Alderman Moreno and Religious Bigotry

Written by David E. Smith, IFA Executive Director

“Sophomoric.” That is Chicago Democrat and Alderman Joe Moreno’s response to those of us who say his threat against Chick-fil-A is intolerant, hypocritical and discriminatory.

As it turns out, the political pundits and legal scholars — including scores of self-professed “progressives” — have almost uniformly argued that the alderman’s actions are discriminatory and illegal.  Even the ACLU admits that this is “viewpoint discrimination.” The religious bigotry couldn’t be clearer.

Alderman Moreno should reconsider his exploitation of power and position to bully and intimidate a business that has a well-deserved reputation for financial success and good will.

Will Alderman Moreno now admit his error and apologize to Chick-fil-A and the millions of conservative people of faith he has offended, or is that asking too much of a liberal elected official from Chicago?

Click HERE to listen to my short interview with with OneNewsNow.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s Values?

This Chicago Tribune political cartoon says a lot about Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s values.  In an embarrassing display of liberal irony, some members of the Chicago media have exposed the fact that Mayor Emanuel has a working relationship with Nation of Islam’s Louis Farrakhan, a well known radical Anti-Semite who has praised Adolph Hitler, but rejected mild and meek Christian Dan Cathy, CEO of Chick-fil-A because they do not share Emanuel’s values.

As a native Chicagoan, whose parents and grandparents were born and raised in the City, I can tell you that the embrace of Louis Farrakhan and the championing of radical homosexual politics ARE NOT Chicago values!  Maybe Mayor Emanuel and Alderman Joe Moreno should just admit that they are demonstrating their own corrupt liberal political values…

~David E. Smith, IFA Executive Director

A Pastoral Challenge

Newest Attacks on Chick-Fil-A and Christian Ignorance

Written by Laurie Higgins

The Jim Henson Company (yes, the Muppet creators) has decided to stop working with Chick-Fil-A and to donate the money it received from its work with Chick-Fil-A to the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation. This is what “progressives” truly think: Anyone who expresses the view that marriage is the union of one man and one woman is guilty of defamatory and hateful acts.

Some homosexual activists know no bounds when it comes to their arrogant demand that all of society accept their unproven, non-factual moral views. Some have organized the “National Same-Sex Kiss Day at Chick-Fil-A” for August 3. It’s offensive enough that a National Same-Sex Kiss Day exists at all, but for homosexual activists to urge homosexuals to go to a family restaurant that they know is patronized by conservative Christian families and kiss is an arrogant outrage. This exposes the lie that they are a poor, pitiful, powerless minority group.

This campaign reveals the truth that many homosexual activists are guilty of the same sins of which the rest of us mere mortals are guilty: They are often intolerant, uncivil, manipulative, ignorant, obscene, and hateful.

This campaign also reveals the irreconcilable nature of the conflict between those who seek to normalize homosexuality and those who believe homosexual acts are profoundly immoral. Homosexuals find nothing wrong with public displays of homosexual affection, while those who believe that homosexuality is immoral do not want their young children to see such public acts. Conservatives do not want their children to see such acts any more than those who believe polyamory or “transgenderism” is immoral want their young children to see polyamorous kissing or cross-dressing.

One thing that homosexual activists are consistently guilty of is misrepresenting the beliefs, feelings, and claims of conservatives, screeching “hater” at anyone who expresses moral and ontological views on volitional homosexual acts with which they disagree.

And why do they screech “hater”? They do because it works. It effectively silences dissent by creating fear and embarrassment in those who have not taken the time to study the issue and who don’t trust the God they claim to serve.

I received a troubling email from a very bright, well-educated, compassionate friend of my son regarding the abandonment of sound biblical doctrine on homosexuality by his evangelical Christian peers, many of whom have earned advanced degrees from prestigious conservative theology programs. This young man has a B.A. in Philosophy and Theology, an M.A. in Systematic and Historical Theology, and is working on his M.Div.

He wrote:

I’m pretty sure I have told you before, but I’m very thankful for the work you are doing. I’ve been greatly saddened recently as it seems more and more of my _______ grad friends are posting things on Facebook suggesting that promoting gay marriage is a justice issue Christians should be fighting for, and that people like Obama are heroic for coming out in support of it. I despise the fact that a warmed over secular liberalism is now passing for Christian compassion in the minds of many I graduated from ______ with. I’ve seen and experienced the apathy and cowardice that you’ve mentioned, and I don’t ever want to fall into the same.

My response:

Thanks very much for your expression of appreciation. I do what little I can but so much of the burden to convey truth will soon fall to your generation, which has been shaped by cultural institutions in thrall to deception.

I hear in the mainstream press that many in the culture—including Christians and conservatives—are becoming supporters of civil unions, “same-sex marriage,” and the normalization of homosexuality. And yet there’s rarely any discussion of the reasons for such a cultural transformation. The issue is treated as if it’s just a logical, ineluctable evolutionary progression. But might the de facto censorship of conservative ideas in the arts, academia, and mainstream press have something to do with this shift?

I’m regularly interviewed by high school and college journalism students, including from two of the top journalism schools in the country (i.e. Medill and the University of Missouri). I’m continually amazed at the embarrassing ignorance and superficial thinking of bright college students. They’ve put almost no critical thought into “progressive” presuppositions. And they’ve never read the work of or even heard the names of conservative scholars who are writing on the issue. Such is the commitment of academia to critical thinking and diversity.

Now, due to the apathy, ignorance, and cowardice of my generation, including lay Christians; pastors; professors in all manner of disciplines, including theology; and politicians, we will bequeath to you a culture of greater ignorance, diminished liberty, and greater persecution. I hope and pray that God will raise up some Davids to courageously speak truth even in the face of hatred or (God forbid) imprisonment.

And I wish Christians would start acting as if they believed their beliefs were objectively true instead expressing them timorously, awkwardly, defensively, or self-consciously. Through acts of imagination and will, we need to remember that though affirming same-sex attraction may—and I emphasize may—facilitate temporal pleasure, it will most assuredly result in eternal damnation. It boggles the mind that Christians can be complicit in that affirmation and call it love or justice.

The most serious problem is the abandonment by Christians of the clear teaching of the Bible on homosexuality and marriage. Another problem, however, is that few Christian young people could effectively identify the weaknesses in virtually every proposition—religious and secular—used to normalize homosexuality. I would recommend that churches and Christian colleges start preparing their students to understand and refute the specious arguments they encounter daily in conversations with friends and family, in the films and television programs they watch, and in academia and the mainstream press. As it stands now, few of them could argue their way out of a paper bag.

And while you’re waiting for your children to be educated, feed them at Chick-Fil-A.

Obama: the Great Pretender

Written by Laurie Higgins

Obama promised to be the transformative, transparent unifier, one step beyond partisanship and politics. Was he the great and powerful Oz promised to America or the charlatan behind the curtain?

Obama’s transparency:

  • Broke campaign promise to televise negotiations on health care bill on C-SPAN
  • Asserted executive privilege to prevent Attorney General Eric Holder and the Justice Department from having to provide documents on the “Fast and Furious” debacle that have been subpoenaed by Congress

Obama’s non-partisan, unifying actions:

  • Proposed and passed a controversial and highly partisan health care bill that, thus far, has resulted in 30 lawsuits filed challenging the health care law, with 28 states as plaintiffs
  • Told American people that the health care law’s individual mandate is not a tax, then had his solicitor general tell the Supreme Court it is a tax
  • Undermining religious liberty by forcing religious institutions through his health care law to subsidize abortion, sterilization, and contraception or pay substantial penalties
  • Provided federal grant money to Planned Parenthood in states that had voted to defund it
  • Reaffirmed his support of abortion and pledged “to protect this constitutional right”
  • Issued an executive order that enables U.S. aid to go to international organizations that perform or promote abortions
  • Issued an executive order that allows federal funds to go to embryonic stem cell research
  • Rescinded a conscience-protection rule for health care providers
  • Ordered his Department of Justice to stop defending the duly enacted Defense of Marriage Act
  • Repealed Don’t Ask Don’t Tell
  • Announced his support for same-sex marriage in contradiction to his 2008 campaign claims that he opposed same-sex marriage
  • Held a conference purportedly about bullying but really about normalizing homosexuality to which he invited the obscene, hate-spewing, puerile Dan Savage
  • Created a White House website purportedly about bullying that has a special section for only one set of conditions for which students are bullied: homosexuality and “transgenderism.”
  • Had Secretary of State Hillary Clinton give a UN address that announced the United States would be committing resources to the normalization of homosexuality abroad
  • Appointed Kevin Jennings, founder of the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) to be America’s “safe school czar”
  • Recess-appointed controversial lesbian law professor Chai Feldblum, who has argued that sexual liberty supersedes religious liberty, to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
  • Sued Arizona to prevent the state from enforcing federal laws that the federal government refuses to enforce

Next time ”progressives” bemoan the divisiveness of Republicans, remind them of these unifying actions of Obama, the most radical president in U.S. history.

Wheaton College Suing Obama Administration Over Abortifacient Mandate

Written by Laurie Higgins

Wheaton College President Philip Ryken sent a letter to alumni today to share that the Wheaton College Board of Trustees has filed a lawsuit in opposition to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act mandate which “requires the insurance plans of religious institutions (except churches) to cover all government-approved contraceptives,” including abortifacients, or pay significant fines.

Wheaton College is joining the Catholic University of America in this lawsuit because of its concern for both the sanctity of life and religious liberty.

President Ryken has also written a letter to the Daily Herald in which he recounts the unresponsiveness of Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius to the thousands of comments the HHS has received in opposition to the mandate. Remember this next time the Obama administration claims to be above partisanship or when President Obama claims to be a unifier.

In his letter to the Daily Herald, President Ryken exposes not only the outrageous threat to religious liberty that the mandate poses but also the inadequacy of the “accommodations” that the Obama administration is offering to religious institutions and the consequences for Wheaton College students and employees.

President Ryken explained that “penalties ‘would amount to $1.4 million in fines annually for faculty and staff alone.’”

We should be deeply thankful to President Ryken and the Board of Trustees of Wheaton College and to the other religious institutions that are willing to pursue the onerous and regrettable path of litigation. Let’s hope and pray that other religious institutions follow their lead.

And please pray for their victory in preserving First Amendment rights.

NAACP And the White Sexual Anarchists

Exclusive: Matt Barber shames black organization for buckling to ‘gay’ activists

As his re-election hopes dim, the mainstream “progressive” media continue to run interference for Barack Obama. It’s predictable. They no longer even try to hide it. They persist in slobbering on their over-hyped, under-capable would-be savior as his campaign collapses around them. The sycophancy is embarrassing and the desperation palpable.

Most recently, they’ve created a stir around the NAACP crowd booing Mitt Romney at the decidedly liberal group’s national convention in Houston, Texas. The activist attendees didn’t like the fact that President Obama’s presumptive GOP challenger intends to repeal Obamacare if elected.

Still, what you won’t hear from the mainstream media is the fact that those very same left-leaning activists gave Mr. Romney a rousing ovation when he pledged to defend the institution of real marriage from secular extremists’ ongoing attempts to radically re-define it.

During his speech, Romney quoted former NAACP Executive Director Benjamin Hooks, noting that the family “remains the bulwark and the mainstay of the black community. That great truth must not be overlooked.”

The former Massachusetts governor then promised the conference-goers: “Any policy that lifts up and honors the family is going to be good for the country, and that must be our goal. As president, I will promote strong families – and I will defend traditional marriage!”

At this, the crowd erupted into sustained applause.

Herein lies the ongoing rift between the NAACP leadership, its rank and file and the African-American community at large. By recently joining with President Obama to endorse counterfeit “same-sex marriage,” the NAACP leadership betrayed the very constituency it presumes to represent. It blundered its way directly into conflict with the vast majority of African-Americans.

“Traditional marriage enjoys steadfast support in America, especially among African-Americans,” said Brian Brown, president of the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) in response to Romney’s pro-family pledge. “Just this past May, an overwhelming percentage of black voters supported a marriage protection amendment in North Carolina, just as they did several years ago in California and in other states,” continued Brown.

“We know that despite the actions of some African-American elites, rank-and-file voters in the black community continue to support marriage as the union of one man and one woman,” he concluded.

Indeed, by throwing their collective weight behind such extremist, San Francisco-style social engineering, both the president and the NAACP have exposed just how out of touch they are with the rest America – particularly African-Americans. (Consider, for instance, that in 2008, over 70 percent of black voters supported Prop. 8, California’s natural marriage-protection amendment.)

By backing the absurd, oxymoronic notion of so-called “same-sex marriage,” the NAACP leadership has allowed itself to be played by “the man.” (In this case “the man” is the mostly white, “progressive”-elite establishment.)

The black community is having none of it. A group of leading African-American clergy called “The Coalition of African-American Pastors” (CAAP) has called on both President Obama and the NAACP to honor their pledge to represent the interests of the black community instead of radical white special interests.

In an interview with the Christian Post, the Rev. Bill Owens, CAAP president, noted: “The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People needs to be recalled to its founding purpose. Black people face acute and urgent needs, from unemployment to education, family fragmentation, discrimination and crime.

“We are calling on the NAACP, a beloved organization in our eyes, to reclaim its mission. The black church founded the NAACP, and it is not the organization for the advancement of gays and lesbians – whatever the merits of that movement. Return to your roots and stand with the black church on marriage. The black church in our eyes remains the conscience of America.

“More than anything, this is an issue of biblical principles, and President Obama is carrying our nation down a dangerous road,” continued Owens. “Many African-Americans were once proud of our president, but now many are ashamed of his actions.”

For decades now, well-organized, well-funded and politically powerful homosexual pressure groups have, with impertinence, hijacked the language of the authentic civil rights movement.

In what amounts to a sort of soft racism, this mostly white sexual anarchist faction has disingenuously and ignobly hitched its little pink wagon to a movement that, by contrast, is built upon the genuine and noble precepts of racial equality and humanitarian justice.

Indeed, that Barack Obama and the NAACP would align themselves with a militant, immoral lobby that literally takes “pride” in arrogant rebellion against biblical principles is, perhaps, what’s most troubling about this inexplicable political misstep.

It’s offensive – disgusting, in fact – that this pleasure-based, sex-centric movement – delineated by deviant proclivities and behaviors – would dare to equate its demands for celebration of bad behavior to Christian notions of racial equality.

Pastor Ken Hutcherson, an influential black pastor from the Seattle area, put it well: “It has been said loudly and proudly that gay marriage is a civil rights issue. If that’s the case, then gays would be the new African-Americans. I’m here to tell you now, and hopefully for the last time, that the gay community is not the new African-American community.

“Don’t compare your sin to my skin!” he demands.

Alas, how far we’ve come from the character-content vision of the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. who, like his fellow Republican, Mitt Romney, recognized the critical importance of marriage and family. How we’ve perverted what constitutes true civil rights.

Shame on you, NAACP.

And shame on you, Barack Obama.

Matt Barber (@jmattbarber on Twitter) is an attorney concentrating in constitutional law. He serves as Vice President of Liberty Counsel Action (LCA on Facebook) . (Title and affiliation provided for identification purposes only.)

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