Monthly Archives: May 2012

Losing Faith: Modern Education and Marriage

“Marriage provides the right to marry and found a family.  Homosexual marriage unlinks marriage from biology and denies children the right to both a mother and a father.”  Margaret Somerville

“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.

New Communism

 “I am a Leninist.  Lenin wasn’t afraid to dirty his hands.  If you can get power, grab it…we need Marx more than ever.”  Slavoj Zizek, New York University professor, Mentor to the Occupy Wall Street movement

“A specter is haunting the academy—the specter of ‘new communism.’  A worldview recently the source of immense suffering and misery, and responsible for more death than fascism and Nazism, is mounting a comeback; a new form of left-wing totalitarianism than enjoys intellectual celebrity but aspires to political power.

“The Slovenian cultural theorist Slavoj Zizek and the French philosopher and ex-Maoist Alain Badiou have become the leading proponents of this new school. Others associate with the project are the authors of the influential trilogy Empire, Multitude, Commonwealth, the American Michael Hardt of Duke University and the Italian Marxist Toni Negri; the Italian philosopher Gianni Vattimo (who recently declared that he has positively ‘reevaluated’ The Protocols of the Elders of Zion); Bologna University professor and ex-Maoist Alessandro Russo; and the professor of poetry at the European Graduate School (and another ex-Maoist) Judith Balso.

“Other leading voices include Alberto Toscano, translator of Alain Badiou, a sociology lecturer at Goldsmiths in London, and a member of the editorial board of History Materialism; the literary critic and essayist Terry Eagleton; and Bruno Bosteels from Cornell University.  Most spoke at ‘The Idea of Communism,’ a three-day conference held in London in 2009 that, to the astonishment of the organizers, attracted nearly a thousand people willing to pay more than one hundred pounds each.” Alan Johnson, World Affairs Journal, May/June 2012 Continue reading

Obama’s Blunder: Gay Marriage Endorsement

“We will be spending the next weeks and months visiting black churches, asking for support from pastors and their flocks…We ask President Obama to stand with the black church, on the word of God and evolve again back to the common-sense Biblical view that marriage is the union of husband and wife.” Rev. William Owens

By Maggie Gallagher – May 27, 2012

Just how bad a blunder was President Obama’s forced gay marriage endorsement?

Item: Manny Pacquiao, the world’s greatest boxer, just came out against gay marriage. He now faces a nasty public campaign to vilify him, including false claims he advocated violence against gay people — something both Pacquiao and the reporter who interviewed him deny.

A shopping mall owner in Los Angeles has just banned Manny Pacquiao: “He is not welcome at The Grove. … The Grove is a gathering place for all Angelinos and not a place for intolerance.”

Pacquiao is Filipino and a beloved icon to the Latino community and its many boxing fans, among others. How will Hispanic voters respond to the smearing of a popular sports hero as a bigot because he disagrees with Obama on marriage?

Item: Tomorrow in Memphis, a group of major civil rights leaders who marched with Martin Luther King Jr. will meet to release a statement pushing back against Obama’s description of gay marriage as a civil right.

“We will be spending the next weeks and months visiting black churches, asking for support from pastors and their flocks. … We ask President Obama to stand with the black church, on the word of God and evolve again back to the common-sense Biblical view that marriage is the union of husband and wife,” said the Rev. William Owens, who marched with King and helped organize the civil rights movement in Nashville.

Item: Today, a Rasmussen poll in North Carolina shows Romney rocketing to the lead over Obama, 51 percent to 43 percent, which is a complete reversal from the last poll that had Obama and Romney statistically tied at 44 percent to 46 percent.

Obama carried North Carolina in 2008 by just 14,000 votes by earning 95 percent of the black vote there.

The sudden drop in Obama’s standing in North Carolina is just one of many evidences that Obama made a serious error endorsing gay marriage.

The polling on gay marriage is now wildly off the mark, as even Democratic polling firm PPP admitted on Twitter the night the people of North Carolina rejected gay marriage 61 to 39 percent:

“Hate to say it, but I don’t believe polls showing majority support for gay marriage nationally. Any time there’s a vote it doesn’t back it up.”

Polls are just static snapshots. Obama’s gay marriage endorsement changed the political dynamic in ways that will hurt him in at least three ways: Continue reading