The Society of Biblical Literature Is Now Banning Christian Organizations

“They’re banning to promote diversity of ideas. How very Third Reich of them.”

I keep saying that you will be made to care and yet again we have proof from inside purportedly academic religious organizations. In the name of diversity, the Society of Biblical Literature is banning InterVarsity Press from hosting a book stall its 2017 meeting. For those not familiar with InterVarsity Press, it is one of the premiere Christian academic publishers in the world, not just the United States.

What sin did InterVarsity Press commit to get itself banned from the Society of Biblical Literature? Nothing actually. It did nothing at all. Seriously.

InterVarsity Press is an organization associated with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship (“IVCF”). Time magazine ran a report on IVCF stating that it was firing employees who did not hold orthodox Christian views on, you guessed it, marriage.

As a result of IVCF’s decision, and in the name of diversity, the Society of Biblical Literature has decided to ban InterVarsity Press, which again, is separate and distinct from IVCF, and which publishes a wide range of Christian views.

Surely you too can see the irony in Dr. John Kutsko, Executive Director of the Society of Biblical Literature, claiming that it is in the name of diversity that a Christian publisher must be prohibited from having a book stall at a meeting on biblical literature. They’re banning to promote diversity of ideas. How very Third Reich of them.

By the way, it is worth noting that according to IVCF, Time got its story wrong and “[n]o InterVarsity employee will be fired for their views on gay marriage.”

But the damage was done and lest you think otherwise, Time magazine, John Kutsko, and the Society of Biblical Literature are serving as enforcers for the world’s orthodoxy by censoring biblical orthodoxy. The Society of Biblical Literature is becoming the Society of Acceptable Biblical Literature. And that’s not biblical at all.

Perhaps If The Cop Was Gay, This Would Have Gone Better

This local Georgia story is gaining viral status. In the town next door to the primary filming location for “Stranger Things,” McDonough is living up to the series, when local Walmart employees refused to decorate a cake for a police officer’s retirement party.

The story is told in a Facebook post, that’s been shared over 5,200 times as of Tuesday. The Duffer Brothers would be hard pressed to make this stuff up, folks.

So my buddy’s sister went to Walmart in McDonough, GA to have a cake made for their father’s retirement party. He’s retiring from being a police officer. She asked Walmart to make a “thin blue line” cake to commemorate his extensive and honorable service as a dedicated police officer. Walmart refused to honor her request due to it being “racist.” Three separate people in management denied her request for this reason.


When a Walmart manager called to apologize and offer the cake for free, store employees still refused to make it. So the manager did it, with predictable results: A terrible cake.

Local Atlanta TV station 11Alive reached out to Jordan Harkins, whose father is the retiring officer.

“She said she didn’t feel comfortable making that cake,” Harkins said.

Harkins said employees initially declined her request, saying the cake might offend some people. After the social media post spread, Harkins said a manager called her to apologize and make the cake.

If the officer had been gay, those employees would have been fired, and the manager sent to re-education camp. But because it’s just a regular police officer, and somehow “Blue Lives Matter” is a trigger phrase for cop-hating liberals, nothing will happen.

Perhaps it’s a good time to retire from the police department to make room for more diversity.

American Experiment Is Ending As It Began

Absent from the faux-news, feigned outrage and brain-eating filth of Election 2016, lurks the only certain and unavoidable tragedy for mankind. It’s not Donald Trump with the nuclear football. That’s shocking, I know. And ironically enough, it also isn’t the most-corrupt candidate to ever become the nominee of a major American political party. It’s not the greedy banks or those cold-hearted millionaires and billionaires. Can’t blame climate change, or the looming threat of a major foreign war. It isn’t even the absurdity of pretending we are all an androgynous clump of cells until we (fully!) exit the birth canal, and thus deemed worthy of a soul with the ability to choose our ‘true’ gender.

No, perhaps the most tragic, shameful part of it all is that you won’t even hear the real cause for concern on any cable news channel, or discussed on any mainstream website. That’s because the real tragedy of 2016 is much too sophisticated for the mollified, self-obsessed masses to comprehend. And so, while America tears herself apart over the unsavory reflection of our decrepit civilization, our fundamental liberties are silently embezzled by far lesser beings than the force which endows such powers.

“Virtually every aspect of our lives is to some extent or entirely controlled or regulated by the state. At birth our children are forced into the Social Security system and subjugated to a variety of mandatory tests and vaccines. They start out life owing about $55,000, representing their per capita share of the federal debt imposed on them to pay for the campaign promises of dead politicians. Our children are kidnapped from their homes and placed into daytime juvenile detention and propaganda centers (government schools) at age 6.”– James Ostrowski, November 11, 2014 in article titled ‘State of the Progressive America’

And, like all profound tragedies found in libraries of past empires, there is no way we can politically address the problem. Neither Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump can recognize the encroaching threat of tyranny from the balcony of their heavily fortified castle. Therefore, they will only contribute to the vast suffering it will cause. So yes, please, whine about Trump’s insensitive rhetoric. Go ahead and decry the delusional media crusade to assure Hillary is elected, and their complacency in the Soros-funded leftist effort to manipulate U.S. Elections. None of that, or nearly anything else we choose to debate in this country, will rescue even a single child from starvation or spare one moment of pain for those forced into hard labor. That’s what it’s like to live in a country where you do not have the right to liberty– and the world that emerges after the inward collapse of the freest, most powerful and prosperous nation mankind has ever known.pew-poll-candidates

While society caters to the fat, spoiled brats it has created, the dark army of serfdom draws evermore near. There is no escaping the battlefield, we will be made to fight the enemy. With the reemergence of such harsh realities, the divisions once misguidedly obsessed over like party, race, creed or social status will seem petty and infantile. The only ‘privileges’ which exist where America is going will be a roof over your head and food in your belly. We will pay the full price for our reckless stewardship over that which was fair and just in this world. Now the only decision is how great of a price that will be.

So once again, please ask yourself, ‘What kind of a people would choose Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump as their president?’ People like us. All of us. We are all in some way to blame for the state of our lives, our communities, our cities, our states, our country, and this miracle of a planet. The last hope for America can only be seized if individually and collectively, we admit we caused this mess, then accept responsibility for ourselves and our actions going forward. We must return to embracing the very truth on which this nation was conceived: If you do not take ownership over yourself, somebody else will.

 

Forget 2016… America is in Danger NOW.

As Americans anxiously watch the 2016 election unfold, it is easy to see how perhaps the greatest long-term threat to our Republic is being upstaged by the outlandish allegations and hateful propaganda spewed by both sides. Yet, if you look back over the 200 years of American politics, back to the inception of this great nation, you’ll find our founders quite brilliantly recognized that, in order to have Liberty, certain rights must be irrevocable by Government. Therefore, it was essential for America’s founding doctrine to arise from the premise that all rights are endowed upon us by a power much greater than any man-made ruling, or government— a right bestowed up on all by the Creator.

Among those rights, it is notable the first was the amendment ensuring freedom of speech; freedom of the press; the right to peaceable assembly; the right to petition government for redress of grievances; and freedom of religion. Then, most-ingeniously, the second amendment was written to guarantee each one of us the God-given right to bear arms as means of protecting the first (and later) amendments.

Yet maybe now more than ever before, our rights to free speech and free press are under siege. If lost, so too is our Liberty. It may not happen overnight, and it may seem benign now to those who politically support those currently possessing the bulk of power. But please understand, sooner or later, there will come a time when that is no longer the case.

Here are just a few of the most recent examples:

  • CNN erroneously edited a Donald Trump tweet presented to audience as graphic to then be discussed by panel of guests. In this case, the word “crooked” was removed before Hillary Clinton’s name.
  • CNN deceptively edited video showing the sister of an armed black man shot and killed by a black police officers to make it appear that she was calling for peace and reporting it as such. However, the young lady was merely asking the rioters to burn the suburbs, where largely non-minorities reside.
  • For the bulk of media outlets, questioning the health/vitality of Hillary Clinton is offensive and strictly off-limits; despite it being pushed by same sources against McCain in 2008,
  • A long-time contributor for the Huffington Post claims he was fired after one of his articles was removed from site and wiped clean from the internet for mentioning worries over Hillary Clinton’s health.
  • Media outlets across the country have removed all footage of Colin Kaepernick’s scathing indictment of Hillary Clinton, suggesting any other American would be in prison, during his now infamous locker-room interview taken after his refusal to stand for the national anthem. Many continue to omit Hillary all-together, while including Kaepernick calling Trump a bigot.
  • ABC, CBS Blackout FBI Warning of Election System Hacks.
  • Networks around the country censor U.S. Navy ship forced to fire warning shots.
  • News outlets around the country fully omit Clinton’s 2008 campaign as original source of Obama “Birtherism” claim while attacking Donald Trump for repeating it.

There are many, many more examples like those listed above. Please note these are not examples of media ‘appearing’ to favor one party over another, commonly called “Media Bias” by many—but instead the outright censorship, omission and/or literally altering facts to help or harm one party over the other.

For anyone being intellectually honest, it is easy to understand how this trend could easily progress into de-facto state-run, or government-controlled media seen in countries like Russia, China and now Turkey. As such, Americans across the political spectrum should be unabashedly outraged and, God-willing, motivated to demand change.

But, in the event you find yourself justifying or downplaying the effects this will have on our nation’s future, I IMPLORE YOU to watch this video of Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff speaking at an event organized by American Freedom Alliance in Los Angeles, regarding the deteriorating state of speech laws for citizens of European Union: https://youtu.be/CnhWd9OrJoo.

Thank you, Ms. Sabaditsch-Wolff, for your courageous commitment to restoring free speech rights in Europe as well as this insightful warning to America!

Bill Kristol’s Third Party Rumors and What Matters Most

Bill Kristol, editor of The Weekly Standard has been one of the leaders amongst conservatives in trying to field a third-party or independent Presidential candidate so conservatives have someone to support in November.

Yesterday he tweeted this cryptic update:

On the other hand, my friend and mentor Hugh Hewitt offered this word about Dr. Larry Arnn, also a respected voice amongst conservatives, arguing against the #NeverTrump movement and a third-party offering.

I will be very interested in seeing what comes of Kristol’s comment as I think many conservatives are becoming resigned to having no one to vote for with a clear conscience. However, a word of caution. For too long conservatives in general, and Christians in particular, have placed their hope in the next Presidential candidate.

If only we can get the right person in the White House…. If only we can get the right justices on the Supreme Court…. If only we can pass an an amendment protecting prayer in schools…. Meanwhile the culture has gone to hell.

As Andrew Breitbart was fond of saying, “Politics is downstream from culture.” And culture is not ultimately decided by who occupies the Oval Office–although there is no doubt it can be shaped by the behavior of that person. Our natural tendency is to focus on the easy button–just get that person elected or stop that person from being elected– and all will be well. But it doesn’t work that way.

No matter the outcome of this election, I was reminded of what matters most yesterday as our family gathered with several other families from church for an afternoon of fellowship and community. Relationships matter. Children matter. Faith-focused community matters.   Friendships matter. Healthy marriages matter–not just marriage in general, but your marriage in particular.

Now is not the time to pull back in fear and hide in isolation because of our poor choices for Commander-in-Chief. Now is the time to rebuild our families, our faith, and the communities and institutions that truly can make America great again. Such efforts are not made-for-tv events. They take time and plenty of persistence, but the alternative is  unthinkable.

As we pause to remember the fallen today who sacrificed so greatly, let us determine to do what matters most in cultivating healthy families and communities, even as we do what we can in the world of politics. As Erick and I write in You Will Be Made to Care:

The resurgence required to defend our freedom to believe must begin from the ground up, not the top down.

For far too long, Christians in America have looked to Washington and put their trust not “in name of the Lord our God,” but in horses, chariots and Justice Antonin Scalia. That needs to change if we are going to be good and faithful stewards of the Gospel.

That being said, focusing on building local community, growing individual faith, and strengthening the institutions of family and the church does not mean that we run from political involvement. God instituted and ordained human government. He gave ample guidance to those in authority.

As Christian citizens of a democratic republic, we have a responsibility to engage in the political process and influence it for good to the extent we are able. Nevertheless, we cannot lose our eternal perspective.

Colorado Court Approves Re-education Camp for Christian Baker

We are rapidly approaching a tipping point in America.

The day is coming, sooner than most think, when we will each have to choose whether to obey God or man, dictatorial bureaucrats or the Constitution, tyrannical judges or our own consciences.

The sooner we grasp this truth the better: simply because a court makes a ruling does not make it right.

Because a law exists is not sufficient reason to obey it.

When Pharaoh ordered all newborn boys to be slaughtered, the Hebrew midwives refused. When the law ordered Northerners to return runaway slaves, most refused. When the United States Supreme Court affirmed “separate but equal” as the law of the land, good citizens refused to comply and fought to end it.

So it is today. As Josiah Gilbert Holland said, “Freedom weeps, wrong rules the land, and waiting justice sleeps.”

The Colorado Supreme Court has chosen not to intervene on behalf of Jack Phillips who refused to decorate (not bake, but decorate) a cake for a same-sex union ceremony—when such unions were illegal in Colorado. 

Erick and I spotlight this case in You Will Be Made to Care:

We have already seen how Jack Phillips Masterpiece Cakeshop in Colorado has been made to care by this wildfire burning through our culture. The details of the case are chilling. For years Phillips served both gay and straight customers equally. But when a gay couple insisted that Phillips bake a custom wedding cake for them in 2012, he declined.

According to an administrative law judge who reviewed the case, “Phillips believes that decorating cakes is a form of art, that he can honor God through his artistic talents, and that he would displease God by creating cakes for same-sex marriages.”

And get this: Phillips offered to sell the couple a cake he had already made that they could then customize as they desired. They refused, insisting that he be made to decorate it for them.

Phillips made his faith priorities clear: “I’m a man who is devoted to following Jesus Christ. He’s the one that’s in charge of all this…. It’s not up to the courts to decide what marriage is. It’s up to God to decide that. If we are living in obedience to Jesus Christ and the teachings of the Bible we are on the right side of history—no matter what they say.”

On August 13, 2015, a Colorado State Court of Appeals ruled Phillips must make cakes for gay weddings if he is to make any cakes at all.

His attorney Jeremy Tedesco said, “Government has a duty to protect people’s freedom to follow their beliefs personally and professionally rather than force them to adopt the government’s views.”

Some have cried discrimination, claiming that Phillips is a hater who refused service to homosexuals. But that is not what happened. He was happy to sell the gay couple a cake that he had made—but that was not enough. They insisted that give his seal of approval to their ceremony by using his baking artistry to create and decorate a customized cake that would celebrate their relationship. They insisted that he violate his conscience. And the government agreed.

To add insult to injury, the court ordered that his entire staff undergo training in the state’s policies—including his eighty-eight-year-old mother.

Re-education camp for bakers has come to America.

David Leach over at The Strident Conservative adds:

Proof of the commission’s absolute cluelessness in this case is provided by Commission Chairwoman, Katina Banks:

“You can have  your beliefs, but you can’t hurt other people at the same time. Religious freedom is undoubtedly an important American value, but so is the right to be treated equally under the law — free from discrimination.”

An “American value?” I’m afraid not, Ms. Banks. IT’S A CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT!!

Banks isn’t the only idiot involved in the case who shouldn’t be. Monica Marquiz, one of the justices who voted not to hear the appeal, was the Colorado GLBT Bar Association’s 2009 Outstanding GLBT Attorney Award winner.

Conflict of interest anyone?

When laws and bureaucratic rulings dictate immorality, we are under no obligation–biblically or constitutionally–to comply.

A time of sifting is upon us, a time where we will—each of us—be forced to choose between God and man.

That choice will arrive differently for each of us, but it is coming, of that you can be certain. Are you ready?

You Will Be Made to Care.

Mississippi Is The Next Battle For Religious Freedom

Rob Hill is a Methodist pastor at Broadview United Methodist Church in Jackson, MS. He’s also the state director of Human Rights Watch, the Orwellian name for the LGBT group that places civil special rights for their victim class above God-given rights of conscience.

Hill went on CNN with Don Lemon to tell us that “religious freedom” (using scare quotes) is just a code-word for discrimination.

LEMON: Religious liberty — is that just a code for discrimination? I don’t want to provide services to certain people? Isn’t that just a code, Rob?

ROB HILL, MISSISSIPPI STATE DIRECTOR, HUMAN RIGHTS CAMPAIGN: Yes, it is a code. We have robust protections for religious beliefs under the first amendment of the constitution. So people have the right to believe whatever they want to about God and practice their faith and I certainly treasure that as a person of faith, but never has the first amendment been used or been allowed to — it was not intended to be used as a way to deny somebody else their civil rights. If you work for the government, if you are paid by tax payers, then you need to do your job. And if you can’t do your job, you need to find something else to do.

LEMON: Listen, this allows people, again, people in certain provisions, wouldn’t have to serve certain people, which at its base is discrimination. DJ’s, photographers, videographers, poets, it also says employers and school administrators would also be allowed to dictate access to bathrooms, spas, locker rooms, and other intimate facilities and settings in the bill. Clerks and their deputies would be provided a process for recusing themselves from licensing marriage licenses, and judges and magistrates and justices of the peace and deputies would be given a similar process. Didn’t we go through this last in Indiana? Didn’t we go through this last year in Kentucky? And the Supreme Court says, no, you cannot do that. It is discrimination.

Lay aside the fact that Lemon, who alternates between being a useful and effective journalist and being a total jackass, assumed the jackass position in this interview. Lemon is totally wrong. No, RFRA language does not allow DJ’s, photographers, videographers, poets (?) to refuse service to “certain people.” On the contrary, it permits them to refuse to participate in a religious rite which violates their conscience or faith.

As for dictating access to bathrooms, spas, locker rooms, etc., what a ridiculous claim. The Supreme Court has ruled no such thing about discrimination, in Indiana, North Carolina, or anywhere else that language exists.

And here’s Hall, compassionate pastor, reminding his flock that they need to stay out of government and the public square. While he “treasures” the right (where did that right come from?) to practice faith, he thinks it should be confined to places where his real flock, the under 100,000 LGBT population in a state of 3 million people, don’t rule the roost.

Even then, Hall believes that if two (or more?) LGBT people want to use a Mississippi church to have their wedding, pastors should have no “right” (again, these rights come from people, not God) to refuse.

Hall is a sham of a Christian pretending to lead a church, likely full of people who claim the name Christian but lack one shred of evidence revealing their belief in the authority of Scripture, the supremacy of God, or the fear of the Lord.

In short: They are not Christians.

This morning I am praying for Hill and his flock. I am praying for all who are deceived by the notion that Man is in control of what rights we have. The American form of government is almost unique in its recognition that God gives rights to Men, equally, directly, and without favoritism or a “divine right of kings.”

I pray that while Christians should properly be compassionate and loving to gays and lesbians, transgenders and bisexual people, we should stand on the truth, and the truth alone. I hope and pray that the citizens and lawmakers in Mississippi will not cave in to the pressure that cracked Gov. Deal in Georgia. Amen.

Federal Judge Loses Her Mind; Bans Tiny Cross In L.A. Seal

U.S. District Judge Christina A. Snyder has lost her mind over a tiny little cross. The smallest hint of Christianity–historically accurate or not–must not survive the Jacobin purge of all things religious from the public square.

In 1957, the seal of the County of Los Angeles included a cross above the Hollywood Bowl. It was barely noticeable unless you were looking for it. Then in 2004, a group of thin-skinned jackasses who are offended because a county named “The Angels” had a seal depicting the symbol of the Christians who founded it threatened to sue.

So the county board redesigned the seal and depicted the San Gabriel Mission, which was founded by Catholic missionaries in 1771, sin cruz. (That’s “without cross” in Spanish for those of you who are reading more political tones into this.)

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Yet the actual Mission San Gabriel Arcángel building–the one in the seal–if you look really closely, has a cross above the bell. Yes, there it is!

So in 2014, the county board slipped that tiny little cross into the seal. And everyone on the Left Coast tore their clothes, threw dust on their heads, and donned sackcloth for the secular blasphemy of adding a religious symbol to a government icon.

The ACLU along with a gaggle of Jacobins (some pretending to be Christian) sued, claiming the tiny cross represented an endorsement of religion.

The county supervisor board’s outside attorney wrote this perfectly reasonable defense:

The San Gabriel Mission is a key component of the history, including the secular history, of Los Angeles County. The depiction of the San Gabriel Mission with a cross on its roof on the County seal is historically and architecturally accurate, and the cross on its roof is necessary to make the image identifiable as the San Gabriel Mission. An objective observer, familiar with the history and context of the image, would not find that the County intended to promote one religion over another or that the depiction constitutes an unconstitutional aid to religion.

In other words, the oldest structure in the county is identifiable by the cross on it, otherwise, the seal just includes a depiction of a rather generic building, which is meaningless.

But meaningless is exactly what the Jacobins demanded, and got.

In her 55-page opinion (she obviously spent a lot of time thinking about this, but only one day conducting a trial), Snyder wrote a stunning disproof of logic, common sense, reason and scale:

Unlike textbooks or educational guidelines, the County’s seal is not an educational tool, but a symbolic and representative one, not unlike a flag or a badge. It carries with it an aura of prestige, authority, and approval. By singling out the cross for addition to the seal, the County necessarily lends its prestige and approval to a depiction of one faith’s sectarian imagery. The County also provides a platform for broadcasting that imagery on County buildings, vehicles, flags, and stationary…

[T]he Court concludes that an “‘informed and reasonable’ observer who is ‘familiar with the history of the government practice at issue’” would perceive the County’s addition of the cross to the 2004 Seal to constitute approval or endorsement of a particular set of religious beliefs.

Judge Snyder should be ridiculed for her obvious slant. It’s not the cross itself that she condemned, it’s the fact that the county board added it back to the seal after removing it. Her argument is very simple: Once you back down to the threat of a lawsuit from the Jacobins, you can never step forward again.

She never ruled that the original seal with the cross above the Hollywood Bowl is equally unconstitutional, although that cross had no architectural or physical value–it was a naked acknowledgement of the county’s Christian heritage. What was left unsaid is that Snyder believed the county board must have had a ten year plan–a nefarious and theocratic conspiracy to remove the Hollywood Bowl cross in 2004, then replace it with the San Gabriel Mission cross in 2014.

What scheming reactionaries they must be. I’m surprised Snyder didn’t rule that the cross must also be removed from the mission itself.

In the smallest detail, in the most innocuous places, all history of American’s Christian heritage must be erased by the Jacobins. Banning a tiny cross on a county seal, you will be made to care.