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.

Modified by Matthew