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Gagnon: California Assembly Bill 2943 Is a Direct Assault on Free Speech, Truth About Same-sex Attraction

Monday, April 30th, 2018

Don’t be misled into thinking that this bill bans only professional counselors from trying to alter same-sex attractions. It goes well beyond that.

Robert Gagnon. For more pro-family (and pro-freedom) resources on AB 2943, go HERE. Also see SaveCalifornia.com. See Gagnon’s excellent website at RobGagnon.net.

By Robert A. J. Gagnon, reprinted from the Catholic World Report, April 15, 2018

The biggest effort at book-banning, the banning of counseling services and church conferences, the banning of academic courses, and a general banning of free speech in the history of the United States is well underway in California. This is reminiscent of when Southern states in the pre-Civil War era banned any literature suggesting that slavery might not be a good thing; what we are fighting now is slavery to same-sex attractions and gender dysphoria.

The bill in question is California Assembly Bill 2943. It would treat as a criminal violation of the state’s consumer fraud act “the sale or lease of goods or services to any consumer” that consists of “advertising, offering to engage in, or engaging in sexual orientation change efforts with an individual.” Don’t be misled into thinking that this bill bans only professional counselors from trying to alter same-sex attractions. It goes well beyond that.

“Orientation change” can be as innocuous as stating at a paid conference that homosexual and transgender desire can be overcome (not necessarily eliminated) by the Spirit of Jesus. Or even complying with an attendee’s request for prayer that the Spirit of God empower the attendee not to succumb to the power of same-sex attractions.

That’s not all. More than “orientation change” is at issue, for the bill expressly states:

‘Sexual orientation change efforts’ means any practices that seek to change an individual’s sexual orientation. This includes efforts to change behaviors or gender expressions, or to eliminate or reduce sexual or romantic attractions or feelings toward individuals of the same sex.

Did you catch the part that says: “This includes efforts to change behaviors or gender expressions,” not just orientation change? You cannot treat homosexual expression or transgenderism as the product of disordered desires.

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VIDEO: CLAW Perversion-Fest Discussed on Coach Dave Daubenmire’s Show – with Peter LaBarbera, Ex-Transgender David Arthur

Tuesday, April 24th, 2018

WARNING: Extremely graphic subject matter; homosexual deviant acts described

Folks, this is one of the most compelling media interviews I have ever been a part of–and not because of anything I said. This is the April 20, 2018 edition of Coach Dave Daubenmire’s (Pass the Salt Ministries) daily morning show; it covers the upcoming “CLAW” homosexual perversion-fest at the Westin and Hampton Inn downtown hotels in Cleveland. (CLAW stands for the Cleveland Leather Awareness Weekend, scheduled for April 26-29; see AFTAH story HERE.) Ex-“transgender” David Arthur, whom the Lord rescued from such depravity, speaks from his heart about how men go deeper and deeper into sexual perversion. On the screen David Arthur is shown over the words “Alphabet Man”; I ask him what goes through the minds of men engaged in unfathomable perversions. Start watching at the 38:00 mark. –Peter LaBarbera, AFTAH; Twitter: @PeterLaBarbera

LGBT Activists Vow to Shut Down Ex-Gay Christian Ministry – Protest Ex-Transgender Film ‘Tranzformed’ as ‘Hate Speech’

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2018

No Tolerance for Christians: Self-styled “Moma Bear” Sara Cunningham of the pro-homosexual/pro-transgender group Free Mom Hugs crusades against ex-“gay” ministries, saying, “To agree to disagree on this issue and this type of ministry is no longer acceptable.” Cunningham said on Facebook that a Christian documentary film “Tranzformed: Finding Peace with Your God-Given Gender,” featuring interviews with men and women who have overcome transsexualism in their lives, is “dangerous” and amounts to “hate speech.” Above is Cunningham’s Twitter page graphic. Click to enlarge.

The following press release was issued by my friend and Christian pro-family leader Stephen Black, Board Chairman of Restored Hope Ministries and executive director of First Stone Ministries in Oklahoma City. Black was the keynote speaker at AFTAH’s 2017 banquet, and gave several wonderful talks. It’s clear that the LGBTQ movement is in the vanguard of attacking Christian speech in the Public Square–to the point of directly attacking transformative ministries at Christian churches. This is why I’m proud and excited to be traveling to Oklahoma City this Friday to stand in support of Stephen and the life-changing Gospel of Jesus Christ. — Peter LaBarbera, AFTAH; Twitter: @PeterLaBarbera

Tranzformed Documentary info: For more information on David Kyle Foster’s documentary “Tranzformed: Finding Peace with your God-given Gender” (produced by Pure Passion Ministriesgo HERE. For info on Stephen Black’s public showing of the film in Oklahoma City this Friday, April 6, go HERE.

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LGBT Activists Vow to Shut Down Christian Ministry, ‘Your Faith be Damned’

No longer content with widespread acceptance, activists are fighting to eliminate any program aimed at helping those struggling with same-sex attraction or gender identity

Contact: Don Otis, 719-275-7775

OKLAHOMA CITY, April 3, 2018 /Christian Newswire/ — “The level of hatred and bullying is not like anything we’ve seen,” says Stephen Black, who lived as a gay man for 8 years, over 35 years ago, and now Executive Director of First Stone Ministries is in the crosshairs of gay activists.

Black is the author of a ground-breaking book that reveals that 70-percent of people who want freedom from a destructive same-sex lifestyle find it. In Freedom Realized, Black and his colleagues examined 25 years of case files and found incontrovertible evidence that people can and do change.

On April 6, First Stone Ministries (firststone.org) is hosting a public screening of the documentary film, Tranzformed: Finding Peace with Your God-Given Gender (tranzformed.org/). “This documentary is about 15 people who were unhappy as homosexuals and transgendered and wanted more in their relationship with Jesus Christ,” says Black. Gay activists have already sent death threats to a Michigan pastor and his family and are now setting their sights on Black.

Gay advocate and protestor, Sara Cunningham, vowed to close First Stone Ministries (she appealed for a $25,000 grant from Starbucks for her mission). Her goal is to mobilize and eliminate any mention of the possibility of change, even if people want it and even if it means a transformed life. “To agree to disagree on this issue and this type of ministry is no longer acceptable,” says Cunningham. But Black sees it differently, “In the last ten years, there has been an increasing attack on the gospel-centered message of freedom from homosexuality.” Activists are intent on shutting down any counseling that leads to new life in Christ and freedom from homosexuality.

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LaBarbera Warns Parents on ‘Love, Simon’ Movie: Teach Your Kids to Trust God’s Word over Pro-‘Gay’ Feelings

Wednesday, March 28th, 2018

AFTAH in the News: assails teen “coming out” film as product of decades of Hollywood pro-LGBTQ activism

The following is reprinted from One News Now, the news service of American Family Association. We’ll have more on this film, Love, Simon (view trailer below, after the jump), which represents the first major box office hit of a movie about a same-sex romance with a homosexual teenager as its lead character (played by actor Nick Robinson, who is straight).

I saw this film in the theater and it pushes all the right buttons for a generation already way over-exposed to anti-biblical messages celebrating All Things Gay & Trans. It’s a pretty effective piece of Hollywood propaganda that hits on some of the simplistic LGBTQ activist themes of recent decades–most importantly, that being “gay” is “who you are.” (No moral or spiritual counterpoint is presented.) Teens and adults should never accept that false premise, which posits sinful behavior as the basis for one’s identity and denies the possibility of wholesome change away from homosexuality. (See ex-“gay” Christian Stephen Black’s video presentations at AFTAH’s 2017 banquet HERE.)— Peter LaBarbera, AFTAH: Twitter: @PeterLaBarbera; americansfortruth@gmail.com

P.S. For some biblical advice on this issue, see this article by AFA’s Ed Vitagliano: “What Do I Do If My Kid Says He’s Gay?”

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A Trendy Romance? Be Wary, Parents

By Steve Jordahl, One News Now, March 19, 2018

Christian parents are being advised to be ready for a conversation with their children about a movie that opened this weekend that could have them talking.

Love, Simon (PG-13) is billed as a trendy romance – but in fact it’s the first “gay” romantic movie with a full-throated Hollywood marketing campaign. This movie was not made for LGBT audiences; instead, it’s a subtle message movie for the straight world:

From the movie trailer: “My name’s Simon. For the most part, my life is totally normal. I have a family that I actually like, and there’s my friends. So I’m just like you, except that I have one huge secret: nobody knows I’m gay.”

The story line focuses on how Simon “comes out,” or announces to the world that he’s gay. The characters are relatable, sympathetic, and loveable. The producers are hopeful audiences will yearn for Simon to be accepted and find his true love – and if data from the Barna Group and Impact 360 Institute is to be believed, many children from Christian homes are ready to get on board in today’s environment of moral relativism.

But Pete LaBarbera of Americans for Truth About Homosexuality warns young moviegoers to look closely. “If kids could see that this is the product of years and years and years of activism, [they’d understand] it’s not quite as innocent as it seems,” he tells OneNewNow.

LaBarbera, PeterHe advises parents, during that conversation with their children, to lean on God’s Word.

“We need to really go back to the Word of God and ask our children and their friends and everybody we talk to about this, Who are you going to trust? Are you going to trust this movement which is really built on feelings – or are you going to trust the Word of God.

And to those youngsters who truly love their gay friends, “you need to tell them Look, you can’t base your whole life, your destiny on feelings, because feelings lead people astray,” LaBarbera offers.

And he quotes a clear warning from Proverbs 14:12 – There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death. (NKJV)

“Thank the Lord,” LaBarbera writes, “that we can rise above the culture and its politically correct lies by trusting in God and his inerrant Word, the Bible.”

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LaBarbera Discusses LGBTQ Lobby’s Intolerance on VCY America Crosstalk Radio

Wednesday, March 21st, 2018

Obsessed with Celebrating Homosexuality: HBO late night host John Oliver uses Vice President Mike Pence and his Christian faith as a punching bag. Oliver created a version of Pence’s daughter’s children’s book about their pet rabbit by making the rabbit “gay.”

Folks, yesterday I was a guest on the Milwaukee-based VCY America “Crosstalk” radio program with host Jim Schneider. You can listen to the program on MP3 HERE. We discussed the raging intolerance of the homosexual-transgender movement. Below is VCY’s synopsis of the program. Suffice it to say that just when you think “progressives” couldn’t sink any lower, they do–now simultaneously demonizing the VP (and by extension, biblical Christians everywhere) AND promoting sexual perversion to toddlers! I’d say shame on Oliver but I don’t think the Left has any shame. Oh well, their meanness will backfire and rally more Americans to oppose leftist political correctness. — Peter LaBarbera, AFTAH

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LGBT Lobby’s Intolerance

Posted on March 20th, 2018

​Date: March 20, 2018
Host: Jim Schneider
Guest: Peter LaBarbera
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In an update to a recent story, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the case of NIFLA v. Becerra. This is one of 4 cases involving crisis pregnancy centers challenging a California law requiring them to post government prescribed, pro-abortion messages in their facilities and advertising or be fined (See Crosstalk-3/16/18).

Jim also provided brief details on the latest school shooting that took place at Great Mills High School in Maryland.

Peter LaBarbera is the president of Americans for Truth about Homosexuality. Below is a sample list of stories he commented on that show the intolerance of some within the LGBT community.

–Milwaukee, WI., is seeking to pass an ordinance that would criminalize what’s known as ‘conversion therapy’ within the city. In their testimony before the Committee of the Common Council, LGBT activists kept pointing to religion, Christianity and ministries as the problem. The hearing was held with apparently no notice to pastors or churches. The matter passed by committee and now the Common Council is set to meet next week but it’s uncertain if this issue will be on the agenda.

–Vice President Mike Pence has come under fire from John Oliver, Ellen DeGeneres and others because his daughter wrote a children’s book about giving a tour of the White House and the vice presidential living quarters.

–A religious studies major was barred from a Christianity class at Indiana University in Pennsylvania for communicating in class that there are only two genders.

–Mike Pompeo has been appointed by President Trump to replace the outgoing Rex Tillerson as Secretary of State. LGBT groups are livid about this change.

–LGBTQ Nation mentions a study that allegedly finds a link between being brain damaged and being a religious fundamentalist. Peter believes promotion of such attacks against faith could backfire on the LGBTQ community and may actually put President Trump back in office for another term.

–The classic Louisa May Alcott book, ‘Little Women’ to be rewritten to develop a lesbian relationship within the storyline.

–There will be an Ohio 4-H LGBTQ+ Summit April 27th and 28th in Columbus.

–Fort Lauderdale, Florida, just elected a new mayor who is openly ‘gay’.

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What If We Said ‘Openly Immoral’ Instead of ‘Openly Gay’? Lesbian-by-Choice Cynthia Nixon Runs For Governor Against Cuomo in New York

Wednesday, March 21st, 2018

“I’ve been straight and I’ve been gay…for me, it is a choice,” says Sex and the City star

Cynthia Nixon is shown on the far left (like her politics) in this “Sex and the City” promotional shot. Click to enlarge.

From my Twitter feed:

“Sex and the City” star Cynthia Nixon is running in the Democratic primary for governor of New York, against two-term incumbent Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Nixon is an open lesbian, but a politically incorrect one, as she has long affirmed that she chose to be lesbian. She told the New York Times:

“I’ve been straight and I’ve been gay, and gay is better…for me, it is a choice… I understand that for many people it’s not, but for me it’s a choice, and you don’t get to define my gayness for me.”

For more, see this 2016 HuffPo story. I abhor Nixon’s selfish and God-defying lifestyle choice but I respect her honesty about it. Of course, people choose to embrace sexual perversion, or any sin. She would call me a “bigot,” so I’m calling her what she is: openly and proudly immoral.

Let’s stop cavalierly using the LGBTQ activists’ strategic term-of-choice, “gay,” which implies that homosexuality is an innocuous, inherent (inborn) trait rather than a chosen behavior, thereby undermining spiritual and moral truth. Every person is responsible before God for their sexual behavior and their volitional thought life: what they choose to think (and fantasize) about.

P.S. Please pray for Cynthia Nixon, that she repents and leaves this proud, addictive sin behind, as countless women (and men) have, many through a born-again relationship with Jesus Christ. He can wipe her slate clean, although surely she would pay a hefty worldly price. — Peter LaBarbera, AFTAH; Twitter: @PeterLaBarbera
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Here’s my tweet yesterday:

VIDEO: Love Is Love – Coming Out of Lesbianism – Emily’s Story

Sunday, January 7th, 2018

“Just so, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance.” – Jesus Christ (Luke 15:7, ESV)

We rejoice with Emily over God’s mercy, grace and goodness, and His unbounded love for sinners. Full information about the Anchored North ministry can be found following the video (after the jump). — Peter LaBarbera, AFTAH; Twitter: @PeterLaBarbera

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An Open Letter to the Deniers of Ex-Gay Reparative Therapy

Friday, January 5th, 2018

John McCartney has been proclaiming the truth about homosexuality and abortion in the Chicago area for decades.

The following open letter was published late last month (in print only) by my friend and longtime pro-life and pro-family advocate, John McCartney. For decades, John has reached out locally in the Chicago area with the truth on two critically important cultural issues: the defense of unborn life and opposition to the homosexual (LGBTQ) agenda. With his steadfastness and reasonable, winsome approach he is a model for morality advocates everywhere. And he never quits–doing more as an octogenarian to defend truth in the public square in a single month than most people do in a lifetime.

For the uninitiated, “Reparative Therapy” is talk therapy designed to help people overcome and manage unwanted homosexual desires, aka “same-sex attractions” (SSA). Many people like David Pickup and Christopher Doyle, have been helped by such “ex-gay” therapy [see my LifeSiteNews piece on the late RT pioneer, Joe Nicolosi]. Nevertheless, LGBTQ ideologues are now heavily invested in demonizing and discrediting the practice, usually by “focusing on the failures,” i.e., people who claim to be harmed or abused by Reparative Therapy. (This in itself is strange, as John alludes to in his letter: in what other area of life–say, people overcoming drug addiction or obesity–do we focus only on the failures as opposed to the heart-warming successes of struggling people who got professional or ministerial help?)

In a seismic assault on liberty, RT for minors has been banned in nine states and the District of Columbia, according to this pro-LGBTQ website. (Interestingly, three governors who signed anti-RT bills into law were Republicans–Chris Christie (New Jersey), Susana Martinez (New Mexico) and Bruce Rauner (Illinois).) Yet it is important to remember that many people who have overcome the strong pull of homosexual impulses in their life, like Stephen Black, did not rely solely on RT-like counseling, and credit God with all or at least a big part of their transformation.

No matter to the neo-totalitarian Left, which is hellbent on destroying the practice and the freedom of people–even childhood victims of homosexual predators–to pursue healthy change away from homosexuality. Note that one method LGBTQ activists and their media echo chamber use to smear Reparative Therapy is to mislabel it as “conversion therapy.” That sounds more menacing and plays to the Left’s anti-Christian prejudices, making RT sound like some sinister cult. It also befits the LGBTQ activist narrative of portraying homosexuality as innate (inherent), thereby unchangeable, and “gays” as perpetual victims. Kudos to John McCartney for rebutting the LGBTQ lies and biased media groupthink. — Peter LaBarbera, AFTAH; Twitter: @PeterLaBarbera – americansfortruth@gmail.com

P.S. Special Book Offer: Regarding McCartney’s proper assessment that homosexuality is NOT a normal variant of human sexual behavior, I recommend the thoroughly-documented, 600-page Mass Resistance book, “Health Hazards of Homosexuality,” which we are making available through AFTAH for $20 postpaid. Order online here with your gift of at least $20 [note your book order in the comments box], or send your check to: AFTAH, PO Box 5522, Naperville, IL 60567-5522, noting the book order.]

Links and some explanatory notes have been added to this printed Open Letter:

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An Open Letter to the Deniers of Reparative Therapy

By John McCartney

For years, “gay” activists have waged a disinformation campaign against reparative therapy (RT), a service available to the those with unwanted same-sex attraction (SSA). It got national attention decades ago when, using it, [sexologists] Masters & Johnson relieved 60 percent of such persons from SSA. Such therapy consists of conversation between a therapist and a client seeking the source of this unwelcome felling. That there is a source is attested to by the fact that there is no replicated study supporting the born-that-way argument. Anti-RT activists advance assertions that warrant scrutiny, assertions in addition to born-that-way, such as:

  • SSA is not a disorder, i.e., a divergence from nature. In support, they cite the 1973 removal of homosexuality from the [American Psychiatric Association’s] Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Psychiatric Disorders II at a meeting that made a travesty of psychiatric deliberation by politics and the ever-present threat of 1971-type disruptions [Editor’s note: see this “pro-LGBTQ psychiatric site, which notes: “There were a series of dramatic encounters between activists and psychiatrists at the annual meetings of the APA between 1970 and 1972.” Also see psychiatrist Dr Ronald Bayer’s book, Homosexuality and American Psychiatry: The Politics of Diagnosis, which documents how “gay” militants bullied and harassed psychiatrists leading up to the APA vote depathologizing homosexuality.] In a subsequent referendum, psychiatrists without experience with homosexuality were polled; their votes outweighed the votes of psychiatrists who did have it. Psychiatrists with such clinical experience in counseling clients with SSA were marginalized in the proceedings.

The late Dr. Robert Spitzer, who equivocated on whether people could leave homosexuality (a supposed “orientation”) behind. See this compelling article on Spitzer, who once declared in a letter, based on his observations: “In homosexuality…something’s not working.”

  • Dr. Robert Spitzer, who quarterbacked the 1973 removal of homosexuality as a mental disorder (with a narrow exception), retracted his 2003 endorsement of RT, which he made after listening to the self-reports of 200 men and women for whom RT worked. Spitzer, after ten years, was convinced by “gay” activists that he really didn’t know what he once knew, that his endorsement was putting homosexuals in jeopardy, and that self-reporting of change was unreliable, even though he had expertise evaluating it. The [then] 80-year-old psychiatrist yielded to the same intense lobbying that his fellow psychiatrists did in the 1973 “scientific” [APA] meeting–to truth’s detriment.
  • The assertion that the showcased dozen or so victims of unqualified counselors constituted proof that RT doesn’t work and is often harmful is as unreasonable as asserting that Alcoholics Anonymous is a failure because it has only a 40 percent success rate.

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