By Robert A. J. Gagnon , Christian Post Guest Contributor
When Christian singer Vicky Beeching disclosed a self-affirmed identity as a lesbian on Aug. 14 in an extensive interview with the British newspaper The Independent ("Vicky Beeching, Christian rock star 'I'm gay. God loves me just the way I am"), she happily used the media to the fullest to attack the historic Christian stance on a male-female foundation for marriage. On her webpage she now has a whole section devoted to her "Coming Out" which provides over seventy links to media "covering Vicky's coming out story" for the dates Aug. 14 -21.
I responded with an article in the online Christian Post, "Christian Singer Vicky Beeching Appeals to God's Love to Justify Her Lesbianism" (Aug. 19). Perhaps not surprisingly, she omits this article. She knows about it though. Ms. Beeching tweeted her followers the same day with this message and a link to my article. "It's tough when strangers psychoanalyse you about 'why you're gay.' Theologian Robert Gagnon wrote this about me" (with link). She also knows about my work on the Bible and homosexuality. In a post dated June 23, "LGBT Theology: What does the Bible say?", she cites a number of works in favor of homosexual unions but only one work that upholds the historic Christian stance:
"It's also worth reading a few books that uphold the traditionalist view, just to see where others are coming from and how their arguments can seem strong until they are reassessed. A classic text is Robert Gagnon's 'The Bible and Homosexual Practice.' I disagree with his conclusions, but I see great value in reading opposing views to know how and why others see things differently."
I suspect the omission of my article on her website is due to the fact that that she doesn't want too many people to read it. That, in turn, is because she doesn't know how to respond to it, except by a curt offhand comment designed to divert attention away from the substance of the article. Put simply, to characterize what I wrote as "psychoanalysis by a stranger" misrepresents what I wrote. It deflects from having to address the real problems with the use of her life story as a basis for distorting Scripture and nature. What I address is the illogic of her presentation.
Pastor Mark Driscoll, who along with his Mars Hill Church was recently removed from the membership of the church planting Acts 29 Network due to complaints over his "divisive" behavior, said Sunday he will take a break for at least six weeks as the lead pastor even as accusations against him are examined.
"I have requested a break for processing, healing, and growth for a minimum of six weeks while the leadership assigned by our bylaws conduct a thorough examination of accusations against me," the Seattle, Washington-based pastor told the congregation Sunday.
"I believe their review can best be performed without me being in the pulpit or the office, and they have agreed to this arrangement," he added, reading from a written statement.
Michigan GOP House Speaker Bolger "sold his soul" for $100,000 from so called "gay rights" advocates, pastors say Detroit.
A group of Black Christian pastors and ministers condemned what they called state Republican leaders' "dance with the devil" regarding legislation they said is discriminatory and would threaten religious freedom and women's privacy rights by adding so-called "sexual orientation" and "gender identity" to the Elliott-Larson Act, the state's civil rights law.
The pastors said Gov. Rick Snyder and other Republicans risk losing the votes of Christian families in the upcoming 2014 general election "if they rush to hop in the same political bed with homosexual activists."
"Speaker Jase Bolger and other Republican hypocrites in Lansing are now dancing with the devil," stated Rev. James Crowder, Senior Pastor of St. Galilee Baptist Church- Detroit and President of the Westside Minister's Alliance said, "selling out traditional morality and our religious freedom in return for cash from the same 'gay' multimillionaires whose campaign funding they've condemned in past elections."
They cited Bolger's acceptance of a $50,000 PAC contribution last month from nationally prominent homosexual activist and Democratic Party financier Tim Gill of Denver.
Gill and billionaire Jan Stryker, also of Denver, funded the Democratic takeover of Colorado's legislature in 2006; Jan Stryker is the sister of homosexual billionaire Jon Stryker of Kalamazoo, who Michigan Republicans condemned in recent campaign cycles for spending millions of dollars in a similar attempt to defeat GOP legislative candidates here.
Stacy Swimp (see photo), Founder of Revive Alive Ministry and Spokesman for the group, states, "It's simply beyond belief that leaders of the Republican party, which claims to represent traditional family values, would even consider legislation that threatens the privacy rights, comfort, and safety of women, as attested to even by lesbian activists. But apparently, those values are for sale if the price is right."
The pastors note that even many lesbians and feminists believe women's privacy should be protected by law and, thus, oppose amending the Elliott Larson Act to include sexual orientation language.
Swimp cited a 2012 letter written by lesbians Cathy Brennan and Elizabeth Hungerford to the United Nations Commission on Human Rights urging the commission not to endorse so-called "gender identity" policies.
Brennan and Hungerford wrote: "the proliferation of legislation designed to protect 'gender identity' and 'gender expression' undermines legal protections for females vis-à-vis sex segregated spaces, such as female-only clubs, public restrooms, public showers, and other spaces designated as 'female only.' Females require sex-segregated facilities for a number of reasons, chief among them the documented frequency of male sexual violence against females."
For a long time, Prison Fellowship has believed that the United States incarcerates far too many people at far too high a cost. What's more, that cost does not take into account an important set of victims: the innocent children of offenders.
Well, a recent study by the National Academy of Sciences has come to much the same conclusion.
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