Normalization of Homosexual Lifestyle Should Begin in Kindergarten!

by Nathan A. Cherry, 03/28/2011

Don't Ask Don't TellMartinsburg, WV – Leave it to California to put the cart before the horse and run with something that has not been completely approved for implementation. In a state where political and economic upheaval is at an all-time high you would think lawmakers would be trying to find something to unite citizens rather than further divide them, but then again, it is California.

In a post by Citizenlink this week it is reported that California has decided to begin teaching specifically on the contributions of gay, lesbian, bi-sexual, and transsexuals in their social science courses. The article said:

“The California Senate Education Committee passed legislation Wednesday that would mandate public schools teach U.S. history, California history and social science with a deliberate emphasis on the roles and contributions of gay- and lesbian-identified individuals, as well as those of transsexuals and bisexuals.”

The California Family Institute’s director, Ron Prentice commented “It seems a bit like a quota system. It’s based less on the level of contribution and more on one’s sexual orientation.”

But the real concern, at least from my perspective, is how this will affect families with religious and moral objections to the homosexual lifestyle? Is this a sort of indoctrination of affirming the homosexual lifestyle and gay agenda? Will religious and conscience rights be respected for parents that do not want their children exposed to such teaching at a young age? Why do Kindergarteners and elementary age students need to know that a person was homosexual or otherwise?

It seems everyone from public schools to the military is trying to force feed homosexuality down the throats of every person regardless of religious, moral, or other objections. The deliberate ignoring of scientific data on reparation therapy, sexually transmitted diseases among the homosexual community and other red flags are equally troubling.

Just last week Mac pulled the Exodus International app from its app store after people complained. Yet, as was documented here, the app store has dozens of apps promoting and supporting the homosexual lifestyle. This double standard is twisted.

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About Nathan Cherry

Nathan Cherry is the chief editor and blogger for the Engage Family Minute blog, the official blog of the FPCWV. He serves also as the Regional Development Coordinator as a liaison to the pastor's of West Virginia. He is a pro-life, pro-traditional marriage, pro-religious freedom conservative. He is also a husband, father, pastor, author, musician, and follower of Jesus Christ.

Inequity in the App Store. Whatever.

For those of you with a love affair with Apple, have you been following the developments with the app-store and “offensive” apps being deleted?

As a matter of full disclosure, I love Mac.  I personally own a Mac Mini and just bought an iPad 2.  For work, I could not survive without my iPhone and MacBook Pro.  They are great, intuitive machines with not a little bit of the “cool” factor.  More importantly for this small business: these machines work.  As I heard an IT director say while waiting in line to buy the new iPad, “I spend all day fixing PC’s at work.  When I get home, I just want a computer that works.”

Still, my favor for Mac is frustrated by their willingness to be bullied – for that is precisely what it is – by activists that oppose a single word of disagreement from their ideology.

It started with the ousting of an app for the Manhattan Declaration last December.  Activists hated that a very broad majority of the religious community the world over dared to hold to the Orthodox belief that marriage is, and ought to remain, between one man and one woman.

Now, as of yesterday, it is an app for Exodus International.  Not an organization that has managed to steer clear of controversy, Exodus International exists to mobilize, “the body of Christ to minister grace and truth to a world impacted by homosexuality.”

Of course, that “sinister” mission is opposed by several who hold to a worldview strongly oppositional to that idea.  Hence, when Exodus International released their iPhone app on March 8, activists quickly launched a campaign to petition Apple to remove it.  According to one report:

The petition on the website change.org said the Christian group was using “scare tactics, misinformation, stereotypes and distortions” of gay life, and promoting “the use of so-called ‘reparative therapy’ to ‘change’ the sexual orientation of their clients, despite the fact that this form of ‘therapy’ has been rejected by every major professional medical organisation”.

via Apple under fire for ‘gay conversion’ app – Telegraph.

It’s not worth discussing the merits of the change.org petition.  Apple has made their decision to remove the app (at least for the time being – other apps have been removed and shown up again) and shown themselves more than willing to be intimidated by screaming activists.  It’s their company and they have a right to do as they please.  I get that and, while I’m disappointed in their decision – severely disappointed – they have that right.  (And before you demand I return my iPad, iPhone, or MacBook Pro, show me another computer company that is any better.)

Instead, I was curious if the standard Apple has laid down applies both ways.  So, I did a quick search.  The picture below paint a telling story.

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About Jeremy Dys

Jeremy Dys is the FPCWV's President and General Counsel. In addition to his duties of providing strategic vision and leadership to the FPCWV, Dys is the chief lobbyist and spokesman. Dys is regularly featured in local, state, and national print, radio, and television outlets. He lives close to Charleston with his wife and growing family.

Mohler: “Parenthood Matters. Just Ask Steve Jobs.”

Are parents more comfortable with the app store because of Steve Jobs?

Mohler, again, nails it in his commentary in the continuing saga with Steve Jobs, the app store, and a journalist wanting freedom for pornography.  In short, parenthood matters:

The Internet is still the domain of the pornographers, and there is little chance of that changing soon. Furthermore, any device with a Web browser can still download porn. The digital world is rife with sexually explicit material, and this includes many musical and film offerings through Apple’s iTunes store. Still, the “no porn” decision for the App Store is remarkable on its own.

While Wall Street, Hollywood, and Silicon Valley do their best to interpret what all this means, one dimension of this development is clear – parenthood matters.

Steve Jobs made this clear in his retort to Ryan Tate that he “might care more about porn when you have kids.” No kidding. Parenthood changes everything about one’s outlook on life and its challenges. A parent lacks the luxury of believing the world is all about himself or herself as individuals. Parents necessarily and understandably begin to think of the world in terms of how their children, and by extension the children of others as well, engage the world. This concern extends to the digital world, where the generation of young “digital natives” will spend much of their lives.

Ryan Tate got more than he bargained for when he made his protest to Steve Jobs. In a strange way, we are now all in his debt, because the response from Steve Jobs now puts Apple on the line. In the end, the real meaning of this media eruption is less about computers and “apps” and more about parents and kids.

Parenthood matters. Just ask Steve Jobs.

via AlbertMohler.com – Pornography — The Difference Being a Parent Makes.

About Jeremy Dys

Jeremy Dys is the FPCWV's President and General Counsel. In addition to his duties of providing strategic vision and leadership to the FPCWV, Dys is the chief lobbyist and spokesman. Dys is regularly featured in local, state, and national print, radio, and television outlets. He lives close to Charleston with his wife and growing family.

One More Reason to buy a Mac

Steve Jobs: "You might care more about porn when you have kids.”

Anyone who knows me, knows I swear by my Mac.  What can I say?  I need a computer that works!

Mac’s aren’t infallible, and users of them need to remember their families are WAY more important than whatever app just launched.  Still, Steve Jobs just did something that vaulted my affection for his company.  Sure, there are political issues that make me gravely disappointed with Apple (like their heavy support against Prop 8 in 2008), but this story linked by Justin Taylor at the Gospel Coalition’s Between Two Worlds blog really made me impressed:

Another aspect of Job’s defiance of critics has been less commented on. Jobs has argued that he wants his portable computer devices to not sell or stock pornography.

When a critic emailed him to say that this infringed his freedoms, Jobs emailed back and told him to buy a different type of computer.

Steve Jobs is a fan of Bob Dylan. So one customer emailed him to ask how Dylan would feel about Jobs restrictions of customers freedoms.

The CEO of Apple replied to say that he values:

Freedom from programs that steal your private data. Freedom from programs that trash your battery. Freedom from porn. Yep, freedom. The times they are a changin and some traditional PC folks feel their world is slipping away. It is.

The interlocuter replied:

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About Jeremy Dys

Jeremy Dys is the FPCWV's President and General Counsel. In addition to his duties of providing strategic vision and leadership to the FPCWV, Dys is the chief lobbyist and spokesman. Dys is regularly featured in local, state, and national print, radio, and television outlets. He lives close to Charleston with his wife and growing family.