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I have forgotten to mention that you can support AFA of Indiana, at no cost to you, when you shop through Amazon using their SMILE program at www.smile.amazon.com. We are listed as: Indiana American Family Association Inc.
Last week I mentioned our court case for religious freedom involving several city ordinances that can punish organizations like ours, who adhere to traditional beliefs on marriage or human sexuality. The link we had for this was connected to a donation processing service we no longer use. If you would like to donate to our legal fund, simply send a check to AFA of Indiana, P.O. Box 40307, Indianapolis, IN 46240. Note that this is for our court case and we will send it to the Bopp Law Firm.
Given Over to a Reprobate Mind
This is so upside down that I am speechless over what I am sharing with you. A public official stands up for the safety and innocence of little children and he is the one blasted! We are recruiting kids to embrace a lifestyle wherein, according to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, (no bastion of conservatism), a third (30.8%) of its participants “consider attempting suicide” as opposed to only 2.3% of the heterosexual population.
Here is the media clip on this. If this doesn’t leave common sense Hoosiers scratching their head and righteously upset, then the cultural pollution has probably infected them too.
EVANSVILLE COUNCILMAN UNDER FIRE FOR DRAG QUEEN POST – Fifth Ward City Councilman Justin Elpers has received backlash after a Facebook post he made criticizing a program involving drag queens went viral last week. Elpers (R) posted a status on his Facebook campaign page Dec. 14 talking about how he felt about drag queens reading to children under the age of 11. “This is reprehensible,” Elpers stated. “EVPL North Park is sponsoring an event where men dressed up as women will be reading to young children. The target age is up to 11 years old. As an educator & parent I’m in shock.” The Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library is beginning a new program early next year, “Drag Queen Story Hour.” The first storytime is Feb. 23 at EVPL-North Park. The target audience is children up to age 11, library officials have said. During the event, drag queens will facilitate sing-alongs, help children with craft projects and read children’s stories.
Imagine if a pastor were reading a Bible story to kids. How would the media report on it, if a Councilman expressed concerns? We all know the answer. They would rally behind him and applaud the lawsuits against the minister.
Another Lesson in Appeasement: Liberals Win; Families Lose.
One of the saddest, yet predictable, news stories of this month is the revelation that the Boy Scouts of America is considering filing for bankruptcy. Thirty years ago, the esteemed nearly century old organization had well over 5 million members. Today it has less than half that number. The collapse has been rapid, but predictable.
Winston Churchill observed that “an appeaser is someone who feeds the crocodile hoping it will eat him last.” Radical homosexual activists and secularists put their sights on the BSA years ago, and even though the BSA had won court cases affirming their rights to uphold their principles, they capitulated to cultural and business leftists, hoping that they would be left alone to serve families. In the end, this appeasement may well have destroyed a wonderful organization that the liberals never really supported anyway.
Catholic League President, Bill Donahue, who did a study for the Claremont Institute on the Boy Scouts’ political battles notes:
The ACLU started suing the BSA left and right, and this, in turn, inspired other left-wing organizations to do likewise. The ACLU sued over the Three “G’s”—Gays, Godless, and Girls—hoping to force the organization to allow homosexuals, atheists, and girls to join. While the BSA officials initially fought these efforts, they eventually succumbed to the politics of inclusion, changing its traditional standards to appease its critics.
History shows, however, that hard-core ideologues are not interested in being appeased—they are interested in winning. In this case, victory meant the demise of the BSA.
Allowing girls to join the BSA was long considered a non-starter: after all, there is an organization called the Girl Scouts of America. But to zealots this is not enough—their radical egalitarian agenda demanded that the girls crash the BSA. Last year, the BSA gave in and allowed girls to join.
Two things immediately happened: the BSA lost 425,000 members in the month it made the announcement (October 2017), and last month the Girl Scouts sued them as well. Inclusion anyone?
The biggest headache for the BSA came from homosexual activists. They won the support of the media, higher education, left-wing legal groups, even corporate America. In 2013, the BSA allowed homosexual boys to join and in 2015 it ended its ban on gay adult leaders. In 2017, it yielded again, ruling that biological boys who identify as girls can join.
Leftists are nothing but statists: They want the power to control the people. Thus, anything that stands in their way—such as the family, church, and voluntary associations (the BSA)—are an obstacle to the power and reach of the state.
Would matters have turned out differently had the BSA officials not adopted the politics of inclusion? Hard to say, but at least they could have made their mark in the culture war. Instead, they caved, and now they are paying the price.
A Short Story for Christmas
One raw winter night a farmer heard an irregular thumping sound against his kitchen storm door. He went to a window and watched as tiny, shivering sparrows, attracted to the evident warmth inside, beat in vain against the glass.
Touched, the farmer bundled up and trudged through fresh snow to open the barn door for the struggling birds. He turned on the lights and tossed some hay in the corner. But the sparrows, which had scattered in all directions when he emerged from the house, hid in the darkness, afraid.
The man tried various tactics to get them into the barn. He laid down a trail of Saltine cracker crumbs to direct them. He tried circling behind the birds to drive them to the barn. Nothing worked. He, a huge, alien creature, had terrified them; the birds couldn’t comprehend that he actually desired to help. The farmer withdrew to his house and watched the doomed sparrows through a window. As he stared, a thought hit him like lightning from a clear blue sky: If only I could become a bird – one of them – just for a moment. Then I wouldn’t frighten them so. I could show them the way to warmth and safety.
At the same moment, another thought dawned on him. He grasped the reason Jesus was born. (As told by Paul Harvey)