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Last year, Freedom X supported PFOX against the California legislation by filing an amicus brief with the U.S. Supreme Court. Now, we're stepping up our campaign. You see, children and their parents should have the right to seek professional counseling for whatever behavioral issue they want. As a Christian parent, shouldn't you be entitled to raise your child to respect the Bible's admonitions against homosexual behavior and other biblically unacceptable practices?  Shouldn't children confused about their same sex attractions due to sexual molestation be allowed to see the therapist of their choice?
 
But understand something: the Left has an agenda, and for it to succeed, it needs to recruit our children when they are the most vulnerable and impressionable. If they stop licensed SOCE therapists from treating our children with unwanted same sex attraction, a new and more permissive generation of homosexuals will emerge. And the Christian faith that you and I apply to our lives and use as a moral compass will soon vanish.
 
That is why this fight is so critical. This fight is only one way the Left wants to undermine our Judeo-Christian traditions, beliefs, practices and values. But if we can make governments come to understand that banning SOCE therapy discriminates on the basis of sexual orientation, we can begin to save our children from having to live a life contrary to nature and the Bible; a life which they do not have to live. 
 
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President Obama Acts to Protect LGBT Workers

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

 

President Obama Acts to Protect LGBT Workers

"Many of you have worked for a long time to see this day coming."

That's what President Obama told the audience in the East Room of the White House yesterday morning, before he signed an Executive Order prohibiting federal contractors from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.

The President explained how, because of the audience's "passionate advocacy and the irrefutable rightness of [their] cause, our government -- government of the people, by the people, and for the people -- will become just a little bit fairer."

Yesterday's Executive Order amends Executive Order 11246, issued by President Lyndon B. Johnson, adding sexual orientation and gender identity to the list of protected categories in the existing Executive Order covering federal contractors.

"It doesn't make much sense," President Obama said, "but today in America, millions of our fellow citizens wake up and go to work with the awareness that they could lose their job, not because of anything they do or fail to do, but because of who they are -- lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender. And that's wrong."

Find out more about the President's Executive Order to protect LGBT workers.

See what organizations around the country are saying about yesterday's action.

Watch the President talk about today's Executive Order.

President Barack Obama signs an executive order regarding further amendments to Executive Order 11478, Equal Employment Opportunity in the Federal Government, and Executive Order 11246, Equal Employment Opportunity, to protect LGBT employees from workplace discrimination, in the East Room of the White House, July 21, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Amanda Lucidon)

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Former Homosexual Reveals 'Unmitigated Disaster of Gay Marriage'

Former Homosexual Reveals 'Unmitigated Disaster of Gay Marriage'

Former Homosexual Reveals 'Unmitigated Disaster of Gay Marriage'

David Kyle Foster
David Kyle Foster

For over 10 years I lived the homosexual lifestyle, and for 34 years I have not. And there are very good reasons for that difference. To those who suggest that I never was homosexual, my response is, "Does sleeping with over 1,000 men count?"

Oh yes. I was homosexual, though like most, I never wanted to have such attractions. I saw the narcissism and arrested emotional development all around me, and in me. Guys flitting around like Peter Pan were sometimes cute and funny, and certainly nonthreatening, but I wanted to be a grown up. I wanted to be a man. I wanted to be strong, solid, stable and reliable.

I recognized the obsession with youth and beauty that drove their fantasies and lusts and knew that once I entered my thirties, the thrill of being wanted would quickly come to an end. I cringed at the epidemic of perverse sexual behaviors commonly practiced and celebrated by gay culture and wanted nothing to do with them.

Such behaviors were so obviously perverse. Simple anatomical design declared it. A man was designed to interact sexually with a woman. That's the design. And when sex is practiced outside of that design, physical damage and a legion of diseases are unleashed—not to mention the judgments of the Lord described in Romans 1:24-32: "God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual immorality ... God gave them over to shameful lusts ... receiving into themselves the due penalty for their perversion ... God gave them over to a depraved mind, to do what ought not to be done," and in 1 Corinthians 6:9-10: "the sexually immoral ... those who practice homosexuality ... will not inherit the Kingdom of God."

God created a man and a woman to become one flesh in a lifelong covenant of love (i.e., "marriage"), and to be fruitful and multiply when possible. God invented marriage. He designed it as a prefigurement of the marriage between Jesus and His Bride, the Church (Ephesians 5:31-32), and laid out its parameters from the dawn of time. Even cultures that do not know Him have followed that design from the beginning. There is no ambiguity about His design nor His description of it in the Scriptures. Indeed, every departure from that model is universally condemned and forbidden by Him, for what it does to our bodies, our souls and to the image of God that is stamped into the one flesh, marital union of male and female.

Having same-sex desires is a great trial—there is no doubt about it. The feelings have as great an intensity as those found in the alcoholic for alcohol, the drug addict for drugs, the smoker for nicotine. And in all such cases, it seems unfair to the natural mind that God would allow us to have such intense desires yet not allow us to act on them.

The idea floated by so-called "gay theology" that God created people to be homosexual (i.e., that He is the cause for such desires) is as ridiculous for the homosexual as it is for the drug addict. The Scriptures are clear about what God designed and what He desires. They are also clear that because of the sinful actions of our forebears, we are born with a sin nature that pulls us strongly in various destructive directions. Homosexual desire, born from a complicated convergence of our fallen nature, idolatry, rebellion, temperament, environment, experiences and developmental factors is just one more way that happens.

It does no good to pretend that it is good and natural and holy. That's called denial. Statistics overflow with evidence that homosexual sex causes damage to body, soul and spirit. It actually damages the body of the partner. It tears at the body in ways that result in homosexual sex being the number one risk factor for contracting AIDS in this country. In fact, an entire cottage industry of scientific study and medical care has arisen from the proliferation of gay sex in our modern culture.

Homosexual behavior also tears at the soul, causing much higher rates for substance abuse, suicide, depression, domestic violence, early death—even in the most gay-friendly regions of the globe. Why? Because active homosexuals are trying to find something through gay relationships that can never be found there. The happiness that they seek can only be found in submitting their sexuality to the Lordship of Christ and allowing Him to bring healing to the broken areas that have caused their homosexual desires. Yes, it's a slow and sometimes arduous path to take, just as it is for the addict, but the only one that leads to joy, peace and eternal life with God.

All that to say—the term "gay marriage" is an oxymoron. It is an invention of broken man in defiance against the expressed desire and design of God for mankind. It is the fallen creature trying to tell the omniscient Creator how things should be. Even the misnamed "gay Christian"—those who practice homosexuality without repentance and therefore are not Christian—are examples of man praising God with his lips while his heart is far from Him (Matt. 15:7-9)—calling Him Lord, Lord, while refusing to do what He says (Matt. 7:21-23; Luke 6:46). To invent a form of marriage that defies the natural and spiritual order is insanity and can only lead to the destruction of those involved, and according to Scripture, even the society that allows it to happen (Gen. 19:1-29; Jude 5-7; Rom. 1:32).

We all know that marriage is in a bad state these days. Our population has laid the groundwork for faux marriages by practicing adultery and in other ways rebelling against the meaning and purpose of sex and marriage. But inventing and sanctioning homosexual marriages is a logarithmic jump in rebellion and consequent disaster.

In a high percentage of marriages these days, the children will spend a part of their childhood without their original mother or father, and that is very sad and can be very harmful for them. But in so-called "gay marriages" you are guaranteeing that the children will grow up without a mother or father in the home. You are guaranteeing it! You are state-sanctioning that deprivation and becoming a co-conspirator in the consequent damage to their well-being.

And yet the gay-supporting media presses on with its relentless drumbeat, promoting homosexual behavior, relationships and so-called marriage just as ferociously as it promotes the destruction of children in their mother's wombs.

A newly released two-hour documentary called Such Were Some of YouSuch Were Some of You attempts to counter that agenda with truth. In it, 29 former homosexuals expose the facts about homosexuality, its causes and how Jesus has set them free from it.

The film opens with people on the street giving their opinion about claims that are made by activist homosexuals in the press, followed by expert teaching on those same questions by Christian leaders like Dr. Michael Brown and Dr. Neil T. Anderson, as well as theological correctives from the worlds top scholar on the biblical texts concerning sexual behavior, Dr. Robert Gagnon.

But what makes this film so powerful are the moving stories of being saved, set free, healed and delivered from the brokenness of homosexuality by those who have gone through that great trial. With love and sensitivity for friends still trapped in the gay lifestyle, they also describe the process by which God has brought healing to the brokenness that created their same-sex desires in the first place.

As the Scriptures promise in Revelation 12, they have overcome by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony. God also says in Rev 21:6-7: "I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. To him who is thirsty I will give to drink without cost from the spring of the water of life. He who overcomes will inherit all this, and I will be his God and he will be my son."

And to the reader, hear the word of God found in 1 Corinthians 6:11 (speaking of practicing homosexuals, among others): "And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God."

Click here to see the trailer of Such Were Some of You.

David Kyle Foster is a graduate of Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (M-Div) and Trinity School for Ministry (D-Min). His autobiography, Love Hunger, has just been released by Chosen Books, and he is the author of Sexual Healing and Transformed Into His Image. He is also the executive director of Mastering Life Ministries and the producer/director of Such Were Some of You.

Your Turn

Former Homosexual Reveals 'Unmitigated Disaster of Gay Marriage'

Former Homosexual Reveals 'Unmitigated Disaster of Gay Marriage'

Former Homosexual Reveals 'Unmitigated Disaster of Gay Marriage'

David Kyle Foster
David Kyle Foster

For over 10 years I lived the homosexual lifestyle, and for 34 years I have not. And there are very good reasons for that difference. To those who suggest that I never was homosexual, my response is, "Does sleeping with over 1,000 men count?"

Oh yes. I was homosexual, though like most, I never wanted to have such attractions. I saw the narcissism and arrested emotional development all around me, and in me. Guys flitting around like Peter Pan were sometimes cute and funny, and certainly nonthreatening, but I wanted to be a grown up. I wanted to be a man. I wanted to be strong, solid, stable and reliable.

I recognized the obsession with youth and beauty that drove their fantasies and lusts and knew that once I entered my thirties, the thrill of being wanted would quickly come to an end. I cringed at the epidemic of perverse sexual behaviors commonly practiced and celebrated by gay culture and wanted nothing to do with them.

Such behaviors were so obviously perverse. Simple anatomical design declared it. A man was designed to interact sexually with a woman. That's the design. And when sex is practiced outside of that design, physical damage and a legion of diseases are unleashed—not to mention the judgments of the Lord described in Romans 1:24-32: "God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual immorality ... God gave them over to shameful lusts ... receiving into themselves the due penalty for their perversion ... God gave them over to a depraved mind, to do what ought not to be done," and in 1 Corinthians 6:9-10: "the sexually immoral ... those who practice homosexuality ... will not inherit the Kingdom of God."

God created a man and a woman to become one flesh in a lifelong covenant of love (i.e., "marriage"), and to be fruitful and multiply when possible. God invented marriage. He designed it as a prefigurement of the marriage between Jesus and His Bride, the Church (Ephesians 5:31-32), and laid out its parameters from the dawn of time. Even cultures that do not know Him have followed that design from the beginning. There is no ambiguity about His design nor His description of it in the Scriptures. Indeed, every departure from that model is universally condemned and forbidden by Him, for what it does to our bodies, our souls and to the image of God that is stamped into the one flesh, marital union of male and female.

Having same-sex desires is a great trial—there is no doubt about it. The feelings have as great an intensity as those found in the alcoholic for alcohol, the drug addict for drugs, the smoker for nicotine. And in all such cases, it seems unfair to the natural mind that God would allow us to have such intense desires yet not allow us to act on them.

The idea floated by so-called "gay theology" that God created people to be homosexual (i.e., that He is the cause for such desires) is as ridiculous for the homosexual as it is for the drug addict. The Scriptures are clear about what God designed and what He desires. They are also clear that because of the sinful actions of our forebears, we are born with a sin nature that pulls us strongly in various destructive directions. Homosexual desire, born from a complicated convergence of our fallen nature, idolatry, rebellion, temperament, environment, experiences and developmental factors is just one more way that happens.

It does no good to pretend that it is good and natural and holy. That's called denial. Statistics overflow with evidence that homosexual sex causes damage to body, soul and spirit. It actually damages the body of the partner. It tears at the body in ways that result in homosexual sex being the number one risk factor for contracting AIDS in this country. In fact, an entire cottage industry of scientific study and medical care has arisen from the proliferation of gay sex in our modern culture.

Homosexual behavior also tears at the soul, causing much higher rates for substance abuse, suicide, depression, domestic violence, early death—even in the most gay-friendly regions of the globe. Why? Because active homosexuals are trying to find something through gay relationships that can never be found there. The happiness that they seek can only be found in submitting their sexuality to the Lordship of Christ and allowing Him to bring healing to the broken areas that have caused their homosexual desires. Yes, it's a slow and sometimes arduous path to take, just as it is for the addict, but the only one that leads to joy, peace and eternal life with God.

All that to say—the term "gay marriage" is an oxymoron. It is an invention of broken man in defiance against the expressed desire and design of God for mankind. It is the fallen creature trying to tell the omniscient Creator how things should be. Even the misnamed "gay Christian"—those who practice homosexuality without repentance and therefore are not Christian—are examples of man praising God with his lips while his heart is far from Him (Matt. 15:7-9)—calling Him Lord, Lord, while refusing to do what He says (Matt. 7:21-23; Luke 6:46). To invent a form of marriage that defies the natural and spiritual order is insanity and can only lead to the destruction of those involved, and according to Scripture, even the society that allows it to happen (Gen. 19:1-29; Jude 5-7; Rom. 1:32).

We all know that marriage is in a bad state these days. Our population has laid the groundwork for faux marriages by practicing adultery and in other ways rebelling against the meaning and purpose of sex and marriage. But inventing and sanctioning homosexual marriages is a logarithmic jump in rebellion and consequent disaster.

In a high percentage of marriages these days, the children will spend a part of their childhood without their original mother or father, and that is very sad and can be very harmful for them. But in so-called "gay marriages" you are guaranteeing that the children will grow up without a mother or father in the home. You are guaranteeing it! You are state-sanctioning that deprivation and becoming a co-conspirator in the consequent damage to their well-being.

And yet the gay-supporting media presses on with its relentless drumbeat, promoting homosexual behavior, relationships and so-called marriage just as ferociously as it promotes the destruction of children in their mother's wombs.

A newly released two-hour documentary called Such Were Some of YouSuch Were Some of You attempts to counter that agenda with truth. In it, 29 former homosexuals expose the facts about homosexuality, its causes and how Jesus has set them free from it.

The film opens with people on the street giving their opinion about claims that are made by activist homosexuals in the press, followed by expert teaching on those same questions by Christian leaders like Dr. Michael Brown and Dr. Neil T. Anderson, as well as theological correctives from the worlds top scholar on the biblical texts concerning sexual behavior, Dr. Robert Gagnon.

But what makes this film so powerful are the moving stories of being saved, set free, healed and delivered from the brokenness of homosexuality by those who have gone through that great trial. With love and sensitivity for friends still trapped in the gay lifestyle, they also describe the process by which God has brought healing to the brokenness that created their same-sex desires in the first place.

As the Scriptures promise in Revelation 12, they have overcome by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony. God also says in Rev 21:6-7: "I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. To him who is thirsty I will give to drink without cost from the spring of the water of life. He who overcomes will inherit all this, and I will be his God and he will be my son."

And to the reader, hear the word of God found in 1 Corinthians 6:11 (speaking of practicing homosexuals, among others): "And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God."

Click here to see the trailer of Such Were Some of You.

David Kyle Foster is a graduate of Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (M-Div) and Trinity School for Ministry (D-Min). His autobiography, Love Hunger, has just been released by Chosen Books, and he is the author of Sexual Healing and Transformed Into His Image. He is also the executive director of Mastering Life Ministries and the producer/director of Such Were Some of You.

Your Turn

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Such Were Some of You - Trailer

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'The Religion Thing:' Play Looks at Struggles of Interfaith Couple, Married Ex-Gay Man

'The Religion Thing:' Play Looks at Struggles of Interfaith Couple, Married Ex-Gay Man

'The Religion Thing:' Play Looks at Struggles of Interfaith Couple, Married Ex-Gay Man

July 18, 2014|4:09 pm

NEW YORK — "The Religion Thing," by award-winning playwright Renee Calarco, explores the pitfalls of an interfaith marriage and how the past demons of a Christian couple (an ex-gay and ex-party girl) disrupt their new marriage and reformed lives.

Danielle O'Farrell (Patti) and Andrew William Smith (Jeff) in The Religion Thing, at the Cell Theater in New York City. (Photo: projectytheatre.org/Jimmy Ryan)

Danielle O'Farrell (Patti) and Andrew William Smith (Jeff) in "The Religion Thing," at the Cell Theater in New York City.

"The Religion Thing," making its run in New York City through Aug. 1, portrays how two career-successful best friends and their husbands manage being a lapsed Catholic (Mo) married to a non-practicing Jew (Brian), and a former and repentant party girl (Patti) finding "perfect love" with a born-again Christian (Jeff).

Jeff, whose story typifies much of the ongoing debate about Evangelicals and sexuality, insists like a good Christian that the past is the past and that "none of it counts anymore." Only trouble is, Patti's new husband has a reason for trying to bury his old life. And like each main character, his past comes back to haunt him — or, since he is an "Evangelical" — to tempt him in ways apparently no amount of prayer can avail.

"You're with some reformed gay guy, so now you're all about Jesus," Mo tells Patti, refusing to make much of her longtime friend's marriage or newfound faith.

While some might view Calarco's Christian characters as stereotypical (Patti and Jeff marry just months after meeting at a megachurch's singles event) or even cast in a negative light (are they truly converted or in denial?), the scenarios that play out seem to certainly ring true.

When Mo and Jeff get into a heated debate about whether people are born gay or choose a sexual expression, Jeff insists his former homosexual lifestyle falls into the latter category. Thanks to behavior modification, self-control and prayer, he is a changed man. But for Mo, and for some of the play's New York City audience, the term ex-gay does not exist and conversion, or reparative therapy, is a lie; a zebra cannot change its stripes.

In the bedroom is another story. It is there, at their most private and intimate moments, that Patti and Jeff give the audience a glimpse at the possible struggles, suspicions and hang-ups married ex-gay men and their wives face. Does Jeff close his eyes during sex because he is letting himself go, or is he reaching into the past? And when he confesses a slip-up and desperately vows, "It will never happen again!" — it is not quite clear if Calarco wants the audience to believe him.

As for Mo, she and her husband Brian are at a crossroads, with serious talk of having children finally showing them where they stand. "I want them to be mine," Brian tells Mo. He is afraid of having children who will have to straddle a half-Jewish, half-Catholic fence, or worse yet, who might reject the rituals and traditions of their father's faith.

"The Religion Thing" is very much an adult play, with occasional adult language (that does serve a purpose). The actors put on excellent performances and the brilliant transformation of The Cell theater's tiny set for a variety of settings are praiseworthy. It is the witty and well-timed dialogue, however, that makes the play worthwhile.

"The Religion Thing" is presented by the Project Y Theatre Company. The two-hour play features Andrew W. Smith (Jeff), Curran Connor (Glick, Grampa, Sister Mark Kevin, Bill), Katharine McLeod (Mo), Jamie Geiger (Brian) and Danielle O'Farrell (Patti). Learn more online: http://www.projectytheatre.org.

Friday, July 18, 2014

How Gay is America? Not So Much - The Rush Limbaugh Show

How Gay is America? Not So Much - The Rush Limbaugh Show

How Gay is America? Not So Much

RUSH: What do you think, just off the top of your head -- or maybe you've heard. What do you think the percentage of the American population is that's gay? 

Let me just take a stab at it.  I'm not gonna mention any names on the other side of the glass.  I just want all three of you to tell me what you think the answer.  There's no wrong answer. I mean, there is a wrong answer and a right answer, but I'm not doing this to trick anybody, and there have been recently some media figures who have spouted a figure that's incorrect. (interruption) 

Okay, well, no, you just tell me: What do you think the gay population of the country is?  (interruption)  Okay... (interruption) Okay, 5%.  What do you think, Snerdley? (interruption) Three percent.  What do you think? (interruption) Three?  (interruption) What do you think?  Five percent of the population. Okay.  I think it was The Forehead on CNN recently said that one-out-of-10 Americans are gay. 

Well, the Washington Post says that less than 3% of the US population "identify themselves as gay, lesbian, or bisexual," and these are numbers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  Why would...? Now, wait a minute.  Of all government agencies, why would the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention be figuring out the sexual orientation of the American population? 

Well, just asking. I mean, why wouldn't the Census be reporting these numbers? Why does the Center for Disease Control and Prevention even know this? Well, I can see where they would know given they're part of government.  Why are they the source for this?  "The National Health Interview Survey, which is the government's premier tool for annually assessing Americans' health and behaviors..."

(Gasp!)  What?  Health and behaviors?  Okay.  "The National Health Interview Survey ... found that 1.6% of adults self-identify as gay or lesbian, and 0.7%, seven-tenths of a percent consider themselves bisexual."  So that adds up to 2.3%.  "The overwhelming majority of adults, 97.6% label themselves as straight in the survey most recently taken in 2013."

"An additional 1.1% declined to answer."  They said they didn't know or they said they were something else. They were not gay, they were not lesbian, they were not bi, and they were not straight. They were something else.  Now, given pop culture, are you shocked that less than 3% of the population is gay?  I'm just asking.  

BREAK TRANSCRIPT

RUSH:  Okay, you're a casual observer of media and let's say that you spend a lot of time watching prime-time television.  You can't miss a television show where one or more of the stars, major characters, are gay.  Story lines revolve around the gay lifestyle, homosexuality, any number, both socially and politically.  You can't miss it.  It is everywhere in the pop culture. 

Now, how does this happen?  If less than 3% of the population is gay, how does 2.3% of the population end up dominating both the pop culture and political worlds?  How does this happen?  I would venture to say that people who do not know, solely by virtue of their immersion in pop culture, would be shocked to learn the gay population is less than 3%.  Most of them would think it'd be much higher, what with all the talk about gay marriage, what with all the gay entertainment story lines presented, by the way, in a positive way, not snarky or anything of the sort. 

So I imagine a lot of people hearing this are surprised.  "What? Less than 3%, how can that be?"  So put another way, 97% of the population is not.  So how does it happen?  To me, folks, this is a fascinating question and answer that explains how major culture shift occurs.  How in the world can 2% of the American population end up dominating, in many ways, an entire political party and entertainment pop culture?  Because there is an answer to this. 

They couldn't do it alone.  They're not large enough.  There aren't enough.  They do not, in strength and numbers alone, have any power whatsoever.  So from where do they get their power?  How do they derive it and how is it used and how is it implemented?  And then how is that power used to persuade?  And, by the way, not just persuade, but to effect real change? 

Let's do it another way.  What percentage of the population of this country self-identifies as conservative?  The last I saw it was 35, 37%, something, might be 33.  Don't know.  The exact number is not important.  It's over 30, and it's under 40, so it's somewhere in there.  The self-identified portion of the population that's liberal is 20%.  The self-admitted gay population is 2%.  So how is it that a combined 22% of the population has succeeded in relegating 37% of the population as the real minority, and not just a minority, but an extreme, wacko, insane, lunatic, you name it, minority? 

How has it been possible?  How has a genuine, I mean, a microscopic minority been able to flip things on a majority in practically everything?  There's one common element that links all this, and it's the media.  It is the media that expands, solidifies, creates impressions of large and big and powerful, by virtue of -- I mean, it's as simple as saying that if half of the prime-time network television programs feature gay characters and gay story lines in a positive nature, what are average, ordinary, unaware viewers, what are they going to conclude? 

So it takes this really small minority. Even if you combine the self-identified liberals with the self-identified homosexuals, you're at 22% versus 37, 35, whatever it is, percent.  It's 37.  Thirty-seven percent self-identify as conservative.  How has all this happened?  And right there, the answer, and you know it as well as I do, it's the media.  The media has decided who they're going to align with and promote and, in so doing, they have established basically a falsehood. 

They have created an impression that is not accurate that everybody believes, or a lot of people believe.  So much so that the self-identified majority in this country now believes that it barely exists.  The 37% of the population that identifies as conservative thinks that it is barely hanging on by a thread, in terms of numbers.  That 37% thinks it is outnumbered by liberals and that 20% liberals includes African-Americans and probably includes the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender population. So it may not be 22, it may just be 20% total.  But if you break that down even further then you've got the African-American population is, what, 13% and declining, by the way. 

So how does this happen?  Can the media alone do it?  Just your average, ordinary, everyday reporters and writers and television hosts, are they enough? Even if they're all aligned and unified, is that enough to pull this off, or do they need backup, do they need an imprimatur?  Who is it that allows them?  They're all employees.  Who is it that allows them?  The reporters, the television hosts, you name it, the writers of these shows, the producers of these shows, the directors of these shows, who is it that permits them to do all this?

I mean, if you have knowledge that 2% of the country is gay, why would anybody do prime-time television programming oriented?  That's certainly not mass appeal, so why would you do it?  A-ha.  You're not doing it for mass appeal.  There's a political agenda behind it.  This is my point.  There's a political agenda to everything that the left does.  And part of the political agenda is creating mirages, creating falsehoods, making what isn't true look real.  And they're able to do it with a combination of consistency and pictures. 

It's a fascinating thing.  We really are being governed by, we are engaged in a roiling of our culture that is resulting in massive, seemingly overnight changes that are in no way associated with the majority of the country, and yet they continue to happen and made to look as though the real majority barely even exists.

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RUSH: Here's Greg in San Diego as we head to the phones.  First call today.  Great to have you, sir.  Hello.

CALLER:  Thanks, Rush.  It's very exciting.  I think I have an answer for or at least an opinion on your question about how does the minority relegate a majority.  It has to do with distribution of method.  In business we always look at our market share.  If we were to look at our market share of distribution of our message, Big Government versus conservatism, the Big Government people have about a 95% market share now through the alphabet news stations, ABC, CBS, NBC, academia, newspapers, Hollywood. Where we only have about 5% market share of our distribution of message, mainly through your show, Sean Hannity's show, several others, and a little bit of Fox News.  That's it.

RUSH:  Wait.  You left somebody out of there.  You didn't mention the Republican Party in there, Greg. 

CALLER: Imagine that. (chuckles)

RUSH: (laughs)  You can't even include the Republican Party in the less government-market share message.

CALLER: Mmm-hmm.

RUSH: That's profound.

CALLER:  It's interesting that the same group of people got cut off from funding several years ago because of that. So I guess we're on our own, the conservatives versus Big Government types. Their market share might get bigger because the distribution now will include the Republicans. So the fight is even bigger. Now, if we sit back and look at how do we increase our market share or distributional methods --

RUSH:  Well, here. There's an answer, because now the answer to that involves -- I guess -- the shrinkage of the sample.  We can say, for example, that the homosexual population is less than 3% of the country, but what percentage of the entertainment industry is the gay population?

CALLER:  Hey, Rush, can I sidebar for a second?  There's a truck in front of me that has a Reagan-Bush bumper sticker on it.  I'm on the freeway.

RUSH:  Is there a gun rack that you can see in the rear window?

CALLER:  No.  It's just a Chevrolet.

RUSH:  It's a Chevrolet?  And still on the road?  With a Reagan-Bush sticker?

CALLER:  Surprised it's not pulled over with its foot out waiting for a tow truck.  Just kidding.  Anyway, let's go back to distribution of message.

RUSH:  That's what I'm talking about.  If you reduce the sample size, instead of saying what is the gay population of the country and reduce it to what is the gay population of the entertainment industry, you got a big difference there, I would guess.  I have no idea what the number is, but I know it's larger than 3% -- and it's gotta be way, way higher than that. 

But even with that, even with that, it still takes a legitimizing factor.  It also requires a portrayal of the gay lifestyle in a certain way in order to create the message that you want.  You can't just have gay characters.  You've gotta portray them in a certain way.  All of this requires a common element. It requires the media, be it ownership, be it the news... You can say that the TV itself is media, which it is. 

The market share example is a good way to look at it, but then when you get into market share, market share doesn't explain everything.  In business, the most sought-after thing is the profit.  You can have all the market share in the world; if you're not profitable, it won't matter.  I give you two examples, Samsung versus Apple, without getting into great detail about that. 

Regardless, no matter how we do this, it's all going to end up back at the media.  It's gonna end up back at the media and who runs that, to explain all of this massive cultural shift, all of the political shift, the cultural change. It's all gonna lead back to that, and I tell you if you want to take it there, it's all gonna lead back to the ruling class versus country class. 

Always.  The ruling class is a small bunch of people compared to the rest of the country.  They're tiny.  Call 'em the elites, whatever you want. The 1%, the truly rich, they are tiny.  But the power!  What gives them the power?  How do they use it and so forth?  It's all being done here to illustrate the size of the challenge that exists here. 

You can either come up with a strategy to wrest control of the media from those who currently have it, or you can devise a strategy that would seek to discredit the message of the media.  Regardless of however you go, whichever strategy you decide to employ, it's a massive undertaking.

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RUSH:  Gay bashing?  There wasn't any of that. (interruption)  Oh, I can see your point, but I wouldn't worry about it.  Snerdley's all concerned that my brilliant segment on perceptions in the first hour is going to lead to stories of me gay bashing.  There wasn't any gay bashing.  Everything in it was factual. 

Greetings, and welcome back, El Rushbo, serving humanity, executing assigned host duties flawlessly, zero mistakes.  Our telephone number is 800-282-2882, e-mail address ElRushbo@eibnet.com

I did forget one salient piece of data.  The Centers for Disease Control reports -- of all the government agencies it's kind of odd that they would be reporting this instead of the Census, but nevertheless, the CDC says that 2.3% of the American population self-identifies as gay.  Now, that, by the way, self-identifies, it's not that it's been discovered. This is what people admit. So it could be a little higher, could be a little lower, it's all dependent on how honest people are with the researcher.  But we'll use the 2.3% number since that's what's published.  The thing I left out is the percentage of the population that's gay that the American public believe is true.  What do you think that is? 

Now, this all started with me asking the trusted and loyal staff here for their wild guesses on what they thought the percentage of the population in America that's gay is, and they said three to five percent.  The Forehead, Paul Begala on CNN said recently that one in 10.  I think it was The Forehead, said that one in 10 Americans are gay.  The number's 2.3%.  But then when I left out was what does the average American believe the gay population percentage is, and why? 

Most Americans, a majority of Americans think that the gay population is 13 times higher than 2.3%.  And that is a testament and the evidence of the assertion that I made that you cannot -- I mean, you have the self-admitted majority in this country is conservatives, 37%.  The people who self-admit or self-identify as liberal is 20%.  And then of that 20%, 2.3% for the most part identify as gay.  Now, most gays are leftist, but there may be some who aren't. So it's not necessarily true that all 2.3% are contained in the 20% that identify as liberals, but it's close. 

Let's see the actual number here.  It's 13 times.  The average American believes that the gay population is 13 times higher than the 2.3% that it really is.  And that's the media. But the media can't do it alone.  They have to have people that allow them to.  They're all employees.  We had a caller talk about market share.  "Wait a minute, Rush, the percentage of the population is one thing, but what about market share?"  And he said the market share for the proposition that Big Government's the answer to everything is 95%.  They own it, they're everywhere, and that may be five or 10 percent wrong either way, but the market share argument is also interesting, at least to facilitate an understanding of the challenge ahead.

I think something crucial in all this is literally understanding why something is, you know, what is the nature of the problem, what's the reason for it.  So essentially young Americans, defined as Americans under 35, believe 30% of the population's gay.  How does that happen?  The real percentage is 2.3, but persons under 35 think it's 30%.  Now, you and I know the answer to this. 

It's not just that there are TV shows that star gay actors and actresses.  They're now portraying gay characters with gay storylines, and they're positive.  They are excellent parents. They have warm and fun-loving families and all this.  They're now becoming preachers and ministers. So you see how a purposeful effort can succeed.  You can take a genuine minority and convince people that it is much larger than it is.  But it really is in the pop culture that you find the primary agents of influence, I think. 

So, again, it's just a way of illustrating how this happens, and I firmly believe that you couldn't -- again, I don't mean to be repetitive here -- but you couldn't have any of this happen were it not for the fact that the bosses want this to happen. The people that run the entertainment networks, companies, organizations, TV studios, movie studios, publishing houses, they want it to happen.  They may, in fact, actually be gay themselves.  That's where the market share argument comes into play. You can say, "Okay, the population of the country, 2.3%, but what is the population percentage of Hollywood that's gay?"  It's gonna be a much larger number. 

A fascinating thing to me is that the functioning, real live, living and breathing majority has successfully been relegated to a status that most people think is dying out, barely holding on, made up of some of the weirdest, kookiest, stupidest freaks. That's the majority in this country and how it is thought of.  The majority, in terms of self-identifying.  

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Just How Different are Female and Male Sexual Orientation? - CornellCast

http://www.cornell.edu/video/lisa-diamond-on-sexual-fluidity-of-men-and-women

July Newsletter 2014

July Newsletter 2014

Dear Friends,

Greetings from the Family Talk ministry team. Dr. Dobson is currently out of town working on a new DVD project that I will explain in detail in a moment. He would appreciate your prayers as he completes this creative work on behalf of the family.

As you've likely read in Dr. Dobson's recent newsletter and email updates, our devoted ministry leader has been engaged in what may be the busiest and most productive year of his life.  He continues to host the daily broadcast program, and to speak in the media and across the nation on behalf of healthy marriages, solid Christian parenting, the sanctity of human life, and promoting righteousness in the culture.
Dr. Dobson has also been working night and day to bring you three brand new and life-changing resources that represent the culmination of nearly 40 years of clinical wisdom, research, and life experience. 

First, Dr. Dobson recently completed his much-anticipated book, Your Legacy – The Greatest Gift (available in September, 2014).

It is the capstone for all the books he has written for families in the past 47 years. The theme is winning your children to Jesus Christ.

Next, he is presently putting the final touches on an intense two-year DVD project called Building A Family Legacy.

This will consist of eight presentations recorded live from three larger churches. The series is a companion program to the Legacy book.  We invite you to join us for the release of the Building a Family Legacy library on October 1-5, 2014, with a worldwide, free simulcast at www.buildingafamilylegacy.com. As you may know, Dr. Dobson released a film series in 1979 called Focus on the Family (not related to the ministry). The publisher announced last week that more than one hundred million people saw the film. That could be considered the first bookend in his professional life. This new DVD series is the second bookend and we are very excited about it.

Finally, Family Talk is excited to officially announce the creation of a partnership with the American Association of Christian Counselors.

AACC is an incredible organization of educators and leaders that serves more than 50,000 members and is committed to building excellence and professionalism in Christian counseling.  Together with AACC, Dr. Dobson has been developing 15 professional certification, undergraduate, and graduate college courses in three key concentrations: Parenting and Child/Adolescent Development, Marriage and Family Studies, and Family Advocacy and Public Policy. Not only will these courses be available to Christian counselors and church lay leaders, but students of all ages can participate in online courses as part of degree programs or simply to gain a deeper personal understanding of how to impact their family.

Training | Desert Stream

Training | Desert Stream

Training | Desert Stream

If you would like to start a healing group within your local church or strengthen an existing Living Waters group in your area you should come to our next training!

Why get trained?

The Leadership Training Seminar equips men and women for effective ministry to the sexually and relationally broken and is required to be a group coordinator.

How am I trained?

Participants are trained through a combination of large group teaching, ministry sessions and small groups.

The main emphasis of the training will be greater personal healing for you. Through healing prayer, we invite the Holy Spirit to mend our various wounds. As we enter into the healing process together, we learn how to heal others.

What is taught?

Teachings will be on a variety of issues such as:

  • Effective Prayer Ministry
  • Understanding and Praying for the Healing of Sexual Abuse
  • Overcoming Addiction
  • Restoring Boundaries
  • The Roots of Our Brokenness
  • Becoming Responsive to the Father's Love
  • The Cross and Confession
  • Releasing Living Waters and CrossCurrent into the Local Church
  • Restoring Honor to Men and Women
  • Listening for the Healing Word
  • Renouncing Idols
  • Forgiveness

Participants will become familiar with the Living Waters program and its 20 lessons in the Living Waters: Restoring Relational Integrity through the Broken Body of Christ guidebook.

Who should come to a training?

Living Waters Training is for men and women seeking to start a healing group in their local church or strengthen an existing group in your area. If you are in leadership, whether in healing ministry, an existing group or in a pastoral position you are encouraged to apply.

As one who will be leading others through a healing process it is expected that you have entered into your own process of healing and found freedom and growth in Christ-centered relationships.  Those still bound by compulsive behaviors are discouraged from applying.

What is the cost?

The costs are as follows and include all meals, accommodations and seminar materials:

Standard Room, 2 per room, 2 twin beds
Private Room
$900.00 per person
$1200.00 per person

(Private rooms will be given on a first come, first served basis)

When can I get trained?

November 1st-7th, 2014
April 25th-May 1st, 2015
October 24th-30th, 2015

More Training Information

Contact: lwtraining@desertstream.org

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Health survey gives government its first large-scale data on gay, bisexual population - The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/health-survey-gives-government-its-first-large-scale-data-on-gay-bisexual-population/2014/07/14/2db9f4b0-092f-11e4-bbf1-cc51275e7f8f_story.html

Former Homosexuals Rise Up to Declare that Jesus Christ Can Change the Homosexual - Christian Newswire

Former Homosexuals Rise Up to Declare that Jesus Christ Can Change the Homosexual - Christian Newswire

Former Homosexuals Rise Up to Declare that Jesus Christ Can Change the Homosexual - Christian Newswire

Contact: David Kyle Foster, 'Pure Passion' Media c/o Mastering Life Ministries, 615-507-4166, MLifeM@aol.com; www.SuchWereSomeOfYou.org; www.MasteringLife.org

FRANKLIN, Tenn., July 15, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ -- Newly released documentary "Such Were Some of You" confronts the rising tide of popular opinion by chronicling the stories of 29 former homosexual men and women who say that Jesus Christ has transformed their lives. Experts in psychology, (Dr. Julie Hamilton), biblical scholarship (Dr. Robert Gagnon) and ministry (Dr. Neil Anderson) add their voice to the claim that people have been leaving homosexuality for millennia.

Created to be used in Sunday School classes, support groups and other group settings, "Such Were Some of You" has been designed as a discipleship and equipping tool for the Body of Christ. The "witnesses to change" describe how they developed homosexual confusion, what the gay lifestyle was really like, how Jesus Christ set them free and the many ways that He has been healing and transforming their lives ever since. Participants include ex-gays from numerous ethnic backgrounds and age brackets, including one former gay activist who dramatically declares at one point, "I am free!"

This two-hour documentary is available on DVD in a "Regular Edition" and a "Leader's Edition" (which includes a Discussion Guide and a license to screen the video in group settings). For more information, go to: www.SuchWereSomeOfYou.org and www.PurePassionMedia.org. Also available for screening in churches and conferences.

About "Mastering Life Ministries"
For 27 years, Mastering Life Ministries has been creating teaching resources for sexually bound and broken people as well as for the larger body of Christ that help them more redemptively minister to friends and loved ones. Our radio, TV, and video productions have garnered Angel, Covenant and Telly Awards. For further information, contact Dr. David Kyle Foster (producer) at
MLifeM@aol.com or by calling 1-615-507-4166. For a Press Kit, or to interview Dr. David Kyle Foster, contact Veritas Incorporated at 719.275.7775.

Home | Pure Passion | “Such Were Some of You” (A Documentary)

Home | Pure Passion | "Such Were Some of You" (A Documentary)

Home | Pure Passion | "Such Were Some of You" (A Documentary)

such-were-some-of-you-graphic"Such Were Some of You" (A Documentary) was inspired by the passage in 1st Corinthians 6:11 that declares that in Jesus' day there was a population who had been so transformed by their relationship with Him that they were no longer "same-sex attracted" or at the very least, actively homosexual. They had found such a measure of healing from the brokenness and strongholds associated with what we now call homosexuality that they no longer considered themselves homosexual, nor did they act in that way. "Such Were Some of You" features interviews with a "cloud of present-day witnesses" who testify to the same life-transforming power of Jesus Christ. They describe the development of their same-sex attractions, what the gay lifestyle was like, what their conversion process was like, and the various ways that Jesus has brought healing to their broken places. "Such Were Some of You" lays out the facts about healing homosexual confusion and rejoices in the reality that Jesus Christ can heal anyone from anything while providing grace for the journey.