding cake. The couple cursed out the owner before posting the incident on Facebook. The owner said he would rather shut down his business than violate his personal beliefs.
- Impact Church, a Southern Baptist congregation in Miami, is facing eviction from a public school building because the pastor preached a sermon about marriage. The Miami-Dade County school superintendent told a local television station that the church’s opposition to homosexuality “appears to be contrary to school board policy as well as the basic principles of humanity.” The superintendent said he wanted to evict the church as a “rejection of prejudice and intolerance.
Those who preach tolerance – are the least tolerant of all. And I suspect Councilman Kenney spoke for many when he issued a not-so-subtle threat to individuals like Mr. Cathy who support traditional marriage.
“If he really, truly believes what he believes, that is his right to do so,” he said. “But there is often a price to pay for that.
In other words, Councilman Kenney wants people with dissenting views to shut up – or else face the consequences.
The current hate campaign being waged by homosexual activists against fast food chain Chick-fil-A, because of the firm’s Christian values, may well turn out to be a bridge too far. The effort may prove to be a setback for homosexual activism.
The vile attacks on the firm and its owners, the Cathy family, should make clear, finally, that the “gay rights” movement is not about refining and advancing American freedom, but about rewriting American values and advancing, not freedom, but the homosexual political agenda.
Recently Secretary of State Hillary Clinton spoke at a flag raising ceremony in Alexandria, Egypt, noting the re-opening of the American consulate there. Given the current political climate in Egypt, the Secretary of State felt behooved in her remarks to highlight principles of freedom as understood by Americans.
“….to us, real democracy means that every citizen has the right to live, work, and worship as they choose, whether they are man or woman, Muslim or Christian, or from any other background.”
Perhaps Secretary Clinton should be lecturing Americans instead of Egyptians.
Can it really be that in America today a businessman can be labeled a bigot, boycotted, and cut off by suppliers because of the crime of being a Christian?
When Chick-fil-A CEO Dan Cathy made his now famous incendiary admission that “We are very much supportive of the family – the biblical definition of the family unit,” he was not pontificating. He was responding to a question in an interview done in a paper I expect not read by many homosexuals – the Baptist Press.
Never mind. It was sufficient provocation that Cathy publicly admitted that the Bible defines his understanding of marriage – the unique bond of man and woman – which also happens to be the standard definition in dictionaries on the shelves of every American home and library.
“Chick-fil-A’s values are not Chicago’s values,” said Chicago Mayor, and former chief of staff to President Barack Obama, Rahm Emmanuel. Emmanuel defended Chicago Alderman Joe Moreno’s threat to deny Chick-fil-A permitting in Chicago because its owner supports traditional marriage and family.
But UCLA law professor and constitutional scholar Eugene Volokh points out in his blog that “denying a private business permits because of such speech by its owner is a blatant First Amendment violation.”
The Constitution? The First Amendment? Religious liberty? Do these apply to Christians?
Volokh goes on to point out that a permit might be denied, “…if Chick-fil-A actually discriminated in their serving or hiring decisions in Chicago in a way forbidden by Chicago or Illinois law….But the stories give no evidence of such actions…”
The fact that there is no evidence that Chick-fil-A discriminates in its business practices did not deter Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank from writing that Dan Cathy’s support of traditional marriage “…implied that gay people (not to mention divorced people) had no business eating at Chick-fil-A.”
One court decision after another over the last fifty years has, step by step, purged any hint of religion and traditional values from our schools and public spaces.
Has it made this a fairer, better, freer nation? If you think breakdown of family, forty percent out-of-wedlock births, a million abortions a year, $16 trillion in national debt, and government dependence is better and freer, yes.
Of course society must embrace civility, respect and tolerance. But this doesn’t mean that the sexual proclivities of some should provide license to rewrite our language and the traditions that define our faith and virtue.
Sadly, many Christians fall for these kinds of arguments after generations of being “educated” in secular government schools, while churches have steered clear of any topic that could be considered “political,” and therefore neglected to disciple believers about God’s Biblical design for economics, justice, true charity, personal responsibility, etc.
Gil Dominguez gives a great allegorical demonstration of the way liberals distort God’s command to “love thy neighbor”:
My neighbor seems like a nice guy but suffers from muddled thinking.
The other day he came over to see me and said he was overextended financially, had maxed out all his credit cards, and wanted to know if I could lend him some money. I told him that I usually didn’t lend money to non-family members but asked how much he needed. When he said a “few thousand” I immediately told him no.
Well, then, he persisted, could I help him out by making a few of his house payments since he was about five months behind. Again I responded negatively.
“How about helping my kids who will be going to college in the fall?” he said. “They need a loan with a low rate — and they can’t promise you when or if they’ll ever pay it back.”
“No,” I said again.
“OK, if you can’t — or won’t — do that could you at least give my daughter a couple of hundred bucks a month while she’s in school?”
“A couple of hundred bucks a month?” I said. “What for?”
“Look, I may not agree with what she’s doing but she’s human like everyone else and has certain … needs. You understand?”
“You mean …”
“And the last thing she needs is to be saddled with a child when she’s just starting out in school …”
“Wait a minute,” I said, “are you telling me you want me to pay for her … contraceptives?”
“Well, you’ve got the money and seem to be doing well.”
“But I have my own financial obligations.”
“So what are you saying?”
“I’m saying no.”
“Man,” my neighbor protested. “That’s your answer to everything. You must belong to the party of no.”
“No,” I said. “I don’t belong to any party. But my own family would suffer if I didn’t take care of them first.”
“Well, then, if my daughter gets pregnant it’ll be your fault,” my neighbor insisted. “Why would you want to punish her with an unwanted baby?”
“Punish her?” I said. “And how is it my fault? Doesn’t your daughter bear some responsibility for her own decisions and actions?”
“Well, if she gets pregnant will you pay for the … termination?”
“Wait, wait,” I said. “You expect me to pay for an abortion, something I find personally abhorrent and that goes against everything I believe in? Look, I couldn’t stop your daughter from doing something she’s determined to do, but I’m sure as heck not going to pay for her to do it.”
“What I don’t understand,” my neighbor said, shaking his head in disbelief, “is why you are waging this war against women and why you want to take away their reproductive rights.”
“You’re being ridiculous,” I said as calmly as I could.
“And you’re being mean-spirited,” he said. “How could you be so cruel and barbaric to such a wonderful young woman?”
“I’m cruel and barbaric?” I said.
“Look, you’ve got a house bigger than mine and nicer cars, you should give more,” he continued. “And I think my daughter is entitled to whatever she can get.”
“Unbelievable,” I said. “Can’t she get a job? My wife and I both worked our way through college …”
“Hey, do you expect my daughter to flip burgers?”
Twitter is aflutter with photos of eager Chick-fil-A customers standing in long lines or around the block in drive-thrus to support the business as it faces backlash for its president daring to speak a personal opinion:
Even as Chicago, Boston and now other cities are trying to shut out Chick-fil-A for not toeing a leftist line, citizens are supporting free speech and opposing tolerance tyrants.
And it is not just ShePAC co-chair Teri Christoph’s local Chick-fil-A, either. The Twittersphere is weighing in and they love them some Chick-fil-A. Conan O’Brien thinks the entire Chick-fil-A controversy is cuckoo pants.
Screenwriter Kevin Williamson claims he supports the boycott, as a good little Hollywood liberal should do, but even he can’t resist the siren call of Chick-fil-A.
Of course, Chick-fil-As are closed on Sundays. They are not, however, closed today and Twitter users are reporting from the oh-so-controversial battle zone! The boycott? The Left is totally doing it wrong.
If this Chick-Fil-A boycott gets any worse, they’ll need a 2nd location on 280. Can’t get in the joint.
Democrat mayors, just like their cohorts at the national level, have a tendency to forget that they are not, in fact, absolute dictators. There are certain unalienable rights and laws in place that no man is above – including a mayor. One of those is the right of a business owner not to be discriminated against on the basis of his/her religion, speech, or political beliefs.
That hasn’t stopped Rahm Emmanuel and those like him from trying to do exactly that:
Although Chick-fil-A has obtained zoning for a restaurant in Chicago, Mayor Rahm Emmanuel said he supports an alderman’s call to ban the company from the city, the Chicago Tribunereported Wednesday. The reason: Chick-fil-A’s president, Dan Cathy, does not support gay marriage.
“Chick-fil-A values are not Chicago values,” Emanuel said in a statement to the Tribune. “They disrespect our fellow neighbors and residents.”
Chicago would become the third city to attempt a ban of the business based solely on the religious views of its management.
Boston Mayor Thomas Menino vowed to keep the restaurant out of his town.
“You can’t have a business in the City of Boston that discriminates against a population,” he told the Boston Globe.
“We’re an open city. We’re a city that’s at the forefront of inclusion,” he added. But apparently, that “inclusion” does not apply to those with religious views the mayor does not like.
Fox News’ Todd Starnes wrote Wednesday that the bedroom community of Mountain View, California, has “temporarily blocked the chicken chain from opening.”
But is the attempt to discriminate against Chick-fil-A constitutional?
“Even when it comes to government contracting — where the government is choosing how to spend government money — the government generally may not discriminate based on the contractor’s speech,” he wrote, citing the 1996 Supreme Court case of Board of County Commissioners v. Umbehr.
Even the Boston Globe asked: “[W]hich part of the First Amendment does Menino not understand?”
“A business owner’s political or religious beliefs should not be a test for the worthiness of his or her application for a business license,” the Globe added.
But Chicago Alderman Proco “Joe” Moreno apparently isn’t concerned about the First Amendment.
“You have the right to say what you want to say, but zoning is not a right,” he told the Tribune.
He also said that the company would “have to do a complete 180″ on the issue. The message is clear: Think as we do, or forget doing business here.
“They’d have to work with LGBT groups in terms of hiring, and there would have to be a public apology from (Cathy),” Moreno added.
But if Chick-fil-A can be banned because of the religious views held by its management, what about other Christian-owned businesses?
“With no other reason given by any of these dicta- oops, I mean ‘city leaders’, it is now apparently not possible to conduct business if you hold traditional Judeo-Christian beliefs,” Michelle Horstman wrote at PJ Media.
“It stands to reason, based on the result of prior voting results on the topic of marriage, that at least half of all businesses would likely feel the same as Chick-fil-A. Therefore, don’t we have to assume that they will all be shut down in Chicago, Boston and Mountain View, CA? After all, why would they just pick out one business?” she asked.
The Globe recognized that danger as well.
“But using the power of government to freeze the company out of a city sends a disturbing message to all businesses. If the mayor of a conservative town tried to keep out gay-friendly Starbucks or Apple, it would be an outrage,” the Globe added.
Target is now selling gay and lesbian greeting cards. Oreo created a “gay pride” rainbow cookie. JC Penney has begun featuring same-sex couples in their catalogs and advertising. Ben & Jerry’s ice cream renamed a popular flavor “Hubby Hubby” to promote gay marriage. Home Depot sponsors gay pride events and even designed their own rainbow float for the San Francisco gay pride parade.
With so many companies choosing to openly take sides in the war against traditional marriage, and an organized, well-funded gay mafia that specializes in intimidation tactics, it takes a lot of courage to stand firm for traditional values. Chick-Fil-A is only the latest company to face the wrath of the radical gay left for daring to do business with pro-family groups that honor their faith and values.
The Baptist president of fast food chain Chick-Fil-A is facing renewed claims of “homophobia” after confirming his organization’s stance against same-sex “marriage.”
“Guilty as charged,” Dan Cathy told the Baptist Press on Monday of his company’s support for the traditional family.“We are very much supportive of the family—the biblical definition of the family unit. We are a family-owned business, a family-led business, and we are married to our first wives. We give God thanks for that,” said Cathy, whose father started the business in 1946.
Homosexual activists have been calling for boycotts against the chain, which operates 1,608 restaurants across the U.S. with annual sales last year in excess of $4 billion, because it has made substantial corporate donations to pro-family groups.
Earlier this year, college activists launched a petition calling for the chain to be removed from campuses across the country, alleging that it is out of sync with their universities’ “open and inclusive” nature.
Chick-Fil-A had been deflecting questions on the issue, but now Cathy has confirmed the company’s stance and insists they have no intention of backing down.
“We intend to stay the course,” he said. “We know that it might not be popular with everyone, but thank the Lord, we live in a country where we can share our values and operate on biblical principles.”
IRS documents show that the company’s charitable foundation, WinShape, donated about $2 million in 2009 to groups such as the Marriage & Family Legacy Fund, Focus on the Family, Exodus International, and the Family Research Council.
One of the favorite tactics of the left is to freeze conservative speech and political involvement by intimidating anyone who dares to speak out, donate, or get involved in any way.
Saul Alinsky taught his disciples to “pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it.” That’s why the Obama camp has launched an intimidation campaign against Romney donors. It’s why donors to Prop 8 in California suddenly found their personal information published publicly with Google maps to their homes and businesses.
Alinsky also taught that “a good tactic is one your people enjoy.” There’s nothing a bully enjoys so much as bullying. If they can be deluded enough to think that their bullying is actually justified “for a good cause,” there are no pangs of conscience to reign in their abusive behavior.
The radical left intends to make such a frightening example of Chick-Fil-A that anyone who dares to oppose their agenda will be immediately ostracized and forced into silence or bankruptcy.
We can’t let them in. Stand up in support on “Chick-Fil-A Appreciation Day,” Aug 1st.
I can’t wait to see this!
“2016: Obama’s America” features an interview with the president’s half brother and opened in a single theater in Texas over the weekend, where it grossed an impressive estimated $31,750.
An anti-Obama documentary featuring an interview with the president’s half brother opened in a single theater in Texas over the weekend and, despite alleged complaints from some consumers who were upset with the film’s content, it grossed an estimated $31,750, a strong showing for any independent release.
The film, 2016: Obama’s America, based on conservative author Dinesh D’Souza’s book The Roots of Obama’s Rage, had a free, promotional screening at Edwards Houston Marq’E Stadium 23 & Imax on Thursday. Management had planned to show it in one of its medium-sized auditoriums, but bumped it to one the multiplex’s largest rooms and turned away 200 people.
Sources say some moviegoers sat in the aisles Thursday and waited as much as 90 minutes to meet D’Souza and Gerald Molen, one of the Oscar-winning producers of Schindler’s List, who was a co-producer of 2016 along with Doug Sain. For some of its regular showings over the weekend, the theater offered 2016 on multiple screens, including three sold-out auditoriums for the 7 p.m. Friday showing.
If the weekend estimate from the movie’s distributor, Rocky Mountain Pictures, holds when final numbers are reported Monday, the film will have bested the per-theater number posted by the Al Gore documentary about global warming, An Inconvenient Truth, which opened to $123,549 in four theaters in 2006 for a per-theater average of $30,887.
[...] 2016 had been scheduled to expand to 120 theaters on July 27, but Sain said he’s confident that Rocky Mountain Pictures can bump it to about 400 theaters given the initial popularity of the film.
There’s nothing “neutral” about forcing adherence to the national orthodoxy. Christians need to wake up.
A Christian student at a Georgia university who was expelled from her school’s counseling program for expressing her disagreement with homosexuality has lost a court case against the school.
“(Jennifer) Keeton’s speech and conduct were evidently impelled by the absolutist philosophical character of her beliefs, but that character does not entitle her to university accommodation and it is irrelevant to the court’s analysis,” wrote Judge J. Randall Hall, of the Southern District of Georgia, siding with the university. “Neutrality as a legal standard is immutable, it does not bend to the strength or tenor of personal conviction.”
Keeton refused to change the way she engages with homosexual students because of her religious beliefs, and was expelled from the counseling program at Augusta State University in 2010, which stressed that the program should not discriminate against students regardless of their sexual orientation.
Keeton argued, however, that it was the school that showed discrimination for firing her because of the way she applied her religious views. The Alliance Defense Fund (ADF) filed a lawsuit on behalf of the former counselor in July 2010, citing that she was fired by Augusta State for expressing her religious views on homosexuality in a private conversation.
“We are currently evaluating the district court’s opinion and will make a determination on our next step in the case shortly,” ADF Legal Counsel Jeremy Tedesco shared with The Christian Post Thursday.
Keeton was initially placed on probation, and school officials required her to follow a “remediation plan.” This included attending sensitivity training, going to gay pride events and writing papers on her experiences and the lessons she had learned in tolerance. When Keeton refused to comply, she was removed from her position.
“The remediation plan imposed on Keeton pursuant to those policies placed limits on her speech and burdened her religious beliefs, but, as the allegations show, the plan was motivated by a legitimate pedagogical interest in cultivating a professional demeanor and concern that she might prove unreceptive to certain issues and openly judge her clients,” the judge said. “The allegations show, in sum, that while Keeton was motivated by her religious beliefs, Defendants were not.”
The Obama administration’s official position is now that it’s “bigotry” to acknowledge Islamic Radicalism as a threat. Instead, he’s determined to force America’s intelligence operatives and law enforcement to operate in his denial-laden fantasy land, willfully blind and politically correct.
How many American lives will this end up costing?
The Department of Justice and the FBI are revising their counterterrorism training material to remove “inaccurate and biased information” at the direction of Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. andFBI Director Robert S. Mueller. The Department of Homeland Security, which uses the most funding for counterterrorism training, recently issued new guidelines on “countering violent extremism.” Why the sudden need for drastic change?
On Nov. 15, 2011, Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) National launched a coordinated campaign across the country, with its various chapters requesting records from local, state and federal agencies on their use of taxpayer dollars to fund “Islamophobic training.” The campaign involves 87 filings for records requests across 15 cities nationwide.
CAIR-Michigan’s civil rights director claims CAIR wants these records to ensure that law enforcement is using trainers who provide “objective and unbiased information” to protect Americans from “violent extremists.”CAIR expressed particular concern that tax dollars are being “wasted” on “agenda-driven, inaccurate, or Islamophobic” training and materials.
For years, CAIR has led an aggressive campaign against “Islamophobia.” In the past, its targets have included individuals and corporations whose words, actions or package designs smack of insults to Muslims, as seen through the eyes of CAIR.
Now CAIR’s target is national security. CAIR’s professed goal is to wipe out bigotry, insensitivity and “unfair” bias. So what’s wrong with that?
CAIR, which presents itself as the country’s leading American-Muslim civil rights organization, is, in fact, a radical Islamist organization that is extreme in its goals and tactics. It was an unindicted co-conspirator in theHoly Land Foundation trial, the largest terror-funding trial in the history of the United States.
Though it is expert in public relations, it cannot escape the fact that its roots stem from the Muslim Brotherhood and the Islamic Association of Palestine and that it has close ties to Hamas. Several of its former leadership members have been arrested and convicted on terrorism-related charges or other felonies, and numerous others are being monitored by the FBI. Despite its claims of representing “mainstream Muslim Americans,” the FBI finally has wised up and cut all ties withCAIR.
One of CAIR’s main goals is to “protect Islam” from “defamation,” using, of course, the Islamic definition of defamation rather than that of American constitutional law.