Glitter Ash Wednesday

LGBT-friendly churches are planning to mix glitter with the ashes that are imposed on Ash Wednesday.

This “Glitter Ash Wednesday” event is being planned to give “an inclusive message,” showing that LGBT folks can also be Christians.  Here is a link to the organizers.

So are those who are receiving ashes, along with the glitter, repenting?  That is what ashes and Ash Wednesday and Lent are all about. The message from activists is usually that being LGBT is good, suggesting that there is nothing about this identity to repent about.

When the Cross is smeared on their foreheads, will they receive the words, “You are dust, and to dust you shall return”?  That’s about death, the wages of sin.  Ash Wednesday is supposed to face up to that.  How can you glitter that up?

Will there even be a Cross on the forehead?  Would you put glitter on the Cross at Calvary?  The Cross is about suffering, sacrifice, atonement.  What is the meaning of a glittery Cross, and how can such happy party imagery help a person who is LGBT? [Read more…]

The fall of the gay right-winger

Milo_Yiannopoulos,_Journalist,_Broadcaster_and_Entrepreneur-1441_(8961808556)_croppedConservatives used to have moral qualms about homosexuality, but Milo Yiannopoulos had become a right wing celebrity.  A strong supporter of Donald Trump and defender of the alt.right, Yiannopoulos enflamed college campuses with politically-incorrect mockery of feminists, leftists, and speech codes.

The militantly gay Yiannapoulos was an editor for Breitbart News and was invited to give a keynote address at CPAC, the big conference and pep rally for conservative activists.

But a tape turned up in which Yiannapoulos defended sex between adult men and 13-year-old “boys.”  He later insisted that he was opposed to pedophilia, but in the tape he defines pedophilia as sex with young children.  He considers sex with adolescents who have reached puberty as fair game.  (The law doesn’t consider it that way.)

So CPAC cancelled his appearance, his publisher cancelled a book deal, and he has resigned from Breitbart.

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And now multigender

625px-Whitehead-link-alternative-sexuality-symbol.svgHow many genders are there?  Jenny Crofton says an infinite number.  And that each person has a unique gender.  (That doesn’t add up to infinity, but let that pass.)  She goes on to describe the phenomenon of “multigender.”  She says that individuals can have change their genders, inhabit more than one gender at the same time, switch genders according to one’s company, and on and on.  She lists 12 specific types of multigender.

You can be any combination of genders you want and change them at will.  BUT, she says, you must NOT commit the sin of cultural appropriation.  You can’t be a “two-spirit” gender, as in some native American cultures, because only native Americans can be that.

Also, if you are multigender, as I guess everyone is, you are to be considered “trans.”  And you are oppressed and should be on the lookout for microaggressions.  Crofton goes on to give the answers to 10 questions you may have. [Read more…]

Why millennials are having less sex

2314507559_f0b038bfb8_zMillennials are having less sex than their peers in previous generations.  But it isn’t, for the most part, because they are embracing Christian sexual morality.  Rather, it is largely because their sexual desires (especially for men) are being slaked by pornography.  And because their main relationships are often online rather than in the flesh.

Lutheran pastor Hans Fiene, of Lutheran Satire fame, has a provocative article on this phenomenon in The Federalist.  He makes the case that pornography and virtual relationships are uniquely crippling emotionally and morally.  Whereas the sexual desire that leads to a relationship with a real person and then to marriage creates a whole range of virtues.
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Don’t expect a religious freedom order

Celebrating_a_new_America_-lovewins_58242_(18588276403)A draft copy of an Executive Order on religious freedom was leaked, creating indignation among liberals and joy among social conservatives.  It would allow for an exemption for those whose religious beliefs do not allow for accommodation on LGBT issues.

But Trump has been given a whole raft of Executive Order drafts, whose supporters hope for his signature.  Now it’s being reported that this one is not going to be signed.  It would appear to violate his previous commitment to non-discrimination for LGBT folks.

 

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Birth as the “moral fault line of our time”

Birth Born Newborn Baby Child Healthy Baby InfantChristmas is about birth, Kevin Williamson reminds us, which is what reminds us most of our physicality.  No wonder, he says, birth is also “the great political and moral fault line of our time.”

Consider all of the moral issues that have to do with birth, whether preventing it or negating it:  abortion, sex outside of marriage, pornography, today’s much vaunted fantasy of sex with robots.  Consider the political and ideological issues:  fears of overpopulation, health care, feminism, child poverty, education problems, child-raising controversies, embryonic stem cell research, reproductive engineering, adoption, divorce, marriage, family values.

Williamson says that our confused attitudes about birth tie into our confused attitudes about the body.  One can see in his examples the current gnostic revival, which denies the spiritual significance of the physical realm (as in being “spiritual but not religious”) and rejects the body (as in transgenderism and in the transhuman dream of downloading our minds into the internet so that we don’t need our bodies anymore).

Against the gnostic worldview, we have the Nativity–the conception, birth, and infancy of God Himself as a physical, embodied human being–and the Holy Family.
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