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{February 20, 2009}   Senator Chris Buttars

Ah, a faithful mormon preaching what his God teaches him to preach. 

And what was the response of this mormon?

Buttars declined to comment to The Associated Press, but said Friday he would not be issuing an apology.

In a statement released on the Senate Republicans’ blog, Buttars wrote that he will continue to defend traditional marriage.

“I was disappointed to learn of the Utah State Senates censure on February 20, 2009. However, this action will not discourage me from defending marriage from an increasingly vocal and radical segment of the homosexual community.

In recent years, registering opposition to the homosexual agenda has become almost impossible. Political correctness has replaced open and energetic debate. Those who dare to disagree with the homosexual agenda are labeled “haters” and “bigots,” and are censured by their peers.

The media contributes to the problem. Increasingly, individuals with conservative beliefs are targeted by a left leaning media that uses their position of public trust as a bully pulpit. This pattern of intimidation suppresses free speech.

For the record, I do not agree with the censure. I see it as an attempt to shy away from controversy. In particular, I disagree with my removal as Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, since my work there is entirely unrelated to my opposition to the homosexual agenda.

Still, I’m a grown man and I can take my knocks. When it comes right down to it, I would rather be censured for doing what I think is right, than be honored by my colleagues for bowing to the pressure of a special interest group that has been allowed to act with impunity.

Thanks to the many citizens who have written and called to express their support. Please know that I’ll live through this to fight another day. In years to come, we’ll all look back at this point in history and see it as a crossroads. I have no intention of resigning.”

What an appropriate way to demonstrate what your God teaches you, right? I mean, Jesus was about what he said in regards to racisim and homosexuality. 
What is interesting is the response by the LDS:

“From the outset, the Church’s position has always been to engage in civil and respectful dialogue on this issue. Senator Buttars does not speak for the Church.”



{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 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.

{February 4, 2009}   Guilty plea from church shooter

Jim D. Adkisson,  an out-of-work truck driver accused of opening fire on July 27, 2008, at the Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church in Knoxville, Tennessee will plead guilty to killing two people and wounding six others, his attorney said Wednesday. Police say Adkisson targeted the church because of its liberal open-door policies, including acceptance of gays, and fully expected to keep shooting until responding officers killed him. The Unitarian Universalist church promotes progressive social work, including advocacy of women and gay rights. A four-page letter found in Adkisson’s small SUV suggested he targeted the church, which his former wife once attended, because he hated liberals and gays.

Looking for a video about this, I found this from Fox news:

I guess to Fox news gays and liberals are ok to go after and even kill, because it is not considered a ‘hate crime’.

It seems like Sally didn’t catch any flack from what she said last year. The Okgazette.com is reporting that Sally found the GAY AGENDA!

She said that she found the GAY AGENDA in a book, “After the Ball”, by Marshall Kirk and Hunter Madsen. Apparently, according to the article, the GAY AGENDA is that gays would like to be accepted by society to the point of becoming a superior lifestyle. She then called for a “Great Awkening”, a spirtual revival. 

I was wondering why this woman is so ANTI-homosexuals and this “gay agenda” she keeps referring to. So, looking around the internet I found this: Jesse Kern is her son that attended Oklahoma Baptist University, rumor is, he is gay. I also found this: Jesse Kern denise he is gay, but states he is celibate. He kinda sounds like Ted Haggard.

Well, there is something that is pushing this woman to really hate the gays, and I don’t think it is the bible that she is hiding behind.

What I find ironic is that this morning, someone left me a comment: “Christians are not your enemy. Heterosexuals are not your enemy”, in another post. Now, I have never stated the case for either, but don’t you find it hard to believe the opposite when rehtoric like this is spewed?

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.

{January 23, 2009}   The Ted Haggard Saga Continues

happyvalentinestedhaggard1On Thursday HBO will be showing a new documentary about Ted Haggard titled “The Trials of Ted Haggard”. It states it takes a behind-the-scenes look at the recent hard times of Ted Haggard, the founder and pastor of the New Life Church and President of the National Association of Evangelicals, who lost his job and his reputation after a sordid sex/drug scandal. In November Ted gave a sermon at a friends church and this is what he had to say:

Pretty much he has the “woe is me” attitude, the victim of what occurred to him. Let’s remember how his scandal went down:

Ted at first denied it and lied, then suddenly a statement was released by his church:

Now, the saga continues. The Associated Press is reporting that Brady Boyd, who succeeded Haggard as senior pastor, disclosed a young male church volunteer reported having a sexual relationship with Haggard. It was also an ongoing thing and Boyd stated the church reached a legal settlement to pay the man for counseling and college tuition, with one condition being that none of the parties involved discuss the matter publicly. Why is this coming to light now? A Colorado Springs TV station reached Boyd Thursday to say the young man was planning to provide a detailed report of his relationship with Haggard to the station. Boyd said the church preferred to keep the matter private, but it was the man’s decision to go public. Boyd said he had spoken to the man once and came away with the impression that he was speaking out because of the documentary. “I think what caused this young man to be a bit aggravated was Ted being seen as a victim, when he himself had experienced a great deal of hurt,” Boyd said. “I seriously doubt this man would have come forward if the documentary had not been made.”

The documentary is really about a tale of forgiveness and understanding, and an examination of the double standard of the church’s teachings of forgiveness. Perhaps this is why his previous church is coming forward? Keep in mind, at the time of the scandal, a church board member had said there was no evidence that Haggard had sexual relations with anyone but Mike Jones, the former male prostitute. 

Filmmaker Alexandra Pelosi says the point of her documentary is that while organized religion preaches forgiveness, at Haggard’s darkest hour, they turned their back on him. In the film, Haggard talks about how the church could have used his story as an example of how to preach forgiveness. But churches are a business, too, he said, and he acknowledged that he was bad for business. He said the church told him to “go to hell”, essentially, Haggard is giving the church the finger.

The church seems to know how they are going to be portrayed and in what light they are going to be shown. Seems like they are trying to give Haggard the finger back. 

Now, with how this is turning out to look, it seems like New Life Church is one big sewer of a mess.

UPDATE 1/26/09: Colorado officials were called to investigate New Life Church, after the Associated Press revealed that New Life paid money to keep a male volunteer from publicly disclosing a romantic affair with the church’s former minister Ted Haggard. “Authorities should investigate to ensure that this volunteer was not manipulated or coerced into silence,” said Besen. “The leadership of New Life has little credibility and should not simply be taken at their word. At a minimum, Boyd should resign for using his position of power to pressure a vulnerable member of his congregation into silence.”

Haggard said in a new statement Monday that he met with the young man two years ago, along with his wife and a representative of New Life Church. At that time, he asked the man’s forgiveness for “our inappropriate relationship.”

Now here is the young man,  Grant Haas:

Here is the male prostitute, angry:

Ted not only has affected his wife, 5 children, a whole church, but these two guys. Here he is making a documentary on how he wasn’t forgiven by the church, pointing out the hypocrisy  of the church, but he himself hasn’t come to terms and acknowledged the TRUTH about himself and how he had condemned that lifestyle and affected thousands by his previous rhetoric.

{December 29, 2008}   COLOSSIANS 3:5-11

Colossians 3:5-11

5Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry. 6Because of these, the wrath of God is coming.[a] 7You used to walk in these ways, in the life you once lived. 8But now you must rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips. 9Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices 10and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator. 11Here there is no Greek or Jew, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave or free, but Christ is all, and is in all.

immorality: the actual act
impurity: the thoughts
lust: seeing someone as an object for desire
evil desires: hummmm, pushing it to the edge
greed: wanting more, wanting what is not yours
anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language: get rid of all
do not lie to each other

interesting…this covers a lot…i wonder who has all these bases covered? a lot of people would point the finger at homosexuals here, but if you don’t allow homosexuals to get married, how could they not be practicing sexual immorality? then they would say, but it is the sex, no, it isn’t because CHRIST IS IN ALL. i wished that people would get over the fact of the sex. the word homosexual did not exist back then. homosexuality was even practiced by King David, with Jonathan.

the explanation on Sodom and Gomorrah is very simple: i speak spanish. when there is lets say 5 women standing together the gender for “them” (the word used) would be feminine, but if out of the 5 there is one male, the gender for the word automatically changes to male, just because of that one male. the same goes for the greek word. putting that aside, if Sodom and Gomorrah had to do with homosexuals, why would children and women whom existed in that city be destroyed too?


funny, only bits and pieces are taken and they aren’t even read throughout the context.

I just finished watching Dateline, and it seems like Ricky thinks tolerance used to mean “I treat you with respect even though we disagree”. No, it hasn’t changed, Ricky, but I would like to ask you, how is your comment that homosexuality equals pedophilia and incest respectful? I don’t think I will get an answer because yesterday I did e-mail his church.

I read a very interesting blog yesterday. It was written by a straight male. He stated he isn’t against religion at all, but he was wondering when religious folks were going to stop trying to take away from those that do not agree with their views. I second that question.

When? I mean, I respect your views. There was a time when I used to go door knocking and strictly adhered to the bible. Now, I have stated, that I am not a part of an organized religion, but I respect your views. I respect that you do not accept me. I really do. With that said, why would you want to take away a right I should have? A right to choose?

Religious people are very selfish, someday that selfishness is going to bite you in the ass, and when it does, you will cry very loud.

The law of gravity, what goes up, must come down.

John Stewart made a good question, or point. “Religion is far more of a choice, than Homosexuality.” This is something that I really dislike when heterosexuals state that it is a choice. My response has always been the following: So when you look at someone of the same sex you can actually see yourself sexually with that person? You make a choice to not be attracted sexually by that person? The answer is always a fast Hell NO! or some kind of stammer.

I can’t speak for the whole gay community, but for me this wouldn’t be a choice. I wouldn’t choose this in my heart if I had a choice. Being told I am Satan’s best friend (yes I have). Being told that God hates me (yes I have). Being conditionally loved by parents. Not feeling secure to hold hands in public places. Having to fight for a right that should be fundamental to everyone. No, I wouldn’t choose this.

Lately I have heard, “well, remain celibate. don’t act out on the sin”. Very nice to state. Very easy, too. Telling me to remain lonely. Telling me to stay alone. Telling me to suppress my feelings, like I did when I was growing up. What I can’t understand from these religious people is, when are they going to act like Jesus. They say they follow His footsteps, but they don’t. Jesus would not act like this towards a homosexual. That is a guarantee. That is a fact. With all the misinterpretations and all the lies that come out of a religious person’s mouth, that fact, is something that they cannot and do not know how to deny.

et cetera