07 October 2013

What the Pope is Really Saying about Sexual Morality and other things...


The blog post above--- please click on the link to read it--- has some very insightful things to say about the things Pope Francis has been saying that have been so misunderstood.

And, in general about how Christians should approach the hurting, sinning, sad and often angry people of the world--- not with rule books in hand, though the moral rules are quite important, but with love in our hearts and on our lips.

My own conversion story is not one of me hearing people saying 'God condemns you, you wicked homosexual', and me agreeing. It's the story of finding the love of God, and hearing THAT from Christians. (And once I had begun to be accepting of that love, I gradually began to be able to accept some of the hard-to-live-by rules.)

05 October 2013

Military Priests Face Arrest for Celebrating Mass in Defiance of Shutdown | CatholicVote.org

Military Priests Face Arrest for Celebrating Mass in Defiance of Shutdown | CatholicVote.org

Please click on the link above to read the story.

I cannot imagine any previous US president who felt he had the power to order military priests not to say Mass even on a voluntary basis. Or one who shut down historic sites that were not even federal-government funded to hurt people during a political fight over the budget--- and then refuse to negotiate to prolong the crisis. 

What do you think of this story?

03 October 2013

Talking about Children-of-God with Gender Issues

Talking about children-of-God with gender issues* can be hard. I mean, no matter how sensible and right-minded they are, I don't know how they will feel if I say something that highlights their biological gender that they are not comfortable with. Yet I keep wanting to call them brother or sister as the (biological) case may be and then stop myself. Because just because it's biologically true doesn't mean I need to throw it in their face, perhaps causing them distress.

And yet all the political forces DEMANDING that I refer to all transgender/gender-issue people as if they were the gender they psychologically are gets my back up and makes me feel like I'm giving in to THEM, the left-wing/Marxist/progressive forces, if I go along.

And the poor gender-issue children-of-God are caught in the middle, and they are hurting. I pray for them, on my knees at times (which ain't easy in the shape I'm in), and wish I could do more.

Gender-issue children-of-God have got it tough. They are mocked, bullied and made light of--- even by people who ideologically demand LGBT equality! Their issues may cause them great psychological suffering, even as Christ has suffered for us. I think such people--- even the difficult, argumentative ones--- are victim souls and God has special love for them.

I think I shall develop a policy, when I write about a case where a child-of-God has gender issues, I shall use the psychological gender terms, but in quotes to indicate it's not the biological gender. Which I am sure will mightily anger activists on both sides, and not fully please the children-of-God for whom this issue is important.

But for me it's not a compromise of my beliefs. It's an act of reparation and sacrifice I make before God, to ask for help, healing and salvation for his gender-issue children. And if I have to endure harsh criticism, I offer it up to God.

*gender issues --- for me this includes ordinary transgender people--- the man who feels inside he is a woman--- as well as people who don't identify with either gender. Just anyone who, when asked if they are male or female, may feel a need to check a third box: 'it's complicated.'

Link: SSA Souls as Victim Souls

02 October 2013

Learning from a Lesbian Visitor to Your Church – Trevin Wax

Learning from a Lesbian Visitor to Your Church – Trevin Wax

Apparently it is common for pastors to receive phone calls asking 'are you welcoming?' Of course, all Christian churches are welcoming. No one is barred from coming to Christ. But that's not what they are asking about.

Click on the link above to read the full story.

Dublin Catholic hospital announces it will comply with new #abortion law | LifeSiteNews.com

Dublin Catholic hospital announces it will comply with new abortion law | LifeSiteNews.com

The new Irish law legalizing abortion under some circumstances in all 9 months of pregnancy singled out 25 hospitals which would be forced to offer abortion services.

One of them, a Catholic maternity hospital in Dublin, says it will comply.

Read the full story at the link above. And pray.

Italian ‘anti-homophobia’ bill reminiscent of Maoist/Stalinist politics | LifeSiteNews.com

Italian ‘anti-homophobia’ bill reminiscent of Maoist/Stalinist politics | LifeSiteNews.com

Roger Scruton is a prominent English political philosopher at Oxford and St. Andrew's University in Scotland. He spoke to an Italian journalist about a bill passed by the Italian Chamber of Deputies.

The language and ideas behind the bill, he said, are a form of Orwellian 'Newspeak' being used to create the idea in the public mind that there is a vast malignant force of discrimination and intolerance. He said it is reminiscent of the methods used by the Soviet Union and Maoist China to suppress political dissent.

But I'm sure the bill's proponents will point out that the man's a heretic against their new world religion-substitute and must be punished.

Read the complete story at the link above.

30 September 2013

A PA Pastor's Firing and #Religiousfreedom

Fred Karger, a person who habitually complains about NOM, about a recent news story:

"Where's NOM?" We're Right Here Where We've Always Been | NOM Blog

NOM responds in the link above, please read.

To explain--- the PA pastor was fired because the church he was employed by did not agree with the pastor's choice to officiate at a same-sex 'wedding'.

The religious freedom is whether religious congregations have the right to expect that the clergymen they employ follow the teachings of their faith rather than something else. Could a Buddhist congregation fire a clergyman who was preaching the Southern Baptist faith? Could a Baptist congregation fire a pastor who preached that his parishioners ought to abandon Christianity for Judaism?

If congregations are not allowed to choose clergymen based on sharing a common faith, there can be no religious freedom, because no specific, individual religions would be able to continue existing.

In the United States, the First Amendment forbids the government from meddling in these things for good reason, even if the religious group is wrong about things.

The Amish believe in rejecting modern things like automobiles and no one who believes otherwise teaches religion among the Amish. In the old days, many Christian congregations wrongly thought 'race mixing'--- socially or in marriage--- was bad and would not tolerate a pastor who dissented. The Orthodox Jews believe they must keep a strict set of kosher rules including having 2 complete sets of dishes, one for meat and one for dairy, to ensure that dairy and meat foods are not consumed together. A rabbi who advocated against keeping kosher would not be welcome in an Orthodox congregation.

When people get so caught up in their cause--- whether that cause is same-sex 'marriage' or social justice for Black people--- that they are willing to sacrifice an essential freedom like freedom of religion, they are going about it the wrong way. 

[NOM is the National Organization for Marriage.]

I'm experimenting with not using any inflamatory keywords in my post titles and the first few sentences of a post. This is so they can be posted at the new Facebook page which is going to be keeping a very low profile so that people who don't dare use the more forthright FB page can use it.

28 September 2013

SBC touts safeguard for gay-marriage foes

SBC touts safeguard for gay-marriage foes

The link above tells of how the Southern Baptist Convention is supporting a law which would protect people who oppose gay 'marriage'--- the normative position of the human race for millennia-- from discrimination.

This is needed because there are a number of instances in which small businesses have been persecuted, prosecuted, sued, and driven out of business and into hiding by the 'Gay Mafia'--- which I suspect is full of crypto-homophobic straight people.

There is also the instant and overwhelming internet bullying, especially on Facebook, of anyone who disagrees with the gay 'marriage' agenda. One friend of our FB page has been stalked and harassed around Facebook and had people put up pages using her name and Facebook profile picture so that they could post insults on Facebook pages under her name.

This bullying doubles and triples if you are an LGBT person who dares step out of line and support traditional marriage, or an 'ex-gay'.

But then, the major purpose of the Gay Mafia is to keep LGBT people in line, isolated from the normal straight world including the conservative and Christian portions of it, and voting for Democrats out of fear if for no other reason.

17 May 2013

Anti-Discrimination Laws: Making Adultery a Constitutional Right

Anti-discrimination laws seem like a great idea, right? For example, in many jurisdictions it is unlawful to discriminate based on marital status. So that way no employer can have a policy 'we don't hire married women' or 'we don't hire single women'. That's a good thing, right? Can't possibly have a down side.

Except it does. If the anti-discrimination law is very broad--- perhaps simply stating 'discrimination based on marital status shall be unlawful', with no further clarifications and restrictions--- it can have many unintended effects.

For example, adultery. Adultery is a destructive force, the cause of divorces and violence. But with a broad anti-discrimination law, a motel owner may not refuse to rent a room to a married man and his mistress. That would be discriminating against the adulterer based on his marital status.

And what about an open, public adulterer who applies for a job at a family-oriented business? If he is turned down, he can claim discrimination based on his marital status, since being married is a prerequisite for adultery.

The laws against adultery serve an important purpose to society. Faithfulness in marriage makes marriages stronger and prevents divorce, which in turn reduces the risk of childhood poverty. Faithfulness reduces the spread of social diseases. Faithfulness in wives ensures that the children born to those wives are not the biological children of some outside lover, but of the husband. But sweeping anti-discrimination laws make it impossible to take note of the fact of adultery, and weakens the social sanctions against it.

This is why proposed anti-discrimination laws must be very specific, to ensure that no unintended effects will result.

How Do Families Benefit ME?

As a gay woman, I appreciate traditional families. I grew up in a traditional family. My parents' brothers and sisters founded traditional families. Traditional families make our society stronger, because they work better than any alternative so far devised.

The redefine-marriage thing really means that traditional marriage and the traditional family will be abolished in law and replaced by some government-approved alternative. But traditional marriage and families are so ingrained in every human culture that these attempts cannot succeed fully even if every nation were to turn fully totalitarian to be able to enforce the new marriage/family substitute.

I wrote this on my Facebook page and it was quoted in 'The Prosperous Pol VS the Gay Pauper'.  And so I decided to copy it here because I really should be blogging on my blog and not on my Facebook page. ;)

15 April 2013

World History Shows No Support for Same-Sex Marriage

Take your favorite time machine and go to any past time and any place on Earth, and look for marriage. Whenever/wherever you go, marriage will be between men and women. There are no historical examples of institutional same-sex marriage anywhere.

This is not so surprising. Along with the factor of marriage being between men and women, there is also a global historical perception of marriage being about providing for the children. Other things may differ greatly from time to time and from culture to culture, but these are the essentials.

You will find on your global ventures through history that there is great variation on social attitudes toward same-sex/homosexual relationships. In some times/places, they are condemned as wicked. In other, they are considered trivial, or even incorporated into the culture. But in no place has a positive view of same-sex relationships led to an institution of gay marriage.

It is essential, if you wish to speak intelligently in the debate over marriage, to know the history. But sadly, the level of history teaching in the schools leaves much to be desired, as in the case of a fifth-grade school teacher who confidently proclaimed that the leaders of the two sides in World War Two were Adolf Hitler and George Washington. (One of those answers is wrong.)

When legislative bodies seek to change the ancient, universal meaning of marriage to something new, they will go down in history as being as foolish as the ancient Roman Senate which decided it had the power to make deceased emperors into gods.

07 April 2013

The Essential Public Purpose of Marriage is.....

In order to have a discussion about marriage, we must understand what marriage is. Not just what marriage is for devout Christians or Jews or Muslims or Buddhists. We must understand what marriage means to a society and culture that has the institution of marriage (and that is all of them.)

What is the public purpose of marriage, as distinct from private reasons or religious/sacramental reasons? Why did governments in different cultures in different periods of history view marriage as important? Why did the ancient Roman emperor Augustus lecture the order of Equestrians, speaking harshly of the fact that so many of the members of that order had never bothered to get married?

Children. It's about children. Every society--- whether underpopulated or overpopulated--- needs a steady supply of children to be born and to be raised up into useful citizens. Marriage attaches mothers and fathers to their children, and to one another. 

Compare children from a stable married home to children raised in state orphanages, as in Russia; to children of single mothers; to children in step-parent homes; to children in foster care. The children from a married-parent home win. And this is why marriage is an important public institution and why good governments act to preserve and promote it.

Note: "The essential public purpose of marriage is to attach mothers and fathers to the children and to one another" is reason #1 in '77 Non-Religious Reasons to Support Man/Woman Marriage'.

04 April 2013

Let's All Email Bill O'Reilly & Ask Him to Support Traditional Marriage

Bill O'Reilly, the politically moderate Fox News personality, has recently stated that there are no arguments against gay 'marriage' other than 'Bible-thumping'.

Forget that 'Bible-thumping' is a hate epithet against Bible-believing Christians (including faithful Catholics), much of the same nature as the use of 'money-grubbing' against Jews.

O'Reilly needs to inform himself. And The Ruth Institute has started a campaign to help him: see https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10152723702005171&set=a.10150240297525171.468429.223608490170&type=1&theater

There is a booklet called '77 Non-religious Reasons to Support Man/Woman Marriage'--- read it at http://www.eagleforum.org/topics/marriage/pdf/77reasonsREAD-ONLY.pdf   The Ruth Institute asks you to email O'Reilly at oreilly@foxnews.com, using the words 77 Non-Religious Reasons to Support Man/Woman Marriage as your subject line. Be sure to include your name and town in your message.

You might also email Megyn Kelly with the same message, her email may be found at the Fox News site.

Some people are having fun with this. One person tweeted O'Reilly 20 times with the first 20 reasons.

Why do this? Because the media is what is pushing gay marriage. And even though Fox News serves the moderate and conservative viewers rather than the knee-jerk liberal ones that the other news outlets serve, they have pretty openly thrown in the towel on gay marriage ever since some poll came out showing gay marriage making some gains in acceptance.

We may not actually be able to make O'Reilly read the booklet or ask one of his staffers to do so. But if we email him often enough to be noticeable,  and do the same to other news personalities on Fox and other networks, we will get noticed, and our message will seep in.

22 January 2013

Post-Abortive and Gay? There is Help!

Abortion is a trauma, not just on our culture as a whole, but on the women who have chosen abortion, and the women who've had it chosen for them. And some of these women have gay orientation/same-sex attraction.

When a gay woman who is part of the larger Gay community suffers ill effects related to a past abortion--- depression, suicidal thoughts, overpowering grief on seeing a child the age their child would have been--- she may feel especially alone. There is not much support for a pro-life point of view in the larger Gay community.

Also, most healing-and-help groups for the post-abortive are Christian ministries, or are at least predominantly Christian. And anyone who has ever been part of the Gay community knows how Christian ministries are perceived--- homophobic hate groups.

But the plain fact is that there is hope even for post-abortive women that are Gay. Traditionally Christian groups today have had a long time to adjust to the existence of openly Gay persons in the world. They may not agree with what is happening in your private life--- just as they don't agree about their daughter living-in-sin with a boyfriend--- but they feel no need to preach about these things when you come to them and say "I need help."

There is a ministry called Rachel's Vineyard founded by a woman with a PhD. It is now part of the Priests for Life prolife organization--- yes, they are Catholic. Rachel's Vineyard offers weekend retreats for those impacted by abortion.

The Silent No More Awareness Campaign is something you may have seen if you've caught the very rare media clips of the March for Life or other major prolife events--- they are women holding up signs that say 'I regret my abortion', and men whose signs say 'I regret lost fatherhood'.  This organization is a place to tell your abortion story and find others who have been through it.

If you are shy about opening up in a Christian group full of straight people, there are ministries for Gay people such as Courage International. Courage is a Catholic ministry helping people cope with their 'same-sex attraction'. They don't demand that you call yourself 'ex-gay' (though they don't like the 'g' word for some reason), or ask you to aim at a goal of heterosexual marriage. If you go to a Courage group and say 'hey, I've had an abortion and I need help coping with it,' I'm sure you will find someone who can help.

Now, you may feel that you can't turn to Christian groups like this for help because they believe Gay people are called to live chaste lives and you have no intention of making THAT commitment any time soon. Well, I wish there were good healing programs for post-abortive Gay women out there for you. The problem is that there just aren't that many folks that combine the ideas of 'Gay sex is OK' with the idea 'Abortion has bad emotional side effects'--- if you can find such a group or create one, you are one of the lucky ones.

You may need to turn to Christian groups like those mentioned above, and just tell yourself you are NOT going to be worried about the things you and the ministry don't agree about. They are there to help, they want to help, and you need help. Give them a chance to help you. If it doesn't work out, consider it one of those educational life experiences we all have.

One issue not as much talked about is the issue of post-abortive men. Men go through grief and emotional trauma due to the abortions of their children--- even if they were the ones that wanted the abortion.

For a Gay man it may be even harder to seek help for the problems of being post-abortive. In the liberal/progressive world of the Gay community, abortion is not only always good, it's only about the woman, and a good man has nothing to say about it.

Both of the ministries mentioned above, Rachel's Vineyard and Silent No More, work with post-abortive men as well as women, and can help you. Please consider turning to them.

As you cope with this issue, do not despair. You may not see it, you may feel you are all alone with it and nobody would ever care. You may feel that if they heard YOUR story, they would judge you harshly. That's not true. There are people out there (like me) who do care, who pray for you and for your healing, and who want to help. And, whether you want to believe it or not, Jesus Christ cares. He loves, and He suffered death on the cross so YOU could be healed of your post-abortion trauma and every other emotional ill.

Interview with an Imaginary Gay Marriage Supporter

This is a fictional interview with a Gay marriage supporter I would dearly love to find.

Me: My interview today is with Marriage Jack, who has spent his life working for Gay marriage to be legalized. Tell me, Marriage Jack, what is your approach to Gay sexuality?

Marriage Jack: We start out with outreach to young Gay and Lesbian people who have just come out of the closet. We want to reach them with the message that the right way--- the only healthy way--- to live the Gay life is to remain absolutely chaste before their Gay wedding day.

Me: Have you had much success with that?

Marriage Jack: Oh, yes! Our sign-up sheets for abstinence education classes fill up within minutes. We have a hard time keeping up! We have a brisk business in selling Gay chastity rings, and the room is full when we have ceremonies in which Gay and Lesbian people take the 'True Love Waits' chastity pledge. And they are really living up to their commitments, too!

Me: And yet Gay marriage has only recently become legal in a few states. What did your chaste single Gay and Lesbian people do before that.

Marriage Jack: Why, they stayed chaste, of course. We had engaged Gay and Lesbian couples in their seventies and eighties, who had lived in absolute celibacy in their separate apartments for all those years, until the day came when they could finally be legally united.

Me: Isn't that grand! But, you do know that for a great many people, Gay partnerings can never be considered true marriage, no matter what a batch of  politicians or judges in select states may say. Doesn't that affect you?

Marriage Jack: Well, yes. You see the whole point of having a Gay marriage that is recognized by the state instead of just a private commitment ceremony is that those private ceremonies are so... variable. Some just throw themselves a commitment ceremony on the spur of the moment--- almost as a joke. Not a very sober joke in some cases. They don't tell their family or their work friends about it, and as for the commitment level--- well, they may be partying with other partners within the week. While in other cases the partners in an unrecognized commitment ceremony take it as seriously as a legal wedding.

Me: Are there cases where one partner takes those ceremonies seriously and the other doesn't?

Marriage Jack: That is where the heartbreak comes in. So, you see, we really need Gay marriage, and we need it to be universally accepted as traditional marriage is, just in order to enable us to keep our lives in some sort of moral order. Because promiscuity is a bad thing, a dangerous thing, isn't that something we can agree on?

Me: Yes, we can. A final question: Do you expect that you can turn Gay marriage into what you want and need it to be, within your life time? Both in terms of gaining acceptance of the new institution from the outside world, and in gaining in respect of the moral principles within the Gay and Lesbian community?

Marriage Jack: I don't know, not for sure, but I hope so.

I wrote this to illustrate the point of view I had during a time in my life when I considered that Gay marriage might be a moral answer to the dilemma of life with same-sex attraction. If it criticizes the moral viewpoints of some real-world Gay marriage supporters, well, that's just an added bonus. ;)

21 January 2013

Washington National Cathedral to perform same-sex ‘marriages’ | LifeSiteNews.com

Washington National Cathedral to perform same-sex ‘marriages’ | LifeSiteNews.com Click on link to read the article.

The Washington 'National' Cathedral, an Episcopal church, will be performing gay weddings. I have two things to say about that.

1. How can a country with no established church have a National Cathedral? This is NOT an officially Episcopalian country.

2. If the 'National' Cathedral performs gay weddings, will that be the death knell for the Episcopalian church? They are not growing the way the more faithful-to-scripture churches are.

20 January 2013

Is This Blog 'Legit'?

Is this blog 'legit'? Much depends on how you define 'legit'. If you say 'but none of MY gay friends has THOSE opinions', perhaps your definition of 'legit' is far too narrow.

You may think we live in a very free society, where people are allowed full freedom of expression. You may think that, but it is not true. Certain groups of people suffer under social restrictions on their freedom of expression, viciously enforced.

You may find lots of gay people that are liberal. You may find some gay people who are fiscal conservatives. You may find some gay people who are Christians. But you may not have encountered gay people who don't go along with the new sacred cow of gay 'marriage'.

Is that because there are no people with gay orientation who happen to feel that way? No, it's because that if you dare to suggest that you can be gay and yet not support gay marriage, or that you can be gay and believe a chaste lifestyle is preferable for gay people, or that you can be gay and support the Catholic church or the Bible's teaching about same-sex physical relationships, then you will be attacked. Viciously.

There is no room for 'let's agree to disagree' here. Just expressing these forbidden opinions when you are gay leads to massive attack. In the two days this blog and its related Facebook page have been up, a lot of people who believe that name-calling constitutes a compelling logical argument have interacted with me. I've been called stupid (and I have a Mensa-level IQ), I've been called a liar, I've been called 'crazy' (that's hatespeech for a person with a mental illness).... and guess what? I'm tough enough.

Some people think they have a right to compel me to furnish proof that I am gay. Well, all the proof the left-wing gay celebrities ever have to show is when they say 'I am gay' for the first time. And when was the last time somewhat straight was asked to prove it, unless evidence to the contrary was pretty plentiful.

The fact is that there are no federal databases of gay or straight people. What orientation you are is something going on inside your brain. How do you go about proving it to hateful, homophobic skeptics?

Why would you bother trying to prove such things to haters and homophobes, even gay homophobes? Until they learn not to be haters nothing you say will make a difference anyhow.

For those open-minded readers, of any opinion, who honestly wonder if there is some sort of hoax here: well, I'm a woman. If you were here in person I could show you my driver's license or take off my shirt to prove it. And my orientation or tendency is to be attracted to other woman. Since I have been living a chaste lifestyle, that's kind of hard to prove, too. Even if you follow this blog for awhile, I don't really plan on giving lists of woman I have had crushes on, or the details of my private life (which are boring--- chastity, remember?).

But for this one occasion I'm posting a picture of the character Leeloo from the movie The Fifth Element which I watched last night. In keeping with my long term practice of having crushes on fictional characters, I've had a major crush on Leeloo since I first saw that movie. But that's another thing I couldn't prove in a court of law to the satisfaction of all comers.

I guess sometimes, over time, we just have to learn to trust people. After we've gotten to know them. And that takes time.

19 January 2013

BCN: Nearly One Million March for Marriage in Paris | NOM Blog

BCN: Nearly One Million March for Marriage in Paris | NOM Blog Please click on link to read the story

You know, I'm surprised. I've taken it for granted that Europe is so much more 'sophisticated' (less Christian) than we in America are, that I assumed that they wouldn't have much trouble trading in traditional marriage for oh-so-new marry-who-or-what-you-want marriage.

But protests for traditional marriage were astounding. And much of it is for the sake of the children. Surprising since the one thing demographically dying Europe doesn't seem to have as a priority is children.

Studies show that children are better off in homes with a man and woman as the heads of it. As a gay person, this fact doesn't thrill me (but then, facts are not there to thrill me). But as a woman, I'm glad to know that the woman part of a male-female couple is not disposable, that a man can't trade in his wife for another man and expect everything to be the same. Women are too important to be done without--- as are men.

Canadian law prof. wants provinces to force ‘queering’ of Catholic schools | LifeSiteNews.com

Canadian law prof. wants provinces to force ‘queering’ of Catholic schools | LifeSiteNews.com Please click link and read article.

What about the rights of Catholics--- including those Catholics with gay/lesbian orientation who have remained within their Church--- when the secular authorities demand Catholic schools promote acceptance of queer lifestyles and queer sex? Should not the principles of tolerance and respect extend to people of the Catholic faith and other Christian faiths?

What the law professor proposes is that parents should no longer have the right to educate their children in the Catholic faith, that they should be indoctrinated in a different, secular faith--- the faith of the law professor doing the demanding.

How is that different from any other prejudice?