Introducing, Neither Mr. or Miss...May 25, 2016
As we’ve continually stated, the secular left is bent on instituting a “genderless society,” and our warning has not been just for effect. It’s already here.
According to The Daily Wire, an Oregon elementary school teacher who identifies as neither male nor female, but “transmasculine” or “genderqueer,” was recently awarded $60,000 by her school district as compensation for the “suffering” she’d endured on the job after coworkers referred to her by the “wrong” pronoun.
Leo Soell, a female fifth grade teacher at Hall Elementary School in Portland, was compensated by the Gresham-Barlow School District after she complained to school officials that her coworkers kept calling her “she,” “lady,” or “Miss Soell.” Soell said she does not identify as male or female and would like to be referred to as “they” instead of “he” or “she.”
According to Soell, she and her co-workers felt frustrated and distracted from the lack of clarity in the school halls about her “transformation.”
No doubt the students did, too! After all, if not “Ms. Soell” or “Mr. Soell,” what are they supposed to call her???
An investigation within the district, which was kept confidential by school officials, found no proof that Soell was harassed. Of course, that didn’t matter. School officials forked over $60K for her emotional “damages” just for good measure.
Oh, and district officials agreed to add all-gender bathrooms to all schools in the district and create mandatory “transgender awareness” trainings for all principals and staff.
Being that Oregon is on the other side of these continental United States, it seems pretty far away from Virginia, but it’s not that far. And neither are its policies.
Students, parents, teachers, school staff, and school boards everywhere: you’ve been warned.
Driving by the local abortion center at 8 am yesterday, I noticed the parking lot was packed. My first thought was, “how sad.” My second thought was, “So that’s what all these folks decided to do with their holiday?” And then it hit me. This holiday? Today? On Martin Luther King Jr. day, the abortion center is packed.
Even if our nation somehow overcomes all the other horrific racial divides and injustices that still exist, even someday should Black Lives Matters have no unmet objective, as long as abortion on demand continues, King’s dream will continue to be just a dream, an unrealized potential. The dream he had was not to see all these women ending the lives of their unborn.
King’s Dream was that our society would recognize the inherent dignity and worth of every human being, regardless of race.
Abortion is the exact opposite. Abortion, preying more aggressively in the minority communities, whispers to mothers that their child does not have worth. Abortion tells mothers that they are not worthy of the support their families and communities could give them during their pregnancy and later as a single mom. Abortion tells men that they don’t have what it takes to support their offspring.
My feminist friends attempt to downplay the beliefs of Planned Parenthood’s founder Margaret Sanger, while applauding Planned Parenthood; however, its origins and continuing disproportionate impact on minorities can not be overlooked. Dr. Alveda King, niece of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and Director of African American Outreach for Priests for Life, has been quoted saying “Sanger was an elitist, racist advocate of limiting, and even eradicating, those she deemed unworthy of life. She wrote of ‘weeding out the unfit,’ of preventing the birth of defectives or those who will become defective.” While no longer the stated mission of the organization, today, in the black community, there are still approximately 483 abortions for every 1000 live births.
So, on MLK day, like each day I see cars in the parking lot of the abortion center, I pray:
Lord, let each woman parked here get a glimpse of someone, a friend, a family member, a faith leader, who could help support her in her time of crisis.
Lord, let the fathers of these children rise up and tell these moms they will be there for this new family.
Lord, may these mothers sense the beauty and potential encapsulated in the life they carry.
Lord, grant each woman the moment of courage they need to stop a plan in motion they will regret.
Lord, don’t let abortion continue to devastate the black community.
The Interconnectedness of Social Issues
The Interconnectedness of Social Issues
Have you ever paused to think about just how interconnected our social issues really are? Perhaps you’ve recognized that whether it’s issues involving life, marriage, parental authority, religious liberty, poverty or general morality, nearly every social ill we face today seems to flow naturally from one fatal tendency of man; that is, the tendency to exercise our sexual desires outside of the bounds prescribed by the One who made us. Without exception, the moment we do this, things begin to go awry.
You don’t have to be a religious person to recognize both the personal and societal harms that result from unrestrained sexual behavior. Its destruction lies everywhere and affects everyone, and all of us can see its negative impacts (abuse, rape, broken families, fatherlessness, betrayal, addiction, trauma, abortion, etc.). We may like to indulge our appetites for certain inclinations, but we never like the bitter consequences that follow. And even while much of what’s happening in our culture today is little more than our attempt to avoid these consequences (e.g. abortion, government subsidized contraception, special legal protections for sexual behavior, suppression of contrary religious viewpoints, etc.), the damage is inescapable.
In my work at The Family Foundation, I’ve become acutely aware of the interconnectivity of issues and how one’s view on human sexuality lies at the heart of most every issue we encounter. (Our five core values are Life, Marriage, Parental Authority, Religious Liberty, and Constitutional Government)
Consider just a few of these connections. Sex before marriage results in unintended pregnancies, which often lead to abortions, the majority of which are sought by younger unmarried women. Meanwhile, sex before marriage disincentivizes marriage, enabling individuals to enjoy a primary benefit of marriage without the corresponding responsibilities of commitment, fidelity, and financial support. This, among other things, leads to fatherlessness and a loss over time of what it means to be a father. Children who grow up without a father figure active in their lives are significantly more likely to end up in prison and impoverished. Children born to unmarried parents suffer the lack of security and stability that comes with the marriage bond.
Sexual relationships other than a married, monogamous man and woman dilute the understanding of the importance of marriage, distort the ideal standard for healthy human relationships, and destroy marriages and families. Adultery in marriage leads to insecurity, distrust and betrayal, often culminating in divorce. Divorce leads to at least a million other complications which need no extrapolation, but especially for the children of that union. Same-sex civil relationships purposefully deprive children the ability to have both a mother and a father, which every child deserves whenever possible. Growing up without a mother or a father impacts a person negatively in deep and profound ways which manifest themselves in many other areas.
Most of the threats to religious liberty in our culture today have been the direct result of the formal elevation of homosexuality or of a person’s subjective identification as something other than their biological sex. Whether it’s declining to participate in a same-sex “wedding” ceremony, the hiring of employees whose beliefs and life choices are consistent with the organization’s mission, maintaining separation among males and females in areas of bodily exposure, objecting to paying for others’ contraception drugs or devices, or resisting government coercion to perform an abortion or “sex change” operation (just to name a few), every one of these scenarios has been made a heresy or a crime as a direct outgrowth of this same source. And each time, religious freedom comes under direct attack.
Many of the issues involving parental authority confirm this same narrative. Whether it’s parents’ ability to be informed of and/or object to sexually explicit instructional materials for their children while in school, parents’ right to opt out of government-sponsored sex education, or parental notification before their child has an abortion or receives birth control drugs, unhealthy views about sex continue to threaten parental rights.
The connections are endless, I assure you. Yet for all of the problems we inherit as a result of our own or others’ unhealthy sexual behaviors, the good news is that we already know the solution.
It’s a simple yet profound formula: Preserve sex for a life-long monogamous marriage.
That’s the solution. And from it flows strong nuclear families, with a husband and wife, bearing (or adopting) and raising children in a loving stable home with a mom and a dad. If we’re smart and we really want to fix our problems, we will not reduce this concept to a “Leave it to Beaver” episode of days gone by. I challenge anyone to come up with a better idea. There aren’t any.
So then if that’s the case, why aren’t so many of us doing it? Well probably, among other reasons, because it’s hard. It takes a lot of work. And it compels us to not think of ourselves first, but to put other’s needs and desires ahead of our own. And yet as we are witnessing today and will continue to see in more glaring ways, the alternatives have infinitely more drawbacks and prove much harder in the end. And unlike our formula, they were not designed for human flourishing – which is what we’re all really striving for.
At The Family Foundation, our heart is for free people to flourish and prosper, and to live the healthiest and most fulfilling life they can live. So we have chosen to promote and protect the family. We have recognized that if we want to restore a broken culture and to maintain our freedom, we must restore the traditional nuclear family. There simply is no other way. And that’s good news for everyone.
The general sentiment regarding this year’s election season, it seems, at least based on my limited number of Facebook friends, can be summed up by the bumper sticker above.
Of course, I have a few #neverhillary and a few #nevertrump and a few #nevercared friends, so my analysis, like most public polling, is slightly unscientific and open to interpretation. But all-in-all, there seems to be a consensus of, shall we say, discomfort with the current election cycle?
The rantings of many seem to fall along the lines of, “How did we ever get here?” and “How did it get this bad?” and “Among 300 million people these are the best candidates we could find?” and so on.
My question is: why are we surprised? Moreover, isn’t this exactly what the American people want?
After all, it seems pretty apparent that a vocal number (majority?) of Americans want a secular (i.e. Godless) government. So, the logical outcome of that desire is to have secular (i.e. Godless) candidates for office.
And that is exactly what we have.
So why all the whining? Isn’t this exactly what most Americans desired?
Like the Israelites of the Old Testament demanding a king, despite the dire warnings of God himself, Americans have been demanding a government no longer built on moral principles but one instead built on subjective, emotional, pandering outcomes. They desire a government, much like themselves, unconstrained by “archaic” ideas of virtue and instead one that provides every need to the point of demanding that the government affirm them in their chosen lifestyle.
Politics is downstream from culture, so the saying goes. Consequently, the candidates we have today are really just a reflection of who we are as a culture.
I would expect, because of this, for the American people to be celebrating two narcissistic, greedy, power hungry candidates obsessed with sex or sex issues. But instead, we see much weeping and gnashing of teeth. Why?
As America has lurched further and further from its albeit not always lived up to Judeo-Christian moorings, polling has shown that nearly two-thirds of the population believe we as a nation are “headed in the wrong direction.” Yet, our population continues to embrace the very things that push us further and further into social oblivion, a society that produces the very candidates for office they claim to loathe.
Unfortunately, nothing is likely to change until those Americans who don’t like the direction of our nation finally realize that abandoning our first principles is exactly why we’re headed down the wrong path.
Perhaps the angst we’re all feeling over this election is because when we see the candidates for president, we see ourselves as a culture, and it isn’t a pretty reflection.