They Were Celebrated Liberal Icons For ‘Normal’ Gay Parenting…Then This Happened

They’re heavily tattooed and in good physical shape. They’re black and they’re hip in a city where hip-hop is the definition of cool and connected. So when these two gay parents in Atlanta started posting family pictures on Instagram — two 20-something black guys with their three young children — they became sudden celebrities and lauded cultural icons of the LGBT community seeking to normalize the “new” family unit.

Image Credit: Instagram/KordalenKaleb

Image Credit: Instagram/KordalenKaleb

In fact, Kordale Lewis and Kaleb Anthony became such celebrated icons of the same-sex normalization movement that they began to enjoy a taste of fame and fortune. Nikon, seeking to exploit the couple’s popularity and climb on board the progressive bandwagon of “inclusion,” reached out and made them and their kids the centerpiece of a new ad campaign promoting acceptance. They were portrayed as just another American family – “normal” and loving.

But that was before they hit a huge bump in their road to stardom — a bump that normal heterosexual couples with kids often hit.

The Daily Mail newspaper reports that Kordale and Kaleb — the “overnight sensations” of the “new normal” in family relationships — are going their separate ways. Just as their celebrity was born on Instagram, so, too, has their breakup reportedly been announced on the social media platform.

“…fans of the couple were blindsided when Caleb – who had previously gone by the spelling Kaleb – made a series of posts on Instagram, which have since been removed, including a long letter explaining that he was leaving Kordale, breaking off their engagement,” according to the article in the British newspaper.

In the midst of the ongoing controversy as well as the celebration in some quarters over the legal status of same-sex marriage across America, social media was abuzz with chatter about the announced plans for the gay couple’s wedding. The Daily Mail article notes that Kaleb “tweeted just last month that: ‘Next month we will start to plan our wedding!! im (sic) overexcited! #lovewins.” Apparently, though, in this case, love doesn’t win, as some undisclosed “disrespect” has the pair now disengaged.

The New York Post, which calls the ex-couple “America’s favorite gay dads on social media,” notes that Nikon has released a statement saying that the company was “aware of the news,” adding that they wish “the best to Kordale, Kaleb and their entire family. We were happy to have them participate in our campaign and there were no plans to extend marketing efforts with any of the featured participants.”

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Boy Scouts Allow Homosexual Adult Leaders

The old Boy Scouts creed included a vow to be morally straight.

In 2013, the Boy Scouts of America changed their policy to allow homosexual scouts in all activities, including campouts.

At the time, we were assured that our boys would be safe in tents because the Boy Scouts would never allow adult homosexual leaders in their ranks, and that our boys would be properly supervised.

Now, in late July of 2015, the Boy Scouts have changed their policy and now are welcoming homosexual adult leaders who are allowed to cook with the boys, and camp with the boys, and mentor the boys.

Keep in mind that the very definition of homosexuality defines the sexual preference of these new adult leaders.

The definition of a pedophile is an adult having sex with a child.

Two questions: 1) Do you really think with the millions of Boy Scouts that there will never be a single case of homosexual pedophilia? And 2) How comfortable do you feel with your boys in the new rainbow Boy Scouts of America?

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SCOTUS Decision Encourages Persecution Of Christians–Don’t Say We Didn’t Warn You

Anyone could have predicted it; many did. Government sanctioned persecution of Bible believing Christians escalated within hours of the Supreme Court decision mandating same sex marriage. The Military Religious Freedom Foundation was demanding the expulsion of military chaplains who profess Biblical attitudes toward human sexuality before day’s end. They are a fringe group, but numerous government officials have used words like “hate speech” in reference to Christians uncowed by a lawless Supreme Court or lawless bureaucrats. The narrative is that we may believe – and teach in church – whatever we like, but we may not trouble the general public with our thoughts.

Military leaders may find the MRFF antics laughable – for now – but there is nothing funny about ongoing efforts to railroad Chaplain Wes Modder out of the service for daring to counsel one of his charges on Biblical grounds. The pattern is always that the political victors claim to respect the right of the vanquished to dissent, but the (new) law of the land must be respected at all costs. That these same victors did not accept the law until it was on their side is strangely forgotten; let the games begin.

The Los Angeles Times reports that Oregon Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian has leveled a $135,000.00 fine – as he had threatened to do – against former bakers Aaron and Melissa Klein. Their crime? They declined to bake a wedding cake for a lesbian couple when gay marriage was still illegal in Oregon. The Kleins often served same sex couples, but explained – gently – that their religious convictions forbade them baking a wedding cake. This enraged the couple; they complained they were “hurt” to the Labor Commission, and this outrageous judgment is the outcome. The logic is identical to the Supreme Court decision handed down June 26.

This case comes alongside the wedding photographer persecuted in Colorado and the grocers under assault in Washington State these past two years. All this comes before the Supreme Court decision on marriage discharges any inhibitions officials might have based on the 1st Amendment. The new order is: “Anyone hurting the feelings of a homosexual has violated the 14th Amendment and must be dealt with accordingly.”

These travesties of justice coincide with Lance Corporal Monifa Sterling, USMC, who was convicted by a military court of failing to obey a direct order when she refused to remove a Bible verse from her work station. Her commander and former drill instructor ordered it removed because he “did not like its tone.” When she cited her First Amendment rights and the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, he tore it down and cursed her. Later, she was charged and convicted. The military court decided the display of a Bible verse was not a religious activity and therefore not protected by RFRA or the Bill of Rights. Her case lost on appeal and is now awaiting disposition at the US Supreme Court. Navy Chaplain Wesley Modder likewise awaits his day in court after his CO – following years of stellar fitness reports from this same officer – swore to remove him from the service for counseling a gay sailor in line with his (Modder’s) mandate from his church authority.

A more direct and immediate outcome of the Court’s decision is the case of Pennlive.com, one of the larger news gathering organizations based out of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Their board announced – within twenty-four hours of the SCOTUS ruling – that they would no longer accept opinion pieces or letters to the editor that did not support gay marriage.

These persecuted people are all doing what Jesus calls us to do – acknowledging Him before men and expecting to be acknowledged before His Father. The five majority Justices of the Supreme Court in the Obergefell case – most of whom claim to be Christians – are doing what Jesus warned them not to do – refusing to acknowledge Him; they should expect to be denied before His Father. What about the rest of us? Will we acknowledge Him and His martyrs who cannot get even a fair trial on the basis of their guaranteed free exercise of their faith? Will we stand up to the bullies and demand the military and civilian authorities stop bullying their own most loyal members? Or will we decide it is too confusing and not really our problem?

It is our problem. In a government by the people, we do not always get what we want; but we always get what we deserve. And our God – famously quick to forgive in the face of repentance – is equally famous for failing to understand why we just could or would not do the right thing when tasked with it.

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A City Replaced The American Flag With Something So Insane, The Mayor Had To Apologize

The City of Reno, Nev., is recovering from a public relations nightmare after the American flag was removed from the city offices and replaced with a rainbow LGBT flag Sunday morning. The gay pride flag was removed and replaced with the American flag by 9 p.m. Sunday after local media were alerted by complaining citizens, according to local reports.

Mayor Hillary Schieve apologized to citizens Sunday night and stated she had no idea the U.S. Flag was not flying over City Hall. The mayor said she never ordered the American flag to be removed, but did order it to be put back up. Schieve also said she understands why citizens would be upset by the removal.

“I am very proud to be an American and we should always support our troops and veterans no matter what,” Schieve said in her written statement. “I too am offended and there is no excuse for this. Those who have served deserve the highest respect for their service.”

Schieve participated in the gay pride events over the weekend and said she requested the gay pride flag be hung. However, she thought it would be hung on City Hall’s front door. According to the City of Reno’s official statement issued Monday morning, the intention was to fly both flags side-by-side for the weekend. The LGBT flag was hoisted in celebration of a gay pride celebration last weekend. The city’s statement said the Reno City Council was also unaware the U.S. flag had been taken down. The city returned to flying the American flag once the error was discovered, the statement said.

The mayor issued another apology during a city caucus on Monday night. In that apology, Schieve apologized to city staff for the communication mix up and said she took “full responsibility” since she represented the city.

“It is important to be extremely sensitive to this. In the future, as we move forward, I can assure you this won’t happen again,” Schieve said.

Reno will “continue to celebrate our diverse community” and was “proud to participate in pride weekend,” the statement said, adding the city will continue to participate in such events in the future.

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Kenya’s President Did NOT Like What Obama Said To His Country And He Let The Whole World Know It

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta has made it clear that President Obama was speaking to the wrong congregation when he urged Kenyans to embrace gay rights.

During a Saturday news conference in Nairobi, Kenya, at the start of his trip to Africa, Obama equated the denial of gay rights with racism. “As an African-American, I am painfully aware of what happens when people are treated differently under the law,” Obama said.

Kenyatta replied that although there are many areas of agreement between Kenya and the United States, Obama found an area where the two nations disagree.

“There are some things that we must admit we don’t share, our culture, our societies don’t accept,” Kenyatta said. “For Kenyans today, the issue of gay rights is really a non-issue. We want to focus on other issues that really are day-to-day issues for our people.”

Obama’s call for gay rights came despite pre-visit requests from Kenyan politicians and religious leaders to leave the issue alone.

“We do not want him to come and talk on homosexuality in Kenya or push us to accepting that which is against our faith and culture,” said Mark Kariuki, the key architect of the letter. Kariuki leads an alliance representing 38,000 churches and 10 million Kenyan Christians.

“The family is the strength of a nation. If the family is destroyed, then the nation is destroyed,” Kariuki said. “So we don’t want to open doors for our nation to be destroyed!”

Kenyatta’s opposition to Obama reflects Kenyan society. A 2007 Pew Global study found that 96% of Kenyans surveyed believe that homosexuality should be rejected. Forty-one percent of American respondents felt that way at the time of the poll.

Kenyan law makes sexual activity between two individuals of the same gender illegal and punishable by a maximum jail sentence of 14 years in most cases.

h/t: IJ Review

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