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Battle lines have been Drawn over Bathroom Mandate

waving flagBy Michael Ware May 26, 2016

What do you do when you see that there is an injustice occurring? Are you one that has been programmed to look the other way or are you one that instinctively steps up? There is no doubt that the Obama administration is seeking to force injustice down the throats of school and college administrators.  But now there are some who are stepping up.

As I reported, Obama sent a mandate to every school, college, and university in the nation warning that they were to accommodate students with Gender Dysphoria. If they failed to make this accommodation, they would face losing their federal funding.

Now, we finally have a response.

Christian News reports

Officials from 11 U.S. states sued the Obama administration on Wednesday to overturn a directive telling schools to let transgender students use bathrooms matching their gender identity, decrying the policy as “a massive social experiment.”

Ramping up the simmering battles over contentious cultural issues in America, the states, led by Texas and most with Republican governors, accused the federal government of rewriting laws by “administrative fiat.”0be8c29a597ef04b0e36664f12c8b385

What these states are saying is that the administration has spoken law into existence. They are handing down laws and requirements, once again without Congress. This is both wrong and illegal.More

Many wish to make this an issue of discrimination, but one again it is an issue of law. What makes something lawful? In the United States, it is that the representatives of the people have deemed this or that is unlawful and therefore forbidden.

We have lost such ideas as the Church has left the foundation of Law. I discuss in my book the need for the Church to return to the Law of God. This is the only way that we can see such issues set right.

The one thing that our Constitution works to destroy is the idea of one man or a group of men creating law. This is why we should pray that these states along with North Carolina are given the victory.

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Phoenix Is The Latest LGBT Battleground No One Is Talking About

waving flagReported by Photo of Casey Harper Casey Harper 05/15/2016

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A Christian calligraphy studio is suing the city of Phoenix over its LGBT non-discrimination ordinance, the latest dust-up in a slew of same-sex legal battles nationwide.

Lawyers for Brush & Nib, a calligraphy studio run by two Christian women who sell hand paintings and calligraphy for weddings and events, filed a lawsuit Thursday challenging the Phoenix LGBT non-discrimination ordinance. The city’s ordinance prohibits businesses from refusing service based on sexual orientation. The lawsuit claims this could be used to punish Brush & Nib by forcing them to service a same-sex ceremony, thus violating the owners’ consciences and religious freedoms. The business argues that since calligraphy is art, it should be considered free speech that cannot be censored or compelled by government.

Violations can lead to $2,500 in fines and six months of jail time for every day they violate the ordinance.

“We fully expect to have a hearing in the next few weeks on our motion for preliminary injunction and to have the Arizona superior court grant our motion and vindicate the free speech and religious liberty rights of our clients,” Jon Scruggs, an attorney working on the case with Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) — the Christian legal group representing the studio — told The Daily Caller News Foundation. “In reality, the case is pretty simple when you boil it down: no American, including artists, should have the government force them to create art against their artistic and religious beliefs.”

The lawsuit is a “pre-enforcement challenge,” which means the studio is challenging the ordinance in court even though it has not yet been directly affected by it. No one has filed a complaint against the studio — it is just getting ahead of the game.

But the city is not backing down.

“The Phoenix non-discrimination ordinance protects fundamental civil rights for everyone, and we will defend it aggressively,” Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton said in a statement.Leftist Propagandist

Meanwhile, North Carolina and the federal government have filed lawsuits against each other after the state passed a law requiring people to use the bathroom that corresponds to the sex on their birth certificate. The law also prohibits local governments from making LGBT ordinances. If North Carolina loses, the state will likely be forced to comply or lose hundreds of millions of dollars in federal funding.

President Barack Obama issued a decree Friday that all public schools must allow transgender students to use the bathroom of their choice.

Mississippi is also facing a lawsuit over its new LGBT law, which allows people to refuse service based on their religious beliefs.Big Gay Hate Machine

In the state of Washington, a florist was sued for refusing to service a same-sex ceremony. The state’s Supreme Court agreed to hear the case. Scruggs told TheDCNF Brush & Nib’s case will likely go to Arizona’s Supreme Court as well.

“Artists shouldn’t be threatened with jail for disagreeing with the government,” ADF Senior Counsel Jeremy Tedesco said in a statement. “The government must allow artists the freedom to make personal decisions about what art they will create and what art they won’t create. Just because an artist creates expression that communicates one viewpoint doesn’t mean she is required to express all viewpoints. It’s unjust, unnecessary, and unlawful to force an artist to create against her will and intimidate her into silence.”Yes I am a Christian

One Community, an Arizona LGBT advocacy group, called the lawsuit “baseless” and said no one should force their beliefs on anyone else.

“Businesses that are open to the public should be open to everyone on the same terms, including to customers who are gay or transgender,” Angela Hughey, president of One Community, said on Facebook. “Nobody should be turned away from a business simply because of who they are or who they love. Protecting people from discrimination, including people who are gay or transgender, is about treating others as we want to be treated.”Leftist Propagandist

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Obama opens new culture war with transgender rights fight

waving flagBy Jordan Fabian – 05/14/16

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President Obama is opening a new front in the culture wars over gay and transgender rights — just in time for the 2016 elections.

Guidance from the Departments of Justice and Education that public schools should allow transgender students to use bathrooms that match their gender identity, and a separate civil rights lawsuit against a North Carolina transgender law, firmly put the White House and the Democratic party at the forefront of transgender rights.

The two dramatic moves provoked cries of support from the left and fury from the right, which decried the actions as further examples of executive overreach and social engineering they see as typical of Obama’s rule.

“If President Obama thinks he can bully Texas schools into allowing men to have open access to girls in bathrooms, he better prepare for yet another legal fight,” Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said.

Few saw a national fight over transgender rights emerging this summer.Picture1

Obama’s actions would have been far-fetched as recently as 2012, when he had still not formally backed same-sex marriage. But four years later, the White House and Democrats appear to be eager for the fight.

“It’s pretty clear there is a solid majority of Americans who want equal protection for trans people,” said Democratic strategist Brad Bannon. “I think [Obama] is trying to push the Republicans on the issue.”Bull

Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders have both blasted the North Carolina law, which requires transgender people to use restrooms corresponding to the gender on their birth certificate. 

“LGBT people should be protected from discrimination under the law—period,” Clinton wrote in a tweet when the measure passed in March.

Party strategists believe speaking out forcefully on the issue could aid Clinton, who has struggled to attract young voters who have flocked to her rival Sanders.  They point to polls such as an April Reuters/Ipsos survey that showed twice as many Americans under 30 believe transgender people should use bathroom corresponding to their gender identity compared to people age 60 and older.

“If I was Hillary, the thing that I would be very concerned about is my position with millennials,” Bannon said. “They are very gung ho on any social issue you mention.”Picture2

GOP leaders are being forced to balance their vehement opposition to the Obama administration’s use of executive power while grappling with rapidly changing social norms surrounding LGBT rights.

Donald Trump who is known for his bombastic rhetoric against immigrants and Muslims, has taken a more measured tone. The presumptive presidential nominee declined to criticize the administration’s directive on Friday, saying the states should decide on the issue.

“I believe it should be states’ rights and I think the states should make the decision, they’re more capable of making the decision,” Trump said on ABC’s “Good Morning America.”

He said on NBC’s “Today” show in April that North Carolina should allow people to “use the bathroom they feel is appropriate” but he later walked back that statement.

LGBT-rights groups accused Trump of giving North Carolina a pass. But most Republicans went further than Trump, accusing the Obama administration of executive overreach.

North Carolina this week filed a lawsuit against the federal government, calling its stance a “radical reinterpretation” of the 1964 Civil Rights Act by suing the state over the bathroom law.  Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa), who leads a House task force scrutinizing Obama’s use of executive power on issues like guns and immigration, called for hearings on its transgender directive. Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick (R) intensified the fight on Friday, when he accused Obama of “blackmail.”

He said any implied threat to withhold federal aid could hurt poor students because a majority of education funding to the Lone Star State helps pay for free or subsidized lunches.

“He says he’s going to withhold funding if school do not follow the policy,” Patrick said of the president. “Well in Texas, he can keep his 30 pieces of silver. We will not yield to blackmail from the president of the United States.”Picture3

Obama spokesman Josh Earnest shot back that Patrick’s comments “underscore the risk of a right-wing radio host to a statewide office.” 

He said the guidance was not an “enforcement action,” instead framing it a way to underscore existing law and offer “practical solutions” to school administrators who are trying to ensure student safety.

“This has very little to do with politics, except for our critics, who want to make this entirely about politics,” he said. Picture4

But issue won’t disappear from the political debate any time soon.

The pro-gay rights group Human Rights Campaign (HRC) counts almost 200 bills it considers “anti-LGBT” in more than 34 states this year. The debate could resurface at the Republican convention in July. Some GOP officials want to try and extract the party from the battle over gay rights by removing any mention of same-sex marriage from the party platform.  But the Republican National Committee quietly approved a resolution in February endorsing state laws that restrict access to bathrooms and locker rooms to students of the matching “anatomical sex.”

A big part of the challenge for Republicans is how quickly attitudes on LGBT acceptance have changed in the Obama era. A recent CNN/ORC poll showed that almost six in ten Americans oppose laws like North Carolina’s. Jay Brown, communications director for HRC, acknowledged that attitudes have changed rapidly.

“There has been incredible growth and visibility of transgender people, which has made a really big difference and changed people’s understanding,” said Brown, who is transgender. Bull

Brown said his organization’s polling in 2008 showed eight percent of Americans knew a transgender person. Now, that figure is at 35 percent.

“When you personally know somebody who is LGBT, you support laws that support LGBT equality,” he said. “It’s making an enormous difference in fighting for equal rights.” Leftist Propagandist

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YOU WILL BE ‘GENDER FLUID’ OR ELSE: Obama Threatens North Carolina with This if They Don’t Allow for Transgender Friendly Restrooms

waving flagPosted on May 5, 2016

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President Barack Obama’s deputies have told the North Carolina Governor that all single-sex public bathrooms — including those in K-12 schools — must be opened to people of both sexes by Monday to prevent “discrimination” against the roughly 1-in-2,400 American adults who say they’re transgender.

If the state doesn’t give up Americans’ right to decide who gets to use single-sex bathrooms and school locker rooms by Monday, then the federal government could start blocking the routine federal spending and tax transfers to the state — unless federal courts block the administration’s threat of sex-related harassment.Picture2

“The Department of Justice has determined that … you and the state of NC are in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act 0f 1964,” says the May 4 threat from Obama’s justice department to the Governor.Leftist Propagandist

The state’s new HB2 sex-definition law “is facially discriminatory against transgender employees on the basis of sex because it treats transgender employees, whose gender identity does not match their biological sex, as defined by HB2, differently from similarly situated non transgender employees,” says the letter. The legal claims in the letter are based on a decision by Attorney General Eric Holder — not by Congress — in December 2014.Picture3

Republican Gov. Pat McCrory released a cautious press statement:

A claim by the Obama administration charges that one part of House Bill 2, which requires state employees in public government buildings and students in our universities to use a restroom, locker room and shower facility that match their biological sex, is now in violation of federal law. The Obama administration has not only staked out its position for North Carolina, but for all states, universities and most employers in the U.S.

The right and expectation of privacy in one of the most private areas of our personal lives is now in jeopardy. We will be reviewing to determine the next steps.

According to progressives, “transgender” people suffer illegal discrimination when their efforts to dress and live as people of the other sex face criticism and stigma from Americans, or when they face legal restrictions, such as single-sex bathrooms. A study of the 201o census concluded that roughly 1-in-2,400 adults have changed their names to the other sex.

The issue of transgender status has spiked since last year, when the Supreme Court granted progressives a huge win by declaring that all state marriage laws must be redefined to allow single-sex couples to get marriage licenses.Big Gay Hate Machine

The North Carolina dispute began in Charlottesville when the city changed their local privacy laws to allow people to enter male or female bathrooms by simply declaring that their feelings, or their “gender expression” or “gender identity,” makes them male or female.

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Today’s Politically INCORRECT Cartoon

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Cirque du Soleil Hypocrisy. They cancel in North Carolina over the transgender bathroom law, but will preform in Dubai where transgenders and homosexuality is illegal.

Cirque du Soleil / Cartoon by A.F. Branco ©2016.

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Commentary: Mississippi & North Carolina Versus Liberal Totalitarianism

waving flagCommentary By: Dr. David Smith; Posted: Tuesday, April 12, 2016

“Should peaceful non-participation now be made illegal also?”

– Dr. David Smith

Totalitarianism is defined as “a political system where the state recognizes no limits to its authority and strives to regulate every aspect of public and private life wherever feasible. Totalitarian regimes stay in political power through an all-encompassing propaganda campaign, which is disseminated through the state-controlled mass media, a single party that is often marked by political repression, personality cultism, control over the economy, regulation and restriction of speech, mass surveillance, and widespread use of terror.”*  This definition describes the actions desired by those who want to punish Mississippi and North Carolina for wanting to let their citizens be able to decide for themselves what they want to think and do with their own lives. Liberals want a totalitarian government, not a republic, and not a democracy. They seek to force their viewpoint upon everyone.

Most of the companies that are voicing public objections to the laws passed by states, which want to allow religious freedom, are solely acting to protect their bottom line financially and will shift their actions to whichever way they think the wind blows if it will make them money. The same activists who threaten Mississippi and North Carolina also threaten large corporations if they don’t comply with their demands. If it is okay with people to demand adherence in such a totalitarian fashion, then some other questions should also be asked.

Should Teva Pharmaceutical Industries be boycotted because it refuses to allow propofol to be sold for executions? They are discriminating against what their product is used for on the basis of their belief system even though the death penalty and executions are legal. If Christians should be forced to participate in matters that conflict with their belief system and violates their conscience, then how can one argue that these companies should also not be forced to sell their products without “discriminating”? If it is okay to sue Christians who don’t want to perform a service due to religious and moral objections based on their faith, then should not the states who cannot get the medications sold to them for legal executions be able to bring lawsuits against these companies and force them to do what the law states is okay?

Should physicians who have moral objections to participating in abortions be forced to perform them since abortion is legal and physicians who refuse are “discriminating”? How about pharmacists who won’t fill a prescription for an abortifacient drug and are “discriminating”? Should all of these physicians and pharmacists be labeled as bigots and boycotted for their “discriminatory” practices?

What about the pastors who refuse to participate in a same sex “wedding”? Should they also be labeled and treated in the same way? Are these pastors to be listed on a “hate group” registry and hounded for just not wanting to participate?

What about Muslims who will not sell pork, or prepare it for sale, to others based upon their religious beliefs? Should all the pork-loving people get together and bring boycotts and lawsuits to force the discriminatory Muslims to participate in what they deem objectionable based upon their faith practices?

Should Jewish owned businesses who choose to close their doors on Saturday be forced to stay open and not “discriminate” against those who want to shop on Saturday?

It is not people of faith who are bringing lawsuits and attempting to ruin others through tactics of fear and intimidation. These are the actions of the liberal, totalitarian activists who people of faith need to be protected from. Should peaceful non-participation now be made illegal also? That is also what totalitarian governments do. No dissent is allowed without retribution.

People of all faiths should be allowed to follow their conscience and faith practices as their traditions commonly dictate and not have their belief systems trampled by totalitarian demands. The pharmaceutical companies should be allowed to follow their conscience while the states are free to pursue other options without forcing adherence. Physicians and pharmacists should be free to practice in ways that do not violate their faith while those who want something different are always free to seek to have services they legally want elsewhere. Pastors should continue to be free to choose whom they will agree to marry as they always have. Jewish people should be free to practice all aspects of their faith as there are other options for those who live under different practices. Muslims should be free to practice portions of their faith practice as they desire to do so and people who want something different can do business with others. Those who want to label these laws as hateful only reveal their own heart toward those whom they disagree. For people of faith, it is about protecting their own conscience by not participating.  It is not about doing anything to hurt anyone else. It is about having respect for other people’s faith choices in their lives and giving them the freedom to live their lives with their conscience intact, unlike those within totalitarian regimes who have lost any conscience they might have had. 

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The Way This Pastor Prevented a Mass Shooting Might Surprise You

waving flagPosted on January 5, 2016 by Philip Hodges

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It was during the New Year’s Eve service just before midnight at a Fayetteville, North Carolina church that a man walked in with an unloaded semi-automatic rifle in one hand and a loaded magazine in the other. Incidentally, the pastor of the church had just been talking to his congregation about violence, particularly violence and mass shootings against churches in the recent past.

While the loaded magazine was not attached to the rifle, the pastor was concerned that there might be a round in the chamber.

The armed man approached the front of the sanctuary of Heal the Land Outreach Ministries where about 60 members were in attendance. The pastor Larry Wright – or, Bishop Wright as the members of his congregation call him – came to him and asked him, “Can I help you?” Pastor Wright, a rather stout 57-year-old military veteran at a couple inches over six feet and 230 pounds, said that he was ready to tackle him in case the armed man became aggressive. But the man asked that Pastor Wright pray for him. Wright took the rifle and magazine from him and gave them to a deacon. Wright and the other deacons each embraced him and made him feel loved. CNN continued with the story:

“And then I began to minister to him and pray with him and talk with him,” Wright said.

It was 20 minutes before midnight, and Wright wanted to finish the New Year’s Eve sermon and do an altar call. He told the man to sit in the front row and stay there.

 “I finished the message, I did the altar call and he stood right up, came up to the altar, and gave his life to Christ,” Wright said. “I came down and prayed with him and we embraced. It was like a father embracing a son.”

Wright whispered in the man’s ear that police were waiting in the vestibule because he had scared a lot of people.

Then the man asked to speak to the 60 or so churchgoers. He apologized to them, telling them when he set out that evening he intended to do something terrible that night. But the Lord spoke to him, he said.

Wright described the gunman as emotionally distraught even though his life seemed to be on the upswing.

He told the pastor he had just gotten out of prison, had a new job and a new bride. The man looked to be in his late 20s or early 30s, Wright said.

Sylvester Loving, a 67-year-old deacon, told the Fayetteville newspaper that the church was talking about gun violence when the man entered.

“I think that night the spirit of God was definitely in the place,” Loving told the Observer.Picture13

Wright said he was talking about “senseless deaths” in the community.

Sometimes, using force is the only option we have. I don’t know if Pastor Wright carries a gun with him. Lots of pastors and churchgoers do. Churches have been the target of mass murders, and if someone were to come in shooting, a concealed carrier could take out the murderer.

But I think that the way this situation in Fayetteville unfolded is ideal. If the pastor were carrying a gun, he could have pulled it out and shot the guy and said that he was trying to keep his congregation safe, especially in the wake of other church shootings. He would be applauded for protecting his congregation.

But the man didn’t come in shooting. He said that he had intended on doing something terrible that evening but was convicted and wanted to come to church. The church loved him and took care of him. Pastor Wright has said that he wants to keep following up with the man and help him with whatever he needs. What this pastor and his church have done for this distraught man is far more valuable than what a gun would have done.Picture13

Don’t get me wrong. I’m in no way saying that we should never use guns in self-defense. That would be ridiculous. You know me better than that. There are plenty of times where it’s necessary.

But I do think that there are other times where we see an opportunity to show love and compassion toward someone we’d consider our enemy, and in those cases we should help that person. This man may have not intended on shooting up that particular church, but perhaps he was planning on doing something similar somewhere else. We don’t know. But what we do know is that this pastor took a situation that could have ended very badly and turned it into something good.Picture13

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