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June 12, 2011

June, No Longer the Month of Brides?

Dr. Karen Gushta

The month of June used to be associated with brides and weddings. Now President Obama has proclaimed it “Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month.”

 

Obama is not the first president to make such a proclamation. In 1999 and 2000, President Clinton marked June as “Gay and Lesbian Pride Month.” Ten years later, more categories of “proud” gender types have been added.   

President George W. Bush declined to bow to pressure from homosexual activists to make similar declarations. His Justice Department also barred a group of federal employees from celebrating the month with this appellation.

Why designate June as “LGBT Pride Month?” As The Daily Caller points out, “June was chosen in honor of the 1969 Greenwich Village riots at the Stonewall Inn where gay rights advocates clashed with New York City police over alleged discrimination.”

It was more than a “clash.” At one point police barricaded themselves inside the bar while the angry mob outside tried to set the bar on fire and used a parking meter as a battering ram in an effort to break down the door to get at the policemen inside.

 

The event, which took place in the early hours of June 28, 1969, is marked as the beginning of the “gay rights” movement. Soon after, the Gay Liberation Front (GLF) was formed. The GLF was short-lived, but it introduced the term “gay” to Americans, most of whom would not imagine calling the homosexual lifestyle “gay.”

For 20 years, homosexual activists made modest impact on American culture at large. Then, in 1989, two Harvard homosexual intellectuals, Hunter Madsen and Marshall Kirk, teamed up to write After the Ball: How America Will Conquer Its Fear and Hatred of Gays in the 90’s.   

 

Jonathan Kirsch wrote at the time in The Los Angeles Times that “the essential message of the book is an urgent demand for a fundamental change in the very nature of gay activism. The gay community, Kirk and Madsen argue, has resorted to the wrong arguments, the wrong symbols, and the wrong acts of protest. And the authors of ‘After the Ball’ think that they have a better idea.”

Their “better idea” was to exchange the tools of violent protests and barricades exemplified by the Stonewall Riots for “the story boards and 30-second spots of Madison Avenue, a kind of sanitized upscale media radicalism that finds mass demonstrations to be ‘ghastly freak shows’ and prefers highway billboards that ‘earnestly propound appealing truisms, the safer and more platitudinous, the better.’”

Kirk and Madsen said it themselves, “We’re talking about propaganda.”

Rather than protesting with “all the screamers, stompers, gender-benders, sadomasochists, and pederasts, and confirm America’s worst fears and hates” Kirk and Madsen advocated a “continuous flood of gay-related advertising.” Such advertising would depict gays “in the least offensive fashion possible.” And, more significantly, it would make “homo-hating beliefs and actions look so nasty that average Americans will want to dissociate themselves from them.”

As Kirsch observes, “This is pure propaganda, of course, but it is propaganda on the highest levels of insight and calculation.”

It is also propaganda that in a large part succeeded during the 1990s in changing the thinking of many Americans. In his June 1999 proclamation, President Clinton claimed that “gay and lesbian Americans” were serving “openly and proudly” in the federal government. In his 2000 proclamation, he bragged that “more openly gay and lesbian individuals serve in senior posts throughout the Federal Government than during any other Administration.”

President Obama’s proclamation tried to best Clinton’s record by listing all of his administration’s activities, such as the repeal of the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy and the appointment of openly homosexual individuals to executive branch and judicial positions.  

 

According to one commentator, efforts like these could qualify President Obama to be called “the first gay president.” Writing in TheVoiceMagazine.com, Brian Burke observed that in this administration we’re seeing more being done “to promote the gay agenda than in any other American presidency in the history of the United States of America.”  

 

Burke concludes, “Christians should never forget that homosexuality is sinful behavior …. it doesn’t matter what law is passed or what proclamation is made, sin can’t be legalized either, no matter how many people agree. Throughout the Bible Scripture is clear that homosexuality will always be a sin. The President … is wrong to celebrate the lifestyle as if that’s OK.”

 

Nevertheless, celebration of the homosexual lifestyle was part of the U.S. Department of Education’s first LGBT Youth Summit held in Washington D.C. on June 6 and 7.  Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius addressed the group, telling them that they have a “strong voice” and the Obama administration is hearing it. “I want to tell you, you have a friend in this administration who will stand beside you each and every step along the way,” Sebelius said.

 

The administration’s friendship was affirmed by a reporter for the homosexual activist Human Rights Campaign who wrote that “In addition to Assistant Deputy Secretary Kevin Jennings and many of his DOE staff members, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), the Department of Justice, and other federal agencies were well represented.  Many of the federal agency representatives ‘came out’ as LGBT while speaking at the two-day meeting.”

 

But how is the example of government employees “coming out” going to help homosexual youth who, according to conference presenters, “are more prone to exhibit high-risk behaviors such as substance abuse, sexual risk-taking, and running away from home?”

 

Conferences sponsored by the Education Department and proclamations that encourage “pride” in their homosexual lifestyles will not help these youth. Christians must “graciously yet urgently speak the truth in love to young people who are hurting themselves with the ‘LGBT’ lifestyle,” as a recent Family Research Council prayer letter urged.

 

Those who believe in the power of Jesus Christ to forgive, heal, and restore must determine to stand together in opposition to our government’s efforts to promote harmful and sinful sexual practices among our youth. Let our proclamation be of Jesus Christ and His willingness to receive all who would come to Him.

 

And then, maybe we can get back to June as the month of brides.

 

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Dr. Karen Gushta is research coordinator at Coral Ridge Ministries and author of The War on Children: How Pop Culture and Public Schools Put Our Kids at Risk. Dr. Gushta is a career educator who has taught at all levels, from kindergarten to graduate level teacher education, in both public and Christian schools in America and overseas. Dr. Gushta served as the first international director of Kid’s Evangelism Explosion. She has a Ph.D. in Philosophy of Education from Indiana University and Masters degrees in Elementary Education from the University of New Mexico and in Christianity and Culture from Knox Theological Seminary.

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June 3, 2011

He’s Gone, But Not Forgotten

By Dr. Karen Gushta

When homosexual activist Kevin Jennings quietly left his post as “safe schools czar” at the Department of Education, the news barely made a ripple. Although pro-family advocates can rejoice, they should not underestimate Jennings’ ability to influence America’s children in his new post as CEO of non-profit group, Be the Change, Inc. The organization works closely with AmeriCorps, the government agency that funds community works and public sector programs in education, health, public safety, and the environment.

When Jennings was appointed by President Obama, Jim Hoft correctly noted at Gateway Pundit that his appointment was primarily due to the fact that he had founded the Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) in 1990.  By 2007, Jennings was pulling down a salary of more than $270,000 as GLSEN’s executive director. But his goal was more than personal enrichment. His homosexual activist organization led the way in getting government schools to introduce programs intended to promote acceptance of homosexuality through anti-bullying curricula that teach tolerance of homosexual students.  

One of GLSEN’s tools is a “recommended reading list.” As Hoft reported, “GLSEN maintains a recommended reading list of books that it claims ‘furthers our mission to ensure safe schools for all students.’” The books are hardly ones that “all students” should read, however.

Purportedly the books help “gay kids” by raising their self-esteem, and “straight kids” who read them are supposed to become more aware and tolerant of homosexual kids and stop bullying them. In fact, these books expose young people to homosexual behaviors and lifestyles in a graphic and sexually explicit way.

According to Hoft, “Book after book after book contained stories and anecdotes that weren’t merely X-rated and pornographic, but which featured explicit descriptions of sex acts between pre-schoolers; stories that seemed to promote and recommend child-adult sexual relationships; stories of public masturbation, anal sex in restrooms, affairs between students and teachers, five-year-olds playing sex games, semen flying through the air.”

In his book, Radical Rulers, Robert Knight notes that while Jennings was the leader of GLSEN, it established “gay/straight” alliances in schools, developed a “heterosexism questionnaire” that encouraged kids to question their sexuality, and established events such as “Day of Silence,” and “No Name-Calling Week.” According to Knight, these events are promoted “under the guise of discouraging bullying,” but in reality, “kids are taught to promote homosexuality and accuse anyone who thinks it is immoral of being a bigot and hater.”

While he was safe schools czar, Kevin Jennings met several times with the executive director of Christian Educators Association International, Finn Laursen. Nevertheless, in the past he has been vocal in dismissing the views of Christians.  

Robert Knight wrote that Jennings spoke to a conference at a church in 2000 where he called Moral Majority and Liberty University founder Jerry Falwell a “terrorist,” and said, “We have to quit being afraid of the religious right. We also have to quit—I’m trying to find a way to say this—I’m trying not to say, ‘[F—] ‘em!’ which is what I want to say, because I don’t care what they think! [audience laughter] Drop dead!”

So given his track record, is it time to breathe a sigh of relief that children in America’s schools are now safe from Kevin Jennings’ influence?

That might be premature.

Given Jennings’ track record and his avowed dedication to the cause of normalizing homosexuality in America, it might be wiser to assume that Jennings’ move to Be the Change is based on his belief that it will give him a wider platform to promote the causes that are near and dear to him.

Founded by Alan Khazei in 2008, Be the Change states that its goal is to create “national issue-based campaigns by organizing coalitions of non-profits, social entrepreneurs, policymakers, private sector and civic leaders, academics, and citizens.” The first campaign it launched was ServiceNation, a lobbying effort that gathered over 270 organizations in support of the Kennedy Serve America Act, touted as “the greatest expansion of national service in our country in 60 years.”

Addressing the Service Nation Summit, Khazei said, “We believe that the idea of America is ennobled and the future of America is strengthened when Americans come together to serve our country.”

Perhaps Jennings hopes he can have a hand in shaping the direction of that service. He’s taking charge at a very propitious time. In 2011 the second campaign, Opportunity Nation, was launched as the website proclaimed that children in America have less of a chance for improving their economic situation than those born into low-income households in the United Kingdom, France, Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden, Canada, or Germany.

How Jennings will shape this effort remains to be seen. After 20 years leading the homosexual cause, it seems safe to say that he will find ways to infuse the goals of the homosexual agenda into the new campaign.

Be the Change, Inc. is not alone in its efforts to rally America’s citizens to bring change to their communities. Samaritan’s Purse is training tens of thousands of volunteers to bring relief and assistance in the name of Christ to those whose lives have been ravaged by the recent floods and tornadoes. Glenn Beck is encouraging people to seek “Enlightenment, Education, Empowerment and Entrepreneurship” so our nation will be prepared for the impending world crisis that radical Islamists and Leftists are fomenting in the Middle East.  

America is at a crossroads. And there are many options for those who want to be “part of the solution and not part of the problem.” Coral Ridge Ministries is now offering a new option in its ongoing effort to inspire believers in their daily lives with the power of a biblical worldview. Community in Action is a new grassroots outreach that equips and encourages believers to find God’s call on their lives and connect their passions and abilities to that call in order to transform the culture and their communities for Christ.

It’s clear that activists like Kevin Jennings are not going to stop their efforts to transform the culture according to a vision that distorts God’s design for sexuality and human relationships.

The question is—will Christians take up the challenge to work with the same degree of zeal?

Dr. Karen Gushta is research coordinator at Coral Ridge Ministries and author of The War on Children: How Pop Culture and Public Schools Put Our Kids at Risk. Dr. Gushta is a career educator who has taught at all levels, from kindergarten to graduate level teacher education, in both public and Christian schools in America and overseas. Dr. Gushta served as the first international director of Kid’s Evangelism Explosion. She has a Ph.D. in Philosophy of Education from Indiana University and Masters degrees in Elementary Education from the University of New Mexico and in Christianity and Culture from Knox Theological Seminary.

May 8, 2011

Defining Normalcy Downward

By Dr. Karen Gushta

 

It’s a common ploy in political discourse to try to redefine the terms of debate so that your opponent, by accepting your definition of key terms, will concede ground in the argument.

Take for example, the term “pro-choice.” Those of us who believe in the sanctity of life avoid using this term, for to do so would concede that the argument rests on the false claim that what counts is “a woman’s right to choose” rather than protecting the life of the unborn.  

In similar fashion, in order to make recent Congressional legislation more palatable to the public, legislators have given bills lofty sounding names that are more propagandistic than descriptive. For example, the gargantuan stimulus bill was named the “American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.” And the biggest government grab for control over health care is officially titled the “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.” Conversely, those who refer to it as “Obamacare” are accused of using “pejorative language.”

We should be on the alert for efforts such as these to use language to stack the deck in an argument, or to obscure the real intent of legislation.

Likewise, we should also be aware of efforts to reclassify certain immoral behaviors as “normal.” Those pushing the homosexual agenda are making every effort to do just that. They are driving the effort to get pedophilia accepted as normal sexual behavior.

 

The latest example of this was reported in LifeSiteNews.com by Rebecca Millette. Two psychologists testifying before the Canadian Parliament claimed that pedophilia should be viewed as a “sexual orientation” equal to heterosexuality or homosexuality. The psychologists, Dr. Vernon Quinsey and Dr. Hubert Van Gijseghem, were called to testify in reference to a bill to amend the Canadian Criminal Code. The bill was actually designed to increase the penalties or punishments imposed on sexual offenders who assault children.

But Van Gijseghem, a psychologist and retired professor at the University of Montreal, told the members of Parliament, “Pedophiles are not simply people who commit a small offence from time to time but rather [they] are grappling with what is equivalent to a sexual orientation just like another individual may be grappling with heterosexuality or even homosexuality.”

Jack Minor, of the Greeley, Colorado Gazette, pointed out that “Van Gijseghem and Quinsey’s views are not unique. Harvard Health Publications said in July 2010 that, ‘Pedophilia is a sexual orientation and unlikely to change. Treatment aims to enable someone to resist acting on his sexual urges.’”

Minor also noted that Linda Harvey of Mission America has warned of the effort to link the normalization of pedophilia to the “children’s rights” movement, which claims that children should have the “right” at younger ages to make their own choices regarding sexual lifestyle and “health care” such as abortion.

Such recommendations dovetail with pedophile organizations that advocate lowering or even abolishing consent laws. As Linda Harvey pointed out, “Gay rights groups are attempting to open up sexuality to children at younger ages.  There are also gay community centers around the country that accept children as young as 10 or 11 without parental consent.”

Previously, organizations such as the North American Man Boy Love Association were considered on the fringes in pushing for the legalization of child pornography and normalization of pedophilia as a “sexual orientation.” As the National Association for Research and Therapy of Homosexuality, (NARTH) pointed out in an article, “The Problem of Pedophilia,” “For many years, Western society has considered adult-child sex to be legally, socially, and morally taboo. Pedophiles have been judged criminal by the courts, sinful by theologians, and psychologically disordered by the mental-health profession. Slowly, however, that situation has been changing.”

Over the years, homosexuals have consistently been pushing their agenda. In 1990, the Journal of Homosexuality devoted a double issue to adult-child sex under the title, “Male Intergenerational Intimacy.” Articles in this issue clearly show the direction and intent of those who want to normalize pedophilia. One writer claimed that a man who counseled troubled teenage boys could achieve “miracles… not by preaching to them, but by sleeping with them.” Another claimed that the “loving pedophile” could offer a “companionship, security and protection” which neither peers nor parents can provide. According to the Journal, parents should accept the pedophile, “not as a rival or competitor, not as a thief of their property, but as a partner in the boy’s upbringing, someone to be welcomed into their home….”

While some social scientists classify sins such as homosexuality and pedophilia as a “sexual orientation,” and what is considered “normal” human sexual behavior is now being defined downward to include sexual deviancy, Christians must continue to speak out to defend biblical truth.

Among those doing so are Americans for Truth, which is dedicated to exposing the homosexual activist agenda; NARTH, which has challenged school superintendents to inform students about the availability of ex-gay ministries and sexual reorientation therapy; and Exodus International, which offers help for those seeking to leave homosexuality.

There is hope and help for those who seek it—for we have a Savior, Jesus Christ, who “breaks the power of cancelled sin.”

Dr. Karen Gushta is research coordinator at Coral Ridge Ministries and author of The War on Children: How Pop Culture and Public Schools Put Our Kids at Risk. Dr. Gushta is a career educator who has taught at all levels, from kindergarten to graduate level teacher education, in both public and Christian schools in America and overseas. Dr. Gushta served as the first international director of Kid’s Evangelism Explosion. She has a Ph.D. in Philosophy of Education from Indiana University and Masters degrees in Elementary Education from the University of New Mexico and in Christianity and Culture from Knox Theological Seminary.

February 22, 2011

The “Deviant Psuedo-Scientist” Who Gave Us Sex Education

By Dr. Karen Gushta

When Dr. Judith Reisman spoke at the recent Educational Policy Conference in St. Louis, she soon had us laughing at her wit and self-deprecating humor. Her subject, however, is no laughing matter.

In her most recent book, Sexual Sabotage, Dr. Reisman, explains how America’s traditional sexual morality was subverted by Dr. Alfred Kinsey, author of the infamous Kinsey Reports. According to Reisman, Kinsey was a “deviant pseudo-scientist” who fabricated data that he used “to legitimize his own manic sexual perversions.”

In her previous books, Kinsey: Crimes & Consequences, and “Soft Porn” Plays Hardball, Reisman blew the cover on Kinsey’s human sexuality research, which he carried on at Indiana University until his death in 1956. She exposed his biased and unscientific methods and Kinsey’s abusive exploitation of his subjects, some of whom were just infants.

As horrifying as some of the material presented in her books is, every parent whose child is required to take sex education classes in a government school should know about Kinsey’s work and the way it has shaped sex education curriculums in America’s public schools.

Laura Linney, who was nominated for an Academy Award for her role as Mrs. Kinsey in the 2004 film Kinsey, goes so far as to say, “Any sort of sexual education that anybody has had in the past 50 years came right from the [Kinsey] Institute….When Kinsey published that information, he changed our culture completely.” The movie portrays Alfred Kinsey as “the ‘tragic hero’ who overcame the religious rigidity of his strict Methodist father to pave the way for sexual freedom for everyone.”

The truth is quite different, as Dr. Reisman, who has been researching Kinsey and his work for more than two decades, shows. In an interview with World Net Daily, Reisman faulted Kinsey for conducting fraudulent science and using pedophiles, noting that his 1948 book, Sexual Behavior in the Human Male, contains a record of “unfathomable sexual human experiments” conducted by men on hundreds, and perhaps even thousands, of children.

Nevertheless, Kinsey’s study is generally agreed to be the key book that launched the sexual revolution, and sex educators use it to support the claim that sexual activity in children is natural and healthy and should not be repressed.

Among the data that Kinsey used in his book were the diaries of 63-year-old pedophile Rex King, who meticulously recorded his sexual encounters with boys.  According to Kinsey biographer James H. Jones, on Nov. 24, 1944, Kinsey wrote to King, “I rejoice at everything you send, for I am then assured that much more of your material is saved for scientific publication.”

King’s “material” appears in a table in Sexual Behavior in the Human Male that summarized his attempts to bring to orgasm boys between the ages of 2 months and 15 years—in some cases over a period as long as 24 hours.

Similarly, The Times of London reported that Kinsey also relied on data from a Nazi pedophile, Fritz von Balluseck, who was tried in 1956 for the rape and murder of a 10-year-old girl. According to The Times, Kinsey wrote to warn von Balluseck to “watch out,” so that he wouldn’t be caught.

Dr. Reisman’s campaign to expose Kinsey has not made her popular with the “eager Ivy League professors,” Reisman describes in Sexual Sabotage, who “began teaching Kinsey’s books to millions of students.” Based on Kinsey’s so-called research, “sex education” soon became a legitimate academic field. In 1955 the National Association of Secondary School Principles established training standards for “separate degrees for those qualified as sex educators.” As Reisman documents, those who adhered to Kinsey’s research were, by 1957, “organizing to credential one another as ‘sexologists.’ Wardell Pomeroy (one of Kinsey’s many lovers) founded the Society for the Scientific Study of Sex (SSSS), which claimed to be the first organization dedicated to the systematic study of sexuality.”

Once the floodgates were opened, it didn’t take long for the pseudo-science of Kinsey and his followers to take hold in academic circles. Reisman observes, “In 1960, the Conference on Children and Youth, staffed with Kinseyans, advocated bringing such ‘education’ into all our educational institutions. For its scientific ‘authority,’ the field…would rely on Kinsey’s data.”

“One after another, year after year,” Reisman says, “‘experts’ emerged debunking moral and marital traditions and justifying, with their ‘science,’ greater and more dangerous perversions.”  As the “sexperts” took over, “they answered questions children never asked, creating their liberated sexual paradise. Little did the Greatest Generation know that Kinsey and these ‘experts’ were sexual saboteurs, hijacking their children and grandchildren, steering them away from traditional healthy parenthood and values and advocating Kinsey’s preposterous idée fixe: that children are sexual from birth.”

This idea pervades sex education literature and materials from the Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States (SIECUS), Planned Parenthood, and Advocates for Youth. All seek to indoctrinate children with the view that their identity is based in their sexuality.

“Child sexuality” is also promoted by UN organizations such as UNESCO (United Nations Economic, Social and Cultural Organization) and UNFPA (UN Population Fund.) A report they released in 2009 declared that all children are entitled to sexual and reproductive education—beginning at age five. Included in the report are curriculum guidelines for children aged 5 to 8 that advocate discussing masturbation and providing descriptions of fertilization, conception, pregnancy and delivery.

When it comes to sex education in government schools, parents should declare their right to protect their children’s purity and guard them from materials that are based in the pseudo research of pedophiles and perverts, whose only goal was to promote the same kind of promiscuous lifestyle that they themselves practiced.

Dr. Karen Gushta is research coordinator at Coral Ridge Ministries and author of The War on Children: How Pop Culture and Public Schools Put Our Kids at Risk. Dr. Gushta is a career educator who has taught at all levels, from kindergarten to graduate level teacher education, in both public and Christian schools in America and overseas. Dr. Gushta served as the first international director of Kid’s Evangelism Explosion. She has a Ph.D. in Philosophy of Education from Indiana University and Masters degrees in Elementary Education from the University of New Mexico and in Christianity and Culture from Knox Theological Seminary.

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