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THE IGNORED AND DISCOUNTED

CHRISTIANITY, THE EASTER BUNNY AND ‘DIVERSITY DAYS’

 

 

 

FALWELL CONFIDENTIAL

Insider weekly newsletter to The Moral Majority Coalition and

The Liberty Alliance http://www.moralmajority.com

Date: April 14, 2006

From: Jerry Falwell

THE IGNORED AND DISCOUNTED

I would like to tell you about some people who are often treated as if they do not exist. While they flourish as citizens and are active in our churches across the nation, it is as if they lack reality as far as the so-called mainstream media are concerned.

These people are former homosexuals, sometimes known as ex gays, who have prevailed over their previous existence.

I imagine they are the most politically-incorrect people in our nation.

They do exist, though, and there are untold thousands of them.

But when former homosexuals are depicted on the networks, they are typically unhappy or anxious to return to their former lives. On NBC’s "Law and Order: SVU," an ex-gay man returns to his former lifestyles but murders another gay man to hide his backslide. On NBC’s "Will & Grace," a meeting of former homosexuals ends with everyone present running off with a same-sex member of the group.

So you see, when these individuals are not being completely ignored, they are being demeaned and put down by those who argue that one cannot overcome homosexuality.

Ex-gay ministries attempt to reach homosexuals with the Gospel of Christ so that they can find fulfillment in Him. Former homosexuals learn to overcome their same-sex attractions and often marry and have children.

I am proud to know several former homosexuals. It is thrilling to see them joyously living out their lives. I have actually had the privilege of working with a few individuals who have turned their backs on homosexuality so that they can live fully in Christ.

I actually addressed a rally of ex-gays last year and can tell you that they are living out their faith as fearlessly as any group of people I have seen in quite some time. It is a great pleasure to see people discover true peace, true purpose in Christ.

This isn’t a popular notion, by any means. But it is imperative that the Church of Jesus Christ boldly confront the issues of homosexuality and the power of Christ to enable change.

As Stephen Bennett says, "Jesus never tolerated sin. He confronted it – in love."

 

Stephen lived the homosexual lifestyle until he was 28. And then he gave his life to Jesus Christ. Today, 16 years later, he is happily married, the father of two, and one of the nation’s most courageous spokesmen on overcoming homosexuality through Christ. You can learn more about his story at: www.sbministries.org

NEW EDUCATION EFFORT

This week, the Orlando, Fla.-based Liberty Counsel and Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays and Gays (PFOX) kicked off their "Change is Possible Campaign." Liberty Counsel, an affiliate ministry of Liberty University, is a national public interest law firm with offices in Florida and Virginia and hundreds of affiliate attorneys in all 50 states. PFOX is a national organization that supports families touched by homosexuality, advocates for the ex-gay community and educates the public on sexual orientation.

Mat Staver, founder and president of Liberty Counsel, says that in the past several years, as "tolerance" and "diversity" have become popular buzzwords, there has been a corresponding increase in discrimination and intolerance toward those who have made the decision to leave homosexuality. He says that former homosexuals have lost their jobs and been physically assaulted because they dared to tell others that people can and do overcome same-sex attractions.

The two groups are targeting our nation’s public schools, many of which have become sectors for promoting homosexual teachings. Mr. Staver says that in many public schools, staff display "Safe-Zone" stickers with pink triangles, and schools hold diversity days to present the message that people are "born gay," but schools consistently exclude the message that people can, and have chosen, to change.

In a recent case, a "diversity day" was actually cancelled instead of allowing former homosexuals to attend the school event. That’s how adamant many school officials are about homosexuality.

Mr. Staver said, "We are confident that this project will help root out intolerance that exists under the guise of tolerance and diversity. There is an ongoing battle over the hearts and minds of our youth. We have an obligation to protect them from the harmful message that people are ‘born gay’ and cannot choose to change."

In the face of incredible opposition, former homosexuals are declaring to the world that there is hope for change. They are living proof of it, even though, as I earlier noted, they are often treated as if they do not exist. I encourage pastors across this nation to invite people like Stephen Bennett to their churches to confront this modern-day cultural phenomenon. We must address this issue head-on and educate people that there change is possible and real.

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FALWELL CONFIDENTIAL

Insider weekly newsletter to The Moral Majority Coalition and

The Liberty Alliance http://www.moralmajority.com

Date: March 23, 2006

From: Jerry Falwell

CHRISTIANITY, THE EASTER BUNNY AND ‘DIVERSITY DAYS’

I read with interest a news story this week in which a St. Paul, Minn., official decided to outlaw the Easter Bunny because the furry creature might offend "non-Christians."

I don’t know what’s more disturbing — that this guy believes the Easter Bunny actually has something to do with the Christian celebration of Easter or that he is part of a larger problem in which pompous officials jump on the politically-correct bandwagon to eradicate all mention of religion (specifically Christianity) in public squares across our nation.

In this example, a toy rabbit, pastel-colored eggs and a sign with the words "Happy Easter" were removed from city council offices, the Associated Press reported.

Yeah, we sure wouldn’t want that artificial green grass and those colorful little eggs to alarm some innocent bystander who happens along.

Why, they might mistake those decorations as an endorsement of religion!

Don’t laugh — that’s about how ridiculous the modern anti-religious freedom movement has become. Groups like Americans United for the Separation of Church and State, American Atheists and the American Civil Liberties Union are working to fashion a sanitized, religion-free public square; these groups habitually deny and rewrite our nation’s history in order to enact their reprehensible agenda.

City leaders and education officials across this country have been so duped by this effort that even the most negligible reference to religion — or something as non-religious as the Easter Bunny that is perceived as religious — is outlawed.

In an unrelated event, earlier this week, in Wisconsin, a high school official cancelled a so-called "diversity day" when it was learned that a group of Christians, including former homosexuals, wanted to present Bible-based perspectives on homosexuality.

Viroqua High School officials had planned to present the viewpoints of several religions — including Hmong (an Asian ethnic group), Jews, Muslims, Native Americans, African-Americans, homosexuals, Latinos, Buddhists, the physically disadvantaged and the economically disadvantaged — but not the views of Christians.

Diversity day?

Right.

When a school official reported that the viewpoints of Christians and former homosexuals would be excluded, a resident contacted the Orlando, Fla.-based Liberty Counsel on behalf of several concerned Viroqua residents.

Liberty Counsel attorneys then sent a letter to the district administrator, explaining that the censorship of Christians and former homosexuals violated the Establishment Clause and the Fourteenth Amendment equal protection guarantee. After receiving no response, Liberty Counsel sent another letter a few days letter to the same official and the board of education.

Two days later, the diversity day event was cancelled.

This is a clear example of how anti-Christian many local officials have become.

There are untold thousands of former homosexuals (or ex-gays) in our nation who are flourishing in their new lives. But they are shunned as if they have the plague because they don’t fit into the "diversity" of the so-called mainstream.

Mathew D. Staver, president and general counsel of Liberty Counsel, said of the case, "This is yet another attempt to indoctrinate our youth with the harmful message that homosexuals cannot change. While touting the message of tolerance, homosexual activists refuse to be tolerant of opposing viewpoints. Our youth deserve to know the truth about homosexuality — that people can choose to overcome same-sex attractions and that acting on those attractions results in devastating physical, mental, and spiritual consequences."

I have no doubt that the same officials who want to disallow all Christian expression on campuses or in public squares would at the same time have no problem with promoting "The Da Vinci Code," or some other book or movie that disparages Jesus Christ.


There is no level playing field when it comes to the religious freedoms of conservative people of faith. We are literally viewed as second-class citizens by many in leadership in this nation.

 

 

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