“Raul Castro’s Stalinist daughter Mariela has been granted a U.S. visa to lecture Americans on ‘Gay Rights.’ She will appear on a panel on ‘sexual diversity’ at a conference organized by the Latin American Studies Association in San Francisco running from May 23-26.” Humberto Fontova, Townhall.com, May 20, 2012
“If Amendment One is defeated in North Carolina much of the credit will have to go to Todd Stiefel.
“Stiefel and his wife Diana gave a $100,000 matching grant to Protect North Carolina Families, the group fighting the proposed state constitutional amendment to protect legal marriage ‘as between one woman and one man.’
“The grant ‘was fully matched and then some,’ Stiefel told me, and came at a critical time, helping to pay for highly effective—and some say highly misleading—TV ads. The Stiefels gave two $10,000 grants to Equality NC and the ACLLU to aid email, social media, and other activities designed to defeat Amendment One.
“Stiefel, 37, made his money the old-fashioned way: He inherited it. His great-great-grandfather started a candle and soap company in 1847 in Germany that became Stiefel Laboratories, which the Stiefel family sold to GlaxoSmithKline in 2009 for a reported $2.9 billion.
“That’s not to say Stiefel isn’t a hard worker and a strategic thinker. Raised nominally Roman Catholic, he graduated from Duke University, where he says he lost his faith, then worked in the family business for a dozen years. With his share of the windfall, Stiefel became a ‘freethought activist,’ serving on the board of—and in 2010 giving $500,000 to—the Secular Coalition for America, a lobbying group that Stiefel told me is committee to ‘ending religious privilege.’
“Stiefel has also given major grants to American Atheists ($100,000) and the Secular Student Alliance ($50,000). In 2010 he gave $20,000 to the ACLU of Mississippi, which used the money to host a high school prom after a school district canceled its prom when a lesbian tried to bring her girlfriend as a date.
“In 2010 he and other leaders of the Secular Coalition for America had a meeting with White House officials to try to ‘get the government out of the faith-based activities.’
“Six months ago, 61 percent of North Carolina voters favored Amendment One. Today, that number has dropped to 54 percent. ‘This campaign is winnable,’ Stiefel said. ‘And we hope to win.’” Warren Cole Smith, World magazine, May 19, 2012, p. 42
Editor’s Comment: North Carolina’s Amendment One was not defeated! In fact, it passed overwhelmingly with over 60% of the vote with the pro-homosexual forces not reaching 40%. The fact that Todd Stiefel lost his faith at Duke University is also of grave importance and a vivid testimony to the strength of Summit Ministries programs to ground Christian young people in the Christian faith so they don’t lose their faith at Duke, Yale, or the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. UNC’s Bart D. Ehrman (a graduate of Moody Bible College and Wheaton College with a PhD from Princeton University) is a big reason why hundreds of Christians are being led to the infidel’s slaughter without a decent defense. I don’t know if Ehrman had any influence on Stiefel, but Christians reading this blog need to keep in mind William Lane Craig’s debates with Ehrman on the resurrection of Jesus, etc. etc. These debates can be seen at Google, William Lane Craig vs. Bart D. Ehrman…highly recommended. I would also recommend Appendix B in Antony Flew’s work There Is A God: How the World’s Most Notorious Atheist Changed His Mind, p. 185f. The fact that Flew allowed N.T. Wright to defend the resurrection of Jesus to end his book tells a great deal about Flew’s desire to investigate the evidence relative to its historicity.