I never cease to be amazed at what is called: “the truth” as reported by the media. The national, mainstream media is so biased and so liberal it’s beyond my comprehension. If you read the headlines on CNN, MSNBC, New York Times, et al… you would think Donald Trump is Satan-incarnate and Hillary Clinton is Mother Teresa. You would think Black Lives Matters is the greatest thing since sliced bread and that people like Franklin Graham are bigots and hate-mongers. Isn’t it amazing how things are so upside-down?
How has this happened? Simple answer: slowly and subtly. If you begin to investigate a bit about those calling the shots in the major news organizations, you’ll find many of them espousing the progressive liberal teaching they received in Ivy League universities and very liberal colleges. This kind of thinking and teaching started in the 1960s and those college students are now (by and large) college the shots today.
Watch the nightly news. Pick a station. NBC, ABC, CBS…all liberal. They say that the world is melting, Christians are a bigger problem than ISIS (because we don’t want men in our wives’ and little girls’ bathrooms) and anyone who is a conservative thinker is a moron. The animus is so blatant and raw, it’s almost beyond comprehension.
A prime example of this kind of skewed thinking came from Katie Couric, (reporting for Yahoo News), who interviewed former Republican Presidential candidate, Dr. Ben Carson after the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio. This segment is less than 3-minutes and well worth your time. Watch the bias and watch how Carson calmly and carefully defuses the liberal agenda of Couric.
Now Katie Couric is a nice lady. She graduated from the University of Virginia and was raised a Presbyterian. Yet Couric has been drinking the Kool-Aid for so long that she can’t see the world through the lens of Scripture…she sees it through the lens of the culture. Today it’s all about feelings! It’s all about what I want to do. Carson hit the nail on the head when he said “Tolerance works both ways.”
You see, here’s what I believe we need to understand today. We need to understand WHERE DOES AUTHORITY COME FROM? Is the authority: God and His Word, or is the authority Man and his ways. Ever man does what is right in his own eyes. Folks, we’re sinners. We are in desperate need of God’s authority in our lives. But to receive that authority means we must humble ourselves and submit (yes, SUBMIT) to God. That means we die to ourselves and take up our cross and follow Him. Yet, people don’t want to do that! No sir! They want to be the authority! They want to be the captain of their ship! Who are you to tell me how I’m supposed to live? I’m not going to listen to what some preacher says or what some bloviating idiot says from a book that’s thousands of years old (the Bible). I’m the authority! I’ll listen to what man says. I’ll listen to the “experts” from Harvard or Yale or UVA. I’ll listen to what the scientists say at MIT or UC-Berkeley. They are the authority! Not God!!!!
Over time (decades now), people have now exchanged the knowledge of God for the knowledge of man. Just remember folks, the more things change, the more they stay the same. Mankind is wallowing in sin. The answer: Jesus. And the further we try to remove ourselves from Him, the further we fall into deeper and deeper degradation and sin. Look at where we are as a culture today. We’re sick! The Bible says in Proverbs 1:7, The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, fools despise wisdom and instruction.
In light of this, let me share about a very thought-provoking piece I read recently titled:
“President Obama’s Sex-Driven War on Science”
By: Gerard V. Bradley is Professor of Law at the University of Notre Dame Law School
What I want to do is share a few paragraphs from the article that I believe helps give insight into the line of thinking that is permeating the media, the courts and many of our national leaders today. As I go through this (and this will take a couple of minutes…I believe it will be worthwhile if you will hang in there). There is significant insight here. And parents of teens, you need to help your children see the truth of what is happening in the world they’re living in today. They are the ones who are inundated with social media that espouses almost non-stop a left-leaning, liberal dogma that could ultimately destroy your children. Why? Because most of it is unashamedly anti-God and anti-Bible.
Here’s and excerpt of the article below (PLEASE NOTE: I’ll add comments in bold.)
For years, Obama administration lawyers argued for “gay rights,” including same-sex marriage, on the basis that sexual orientation was an inborn characteristic, and that it was contrary to our constitutional traditions to treat anyone adversely due to a trait over which one had no control or choice. In his 2011 letter to Congress announcing that the administration would no longer defend the Defense of Marriage Act in court, for instance, Attorney General Eric Holder stated that “a growing scientific consensus accepts that sexual orientation is a characteristic that is immutable.” That claim was unsupported by scientific evidence when Holder made it.
Do you understand that folks? Holder’s claim that according to science that people are born gay is “unsupported by scientific evidence.”
That claim is certainly false, as a recent review of the scientific literature by Clifford Rosky and Lisa Diamond (neither a friend of traditional sexual ethics) conclusively shows.
Okay, this is the part I really wanted you to see. This is unreal!
Even so, in April 2015 the president called for an end to what he called “conversion” therapies for same-sex attracted youths.
This means that a therapist or counselor or psychiatrist can no longer try to help a teenager who is struggling with same-sex attraction to potentially have a desire for the opposite sex. In other words, if a young 15-year-old boy is having same-sex attractions for other young men…he can’t be counseled in any way to potentially consider that (since he was created a young man that he might simply be going through some confusing times and might need to talk about his sexual feelings, which might could lead to a place where he could be attracted to girls.) No way! That’s not allowed by the Obama Administration! You’ve got to tell that young man… “Yes…go for it…embrace your same-sex attraction…of course you are a homosexual young man.”
In fact, the president would ban a lot more than any sexual orientation change regimen. He would effectively make it illegal for a psychologist or psychiatrist to discuss with anyone under eighteen the conflicts between his or her sexual feelings and that person’s own long-term goals and interests. The president would brush aside a teen’s expressed desire to develop stable heterosexuality. He would ignore overwhelming scientific evidence that the vast majority (80-90 percent) of teenage boys and more than half of teenage girls who report same-sex attractions (and in some cases, a homosexual or lesbian identity) turn out by age twenty-five or so to be peacefully heterosexual, in favor of a policy to make professional assistance during these passing difficulties illegal.
Friend, if that doesn’t burn you up, I don’t know what will. This kind of thinking says: “You can’t even help a teenager even discuss the possibility of being a heterosexual. You can only talk to them about embracing homosexuality.” Folks, do you see the agenda here? There is no care and concern for the young adult. No sir! Just pat them on the head and leave them in their confusion and pain and watch them struggle potentially for the rest of their lives because no one was allowed to roll up their sleeves and try to help them in their struggle. The audacity of this type of thinking is disgusting!
The president’s policy would entail that the traumas and pathologies that so often underlie these expressions of homosexuality and lesbianism be left untreated, all so that the afflicted youth can be “affirmed” in their self-reported sexual identity.
In this case, the president had much of the scientific establishment behind him, for it too has bought into the ideology of sexual subjectivism and has sought to marginalize those professionals who engage these teens in discussions to get at the root of their issues. In his remarks justifying repression of these professional efforts, Obama relied on the bane of scientific research—the anecdote, salted heavily with gratuitous attributions of a cause-and-effect relationship to coincident facts. Obama cited the case of a transgendered youth who committed suicide, sometime after his parents refused to consent to his “transition” to female. The parents also insisted that he undergo therapy to help him accept his male identity. The president implied that this resistance to “transitioning” to female led this young man to suicide.
Now folks, how in the name of heaven could Barak Obama know that? Is he God?
It is obvious from a glance at the facts surrounding Joshua “Leelah” Alcorn’s death that he suffered from a variety of psychological difficulties, including depression and deep social alienation. No competent professional—much less the commander-in-chief of the United States—could diagnose the etiology of his suicide.
Amen and amen!!!
It is curious that President Obama marshaled support for his opposition to sexual orientation counseling by citing this case of gender dysphoria (a state of unease or general dissatisfaction with life). The imagined connection seems to be that “Leelah” Alcorn was a boy who was attracted to boys, and may have sought to “transition” to female partly in order to become heterosexual. The president’s position is evidently that a boy who wishes to become attracted to girls should not be allowed professional help to do so, but that a boy who wishes to actually become a girl should have access to all the professional help he desires.
Okay…you’ve got to read that sentence again. Read this carefully…
The president’s position is evidently that a boy who wishes to become attracted to girls should not be allowed professional help to do so, but that a boy who wishes to actually become a girl should have access to all the professional help he desires.
Man oh man…is your blood boiling yet? Did anybody really care about that young man or did they just want to make him a statistic for their cause! Did they care about his pain at night when he probably wrestled with who he was and why he was here? What if a Christian counselor could have talked to him about God and His plan for the young man’s life? What if the young man could understand that he was fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139)? What if the young man could have known that Jesus died for Him to see Him free? What if the young man could have known that the pain inside could have been lovingly and carefully dealt with and prayed through with someone who really cared?
Now the Obama administration has gone all in on its pro-transgender ideology. The federal government recently sued North Carolina and threatens it—and school districts and state agencies across the nation—with draconian penalties unless they toe the administration’s line on how to treat teens who believe that they were “assigned” the wrong sex at birth. The administration has decreed that civil rights provisions about “sex” discrimination must be informed by a definition of “sex” dictated not by the facts of nature but by the self-interpretation of the relevant fourteen-year-old.
See it? “Not by the facts of nature, but by the self-interpretation” of a 14-year old. Folks, I won’t let a 14-year-old pick out a car on their own…much less changing their sexual identity.
The administration would thus require every municipal recipient of federal funds to make the girls’ restroom available to boys who “self-identify” as girls. No accommodation of these troubled teens short of that—say, by making sure that there is a unisex restroom readily available—will do. The basis for this uncompromising stance is clearly that using the restroom of choice makes these conflicted boys feel like they are being accepted as girls, and that this is a happy outcome for the afflicted teen.
It is not. There is no scientific evidence that treating boys as girls solves these teens’ genuine, and usually serious, psychological and emotional problems, as the research and clinical experience of Dr. Paul McHugh (among others) reliably shows. Gender dysphoria—unease with one’s sex as male or female—deserves to be treated compassionately and competently.
Yes…yes…yes…amen and amen and amen… “treated compassionately and competently.”
But affirming the desire of anyone suffering from it to be treated as if he is a she, and vice versa, leaves the emotional and psychological problems hidden behind the claim untreated. (And in no case is sex-reassignment surgery ever medically indicated.) The compassionate and professionally competent approach to treating those with gender dysphoria is to help them to solve their underlying problems, and so to help them to come to live peacefully as the male or female that God created them.
Hallelujah. There’s the answer: “help them to solve their underlying problems.” Yes…yes… “help them to come to live peacefully as the male or female that God created them.” You see, that’s God’s authority over man’s authority.
President Obama has not said that science is to be the alpha and the omega of government policy. Nor should he: science by itself does not have the capacity to generate the moral norms, including norms of justice, that are essential to finally justifying any purposeful human action. But science very often generates information and insights vital to deliberation and choice of social policy. This is true with regard to what today might be called “adolescent sexual health.” And in spite of his triumphalist advertisement of fidelity to scientific fact, Obama has sacrificed the well-being of our nation’s youth on the altar of ideology.
Gerard V. Bradley is Professor of Law at the University of Notre Dame Law School and a Senior Fellow of the Witherspoon Institute, where he is Chair of the Academic Committee of the Simon Center on Religion and the Constitution.
Full article here: http://www.thepublicdiscourse.com/2016/08/17479/?utm_source=The+Witherspoon+Institute&utm_campaign=780f5e1514-RSS_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_15ce6af37b-780f5e1514-84178373
Thanks for reading a longer than usual blog post, but I felt this one was so important and so vital. We must, must, must understand what is slowly and subtly happening in our society regarding “the truth and knowledge.” If we don’t, we’ll all be like sheep led to the slaughter.