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In this issue: June 23, 2013
Celebration of Marriage, featuring David Barton
The Many Faces of Gay: SLC Gay Pride Festival and Parade
How Many Churches Will Leave the Boy Scouts?
Syphilis Rates at Epidemic Proportions Among Homosexual Men
SoL Interviewed by Americans for Truth About Homosexuality
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Utah's "Celebration of Marriage" Responds to the Supreme Court's DOMA and Prop 8 Rulings
Historian David Barton to Speak and Alex Boyé to Perform at South Towne Expo CenterThe Friends of Marriage Foundation will present a Celebration of Marriage Wednesday, June 26, 7 pm, Sandy South Town Expo Center. The program features best-selling author David Barton, a favorite on the Glenn Beck program and nationally-acclaimed Broadway and solo recording artist Alex Boyé.
Alliance Defense Fund attorney Frank Mylar will provide a review of the pending Supreme Court decision on California's Proposition 8 and the Defense of Marriage Act and explain how the ruling will affect Utah's families. and Janet Erickson, Ph.D., social science professor will share her experience.
Time magazine called David Barton one of the 25 most influential Evangelicals. "The Supreme Court ruling on DOMA and Proposition 8 will be an historic event," said Barton. "Whichever way it goes, it will forever impact the future of America. Both sides realize that the fight to preserve traditional marriage is far from over. We need to understand what this means for our nation and our children. The Celebration of Marriage is an historical event and I am thrilled to be part of it."
Joining Alex Boyé are some of Utah's top performers, such as the award-winning bluegrass family band CrosStrung entertaining during a music and mingle at 6 pm. Some of Utah's finest artists will also display their work, including Sandra Rast, Lynde Mott, Anne Marie Oborn, Sallie Poet and more.
Mary Summerhays, Friends of Marriage president said, "From million man marches in Paris to the World Congress of Families in Australia, the international stage is seeing a rising movement to preserve marriage. Utah is proud to be part of it, and the vital role it plays in protecting children's rights. We invite everyone in support of traditional marriage and interested to learn more to attend. We will have answers to tough questions. We hope you will join us for this inspirational evening."
The event is open to the public. General admission is $5 per person. Reserved seats are $25 with a VIP reception and priority seating at $100 minimum. Register at: utahcelebrationofmarriage.com under the tab "Events/June Event."
The Celebration of Marriage is Wednesday, June 26th at the South Towne Expo Center, 9575 S. State Street Sandy, 84070 with the VIP reception 5:30 - 6:30 p.m., music and mingle at 6 p.m. and the program from 7 - 9 p.m.Click here to see the Celebration of Marriage flier.
SoL Quote: "The truth is that having scouting for homosexual kids is not really what the complaints are all about. Instead, the complaints reveal HRC activists' scorched-earth strategy: They will leave no institution standing that refuses to capitulate to leftist ideology." AFA Journal, April, 2013
--------------------------The Many Faces of Gay: SLC Gay Pride Festival and Parade
Salt Lake City (or should we call it Salt Lakecisco?) just hosted its annual Utah Gay Pride Festival (and parade), a celebratory extravaganza of all things lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, transvestite, etc., etc., etc. This year the proud sponsors (parade entries and booths) included AARP, Convergys, Mormons Building Bridges, Affirmation, The LDS Family Fellowship, Mormons for Equality, LDS Reconciliation, Sears, Home Depot, Utah Humane Society, PFLAGG, Planned Parenthood, Zions Bank, Wells Fargo Bank, Century Link, IKEA, Costco, Vorizon, Winder Dairy, PETA, DirectTV, Salt Lake County Library, Recreation Outlet, First Baptist Church, Utah Polyamory Society, Snowbird, Young Chevrolet, Farmers Insurance, AAA, and more.
This celebration is wrong on so many levels. One is how it irresponsibly recruits and encourages a wide range of troubled individuals, mostly youth, to self-identify as gay and pursue a dead-end lifestyle.
One young self-identified gay man with multiple emotional troubles went to see the parade for the first time this year. He reported to his mother that it was comforting. Comforting to see mostly normal-looking people there, families and children. Comforting because the event portrayed the homosexuality he was participating in as normal, natural, carefree. Oh, there was one float on which men in Speedos were acting up a bit, he admitted, but that was because they had been so oppressed and were finally able to be free.
This lewd parade has been happening with the local government stamp of approval and support from mainstream institutions for 30 years, so I wouldn't call these men oppressed. And as far as freedom is concerned, nobody in their lifetimes has ever stopped them from making their own personal life choices. What they are really doing is celebrating licentiousness, reveling in idolatrous defiance against God, truth, and nature.
The mainstream celebration of homosexuality is wrong on a societal scale, sending a deceptive and destructive message. It is also hurtful on a personal scale for many types of particularly vulnerable individuals: young people just developing their sexuality; young people who happen to fit the gay stereotypes; young people who are merely rebellious; pornography addicts; victims of sexual, emotional, and psychological abuse; those struggling with unwanted homosexuality; those who have lived the lifestyle and left it behind; and those for whom homosexuality is only an outward symptom of deep psychological illness/suicidality as in the young man above. These are just a few of the many hidden faces of gayness.
Many who have given in to the gay movement know that it is all wrong but have come to rationalize that homosexuality is such a complex issue that we can't with any authority or accuracy address it. This is like saying there are so many types of cancer we shouldn't single out and seek a cure for any of them. Wouldn't that be cowardly and unfeeling? If homosexuality is wrong or harmful in any form, shouldn't we do all we can to prevent and remedy it?
As one writer put it, "It is sometimes difficult for Christians to comprehend the breathtaking speed with which the gay movement has succeeded in America. While the political movement itself began in 1969, it has only been over the last decade that homosexual activists have seen virtually every one of their dreams come true" (Ed Vitagliano, afaJournal, June 2013). In the process those vulnerable individuals mentioned above are being blindly disregarded precisely by those who should care and shamelessly exploited by the gay movement juggernaut.
Click here to see the pictures SoL took at the parade. Click here to see the SL Tribune slide show of the parade.
SoL Quote: "No longer allowed to do their duty to God and remain "morally straight," the corruption of Boy Scouts of America will be a terrible sign that the secular campaign is nearly won, that the Judeo-Christian foundations of our civil society have been utterly overturned. Should BSA cave, the end will not come immediately. But it will merely be the eye of the storm, with the angry clouds gathering next outside the walls of the church in America." AFA Journal, April, 2013
--------------------How Many Churches Will Leave Boy Scouts?
By Mike McManus, June 13, 2013, VirtueOnLine
Last February Richard Land, president of the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, asserted that if the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) voted to allow gay boys to become Scouts, "It would be a catastrophe for Boy Scouts, 1.1 million of whom are sponsored by Mormons, Roman Catholics and Baptists who are overwhelmingly opposed to this change."
This week Southern Baptists meeting in Houston overwhelmingly voted to oppose the Boy Scout's decision to admit gay members, declaring that homosexual conduct is contrary to a Scout's oath to do his duty to God.
However, the resolution allows member churches to individually decide whether to stop sponsoring Scout troops. There are 4,000 Baptist churches that sponsor 108,000 troops.
During the debate, Wes Taylor, pastor at Tabernacle Baptist Church in Newport News, VA, said it is "ungodly and unacceptable" for young boys to be exposed to homosexuality.
"I am very sad to say that it seems as though (Boy Scouts) are moving away from the principles they were founded upon."
Others argued that the denomination should embrace gay members of scouting and seek to guide them toward a more Christian life.
One pastor stated that a young boy who claims to be gay is most likely the victim of abuse or otherwise needs guidance, and that the church or Scouts should not abandon them.
"Such a boy needs our love," asserted Charlie Dale, pastor of Indian Springs (AL) First Baptist Church.
"So let's bring him in and show him what real biblical manhood is about."
The Baptist resolution calls on churches that decide to sever ties with the Boy Scouts, not to abandon their ministry to young boys and to consider expanding a "Royal Ambassador" ministry designed to develop "Godly young men."
By contrast, the Mormon Church, the largest sponsor of Scouting nationwide, with 430,000 youth members, expressed support for permitting gay Scouts.
Michael Otterson, public affairs director of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, said that "BSA in reality reintroduced and reinforced some of its century-old core values and nailed those colors firmly to the mast in an unmistakable message."
What were those principles? A few hours after 1,400 BSA delegates voted to allow gay Scouts but not gay Scoutmasters, Gary E. Stevenson, Presiding Bishop of The Church Latter-day Saints, noted that the Boy Scout Oath has boys pledge "to do my duty to God."
"If boys truly understand what their duty to God entails and lived it, they would grow safely into manhood... It is this belief in duty to God that has forged the iron-strong connection with Boy Scouts of America" and Mormons.
Otterson noted one key line in the BSA resolution: "Any sexual conduct, whether homosexual or heterosexual, by youth of scouting age is contrary to the virtues of scouting."
By contrast, Catholic Bishop Paul Loverde of Arlington, VA, blasted BSA "for caving in at the cost of its moral integrity."
He felt the Scouts' traditional stand of denying membership to gay Scouts demonstrated "principled and steadfast resolve."
Click here to read the remainder of this article on the VirtueOnLine.org website.
Below are some comments on this article.
The Boys Scouts is not a church. They will not evangelize or " show [a boy] what real biblical manhood is about." With this change, they will instead enable and virtually encourage many boys to accept this as an acceptable option before they have any idea about what is right or what it will do to them. This change essentially says what the liberal culture says: it is acceptable.
Well, if you want to send your 12-yr. old son out camping and tenting and showering with a 17 yr. old homosexual, and to be told by said homosexual that homosexuality and sodomy are just fine, go ahead. I for one don't even want my son to think about homosexuality, and sexual perversion, and how homosexuals abuse each other. And I want my son to be in an organization where he can speak freely about his religious and common sense beliefs and manhood and womanhood, and the right and moral place for sex and so on. So, for me, the Boy Scouts has become an abomination. We're out.
Thank you for this well-presented article and encouragement. The Baptists do have Royal Ambassadors (and Girls' Auxiliary, now Girls-in-Action) already in place.
May God bless in some way every visitor to the website. Someone copes with a comment however short a time it's online. If we could both learn and teach, rather than pontificate, but that's obviously not the blogging system. As far as writing in vain, we can recall we are to "sow bountifully" (2 Corinthians 9: 6).
When we remember that we live for, speak for and work for the Lord, our hearts hopefully overflow and our pens are poised as ready writers (Ps.45:1).
Resources: DVD--Divorcing God: Secularism and the Republic. A look at what the founding fathers believed about morality and religious faith. DVD--It's Not Gay. Former homosexuals tell their stories, and warn that the sanitized version of homosexuality being told is not the truth. Both DVDs available at store.afa.net.
--------------------Syphilis rates at 'epidemic proportions' among Vancouver gay/bisexual men
by Thaddeus Baklinski, Jun 10, 2013
VANCOUVER, June 10, 2013 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) and the British Columbia Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) have issued a warning that syphilis infections in homosexual and bisexual men have soared to their highest levels in more than 30 years in the Vancouver area.
According to the warning, 2012 saw 371 new cases of syphilis reported in British Columbia. Eighty percent of those cases were diagnosed in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, which stretches from Metro Vancouver northward along the coast to Bella Coola, and were confined almost entirely to the male homosexual community.
According to VCH's syphilis infection records, the disease was almost non-existent in the early 1990s, with only 3 infections, mostly associated with female prostitutes, reported in 1993. By 1997 the number of cases rose to 22, and then exploded as the disease shifted to the male homosexual community in the early 2000s.
According to the Public Health Agency of Canada, outbreaks of syphilis in BC are predominantly among men, and have followed the national trend. Across the nation there has been a 870% increase in syphilis in men between 1999 and 2008.
"We're encouraging men who have sex with men to become more aware about syphilis and to incorporate regular testing into their health care routine," said Dr. Réka Gustafson, medical health officer with VCH.
Click here to read the remainder of this article on the LifeSiteNews website.
"For we dare not make ourselves of the number, or compare ourselves with some that commend themselves: but they measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise." 2 Cor 10:12
----------------------SoL Interviewed by AFTAH
Stephen Graham, President of SoL, was interviewed by Peter LaBarbera and John Kirkwood of AFTAH (Americans for Truth About Homosexuality) 5/16/2013 and 6/8/2013. See the AFTAH website, and listen to the 5/16 podcast and listen to the 6/8 podcast. The topic was the Mormon Church, the Boy Scouts, and institutional softening on homosexuality.
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Monday, June 24, 2013
Celebration of Marriage -- SoL Newsletter
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