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Orthodox Christians Must Now Learn To Live as Exiles in Our Own Country | TIME

Rod Dreher, writing for Time.com, echoes the four US Justices who dissented against legalizing homosexual “marriage”. He predicts the beginning of open persecution of orthodox Christians. The safe refuge for those who hold to traditional values, he says, is to find ways to preserve them in community.  Basically, to form a counterculture.

Excerpt:  “For one, we have to accept that we really are living in a culturally post-Christian nation. The fundamental norms Christians have long been able to depend on no longer exist. To be frank, the court majority may impose on the rest of the nation a view widely shared by elites, but it is also a view shared by a majority of Americans. There will be no widespread popular resistance to Obergefell. This is the new normal.

For another, LGBT activists and their fellow travelers really will be coming after social conservatives. The Supreme Court has now, in constitutional doctrine, said that homosexuality is equivalent to race. The next goal of activists will be a long-term campaign to remove tax-exempt status from dissenting religious institutions.”

 

The complete article can be read at Time.com.  Click on this link:

Orthodox Christians Must Now Learn To Live as Exiles in Our Own Country | TIME.

What The ‘Gay Marriage’ Debate Is Really About: BarbWire

(JS:  I’m re-blogging a piece from Matt Barber, the original of which can be read over at BarbWire.com.  I encourage my readers to visit Matt’s excellent blog where you may click on links he has embedded to related articles)

What The ‘Gay Marriage’ Debate Is Really About

By:  J. Matt Barber
10-11-14

It’s called Pandora’s Box.

And the Supreme Court just opened it.

Did you actually think the debate over “gay marriage” was about marriage? Have you really come to believe that this cultural kerfuffle has anything to do with “civil rights” or “equality”? Have you bought into the popular premise that this is a legitimate discussion on federalism ­ that it’s a reasonable disagreement over whether the U.S. Constitution’s equal protection clause requires that newfangled “gay marriage,” something rooted in same-sex sodomy, a deviant and disease-prone behavior our Constitution’s framers officially declared “the infamous crime against nature,” be made law of the land?

A lot of people have, so don’t feel bad. A lot of reasonable, well-meaning and even, at times, intelligent people have taken the bait. Continue reading

Time to End the St. Patrick’s Day Parade and the Al Smith Dinner?

Monsignor Charles Pope say they should end the St. Patrick’s Day parade in New York City…..just end it.

Excerpts:

“…the St. Patrick’s Parade is becoming of parade of disorder, chaos, and fake unity. Let’s be honest: St. Patrick’s Day nationally has become a disgraceful display of drunkenness and foolishness in the middle of Lent that more often embarrasses the memory of Patrick than honors it…Decades ago the “Al Smith Dinner” was a time for Republicans and Democrats to bury the hatchet (even if only temporarily) and come together to raise money for the poor and to emphasize what unites us rather than what divides us…”

“…now we are being asked to raise toasts and to enjoy a night of frivolity with those who think it is acceptable to abort children by the millions each year, with those who think anal sex is to be celebrated as an expression of love and that LGBTQIA… (I=intersexual, A= Asexual)  is actually a form of sanity to which we should tip our hat, and with those who stand four-square against us over religious liberty.”

Click below for his full article:

SUNLIT UPLANDS: Time to End the St. Patrick’s Day Parade and the Al Smith Dinner?.

‘Gay’ Bishop Pretend Divorces Pretend Husband | BarbWire.com

‘Gay’ Bishop Pretend Divorces Pretend Husband | BarbWire.com // // // // // // //

By J. Matt Barber

The AP reports:

The first openly gay Episcopal bishop, who became a symbol for gay rights far beyond the church while deeply dividing the world’s Anglicans, plans to divorce his husband. Continue reading

Dr. Rosaria Butterfield: “My Train Wreck Conversion”

Dr. Rosaria Butterfield is an ex feminist-lesbian who once was a tenured professor of English at Syracuse University. She embraced many leftist causes, and claims that she despised Christianity. I linked to a story about her early last year which explained that she has since become Christian and is now married to a Presbyterian minister. Dr. Butterfield has published many articles and a book on her experiences and her conversion. Here is some more about her, as well as an interesting Q&A session where she responds to people for well over 1-hour following a lecture.  I would gather that since she is now married to a man, that the “LGBT” community has torn up her membership card although she claims that she has found faith, not been converted from homosexuality.  Hers is an interesting if somewhat complex story. Presbyterians are not Orthodox Christians, and her perspective is not from Orthodoxy, but she is certainly worth listening to. There is a great quote in her book that is worth remembering:

“Good teachers make it possible for people to change their positions without shame.”

― Rosaria Champagne Butterfield

The full article about her is found at Christianity Today

My Train Wreck Conversion | Christianity Today.

Her book is called “The Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert” available from the usual sources.

http://www.amazon.com/The-Secret-Thoughts-Unlikely-Convert-ebook/dp/B0097G05F8

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