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.


Wednesday, October 15, 2014

City of Houston demands pastors turn over sermons | Fox News

http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2014/10/14/city-houston-demands-pastors-turn-over-sermons/

Maybe He's Not Gay

Maybe He's Not Gay

Maybe He's Not Gay


NEW BOOK by Linda Harvey

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"I'm gay." As more and more young people announce this is their identity, it's time to take a closer look. It's a profound declaration, a new civil right (they are told) and it's "who you are." But there's a problem. Are we sure this is the truth?

Does this identity bring the promised liberation and the key to a whole new life? Does it lift the burden of secrecy - or begin a different kind of struggle?

Maybe He's Not Gay: Another View on Homosexuality is a new book by Linda Harvey that addresses these critical questions. Specifically for America's youth, this book focuses on the bright future they can all have, regardless of the turmoil of adolescence, which for some may include same sex attractions or gender confusion. What do those feelings mean? Is there another possibility that transcends the seeming finality of a homosexual identity?

Teens, college students, parents, youth group leaders and many others will appreciate the common sense insights and faith perspective of Maybe He's Not Gay.

About the author
Linda Harvey is the president and founder of Mission America (www.missionamerica.com). She is an author, speaker and radio host who has reported on sexual identity politics for twenty years. Raised in a liberal home, Linda became a Christian and changed her mind and heart about some of the most volatile issues of our time. A former teacher who became an advertising executive, then head of a Christian pro-family group, Linda has been interviewed by media outlets from coast to coast. Since 2009, she has been the host of the Mission America radio show broadcast throughout Ohio. The author of numerous articles on homosexuality, youth culture and Christian faith issues, Linda has spoken to adult and youth audiences all over North America. She is also a wife and mother of two.

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

PFOX Conference Celebrates Ex-Gay Awareness Victories


PFOX Conference Celebrates Ex-Gay Awareness Victories

***NEWS RELEASE***


For Immediate Release
October 13, 2014

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

 

PFOX Conference Celebrates Ex-Gay Awareness Victories

 

Two-Day Event in Washington, D.C., Highlighted Stories of Celebration and Evidence of Progress

 

RICHMOND, Va.—The recent two-day Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays & Gays (PFOX, www.pfox.org) Ex-Gay Awareness Month Conference celebrated victories of personal stories, acceptance and support for those with a desire to leave the homosexual lifestyle, and progress for the cause of encouraging acceptance of ex-gays by society.

"Our second annual conference was a wonderful chance to provide support to ex-gays as well as families of those who have a loved one who identifies as homosexual," said PFOX Executive Director Regina Griggs. "The Friday morning time of sharing your testimony with legislators was an opportunity to educate our elected officials about the fact that homosexuality is not innate and that changing sexual orientation and gender identity is possible. Friday evening's praise and worship concert with Dennis Jernigan opened hearts and minds for the conference, and Saturday was an educational and inspirational day with knowledgeable and compassionate speakers, including Alan Keyes and Sandy Rios, who addressed today's culture, and the need to stand firm and maintain our faith as we face the ongoing battles and those yet to come."

Attendees at the conference, which took place Oct. 3-4, included individuals struggling with unwanted same-sex attractions as well as those who had left the homosexual lifestyle. Griggs added that many of the participants expressed appreciation at meeting others who shared their experiences and understood what they are facing.

"I had lots of people tell me that they enjoyed the conference and were excited about meeting people who understood their issues, developed new friendships and they felt comfortable," she added. "They liked the friendly atmosphere, and there were opportunities for attendees to sit and talk with people they met."

PFOX worked alongside Voice of the Voiceless, an organization that advocates for the rights of former homosexuals, as well as Equality and Justice for All, the only civil rights organization dedicated to furthering the welfare of the ex-gay community by promoting fair and equitable laws and policies protecting the rights of ex-gays.

Voice of the Voiceless President Christopher Doyle told The Christian Post that support for the ex-gay community has improved over the past year, evidenced by the failure of legislation aimed at criminalizing talk therapy with minors who are struggling with homosexual feelings.

"We have stopped 14 bills in state legislatures across the country that have tried to ban therapy for minors," Doyle told CP. "People have been telling their stories in much greater number and veracity than last year."

Doyle added that the conference was a great success, with increased attendance over last year.

"This conference cast a vision for future work to protect the rights of individuals who do not embrace a gay identity and seek therapeutic and spiritual support for unwanted homosexual feelings, both from a legislative and advocacy standpoint," Doyle told CP.

The conference featured a time for legislature education, as well as the viewing of the film, "Sing Over Me," which tells the story of musician Dennis Jernigan as he left the homosexual lifestyle.

Griggs noted that several who participated in the legislator education day are already planning to attend next year's Capitol Hill sharing day.

"Ex-gays and their supporters are waking up," she said. "We offered a hopeful message to families of homosexuals who were able to hear from the ex-gay community, to connect to other families dealing with the same issues and to find helpful support and resources. We believe many at the conference did just that." 

Featured speakers at the conference were Alan Keyes, former ambassador and presidential candidate; Sandy Rios, Director of Government Relations for American Family Radio Talk and Vice President of Family Pac Federal; and Peter Sprigg, Senior Fellow for Policy Studies at Family Research Council. Rios received the Friends of Ex-Gay Freedom Award, and Jernigan received the Ex-Gay Courage Award.

The Liberty Counsel, Family Research Council, American Family Association and Defend Life, among others, helped sponsor the conference.

This year, PFOX recently 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.


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.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Ruth Institute Blog » It is not their fault: why I am not angry at the lesbians suing the sperm bank

Ruth Institute Blog » It is not their fault: why I am not angry at the lesbians suing the sperm bank

It is not their fault: why I am not angry at the lesbians suing the sperm bank

Home > Artificial Reproductive Technology, Donor Conceived Persons, Newsletter articles, Victims of Sexual Revolution > It is not their fault: why I am not angry at the lesbians suing the sperm bank

One only has to look through a few comments on websites, Left or Right, to see that the lesbian lawsuit for breach of warranty and wrongful birth over a mixed race baby has struck a very negative chord.  Decent people, Right and Left, feel all wrong about a mother suing the sperm bank because she didn't get the child she ordered.

I certainly agree that it is all wrong.  I just want to put the blame squarely where it belongs. Not on the sperm bank for "medical malpractice."  Not on the lesbian mother for saying, "I'm not going to let them get away with not being held accountable."

They love the baby: who wouldn't love this little sweetheart?

They love the baby: who wouldn't love this little sweetheart?

No, I place the blame on the Elites who have imagined, sustained and defended the Sexual Revolutionary ideology.  This ideology is indefensible, unsustainable and is causing unimaginable misery.

The mother, Jennifer Cramblett, is just the latest in a long string of ordinary people who have built their lives around lies. Fantasy ideologies may look good on paper or in a legal brief. But when a real person tries to build her life around ideas that are untrue, that real person can run into real problems.

Ms. Cramblett is not a celebrity lesbian.  She does not have a law degree or work for a prestigious activist organization or have a TV show. She works at an ATT store. I do not see any of the Establishment Gay Legal organizations hovering around her case. (I'm guessing they would find her case slightly embarrassing to their liberal pieties.) Her attorney, Thomas Intili, seems to be a local personal injury lawyer.

No, Ms. Cramblett and her friend Amanda Zinkon appear to be just folks. Ms. Cramblett was trying to order her life around the Modern Family Narrative.

When the Elites said that "love makes a family," she believed them.  "Genetic connections are over-rated."  "Kids don't really need mothers and fathers."  "No harm will come from using a commercial sperm donor." "You are entitled to become a mother, even if you never intend to have a relationship with the child's father." "Your child will not care that you paid money for her."  "There is nothing particularly sacred or special about a man and a woman creating a child together through an act of loving sexual intercourse."

And behind all these official storylines, was one further, unstated assumption: as long as you are a nice person who means well, the structure of your family does not matter to your child. Your love will be enough to conquer any problems you encounter.

Armed with these bromides, she plunged into an untested social experiment. She chose a life partner with whom she would never be able to reproduce. Together, they decided that they would find a way to share parenting.  They looked through a sperm donor catalogue together, as if choosing a father for one's child is the same as a bride choosing her china pattern.

Even while they perused the catalogue, genetics mattered to them: they wanted to choose a donor that would create a child who would resemble Amanda, the "social mother."  They couldn't really sustain the lie that "genetics is overrated."  They were trying desperately to mimic a natural, genetic family.

They allowed themselves to believe that there was no real significance to treating a child's father as a commodity that they purchased.  After all, haven't legions of law professors, TV talk show hosts, celebrities and judges assured them that this must be so?

So when something did go wrong, as commercial transactions sometimes do, what choice did she have? She continued with a process appropriate to a commercial transaction: a lawsuit. Breach of warranty and wrongful birth.

These are words that should never be applied to any human person. No child should ever have to hear or think such words.

But hey: the Elites don't notice or care about ordinary people living ordinary lives. As long as they can recreate the world in their own image, they can feel good about themselves.

Thankfully, Ms. Cramblett and Ms. Zinkon love the child. They are not trying to return her for a refund.  She said:

'I am happy that I have a healthy child. We love her more… to this day, she's made us the people that we are. Never trade it for the world,' she said, her eyes welling with tears.

I do not know if they will get the "justice" they seek: $50,000 in damages and the satisfaction that the sperm bank will not "do this to another family."  I do hope this incident will alert them to the fact that they were mistaken in embracing the ideas that allowed them to embark on this experiment in the first place.

Children are not objects to be purchased.  Children are full human beings. Conceiving children using third party reproduction is an affront to the dignity of the child, who after all, will one day become a full-fledged adult, with thoughts and feelings of her own.

I hope that some good Christian people will reach out to these women and help them see through the lies we have all been fed.  The Sexual Revolution has claimed many Victims over the past generation. People who believed lies like, "kids are resilient: it is ok if we divorce," and "no one ever gets jealous over sexual infidelity: it is ok if I have an affair." It is time for some of today's Victims to become Survivors and to reach out to tell the truth and help others learn the truth.

And I hope these women will allow themselves to be changed by the love they have for this child. She appears to be a cute little darling.  They have been blessed and graced by receiving a gift from God, a gift that was not what or who they expected. I hope and pray they will allow themselves to be transformed, and place the highest priority on their love for her. I hope they will see through the lies they built their lives around.

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If this article breaks your heart, I am glad for that.  I have written a companion piece, a satire, which might make you laugh.  Whether you get it through laughter or through tears, I just hope you can come to see the truth: there is no regulation of the sperm bank industry that truly does justice to all parties.

The sperm bank industry should be abolished, not regulated.

Jennifer Roback Morse, Ph.D. is Founder and President of the Ruth Institute, which Inspires the Survivors of the Sexual Revolution. If you enjoyed this article, consider becoming a monthly supporter of the Ruth Institute. This article was published on the Christian Post on October 9, 2014. 

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