In many states, Christian adoption agencies suffer discrimination for insisting on placing children in homes with a mother and a father. Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin signed a bill Friday that will protect private adoption agencies from coercion, discrimination, or punishment as they help orphans find homes with a mom and a dad. Bill 1140 provides legal protections to faith-based agencies that will not place children in homes with same-sex couples because of religious or moral convictions. While opposed by the LGBT lobby, many are touting the law as a victory for true diversity and religious freedom, as it offers options to Christian families that had been denied to them previously.
“The percentage of Americans who live out their religion on a weekly basis – by praying, going to church, and reading and believing in the Bible – has remained remarkably consistent over the decades, even as the population of the United States has grown by leaps and bounds,” he wrote. “We live in a time when traditional values, even religious conviction, are increasingly marginalized by a secular popular culture – a time when it’s become acceptable, even fashionable, to malign religious belief. I still believe with all my heart that FAITH in America is rising,” he continued. “Religion in America isn’t receding – just the opposite. Faith is gaining new life with every passing day”
In recent years “progressive” forces have been attacking God-ordained distinctions between males and female, the basis of marriage and family – and indeed necessary for the basic functioning of society. It’s not for nothing that we’ve been told, over and over, that male-female differences are irrelevant, and reality is entirely subjective. But resistance to the cultural insanity is growing. One recent example is the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, which announced a parting of the ways with what used to be the Boy Scouts of America before it evolved into the Geldings of America, with its homosexual leaders, transgender members, real girls and a name change to rid itself of the dreaded word “Boy.”
Whether you want to donate cash to charity, listen to music on Spotify, watch YouTube videos, or any number of previously innocuous activities, chances are that the content you’re consuming and the choices you are being allowed to make have passed through a leftist filter. For example, Spotify enlists: “… rights advocacy groups, including The Southern Poverty Law Center, The Anti-Defamation League, Color Of Change, Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ), GLAAD, Muslim Advocates, and the International Network Against Cyber Hate.” These “bastions of impartiality” will now be the watchdogs of what you can listen to. Each of them has a bias and a particular mission to which they are beholden, and their power is only growing.
One former Israeli intelligence chief has already called this month “the most dangerous May since 1967,” alluding to the anxious eve of the June 1967 war. At its height, the demonstrations drew 40,000 people on a single day between five different locations up and down the coastal territory. Ahead of next week, Hamas leaders are vowing to unleash “the mother of all marches”; some Israeli officials now worry about 100,000 protestors, and perhaps more, coming out. There is no effective Israeli military response to such a development. “Imagine if 13,000 [protestors] break through [at one location], with a total loss of control,” a senior Israeli officer responsible for Gaza warned, “There would be a major loss of life. … We would be on the verge of war.”
We live in the era of You Will Be Made To Care. It’s not enough for activists on the left if you simply shrug your shoulders and say that transgender individuals can dress or speak however they wish. It must be forced on everyone else. You must accept “women with penises” into female restrooms, locker rooms and showers. You must address them by or refer to them with the pronouns of their choice or face legal consequences. Live and let live is not a viable strategy in social justice warrior circles. I have to take the side of David French over J. J. McCullough on this one. Science trumps fantasy here and the rights of the many are not subject to the unhinged demands of the few.