FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 7, 2021
Born Alive Bill Signed Into Law
Family Policy Alliance of Wyoming Thankful for bill protecting babies born alive.
CHEYENNE, Wyoming – Family Policy Alliance of Wyoming, a pro-family ministry, applauds the enactment of the Born Alive-Infant Means of Care (SF 34) with the Governor’s signature.
The bill, which is sponsored by Senator Cheri Steinmetz (R-Lingle) and Representative Flitner (R-Greybull), ensures that any baby born alive after a failed abortion will receive the same level of care as any other infant.
A statement from Nathan Winters, Executive Director for Family Policy Alliance of Wyoming:
“With the resounding support of the Wyoming legislature and endorsement of the Governor, Wyoming has taken the important step of protecting these vulnerable citizens taking their first breath of Wyoming air.
“This legislation will stand as a silent but strong guardian over any infant surviving an abortion by requiring that medical professionals carry out their ethical and medical duty to provide appropriate medical care or genuine comfort care for a newborn. While physicians can determine what “appropriate and reasonable steps” should be taken, this new law ensures that the next step can’t be to do nothing.
“We are honored to have been a part of this effort and applaud the legislature and Gov. Gordon for advancing this new law.”
For questions or to schedule an interview with Nathan Winters, please contact Robert Noland at 719-308-2822 or Media@FamilyPolicyAlliance.com.
Family Policy Alliance works to advance biblical citizenship and promote public policy that protects religious freedom, families, and life.
Long before we reach adulthood, we learn this simple truth: God made everyone different. We are all unique: our circumstances, our strengths, and our weaknesses often require individualized approaches.
While most see this self-evident truth as children, our education system often fails to recognize this reality. One-size-fits-all doesn’t work! Last year, as parents attempted to navigate through the challenges of our education system—a challenge made even more complex as the response to Covid-19 unfolded – this reality became even clearer. Every parent wants their children to succeed, but across America we saw that states with educational choice were far better equipped to help families seek the best options for their children.
Sadly, according to EdChoice, 95.1% of Wyoming’s children have no alternative to the public education system. This places Wyoming 50th (dead last) in the nation for school choice, even after many years of work on educational options.
In 1971, my father saw firsthand the effects of the National Education Association on Christian kids in the public school system. He resigned as a public-school principal and started a private school to teach the timeless truths of Christianity and Western civilization. I am so thankful that I grew up in a home where the classics were loved, history was treated with value, and the sciences were treated with respect. As his son, I am so thankful for his vision and for the wonderful education he and my mother worked so hard to provide.
That is why Family Policy Alliance of Wyoming is happy to partner with schools and families to grow parent-driven and student-centered education. We are excited to welcome you to ED307, an effort to promote religious and private education in homes and schools across the state of Wyoming. We are happy to join with Representative Sue Wilson as we work to bring resources to help current schools and to promote new school opportunities across the state of Wyoming. This will happen by providing a forum for successful schools to share their best practices, offering online webinars from leading private school experts on good school administration, and watching for legislative roadblocks. We look forward to a fruitful endeavor this school year and in the years ahead.
Of course, we will continue to stand for what is good and true in the public education system. Our commitment is to stand for truth in every arena. Please consider a donation to the Family Policy Alliance of Wyoming as we stand for our children!
You have heard about it all over the media. It has really come to a head now that it is infiltrating our schools. Many parents are upset, even those who typically support more “progressive” educational approaches.
What is Critical Race Theory? (CRT) That is actually a more difficult question than you might first think, and frankly creates some of the problems surrounding it. As the American Bar Association states, “Crenshaw—who coined the term ‘CRT’—notes that CRT is not a noun, but a verb. It cannot be confined to a static and narrow definition but is considered to be an evolving and malleable practice.” It’s pretty hard to have an intelligent discussion about such a controversial issue if you can’t even define it or use the term correctly (I have yet to hear anyone on either side of the argument use it as a verb).
That said, the most consistent explanation I’ve seen is that CRT focuses on the idea that racism is embedded in the nation’s institutions and that these institutions seek to maintain the dominance of white people in society. It asserts that unequal outcomes are the result of subtle societal and institutional biases, and that historical patterns of racism are ingrained in law and other modern institutions, rather than racism of individuals per se. I think I am safe assuming that the theory would posit that if institutions, law, etc. in general have racist biases, they had to come from somewhere, and that “somewhere” are the racists in the past and present who set up and perpetuate these elements of society. So fundamentally, I would assert that it actually is individual racism at its core. This assertion is affirmed in a statement by Ibrim X. Kendi “The only remedy to racist discrimination is antiracist discrimination. The only remedy to past discrimination is present discrimination. The only Remedy to present discrimination is future discrimination.” How to be an AntiRacist pg.19
Now that we have that out of the way, let’s ask ourselves a question: Are our nation’s institutions, laws, and other societal elements racist? I think we would all agree that racism persists in some of these places – to what extent would depend on the particular institution or element of society. The nexus of racism and our country’s history cannot be denied, particularly towards those who are black.
So then, where is the problem and why all the controversy? There are two reasons for it, I believe.
First, those who currently are using CRT to advance their causes want the American public to view everything through the lens of racism. In other words, everything in our society is suspect. Seemingly neutral concepts almost always are imputed with deep racial significance. Frankly, this is ridiculous.
Let me give you an example. If you are Norwegian, then you can view everything through racism towards Norwegians, whether correct or not. You didn’t get that car loan – racism in banking institutions. Your daughter didn’t get into that elite college – educational racism. The police pull you over more often than other drivers – law enforcement racism. You see where this is going don’t you? Never mind that you’re buried in credit card debt from Amazon purchases, your daughter typically gets average grades, or that you’ve recently been speeding when you drive. “They’re all out to get me. I’m always a victim because I’m Norwegian.” As they say, people see what they want to see, and if you want to see racism everywhere, you will.
The second reason CRT has sprung to the forefront is that it now involves our children. It’s one thing if something adversely affects us as adults, but it’s entirely different if it affects our kids, particularly when it comes to what they are being taught. My wife refers to this as the “mama bear effect”, although I would maintain that we dads can also turn into bears when appropriate.
That is why you are seeing such pushback. You have educators saying that there is no CRT being taught in their schools, based on the teachers’ definition of CRT. Parents on the other hand are up in arms that the school is blatantly teaching CRT to their children, based on the parents’ definition. Take the following examples.
- A school in Minnesota required a fourth-grade class to take an ‘equity survey’, were told not to tell their parents, and were told by the teacher they couldn’t skip any questions, even if they didn’t understand them.
- A fifth-grade social studies lesson in Philadelphia asked students to celebrate the ‘black communist’ Angela Davis and act out ‘free Angela Davis’ rallies, demanding that the government release the Black Panther imprisoned on charges of murder, conspiracy, and kidnapping.
- Fifth-grade students in Buffalo, NY were required to use curriculum focused on Black Lives Matter principles, including the ‘declaration on Black Villages’ which begins with ‘We are committed to disrupting the Western-prescribed nuclear family structure requirement by…’
- Students attending Grace Church High School in New York City were asked to stop referring to their parents as ‘mom and dad’, since their school handbooks addressed hateful language that promotes racism, misogyny, homophobia, and other forms of discrimination…”
Sources: The Daily Caller and Washington Examiner
The list of examples is startlingly long, but I’m here to tell you the good news that parents are pushing back and pushing back hard. This past legislative session, five states passed anti-CRT schooling bills and another 17 introduced such bills into their state legislatures.
Parents are ousting school board members who want to embed CRT into curriculum. In liberal Loudoun County, Va., there was strong opposition to the district’s plans to adopt new diversity initiatives. As a result, there was an attempt to recall board members. In a Connecticut school district, three incumbent school board members that supported CRT were voted out and replaced by parents opposed to the curriculum being taught to their children.
In a recent poll, 58 percent of Americans had an “unfavorable view” of critical race theory, compared to only 38 percent of Americans with a “favorable view”. Most telling however was that 71 percent of independents had a “very unfavorable view”. Keep in mind, this issue will very likely have ramifications for the next election cycle too.
What can you do to make sure CRT does not infiltrate our Wyoming Schools?
First, get involved at the school board level. The Wyoming Department of Public Instruction is not going to determine whether CRT is taught in your particular district, but the school board will. Make sure you have the right people on your local school board who will not allow CRT theory or curriculum.
Let me assure you that our organization will continue to fight to keep CRT out of Wyoming schools. We want an accurate portrayal of our county’s history and current situation to be taught to our children, even if we have to go all “mama bear” to make it happen.
Try to imagine what a nation and its government would look like if all Christian influence on government were suddenly removed. Imagine what it would be like if all the churches and all the Christians in a society stopped seeking to have any kind of influence on laws or on government. What would such a government and such a society look like? Within a few years very few people would have any moral absolutes beyond their own moral sentiments and moral intuitions, which can be so unreliable.” – Wayne Grudem, Politics According to the Bible (2010)
It would seem Dr. Grudem was prophetic. As our Christian influence wanes so do the moral constraints of society. John Adams was also prophetic when he said, “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” That’s why at Family Policy Alliance our vision is a nation where God is honored, religious freedom flourishes, families thrive, and life is cherished. And we are seeing the fruits of that work! Here are just a few ways we’re engaging right now.
Last month, Christian leaders from across the country gathered in Washington, D.C. at the Statesman Academy,℠ a project of Family Policy Foundation™. These men and women received encouragement and education, and they heard from prominent Christians in both the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate as those leaders shared their hearts and experiences while serving God in government. Often stated at this gathering is our definition of a statesman, “A statesman stands for what is right, regardless of the personal consequences.” Here in Wyoming, we are looking to send future leaders from our state to the Statesmen Academy where they can learn to stand for a bedrock set of principles that will not be compromised for personal or political gain.
That same week in D.C., nearly forty independent policy councils came together simultaneously for our own conference. We had in-depth panels and group discussions regarding policy initiatives and different strategies in blue and red states, how to build meaningful Christ-centered relationships with elected officials, and how to engage young conservatives on the importance of the family unit.
Education and training is also taking place at the state level here in Wyoming.
I am excited to announce that Family Policy Alliance of Wyoming will be partnering with Alliance Defending Freedom for a one-day training course for elected officials.
We will be equipping them to engage our culture effectively and winsomely on many of the “hot button” issues of the day that are challenging our shared faith and family values: religious liberty, separation of church and state, abortion, assisted suicide, homosexuality, transgenderism, and much more.
We have planned this Training program knowing that people like you, across the state are willing to give to equip Christians in their call to serve the Lord. The summer months have been a challenge. Please consider a generous donation to Family Policy Alliance of Wyoming so we can continue to be the influence God has called us to be in the Cowboy State!
For Faith and Family
In 1861, after a long career as a soldier, General, President of Texas, and Senator from Texas, Sam Houston faced a choice that could bolster his popularity with constituents or end his political career. Houston had fiercely opposed any attempt to divide the nation which he knew would plunge the Union into a Civil War. On February 1, 1861, a special convention had been called in Texas to vote on whether the state would secede from the Union or remain. Houston was willing to return to an independent Republic but refused to swear an oath of loyalty to the newly declared Confederacy. So, on March 15, 1861, the legislature of the State of Texas declared the Governorship to be vacant and Houston was removed from office. Houston, having stood by his principles, regardless of the personal consequences, left office never to return and died within two years.
A decade before this happened, a minister wrote a statement that resonated across the country, “A politician thinks of the next election, a statesman of the next generation. A politician looks for the success of his party; a statesman for that of the country. The statesman wishes to steer, while the politician is satisfied to drift.” -James Freeman Clarke (I do not ascribe to his theology).
Last week, Christian leaders from across the country came together in Washington, D.C. at the Statesman Academy™, a project of Family Policy Foundation. We heard from US House of Representatives Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), US Senator James Lankford (R-OK), Congressman Jim Banks (R-IN), as well as 14 other members of Congress as they shared their hearts and experiences with men and women who serve in elective office.
Often stated at this gathering is our definition of a statesman, “A statesman stands for what is right, regardless of the personal consequences.” Starting next year, Family Policy Foundation of Wyoming will have the privilege of sending future leaders from our state to the Statesmen Academy where they will learn to stand for a bedrock set of principles that will not be compromised for personal or political gain.
In October, Family Policy Foundation of Wyoming will also be teaming up with Alliance Defending Freedom with training for Christian men and women who have been elected to public office.
Would you consider a gift to Family Policy Foundation of Wyoming to assist us as we equip Christian Statesmen for Wyoming?
Your gift – of $25, $50, $100, $250 or $500 or more – will help cover the expenses associated with training these elected officials so they don’t have any barriers to attending. You’ll provide the training venue, hotel rooms and all the meals during the training.
John Newton and William Wilberforce have always amazed me for their part in the battle to end slavery. Newton was an example of authentic grace and transformation that can take place in the human heart – that is, from the “inside-out.” And, Wilberforce was tireless and persistent in his work to end slavery legislatively, that is from the “outside-in.” They made a good team in 18th century Great Britain and that two-pronged approach could be the key towards solving many social challenges in America today.
For John Newton, it took a change of heart to alter his life. We all know him as the author of one of the best-known and most loved hymns of the last two centuries, “Amazing Grace.” Estimates suggest that the song is played 10 million times each year and has appeared on over 11,000 albums. It had a surge of popularity during two of our nation’s greatest crises: the Civil War and the Vietnam War. Churches everywhere still sing it today. Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, and Elvis are among the many artists who recorded the song. Even former President Obama spontaneously sang it a few years ago during a memorial service for Rev. Clementa Pinckney, a victim of a church shooting in Charleston, South Carolina.
It is amazing that this hymn has become closely associated with the African American community when you consider that the author, John Newton was a former slave trader until God’s ‘Amazing Grace’ changed his heart. It is a testament to the transformative work of Christ. Newton later became a pastor and preacher changing people’s attitudes about race and slavery by changing their heart, from the ‘inside-out.’
Wilberforce, on the other hand, was a politician and a wealthy philanthropist. He gave away one-quarter of his annual income to the poor. He fought on behalf of chimney sweeps, single mothers, orphans, and juvenile delinquents. When he was a child, Newton was his pastor. As he grew older, Wilberforce wanted to leave working in government for the ministry. Instead, Newton encouraged him to stay in politics, convincing him of the need to end slavery legally – from the “outside-in.”
The story of “Amazing Grace” offers a powerful lesson for us today: change the heart of the nation and its laws will follow. The work of churches today is similar to the work of John Newton as they preach the Gospel that transforms lives from the “inside-out.” And the work of Family Policy Alliance of Wyoming is like the work of Wilberforce and countless other Christian policymakers, taking the policy and legislative approach and effecting change from the “outside-in.”
Our mission statement is very clear. We exist to make Wyoming a state where God is honored, religious freedom flourishes, families thrive, and life is cherished!
If you want to partner with us to bring change to policy (or find out how we can help you change hearts), here are two steps to consider:
- Want help changing the culture from the inside out? I welcome the opportunity to speak at your church or small group. You can contact me here.
- Please consider making a monthly donation so we can continue to make a difference in Wyoming. We are grateful for your partnership!
There is a raging battle going on between the SECULAR and the SACRED in America. For a while now it seems that the secular has had the upper hand but recently the sacred – namely, an acknowledgement of religious freedom – has scored some victories worth noting.
The First… the highest court in the land, the Supreme Court, ruled in favor of a faith-based foster care agency in Philadelphia saying that the state could not disqualify it because their religious beliefs prevented them from working with same-sex couples. The court noted that Catholic Social Services has “long been a point of light in the city’s foster-care system” and that the agency simply wishes to be allowed to “continue serving the children of Philadelphia in a manner consistent with its religious beliefs.” This may set a precedent for other states like Massachusetts that forced other faith-based ministries to close their doors.
The Second… Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a new law mandating that public schools in the Sunshine State have a daily moment of silence. It requires teachers to set aside at least 2-4 minutes each day in the first period of school for a moment of silence. The Governor’s comments about the law were a welcome breath of fresh air. Here is what he said: “It’s important to be able to provide each student the ability, every day, to be able to reflect and to be able to pray (or not pray) as they see fit,” DeSantis said. “The idea that you can just push God out of every institution, and be successful — I’m sorry, our founding fathers did not believe that.”
American history, before the secular shift of recent years, is replete with times of government leaders calling for prayer: praying to God in faith is an important reminder that even our nation’s success is dependent on the grace of God. The more secular we have become the less we have relied on what the Almighty can do.
God has moved mightily in this country and He can again. America was birthed by leaders who in the Declaration of Independence, appealed “to the Supreme Judge of the world.” America has surely been blessed in the years since – despite many struggles in between.
Maybe we just need to put our faith into action. Faith is not just believing God can do something. Faith is not just hoping he will do something. Faith is thanking God in advance for what he is going to do.
Let’s ask God for more SACRED victories, believing that he will do it and begin thanking him in advance.
“Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.” (Mar 11:24)
For Faith & Family in Wyoming,
Sir William Jones, the renowned eighteenth-century English jurist and scholar, once remarked of his native England, “We live in the midst of blessings till we are utterly insensible of their greatness and the source from whence they flow.”
Sadly, the same could be said of the American people today. Even with all the problems we face today, we are blessed to live in the most prosperous, secure, politically stable, and free nation in the history of the world. Yet too many turn their backs on our national foundations, indignantly sneer at the biblical morality we once shared, and speak with contempt of the founding fathers and other faithful men who have—by their vigilance and sacrifice—secured, maintained and preserved our republic for future generations.
What was, to paraphrase Sir William Jones, the source from whence our blessings of liberty, prosperity, and security flowed? What was the source of our national greatness?
In his first Thanksgiving Proclamation, President George Washington unequivocally answered: “It is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favor.”
That, indeed, was the unanimous opinion of the founding fathers who appended their names to the Declaration of Independence exactly 245 years ago. In fact, Independence Day in early America was celebrated as a day of national thanksgiving to God.
Our founders attested to God’s intervention on our behalf during the War for Independence and His goodness in guiding them as they created a nation rooted in the idea of liberty under God’s law and built upon His unchanging Word. They believed the American people should come together to extend gratitude and worship to God for His protection, favor, and blessing.
Writing to his wife Abigail immediately after joining with his fellow delegates in voting for independence, John Adams presciently foresaw both the importance of the event in which he had just taken part and the traditions that would be celebrated by successive generations of Americans:
“I am apt to believe that [Independence Day] will be celebrated, by succeeding generations, as the great anniversary festival. It ought to be commemorated as the Day of Deliverance by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires and illuminations [fireworks] from one end of this continent to the other from this time forward forever more.”
Yes, John Adams predicted that Independence Day would be celebrated with fireworks, parades, sports, and guns! How’s that for a prediction come true?
But also notice that John Adams says Independence Day ought to be celebrated by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty. God, who is the source of all blessings, deserves our worship and thanksgiving today. He has given us our liberty, and He has allowed us to live in a nation that has done better than any other in offering opportunity to all and empowering everyone to exercise their rights freely.
As you celebrate Independence Day, take a few minutes to pray with your family, thanking God for all He has done for the United States of America and asking Him that our nation may reclaim its founding principles.
Join with me in following the wisdom of President Washington, who over two centuries ago encouraged his countrymen to acknowledge God’s providence and authority, obey His law, be grateful to Him for the blessings we have been given, and humbly ask him for his continued protection and favor.
Standing with you this Independence Day,
For Immediate Release
February 6, 2020
Family Policy Alliance of Wyoming Launches
Cheyenne, Wyo. – Family Policy Alliance of Wyoming, a pro-life, pro-family and pro-religious freedom organization, announced its official launch today. The Christian ministry is part of a larger movement of state-based organizations working with national ally, Family Policy Alliance, which is located in Colorado Springs, Colo.
Family Policy Alliance of Wyoming will have an active presence in the capitol and across the state as it advocates for a Wyoming where God is honored, religious freedom flourishes, families thrive, and life is cherished.
The organization will be led by Executive Director Nathan Winters–a pastor and former state representative–who said:
“Wyoming has worked hard over the years to stand up for the rights of the preborn, and Family Policy Alliance of Wyoming will be here to help our state persist against efforts to change that. Similarly, extraordinary amounts of money from out-of-state lobbying firms have been spent targeting our state and advocating that belief in First Amendment religious freedoms should end in the name of the advancing sexualization of our culture. Family Policy Alliance of Wyoming will be a voice that will stand for religious freedom.”
Working with voters, legislators, churches, pastors, business leaders and activists, Family Policy Alliance of Wyoming will engage on public policy at the state, local, and federal levels on a number of important social issues as well as in elections to advance pro-life, pro-family and pro-religious freedom values.
Paul Weber, president & CEO of Family Policy Alliance, expressed enthusiasm for the work in Wyoming:
“We are proud to see Family Policy Alliance of Wyoming launch today—the first such pro-family organization in the state—after much hard work on the ground. Nathan Winters is uniquely equipped to address the cultural, legislative and electoral challenges facing Wyoming. We look forward to supporting his work in advancing a Wyoming where God is honored, religious freedom flourishes, families thrive and life is cherished.”
Mr. Winters added, “Over the years serving both as a Pastor and in the State Capitol in Cheyenne, I have seen the tremendous need to articulate the historic Christian view of ‘speaking the truth in love.’ Wyoming has historically stood strong for pro-life, pro-family policy; but we know that outside forces in our national culture are seeking to change that.”
Family Policy Alliance of Wyoming is part of an alliance of state and national organizations dedicated to protecting life from conception to natural death, God’s design for family and religious freedom. Family Policy Alliance is a public policy partner of Focus on the Family. More information is available at FamilyPolicyAlliance.com/Wyoming.
For media inquiries or to schedule an interview with Nathan Winters, contact Robert Noland at: 719-308-2822 or email@example.com.
You probably know by now that June is being celebrated as LGBTQ Pride Month. The purpose of the month is to celebrate and promote the LGBT culture, to recognize the Stonewall riots that happened in 1969, and to acknowledge the impact that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals have had on local, national, and international history and culture. Have LGBTQ individuals made significant contributions to our society? Undoubtedly.
Let me state at the outset that I have no animosity towards members of the LGBTQ community. I’ve said it before, but will restate, that I have friends who identify as LGBTQ and I love them dearly. As you might imagine, we don’t talk politics too often, but that’s ok with all of us. If those who identify as LGBTQ want to celebrate their lifestyle, they are certainly entitled to do so, given the freedoms in our country. However, there is a larger issue I want to address: our country’s transformation that has led us to Pride Month.
For those of us who have lived a few decades, we have the benefit of hindsight. While it’s not always the 20/20 it’s purported to be, it does often help put things in perspective and give insights not readily observed when things happen in real time.
In the 1980s, the LGBTQ movement came out of the shadows in many ways as something that needed to be recognized, whether one agreed with it or not. Americans were asked implicitly and sometimes explicitly to accept that the LGBTQ community was part of society, and Americans did, under the premise of pluralism and the freedoms embodied in our country’s foundational beliefs (which are rooted in Christian thought, by the way).
As time moved along, the focus shifted. During the latter ‘80s and early ‘90s the topic became HIV/AIDs. Disproportionately affecting those who identified as LGBTQ, due to lifestyle choices, the disease ravaged the community and Americans were soon forced to focus on a cure for this terrible disease. While HIV/AIDs certainly did put the LGBTQ identity in the spotlight, it also engendered much research, medical attention, and eventually some level of empathy for those suffering from the disease.
There were also high-profile cases such as tennis player Arthur Ashe and Ryan White who contracted HIV from blood transfusions, highlighting that nobody was entirely protected from the disease. As a result of all these factors, our country moved from acceptance to the beginnings of empathy for the LGBTQ community.
In the 1990s, we also started to see Hollywood stars and other high-profile individuals such as Ellen DeGeneres, George Michael, Melissa Etheridge, and Tammy Baldwin, the first openly lesbian candidate ever elected to Congress, come out as gay or lesbian. The dialogue moved from advocating for medical care and empathy for those who identified as LGBTQ, to advocating for tolerance and equal rights. LGBTQ advocates stated they only wanted to be treated the same as everyone else, not as an abnormal part of society.
In the 21st century things have changed considerably. More high-profile individuals have come out as LGBTQ and more groups have surfaced to advocate for their cause. The LGBTQ movement has successfully taken over the debate terminology (e.g., you are cisgender, not simply male or female; we’ve all adopted LGBTQ, not LGBT and even add +), the media have become loud advocates for the LGBTQ cause, and businesses have been shamed into jumping on the bandwagon and virtue signaling they are not only nondiscriminatory, but sometimes unbelievably promoting of the LGBTQ lifestyle.
Those who wish to speak out against anything having to do with LGBTQ talking points are labeled homophobic, ignorant, or part of a hate group and are shamed by the media. The entertainment industry is bending over backwards to show how inclusive and accepting they are. In broadcast television, roughly 10.2% of all regular expected series characters identify as LGBT. For movies, the LGBT percentage has ranged from 14%-17% in recent years, with the percentage rising each year. That said, LGBT-identifying Americans comprise only 5.6 percent of the American public, per a recent Gallup poll. Agenda. You think?
We are now at a point where the federal government, as well as some other levels of government, actively promote and enforce the advancement of the gay and lesbian identity. Schools are being required to teach LGBT curriculum to kindergartners. The Biden Administration has indicated that boys identifying as transgender girls will be allowed to compete on girls’ athletic teams. And the list goes on.
My point in all this is not to provide a history lesson of the LGBTQ+ movement, but to show the transformation of thought and practice that has slowly and almost imperceptibly occurred over the past few decades. Our country and its value system have been led from acceptance to empathy to normalization to forced promotion of the LGBT lifestyle. And that’s how we’ve gotten to today’s celebration of LGBT Pride Month.
We have been asleep at the wheel. While the American people generally try to be accepting, our country has been led down a path where more and more demands are placed on you and your family by the LGBTQ cause – demands that now or very soon will violate your values and beliefs.
So, back to LGBTQ+ Pride Month. Should a Christian participate in the normalization of something that is actively trying to eradicate our values? No. We should be kind, always. But we should never bow to today’s social intimidation and contempt for traditional values which break down the very fabric of Liberty.