Saturday, October 25, 2014

New Group "Outs" Virginia Transgender Health Commissioner




FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                  CONTACT: Linda Wall, CEO        
                                                         October 23, 2014                                                                                               757-657-1141                                                                                                                   


PRESS RELEASE
 
NEW GROUP "OUTS" VIRGINIA TRANSGENDER HEALTH COMMISSIONER
Yorktown,Virginia – Virginia Mass Resistance, a Judeo-Christian group, made its first public appearance today with the launch of an awareness campaign about the transgender Health  Commissioner of  Virginia.  Information packets went out by mail to all members of the Virginia General Assembly, clergy members of  Virginia as well as civic leaders.  The packets included various public information items clearly showing the transformation from manhood to perceived womanhood.
In January of this year, Governor McAuliff  appointed Marissa Levine, the former Mark Levine, as interim Health Commissioner.   At some point the "acting commisioner" became the official face for Virginia health issues.
"Whether or not the appointment of Levine had a hidden political agenda or not remains to be seen",  commented Linda Wall,  the CEO of Virginia Mass Resistance.  Wall went on to add,  "In light of the eradication of 1.3 million votes defining marriage as one man and one woman and Levine  side-stepping the General Assembly's law regarding safety regulations for abortion clinics, the question arises, how much will the citizens of Virginia tolerate? "
Virginia Mass Resistance is a Judeo-Christian group of Virginians whose objective is to resist all forces opposing the Judeo-Christian foundation of the Commonwealth. Contents of the mailer may be viewed at virginiamassresistance.com.
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Friday, October 24, 2014

Love & Truth Network

Love & Truth Network

Love & Truth Network

Love & Truth Network is a national organization. Ministry opportunities are plentiful and amazing!  We're meeting with Christian leaders and leadership teams, for now focusing most of our efforts in the Northeast.

cross and old church.100x150Most Christian leaders are becoming more and more aware of the growing cancer of serious relational & sexual brokenness thriving in our churches, and often, our own lives. Regardless of solid Biblical preaching & teaching to abstain from sexual sin, the numerous statistics about regular patterns of sexual immorality within the church and church leadership, are undeniable. Truth alone, though essential and foundational, is not sufficient to alter the behavior of most people attending church Sunday after Sunday.

Clearly, to be truly effective the church must to do more. To begin with, we have to realize that sexual immorality is functioning as a powerful counterfeit to "meet" deep and legitimate needs. Each of us have significant inner wounds, to one degree of another, from the sin and brokenness all around us. Kids are especially vulnerable; we're men and women with deep and infected wounds stemming as far back as our early developmental years as children.

Painful emotional wounds that we've learned to ease with a Praying for you_original.112x150variety of things (food, television/media, gambling, video games, electronic gadgets, shopping, busyness, workaholism, drugs/alcohol, but especially sexual immorality) need to be healed not just confessed as sin. These are profound issues that most churches never speak of, let alone provide help. So in times of loneliness, boredom, emotional hunger, etc… the painful emotional wounds of many vulnerable Christians prompt sinful attempts to meet their own needs in powerful but destructive ways.

Healing Weekends | comingoutloved

Healing Weekends | comingoutloved

MEN'S HEALING WEEKEND

  ||  Mother's Healing Weekend  || Father's Healing Weekend


Breakthrough Men's Healing Weekend

Breakthrough unhealthy relational patterns and behaviors; learn to connect with men on a deeper level; and move to a new place of healing in your journey.

Our small group of 10-12 men will be immersed in 48 hours of experiential healing, processing, reflecting, and sharing our lives with each other. Each man will leave with concrete action steps to assist him in his continued growth into manhood.

The group will work through:
  • Discovering your authentic self and real needs
  • Processing pain and hurt through experiential exercises
  • Learning ways to engage with men and get your deepest needs met
  • Healing wounds from the past and present
  • Male bonding through physical and emotional exercises

The weekend will be led by IHF Founder, Richard Cohen, MA and IHF Director, Christopher Doyle, MA, LCPC

Agenda:

Friday
3-5 pm
Participants Arrive
5 pm
Dinner
6-9 pm
Seminar
   
Saturday  
8 am
Breakfast
9 am -9 pm
Seminar (breaks for lunch and dinner)


Sunday

8 am
Breakfast
9 am - 4 pm
Seminar (break for lunch)

Cost:
Seminar fee, lodging, and 6 meals (Friday dinner-Sunday lunch): only $649 ($599 for early registration until July 1). Participants are required to pay and fill out a registration form at least 4 weeks in advance. First come first served, as space is limited.

Register Here


Key to Your Child's Heart
Mother's Healing Weekend
November 14-16, 2014

The weekend is designed for mothers of a same-sex attracted or gay-identified child. The goal is for each mother to grow personally and as a Parent/Coach, to learn how to better love and understand your struggling child, and to uncover how your own unresolved issues may be blocking your family's path to healing.

This weekend away is set at our beautiful country farmhouse retreat in rural Maryland. Our small group of 8-10 mothers is a safe place to process, learn, and heal. You will leave with answers, tools, techniques, and hope to help yourself, your child, and your family.

Psychotherapist, Christopher Doyle, MA, LCPC and an experienced family coach facilitate the weekend.

Cost: $399
Includes 5 meals and 48 hr seminar. Lodging is not included. There are several options for lodging both at the retreat center and off-site. Contact us for more details. Participants are required to pay and fill out a registration form at least 4 weeks in advance. First come first served, as space is limited.

Register Here


Key to Your Child's Heart
Father's Healing Weekend

December 5-7, 2014

This weekend will give you the opportunity to connect with other fathers that are in the same position as you, and learn together how you can rise up and face the challenges that affect our families and children! You will gain great insight into your child's needs by learning, growing, and taking part in group activities with each other during this interactive weekend!

You will be empowered by understanding how your own background has influenced your parenting, while at the same time, realizing how you can lead your children and family into a healthier future.

This weekend away is set at our beautiful country farmhouse retreat in rural Maryland. Our small group of 8-10 fathers is a safe place to process, learn, and heal. You will leave with answers, tools, techniques, and hope to help yourself, your child, and your family.

Psychotherapist, Christopher Doyle, MA, LCPC assisted by an experienced parent and relationship coach will facilitate the weekend.

Cost: $399
Includes 5 meals and 48 hr seminar. Lodging is not included. There are several options for lodging both at the retreat center and off-site. Contact us for more details. Participants are required to pay and fill out a registration form at least 4 weeks in advance. First come, first served, as space is limited.

Register Here

All participants are required to sign a code of conduct upon registration that they are attending the seminar as a participant for educational, therapeutic, and/or healing purposes. No part of this seminar may be recorded electronically or by any other means, and all details of therapeutic processes demonstrated, described, or taught must be kept confidential (except when used in professional or ministerial practice with clients) and are intellectual property of the International Healing Foundation.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Cultural Comment: Author John Grisham is Wrong About Child Pornography | Porn Harms by Morality in Media

Cultural Comment: Author John Grisham is Wrong About Child Pornography | Porn Harms by Morality in Media

Cultural Comment: Author John Grisham is Wrong About Child Pornography

In a recent interview with The Daily Telegraph, best-selling author John Grisham defended those who view child porn, saying "We have prisons now filled with guys my age. Sixty-year-old white men in prison who've never harmed anybody, would never touch a child." His statement, since retracted, illustrates his profound ignorance of the crime of child pornography.

Mr. Grisham correctly identifies a significant law enforcement problem: the inflation of our nation's prison populations with child pornographers. But his proposed solution, a slap on the wrist for most child pornographers, would only result in fuller prisons with higher turnover rates.

We must understand that the problem he identifies is an Internet Age problem. Two decades ago, child porn was nearly wiped out in America due to the aggressive efforts of law enforcement. Easy access to child porn on the Internet is a factor in the reversal of that success. But one must ask why men in such enormous numbers today visit child porn sites and trade child porn.

Do we have an influx of pedophiles? Not likely. Most child pornographers today in fact are not pedophiles. Rather they are men of all ages and economic backgrounds—even teens—who, in regularly consuming pornography, have experienced a powerful psychological desire to move from images of topless women to harder and more deviant pornography, including sometimes a desire for child pornography. This urge to seek newer and harder porn occurs because the brain demands novelty for the user to maintain sexual stimulation. What was once exciting becomes boring with repeated exposure. In this regard, porn sex is markedly different from marital sex.

This need to deviate from softer porn to hardcore porn has not escaped the attention of law enforcement officials engaged in child pornography investigations and prosecutions. Defendants often express to law enforcement that their porn consumption over time "got out of control" and led them to child porn. This explains why these same defendants are often married, professionally successful men with children or grandchildren—those we least expect to be engaged in this foul crime.

Mr. Grisham provides insight to this phenomenon with an anecdote about his friend imprisoned for child pornography crimes. He explained that one night, his law school buddy was drunk and, looking for Internet porn, found a site offering pornographic images of 16-year-old kids. His need for novelty might have been sated for the moment, but it also pushed him into the middle of an FBI child porn investigation. The fact that today's most common search term for pornography is "teen" demonstrates that porn users have now developed tastes for younger and younger performers. Grisham's friend was purposefully looking for child sexual abuse images by seeking out images of 16-year-olds and he easily found them.

From his ivory tower, Mr. Grisham commented that there is a distinction between child molesters and those who view and download child porn, and that those viewing child porn "don't hurt anybody."   What a tragic statement. He would not say such a thing if he were viewing the situation from the child's perspective, as law enforcement does. Child pornography is the photographic representation of the rape and sexual exploitation of a child, a crime of monumental proportions. No child can give consent to such activity. The great harm to the child involved in this exploitation is repeated with every viewing of the image, even by friends of Mr. Grisham. Worse, these child porn offenders are significantly more likely to eventually abuse a child sexually, as experienced law enforcement officers know.

If we want to stop the heinous crime of child pornography, we must strictly enforce our nation's laws that prohibit possession and distribution of child pornography. We must also vigorously enforce federal and state laws that prohibit the distribution of hardcore adult pornography because it is that material that leads many to child porn.

MIM_Pic_PatHeadshot_FINALPatrick Trueman is a former chief of the U.S. Department of Justice Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Criminal Division, in Washington, D.C. He is currently President of Morality in Media.

Houston Pastor Subpoenas Show Consequences


Houston Pastor Subpoenas Show Consequences of Electing Candidates to Office Who Do Not Share Your Va

***NEWS RELEASE***


For Immediate Release|
October 23, 2014

CONTACT:

Deborah Hamilton, Hamilton Strategies, 215.815.7716, 610.584.1096, DHamilton@HamiltonStrategies.com

 

Houston Pastor Subpoenas Show Consequences of Electing Candidates to Office Who Do Not Share Your Values

PFOX – 'Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays and Gays':
Pastor Subpoenas in Texas a Powerful Reminder to Vote with Values on November 4

RICHMOND, Va.—A heated debate is raging in Houston after a homosexual activist mayor and city attorneys subpoenaed pastors' sermon notes and church conversations dealing with homosexuality, transgenderism or the mayor herself.

The subpoenas stem from an issue last spring, when Mayor Annise Parker and two homosexual city council members spearheaded a non-discrimination ordinance that gives special rights and protections to homosexuals. The "bathroom bill," called the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO), granted "equal rights" to gay and transgender individuals so that men could use women's restrooms and vice versa. HERO passed in June, despite vocal opposition from the Houston community.

The headlines, says Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays & Gays (PFOX, www.pfox.org), a non-profit organization serving ex-gays and families with a homosexual loved one, are a powerful reminder for Americans to vote for candidates who share their values in the upcoming election on November 4.

"This situation is a grave reminder that Americans must take seriously our right, privilege and duty of voting with our values at heart," said PFOX Executive Director Regina Griggs. "The people of Houston were concerned and feared for the safety of their citizens as a result of an ordinance pushed through by the vocal homosexual and transgendered community —an ordinance that the public needed to weigh in on. So these concerned citizens organized and collected 50,000 signatures so the issue could be put in front of voters in the true democratic progress. But representative democracy did not prevail, and the people were silenced as the petition was thrown out. Then, adding insult to injury, pastors were called before the government because some of the petitioners had signed the petition within church walls—which is absolutely legal.

"This a clear example of why we must vote for and elect candidates who share our values—this is why we vote for a particular candidate. It may not be feasible to elect candidates who do not hold your same values; in doing so you give up your voice. Voters, keep this question in mind when you head to the ballot box on November 4."

After HERO was passed, Houston citizens collected more than 50,000 petition signatures—well over double the number needed to put the issue before voters. Under Parker's leadership, however, the city council rejected the petition on a technicality, citing alleged irregularities in the petition. Now, as the city and Parker's administration fight a lawsuit associated with the ordinance, attorneys for the City of Houston sent five pastors subpoenas, demanding they turn over sermon notes and private communications with church members.

Mayor Parker has conceded that the subpoenas may have been 'overly broad,' and on Friday, the word "sermon" was removed from the list of materials being demanded, but the subpoenas remain.

PFOX is a national non-profit organization that supports families and educates the public on sexual orientation and the ex-gay community. PFOX supports an inclusive environment for the ex-gay community and works to eliminate negative perceptions and discrimination against former homosexuals by conducting public education and outreach to further individual self-determination and respect for all Americans, regardless of sexual orientation. 

PFOX believes that every person seeking positive life change needs and deserves the love and support of friends, family, the community and the church and strives to offer a place for help, a place for truth, and a place for the ex-gay to participate in the conversation about same-sex attraction. PFOX families love their homosexual child unconditionally, believing that true love is granted in spite of our differences by treating each other with kindness and respect. Each year, thousands of men and women with unwanted same-sex attractions make the personal decision to leave a gay identity through gender-affirming programs, including counseling, support groups, faith-based ministries and other non-judgmental environments. 

For more information on PFOX, visit www.PFOX.org or email info@pfox.org.

Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays & Gays is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with a mission to support families and educate the public on sexual orientation and the ex-gay community.

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To interview PFOX Executive Director Regina Griggs or another representative from PFOX, contact Deborah Hamilton at dhamilton@hamiltonstrategies.com, 215-815-7716 or 610-584-1096.


States, People Have a Duty to Resist Judicial Marriage Activism - BarbWire.com

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Friday, October 17, 2014

PFOX: Houston Pastor Subpoenas Target Those Protecting Natural Marriage


PFOX: Houston Pastor Subpoenas Target Those Protecting Natural Marriage

***NEWS RELEASE***


For Immediate Release
October 17, 2014

CONTACT:
Deborah Hamilton, Hamilton Strategies, 215.815.7716, 610.584.1096, DHamilton@HamiltonStrategies.com

 

PFOX: Houston Pastor Subpoenas Target Those Protecting Natural Marriage

 

RICHMOND, Va.—Another dust-up between the homosexual agenda and those working to protect natural marriage and the traditional family is making headlines in Houston this week.

Social media exploded on Wednesday when word spread that the City of Houston, led by lesbian Mayor Annise Parker, and its attorneys recently sent subpoenas to five pastors, demanding they turn over their sermon notes and other church communications—stomping on the pastors' freedom of religion and freedom of speech rights.

Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays & Gays (PFOX, www.pfox.org), a non-profit organization serving families and the ex-gay community, says the move strips the pastors' rights and also targets those who believe in protecting heterosexual marriage, including ex-gays.

"It's unbelievable that we have reached a point in America—a country built on freedom of speech and religion—when pastors' sermons are being reviewed for objectionable content that may be biblically correct but not the message that an anti-Christian and anti-ex-gay vocal minority wants heard," said PFOX Executive Director Regina Griggs. "The homosexual agenda wants to silence the majority and the church, thus they attempt to intimidate pastors by threat of a lawsuit, but the constitutional freedom of speech and religion still exists in America."

The subpoenas stem from an issue last spring, when the mayor and two homosexual city council members spearheaded a non-discrimination ordinance that gives special rights and protections to homosexuals. The "bathroom bill," called the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO), granted "equal rights" to gay and transgender individuals so that men could use women's restrooms and vice versa. HERO passed in June, despite vocal opposition from the Houston community.

Concerned about the mayor's aggressive homosexual agenda, Houston citizens collected more than 50,000 petition signatures—well over double the number needed to put the issue before voters. Under Parker's leadership, however, the city council rejected the petition on a technicality, citing alleged irregularities in the petition. Now, as the city and Parker's administration fight a lawsuit associated with the ordinance, attorneys for the City of Houston sent five pastors subpoenas, demanding they turn over sermon notes and private communications with church members.

Mayor Parker recently conceded that the subpoenas may have been 'overly broad,' but the City has not recalled the subpoenas.

Earlier this month, PFOX successfully hosted its second annual Ex-Gay Awareness Month Conference over two days in Washington, D.C. And earlier this year, PFOX unveiled its new web site to serve as an encouraging resource for parents and friends who are supporting an ex-gay or gay family member. Found online at www.pfox.org, the site provides help and support to ex-gays and their family and friends as they live out their daily lives. PFOX believes knowledge is power and wants to keep the community informed of the latest news concerning ex-gays and the ex-gay community by disseminating accurate information and debunking misconceptions about ex-gays and same-sex attraction.

PFOX is a national non-profit organization that supports families and educates the public on sexual orientation and the ex-gay community. PFOX is for every person seeking the support of family, friends, the community and church. PFOX supports an inclusive environment for the ex-gay community and works to eliminate negative perceptions and discrimination against former homosexuals by conducting public education and outreach to further individual self-determination and respect for all Americans, regardless of sexual orientation. 

PFOX believes that every person seeking positive life change needs and deserves the love and support of friends, family, the community and the church and strives to offer a place for help, a place for truth, and a place for the ex-gay to participate in the conversation about same-sex attraction. PFOX families love their homosexual child unconditionally, believing that true love is granted in spite of our differences by treating each other with kindness and respect. Each year, thousands of men and women with unwanted same-sex attractions make the personal decision to leave a gay identity through gender-affirming programs, including counseling, support groups, faith-based ministries and other non-judgmental environments. 

For more information on PFOX, visit www.PFOX.org or email info@pfox.org.

Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays & Gays is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with a mission to support families and educate the public on sexual orientation and the ex-gay community.

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To interview PFOX Executive Director Regina Griggs or another representative from PFOX, contact Deborah Hamilton at dhamilton@hamiltonstrategies.com, 215-815-7716 or 610-584-1096.