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{March 3, 2009}   The Saga Continues

I had posted about a christian student that was suing his college. Well, the saga continues:

Los Angeles City College had half a dozen middle-aged people milling around the campus quad. “God Hates Gays,” their signs read. Nice way to represent Jesus, right? I mean when Jesus was here on earth, he preached “HATRED” and walked around with signs to preach the word. 

The suit, filed Feb. 12, has inspired a wave of blog and media commentary. Lopez’s lawyer from the Alliance Defense Fund, co-founded by James Dobson of Focus on the Family, has appeared on the popular Fox News show “The O’Reilly Factor.” 

A dozen nasty e-mails winged their way to a Pulitzer Prize-winning New York biographer, who had the singular misfortune of sharing a name and occupation with Lopez’s instructor.

“Some of them threatened my life,” said the New York-based John Matteson, an associate professor of English at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. 

Leave it to the Christians to react in that way. They profess to follow Jesus, but their actions are from Christ like. Threatening and preaching hate…



{February 20, 2009}   The Call: To Fast

A 40-day fast. 

I want to know who are the tens of thousands of people that follow this man? Seriously, look at his body language, something is mentally wrong with this man. Lou Engle.

Fasting means starvation which equals HALLUCINATIONS…not God talking to you.



{February 19, 2009}   Suicide committed in Mega-Church

usa-la-crystal-cathedral-exterior-by-darrell-godliman76 year old church volunteer was explaining the church’s suicide hotline with six people, including a tourist group from Canada. “We were talking actually about the suicide prevention hotline that we have here at our church and telling them it’s open 24 hours, seven days a week, and then just then, I heard this pop”.

Meanwhile, an 84 year old church volunteer welcomes this man that hands her a note and his driver’s license. The note stated his pick-up was in the parking lot. He walked up to a gold cross and knelt as if to pray and shot himself. What did the pastor have to say?

“He did not give any sign that he was going to do that. He just came, like any other tourist, to pray,” said pastor Juan Carlos Ortiz. “I think God will have mercy on him, because he must have been very desperate to do what he did.” 

The Orange County coroner’s office identified the man as Steve Smick, 48.  

“I think God will have mercy on him”? Seriously? To make a statement like that for his family to read is just callous, but what else do you expect from some “Christians”. I just can’t help but wonder, going to the house of God, wouldn’t something happen from God Himself to let others know that His house was going to be used for that?

The Crystal Cathedral had been a witness to another tragedy:



{February 16, 2009}   Christian Student Sues College

There is a lawsuit alleging a teacher discriminated against a students beliefs when he censored a classroom speech on God and marriage. The allegation also inludes a statement that he didn’t get a grade but a statement by the teacher, “ask God what your grade is”. The student also alleges the teacher called him a “fascist bastard” mid-way through his speech last November and refused to let him finish.

The student, Jonathan Lopez, said that midway through his speech, when he quoted a dictionary definition of marriage and recited a pair of Bible verses, professor John Matteson cut him off and would not allow him to finish. Lopez is seeking $5,000 in damages.

Ok, it sounds more like a sermon than a speech. The Dean of the school stated that students were offended by Lopez’s “speech”.

At what point does a Christian realize that if someone is interested in the “word of God” then a church is sought for that message?



{February 11, 2009}   The Gay Agenda

Apprently the “gay agenda” is to silence the christians. Why am I always the last to find out what the agenda is? Someone needs to stay ontop of letting all the homosexuals know what the movement is, seriously. The one-hour  ‘special report’ starts as a look at how a group of Christian demonstrators were arrested for, as they tell it, trying to “share the Gospel,” but almost immediately focuses on gay and lesbian Americans’ struggle for equality under the law.

“Special classes of people get special protections”

Here we go, trying to scare the heteros against the homos. Very Christ like, right?  This ‘special report’ is based on the same book that Sally Kern declared helped her find out what the “gay agenda” is. It’s a 1989 book called “After the Ball: How America Will Conquer Its Fear and Hatred of Gays in the 90’s,” by Marshall Kirk and Hunter Madsen. The video was produced by the American Family Association, and includes testimony from individuals who claim that they were once homosexual but were “cured” through prayer.

Who pushes this “gay agenda” more, the Christians or the ‘homosexuals’? The way the Christians go around bringing light to this agenda makes them the ones that push the issue. The “gay agenda” is nothing more than a scary term started by the religious zealots to scare their flock into hating a minor class of citizens.  

Homosexuals are not asking for “special” treatment, they are asking for equality. Special treatment would be: no paying of taxes, not going to work and collecting disability, etc. 

I think I am going to have to read that book, and maybe let my other “homosexual” friends know what the book is about, see? Thanks to the religious people, I myself am going to find out what this “gay agenda” is…

The conservative Christian group Focus on the Family claim that,

It is an agenda that they basically set in the late 1980s, in a book called ‘After the Ball,’ where they laid out a six-point plan for how they could transform the beliefs of ordinary Americans with regard to homosexual behavior — in a decade-long time frame…. They admit it privately, but they will not say that publicly. In their private publications, homosexual activists make it very clear that there is an agenda. The six-point agenda that they laid out in 1989 was explicit: Talk about gays and gayness as loudly and as often as possible… Portray gays as victims, not as aggressive challengers… Give homosexual protectors a just cause… Make gays look good… Make the victimizers look bad… Get funds from corporate America..CitizenLink.



{February 10, 2009}   Teacher Crossing the Line?

15140735_240x180From the Christian Post, the ACLU is suing a school in Vermont on behalf of two families. The families accuse Irasburg Village School teacher, Wally Rogers of giving students extra points last school year if they read Christian-themed books he bought with school money.

They said he posted the Ten Commandments on the wall of his classroom, linked his school Web page to Christian sites and allowed Christian materials to be circulated in his classroom. The families say that Rogers, who teaches language arts to sixth, seventh and eighth grades, has promoted Christianity in the classroom for years. He has allowed the children of the plaintiffs, to be harassed after they complained to school officials.

I found a news video here. Looking at the handout, “Why Jesus is better than Santa Claus”, isn’t that the right of a parent to teach, if they feel like it? 

The ACLU asks presiding Judge J. Garvan Murtha to declare that school officials have violated the families’ rights under the First Amendment right against the establishment of religion and the Fourteenth Amendment right of parents to direct the religious upbringing of their children.

What is interesting is that the two families suing were looked as ‘trouble makers’ by the community. The community didn’t see anything wrong with what the teacher was doing, but saw the views of the parents as wrong, which is a fundamental right they have. Other students in the past had been pulled out of his classroom by parents, and some parents took it further, pulling their children out of that school altogether.

Teachers are there to teach secular business, unless it is a private school. Parents have every right to be upset over this, especially if they have a different belief than that of the teacher.



{February 5, 2009}   President Obama on religion

“I was not raised in a particularly religious household,” the president said. “I had a father who was born a Muslim but became an atheist, grandparents who were non-practicing Methodists and Baptists, and a mother who was skeptical of organized religion.”

“But no matter what we choose to believe, let us remember that there is no religion whose central tenet is hate,” he said.

Meanwhile, the Christian Post is reporting that the christian right is challenging his pick for top justice positions. One critic, Patrick Trueman, had this to say:

David Ogden has been an activist in the support of a right to pornography, a right of abortion and the rights of homosexuals

Meanwhile, Tom Minnery, a vice president at Focus on the Family, says, “This is left-wing politicization of the Justice Department. This is not a Justice Department that looks like America.” Looks, like which America? The theocratic America? 

The challenge to Obama’s Justice picks come as conservative evangelicals seek to limit the power of the new Democratic administration and maintain their own within the Republican Party. They are looking for their best interest and want the government to keep footing the bill on ideals that they promote. The article itself stated this: 

Some Republicans believe a tight embrace of social conservative values turns off independents and moderates, but many Christian right leaders resist compromise and contend that, if anything, the GOP has strayed too far from its principles.

President Obama’s message is loud and clear. He doesn’t believe one view is better than the other. He is willing to work with everyone, no matter what the ideal is, but if he wants this to work then the christian leaders are going to have to teach their flock what tolerance is. For eight years our government was ran like a theocratic government. He professed to follow Christ, yet we went to war, murdering and torturing people and the christian right supported him. 

It is amazing how they hear the word “equality” but only listen to “homsexuality”. They taint themselves with their dogmas and expect everyone in America to follow their exclusive dogma.

Good luck to the President on this. I don’t see those that profess to follow Christ to actually follow his lead.



Ohio Church Comes OUT for Gay Marriage

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I found this post quite interesting, to say the least. Imagina a church that will not sign anymore marriage licenses until EVERYONE in the church no matter sexual orientation is able to get married, legally.

Heterosexual couples who are married at the church will have to attend an additional civil ceremony, conducted by a justice of the peace or a judge to make their marriages legal.

I think, since the fundamentalists believe they own the right to marry, then marriages should be conducted in this matter across the board. It should become a civil union, that should be conducted by a judge. Let the church conduct their personal ceremonies, but have the couples go to the justice of the peace to have the marriage license be legal.



It seems like support for the LGBT community is considered a radical change to America. When they mentioned the 80 year old grandmother, I did a search. All the Christian blogs had articles on this 80 year old grandmother. This is what I found on the CBN News site:

73-year-old Arlene Elshinnawy was amongst 11 Christians that were arrested and charged under Pennsylvania’s hate crimes law (the Ethnic Intimidation Act), for “preaching the Gospel”. The arrests took place at a homosexual event. Keep in mind, the “homosexual events” are events that are City permitted ($). These people decided that they were going to enter the event and hold up their signs of condemnation and have a guy preaching through a loud bullhorn. To many, this is preaching, to those of us on the other side of the coin, WE DON’T WANT TO HEAR THAT AT AN EVENT THAT WE PAY MONEY TO GET IN. I looked for the incident on youtube and found a “re-creation” video from an organization called “Repent America”, which is the same organization that this grandmother was involved with.

Now, according to the CBN News site, Outfest organizers said that the Repent America protesters were trying to disrupt their event, were name-calling, and were trying to cause a riot. They also stated on this site that the answer of the Outfest organizers as to why the Christians were arrested and not the homosexuals holding the pink angels was: “Because we were given a direct order by the Philly Police Dept. to break our human chain. We obeyed. When they were given a direct order by the Police Dept. to move north on 13th Street, they decided not to.” Which, as you can see on the re-creation video, the Christians chose not to obey the authorities.

I don’t understand why the Christians always dramatize incidents and choose to lie when they state they are followers of Jesus.

If history showed that people were not discriminated against, because of their sexuality, then laws would not have to be set, but that isn’t the case. People have been killed, fired and mistreated, which is why our new President is choosing to enact laws that will make sure everyone is treated equally. Christians making a big deal of this shows that they would much rather discriminate and demonstrate bigotry which is ironic since the bible has specific scriptures on loving your neighbor.

Here is the “Agenda” that is causing such concern.



donaddis-1-1The Christian Post has a post about “Thousands Urging Obama To Uphold Traditional Marriage“. It seems like the National Organization for Marriage mobilized its supporters to e-mail the president, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Sen. Harry Reid and state legislators, urging them to uphold DOMA. They have serious reasons as to why they are trying to protect marriage and stated that it does not have to do with bigotry:

Marriage connects a child to both her mom and her dad, giving her the birthright of love and support from her own parents that every child deserves

Meanwhile, another Christian organization, Coral Ridge Ministries, sent out another e-mail because they are concerned about this:

Our new president wants to force Americans to accept homosexuality in the workplace and in the military

Does anyone see the humor when “protecting traditional marriage” is used as a reason to prohibt same sex marriages? Let’s see:

Another pastor, Peter Gomes, from Harvard’s University Memorial Church has this to say, when asked “what would Jesus have to say about same-sex marriages?”

“AND YOUR HETEROSEXUAL MARRIAGE IS NOT ALL THAT GREAT. 50% OF YOUR MARRIAGES END UP IN DIVORCE AND YOUR TELLING ME THAT THIS IS THE MODEL? IF IT IS, THERE ISN’T ALOT OF PEOPLE TAKING IT SERIOUSLY, AND BY THE WAY I HAD A FEW THINGS TO SAY ABOUT DIVORCE.” What did he say about divorce?

Mark 10:11 He answered, “Anyone who divorces his wife and marries another woman commits adultery against her. 12 And if she divorces her husband and marries another man, she commits adultery.” 

Matthew 19:9 I tell you that anyone who divorces his wife, except for marital unfaithfulness, and marries another woman commits adultery.” 

Matthew 5:32 But I tell you that anyone who divorces his wife, except for marital unfaithfulness, causes her to become an adulteress, and anyone who marries the divorced woman commits adultery.

Luke 16
18 “Anyone who divorces his wife and marries another woman commits adultery, and the man who marries a divorced woman commits adultery.

1 Corinthians 7
10 To the married I give this command (not I, but the Lord): A wife must not separate from her husband. 
11 But if she does, she must remain unmarried or else be reconciled to her husband. And a husband must not divorce his wife. 
12 To the rest I say this (I, not the Lord): If any brother has a wife who is not a believer and she is willing to live with him, he must not divorce her. 
13 And if a woman has a husband who is not a believer and he is willing to live with her, she must not divorce him.

What I find interesting, is that Jesus directly spoke against divorce according to some of those scriptures quoted. He didn’t against homosexuality. So, I think Christians need to really come up with a better reason instead of hiding behind this. In regards to children, kids from heterosexual families usually go through the divorce situation or are from single parent homes. Let’s not forget the heterosexual parents that lose their kids to the State or just abandon them into adoption. The whole protecting the children is a null point. Just look at how many children have been killed by their own parents, heterosexual parents at that.

Now, in regards to the second quote about protection against discrimination in the workplace…um, we exist and we need to work. Would you rather us collect State funds and not work? Seriously, how ridiculous is that concern? Someone needs to learn to “tolerate” their neighbor if they can’t follow the golden rule of “loving” them.



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