Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Religious Leaders Warn of Threat to Religious Freedom

Religious Leaders Address the Nation on Marriage and Religious Freedom
On January 12, 2012, thirty-nine religious leaders representing a wide variety of faith communities released an open letter to all Americans calling for the preservation of the time-honored definition of marriage and warning of the dire and far-reaching consequences to religious freedom of conscience that are already occurring because of public acceptance of "same-sex marriage." One concerned citizen's first reaction to the news of this letter was to find out if his church had signed it. Click our link to find out if yours has, and if so, publicize it! Because of fear, intimidation, and misinformation, churches are no longer making their position on this topic clear and public.

State Sponsored "Safer Sex Kits"???
Salt Lake Community College is partnering with local Planned Parenthood assembling volunteers January 17, 2012 to create 800 "safer sex kits" as part of the school's Martin Luther King Day service events. These kits are being prepared for "the youth served by the Volunteers of America Homeless Youth Resource Center." Amanda at Planned Parenthood told us that the kits contain "condoms, female condoms, lube, and information on where to get tested for STDs." One problem with this is that vulnerable homeless minors are being exploited and encouraged to act out sexually. Another is that this state college is funded by our taxes. (Spreading STDs and selling sex are reportedly growing problems among homeless youth, but encouraging "safer sex" is not the answer.)

Federal Government Sexualizing Children
The US Dept. of Health and Human Services in a section of its website asserts that children are sexual beings, prompting psychologists to push for the decriminalization of pedophilia.

Gayest City?
It was all over the news last week that Salt Lake City was named by a gay website/magazine the "gayest "city in the U. S. It isn't (think San Francisco and New York), but the award seems to have been based on the relative "progress" Salt Lake has made towards affirming homosexuality in recent years, including its inordinately lewd gay pride parades each June. The Mormon city, with its reputation for upholding traditional morality, is being purposely targeted by activist groups.

Archie Comic Book Celebrates Gay Marriage
Life With Archie, #16, hitting the newstands January 2012 (yes, it's still printing) features a gay wedding on the cover and new gay characters.

Legislative Action
Standard of Liberty is a member of FACT (Family Action Council Team), a coalition of like-minded family values organizations which influences legislation. We meet weekly at the Capitol during the 45days the Utah legislation is in session. Areas of focus are the natural family based upon marriage between a man and a woman, the sanctity of life, community standards of decency, and parent responsibility and rights to teach children values in relation to human sexuality and morality. It was reported that in the 3 years it has existed FACT has been instrumental in passing several positive laws and stopping several harmful bills.

FACT met today at the Sutherland Institute to talk about our goals for this session.  We discussed specific bills coming up regarding divorce, marriage, abortion in Utah, Planned Parenthood's new campaign to target minors with inappropriate sex information through unsolicited phone texts, sex education, and parental rights. Please contact us with any questions. We will try to keep you up to date.

Education Concerns
We also belong to an Education Coalition consisting of several members from these same FACT groups. One area of great concern is the brand new Common Core Curriculum, funded by the Gates Foundation. We will soon be posting a short video explaining the hidden dangers of this national program. It has already been accepted by most state governors, including Utah's, and is already being implemented in some Utah school districts. Problems with this curriculum include how it takes away local control and how the federal government will choose the majority of the values, textbooks, content, and worldview children are presented with.

FACT organizes volunteers to attend the monthly Utah State Board of Education meetings, usually held the first Friday. One of our reps who attended the January 2012 meeting was interviewed and quoted in the Salt Lake Tribune regarding proposed state standards for private preschools. Thank you Amber Peck! Contact us if you'd like to attend with us, or attend on your own. These meetings are open to the public. Our State Board of Education too often operates as if it is not accountable to parents and taxpayers. The same goes for districts and local school boards.

Chased by an Elephant
SoL and Tidal Wave Books received a nice review from the Association of Mormon Letters by Allison G. McKenzie, for our book Chased by an Elephant, the Gospel Truth about Today's Stampeding Sexuality, which follows:

Title: Chased By An Elephant, the Gospel Truth about Today's Stampeding Sexuality
Reviewed by: Allison G. McKenzie for the Association for Mormon Letters

Believe in being honest, true, chaste, benevolent, virtuous, and in doing good to all men. If there is anything virtuous, lovely, or of good report or praiseworthy, seek after these things. Obviously, seeking "these things" will provide growth, understanding and clarity. LDS youth are taught this from a very young age; however "these things" are difficult to fully understand at any age, but especially at a young age. Most LDS youth grow up, repeating the Thirteenth Article of Faith as: We Believe in being honest, true, "Chased by an Elephant" and virtuous... This lack of understanding has created a running joke amongst youth in the church and perhaps brought about the title of this book. This is an excellent example of the importance of this book in understanding some basic yet deep principles. While this theme provides comic relief and light-hearted reading, I feel the author is passionately trying to convey to readers the importance of discerning the true meaning and the reality of sexuality and morality, because "Encouraging the differences between male and female has been essential for the continuation of humankind."

While some might feel this book is directed more to youth, to help educate on the "Stampeding sexuality," in today's society it appears that adults seem to lack understanding about what they should respect as valuable and beneficial and what they should reject as worthless and detrimental. This lack of understanding might be why youth are confused or ignorant. This lack of understanding is why men and women, boys and girls do not understand and might not be completely fulfilling their gender roles. This book provides excellent interpretations and understandings and the analogies of the overgrown jungles, the mad and wild elephants and Tarzan vs. Jane are enlightening.

I wanted to read this book because I serve as a Young Women's President in the Chula Vista Stake. I like to read about topics that might be helpful in my service. Not only did I find this helpful as a teaching tool, but I gained personal understanding of my role as a woman. I strongly feel that all parents, youth and youth leaders could benefit from this non-threatening, straightforward commentary. Because this book reads similar to the Gospel Principles Sunday School manual, these chapters could easily be used in Family Home Evening and other object lessons. Everyone should understand the basic principles and imperative concepts discussed in this book.

Cross-dressing in Utah High School?
We have heard there is a male student assuming a feminine name and dressing in girls' clothes in a Utah high school to the dismay of students and parents. If we heard this is casual conversation, how many more are there? FACT is looking into State law regarding this issue.

Reader Response
Thanks to several readers for your positive response to our review of Light in the Closet, by Arthur Goldberg.



Our new book Captain of My Soul may be ordered on www.tidalwavebooks.com now for 12.95, free shipping. It will be available soon on Amazon.com and BarnesAndNoble.com. Also find Chased by an Elephant, the Gospel Truth about Today's Stampeding Sexuality for LDS families, Wild Elephantthe Gospel Truth about Today's Stampeding Sexuality for all Christian families, and Me, Tarzan, You Jane for the youngest children written for all Christian families, also at Tidal Wave Books, BYU Bookstore, through Barnes and Noble and amazon.com.
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