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Anti-LGBT Writer: Satan Tricked Leelah Alcorn Into Believing She Was Transgender

Laurie Higgins of the Illinois Family Institute, the state affiliate of the American Family Association, joined other Religious Right activists in condemning the LGBT community for the death of Leelah Alcorn, a teenager who discussed her family’s rejection of her transgender identity in her suicide note.

In a column published this week, Higgins insists it was LGBT rights supporters, not Alcorn's parents, who drove the teen (whom she makes a point of misgendering throughout her article) to severe depression by pushing “lies that now devour them.”

These lies, Higgins writes, come from Satan himself: “It is the Father of Lies who deceived Josh and then falsely accuses all those who follow Christ for Josh’s suffering.”

The Left attributes to conservatives blame for the depression and suicidal ideation of both those who identify as “transgender” and those who identify as homosexual, and in so doing overlook other possible causes for the depression that these girls, boys, men, and women experience.

Perhaps the depression and suicidal ideation that gender-confused teens, post-op “transsexuals,” and homosexuals experience results in part from societal disapproval,* but perhaps their anguish results at least in part from apprehension of the truth that God has written on their hearts regarding homoerotic activity, cross-dressing, and bodily mutilation. Or perhaps both depression and disordered desires related to sexuality are symptoms of other underlying problems.

Unfortunately, homosexual and “trans”activists are making it impossible to explore such possibilities. They vehemently oppose such exploration even if it may result in less suffering for those who experience same-sex attraction or gender confusion.

Homosexual and “trans” activists are not interested in finding ways to mitigate suffering unless such ways include promoting their assumptions about homoerotic activity and gender confusion. They will tolerate no discussion of theories regarding causation that may undermine their social and political goals of compulsory affirmation of their non-factual beliefs. The promotion of their self-serving sexuality ideology supersedes everything, including the welfare of others.

Acknowledging the profound suffering of Josh Alcorn should not lead other parents of similarly suffering teens to affirm their desires or to blindly accept that Josh’s posthumously published words reflect the real cause of his suffering. Most teens at some point or many points blame their parents for their suffering in matters great and small.



If Christians hope to alleviate the suffering of children and adults who experience same-sex attraction or gender dysphoria, they must guard against the lies that now devour them. Don’t believe the lie that speaking truth in love causes death. And don’t believe the false accusations of those who do not know truth.

Instead, remember these words from Jesus who accuses rightly: “You are of your father the devil, and your will is to do your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks out of his own character, for he is a liar and the father of lies” (John 8:44). It is the Father of Lies who deceived Josh and then falsely accuses all those who follow Christ for Josh’s suffering.

*The fact that disapproval of a particular behavior causes distress in those who desire to engage in such behavior does not mean that disapproval is wrong.

Dinesh D'Souza: 'Liberals Coddle Islamic Radicalism'

Conservative author Dinesh D’Souza stopped by “The Steve Mazlberg Show” on Newsmax TV yesterday to claim that people who criticize the publication of cartoons depicting Mohammad have actually empowered terrorists such as those behind the Charlie Hebdo attack.

D’Souza even suggested that progressives and radical Islamists have joined forces to quash free speech through government oppression and violence.

“It’s a particular irony of our time that it is we conservatives who have now become the defenders of the liberal tradition while these so-called liberals coddle this Islamic radicalism,’” D’Souza said. “They are willing to suppress free speech on the campus, so they are licensing the curtailment of speech and in a sense acceding to the Islamic radicals who say, ‘Listen, you want to outlaw speech on campus, we want to outlaw it by shooting people who do it.’”

700 Club: 'Radical Islamists' Behind Obama White House

Today on “The 700 Club,” Pat Robertson and Christian Broadcasting Network reporter Erick Stakelbeck faulted President Obama for failing to blame Islam for the Charlie Hebdo attack. Stakelbeck said Obama and other leaders are “burying their heads in the sand” while “reaching out to Islamists.”

“The people who have the ear of the Obama administration are foot soldiers of the Muslim Brotherhood, these are radical Islamists who are advising this White House,” Stakelbeck said. “So you have a big problem here when you can’t acknowledge the enemy because the enemy is actually advising you.”

The two then made the absurd claim that no one in the Muslim community is speaking out against terrorists organizations like ISIS, with Robertson asking: “Will they ever wake up?”

Todd Starnes: Gay Rights Movement Ushering In 'Cultural Cleansing'

The decision to fire Atlanta fire chief Kelvin Cochran for violating city employment policies by distributing his self-published book, which included denunciations of homosexuality, to employees has turned into the latest Religious Right persecution story.

Yesterday Erick Erickson of Fox News and RedState compared the LGBT community to the terrorists behind the Charlie Hebdo attack and groups such as the Georgia Baptist Convention, Faith 2 Action and the Faith and Freedom Coalition came out strongly against Atlanta’s mayor.

Fox News commentator Todd Starnes used his daily radio segment today to accuse the gay rights movement of “cultural cleansing” over the incident, suggesting that “Christians need not apply to public sector jobs” in Atlanta.

“Chief Cochran is just the latest victim in the ongoing cultural cleansing of American society,” Starnes said.

Starnes has previously warned of “ethnic cleansing” targeting white students on college campuses and has accused the Obama administration of conducting a “Christian cleansing” in the military when service members were temporarily unable to access a Southern Baptist website after their software filters found malware on the site.

He made a similar cry of “cultural cleansing” on his Facebook page:

It is time for action, friends. We must stand with Atlanta Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran, our brother in the Lord. We must send a resounding message to City Hall and their anti-Christian mayor.

The Georgia Baptist Convention has launched a petition drive. Follow the link to gain access to the petition - along with contact information for City Hall and the mayor's office.

Equal rights for ALL Americans! The cultural cleansing of our nation must stop!

Tony Perkins Links Gays To Violent Persecution In Iran, North Korea

On yesterday's “Washington Watch” program, Family Research Council President Tony Perkins took a call from a listener, Hector, who urged conservative Christians to protest “abortionists,” “homosexual organizations” and the “Muslim-in-chief” for allegedly being under the control of Satan and persecuting Christians.

Perkins, who has previously called gay rights advocates pawns of Satan, agreed with Hector’s claim that conservatives like themselves are engaged in a spiritual war against demonic forces. He then added that President Obama is permitting the violent persecution of Christians outside of the U.S. in places like Iran and North Korea because his domestic social policies show “hostility” to religion.

Rather than cite any specific examples, Perkins brought up the mayor of Atlanta’s decision to terminate the city’s fire chief after he violated employment policies by distributing to coworkers his self-published book that included condemnations of homosexuality. Perkins told Hector that such actions ultimately contribute to violence against Christians.

“Tyrants abroad see an administration that is not only not interested in protecting religious freedom but actually persecuting, like we saw with the mayor there in Atlanta firing the fire chief because he believes in biblical morality and dares speak about it,” he said. “And if you and I tolerate that religious intolerance from the secular left, the rabid secular left, then Christians are going to die abroad.”

Caller: Since this Muslim-in-chief president’s got in office you’ve had a wave of wickedness just open up across our country and other nations, if you hadn’t noticed. It’s demonic, it’s a demonic undertone and overtone with this homosexuality, this abortionist, everybody seems to have a free pass to lawlessness since this president has got into office.

Now, the cure for this — I’ve cast out demons, I’ve been attacked physically myself, long story short, I wasn’t afraid, I kicked them in the rear, I got them off, they tried to choke them out and smother me because I was getting into the rear-end of Satan with my foot and he had to back me up and I’ve backed them up in the name of Jesus — but anyway, the thing is, more Christians have to line up in unity and start standing in front of D.C., getting around this abortionist and where these homosexual organizations around and start binding demons and demonic forces and wickedness and casting out demons in the name of Jesus Christ and then you’re going to get somewhere. All of this talk and going on with meetings, Satan is in these big Christian meetings.

Perkins: Take a breath, Hector. I think we have to realize that as I often quote from Ephesians 6 that we wrestle not with flesh and blood but against principalities, against powers, against rulers of darkness and spiritual hosts of wickedness in heavenly places, so we are in a spiritual battle. They often manifest itself in various realms. We’ve got to be present. The light that is in our lives through Christ Jesus, the truth, causes the darkness to scatter so we have to engage, and I think that is what you are saying, we’ve got to engage, we’ve got to vote, we’ve got to be involved, we’ve got to speak, we’ve got to help, we’ve got to work, we’ve got to minister, we’ve got to do all of those things, everything, not one aspect of the Christian life is going to do it, it has got to be all inclusive.

I do want to comment on something you said and that was under this administration, you’ve talked about the religious persecution and how that was spreading and in fact it is. Because of America’s indifference toward religious freedom, we’re seeing persecution advance globally at a significant level. Tomorrow on this program I’m going to be joined by David Curry who is with Open Doors, he will be tomorrow at the National Press Club, they will be unveiling the 2014 rankings of the fifty countries that are engaged in persecution of Christians. I met with him earlier today so he is going to come on tomorrow and they are going to release this tomorrow listing the top fifty countries where Christians are persecuted. I have said this all along and I will say it again, I believe the reason we are seeing this increase in global persecution of Christians and other religious minorities is because of the indifference to religion here at home and actual growing hostility at the hands of our own government.

Tyrants abroad see an administration that is not only not interested in protecting religious freedom but actually persecuting, like we saw with the mayor there in Atlanta firing the fire chief because he believes in biblical morality and dares speak about it. That’s what we’re talking about. And if you and I tolerate that religious intolerance from the secular left, the rabid secular left, then Christians are going to die abroad. End of story. That’s going to happen because they will see these tyrants, in North Korea, Iran, will see that, hey, Americans don’t care about religious freedom, look at what they’re doing to their own people.

Anti-LGBT Pundit: Leelah Alcorn Probably Possessed By Demons, LGBT Community To Blame For Suicide

BarbWire content editor Gina Miller weighed in today on the suicide of transgender teenager Leelah Alcorn, who discussed family rejection in her suicide note, and unsurprisingly, Miller believes that the LGBT community is to blame.

In fact, Miller suggests that Satanic forces may have been behind Alcorn’s transgender identity — which she refers to as a “deeply disturbing mental and spiritual sickness” — while adding that anyone “in open rebellion against God’s design for human sexuality will suffer for it, and suicidal tendencies are just one of the many ill effects.”

Miller writes that conservatives Christians, such as Alcorn’s parents, are the real victims of the whole saga: “Our freedoms are in terrible danger. The radical homosexual movement is a powerful tool of these evil forces, and it is being used in an aggressive campaign to squash our natural rights of conscience, speech, association and religion and to pervert the meaning of family and marriage.”

Another conservative columnist recently blamed Dan Savage and “Satan’s little soldiers” in the LGBT rights movement for Alcorn’s death.

On Sunday, December 28th, a mentally ill Ohio teenager committed suicide by stepping in front of a semi-trailer on an interstate, selfishly forcing the driver to run him down. The driver, who was minding his own business, will now have to live with this horror the rest of his life. How do I know the kid was mentally ill? I know, because 17-year-old Joshua Alcorn believed he was a girl trapped in a boy’s body and had apparently labored under this tragic “transgender” delusion since he was a little boy. In his suicide note, he blamed his Christian parents for not supporting and encouraging him in his fantasy. Instead, they did the best they knew how in getting him psychiatric help and telling him the truth that he could never be a girl.

Naturally, the radical homosexual activist community is seizing on this horrific suicide as an excuse to falsely blame the young man’s death on the Christian beliefs of his parents. This is to be expected today in our truly insane society, in which all manner of deception and lies are embraced by a fringe minority and spread far and wide by a complicit, dark-minded media. Members of the sexual anarchy movement have in their cross-hairs anyone who publicly opposes their tyrannical agenda, and they will not hesitate to cravenly use an awful event like this kid’s suicide to further that agenda.

Just about the only people left with the courage to tell the truth about immoral, unhealthy and unnatural homosexuality and “transgenderism” are Christians. Others are too scared to speak out against it, foolishly don’t care one way or another, or they support this degeneracy. Far too many people don’t understand the danger to our society and our freedoms posed by this evil movement. It is Christianity that these people seek to thwart and Christians they seek to silence, because the lovers of perversion despise the truth we tell about them and their agenda.

I have no way of knowing the beliefs of Joshua Alcorn’s parents. From the stories I’ve read, they cared very deeply for their son, and they knew he had serious mental problems. They tried to get help for him, and I would guess they prayed their hearts out for him, but in the end, he chose the tragic final solution, as do many other people who absurdly believe they are the opposite sex. According to one study from 2010, over forty percent of “transgender” people have attempted suicide. Proponents of “transgenderism” explain this high figure by mistakenly blaming society’s disapproval for “causing” these people to attempt suicide. That’s not it. Anyone in open rebellion against God’s design for human sexuality will suffer for it, and suicidal tendencies are just one of the many ill effects.

“Transgenderism” is a deeply disturbing mental and spiritual sickness. Any person who believes he is the opposite sex has serious problems, and society’s rightful disapproval is the least of them. Not everyone will like to hear this, but demon possession certainly plays a part in homosexuality and “transgenderism.” In the Bible, we see that demon possession was commonly acknowledged and understood to be prevalent, but the knowledge of it has been largely lost or buried today, as if our “modern” culture is too “smart” to give credence to the reality of spiritual forces at work in people today, just as they were then.

We often read that some who are homosexual or “transgender” have believed this since they were children. Demons do not spare children any more than adults. In Mark, chapter 9, we read of the father who comes to Jesus asking that the Lord help free his son from demon possession. Jesus asks the father how long his son has been possessed, and the father tells Him “since he was a child.” How many of these cases today are demon-related? I don’t know, but it is certainly a factor.

The growing acceptance of “transgenderism” is pure folly, as this young man’s suicide demonstrates. The groups that exist to support those who have this delusion are only hurting them. It is truly a case of the blind leading the blind, and the ditch awaits them all. It is not Christians telling the truth about this dangerous, destructive mental and spiritual pathology who are harming these deluded and rebellious people, but it is those who encourage them to embrace it and celebrate it who do the harm. No person can find peace or fulfillment in doubling down on this evil rebellion against the natural order. Suicide and the black cloud of self-hatred and despondency are inevitable results of submerging oneself in this deranged, sinful belief and behavior. As with all sin, embracing it only hurts us, and it never makes anything better.

We are in a dark and perilous time, unlike any in the history of our nation. Godless forces are determined to destroy the moral foundations of our nation and western civilization. Our freedoms are in terrible danger. The radical homosexual movement is a powerful tool of these evil forces, and it is being used in an aggressive campaign to squash our natural rights of conscience, speech, association and religion and to pervert the meaning of family and marriage. Christians are the chief targets, because we are pretty much “the last man standing” in opposition to the sinful degeneracy of members of the radical homosexual movement. The attacks on Christian belief exhibited in the wake of this sad young man’s suicide are more evidence of the larger war against Christianity these homosexualists are waging. If we stop resisting their wicked efforts to redefine marriage, to silence opposition to the accommodation of “transgender” lunacy and in-your-face homosexual behavior, then we will all lose what freedoms we still retain. Do not be afraid to speak out against this great evil of our time. Do not allow yourself to be silenced.

Ted Yoho: Boehner's Leadership Reminiscent Of A 'Communist Country'

Rep. Ted Yoho, the Florida Republican who helped lead yesterday’s unsuccessful revolt against John Boehner’s re-election as House speaker, warned after the vote that attempts by the House GOP leadership to punish defectors by removing them from committee posts are akin to communist oppression.

“We’ve grown up in a country that honors free speech,” Yoho told WorldNetDaily’s Radio America. “If I can’t speak what’s on my mind, if I can’t do what the people of my district sent me up here [to do] and have that voice of dissension without fear of retribution, I’m not in a free country. That would be something you would expect in China, Cuba or any other communist country.”

Yoho also suggested that several GOP House members told him that they would join him in opposing Boehner but ended up voting for the speaker’s re-election.

He told host Greg Corombos that “there are members that said ‘if you hit twenty votes, we’ll jump on and vote with you, but if you don’t have that many we’re not going to,’ and when we hit that, you can’t find them.”

Pat Robertson: Bob McDonnell, Like Adam, Was Seduced By A Woman Into Corruption

Televangelist Pat Robertson today put a new spin on former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell’s failed “throw the wife under the bus” defense strategy: comparing McDonnell to Adam. “The 700 Club” host explained that just as Eve seduced Adam into eating fruit from the tree of knowledge of good and evil, McDonnell’s wife, Maureen, likewise led the governor astray.

“He’s like Adam, you know, Eve was the one that got seduced by the snake but Adam ate the fruit and I think Bob McDonnell got seduced,” he said.

Robertson, reacting to the sentencing of McDonnell to two years in prison, also repeated his previous allegation that the Republican governor was the victim of a political prosecution.

McDonnell attended Robertson’s Regent University (then Christian Broadcasting University Network University), where he wrote his notorious thesis on “The Republican Party's Vision for the Family,” and has remained close to the televangelist. A Robertson-led charity offered McDonnell a job as a way to help him avoid jail time.

Right Wing Round-Up - 1/6/15

  • Pink News: Irish leaflet claims gay marriage will ‘expose’ children to ‘sounds of sodomy.’

Right Wing Bonus Tracks - 1/6/15

  • Glenn Beck lit into Rep. Chris Stewart for “losing [his] soul,” and by that he means supporting John Boehner as speaker.
  • Todd Starnes lashes out at Rep. Trey Gowdy for backing Boehner’s successful re-election, lamenting: “President Obama has his lap dog -- and the American taxpayers have been shown the dog house.”
  • Fox News has a very interesting view of what “slut shaming” means.
  • Peter LaBarbera prays that Apple CEO Tim Cook will become an ex-gay.
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