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In August 2012, following the publication of Mark Regnerus’ study on parenting by various types of families, which showed children in homosexual families don’t do as well as those in married two parent biological families, Robert Lopez wrote an article about his own negative experience of growing up with two mothers.
In his article, Robert didn’t even mention homosexual ‘marriage’ – though he has since spoken out against that. He is not totally opposed to homosexual rights – in an article published yesterday, Robert says he supports civil unions and foster care by homosexuals. But none of that stopped homosexual activists from targeting him.
Robert is an academic, an Associate Professor of English and Classics in California. You’d think that academic integrity would allow for freedom of thought and expression. That’s what Robert thought, too.
In this revealing article, Robert writes about how he was targeted by homosexual activists after his initial article was published – and the apalling personal and professional consequences.
If you were in any doubt as to what some of these activists are doing and saying about anyone who opposes them, you won’t be after you read Robert’s account.
As James White, of Alpha and Omega Ministries, said on Facebook about this article,
“Homosexualism has become a militant, life-consuming, truth-suppressing crusade, and there is a clear theological reason for it: those who suppress God's truth are encouraged when others join them in so doing…. So even if a person is not themselves consumed with homosexual lust, they wish to promote the destruction of anyone who would say anything whatsoever in the way of righteousness on the matter for in so doing they provide cover for their own sinful rebellion against God.
Sin loves company, as Paul reminded us in Romans 1:32. It is a lesson, I believe, that homosexualism is the movement that is being used to attack the last vestiges of Christian influence and morality in Western culture---not a movement based upon heterosexual adultery, for example, or a movement supporting theft or anger or whatever else---but a movement built around the most fundamental twisting of the human identity. For the one with eyes trained in inspired writ, there is much to be seen here.”
Read Robert’s story of being ‘targeted’…
Robert Oscar Lopez, First Things, 21/10/2014
I am a professor of English and Classics at Cal State-Northridge, where I began teaching in 2008 after earning my doctorate in English and MA in Classics from SUNY. I specialize in American literature and published a scholarly study of American writers and conservatism in 2011.
On August 6, 2012, I published an essay in Public Discourse, entitled “Growing Up with Two Moms.” It described my life growing up with a lesbian mother and her partner. Discussion of same-sex parenting until that point generally treated the children of gay parents as extensions of gay adults. Whatever was good for gay adults was presumed to benefit children they raised. No serious consideration was given to divergence between the children’s interests and the interests of gay adults who wanted and loved them.
My point was this:
Quite simply, growing up with gay parents was very difficult, and not because of prejudice from neighbors. People in our community didn’t really know what was going on in the house. To most outside observers, I was a well-raised, high-achieving child, finishing high school with straight A’s.
Inside, however, I was confused.
There were loving things about my childhood, but it was hard. That is all I wanted to say. I didn’t argue anything about gay marriage or even gay adoption. Eventually I did come to voice support for traditional marriage laws, but here I only spoke out of my own experience.
The same day, I received an email from someone named Scott “Rose” Rosenzweig, the first of more than a dozen. His message went to my Cal State account and was copied to colleagues and administrators, saying among other things,
Recently, CSUN’s Lopez published a gay-bashing essay about the Regnerus study, on the website of the Witherspoon Institute, which funded the Regnerus study; for reference, Lopez’s politicized gay-bashing is here: http://www.thepublicdiscourse.com/2012/08/6065
Because Lopez very substantially misrepresents what the published Regnerus study says, it is especially disturbing that he was in communication with Regnerus—who did not follow American Sociological Association Code of Ethics guidelines for communicating with the public about sociology. It is especially disturbing to note that as per Lopez’s admission, Regnerus ***first*** contacted Lopez, having seen some of his gay-bashing comments online.
Note how this distorts my essay from personal reminiscence to “gay-bashing,” an inflammatory charge on a college campus, the first in a relentless twenty-six months of harassment. . .
Read the rest of Robert's story - click here.
Hillsong Church held an international conference in New York on the weekend. Prior to the start of the conference a press conference was held by Brian and Bobbie Houston, senior pastors of Hillsong, and Carl Lentz, the pastor of the Hillsong New York City church.
Whilst a press conference about the event might have been unremarkable in itself, widespread press coverage resulted when the issue of homosexual ‘marriage’ was raised by Brian Houston in relation to a question about the ‘relevance’ of the church.
You may have heard about the controversy that has erupted…
This post provides an overview, as well as the primary sources so you can understand what occurred… along with some concluding comments about the need to be forthright about Biblical truth.
After looking at the recent press conference we also look at some of the statements, and changes in policy, regarding homosexuality from Brian Houston and Hillsong in recent years - including similar statements on homosexual marriage in 2013, opposing 'therapy' for dealing with homosexuality, and the REMOVAL of 'homosexuality from the list of 'sexual sins' in the 'Student Code of Conduct' for Hillsong College!
When asked by journalist Michael Paulson, from the New York Times, to clarify his statement about homosexual ‘marriage’, Brian Houston gave an answer that wasn’t definitive on the issue, spoke about a ‘conversation’ occurring in Hillsong about homosexual issues, and avoided Paulson’s specific question about whether their pastors could ‘marry’ homosexual couples. Brian Houston said that the issue of homosexuality, and the “real issues in people’s lives” are “too important for us to reduce it down to a yes or no answer in a media outlet.”
Of course, the media will always want to report on the controversial questions and answers!
Brian Houston has since released a statement, saying,
“Nowhere in my answer did I diminish biblical truth or suggest that I or Hillsong Church supported gay marriage. I challenge people to read what I actually said, rather than what was reported that I said. My personal view on the subject of homosexuality would line up with most traditionally held Christian views. I believe the writings of Paul are clear on this subject….”
We appreciate this statement being made by Brian Houston - but this issue is so serious it warrants close investigation...
So back to the press conference…
The journalist from the New York Times asked ‘how Hillsong strives to be “relevant” as secular values and opinions continue to clash with traditional Christian doctrine’, as reported in an article by Eternity newspaper (Bible Society)....
Click to read our full report...
Our regular News Update has been published ... I started this News Update thinking there wasn't much to report – but, as always, there is a lot going on, both here in Australia and overseas…
The Victorian parliament passed legislation to remove ‘convictions for homosexual sex’, a former adviser claims pornography was distributed in the Victorian parliament, kinders claim ‘Baa baa black sheep is ‘racist’, ‘Secularist Manifesto’ signed in the UK (by a homosexual activist) and the City of Houston demands to see pastors’ sermons (as part of a legal case regarding homosexuality and city ordinances)….
Read the Update . . .
The Norfolk Island Legislative Assembly is about to debate a Bill to LEGALISE same-sex ‘marriage’ (Draft Bill – click here).
The proposer of the Bill, Hayden Evans MLA, along with those advising on the Bill - Professor George Williams and homosexual activist Rodney Croome (of Australian Marriage Equality) - hope to AVOID having it overturned by the High Court – they think that the proposed Bill creates a totally ‘DIFFERENT’ concept of ‘same sex marriage’ instead of trying to change the Marriage Act itself.
How will this affect churches?
Here are two extracts from the draft BILL:
11 Same-sex marriage may be solemnised on any day, &c.
A same-sex marriage may be solemnised on any day, at any time and at any place in Norfolk Island.
14. Form of ceremony
If a same-sex marriage is solemnised by an authorised celebrant, being a minister of religion, it may be solemnised according to any form and ceremony recognised as sufficient for the purpose of the religious body or organisation of which he or she is a minister.
What will happen to ministers who don’t want to participate?
We’ve already asked you to write to PM Tony Abbott and Attorney-General George Brandis to ask them to veto the Bill (click here for ACTION item).
Today we ask you to do two things. . .
1. Draft a short letter and send to the NINE MLAs of the Norfolk Island legislative Assembly.
2. Write a letter to the Administrator of Norfolk Island, Mr Gary Hardgrave.
1. CONTACT Members of the Norfolk Island Legislative Assembly
We also need to POLITELY contact Members of the Norfolk Island Legislative Assembly and ask them to vote against the Bill:
Please tell them (in your own words):
- this Bill is a back-door approach to changing the Australian Marriage Act
- it will affect ALL Australians, not just the people on Norfolk Island
- it will put more pressure on the federal government to legalise homosexual ‘marriage’ for all of Australia.
- Ask them to vote against the Bill
- In 2012, the Australian parliament voted against changing the Marriage Act
- The High Court rejected the attempt by the ACT government to establish same-sex ‘marriage’.
- The promise of ‘tourism dollars’ from homosexual couples coming to Norfolk Island to ‘marry’ might seem appealing – but less than 2% of the population is homosexual and few of those actually choose to ‘marry’ when they have been allowed to do so in other nations.
- A lot of OTHER people will be less likely to come for a holiday on Norfolk Island!
We don’t have email addresses for all nine of the Members.
You could ask the secretariat to send your letter to all nine MLAs.
We do have these from the Government Ministers webpage:
Chief Minister: Hon David Buffett
Minister for Tourism, Industry & Development: Hon Andre’ Nobbs
Minister for Community Services, Deputy Speaker: Hon Timothy Sheridan
Office of the Clerk of the Assembly
2. CONTACT the ADMINISTRATOR of Norfolk Island
If the Bill is passed by the Legislative Assembly, it then goes to the Administrator for “assent” – it can either be considered by him or sent on to the Governor-General, depending on the type of law.
PLEASE write to the Administrator of Norfolk Island:
Mr Gary Hardgrave
Administrator, Norfolk Island
Office of the Norfolk Island Administrator
New Military Barracks
Kingston Norfolk Island 2899
Politely ask him to NOT ASSENT to the same-sex ‘marriage’ Bill if it is passed, using reasons outlined above.