Sexual Issues


Several years ago, Jonah Goldberg wrote a book with the title Liberal Fascism, and it of course enraged people on the left end of the political spectrum. How dare you call us fascists, they bellowed! Maybe this, from Andrew Walker and Owen Strachan at NRO, will help explain:

Last night, New York Times reporter Josh Barro tweeted out a disturbing message: “Anti-LGBT attitudes are terrible for people in all sorts of communities. They linger and oppress, and we need to stamp them out, ruthlessly.”

This is rather shocking. Barro is no angry blogger writing manifestos in his basement. He is a respected reporter from a prestigious newspaper that prides itself on equanimity in the face of heated debate. Yet he seems, by any reasonable measure, to be fomenting a campaign to rout out all dissenters from the sexual revolution. Erick Erickson wrote a brief response to Barro’s tweet, to which Barro replied that he thinks that “we should make anti-LGBT views shameful like segregation. Not saying we should off people.”

Make no mistake: when Barro refers to “anti-LGBT attitudes,” he’s not talking about Westboro Baptist. He’s talking about tens of millions of traditional, orthodox Christians and Jews, people whose views were virtually universal in the United States and indeed the entire West as little as thirty years ago. Even today, those views are hardly the views of a tiny minority.

Even leaving aside the potential for large-scale social conflict from efforts to “ruthlessly stamp out” traditional beliefs, the dictatorial impulse expressed in Barro’s tweet–and the likelihood that it’s shared by many others of supposedly “liberal” mindset–is not sutelescreen-report-thought-crimerprising, but chilling in its bluntness. In his (their) view, beliefs about homosexual behavior that are firmly grounded in Christianity and Judaism are no more rational, have no more validity, and should be given no more respect than the racism of the KKK. Of course, he doesn’t advocate murdering the holders of such views, for which I suppose we should be grateful, but I doubt that all of his fellow sexual revolutionaries will be so accommodating.

It is this dictatorial impulse that lies behind the state efforts to penalize bakers and photographers for refusing to take part in gay weddings, the destruction of Mozilla’s Brendan Eich’s career, the labeling of anyone who is against gay marriage as “homophobic,” and the forced mainstreaming of homosexuality in public schools. It is totalitarian, utterly intolerant of dissent, and determined to destroy anything, including orthodox religion, that gets in its way.

I guess we should thank illiberals like Jeff Barro when they let the mask slip, since every time it happens more people hear about what the Barros of the world really think should be done about those who dare to disagree.

We all know that tax money is used to fund lots of stupid stuff. Research grants to look into the sexual behavior of cocaine-addicted Japanese quail, National Science Foundation funds going to develop a video game based on a high school prom, Forest Service funds used to replace windows in the closed visitor’s center at Mount St. Helens–we all know this happens, and that it’s wasteful and dumb, and we laugh because can’t imagine why anyone, even a federal bureaucrat, would think these good uses for limited resources.

Then there’s the federal spending that goes to underwrite evil. High if not at the top of that list is the $500 million that go every year to Planned Parenthood.

The latest in the interminable parade of repulsive indecency flowing out of Margaret Sanger’s temple to the death cult is the news that the organization has been talking up the pleasures of sado-masochism with teenagers. The invaluable Lila Rose and Live Action has released three videos of Planned Parenthood personnel talking to undercover reporters posing as teens about the wonders of handcuffs, punishment, and asphyxiation (warning: NOT SAFE FOR WORK):

 

 

 

Please note that these are not three portions of one visit to a Planned Parenthood clinic. These are three different interviews done at three different facilities. As Arlo Guthrie said, when you get three people doing it, you might think it’s an organization. A big, revolting organization that makes most of its own money off the baby-killing business, and for the rest takes your money and mine in order to corrupt the minds of children.

Big Government has more about the source of these funds:

Nearly half of the abortion industry giant’s budget is derived from taxpayers. At least a portion of the additional $75 million per year Obamacare appropriates for “sex counseling” through the Personal Responsibility Education Program (PREP) will also go to Planned Parenthood.

According to PREP’s website, the program is “the first federal funding stream for programs that teach about abstinence and contraception for the prevention of pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections (STIs).”

“PREP-funded programs,” the website continues, “must also cover at least three adult preparation subjects, such as healthy relationships, adolescent development, financial literacy, educational and career success, and healthy life skills.”

In addition, the program’s website states, “PREP offers a brand new opportunity – federal funding for science-based sex education that includes information on abstinence and contraception. Until this year, the only dedicated federal funding for sex education was for abstinence-only-until-marriage programs.”

PREP, however, apparently doesn’t think highly of sex education programs that promote abstinence until marriage.

“These programs censor vital information from young people, who have the right to complete, accurate information that will allow them to make informed decisions about their sexual health,” PREP says.

Bondage, sadism, masochism, promotion of pornography, choking games. This is what passes for “science-based” in the Molech cult. This is what your tax dollars are spreading.

This morning, President Obama declared that he couldn’t give a rip about the services that various religious organizations from Catholic Charities to World Vision provide to the people of the United States through their contracts with the federal government. As far as he is concerned, they can get with the gay rights program or take their marbles and go home.

Well, he didn’t exactly say that, but it was the message that was received loud and clear. According to CBS:

President Obama signed an executive order Monday protecting gay and transgender federal contractors from discrimination, the latest in his effort to act on Democratic-supported issues he says are being ignored by the Republican-led House.

“America’s federal contracts should not subsidize discrimination against the American people,” the president told a crowd of supporters gathered in the White House. “I firmly believe that its time to address this injustice for every American.”

The executive order, which the White House announced last month, impacts an estimated 28 million workers, or one-fifth of the U.S. workforce, and does not include an exemption for religious organizations that had been sought by some faith and conservative groups.

The executive order signed Monday amends a 1965 executive order signed by President Lyndon Johnson that prohibits federal contractors from discriminating based on race, religion, gender or national identity, adding sexual orientation and gender to the list of protections. The change will take effect early next year, administration officials said last week.

Another 1969 order from President Richard Nixon prohibited discrimination against federal workers based on race, religion, gender, nationality, age or disability. President Clinton added sexual orientation during his two terms in office, and Mr. Obama adds gender identity to the list. That change will take effect immediately.

Mr. Obama leaves in place an amendment to the 1965 executive order by former President George W. Bush in 2002 that allow religious groups to use religion as a factor in hiring and firing. But he will not grant a religious exemption to the new rule despite lobbying from religious organizations and conservative groups to do so.

That’s awfully nice of him to leave in the provision for religious organizations to take, you know,religion into account when hiring. But apparently the only form of religion that will be allowed is the liberal form that says sexual behavior is of no consequence, a moral triviality, a matter of purely private concern. And since “gender identity” is the new cause du jour, it also means that employers in general, not just religious organizations, will be required to hire a certain percentage of mentally ill people in order to satisfy the White House diktat.

Just as the power to tax is the power to destroy, the power to dole out money is the power to control. It is time for Christian organizations–or at least those that still care about traditional, orthodox Christian teaching on sexuality–to tell the federal government they will no longer be controlled by it. If it means scaling back the work they do, that would be unfortunate, but the alternative is to become arms of a government that is increasingly hostile to Christianity.

It would have been easy to overlook amid the news about the Presbyterian Church (USA), but there was another cliff-jumping this weekend. The Northern Province of the Moravian Church, my former denomination and the oldest of all Protestant churches, also voted to take the plunge:

The 2014 Synod of the Moravian Church, Northern Province has approved a proposal to allow the ordination of gay and lesbian individuals, whether single, married or in covenanted relationships.

By a vote of 181-62, synod delegates approved the proposal, which also includes provisions to revise the Book of Order of the Moravian Church Northern Province to reflect this change, and a call to create a rite for solemnizing covenanted relationships for use in the Northern Province.

“Moravians understand that God’s call to us is to welcome all people, because God’s embrace is far larger than our capacity to imagine,” said the Rev. Dr. Elizabeth D. Miller, president of the Provincial Elders’ Conference of the Moravian Church Northern Province.  “The 2014 Synod responded to God’s leading to receive the gifts of gay and lesbian individuals who wish to serve as ordained servants in the Moravian Church Northern Province.”

“This decision came following much prayer and consideration and many differing opinions were expressed during debate,” said Miller. “We know that there are Moravians who deeply love God, who honor the authority of Scripture and love the Moravian Church who do not agree with this resolution. It is my prayer that as Moravians, in relationship with one another, we can continue to walk together in love, even as we acknowledge our differences.”

It’s amazing how similar the language is among gay advocates regardless of denomination. I’m sure (because I know the way Moravians think) that Dr. Miller thinks she is somehow being very “Moravian” in talking about “welcoming all people” and “acknowledging our differences” and “walking together in love.” In fact, she’s completely interchangeable with Gradye Parsons of the PCUSA, Katherine Jefforts-Schori of the Episcopal Church, Mark Hanson of the ELCA, or any other mainline leader.

There have already been some defections from the Moravian Church over The Issue, defections that the denomination can ill afford because it is so small (fewer than 50,000 members in North America). Moravians do, however, on the whole have an almost infinite capacity for papering over differences and ignoring heresy, the very concept of which is felt to be somehow “unMoravian,” because it suggests that there are some theological affirmations worth fighting about. I remember being gob-smacked twenty years ago when a writer asserted in the denominational magazine that Moravians (whose motto is “in essentials, unity; in non-essentials, liberty; and in all things, love”) have only one essential, Christ–which meant, presumably, that an Ebionite Oneness Pentecostal would have been perfectly suited for ordination. I didn’t think that a widespread opinion then. Now, maybe so.

In any case, whether the Northern Province faces any clergy or membership losses, the pity is that a historically important Christian movement has now officially begun the process of forfeiting any claim on that name.

It seems the gay marriage crowd has gone from human sacrifice to cannibalism. According to Mother Jones:

zombieLast week, the online dating site OkCupid switched up its homepage for Mozilla Firefox users. Upon opening the site, a message appeared encouraging members to curb their use of Firefox because the company’s new CEO, Brendan Eich, allegedly opposes equality for gay couples—specifically, he donated $1000 to the campaign for the anti-gay Proposition 8 in 2008. “We’ve devoted the last ten years to bringing people—all people—together,” the message read. “If individuals like Mr. Eich had their way, then roughly 8% of the relationships we’ve worked so hard to bring about would be illegal.” The company’s action went viral, and within a few days, Eich had resigned as CEO of Mozilla only weeks after taking up the post. On Thursday, OkCupid released a statement saying “We are pleased that OkCupid’s boycott has brought tremendous awareness to the critical matter of equal rights for all individuals and partnerships.”

But there’s a hitch: OkCupid’s co-founder and CEO Sam Yagan once donated to an anti-gay candidate. (Yagan is also CEO of Match.com.) Specifically, Yagan donated $500 to Rep. Chris Cannon (R-Utah) in 2004, reports Uncrunched. During his time as congressman from 1997 to 2009, Cannon voted for a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage, against a ban on sexual-orientation based job discrimination, and for prohibition of gay adoptions.

Next up: the Human Rights Campaign performs magic, resurrecting Joe McCarthy to ask CEOs across the land, “are you now, or have you ever been…”

The gods of gayness are angry, and demand a sacrifice. Mozilla has obliged:

Mozilla prides itself on being held to a different standard and, this past week, we didn’t live up to it. We know why people are hurt and angry, and they are right: it’s because we haven’t stayed true to ourselves.

Apparently the standard on which Mozilla prides itself is absolute conformity of thinking, and punishment of those who dare to defy theZeitgeist. But when the gods are angry, they must be propitiated.

We didn’t act like you’d expect Mozilla to act. We didn’t move fast enough to engage with people once the controversy started. We’re sorry. We must do better.

We forgot that freedom of thought was not supposed to exist at Mozilla, and didn’t remember fact enough. Self-flagellation will begin immediately.

Brendan Eich has chosen to step down from his role as CEO. He’s made this decision for Mozilla and our community.

We built an auto da fe in the company atrium, and Brendan was gracious enough to jump right into it.

Mozilla believes both in equality and freedom of speech. Equality is necessary for meaningful speech. And you need free speech to fight for equality. Figuring out how to stand for both at the same time can be hard.

Mozilla believes in freedom of speech. Feel free to exercise it on the unemployment line.

Our organizational culture reflects diversity and inclusiveness. We welcome contributions from everyone regardless of age, culture, ethnicity, gender, gender-identity, language, race, sexual orientation, geographical location and religious views. Mozilla supports equality for all.

You are welcome to any opinions you like, as long as we approve of them. We believe that all people who think just like we do are equal, while everyone else is welcome to work for Google.

We have employees with a wide diversity of views. Our culture of openness extends to encouraging staff and community to share their beliefs and opinions in public. This is meant to distinguish Mozilla from most organizations and hold us to a higher standard. But this time we failed to listen, to engage, and to be guided by our community.

I’m sorry, there’s more, but I just ate dinner, and I can feel the bile rising. Mozilla obviously belongs to the IngSoc School of Political Doubletalk. Orwell would be proud.

Oh, and in case you’re wondering, no, they never mention what the whole brouhaha was about. Because, transparency and stuff.

On this page, you will find a list of Mozilla products. Until Mozilla decides to respect the First Amendment, I will never use any of their products or recommend them.

You’re on your way to taking over the leadership of a business. You’re a leading thinker and innovator in your industry, a person of impeccable business credentials, someone that any company in your industry would love to have as its CEO. However, it turns out that you don’t hold the correct opinions about a social issue that has nothing to do with your business. So…off with your head! According to the UK’s Independent:

Staff at tech company Mozilla are calling for CEO Brendan Eich to resign a week after he took the job, after it emerged that he gave donations to an anti-LGBT campaign.

Eich contributed $1,000 (£601.11) in support of California’ Proposition 8 in 2008, an initiative which opposed same-sex marriage.

His controversial donation was discovered on a public database, with Mozilla named as his employer, in 2012, the Telegraph reported.

Eich was made CEO of Mozilla, which is behind the Firefox web browser, in late March after his predecessor Gary Kovacs announced his resignation in April last year.

He was previously the organisation’s chief technology officer, and has been associated with Mozilla in its various guises since the 1990s.

According to Mozilla, Eich invented JavaScript, the Internet’s most widely used programming language.

Since his appointment, his colleagues, who regard his anti-LBGT stance as against the company’s ethos, have taken to Twitter to post the message: “I’m an employee of @mozilla and cannot reconcile having @BrendanEich as CEO.”

The company’s ethos? When did Mozilla become a lobbying organization advocating for gay rights? It’s a tech company, for goodness sake. Same sex marriage has nothing to do with what Mozilla does. What’s happening is that employees have decided that they want a political litmus test for their CEO. What’s next? A demand that the CEO support Obamacare? How about a cap-and-trade carbon tax? Or an expansion of food stamps?

Of course, gay marriage is different. It is one of the two sacraments (the other being abortion) of the new secularist religion that is in the process of being established in the United States. Mozilla is a private company, and they can set any requirements they want for their CEO. But this is an indication of a growing societal mindset that says that non-believers are to be ostracized and driven out of not only public life, but any form of leadership public or private. That way lies tyranny.

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