Did the leading association of pediatricians say schools are forcing kids to be gay?

David Barton says they did (via Right Wing Watch).On his radio program Friday, August 5, Barton told his co-host Rick Green that the "leading pediatric association in America" wrote a letter to the superintendents of all the nation's public schools warning them to stop indocrinating students in homosexuality. Barton said the pediatricians told the educators:If you’ll just let this develop naturally, they’ll end up being heterosexual unless you force them to be homosexual.The only part of … [Read more...]

The Response – Good and bad

Rick Perry's not-as-big-as-hoped prayer meeting, The Response is underway in Texas. You can check out the live stream at the website. As I take a break and write, a gospel choir is belting out some sweet praise music. As an evangelical, these songs touch me deeply and as is customary for me lifts my emotions.But then I think about who is paying the bills (host entity) for the event.The folks who think there is honor in the displacement and elimination of Native Americans from the land, wh … [Read more...]

John Adams to Rick Perry: Don't meddle in religion

This morning, Religion Dispatches published my article with advice for Rick Perry from our second President, John Adams.  David Barton is right about one thing: John Adams was a religious person. Adams twice called for national days of prayer and fasting during his presidency and attended many churches of different views. Although Adams had no patience for Calvinists or Catholics, Adams had immense respect for Jesus as an enlightened teacher.  Knowing this, Benjamin Rush lamented to Adams … [Read more...]

Uganda's Anti-Homosexuality Bill on a fast track

I spoke yesterday with Ugandan MP Hon. Otto Odonga who told me that the Parliament will bring back the Anti-Homosexuality Bill soon, perhaps "by the end of August." Although the re-introduction of the antigay bill had been expected, Odonga said the bill is "back from the perspective of the new parliament starting from where the last parliament ended."Since the end of the Eighth Parliament, observers have speculated that the Ninth Parliament might not require re-introduction of bills d … [Read more...]

Ghana's government silent on calls to jail gays

Yesterday, I posted a piece at Religion Dispatches about the response of Ghana's government to my inquiries about the recent calls for arrests of gays. Here is the lead:In the face of reports that Ghana’s Western Region Minister recently called for the arrest of gays, a Ghanaian government source told RD today that the government was not “clamping down” on sexual minorities. The source, who did not want to be named since he was not speaking officially, said that Ghana is a law abiding country a … [Read more...]

Al Mohler presents us with a conundrum

Rev. Al Mohler, who lately has been calling evangelicals to speak honestly about homosexuality, seemed to defend religiously based orientation change yesterday in a column on his website.Much of what he writes about sin and redemption most evangelicals would agree with, but then he says this about Christians and same-sex desire.Christians with same-sex sexual desires must know that these desires are sinful. Thus, faithful Christians who struggle with these desires must know that God both … [Read more...]

Bryan Fischer is no longer alone

He has GOP presidential hopeful Hermann Cain as his partner in the war on the First and Fourteenth Amendments.Anyone want to predict how that will work out for Mr. Cain? … [Read more...]

More on The Response: Did Hitler mimic the Indian reservations?

Here is a tale of two supporters of The Response.John Benefiel is founder of the Heartland Apostolic Prayer Network and endorser of the upcoming prayer meeting, The Response, initiated by Gov. Rick Perry (R-TX) and funded by the American Family Association. Benefiel has focused on repairing relationships with Native Americans. His reasons are spiritual. For instance, he teaches that Oklahoma's high divorce rate is due to the fact that Oklahoma was once home to the Indian Territory, a … [Read more...]


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