Barber & Staver: Baptist College President Must Be Fired For Allowing Lesbian Pastor To Speak On Campus

It seems that whenever a Christian receives any sort of criticism for speaking out against marriage equality, the entire Religious Right immediately begins to complain that said person's right to free speech is being violated and screaming about how they are facing persecution at the hands of modern-day fascists.

So it is interesting to watch anti-gay activists freak out over the fact that a lesbian pastor has been invited to speak at American Baptist College in Tennessee, as demonstrated by the fact that Liberty Counsel's Mat Staver and Matt Barber are demanding that the college president be fired for allowing it to happen.

Recently, ABC president Forrest Harris responded to the controversy by defending the speech and saying that "it's sad that people use religion and idolatry of the Bible to demoralize same-gender-loving people" and that "we can't be guided and dictated by a first-century world view." In return, Barber and Staver responded by using their radio program today to call for Harris to be fired.

"Hasn't [Harris] disqualified himself for this particular leadership position," Barber asked, "when he's calling God a liar and completely attempting to discredit the truths of Scripture, saying that Scripture isn't even true? How can he even be in this position of authority and be trusted to carry out the duties of a Christian president of a university."

"I don't think he can," Staver responded. "I think he ought to be removed. I think the alumni and supporters of the association ought to remove him ... For a president of a college like that that has a Christian tradition, that person has no right leading that college. They ought to remove him":

Perkins: LGBT-Affirming Christians Committing 'Heresy'

Family Research Council President Tony Perkins was not impressed with New York Times columnist Frank Bruni’s opinion piece this weekend on the growing body of theological work arguing for the acceptance of homosexuality within the church. In a column for the Christian Post yesterday (later approvingly reprinted in the anti-gay screed outlet BarbWire), Perkins argues that Bruni takes on “a tone of fascism” and that Christians who make biblical arguments for the acceptance of homosexuality are, in fact, committing “heresy.”

Perkins adds a dig at Protestant denominations that affirm same-sex relationships, saying that they are "becoming more like social clubs and liberal foundations than proclaimers of a faith delivered with clarity and finality, once for all.”

Woven throughout Bruni's comments is a tone of fascism, a barely-disguised warning that if Evangelical Protestants and orthodox Catholics don't bend in their theology and in their daily lives, they will be "made" to.

Theological history is repeating itself today with respect to homosexuality. Myriad scholars have demonstrated how fallacious are the arguments of those who wish to render clear biblical teaching obsolete.

In other words, heresy is not new. The first three chapters of the Book of Revelation are a series of indictments by Jesus Himself of churches that were already - at the end of the first century - falling away from the truth of the Gospel.

Bruni grants no possibility that there is a rich, articulate, persuasive, and sound literature by Christian theologians demonstrating how clear and unchanging is the Bible's teaching on same-sex intimacy, marriage, and human sexuality in general. He is disinterested in such, and instead appeals to outliers like David Gushee and Matthew Vines. And in a particularly desperate move, he notes that the "United Church of Christ, the Episcopal Church and the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)" have all affirmed same-sex relationships. True, but these historic denominations are no longer mainstream. They are dying, becoming more like social clubs and liberal foundations than proclaimers of a faith delivered with clarity and finality, once for all (those are biblical phrases, Mr. Bruni; Mssrs. Gushee and Vines would know them).

Furthermore, it is clear from two millennia of Christian history that the church has always been infiltrated by false teachers. The Savior warned of them, and the milieu of theological conflict intrinsic to the New Testament, a canon of books composed both to instruct as to the truth and warn as to its distortions, makes clear that error is omnipresent in a fallen world - even as the truth, attacked as it continually is, remains sure, fixed, and unchanging.

Mr. Bruni, my Evangelical and orthodox Catholic peers have a message for you: We will not be "re-educated," nor will we be silent. We are not going away. We love you too much to affirm sin in any fashion. We condemn any vitriol you receive from those who, outraged by your dismissive and hostile column, call you names or worse. And we love you too much to reduce Christian faith to simply being "nice" or affirming what the God of Creation and of the Bible says is un-affirmable.

Sin is sin. Our sin. Your sin. God sets the standard, not us. His standard is not unclear or subjective or ambivalent.

It's your decision as to how to respond to it. We've made ours.

Right Wing Round-Up - 4/7/15

Right Wing Bonus Tracks - 4/7/15

  • Watching Glenn Beck rant about the supposed lack of ethics and standards in the media is pretty hilarious considering that he is currently being sued for defamation and slander after repeatedly falsely accusing someone of being a terrorist on his radio and television programs.
  • MRC's Dan Gainor fumes that "the American media are grabbing a rainbow flag and leading the charge."
  • Last week, a Boy Scouts chapter hired a gay Eagle Scout to serve as a camp leader and Matt Barber warns that "this will place boys at a risk rate of 10 times the previous rate for being sexually assaulted on these camping trips."
  • BarbWire's John Biver declares that "'sexual orientation' is a fiction ... There are males, females, and those with a birth defect. You ignore that at your peril."
  • Finally, this column by Mychal Massie warning of a conspiracy by Karl Rove and Reice Priebus to smear Ted Cruz's wife by linking her to the Council on Foreign Relations is a perfect example of the utter lunacy of the far right.

Fischer: Every Elected Official Is A 'Minister Of God' Put There 'To Do God's Work'

Shortly before the 2012 presidential election, Bryan Fischer declared on his radio program that if President Obama was re-elected, "America has no future" because Obama's victory would hasten God's judgment upon this nation.

Contrary to Fischer's dire warning, it seems that America will somehow miraculously survive Obama's second term, so now Fischer is warning that if America does not elect a "fearless Christian" leader as president next time, "we will be finished as a nation."

"If we repeat the mistake we made the last two times," Fischer said on his radio program today, "if we do not have a man with Solomon's faith, discernment, and wisdom in the Oval Office in 18 months, I think we will be finished as a nation ... If we want to save this country, we simply may have no alternative but to elect a man with the godly faith and wisdom of a Solomon in 2016."

Fischer went on to declare that since government was created by God, all elected officials are "every bit as much a servant of God or a minister of God as your pastor is when he stands behind the pulpit on Sunday and they are there to do God's work":

With Court-Stripping Scheme, Ted Cruz Embraces Roy Moore School Of Constitutional Law

Ted Cruz raised more than a few eyebrows last week when, barely a week into his presidential run, he proposed a radical plan to strip federal courts of the ability to decide cases involving marriage equality.

As Esquire’s Charles Pierce notes, Cruz is echoing a time-honored rallying cry of people who are losing a battle in the federal courts: “Previous attempts include trying to remove the Supreme Court's jurisdiction over cases in a number of instances, including those involving school prayer, school busing, abortion, and pornography.”

The strategy has also been used in recent memory by another prominent player in t​oday’s marriage equality debate: Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore.

Back in 2004, shortly after Moore was removed from his first stint in the court after he defied a federal court order to remove a monument of the Ten Commandments from the state judicial building, he worked with attorney Herb Titus to draft a bill that would have stripped jurisdiction over all such cases from the federal courts.

The bill, which would have barred federal courts from ruling on cases challenging officials who recognized "God as the sovereign source of law, liberty, or government," never made it out of committee, but it managed to garner 37 cosponsors in the House and five in the Senate; when it was reintroduced the next year, it was up to 50 House cosponsors and nine Senate cosponsors.

Despite the bill’s failure to make it off the ground in Congress, it was a publicity boon for Moore. One of Moore’s top financial supporters, the Christian nationalist and southern secessionist Michael Peroutka, spent $12,000 on a campaign to drum up support for the measure and accompanied Moore to at least one event touting it along with Peroutka’s 2004 campaign for president as the nominee of the Constitution Party.

As far as we know, Moore hasn’t spoken publicly about Cruz’s idea to strip the federal courts of jurisdiction over marriage issues. But it seems that on this issue, they are two peas in a pod.

Family Research Council Kicks Off Anti-Gay Prayer Campaign

The Family Research Council is kicking off 21 days of prayer today to repent for Americans’ “failure as citizens to stand up to politicians, and elected officials who have overstepped their authority to impose special homosexual rights, including marriage upon the American people.”

Pierre Bynum, the FRC’s chaplain and national prayer director, told members in an email today that conservatives are facing “this evil hour” as a result of their “failure as believers to defend marriage, countering the coordinated effort by homosexuals to advance an agenda to redefine marriage in society, by boldly speaking the truth in love.”

“If the Supreme Court rules wrongly, the fight for everything relating to faith in God, His moral and spiritual laws, and the very gospel will be under accelerated assault for the rest of our lives,” Bynum wrote.

During the next few months the U.S Supreme Court, could rule again, on four same-sex marriage cases, and declare same sex marriage a constitutional right in all 50 states. We all share guilt for having arrived at this place. Our only real hope is God!

As we pray and fast for the next 21 days, asking God to raise up His standard to protect and preserve marriage in our land, we must begin by confession, repentance and cleansing, if our appeal to heaven is to be heard.

With humility and repentance, may we confess our personal and collective sins before God!

1. Any and all personal sin that could hinder our prayers (Is 59:2);

2. Our failure rightly to revere the institution God exalts in Scripture as a picture of Christ and His Bride, the Church, to be united with Him in Holy Matrimony for eternity (Eph 5:32);

3. Our individual and collective failure rightly to revere His sacred marriage covenant with which mankind has been blessed for 6000 years, the profound gift and privilege of marital love, commitment and communion, and the opportunity to share with our Creator the joy of bringing children into the world to love, nurture and raise to love Him and others (Mal 2:13-16; Eph 6:4).

4. Our active and passive failures to be salt and light in America through the way we live out our own marriages (Mt 5:13);

5. Our individual and collective failure to be witnesses for Him, faithfully sharing with our countrymen the gospel of Christ; which, had we done, we'd not be in this place (Acts 1:8).

6. Our own role in allowing the diminishment of marriage in our nation during our lifetimes, whether by our sins of commission or omission (Lk 11:42);

7. Our failure to act to be sure our own churches hold to a biblical standard for marriage (1 Timothy 3:15; 2 Tim 4:1-4);

8. Our failure as believers to defend marriage, countering the coordinated effort by homosexuals to advance an agenda to redefine marriage in society, by boldly speaking the truth in love (Pr 24:8;1 Tim 6:11-12;)

9. Our failure as citizens to stand up to politicians, and elected officials who have overstepped their authority to impose special homosexual rights, including marriage upon the American people (Pr 28:4).

Let us confess all these things and more, and repent before the Lord. And may God grant us forgiveness and cleansing (2 Chr 7:14).

Whatever the Supreme Court may rule, may we consecrate our lives firmly to stand for Christ over this fundamental foundation of Christian faith, and arise to be that Standard the Lord promised to raise up in this hour! We must be prepared to stand, at whatever cost, on this matter (Ps 11:3). If this foundation is removed from American public life, everything related to God and his moral and spiritual truth and authority, including his laws (Ten Commandments) and the gospel will be under vicious assault for the remainder of our lives. We must fight for the sake of our children and grandchildren (see the Manhattan Declaration; Christian Leaders Prepare)

Let us resolve, at the outset of this fast, that whatever the Supreme Court rules, we will arise and be that Standard the Lord promised to raise up in this evil hour. If the Supreme Court rules wrongly, the fight for everything relating to faith in God, His moral and spiritual laws, and the very gospel will be under accelerated assault for the rest of our lives. We must fight for the sake of our children and grandchildren, should the Lord tarry! (Neh 4:14; 6:9). Let us spend ourselves before Him to prevail in prayer (Lk 18:1-8;Jas 5:16-18)!

Bob Vander Plaats: GOP Will 'Never Win Again' If It Ditches Anti-Gay Stance

Year after year, right-wing activists insist that the government will make it a crime to practice Christianity any day now. Yesterday, Iowa talk show host Steve Deace declared that he has finally found proof of this occurrence: the Colorado Civil Rights Division’s decision to clear a baker who refused a request to inscribe two cakes with anti-gay Bible verses.

The civil rights division found that the baker didn’t discriminate against the customer’s religious beliefs since she did not want to bake a cake which used “derogatory language and imagery.” She also “proposed that her bakery make the cake with a blank Bible page and provide [the customer] with the frosting and piping materials needed to write his anti-gay cake message on the dessert himself.”

Deace spoke about this incident with Bob Vander Plaats of The Family Leader, who said that it shows that the U.S. is turning into China and will soon deem certain Bible verses to be “hate speech.”

Vander Plaats also agreed with Deace that Republican leaders are jeopardizing their own electoral prospects by refusing to stand up against gay rights: “They’ll never win again without this base.”

An Inside Look At How Taxpayer-Funded Crisis Pregnancy Centers Mislead Women About Contraception And Abortion

Every year, millions of taxpayer dollars go toward funding Crisis Pregnancy Centers (CPCs), organizations that often use misleading information to draw women away from seeking abortions. Yesterday in Cosmopolitan, Meaghan Winter published an inside account of the annual conference of one of the biggest coalitions of CPCs, Heartbeat International, revealing the extent to which CPCs are willing to mislead their clients in order to prevent them from accessing abortion.

Winter quotes Frank Pavone of Priests for Life warning that “abortion poisons everything” for women:

[A]t least 10 conference sessions focused on the "risks" of premarital sex, contraception, and abortion. During the panel "What's So Bad About Abortion?" Janet Morana and Father Frank Pavone, of the organization Priests for Life, asserted that abortion causes an array of spiritual, psychological, and medical problems.

Pavone said, "Abortion poisons everything" because after an abortion, a woman thinks, "Others can't possibly esteem me, child-killer that I am." Those women, he said, suffer a "failure to bond" with future children, often thinking, "I killed one child; I'm afraid that something bad will happen to the next one." He and the other speakers in the session said abortion increases a woman's risk of miscarriage, cancer, substance abuse, suicide, and domestic violence, among other problems.

"The fact that [abortion] dismembers a child, the fact that it goes against everything the human body and human psyche are meant to do when a woman is pregnant is the cause, is the root of all of these other physical, emotional, psychological and spiritual problems," Pavone said.

Conference speakers also gave false information about the supposed risks of contraception:

The importance of framing abortion and contraception through "risks" also came up in the talk given by Bri Laycock, the director of Option Line. In her session, "Answering the Hard Calls and Tough Questions," Laycock recommended that staff answer callers' questions about medical and surgical abortions by saying, "Both options can pose risks to your health," without saying the center is against abortion. She recommended pregnancy center staff present select medical information and disclaimers from the fine print on pharmaceutical packaging to present using contraception as a high-risk gamble. When callers ask about emergency contraception, for example, even if there might be an opportunity to prevent an unwanted pregnancy, Laycock said staff can just say it's "not 100 percent effective." She recommended telling callers, "You might not be at a fertile time in your cycle, and it's not worth taking hormones for no reason."

Throughout the conference, I asked at least a dozen pregnancy center staff if seeing so many unplanned pregnancies ever tempted them to suggest birth control pills or IUDs. Again and again, they mentioned claims, which have been debunked, that abortion sterilizes and birth control pills cause cancer. "All those chemicals can be dangerous," one staff person told me, and she seemed to believe it.

One piece of advice given to attendees was to maintain two websites for their CPCs, one for potential donors touting their anti-choice credentials, and another for potential clients obscuring them:

In her session, "Do I Really Need Two Sites?" [Heartbeat International’s Lauren] Chenoweth explained that, yes, in fact, pregnancy centers do. She recommended that centers operate one that describes an anti-abortion mission to secure donors and another that lists medical information to attract women seeking contraception, counseling, or abortion. An audience member offered that her center swapped out an anti-abortion-seeming name for Pregnancy Options. "That is an excellent point," Chenoweth replied. "Use a more attractive name to someone who is seeking services."

Finally, Winter writes, the CPC leaders at the conference put a strong emphasis not just on luring women away from abortion, but on bringing them into the church:

Over the course of the three days of the conference, I chatted with a few dozen pregnancy center workers. Multiple women told me it was their job to protect women from abortion as "an adult tells a child not to touch a hot stove." Another oft-repeated catchphrase was, "Save the mother, save the baby," shorthand for many pregnancy center workers' belief that the most effective way to prevent abortion is to convert women. In keeping with Evangelicalism's central tenets, many pregnancy center staff believe that those living "without Christ"— including Christians having premarital sex — must accept Christ to be born again, redeem their sins, and escape spiritual pain. Carrying a pregnancy to term "redeems" a "broken" woman, multiple staff people told me.

One conference attendee, a center volunteer in her early 30s, told me that she has protested outside her state's only surgical abortion clinic for several years. "I don't think it's disrespectful to shout, 'You're killing your baby,'" she said. "That's not saying, 'You dirty whore.'" But she prefers counseling at the center: "When I started, I remember thinking, This is so awesome! I don't have to feel mean, but I can still talk to women!"

Read Winter’s full account over at Cosmopolitan .

Conservative Author: Gay Community Attacking 'The True Meaning Of Love'

David Fiorazo, who is promoting his book “The Cost of Our Silence,” told conservative activist Linda Harvey on her radio program this weekend that the success of the gay rights movement is the result of a Nazi-style purge of religion in schools.

“There is a parallel between 1930s Germany, Hitler’s Germany, and the 1960s in America when they went into the public schools and the government started removing the Bible and religious teachings and prayer and all of that,” Fiorazo said. “This is what we’re seeing now. It bloomed right into what we’re seeing in culture with Indiana, the hysterical reaction about the religious freedom bill which 19 other states have, and it just shows that there’s a lot of misinformation and confusion out there.” 

Contrary to his claim, Indiana’s recently amended “religious freedom” law was actually unique in its scope

Fiorazo added that the “companies that fund the left” are spreading “propaganda” to ignorant voters, pointing to a sign he saw at an Indiana protest which said that “hate costs the state but love is free.”

“That conditions people because we have to go back and defend the true meaning of love,” he said.

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