The following sobering essay first appeared in the Catholic weekly newspaper, The Wanderer. We are republishing it with their permission:
One Nation Under God No More
By James K. Fitzpatrick
I make an effort to keep up with what is being written by the journalists who focus on the difference in perspective between conservatives and liberals in the United States. For the most part, these columnists, even the best and the most interesting of them, bat around the same issues. There is nothing wrong with that. It is interesting and informative to get a wide array of angles on, for example the Keystone pipeline, President Obama’s handling of ISIS, and what Donald Trump’s candidacy means for the Republican Party.
Occasionally, however, I come across something that breaks new ground, a column that forces me to look at the world differently than before. Andrew J. Bacevich’s article In the August 14 issue of Commonweal did that for me. (Bacevich is a professor emeritus of history and international relations at Boston University.)
My problem is that I am not comfortable with Bacevich’s conclusions, but have found no way to find fault with them. Maybe some of our readers will have more luck.
Bacevich begins by pointing out that Americans have liked to think of ourselves as the “good guys.” We put “In God We Trust” on our coins, we recite the words “one nation under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance, we swear oaths upon the Bible.
Bacevich speaks for many when he recalls how “when I was a boy” in the 1950s, “on matters related to sex and family, a rough congruity existed between the prevailing American cultural norms and the traditional teachings of the Catholic Church.” When “it came to marriage, divorce, abortion, and sex out of wedlock – not to mention a shared antipathy for Communism – Washington and Rome may not have been in lockstep, but they marched pretty much to the same tune. As for homosexuality, well, it ranked among those subjects consigned to the category of unmentionables.”
It was an era when no one thought twice about the Ten Commandments being mounted on the courthouse wall and a Christmas crèche on the town library’s lawn, when Americans thought it entirely proper for Franklin Roosevelt and Winston Churchill to sing Onward Christian Soldiers while planning our strategy during World War II (which Gen. Eisenhower called our “Crusade in Europe” in his book of that name), when no one thought twice about the propriety of placing the American flag and the flag of the Vatican on either end of the altar in a Catholic church.
Boston Hospital BIDMC Upholds Expulsion of Harvard Medical School Dr. Paul Church for Exposing Health Risks of Homosexual BehaviorsJanuary 1st, 2016
Urologist Dr. Paul Church issued the following statement after the Board of Directors at Beth Israel Deaconesss Medical Center (BIDMC) in Boston upheld his expulsion and termination of his medical privileges–due to his protests of the Boston-Harvard-affiliated hospital promoting unhealthy LGBT lifestyles. For further information on this very tragic case in which pro-homosexual Political Correctness triumphed over public health and free speech, go to MassResistance.org. Note that MR’s Brian Camenker highlights how the local Boston media (including “conservative” radio station WRKO) failed to cover the Dr. Church story. I suppose if they covered the story, some inconvenient truths about the health hazards of homosexualism and transgenderism might reach the public–and in the world of LGBT liberalism, that simply cannot be tolerated.— Peter LaBarbera, AFTAH
Dr. Paul Church’s Statement:
USA’s homosexual blood policy now weaker than Australia’s (on which it is based); homosexual men were violating ban; self-absorbed “gay” activists still not satisfied
This Skype interview aired December 30. Cliff Kincaid, founder and of America’s Survival, Jerry Kenney and AFTAH President Peter LaBarbera discuss the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) recommendation to allow donations by “men who have sex with men” (MSM)–ending the ban of donations from men who practice unhealthy an unnatural homosexual behaviors. In the 40-minute interview, they discuss the risks associated with MSM that are laid out in the FDA report, “Revised Recommendations for Reducing the Risk of [HIV] Transmission by Blood and Blood Products,” available HERE. To read the 5-page America’s Survival testimony mentioned by Kincaid against easing the homosexual blood ban–“Guarding Against Unknown and Emerging Pathogens,” by researcher Dale O’Leary—click HERE.
Camille Paglia – ‘Homosexuality Is Not Normal – No One Is Born Gay – Our Sexual Bodies Were Designed for Reproduction’December 31st, 2015
I saw this in a tweet from Stephen Black, who like few others can confirm that what lesbian writer and activist Camille Paglia says below is correct–as Stephen overcame homosexuality in his own life. [Black is executive director of First Stone Ministries and sits on the Board of Restored Hope Network.] Paglia, author Sexual Personae: Art and Decadence from Nefertiti to Emily Dickinson, has made a career of irritating feminists and the Left, and being an intellectual bomb thrower. In a quote from the book (touted by NAMBLA) opining on pederastic “man-boy love,” Paglia writes: “I feel free to protest that men today are pilloried for something that was rational and honorable in Greece at the height of its civilization.” While as a Christian and a conservative I am not always in Paglia’s corner, she is spot on below. –– Peter LaBarbera, AFTAH
By Matt Barber
Last Tuesday, Kentucky’s new governor, Matt Bevin, issued an executive order that eliminates the names of all county clerks from marriage licenses and protects the unalienable constitutional rights and religious freedoms of Kim Davis and all other clerks in Kentucky.
“This action is a fulfillment of a campaign promise by Gov. Bevin and is directly what our client Kim Davis has been requesting for months,” said Mat Staver, Davis’ attorney and founder of the Christian civil rights firm Liberty Counsel. “This promise will enable her and other clerks to do their jobs without compromising religious values and beliefs.”
The governor’s statement reads in part:
While the First Amendment alone should be enough to ensure these safeguards, the unconstitutional actions of five “progressive” lawyers on the U.S. Supreme Court, who, back in June, presumed to capriciously redefine the immutable meaning of marriage, has created legal and moral chaos from coast-to-coast, making fixes such as that issued by Gov. Bevin necessary. Furthermore, these extremist lawyers’ subjective and unprecedented opinion will require additional fixes in all other states to reaffirm Christians’ objective and constitutionally guaranteed rights. Although the fight to repair the perversion of marriage committed by the high court will continue, this is an important step in the right direction.
Allstate Ad Celebrates Homosexual ‘Dads’ Who Adopt Baby Girl – Intentionally Depriving Her of a Mommy – ‘Gay’ Lobby Group HRC’s Scorecard Rewards Corporate Pro-LGBT AdsDecember 23rd, 2015
Pro-homosexual ads will help insurance gain 1oo% ranking in “gay” lobby’s biased scorecard
Allstate Corporation (800-ALLSTATE; 800-255-7828) recently released this web ad celebrating two homosexual men who adopted a baby girl. Translation: Allstate is celebrating homes in which an innocent child is intentionally deprived of a mom or dad.
The ad will help the insurance giant rack up points on the homosexual lobby group Human Rights Campaign’s woefully-biased corporate “gay” scorecard, the “Corporate Equality Index” (CEI) — which AFTAH has exposed as a very “rigged” ratings system. The CEI gives companies points for funding homosexual groups and causes, and for running ads that promote LGBT lifestyles –and punishes corporations (minus 25 points) for actions that it regards as “anti-LGBT blemishes” on the Index. [See the CEI graphic that follows the video.]
In other words, a corporation like Allstate receives points for positively pro-LGBT “Public Engagements” like this ad–but would LOSE points if it were to support, say, a pro-traditional-marriage referendum or a law barring men like Bruce (“Caitlyn”) Jenner from using female restrooms. Needless to say, a corporate grant to Americans For Truth would earn a swift 25-point deduction from HRC, but with a gift to GLAAD, they would be one-third of their way to earning the maximum 15 points for Public Engagement.
Allstate currently has an 85-percent score, according to HRC– and obviously it aims to bump it up to a “perfect” 100-percent rating.
Little girls and little boys deserve a mom and a dad whenever possible–and they do not deserve to be the innocent victims of a perverse social experiment intended to validate sexual misbehaviors that have been condemned throughout history. Remember when American corporations like Allstate supported wholesome family values instead of a politically correct sin movement? — Peter LaBarbera, AFTAH; @Peter LaBarbera
The following is Human Rights Campaign’s “Corporate Equality Index” scoring system regarding corporate philanthropy and homosexuality-related advocacy (click to enlarge and view more clearly):
Source: HRC document, “Corporate Equality Index 2016: Criteria Updates and Toolkit for Success 2016.”
HRC states regarding its new “requirement” for a perfect rating:
AFTAH’s LaBarbera Apologizes to Trinidadians for USA’s Promotion of Homosexualism to the World – Hits Global LGBT Envoy Randy Berry as ‘Obama’s Ambassador for Sexual Perversion’December 23rd, 2015
Obama administration has spent $700 million since 2012 promoting homosexualism and gender confusion (transgenderism) abroad
Americans For Truth President Peter LaBarbera apologized on Trinidad & Tobago radio last week on behalf of pro-family Americans for the Obama Administration’s promotion of the “radical homosexual and gender confusion agenda” in countries all over the world.
LaBarbera—now a regular weekly guest on a Christian radio program in the dual-island Caribbean nation–singled out Obama’s first-ever “Global Ambassador to LGBTI Persons,” Randy Berry, for criticism, calling Berry “Obama’s Special Ambassador for Sexual Perversion,” He made the comments on the morning radio program of Morris Johnson, pastor of the Church of the Firstborn Assembly, in Arima, Trinidad. The U.S. State Department appointed Berry as global envoy for “gay rights” earlier this year.
The AFTAH president labeled the United States’ and the West’s promotion of immoral LGBTQ lifestyles and agendas in more socially conservative developing nations like Trinidad a “new form of imperialism” and urged Trinidadians to “learn the lesson from what’s happened in the United States” regarding the escalating homosexual agenda. In the U.S., he said, incremental gains by homosexual activists led to more radical changes and ultimately to the revolutionary redefinition of marriage to accommodate homosexualism–which will only accelerate “gay” activist power further, undermining religious freedom and corrupting children.
LaBarbera urged his audience in Trinidad and Tobago (located off the northeastern coast of Venezuela) not to believe homosexual activists when they claim they want only limited reforms such as greater “tolerance.” Invariably, he said, every pro-LGBT-activist victory in the law and culture is only a stepping-stone to more radical changes.
No president has done more to promote the homosexual-bisexual-transgender agenda than Barack Obama–both in the United States and abroad. Small countries like Trinidad face immense pressure from the USA, European Union and other wealthy Western nations to conform to their acceptance and promotion of homosexual agenda items such as homosexual “marriage” and to eradicate their anti-sodomy laws.
Much like Obama turned the White House into the rainbow colors that have been appropriated by homosexual-bi-transgender activist as a symbol for their aberrant movement, under his administration U.S. Embassies have flown the “rainbow flag” beneath the American flag (see photo ablve) on a day chosen by “gay” activists to condemn “homophobia.”
The New York Times reports:
Even the radically pro-LGBT NY Times acknowledges that Obama’s aggressive promotion of homosexuality and transgenderism in Africa “may have done more harm than good.”
Adding ‘IAAM’ to LGBTQQIAAP – Christian Cultural Pacifists Wilt in War Against ‘It’s All About Me’ Gay-Trans MovementDecember 22nd, 2015
By Peter LaBarbera; @PeterLaBarbera
One of the characteristics of Identity- and Victim Politics–especially the brand catering to aberrant sex and gender agendas–is its spectacular self-absorption. Belief in divine Absolute Truth is dying in America, seemingly in inverse proportion to demands that society “understand” and empathize with a myriad of aggrieved, subjective human “my truths”—in this case the ever-evolving “gay” movement.
According to the BBC, the unwieldy acronym LGBTQQIAAP, which is sure to expand in the coming years, if not months, stands for:
There are other versions of the perverse Big Alphabet, as Barbwire.com founder Matt Barber calls it. One is LGBTQIAPK, which stands for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersexual, Asexual, Pansexual and Polygamous, and Kinkiness–with “kinkiness” incorporating: sexual sadism/masochism; bondage; consensual sexual violence (e.g., whipping, electro-torture); “fisting” (don’t ask…); eroticized humiliation and degradation, slave-and-master “relationships,” etc. How’s that for liberal diversity?
Below I will talk about adding a few more letters to the LGBTQEtc. equation: IAAM – It’s All About Me, because when you boil it down that is the essence of the “gay/bi/trans” agenda. Whether it is campaigning against FDA restrictions on homosexual male blood donations in the name of “gay equality”–when the blood ban policies are actually about mitigating dangers associated with high-risk, disease-ridden man-on-man sex; or homosexual “dads” in an Allstate commercial who adopted a baby girl to suit their wants while intentionally depriving her of a mommy–we face a movement that takes self-abortion to new heights. Tragically, they leave many victims in their wake–such as the seven children and wife of 52-year-old Paul Wolscht–who abandoned them to pursue his twisted “gender identity” as a “six-year-old girl,” “Stefonknee.” [See AFTAH story and excellent Steven Crowder video HERE.]
By the way, no matter which acronym you choose, there is one group that is always left out in the “progressive’s” letter-amalgams: EX-homosexuals: people who have left sex and gender deviance behind to embrace a God-honoring sexuality that naturally matches their bodies. [See David Kyle Foster’s outstanding ministry, Mastering Life Ministries and the Restored Hope Network.]
Culture War pacifists
But today many churchmen and Christian leaders are more “Culture War pacifists” than moral leaders—they may love Jesus and love the Gospel but shy away from the publicly calling out sin (especially the LGBTQQIAAP variety). And they piously eschew the “Culture War,” encouraging Christians not to take part—a de facto unilateral surrender to a powerful Sin Movement that is radically transforming America, to quote Obama. In my mind, there is no reason why we should not match the resources and zeal of Big Gay Inc and Big Gender Confusion. (Liberal foundations gave an astonishing $129 million to fund LGBTQ groups in 2013.)
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