Archive for November, 2012

AFTAH Interviews Pastor Ken Hutcherson on Washington State ‘Gay Marriage’ Measure – Part One

Friday, November 30th, 2012

This is the first of a two-part interview [click HERE to listen] with Ken Hutcherson, senior pastor of Antioch Bible Church, in Redmond, Washington. It was recorded November 29, 2012. Hutcherson discusses the failed pro-family campaign to defeat a homosexual “marriage” bill in his state. He drew attention in pro-family circles by. criticizing national groups such as National Organization for Marriage (NOM) for coming into the state and dictating a “moderate” leadership for the pro-traditional-marriage forces–at the expense of a unified, local coalition of religious and pro-family leaders that had already formed. (See these articles quoting Hutcherson in One News Now and Christian Post.) Hutcherson compares the Washington State anti-”gay marriage” campaign’s effort to stay moderate (he says he was denied a leadership role because he was viewed by NOM as “too controversial”) to GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney avoiding social issues to reach out to moderate voters. “Hutch” says Romney would have won had he exposed President Barack Obama’s radical record on “same-sex marriage,” abortion and other social issues because that would have motivated more Christians and conservatives to go to the polls. AFTAH will be inviting NOM to tell its side of the Washington State marriage vote story in a future interview. — Peter LaBarbera, AFTAH

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11-29-12, Pastor Ken Hutcherson, Part One

The Ex-Lesbian Testimony of Debora Barr

Thursday, November 29th, 2012

Courtesy of our good friends at PFOX (Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays and Gays):

My Testimony

by Debora Barr

Radical transformation is possible! I lived 18 years of my life as a lesbian with absolutely no desire to change. Now that I have been set free from my invisible shackles, I am experiencing the most wholesome and unconditional love of my Savior, Jesus Christ and will never turn back!

I was born in 1963, to a 19-year-old mother and a twenty-one year old father who lost their first child (my older brother) to complications during child birth less than a year earlier. My parents both came from homes where their same sex parent died when they were very young. I am the oldest of three biological children of my parents and one adopted sibling. I was brought up in the Catholic Church, and early in my life, I developed a love for God and even dreamed of becoming a nun.

I was extremely insecure as a child and did not make friends easily. I never really connected with kids my own age, and my best friends were always older than me. I matured quickly, and beginning at the age of nine, I took on the role of babysitter for my younger siblings as well as the 50 foster children (infants) that my family took in over a period of seven years. I felt like an adult, even as a child.

In high school I began dating a boy who was a couple of years older than me. He lived quite a distance away, so he would come and spend the weekends at my house whenever possible. During this time, my mother started to go with us to the movies or bowling alley nearly every time we went out. She never really dated as a teen because she was raising her two younger brothers. She married my father at the age of 16 to get away from her alcoholic father and her dysfunctional family situation.

When I was 15, my boyfriend and I were away at a church camp and there he tried to have sex with me. When I returned home, I experienced deep betrayal by someone very close to me which sent me spiraling into a deep depression. I rejected God and completely turned my back on him, denying that he even existed. I struggled for the next couple of years with deep depression and attempts at suicide. I graduated from high school, my parents divorced, and I went to college in another part of the state. There, I experienced sexual abuse from three different older men and further rejected any notion that God could exist. I thought what I knew as a child was just a lie and a fairytale – there was no God! I actively rejected the existence of God, telling people who believed that they were weak and deceived.

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AFTAH Interview with FOX News Contributor and AFA Radio Host Sandy Rios

Tuesday, November 27th, 2012

The following interview with FOX News contributor and American Family Association (AFA) talk show host Sandy Rios was recorded November 15, 2012. We apologize for the delay in posting it. Rios is the former president of Concerned Women for America (where she was my former boss) and hosts of “Sandy Rios in the Morning,” which airs 7:00-8:00 AM Central Time daily on AFR Talk. Sandy is also vice-president of Family-Pac Federal. In the interview, Rios reacts to the bigoted rant by Atlanta talk show host Neal Boortz — who absurdly blames the Republicans’ election loss on social conservatives. She also addresses the recent “gay” activist electoral sweep on homosexual “marriage,” the coming battle in the GOP over social issues, and the struggle even within pro-family circles to defend principle on the homosexual issue.  – Peter LaBarbera, AFTAH

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11-15-12, Sandy Rios

 

 

Boy Scouts to AFTAH – UPS’ Pro-Gay Policy Shift ‘Will Prevent Further Funding of Scouting’

Wednesday, November 21st, 2012

Responses to AFTAH questions cast doubt on UPS talking points denying cut-off of Scouts

By Peter LaBarbera

Dear Readers,

Following our initial report on United Parcel Service’s (UPS) shift in its pro-”gay” charitable giving approach to mandate that all UPS Foundation grantees — including the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) — ban ”discrimination” based on “sexual orientation,” many of you called UPS to complain. Unfortunately, UPS’ responses to your calls tended to obfuscate the basic story: that the Boy Scouts, which received $150,000 from UPS Foundation in 2012, will no longer be eligible to receive future UPS gifts due to the BSA’s longstanding policy of not allowing (openly) homosexual members or scoutmasters.

This de facto UPS cut-off of future funding for the Scouts was precisely the lobbying goal of pro-homosexual activists like Zach Wahls, but a UPS staffer denied to AFTAH that the company was pressured into cutting off the Scouts’ funding.

Several AFTAH readers e-mailed to notify us of UPS’ dubious claim that the corporation is still funding the Boy Scouts, or at least had not cut them off — an obvious technicality, in our view, because under the new policy UPS funds can only flow to the BSA if the Scouts cave in by adopting a pro-homosexual “nondiscrimation” policy.

UPS spokesmen also asserted that there were other branches of the Scouts — or individual, more liberal local councils — that still could receive UPS funding by “checking off” the “sexual orientation nondiscrimination” box, as our friend Linda Harvey of Mission America was told. This evidently is not the case, per the Scouts’ responses to questions 2 and 3 below.

Here are the Boy Scouts of America’s responses to our e-mail questions:

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Americans For Truth About Homosexuality (AFTAH):  1) Does the BSA perceive this as UPS dropping its annual funding of the Scouts [$150,000 in 2012, according to UPS]?

Boy Scouts of America (BSA):  It is our understanding that this policy will prevent future funding of Scouting.

AFTAH:  2) Does the BSA allow individual troops to put forward “sexual orientation” nondiscrimination policies, so as to be eligible to receive funding from companies like UPS and Intel?

Boy Scouts:  No.  The BSA has one policy.

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Linda Harvey Recounts Conversation with UPS on Cutting off Funding to Boy Scouts

Tuesday, November 20th, 2012

Is UPS encouraging local Scout troops to undermine national policy against homosexuality?

We at AFTAH found this this report by Mission America’s Linda Harvey about her conversation with UPS (United Parcel Service) very eye-opening. After our initial report on UPS “dropping” the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) through its new, more stringent pro-homosexual charitable giving policy, several of our readers wrote to inform us that UPS is telling people that it is NOT dropping the Scouts. I called UPS today and a staffer reiterated some of the same points as Ruiz’s below. And we are seeking clarifications from the BSA on UPS’ claims, which we will pass on to you. You can call the UPS Foundation at 404-828-6374 and the Scouts at 972-580-2000. For additional contact info for UPS and the Scouts, go HERE. – Peter LaBarbera, AFTAH

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Here is Harvey’s recollection of the conversation:

I called UPS today ( November 15, 2012) and was immediately told that they had not cut funding to the Boy Scouts, but they would connect me to someone who would explain further. I then talked with Joe Ruiz, a manager in the UPS Foundation.

Ruiz said no, they had not cut funding to the Boy Scouts, that the media reports were inaccurate. What they’ve done is changed their discrimination policy and if prospective grantees don’t “check the box” stating that they have a policy prohibiting discrimination on sexual orientation and gender identity, they would not be eligible.

So I responded that, essentially, UPS has indeed cut funding to the Boy Scouts. Not if they would “check the box,” he said. (It was like talking to a wall). Then, he told me his understanding is that some of the individual Boy Scout groups around the country had indicated they would “check the box,” and so would be eligible. I said, do you mean they are going against the national organization? Well, that would be up to each of them, he said.

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UPS Delivers Blow to Boy Scouts: Ends Donations under New Pro-Gay Philanthropy Policy

Wednesday, November 14th, 2012

Pro-homosexual activist and Eagle Scout Zach Wahls — shown her in his website photo being kissed by his two lesbian “moms” — led the successful web campaign to pressure UPS to drop its corporate donations to the Boy Scouts. UPS disingenuously claims that it has not “pulled funding” from the Scouts but is only affirming its own policies of gay “inclusion” and “nondiscrimination.”

TAKE ACTION: 1) Contact UPS (404-828-7123; pr@ups.com) about its new pro-homosexual giving policy that effectively DISCRIMINATES against the Boy Scouts and any faith- or moral-based group that opposes homosexuality. Under the new policy, UPS will no longer donate to the Boy Scouts because the Scouts’ “morally straight” code disallows homosexual Scoutmasters and members.  Call UPS: Public Relation Dep’t: 404-828-7123; or Customer Service: 800 -742-5877 (hit “0” for the operator). E-mail UPS’ PR Dep’t at pr@ups.com.

2) THANK THE BOY SCOUTS for not caving into pressure campaigns by homosexual activists and their allies. You can reach the Boy Scouts online HERE, or call them at 972-580-2000 (8:00 AM to 4:30 PM Central Time).

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By Peter LaBarbera, Special AFTAH Report

In the Orwellian world of homosexual activists and their liberal fellow travelers, “diversity and inclusion” have become the buzzwords of politically correct intolerance and active discrimination against faith-based organizations.

One long-suffering “diversity” victim is the Boy Scouts of America (BSA), which will see its sizeable grants from United Parcel Service (UPS) cease under a new UPS giving policy that requires that all grantees ban anti-gay “discrimination.” UPS reportedly gave the BSA more than $150,000 in 2010.

I believe the silent majority of Scouting parents support the Boy Scouts’ policy of disallowing openly homosexual Scoutmasters and members -– first and foremost for the protection of their boys. Most parents simply do not want nor would they knowingly allow their son to go camping or spend time in seclusion with a homosexual Scoutmaster. We agree with the BSA that sexual issues – especially surrounding aberrant sex- and gender identities – do not belong in the Boy Scouts and are an unwanted distraction.

In the wake of a recent court case forcing the BSA to release a portion of its horrifying files of Scoutmasters who sexually molested boys in their care (from 1965-1985), AFTAH has called on the BSA to release its complete “perversion” files, especially all the cases involving predatory homosexual Scoutmasters, for the public to review.

UPS denies targeting Scouts

Even as homosexual activists were celebrating UPS’s pro-“gay” philanthropic announcement, the company was busy insisting that it is not “targeting” or pulling funds from the Boy Scouts — but merely laying out its new giving criteria. Under the criteria, UPS will continue to award six-figure grants to well-funded, powerful homosexual organizations like Human Rights Campaign Fund (which received a $100,000 UPS Foundation gift in February 2012) – but no longer to the beleaguered Scouts.

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Controversial Pro-’Gay’ Evangelical Andrew Marin to Speak at Park Community Church in Chicago

Friday, November 9th, 2012

Andrew Marin “was either trying to conceal his orthodox positions from his friends who identify as homosexual or that he was trying to conceal his unorthodox theological views from those who hold orthodox biblical views,” writes Laurie Higgins.

The following article by our friend Laurie Higgins is reprinted from fhe Illinois Family Institute website. AFTAH commends the excellent yet often unheralded work of IFI in maintaining a truth standard for the state:

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By Laurie Higgins, Nov. 9, 2012

Andrew Marin, the controversial founder and president of the Marin Foundation, is speaking next week at Park Community Church in Chicago. This is surprising in that from its website Park Community appears to be a theologically orthodox church.

Marin promotes himself as a bridge-builder between the Christian community and the homosexual community and has written a book on the subject titled Love is an Orientation. It is not Marin’s desire to reach the unsaved that is troubling. We should all seek to bring the good news of Christ’s redemptive work to those who identify as homosexual. Rather, it is his approach and his theology that generate controversy and trouble many Christians.

One of the serious problems with Marin is that when asked directly about his biblical beliefs regarding homosexuality, he is troublingly evasive. In addition, his book has received a devastating critique from Dr. Robert A. Gagnon, Associate Professor of New Testament at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary and author of The Bible and Homosexual Practice: Texts and Hermeneutics.

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Christians Must Return to Principle after Pro-‘Gay Marriage’ Election Day Sweep

Thursday, November 8th, 2012

Homosexual activists sweep “gay marriage” ballot measures in Maine, Maryland, Minnesota and Washington State

Rep. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisconsin) becomes the first open lesbian to win a U.S. Senate seat. Most assuredly, the voters of Wisconsin were largely uninformed about Baldwin’s radical record in support of the homosexual-bisexual-transgender agenda.

By Peter LaBarbera

Read it on Christian Newswire

CHICAGO– Tuesday was a devastating day for pro-family advocates concerned about the advance of same-sex “marriage” and homosexual activism. While politics does not decide moral and spiritual Truth, it is an indicator of the heart of our nation. On Nov. 6, America took another giant step away from God and our Judeo-Christian heritage.

Here are the ‘Gay’ Lobby’s biggest victories:

  • Barack Obama, the most pro-homosexual president in U.S. history, won reelection after embracing homosexual “marriage”;
  • Voters in Maine, Maryland and Washington State passed ballot measures legalizing “same-sex marriage”;
  • Minnesota voters rejected an amendment to preserve natural marriage as one-man, one-woman after 32 states previously had passed similar marriage amendments;
  • Democrat Rep. Tammy Baldwin became the first open lesbian to win a U.S. Senate seat – defeating Republican former Wisconsin governor Tommy Thompson. Five other open homosexuals and a bisexual atheist (Kyrsten Sinema, D-AZ) won House seats;
  • Judge David Wiggins – one of seven Iowa Supreme Court justices to legalize “gay marriage” in 2009 – survived a pro-family campaign against him and won retention. In 2010, Iowa voters tossed out three fellow Supreme Court justices who were part of the same “gay marriage” ruling.

No longer can pro-family advocates say that homosexual “marriage” has never been voted in by the people. Thanks to a never-ending bombardment of media-, educational- and pop-culture propaganda in favor of All Things Gay, homosexual “marriage” is now semi-popular, at least in Blue States. And there is no sugar-coating how damaging Obama’s reelection will be to this already depraved nation.

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