DO YOU CARE ENOUGH TO FIGHT FOR YOUR CHILDREN?

OHA_EndHIV_COVID-19_Infographic (oregon.gov)

I copied the image above from the tweet below, but the caption above shows where you can get a higher resolution pdf file.

Why? What is the big deal about the graphic? Well I spotted it on this post, Get Bent, Ya Puritan! | See, there’s this thing called biology… (wordpress.com). The lady who wrote that post lives in the state of Washington, and she was not especially happy with that graphic.

Anyway, these graphics are being openly advocated for by our local health dept, brought into our school health clinic, and posted on facebook by the county website. Because who doesn’t want to explain to your 12 YEAR OLD what a rim job is? How to wear a dental dam during oral sex? The joys of juveniles and online sexting, the intriguing world of the deep web and pedophilia? BDSM, sex trafficking, pornography? How about snuff porn? Maybe we should talk about all the people who actually believe sex with children should just be deemed a lifestyle choice??

Get Bent, Ya Puritan! | See, there’s this thing called biology… (wordpress.com)

Apparently, that graphic is getting around. If you don’t think keeping sex obsessed people away from children is important, then consider the latest polling data.

Generation Z may want to rebrand itself as Generation LGBT.

A new Gallup poll highlights a 15.9% LGBT identification rate among Gen Z adults between the ages of 18 and 23 in 2020, along with a widening gap between other generations going back to the 1940s.

“The vast majority of Generation Z adults who identify as LGBT — 72% — say they are bisexual,” Gallup reported Wednesday.

The poll, conducted throughout 2020, gleaned information from 15,000 participants. 

Results for LGBT identification broken down by generation include:

    • Gen Z (1997-2002): 15.9%
    • Millennials (1981- 1996): 9.1%
    • Gen X (1965-1980): 3.8%
    • Baby Boomers (1946-1964): 2.0%
    • Americans born before 1946: 1.3%

From LGBT identification among Gen Z at 16%; Gallup poll finds sharp rise since Gen X – Washington Times

Our sex is biological, innate, and immutable, but to a large extent, as this article explains, Gender Identity Development in Children – HealthyChildren.org, we learn as children how to behave as a boy or a girl. If we learn properly as child, then our “gender identity” appropriately matches our biological sex. If the adults responsible for teaching children sow confusion, then children tend to be more confused.

Unfortunately, the people running our schools starting at the local level and going all the way up to the Federal level want to teach school children some very strange ideas about sex. The notion that we can transition from a man to a woman, for example, is just absurd. It is far easier and much healthier to accept the sex that we are born with than it is to change our sex. Therefore, no one should be encouraging children to think they can just arbitrarily pick their gender identity because of their “feelings.”

Can parents resist the LGBTQ “rights” movement and protect their children from these bad influences? That is, can parents resist the “culture” and government pressure? Probably. Check out Polls Hide Public Opposition to Transgender Ideology (breitbart.com). When our fellow citizens start thinking about these matters more seriously, it begins to dawn upon most of them just how absurd it is to treat “gender identity” more seriously than biological sex. Moreover, not many parents want their children’s teachers confusing their children about whether they are a boy or a girl.

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WHAT HAPPENS WHEN CHRISTIANS FAIL TO UNDERSTAND THEIR ROLE IN GOVERNMENT? — PART 2

Ten Commandments display at the Texas State Capitol in Austin (from Ten Commandments – Wikipedia).

In the first post of this series, we discussed Why and how Christians Respect The Rights Of Their Neighbors. Here we will look at the first four of The Ten Commandments (Bible Gateway).

What Rights Do The First Four Of The Ten Commandments protect?

What are the first four of The Ten Commandments (Bible Gateway) about? These commandments focus on the love and respect we owe to God.

Exodus 20:1-11 New American Standard Bible

20 Then God spoke all these words, saying,

“I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of [a]slavery.

“You shall have no other gods [b]before Me.

“You shall not make for yourself [c]an idol, or any likeness of what is in heaven above or on the earth beneath, or in the water under the earth. You shall not worship them nor serve them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, inflicting the [d]punishment of the fathers on the children, on the third and the fourth generations of those who hate Me, but showing [e]favor to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments.

“You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not [f]leave him unpunished who takes His name in vain.

“Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. For six days you shall labor and do all your work, 10 but the seventh day is a Sabbath of the Lord your God; on it you shall not do any work, you, or your son, or your daughter, your male slave or your female slave, or your cattle, or your [g]resident who [h]stays with you. 11 For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea and everything that is in them, and He rested on the seventh day; for that reason the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.

Most of the text of The Ten Commandments (Bible Gateway) is devoted to commandments that require us to love and respect our Creator. Why? We were made to give glory to God. It is God, not our self or any other human being, who gives our lives purpose and significance. If we don’t take God seriously, our existence becomes futile because it is meaningless.

Futile. Meaningless. Vain. Hopeless. The Book of Ecclesiastes is devoted to one subject, the futility of a life without God. With beautifully chosen and hauntingly sad words, King Solomon explains how he tried to live most his long life without loving, honoring, and obeying God. Eventually, he realized that in spite of his power, his riches, and his wisdom that his life without God was hopeless, vain, meaningless, and futile.

Unfortunately, before he knew his mistake, Solomon had become an old man, too old to undo what he had already done. All he could is point to his mistakes and ask others to learn from his wasted life.

And so the book begins.

Ecclesiastes 1:1-11 New American Standard Bible

The Futility of All Endeavors

The words of the Preacher, the son of David, king in Jerusalem.

“Futility of futilities,” says the Preacher,

“Futility of futilities! All is futility.”

What advantage does a person have in all his work

Which he does under the sun?

A generation goes and a generation comes,

But the earth [a]remains forever.

Also, the sun rises and the sun sets;

And [b]hurrying to its place it rises there again.

6 [c]Blowing toward the south,

Then turning toward the north,

The wind continues [d]swirling along;

And on its circular courses the wind returns.

All the rivers [e]flow into the sea,

Yet the sea is not full.

To the place where the rivers [f]flow,

There they [g]flow again.

All things are wearisome;

No one can tell it.

The eye is not satisfied with seeing,

Nor is the ear filled with hearing.

What has been, it is what will be,

And what has been done, it is what will be done.

So there is nothing new under the sun.

10 Is there anything of which one might say,

“See this, it is new”?

It has already existed for ages

Which were before us.

11 There is no remembrance of the [h]earlier things,

And of the later things as well, which will occur,

There will be no remembrance of them

Among those who will come later still.

Why the focus on the sun? What is “life under sun”? This is the phrase Solomon uses to refer to life without God. Even upon this small, tiny speck, our little home that we call Earth, not even the greatest of us will be long remembered. Hence Solomon ends The Book of Ecclesiastes with this passage.

Ecclesiastes 12:13-14 New American Standard Bible

13 The conclusion, when everything has been heard, is: fear God and keep His commandments, because this applies to every person. 14 For God will bring every act to judgment, everything which is hidden, whether it is good or evil.

What does it mean to fear God? Are we suppose to live in absolute terror of God? If we love God, no, but we must revere and worship God above all else. We must believe He exists and cares about us, and we must understand that our existence has meaning only if He chooses to give us purpose.

Therefore, consider again what the first four commandments require of us.

  • You shall have no other gods before Me. That is, we must put God first in our lives.
  • You shall not make for yourself an idol, or any likeness of what is in heaven above or on the earth beneath, or in the water under the earth. Our ancestors worshipped statues made of wood, stone, and metal. The supposedly advanced Pagans of this era worship entertainment and political personalities, make-believe and propaganda on a silver screen, and that is just as self deluding and wrong.
  • You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not leave him unpunished who takes His name in vain. When we curse the Creator because His Creation does not serve us as we wish, we fail to show our Lord proper reverence. We put our own foolish desires ahead of the Will of our Lord.
  • Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. God requires us to set aside one day out of seven to honor, glorify and worship Him. And how do we honor, glorify, and worship our Lord? We rest and give thanks to God.

Our Creator requires each of us to voluntarily and freely love and obey Him, to put Him first in our lives. Voluntarily and freely? Was not ancient Israel a theocracy? Yes, but the New Testament is a new covenant. The Apostle Peter explained the difference.

Acts 15:6-11 New American Standard Bible

6 The apostles and the elders came together to [a]look into this [b]matter. After there had been much debate, Peter stood up and said to them, “[c]Brothers, you know that [d]in the early days God made a choice among you, that by my mouth the Gentiles would hear the word of the gospel and believe. And God, who knows the heart, testified to them giving them the Holy Spirit, just as He also did to us; and He made no distinction between us and them, cleansing their hearts by faith. 10 Since this is the case, why are you putting God to the test by placing upon the neck of the disciples a yoke which neither our forefathers nor we have been able to bear? 11 But we believe that we are saved through the grace of the Lord Jesus, in the same way as they also are.”

Without the gift of the Holy Spirit — without the grace of the Lord Jesus — we cannot obey God, and no amount of government power can change that. Do not fallible human beings run governments? When our leaders cannot make themselves obey God, how can they make us obey God?

The best we can do is to protect each others right to worship our Lord as we each believe appropriate. That is why those who founded our government added the First Amendment to our Constitution.

Amendment I

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

The Bill of Rights: A Transcription | National Archives – (Amendment I)

Imagine politicians — men we now dignify as being true statesmen — choosing to limit their own powers. Look around the world. Consider the past. See how unusual it is for the strong allow the weak to establish their own religious institutions. See how rare it is for those in power to allow their neighbors the right to freely practice their own religious beliefs.

The men who founded the United States restrained their greed for power. With unheard of modesty, they allowed their neighbors the right to freedom of religion. It is for such self restraint that the founders of this nation thanked God.

To Be Continued

  • Part 3: What Rights Do The Last Six Of The Ten Commandments protect?
  • Part 4: What Does The Bible Say About All Men Being Created Equal?
  • Part 5: How Do We Fix This Mess?
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CANCELING WESTERN CIVILIZATION IN THE NAME OF TOLERANCE?

The ISO 3864-1 prohibition sign from No symbol – Wikipedia.The picture of William Shakespeare is from William Shakespeare – Wikipedia.

What is more symbolic of Western Civilization than the works of William Shakespeare? Not much.

Since we traditionally base our moral code on Biblical teachings, the Bible is more central to Western Civilization. However, Secularists eliminated the Bible from the curriculum long ago, long before we heard of the expression, “cancel culture.”

Why do the Secularists and other haters of Western Civilization want to eliminate Shakespeare’s works from the school curriculum? Why expand the cancelation of the Bible to all the literature that we associate with Western Civilization? That is because the literature of Western Civilization alludes to the Bible and its moral teachings.

Consider what Western Civilization encompasses.

What is the hated “Western Civilization?” It is a distinct culture — a way of thinking and producing that comes from the combination of the ancient Greco-Roman world, “barbarian” Germanic tribes (Goths, Vandals, Franks, etc.) and the worldview of the Israelites through the Judeo-Christian writings (the Bible). The amalgamation of these worldviews, nestled and nurtured among the competing nations of western Europe (extending from present-day Poland to Ireland) developed throughout the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, the Protestant Reformation, and the Enlightenment.

Five Reasons Why Western Civilization Is Good – PJ Media

Note the reference to the worldview of the Israelites through the Judeo-Christian writings (the Bible). Because the Bible is critical to Western Civilization, Secularists have been opposed to Western Civilization, and therefore Shakespeare, for some time. Here of late, however, the cancel crowd has come out into the open about its opposition to Shakespeare. So, we have a flurry of articles. Here is how The New York Post put it.

An increasing number of woke teachers are refusing to study the Bard — accusing his classic works of promoting “misogyny, racism, homophobia, classism, anti-Semitism, and misogynoir.”

A slew of English literature teachers told the School Library Journal (SLJ) how they were ditching the likes of “Hamlet,” “Macbeth” and “Romeo and Juliet” to instead “make room for modern, diverse, and inclusive voices.”

“Shakespeare was a tool used to ‘civilize’ Black and brown people in England’s empire,” insisted Shakespeare scholar Ayanna Thompson, a professor of English at Arizona State University.

Shakespeare ditched by woke teachers over ‘misogyny, racism’ (nypost.com)

How do we stop this nonsense? Well, Woke Teachers Now Trying to Cancel William Shakespeare (legalinsurrection.com) offers a defense of Shakespeare with clips Shakespeare great actors performing Shakespeare’s works and the observation that even The Washington Post thinks it is a dumb idea, Opinion | Don’t cancel Shakespeare – The Washington Post.

This article, Shakespeare is being canceled (hotair.com), makes the observation that who actually wrote Shakespeare’s works is something of a mystery. Here is more on that.

So, it is not clear who is being canceled. Some even think, based upon his sonnets, that Shakespeare was a homosexual. Since we know so little about Shakespeare, that is something of a stretch, but it should give the cancel crowd some reason to rethink their silliness.

Nevertheless, even the most irrefutable logic will not prevent Secularists and other haters of Western Civilization from trying to cancel Western Civilization from the school curriculum. There is actually only one solution. If parents want their children taught their children about Western Civilization — how our civilization came to be — then parents must choose teachers who appreciate the struggles of those who went before us and strove to build a civilization that honors our Creator. To pass our Christian beliefs onto to our children, we must choose teachers for our children who share our beliefs. That is why we must fight for School Choice. That is why we must put parents in charge of which schools receive the money used to educate children. Like as not, we probably also need to make certain our libraries don’t discriminate against Western Civilization too. It is a dumb idea to expect politicians to run anything and not be biased by who gives them campaign donations and special favors.

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