Gay 'rights' favored at expense of children and religious liberty
Catholic Charities in Washington, D.C., has ended its 80-year foster care program because of the District’s new law that will obligate all outside contractors to hire, provide benefits to, and offer adoption and foster care services to homosexuals.
Susan Gibbs, archdiocesan spokeswoman, said, “We said last fall that we could not continue this program if the bill was passed and written. Well, this has come to pass,” referring to the Catholic Charities foster care and adoption program.
The archdiocese's decision is one of the first actions in the name of religious liberty taken after the monumental Manhattan Declaration was signed by 243 religious leaders. These leaders proclaim, “We pledge to each other, and to our fellow believers, that no power on earth, be it cultural or political, will intimidate us into silence or acquiescence.”
Most Christians, including Roman Catholics, are pleased that the Catholic Church has held to its longstanding principles. While this is a victory in the face of injustice, the failure of children committed to unfit homes, some of which will be parented by couples living gravely immoral lifestyles, lies at the feet of the aggressively liberal D.C. City Council.
The D.C. City Council taking for granted the help and leadership of orthodox Christians should come as no surprise, but what is surprising is the reaction of Americans United Executive Director Rev. Barry Lynn, who said, “If faith-based charities cannot or will not obey civil rights laws, they ought not benefit from public funds.”
Whether or not gay rights are “civil rights” should be hotly debated. But what Mr. Lynn is missing here, is that Catholic Charities will not “benefit” from these public funds; the children they serve will! How asinine to act as if Catholic Charities is full of profit-seeking entrepreneurs, when it's the D.C. City Council that is compiling a nice track record of personally benefiting from public funds. Catholic Charities is not full of millionaires or ladder-climbers for a reason—they are committed to serving God’s children with biblical principles. Those biblical principles prohibit homosexual behavior (1 Cor 6:9-10; Gn 2:24; Lev 20:13; Lev 18:22; Rom 1:27; Ephesians 5:3). For a man who graces himself with the title “Reverend,” one would think that he would be a bit more steeped in the plain reading of Scripture.
Let us pray that these children find appropriate, godly homes and that the D.C. City Council reverses its decision and abandons any law that is contrary to God’s law or natural law.
- My dear friend Evelyn Bence has written a moving remembrance at Christianity Today of her visits to a dying friend.
I wanted to share it just as much for the poetry of her prose as for her thoughtful reflections. It's entitled "Watch and Wait: Tarrying with Christ and the fearful dying."
I do hope you read it, and that you have a holy, blessed Easter.READ FULL ARTICLE »
- On the way home last night, I saw a highway sign that stated that it was illegal to text and drive. Google might have circumnavigated that problem with its new wearable computer. The miniaturized screen, in case you're not already familiar with it, is set into the frame of eyeglasses and provides users with access to e-mail, navigation, social networks, and more.
While he's on the snarky side, Tim Teeman in The Daily Beast sums up the problem of Google Glass being increasingly invasive.
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- The movie "Heaven Is for Real" opens today, and Anne Morse got to interview Todd Burpo, author of the bestselling book on which it's based. Go here to read the interview, and check our features page next week for our review of the movie!READ FULL ARTICLE »
- . . . I'm pretty sure that's not how it works.READ FULL ARTICLE »
- In this article that's making the rounds online, a Christian man with same-sex attraction explains why he chooses to be married to a woman. Part 2 of his article is scheduled to go up Thursday.
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- While 2 billion Christians around the world prepare to celebrate Easter, millions of public school children in America won’t be learning about the religious aspects of this holiday.
However, contrary to what many educators think, a new report released this week documents that state academic standards not only allow, but in some cases, expect public schools to teach about Jesus, the Bible, and Christianity. Gateways to Better Education has published this online report, titled “The Bible in State Academic Standards.” The 230-page report highlights state-by-state academic standards indicating ample opportunity for educators to teach about the Bible, Christian beliefs, and Christians who were influential in history.
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- A Dutch teenager was arrested Monday for tweeting a bomb threat at American Airlines. For some reason, this caused many others to think that tweeting bomb threats at American Airlines was a really great idea.
Apparently, bored and spoiled young people plus social media plus the copycat mentality equals a perfect storm of asininity.READ FULL ARTICLE »
- All four parts of the podcast I did with William O'Flaherty and Dr. Crystal Hurd are now available for $3.READ FULL ARTICLE »
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