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Trans Restrooms: Good Intentions Make for Bad Results

It’s been just under three months since Target, the superstore chain, made an announcement that it was “continuing to stand for inclusivity.” Its celebration of diversity, as they described their decision, would permit transgender people, or those who self-identified as transgender to use a restroom or fitting room which matched their gender identity.

The definition of “gender identity” is more fluid than gender itself. So when a man walked in to a Target store in April and asked permission to use the ladies room, he didn’t meet with any opposition. In fact, the store management offered to explain their policy in the event that women were uncomfortable with a male and were to demand an explanation. Andy Park was not even pretending to identify as a transgender female and posted a video of his conversation for the whole world to bear witness.

Target didn’t treat that as a lesson. More on that in a moment.

We’ve heard that a middle-aged male named Sean Patrick Smith, who calls himself Shauna Patricia Smith (how clever!) has felony charges of voyeurism for holding his camera over a Target changing room wall to film a woman in the next stall. Critics of Target’s inclusivity policy should not be surprised—the threshold for identifying as a person of the opposite sex is low—all it takes to identify as a person of the opposite sex is to say so.

Its celebration of diversity triggered a pledge by over 1.2 million Americans to boycott its stores. In mid-May, Target’s CEO was still quite uncertain that the boycott had impacted their sales. Investors, usually reliable with their own money, have been dumping target stock and have watched the price drop from a 52-week high of 85.31 to $73, a drop of over 14% in less than three months. The loss in Target’s market value is $7.28 billion.

A quarter of the world’s countries have an annual GDP that is less than the value of the loss in Target’s market capitalization. That’s a high price to pay for faux diversity and endangering our womenfolk.

 

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Pres. Obama Declares June “Romans 1 Month”. Sort of.

In a proclamation from the White House four days ago, President Obama declared the month of June 2016 as “Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month”. He called upon all Americans to “celebrate the great diversity of the American people”.

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While he celebrated the Supreme Court’s decision last year to grant homosexual couples the right to marriage equality, he inadvertently highlighted the consequences of the homosexual lifestyle—not so much as a warning to the homosexual community, but rather to chide others into affirming and enabling such conduct:

“We remain committed to addressing health disparities in the LGBT community—gay and bisexual men and transgender women of color are at a particularly high risk for HIV, and we have worked to strengthen our National HIV/AIDS Strategy to reduce new infections, increase access to care, and improve health outcomes for people living with HIV.”

Notice that the higher prevalence of HIV in the homosexual community is merely one of the “disparities” that America needs to work with in the year of our Lord two thousand sixteen.

The book of Romans addressed several of these behaviors, and predicted consequences. In Romans 1, we’re told
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The “unnatural relations” of Romans is being celebrated, yes, celebrated as diversity this month and every month. And the “penalty” in the same passage is diminished to the level of a disparity.

An Atheist Pastor? Sure, Says Her Congregation.

For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths. —2 Timothy 4:3-4 (ESV)

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Gretta Vosper, self-described “minister, author, atheist”.

In a move that is unlikely to shake the faith—or rather its absence—of the congregants of West Hill United Church, Toronto, their pastor will have to defend her atheism before a denominational panel of the United Church of Canada.

Reverend Gretta Vosper, the church’s pastor since 1997, has been open in defending her atheistic views. It’s been merely three years or so since she’s taken to actually calling herself an atheist. She believes in a “metaphorical god instead of the traditional theistic vision of god,” according to a press release from the (non-metaphorical, we assume) church.

In a story describing the travails of the West Hill United Church’s leader, the left-leaning Guardian newspaper  astutely observed the absence of any Bibles in the church while pointing out that one of the church’s only religious symbols, a cross, was mostly hidden by rainbow-colored streamers.  The congregants of the church stand solidly behind their leader and her “effectiveness” in that role.

The church’s mission declares that it is “Moved by a reverence for life to pursue justice for all, we inspire one another to seek truth, live fully, care deeply and make a difference.” Evidently, the Bible isn’t one of those places where they seek truth.

Sources: West Hill United Church, The Guardian. Photo: http://www.grettavosper.ca/

 

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