Our political system is utterly dependent on a watchful, informed electorate, firmly rooted in the rich soil of biblical orality and ethics. And that is what is severely lacking now. The Founders made any number of assumptions about the country they were imposing the Constitution upon. Among the most significant, however, was that the people themselves were constrained by the requirements of virtue, a fear of shame, and the belief that the fear of an all-knowing, all-seeing God would help regulate the society. These were the hedges of the new garden of liberty that the Founders were constructing.
Rainbow-colored hats are the giveaway of choice for 11 Major League Baseball teams that have LGBT Pride games this season. The Blue Jays, Braves, Cubs, Diamondbacks, Orioles, Padres, Pirates, Rays, Reds,Marlins and Twins are all giving Pride hats to people who buy a ticket to their game. This is the first year the Reds are having a Pride night. The Brewers, Cardinals and Dodgers have shirts with a rainbow theme, the Athletics and Mariners have wearable Pride flags and the Giants have a backpack. The other seven teams with Pride nights have not specified what, if any, their giveaway will be.
UC-SF offers an “Early Abortion Training Workbook” with the innocuously named chapter “Pregnancy Option Counseling Techniques.” It’s part of the taxpayer-funded university’s Bixby Center for Global Reproductive Health, which brags that it has pioneered “new forms of abortion,” expanded the “abortion care workforce” and increased the number of “highly trained” abortionists. The guide gives medical students several ways to cajole women into aborting. For patients with “spiritual or moral conflict” about abortion, the guide heartens abortionists that “people of all faiths and religions have abortions,” and that even without a religious or spiritual background, they can help patients determine “what is getting in the way of their feeling like a good person”
Just in time for “LGBT Pride Month” this June, the popular clothing retailer J. Crew will be marketing a rainbow-themed clothing line for little children. This “Love First” collection on J. Crew’s website offers a selection of T-shirts, socks, and a tote bag with such phrases as “love first” and “love to all.” According to LifeSiteNews, many items feature a “rainbow motif, while others are adorned with the logo and the color scheme of the left-wing homosexual lobbying group Human Rights Campaign, to whom the company is donating 50% of the items’ purchase price.”
The policy requires employees to affirm the inspiration of the Bible and to commit to pursuing their identity in Christ. More specifically, that includes regular Bible engagement, being involved in a local church, and resisting temptations of “deception, malicious speech … and dishonoring my body through substance abuse.” At least nine of the organization’s 200 or so employees have quit, namely over the new policy’s requirement “to refrain from sexual activity outside of the marriage covenant prescribed and exemplified in the Bible: ‘a man will leave his father and mother and unite with his wife, and the two will become one,’ symbolizing the relationship between Christ and His Church”
In 2016, the Baltimore-Washington Annual Conference of the UMC joined a few other regional bodies in refusing to enforce the UMC Book of Discipline’s ban on clergy who are “self-avowed practicing homosexuals.” However, Baltimore-Washington Area Bishop LaTrelle Easterling has ruled that two individuals approved by the Board of Ordained Ministry for ordination and commissioning are ineligible due to violating the “practicing homosexuals” ban. Bishop Easterling said that while she does not agree with the current Book of Discipline’s position on ordination standards, “In my opinion, when we pick and choose how and when we will uphold it, we begin the slippery slope toward chaos,” said Easterling.
On the one hand, Hollywood stars preach gun control and want to ban guns. On the other, they love to make movies glorifying gun violence. Can you say “hypocrisy”? Actor Ethan Hawke admitted it is “hard” to “sell a movie without a gun.” He makes more money from movies with guns than other kinds. Jeff Bock, senior box office analyst for Exhibitor Relations, agrees. “You can’t deny that nearly every action movie, and superhero movie for that matter, turn to the rat-a-tat-tat of gunplay when they need a kicker or there’s a lull in the story,” he told USA Today. “Stories in the action/adventure genre seem to rely on gun violence without much thought to the consequences”