Monday, May 30, 2016

Transgender Madness Not About Equal Rights -- It's About Destroying Traditional, Biblical Family

Wrote this a couple weeks ago for WND, but -- sadly -- it's still pertinent ...
It’s good that dozens of members of Congress have penned and signed a letter to the Department of Justice and the Department of Education, pressing for explanation about President Obama’s carrot-stick demand for schools to open all bathrooms to both sexes, else face loss of federal funding.

Among their requests for clarity: Address what happens to teachers, administrators and others who don’t comply and explain whether feds will also “accommodate rights of conscience and privacy in an individual’s or institution’s non-compliance,” the letter states.

But their letter doesn’t cut to the chase of all that’s wrong with the transgender madness sweeping America right now – and that’s the subtle drive to destroy the traditional family.

Look at this, from Riki Wilchins, who’s undergone sex-change surgery and who penned “We’ll Win the Bathroom Battle When the Binary Burns” for gay-rights magazine The Advocate. Wilchins wrote, in part: “What really needs to be contested here is not just our right to use bathrooms with dignity (which would personally be very welcome), but the entire underlying hetero-binary structuring of the world queers must inhabit. This is the real struggle, and queer activists have been talking about it at least since the 1970s of Gay Liberation.”

Wilchins then spoke of a 20-year-old transgender who explained to President Obama during a recent town hall meeting in London the proper reference to those undergoing a shift in sex is non-binary – not “he” or “she” but rather “hir” and “ze.”

“Think about that,” Wilchins continued. “[N]ot as a boi, or one of the girls, or as transmale or transfemale, but Off the Freakin’ Binary. … Gay and transgender rights advocates have been quietly dodging the issue of binary heteronormativity, but that sound you hear is the other shoe finally dropping … hard.”

Yes, think about that, as Wilchins advised – and then think about this: Selling the people on a lie about what constitutes gender is a dangerous step in the obliteration of God’s creations, both male and female, then marriage and family.

And what happens after the lie is complete, after the once-obvious definition of male and female have been trashed and replaced with other, fuzzier definitions – ones that leave the interpretation open to the whims of society at-large? Society’s definition of humanity crumbles, and so, too the bulwarks of society, the family unit.

Here’s how Stella Morabito, a senior contributor to the Federalist, put it to LifeSiteNews: “What we are really talking about [with transgender movement] is the abolition of sex. And it is sex that the trans project is serving to abolish legally, under the guise of something called the ‘gender binary.’ Its endgame is a society in which everyone is legally de-sexed. No longer legally male or female.”
So in this world, who’s mom, who’s dad?

Well, government decides.

Morabito warned of an America “in which there can be no legal ‘mother’ or ‘father’ or ‘son’ or ‘daughter’ or ‘husband’ or ‘wife’ without permission from the State,” and pointed out that “government documents are already erasing the terms.” So in the end, what we get is a “sexless society” and “totalitarian society” that “erases in law the most basic human relationships,” including but not limited to the “mother-child bond,” Morabito said.

Never happen, you say?

Change the language – boy to “boi,” she to “ze” – and you can change the course of the conversation. Change the schools and force open bathroom doors to both sexes, and you can change the coming generations. Change the domain of gender from God to mankind, and watch as all kinds of evils and deceits take root.

Then there’s this, from the Charlotte Observer’s editorial board: “Yes, the thought of male genitalia in girls’ locker rooms – and vice versa – might be distressing to some. But the battle for equality has always been in part about overcoming discomfort – with blacks sharing facilities, with gays sharing marriage – then realizing that is was not nearly so awful as some people imagined.”

The propaganda blitz is here and now, and it’s crossing well beyond the special-rights movement, into the highest halls of politics, and throughout all kinds of media. Either we fight it, or face a future where family becomes whatever the whim of the time – a whim, no doubt, that will ignore all things biblically based.

First appeared at WND

Bret Stephens, Wall Street Journal editor, says GOP voters need to learn 'lesson' on Donald Trump

This is just breath-takingly elitist ... "Oh, yes, please teach me, Mr. Stephens, how to be a better Republican ... how to toe the party line."

Bret Stephens, the deputy editorial page editor for the Wall Street Journal, took to CNN television to send a clear message about Donald Trump that included this subtle warning: He must be stopped at all costs and his supporters must be schooled in what's good for the party.

His words, as captured by Breitbart: "I most certainly will not vote for Donald Trump. I will vote for the least left-wing opponent to Donald Trump and I want to make a vote to make sure that he has – that he is the biggest loser in presidential history since, I don't know, Alf Landon or going back further."

Landon served as the governor of Kansas in the 1930s, first taking office in 1932 then winning reelection in 1934. In 1936, the Republican Party chose him as the candidate to beat Franklin D. Roosevelt. But he lost by a huge margin, with Roosevelt taking nearly 28 million votes to Landon's near-17 million.

Stephens continued, telling host Fareed Zakaria he'd like Trump to lose by such a margin, and in the process, remind GOP voters they shouldn't back someone who goes against the party's grain.

"It's important that Donald Trump and what he represents – this kind of ethnic, quote, 'conservatism,' or populism, be so decisively rebuked that the Republican Party, the Republican voters, will forever learn their lesson that they cannot nominate a man so manifestly unqualified to be president in any way, shape or form," he said. "So they have to learn a lesson in the way perhaps Democrats learned from [George] McGovern in '72. George Will said let's have him lose in 50 states. Why not Guam, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia, too?"

One of Trump's major draws with voters, aside from his views on immigration and the need to tighten border controls, has been his outsider status and his perceived bucking of establishment and elitist Republican Party conventions.

Friday, May 20, 2016

Oklahoma lawmakers declare state of 'emergency' over transgender bathroom fight brought by Obama

Lawmakers in Oklahoma, alarmed by the chaos that's been generated from President Obama's pressure on schools to open bathrooms to both sexes – else face loss of federal funding – have introduced a bill that declares the matter an "emergency" and allows the state's attorney general to provide legal representation for those who come under fire from the U.S. Department of Justice for failures to comply.

Senate Bill 1619 is described as "an act relating to schools; providing definition; authorizing certain persons to request religious accommodations under certain circumstances; directing a board of education to respond to certain request; prohibiting use of certain facility for compliance; providing for private right of action for certain violation; authorizing the attorney general to represent certain persons under certain circumstances ... and declaring an emergency."

The bill makes clear that students, parents or legal guardians all hold the power to request a religious accommodation from schools in order to obtain access to bathroom facilities that are exclusive to one sex over another.

"The accommodation [requested] shall be for the use of restrooms, athletic changing facilities or showers designated for the exclusive use of that student's sex," the act states.

The act also makes the attorney general of the state available to fight off federal challenges to its provisions.

"The Attorney General of the State of Oklahoma is hereby authorized to represent a school district or employee in a legal challenge to any federal regulation or mandate [to open bathrooms to both sexes]," the bill states. "The Attorney General is further authorized to intervene in any legal proceeding for the purpose of enforcing the provisions of this act."

The bill, if passed, would take effect July 1.

And Section 3 states: "It being immediately necessary for the preservation of the public peace, health and safety, an emergency is hereby declared to exist, by reason whereof this act shall take effect and be in full force from and after its passage and approval."

So far, the bill has 12 cosponsors, all Republican.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Iowa pastor swears off NFL over Georgia religious liberty veto: 'Begun to throw away my NFL gear already'

Love this ... taking a stand on principle and for Jesus, regardless of how small to the human eye it might seem. No doubt, such goes over big in Heaven.

An Iowa pastor watching with alarm a governor's veto of a religious liberty bill in Georgia – a veto that came in part because of the NFL's thinly veiled threat to remove the state from its list of potentials to host an upcoming Super Bowl – has now fired back with a campaign of his own: He's sworn off one of his favorite fall-time past-times, watching football on television.

And he's hoping his NFL boycott carries weight with his congregation and beyond, and sparks others to do similarly.

"I have begun to throw away my NFL gear already," said Ray Peters, pastor of Harvest Alliance Church in Minden, in one of several emails, sent after reading WND coverage of the matter.

In another email, he wrote: "It is time for Christians to take a stand where they are and say no to the world where they can. Maybe we can use our time wiser than sitting around for three hours watching men playing a game and making far more money than the president."

His protest comes on the heels of Gov. Nathan Deal's refusal to sign into law a bill aimed at hampering lawsuits against certain faith-based organizations, like churches, that were asked to do businesses with those who violated the "sincerely held religious beliefs" of the owners or managers. The bill was intended to shield Georgia groups from suffering the same sorts of legal challenges that have erupted in recent months around the country that have pitted gay activists against Christian business owners. In 2013, for instance, the New Mexico Supreme Court ruled photographers couldn't use a religious freedom argument to refuse to snap pictures at a gay wedding, and in 2015, Christian bakers were forced to pay $135,000 in fines for turning down a lesbian couple's request to make them a cake for their wedding.

The Georgia bill, which passed both sides of the Republican-controlled General Assembly in record time, was criticized by gay rights' groups and some businesses, like Disney, Coca-Cola, Home Depot and Google – and by the NFL.

As various media reported, NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said in the days after the legislature advanced the bill: "NFL policies emphasize tolerance and inclusiveness and prohibit discrimination based on age, gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, or any other improper standard. Whether the laws and regulations of a state and local community are consistent with these policies would be one of many factors NFL owners may use to evaluate potential Super Bowl host sites."

Atlanta was one of the cities that made the final round of NFL consideration for Super Bowl hosting duties in 2019 or 2020.

Deal ultimately vetoed the measure in late March, upsetting both those in the legislature that saw it simply as an underscore of what's already contained in the Constitution and in the First Amendment, and those in the faith community who saw it as a necessary precaution in the face of an advancing and vocal gay rights movement.

Peters, meanwhile, put his protestations to paper and penned a letter to his congregants, church leadership and family asking they join him in his boycott of all things NFL.

"Not much, I know, but it has to begin somewhere," he wrote in an email.

In his letter, titled "No More NFL, he wrote how "in the past, I played football and coached football and followed it for decades," even watching on television both professional and college play most days of the week – but the time has come to "make a stand" on principle.

"It seems that not only does the NFL own a day of the week," Peters wrote, "it owns many people's time and pocketbooks. ... However, the NFL has overstepped its bounds and in good conscience, I cannot continue to support or watch any more NFL games."

He then cited Georgia's religious liberty bill and how Deal's veto, under pressure from various groups and businesses, showcases the "unraveling of our society on a grand scale," when looked at through the lens of the Bible.

"The Bible very clearly warns that nation Israel and any other nation when wickedness takes over," Peters wrote, citing Isaiah and its caution against calling "evil good and good evil," as well as its caveat against relying on human wisdom.

"Yet there is nothing new under the sun and everyone is doing right in their own eyes," he wrote. "At the same time, there is something I can do on a personal level and that is to discontinue viewing NFL games and purchasing NFL merchandise. Though I cannot do much financial damage or change the NFL, it is imperative that something is done on my end and done immediately. If I do not take a stand now, then when? And if I do not begin to stand, then I fail to honor my God and Savior."

He then wrapped: "It may not be significant in the big picture, but it does make a difference in my personal faith walk. No longer can I support that which openly condones sin in the realm of this increasingly pervasive issue. ... The United States was founded on a Constitution that was based upon the morals of the Bible. And now we are going against two of our founding documents of this great nation. However, going against the morals of the Bible will result in catastrophic results. Let us pray for our nation with greater regularity than we ever have."

Peters added in yet another email that giving up football, as easy as it may sound to some, is actually a significant personal sacrifice.

"I believe King David said he would not sacrifice that which costs him nothing," Peters said. "It may sound lame but giving up watching NFL and taking my time back will be challenging when fall comes.  But right now I am at perfect peace with it."

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Bernie Sanders effect? College once led by wife closes -- due to crushing debt

Awkward! ...

A college once run by self-declared socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders' wife, Jane Sanders, has been crushed by debt and will close at the end of the month, the dean of operations said in a statement.

The debt came in large part from a $10 million real estate deal put into place under Sanders in 2010, when she served as Burlington College president.

"These hurdles are insurmountable at this time," said Coralee Holm, the dean of operations and advancement, in a statement. "It is with a great sense of loss to the educational community that Burlington College's progressive and unique educational model will no longer be available to students."

Current president Carol Moore said students currently attending classes could transfer their credits at nearby colleges.

"[This brings a] deep sense of loss and sadness," Moore said, of the closing, NBC News reported.

Jane Sanders didn't issue any immediate comment, and when NBC asked the senator's presidential campaign for comment, the reply from communications director Michael Brigges was this: "No." Sen. Sanders, meanwhile, has advocated on the campaign trail for free higher education for all Americans.

Jane Sanders pushed in 2010 for the college to buy a 32-acre parcel of land by Lake Champlain from the Roman Catholic Diocese of Burlington in order to increase student enrollment by 2020 from 200 to 400. She left the college in 2011, having served as its president since 2004.

By 2014, the college was suffering under massive debt from the land purchase and placed on probation by its accrediting agency for lacking resources. In desperation, college officials turned to a developer to buy the parcel, at a loss, for $7.65 million. Just last month, however, the school was informed by its lender that its line of credit was being shuttered. The Board of Trustees, in response, announced the only way out of the crushing debt was to close the school.

Burlington College was operational for 44 years.

Friday, May 13, 2016

Fox News host Todd Starnes poses: Should Christians vote for Donald Trump?

Todd Starnes, Fox News & Commentary host and author of "God Less America: Real Stories From the Front Lines of the Attack on Traditional Values," took on the leading evangelical question about the ongoing race to the White House – whether or not Christians ought to vote for Donald Trump or sit on the sidelines – and concluded, after interviewing several of faith in leadership roles: Not voting is actually a vote, in and of itself.

Starnes wrote: "For many Christians – Donald Trump is like a bucket of store-bought chicken at a Wednesday night church supper. It may be a culinary heresy – but folks will still eat it. That's the best case scenario for the Trump campaign as they try to woo wary Evangelical Christians. Many are still not convinced that the man who has had more wives than there are letters to the Corinthians shares their view from the pew. It's not just the #NeverTrump crowd that is causing the campaign to worry. It's the unknown number of Evangelicals who may stay home on Election Day."

Starnes then cited a quote from one of the leading pastors studied by Christians, Charles Haddon Spurgeon, who said: "Of two evils choose none."

But as Starnes asked: Is that the only option for Christians this campaign season?

"The idea of not voting, you're sacrificing your Christian worldview on the altar of political expediency," said Samuel Rodriguez, president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, to Fox News. "It is silly to talk about not voting for either candidate. Every single Christian should vote."

Starnes also referred to Franklin Graham, president of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, who's currently making a nationwide tour to speak to Christians about the political election and need for them to get more involved in the day-to-day, from a godly perspective.

"You don't just stay home and not vote," Graham said, to Starnes. "You vote. ... You may have to hold your nose and choose of the two."

Richard Land, president of the Southern Evangelical Seminary, said similarly.

"Can a Christian vote for Donald Trump running against Hillary Clinton? I would say yes," he said.

And from Mike Huckabee, the former governor of Arkansas and recent candidate for president, who served as a pastor before he went into politics, this: "I'm not going to try and suggest that Donald Trump is in any way the reincarnation of the Apostle Paul. But he's been very open to not only dialogue with, but listen to and understand where many people in the faith community are coming from. Donald Trump could well be a great president for those of us who are Evangelicals."

Land also said Trump could help his cause among Christians by picking an Evangelical as his vice president, or by vowing to nominate Sen. Ted Cruz to the Supreme Court seat previously held by Justice Antonin Scalia.

Starnes wrapped: "To be honest, though, Donald Trump could walk the aisle at a Billy Graham Crusade, while waving a King James Bible and singing 'Amazing Grace' and it still wouldn't be enough to convince the holier-than-thou club. And for all you folks quoting Spurgeon – I would offer this rebuttal: not to vote is to vote."

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Obama tells grads that success is all in the luck: 'It wasn't nothing you did'

This is just extraordinary for a U.S. president to say ... especially the skewing of what constitutes a blessing from God. Is he really trying to say luck and God are one and the same thing?

President Obama told the graduating class of Howard University that success is based more on luck, not hard work, and those who achieve great things do so because the fates have shined brightly upon them.

Successful people are "just lucky," Obama said, Breitbart reported. "It wasn't nothing you did."

Obama also praised Beyonce as an example of how far blacks have come since the era of civil rights' struggles. But he then blasted the U.S. justice system as unfair and discriminatory.

"We can't just lock up a low-level dealer without asking why this boy, barely out of childhood, felt he had no other options," Obama said, Breitbart reported. "We have cousins and uncles and brothers and sisters who we remember were just as smart and just as talented as we were, but somehow got ground down by structures that are unfair and unjust."

He went on, speaking about the nature of success: "And that means we have to not only question the world as it is, and stand up for those African Americans who haven't been so lucky – because yes, you've worked hard, but you've also been lucky."

Obama then characterized those who credit their success to hard work, rather than luck, as one of his pet peeves.

"That's a pet peeve of mine – people who have been successful and don't realize they've been lucky," he said. "That God may have blessed them; it wasn't nothing you did. So don't have an attitude."

The characterization was akin to his 2012 statement when he said those who achieved great success in business did so based on outside factors – that they "didn't build that" business on their own, but rather on the back of government support.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

United Methodist clergy -- 111 members --- come out as gay in defiance of church ban

Dozens of gay clergy members – 111 of them, to be exact – signed on to a letter that protests the United Methodist's ban on LGBTs serving in ministry positions, daring their church leaders to discipline them.

"While some of us have been lucky to serve in places where we could serve honestly and openly, there are others in places far more hostile, who continue to serve faithfully even at tremendous cost to themselves, their families and yes, even the communities they serve, who do not receive the fullness of their pastor's gifts because a core part must remain hidden," the "Love Letter To Our Church From Your LGBTQI Religious Leaders" states, in part.

It comes just a day before the United Methodist Church, which is the largest Protestant denomination in the country, is due to kick off its General Conference in Portland, Oregon, running this year from May 10 through May 20.

There, 800-plus delegates will discuss church policies – and whether to overturn a long-standing ban against LGBTs serving as ministers and another barring same-sex marriages from being performed by Methodist leaders. Specifically, the United Methodists' Book of Discipline states all people have "sacred worth" but "the practice of homosexuality" is "incompatible with Christian teaching," CNN said.

Rev. Laura Young, a lesbian pastor from Ohio, age 48 and the mother of two, said she's happy she signed the letter.

"I feel lighter already," she told CNN. "I can be a better pastor and a better person when I can be my full self, living in the light and with integrity."

The letter also makes clear the signers have tried to be "faithful" to their religious calling, but that the church has turned its back on them.

"While we have sought to remain faithful to our call and covenant, you have not always remained faithful to us," it stated. "While you have welcomed us as pastors, youth leaders, district superintendents, bishops, professors, missionaries and other forms of religious service, you have required that we not bring our full selves to ministry, that we hide from view our sexual orientations and gender identities. As long as we did this, you gladly affirmed our gifts and graces and used us to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world in the varied places you sent us."

It also gives several reasons for the "coming out" process, while expressing desire to continue church service.

"Foremost," the letter said, "we want you to know we still love you and seek to remain in relationship with you. ... You cannot legislative against God's call. The 'LGBTQI issue' is not one that can be resolved through restrictive legislation but instead by seeing that all persons are made in the image of God and welcomed into the community of faith. We come out, too, to provide hope for LGBTQI young people in hostile UMC churches. ... We come out to invite them to listen for God's still, small voice."

Friday, May 6, 2016

Donald Trump -- 'Dangerous Donald' -- blamed by teachers for creating bullies, harming mental health

Are our nation's children really this thin-skinned?

The president of the American Federation of Teachers, Randi Weingarten, blasted Donald Trump for what she described as hateful rhetoric, and said an "entire generation of children" now need special attention in order to recover from his bully-type tactics.

"Donald Trump appeals to the worst elements of our society," Weingarten said to reporters, the Hill said. "[His rhetoric' is really creating bullying and violence in schools."

She also said Trump has put teachers on the spot to "help an entire generation of children recover from the hateful rhetoric he has aimed at immigrants, Muslims, Black Lives Matter activists," and educators are having a tough time handling the burden.

"It is influencing our children and their behavior in schools," she said, "and making it much, much harder for us."

The AFT gave its endorsement to Democrat Hillary Clinton nearly a year ago, in July 2015. The remarks to reporters were delivered during a conference call that was arranged by Clinton's campaing, the Hill reported.

Another press call attendee, Rep. Mark Pocan, a Democrat from Wisconsin, also said "Donald Trump has a history of attacks on education and teachers" and suggested the Republican front-runner "may cut the Department of Education," he said.

"[Trump's] profiting off students and their futures," Pocan said. "Dangerous Donald is only looking out for himself."

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Donald Trump mulls Cruz as VP: 'I respect Ted, he was a very strong competitor'

Never fails to amaze me, how politics works ... the whole "my enemy is now my friend" way of thinking. No wonder we cut a nuclear deal with Iran.

Donald Trump said on the "O'Reilly Factor" on Fox News he would definitely consider giving Sen. Ted Cruz the vice presidential slot – a somewhat shocking statement, given the downright viciousness of the rhetoric the two traded on the campaign trail over the past few months.

"I respect Ted, he was a very strong competitor," Trump told host Bill O'Reilly during the Fox News segment. "He really competed hard and tough."

He made the comments in context of discussing the idea of Cruz, who dropped his presidential bid after losing Indiana in a landslide primary election to Trump, as a running mate in the race that's sure to come against likely Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.

"He's certainly a capable guy," Trump said, in reference to Cruz, the Hill reported. "It's something we can think about."

Trump said the fiery rhetoric that marked his run against Cruz – which included publicly traded barbs over the physical attributes of each others' wives, as well as constant Trump camp characterization of the Texas senator as a "liar" – was in the past and he's moved past any feelings of resentment. But he then offered up a subtle jab on Cruz's honesty again.

"It's an easy thing," Trump said of the process by which candidates are nominated. "He said some things and he made some things up and he took some things that were said out of context."

Pundits and media analysts suggested former neurosurgeon Ben Carson might actually be the most talked-about vice presidential pick among higher-ups in the Trump camp. But Trump put that notion to rest – mostly – during his chat with O'Reilly, saying Carson wasn't that interested in the second-place White House role.

"I don't think Ben's looking at that," he said. "He's a friend of mine. He's so helpful, he's a terrific guy."

Trump also mentioned Ohio Gov. John Kasich as a possible running mate, but he left the door open to considering many names.

"I would certainly consider him," he said, of Kasich. "During debates, I'd always find myself talking to John. I've had a good relationship with him, so we'll see how that turns out. I don't want to talk too much about it as I am considering a couple of people. We do have a lot of candidates who would be very, very good."

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

'Frozen' fans tweet Disney: Make princess a lesbian because 'young queer kids need someone to look up to!!'

Nothing is sacred any longer ... nothing

Hundreds of "Frozen" cartoon film fans took to Twitter to press Disney, the producer of the children's mega-hit musical, to make a sequel – only this time, give the leading lady, Elsa, a lesbian love interest.

The hashtag "#GiveElsaAGirlfriend" took off on Twitter, with posters and media pundits noting that the takeaway song from the Disney film, "Let It Go," was already a big deal among LGBT community members.

As a writer with the Independent noted: "What better candidate is there for that honour than Elsa, whose own journey of acceptance with her powers has widely been interpreted as a metaphor for coming out?"

Elsa from "Frozen" by Disney
Among some of the pro-gay posts on Twitter was this one, from Jeffrey Marsh: "#GiveElsaAGirlfriend because LGBT kids deserve to know that there is nothing wrong with them."

And another: "#GiveElsaAGirlfriend because little girls watching should know you can be a princess and love another princess."

And another, from @feminizza: "#GiveElsaAGirlfriend so little kids will know that girls loving girls is normal even when their parents teach them otherwise."

Yet another, from @feministgals: "hey @Disney, give us a gay Elsa! Young queer kids need someone to look up to!! #GiveElsaAGirlfriend."

And one more: "#GiveElsaAGirlfriend because there is absolutely no representation of any LBGTQ+ people in children's Movies/Tv."

Another poster, @miaafame, suggested the LGBT community was much more widely populated than scientific research and surveys show.

She tweeted: "#GiveElsaAGirlfriend because 1 in 5 kids are queer, but only 1 in 10 feel safe enough to come out."

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Franklin Graham on Target's Transgender Bathrooms: We're 'Sex God Created Us to Be – Male or Female'

A petition to boycott Target over its transgender bathroom policy has generated huge interest ...

Franklin Graham, president of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and of the Christian international relief organization Samaritan's Purse, struck back hard on Facebook at Target over its recently implemented transgender policy, saying men who use women's bathrooms is a danger to the most vulnerable in society.

"I agree with the American Family Association – this policy encourages sexual predators and puts women and children in danger," Graham wrote. "A man shouldn't be able to enter the women's restroom or dressing room because he says he 'feels like a woman today.' That's ridiculous."

He went on, speaking of God's design and the fruitlessness of humans to change that.

"The fact is, gender identity isn't something we choose or feel," Graham wrote. "We are the sex God created us to be – male or female. How a person feels doesn't change the facts."

Graham referenced statements made by Benjamin Watson with the Baltimore Ravens – in which the football star said "we are buying the lie that feelings trump all else and that how one feels can only be accepted and celebrated instead of addressed and challenged" – and agreed.

He also said Target's new policy, in which males and females could decide for themselves which bathroom best corresponded to their genders, was harming business.

"Target is putting its shareholders – and its customers – at risk! Just since last Wednesday, [hundreds of thousands of] people have signed a pledge to boycott Target over its new bathroom policy that welcomes employees and guests to use the restrooms or fitting rooms that 'corresponds with their gender identity,'" he wrote. "Target certainly has the prerogative to make this decision, but it's proving to be bad for business. I'm glad people are standing up and letting them know this is wrong."

Sign up here ...

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Republican Establishment Call on Donald Trump Supporters to 'Retract'

This is rather astonishing ... and kudos to Mike Huckabee for standing firm.

Conservative thought-leaders are ratcheting up their attempts to take out Donald Trump, despite his long-lasting front-runner status that was just underscored by his five-state sweep of Tuesday's primaries.

But at least one key conservative, former presidential candidate and governor Mike Huckabee, has stepped forward to defend Trump, saying in an email the billionaire businessman is the best candidate to take on Hillary Clinton – and he should know, given his years of experiencing fighting off the Clinton family during his executive leadership in Arkansas.

The groundswell of establishment conservative push-back against Trump started Tuesday, as ballots were being counted.

In an interview on MSNBC on "Andrea Mitchell Reports," Bill Kristol, editor of the Weekly Standard, insisted it was still feasible for a third party candidate to jump into the political fray and fight back the support that's been swelling for Trump.

"I think the public deserves an alternative," he said. "I think Clinton and Trump are unusually unfavorably viewed by the public, which offers a political opportunity as well as I think a substantive opportunity for the country for someone to set forth to do the right thing for the country."

He then said, Breitbart reported: "There is also the possibility of getting on the ballot of a small party that's already on the ballot in North Carolina and Texas. The Reform party in particular. I think it is more doable than people think. The key is obviously having compelling candidates."

Kristol said "those discussions are taking place in private" and it won't be long before the country "see[s] what happens" with them.

"I think there is too much resignation and fatalism, especially among the people," he said. "If you think we deserve better than Trump and Clinton and I certainly do, I guess I'm annoyed at other people who are activists and donors and politicians, who sort of sit back and watch the slow motion car crash happening. It is happening in slow motion. There is time to avert it. There is time to get out of your own car and help, and instead people are sitting in their air conditioned cars and saying, 'Gee, it's too bad about the car crash the whole United States of America is about to have by being faced with the choice of Clinton and Trump.'"

Meanwhile, Breitbart just published an open letter to "friends and allies" of Trump penned by the chairman of the conservative grassroots nonprofit ForAmerica, Brent Bozell, who called on the billionaire's supporters to retract their endorsement of his candidacy.

Bozell, who has endorsed Sen. Ted Cruz for the White House, wrote in part: "Sarah Palin, Ben Carson, Mike Huckabee and Phyllis Schlafly – you are friends and allies, serious men and women for whom I have great respect. ... I pen this open letter to you. ... Does Donald Trump mean a word he says? Are conservative leaders supporting Trump prepared to live with the consequences if he doesn't?"

The letter then listed several areas where Trump has fallen from the conservative line, including his views on amnesty, abortion, gay marriage, eminent domain, government bailouts, restrictions on "assault weapons," and universal health care.

"But Trump said he's changed," the letter continues. "On everything. Overnight. Just in time for the GOP nomination fight. Really? ... This isn't about purity. It's about basic sanity. Do the most courageous thing you've ever done, in a lifetime of bravery. Retract your endorsement."

That letter follows several written weeks ago by dozens of conservatives to National Review, all of whom pointed out their various reasons for opposing a Trump nomination.

But Huckabee, who dropped his own bid for the presidency in February, after a weak showing in the Iowa caucuses, said he's standing by Trump – even though he's never officially endorsed him.

"The irony is that I have not endorsed in the primary," he said, in emailed response to the call for his retraction. "I think some assume if you don't hate Trump and spew venom at him, you must have endorsed."

Still, he said, Trump's his pick.

"For the record, I like Trump and think he is our very best hope to beat Hillary and I know Hillary probably a lot better than any Republican who ran this year," Huckabee said. "Trump [has] said a lot of what I said 10 years ago and since about trade, the working class, failures of our foreign policy and the way the game is rigged by the elites. Too bad for me, but the media gave Trump hours to my seconds of coverage. [B]ut I appreciate that he is the only candidate left who isn't owned by the Wall Street donor class and that alone would be a seismic shift."

Huckabee also said he's aware of Trump's differences in views on social issues – but in the end, he remains the best of the existing candidates.

"I have no illusion that Trump would be as strong on issues like life and marriage as me," Huckabee said, "but neither will Cruz, although he makes good lawyerly speeches making people believe he will fight for those issues.  But if people read the fine print, they will learn that [Cruz would] leave such things to the states or SCOTUS, which means he will be all thunder and no rain but will leave voters feeling used again just like we were in the Bush years."

So his takeaway?

It's Trump, not Cruz, who could better lead the country, he said.

"Like the song by the Who, 'we won't be fooled again,'" Huckabee wrote.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Dearly Beloved: ISIS Terrorists Offered Marriage Counseling to Keep Wives From Fleeing

Oh, this is just too rich ...

The New York Post – not the satirical site the Onion – reported ISIS terrorists have been forced to offer their recruits marriage counseling in order to keep their stressed-out brides at home and happy during hardship times.

Citing the UK Sun, the news outlet reported ISIS terrorists just opened a "relationship counseling center" in Raqqa, Syria, in order to make sure even the toughest of terrorist has access to a quality marriage, described in part as one in which the woman doesn't flee.

The media offshoot of ISIS released a photograph to go with the announcement portraying a woman with a tear-stained face requesting aid from a therapist who's near by a box of tissues.

Strange but true: Hard to imagine women could complain
about the treatment they receive from their ISIS husbands.
The psych sessions come as ISIS has been tied to dozens of videotaped beheadings of Christians and others who refuse to toe their terrorist line. They also come on the heels of numerous suicide bombings in recent months that have left dozens dead and even more injured in places like Paris, Iraq, Syria and Brussels purportedly by members of ISIS or sympathizers and supporters of ISIS.

Still, thousands of women from the West, including Britain, have made the journey to Iraq and Syria to marry ISIS members – only to find their betrothed aren't all they're cracked to be. On top of that, the constant fighting in choice spots of high terror activity have left the region in shambles.

"At least before [ISIS] we had electricity, we could bake and cook," said one women in Raqqa, to the Open Your Eyes dissident website organization.
And another said to the same group, the New York Post reported: "Our basic needs were met. Now we are back to ancient times. There's no electricity, no drinking water. There are no services."

Friday, April 22, 2016

Obama Tells Brits on EU: Sovereignty's OK, But 'Collective' Even Better

Core socialist belief ... it's all about the "collective," the group, the society at-large -- most certainly NOT the individual. 

President Obama, in a Friday opinion piece penned for the Telegraph, told members of the reading British public who are about to decide on their future participation in the European Union – whether to stay in or opt out – that sovereignty, while a good thing, is hardly as powerful as the collective.

"In this complicated, connected world, the challenges facing the EU – migration, economic inequality, the threats of terrorism and climate change – are the same challenges facing the United States and other nations," Obama wrote. "And in today's world, even as we all cherish our sovereignty, the nations who wield their influence most effectively are the nations that do it through the collective action that today's challenges demand."

He then went on to list what he perceived to be the successes of the collective.

"When we negotiated the historic deal to verifiably prevent Iran from developing a nuclear weapon, it was collective action," he wrote. "When the climate agreement in Paris needed a push, it was the European Union, fortified by the United Kingdom, that ultimately helped make that agreement possible. When it comes to creating jobs, trade, and economic growth in line with our values, the UK has benefited from its membership in the EU."

And one more, looming: "And the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership with the EU will advance our values and our interests, and establish the high-standard, pro-worker rules for trade and commerce in the 21st century economy," Obama wrote.

He called for "friends and allies to stick together," and bring about a "remarkable legacy" of collectively meeting "the challenges of this young century," he wrote.

Politicos in Britain, however, aren't happy about Obama's press into their government business.

"A monstrous interference," said U.K. Independence Party leader Nigel Farage, telling Fox News Obama ought to keep his political leanings out of Britain. "I'd rather he stayed in Washington, frankly. ... You wouldn't expect the British prime minister to intervene in your presidential election. You wouldn't expect the prime minister to endorse one candidate or another. Perhaps he's another one of those people who doesn't understand what the [EU] is."

More than 100 MPs signed on to a letter Farage penned to the U.S. ambassador to the United Kingdom requesting Obama to quit intervening, and calling any such intervention "extremely controversial and potentially damaging," Fox News reported.

The letter read, in part: "It has long been the established practice not to interfere in the domestic political affairs of our allies and we hope that this will continue to be the case. While the current U.S. administration may have a view on the desirability or otherwise of Britain's continued membership of the E.U., any explicit intervention in the debate is likely to be extremely controversial and potentially damaging."

And London Mayor Boris Johnson accused Obama of hypocrisy.

"I just think it's paradoxical that the United States, which wouldn't dream of allowing the slightest infringement of its own sovereignty, should be lecturing other countries about the need to enmesh themselves ever deeper in a federal superstate," he said earlier in the week.