3 - New Jersey teacher under scrutiny for personal Facebook post on homosexuality
We have been tracking this trend where people who express their honest views on homosexuality, in many instances consistent with Biblical truth, are ostracized and even face punishment. This took place recently in Florida, where teacher Jerry Buell was temporarily suspended because of personal views about the gay marriage vote in New York, which he posted on his Facebook page. In a sense, history repeated itself in New Jersey, where teacher Viki Knox is now being investigated because of personal comments she made on Facebook concerning her opposition to the commemoration of a gay and lesbian history event at her school. Sure, she expressed that the celebration glorified immoral behavior, and that's how the Bible describes it, too. Governor Chris Christie of New Jersey spoke out about the incident, taking the side of the school district, and saying that Ms. Knox's views were "disturbing".
Here's a report from the Family Research Council.
But, it seems in the eyes of some, those that believe that homosexuality is an incorrect lifestyle choice and speak out about it are the immoral ones. We're continuing to follow incidents in the corporate world where those that hold to a Biblical view of homosexuality are facing repercussions, such as the situations involving 2 organizations that had their apps removed from the iPhone store and companies that were encouraged to withdraw from a Christian shopping cooperative that benefits charities because of the views of some of the charitable organizations, such as the FRC and Focus on the Family.
But, when the Christian school hosting a special event for Americans for Truth About Homosexuality (AFTAH) was vandalized by having 2 brick pavers with threatening message thrown through their glass doors, a prominent pro-gay organization refused to label the action a "hate crime", essentially saying that AFTAH and their friends got what they deserved. So, there are those that are begging for "tolerance" who are exhibiting extreme intolerance themselves.
2 - Provocative pro-life film goes viral on Internet, spreads to campus
Recently, Ray Comfort, founder of the ministry Living Waters and co-host (with Kirk Cameron) of the "Way of the Master" TV program, appeared on my radio show, "The Meeting House", to discuss a new video project that he has released called, "180".
In the midst of producing a documentary regarding the life and activities of Adolf Hitler, Ray began to ask a very challenging question, and the movie shows the way that young people - on-camera - changed their position on the abortion issue. During its first month of release, there have been some 1.2 million online views, qualifying for "viral" status, and this week, some 200,000 DVD copies of "180" were distributed on college campuses across the nation. Here is a report from LifeNews.com.
Ray Comfort is quoted as saying: “I am so thankful that people are open to change. While there are some who are very angry at us for making this movie, others are very thankful and write to tell us their story.”
Tony Miano, the coordinator of the massive giveaway said, “Emails have been pouring in from students around the country who not only took the DVD, but took the time to watch it.“ This is another example of how the God of creativity is using technology to communicate His truth. You can learn more by visiting www.180movie.com.
1 - DOMA under fire in U.S. Senate, Federal court
In 1996, Congress overwhelming passed the Defense of Marriage Act, which was signed into law by then-President Bill Clinton. Now, 15 years later, there are attempts to negate DOMA, which defines marriage in the U.S.A. as one man for one woman. This week, we have seen two fronts on which it has been challenged - in Congress, where it was announced that next week the Senate Judiciary Committee is due to consider legislation that would repeal the long-standing law, and in the courts, where a group has filed suit on behalf of same-sex military members, who just received a victory in the finalization of the repeal of the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy.
It really became just a matter of time before there would be an attempt to legalize same-sex marriage in the military. The suit is challenging the right of same-sex partners to extend their benefits to each other and their children, according to an article in The Christian Post. Of course, there have been other lawsuits filed challenging DOMA, including one that resulted in a Massachusetts court declaring DOMA to be unconstitutional. We recognize there is a dedicated effort to legitimize homosexuality and to institute same-sex marriage through whatever means possible, and it's important that as Christians, we are dedicated to speaking truth consistent with the Bible regarding the activity and consequences of homosexual behavior.