Exposed: The Left’s Most Egregious Catch-22

I’ve been talking about this for years (as have many of my fellow conservatives).

It is something that should continue to be pressed relentlessly. In the politically correct analysis of what constitutes ‘hate speech,’ whose agenda reigns supreme?

I’m speaking specifically of the two most hostile sects of American citizenry these days: Militant gays and Militant Muslims.

We now have mega corporations and our own government bowing and capitulating to the sensitivities and preferences of Constitution-defying militants above and beyond the general population. Such sensitivities often result in the troubling manifestation of threats, lawsuits, and boycotts against private citizens (as well as public officials) who merely choose to exercise their first amendment right to free speech/expression of faith. Not only are people losing their businesses and livelihoods, but they are even threatened with bodily harm by activists determined to have their worldview imposed on the majority. Are we still living in America?

Our own president continues to lecture and admonish various non-Islamic (i.e. Kenya, India, etc.) countries for their lack of inclusivity and forward thinking (while ignoring the least tolerant – Iran, Saudi Arabia, etc.). However, there must certainly come a time when the Islamic–easily the most prominent and aggressive persecutors of gays–call for adherence and sharia compliance will include the ‘LGBTs.’

Why are the proposed boycotts in places like Indiana not extending to those countries that throw poor souls alleged to exhibit same-sex desires off buildings?

These are the types of questions that must be asked of every liberal commentator, activist, theologian, and politician loudly and aggressively time and time again. This must be done boldly and repeatedly before even one more religious conservative is unjustly targeted, maligned, and vilified for soundly maintaining a right of conscience on well-founded religious and existential grounds. The general lack of moral consistency from the left is astounding.

Ultimately, this is the crux of the culture war. Thrust open this Pandora’s box, and we get to the true spiritual heart of the matter. The extended denial of the hypocrisy at play can only lead to one logical conclusion – complicity by design. We would be correct to recognize George Soros’ arbitrary global standard of morality as conceived in his reworked Open Society ideology to account for the seemingly incompatible dichotomy, no doubt.

Let the ramifications of a forced disclosure fly, that the one true God be soundly presented as The Solution!

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What Has Happened To Morality In America?

Discernment:

-the ability to see and understand people, things, or situations clearly and intelligently

Discrimination:

-the ability to recognize the difference between things that are of good quality and those that are not
-the ability to understand that one thing is different from another thing

Discrimination stresses the power to distinguish and select what is true or appropriate or excellent

Today’s culture has bought into the acceptance, legitimization, and glorification of false desires leading to normalization of deviant behavior. Unfortunately, it’s been a long time coming.

Look at Bruce Jenner and pray for widespread clarity and truth-based charity. We are male, with the ‘equipment’ (for lack of a better word) to be with a woman and vice versa. It’s how we’ve been designed.

Once you get into your inner desire to drive social standards, you get deviant and defiant against natural order and created purpose. Ultimately, only misery and confusion will ensue……

Core biblical, moral principles and foundations must drive secular society – not in terms of punishment and force, necessarily, but as civil standards for health, dignity, and respect for self and neighbor. Unlike my well-meaning, libertarian-leaning brothers and sisters, I don’t necessarily see the mutual exclusion…..

Small Government can only be born and maintained via the Judeo-Christian mindset; but tragically, we are too fallen and rebellious to see the light…..especially in our day.

We have become so open and free that we must be controlled. Soon, the bondage will come……

1 Corinthians 6:9 – Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind

Jude 1:7 – Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire.

1 Timothy 1:9-10 – Knowing this, that the law is not made for a righteous man, but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and for sinners, for unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers, For whoremongers, for them that defile themselves with mankind, for menstealers, for liars, for perjured persons, and if there be any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine

Romans 1:28 – And even as they did not like to retain God in [their] knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient

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Are Christians About To Be Told To Shove It Big Time In America?

May we look at our past, see our present, and predict the future to see how it stands. Let me lay it out…..

“No religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States.” – Article VI

Though we consider the religious forms and ideas of our fathers no longer adequate, the quest for the good life is still the central task for mankind. Man is at last becoming aware that he alone is responsible for the realization of the world of his dreams, that he has within himself the power for its achievement. He must set intelligence and will to the task. -Humanist Manifesto I

Traditional religions are surely not the only obstacles to human progress. Other ideologies also impede human advance. Some forms of political doctrine, for instance, function religiously, reflecting the worst features of orthodoxy and authoritarianism, especially when they sacrifice individuals on the altar of Utopian promises. Purely economic and political viewpoints, whether capitalist or communist, often function as religious and ideological dogma. – Humanist Manifesto II

Thus engaged in the flow of life, we aspire–with–informed conviction that humanity has the ability to progress toward its highest ideals. The responsibility for our lives and the kind of world in which we live is ours and ours alone. – Humanist Manifesto III

The new Acid Test for Public Service and social acceptance seems to read something like the following:

Dear Christian Candidate,

Do you believe that God is the Creator and Sustainer of the universe and all that lies therein?

Do you believe that Jesus Christ is His only begotten Son who has come down and sacrificed himself to restore fallen humanity? Do you believe the miraculous account of His birth, death, resurrection, and ascension to be historically accurate and applicable/essential to the restoration of God’s creation?

Do you believe that humanity is wholly misguided and corruptible in its natural state and susceptible to all forms of manipulation, extortion, self-absorption, and self-destruction and, left unchecked, will readily sacrifice the good of the masses for its own temporal gain, glory, and preservation?

Do you reject the theory [that the sum of human existence in all its complexity, rationality, uniformity, diversity, spirituality, connectedness, consciousness, and innate conscientiousness has ultimately come to be in a manner that defies all logical probability (despite carefully presented proposals that infer ironclad validity and empirical certainty and omits essential, observable natural realities) to establish a suspension of belief that expands the explanatory limits of unguided, unassisted naturalism to achieve highly advanced outcomes bordering on miraculous] most commonly know as evolution?

Do you believe that those (who act in a manner that defies the special design, natural order, complimentary standard, and emotional stability of the greater community and are willing to place their own needs and desires above the health and unity of society in both the natural and spiritual realms of human existence) are to be respected and loved as equal members and beneficiaries of God’s creative purpose who nonetheless act (to their own detriment) on propensities that threaten their own perfect design? Do you believe that they should be sensitively guarded and protected (instead of encouraged) from proceeding thus, but rather seek to fulfill a higher and more blessed state of being?

Do you believe that all ethics and morality (in both the active and passive sense) are wholly derived from the Ten Commandments of God (Thou shalt not lie, steal, etc.) that are encompassed in the essential command to love God with all thy heart and your neighbor as yourself, and that although we are unable to keep these commands perfectly (even in our redemptive state) we are to evoke God and support each other in living properly, honorably, righteously, ethically, lawfully, and truly before God and man?

*If you have answered ‘YES’ to any of these questions, we find you wholly objectionable to serve as a public representative in the year 2015; and you will be aggressively slandered and viciously maligned. Now prepare to take your rightful place deep underground.

~This verdict comes courtesy of the secular elite and humanist religious authority.

Despite the drastic and concentrated attack on all things Christian in contemporary American society, our retort is twofold:

1. Stop Forcing Your Immorality On Us 

2. If There Is No God, There Are No Rights

“Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom. As nations become corrupt and vicious, they have more need of masters.” – Ben Franklin

“Give up money, give up fame, give up science, give the earth itself and all it contains rather than do an immoral act. And never suppose that in any possible situation, or under any circumstances, it is best for you to do a dishonorable thing, however slightly so it may appear to you.” – Thomas Jefferson

“Men, in a word, must necessarily be controlled either by a power within them or by a power without them; either by the Word of God or by the strong arm of man; either by the Bible or by the bayonet.” – Robert Winthrop

“Indeed, the right of a society or government to [participate] in matters of religion will hardly be contested by any persons who believe that piety, religion, and morality are intimately connected with the well being of the state and indispensable to the administrations of civil justice. The promulgation of the great doctrines of religion—the being, and attributes, and providence of one Almighty God; the responsibility to Him for all our actions, founded upon moral accountability; a future state of rewards and punishments; the cultivation of all the personal, social, and benevolent virtues—these never can be a matter of indifference in any well-ordered community. It is, indeed, difficult to conceive how any civilized society can well exist without them.” – Joseph Story

“Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.” – JFK

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Blessed By Autism…And Sharing The Love!

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I am a 40 year old (going on 42) husband and father of five children, one with autism. Through trials and adversities, my Christian faith has grown strong over the past 15 years. There was one particular event, however, that shook my foundation ever so vehemently. Only by the grace of God and His perfect wisdom was I able to reconcile it with my faith, not only in tact–but stronger than before.

Our youngest son Ryan was diagnosed with Autism at age two-and-a-half. My wife started to notice subtle changes in Ryan’s behavior; and within a month’s time, his language and social interactions became severely diminished. A once-friendly and social little boy, Ryan withdrew, became disinterested in toys, and started engaging in various forms of self-simulation. The Ryan that we knew and loved dearly was gone. My wife and I were left to cope with a deep sense of loss. It was as if our Ryan had been taken away from us. He had become a shell of himself. There was no emotion, no expression; he was totally disconnected. Ryan remained fixed in his own world.

Even though my wife and I had prior experience with developmental disabilities, both personally and professionally, nothing could prepare us for what we were now facing. Not only was our faith in God put to the test, but also was our faith in ourselves and each other. But now was not the time to throw in the towel. Ryan needed us like never before, and we needed each other; but most importantly, we need God’s preserving grace to face this steep mountain and find the strength to keep climbing.

Knowing that a complete recovery from this condition was uncommon, we prayed for understanding and acceptance. We eventually found a private school exclusively serving children with Autism. After six months, our son started exhibiting significant developmental progress. Many amazing people – teachers, therapists, and other parents who were facing similar adversities – were brought into our lives. We are truly grateful for them all!

As difficult as it was to accept, this unforeseen circumstance has brought our family closer together and enabled us to rally around our Ryan as he continues to progress a little each day, one step at a time. By concentrating our focus and efforts on intervention and progress, rather than the initial regression, we have been able to develop a healthy and spiritually sound perspective toward our child’s condition. It’s been part of the healing process, emotionally for our family and developmentally for our child. Thankfully, we have reached a place where even the smallest improvement in Ryan’s development feels like the biggest blessing.

Photo credit: AJ Castellitto

Photo credit: AJ Castellitto

I firmly believe that God takes extra care of the most vulnerable among us. They are ripe for healing and are marked for Heaven……

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How To Get Into The Right Wing Watch Hall Of Fame

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Well, I finally made it into the Right Wing Watch Hall of Fame.

I figured I would go over to their Facebook page and read what some of my new fans had to say. I must say, it wasn’t pretty. Actually, it was pretty unnerving.

Here were some of the responses to my fairly tame article titled “Rainbows and Infidels”…

  • “I swear everyday these idiots say something even crazier. They are seriously afraid of an America without legal bigotry.”
  • “Hey AJ, homosexuality is normal, natural, and healthy if your gay f#%*wit.”
  • “Right wingers are complete f#%*@ing fool’s.”
  • “If you believe in god you are a mentally ill individual who needs immediate help. We, as a people, need to stop coddling the childish behavior of god-niks and demand that they be committed for psychiatric evaluation. Involuntarily, if necessary. The entire ilk of god-niks are sick…”
  • “Late at night….he dreams of being “taken down” by gay commie pawns…..”
  • “Where do they drag these loonies up from?”

I tried to put my empathy hat on for the sake of the more reasonable commenters. There actually were one or two who were respectful and reasonable in response to my attempts to engage. I tried to convey my love and concern, not only for the future of this country, but also for them.

I thought that “civil unions” provided the gay couple with all of the legal benefits and state recognition they’d been seeking. Some seemed a bit confused on this point….like this guy:

This is just plain stupid! Individual gays fall in love and want the legal and financial benefits of marriage. This happens one couple at a time and there are no conventions (they do have a parade) or conspiracies.

Unfortunately, the larger agendas seem to be lost on the majority. But despite their confusion, this is seemingly the crux of their argument.

The benefits afforded via civil unions were satisfactory in providing domestic partners legal-contractual recognition. This was not enough for the folks leading the charge, however, so they doubled down. It is they who purposely and calculatingly want Christianity buried and Christians to be forced underground (and churches wholly conformed to secular standards).

I tried to reach some level of understanding. A redefinition of marriage has great social and cultural implications. It’s just one more part of the greater mission to radically transform America in a way that makes us more pliable and susceptible to radicals, renegades, and rogues hostile to American values, principles, and ideals. I’m talking about people who want to do real harm.

There are those who are willing to use the force and power of government to inflict personal slander, privacy infringement, financial ruin, physical harm, and imprisonment upon an innocent majority–specifically, upon those who will not wholly comply with the extreme and drastic measures being forced upon society (this is about much more than just non-traditional marriage).

A much greater fight is looming. America’s privacy, security, sovereignty, and vitality are on the line.

A power grab is in the works. Every aspect of our life – religious, vocational, personal, medical, economic – will be exposed and assessed. We will be either rewarded or punished by the government, based on our history of compliance.

It’s already happening. If those being blindly manipulated would only open their hearts and minds and see where we’re headed (death panels, broken families, no borders, no privacy, no free speech, no economic opportunity, no hard line against terrorism, no faith… just collective misery).

That’s what all these “phony scandals” are about. And the donkeys are just a bit more sold out and sinister than the elephants.

The most trustworthy are the most maligned. Yes, I’m talking about the extreme Right wing (Cruz, King, Lee, Amash, Stockman, Garrett, and straight-shooters like Gowdy and Chaffetz) and many more good men and women. Commies will use anyone and anything for control and tyranny. It’s a power trip, whether it’s religious humanism or militant Islam. Evil is patient and never sleeps. This is not a political war nor a culture war. We have found ourselves in the middle of a religious war. This is a spiritual battle for truth. The soul of our nation (and the souls of our children and grandchildren who are callously being led astray) is at stake!

As for the specific issue at hand, I did my best to lay it on the line, despite the hostile territory:

I don’t necessarily advocate overly-negative analysis that places people on the defensive. But we have a responsibility to look at all facets of these issues.

1. Is government a supreme god-like authority, and do they only represent atheists and religious humanists?

2. How is marriage defined? Who defined it? Who has the authority to redefine it? Are there limitations on what constitutes a state-recognized marital union? How about polyamory? Who sets the standard?

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If morality is arbitrary, who sets the legal standards, limits, and thresholds? Are attacks against Christians covered by hate speech? How are concerns related to traditional/cultural views on morality (including the effects of porn, divorce, infidelity, child sexualization-education, common decency, and the importance of present traditional parental roles) rightly deemed hate speech?

Our message to those who identify themselves as homosexual (although I don’t believe we must be defined by a sexual inclination) is that ‘Jesus loves you’–and so do we. We will not use you. But we won’t lie to you either. We needn’t be defined by our thoughts nor our desires; rather, we are defined by what we embrace!

Also, we should ask the President if Islamic nations are exempt from making marriage a godless and arbitrary institution. Treating militants with kid gloves as they torture, rape, and kill Christians and desire the same for Jews is not cool… not at all!

What’s become of our country? Both parties and a vast majority of Americans support Israel’s right to self-defense. So why does this admin act contrary to that? Where in the world are the priorities?

Question authority, reject the propaganda, and examine the fruits ……. pf what kind are they?

We boycott Indiana but embrace Iran??? Where is the consistency and moral authority? All I see is an empowering of Islam alongside a concentrated effort to neutralize, undermine. and wholly annihilate Christianity and Judaism. It ain’t gonna happen! God Wins!

Ryan Anderson debates gay marriage with Piers Morgan:

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