Dec 22, 2008

"No More Mister Nice Gay"

By Todd Strandberg

Last month, California voters went to the polls and passed an initiative on gay marriage. Proposition 8 would have changed the state constitution to restrict the definition of marriage to a union between a man and a woman and bar same-sex couples from marrying each other. Despite being one of the most liberal states in the union, the measure passed by a comfortable margin.

The amendment is not a done deal. The California Supreme Court still has to weigh in on the matter. Gay groups are asking the justices to strike down the measure, while supporters of Proposition 8 are calling for the amendment simply to be enforced.

Homosexual activists have not had much luck at the polls. Whenever there has been a ballot measure that would ban gay marriage, it has always passed. During the last presidential election, 11 states passed bans on same-sex marriage.

Gays keep losing at the polls primarily because most people view their lifestyles as grossly immoral. They also have the problem of only being a very small portion of the population. A recent government survey found that 4 percent of adults aged 18-45 identified themselves as homosexual or bisexual.

The main power of the gay movement is in the liberal media. The folks in Hollywood and the news outlets have been working for decades to give respectability to a whole series of perversions. Lately, I've noticed a constant bombardment of pro-gay propaganda from the liberal media.

Two weeks ago, Focus Features, the same film company that produced "Brokeback Mountain," released "Milk." This film is about Harvey Milk, who in 1977 was elected to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, becoming the first openly gay man to be voted into public office in America. You would have to wait until hell freezes over before you would see Hollywood produce a positive movie about a conservative leader.

Newsweek recently printed a huge article that came out for same-sex marriage in a big way. I was passing through a Dallas airport when I saw the cover story titled, "The Religious Case for Gay Marriage." It was written by Lisa Miller, the woman who interviewed me last month about Obama's possible connection to the Antichrist. Most of the words in the nine-page article were spent on dismissing the Bible's relevance. The article ultimately concluded that gay is okay because "Jesus doesn't want people to be lonely and sad."

I've noticed a dramatic shift in the homosexual movement's strategy as a result of the Proposition 8 vote. Its members are now being more confrontational. Having lost at the polls, gay leaders are trying to intimidate the opposition.

Margie Christoffersen is one victim of this new tactic. She was the manager at El Coyote, the Beverly Boulevard landmark restaurant that's always had throngs of customers waiting to get inside. Christoffersen donated $100 in support of Proposition 8, and by doing so, she showed up on lists of "for" and "against" donors. A boycott was organized on the Internet, with activists trashing El Coyote on restaurant review sites. Gays also picketed outside the restaurant, shouting "shame on you" at customers. As result of the protests, business at El Coyote has dramatically dropped off and Christoffersen has taken a voluntary leave of absence.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints has also been a target. Members of the Mormon church were strongly urged by church leaders to contribute money to the Proposition 8 campaign. It is estimated that members of the church gave more than $20 million. When the money flow was traced back to Utah, thousands of gay protesters gathered outside the church's headquarters in Salt Lake City. On November 12, 2008, more than 10,000 protesters gathered outside the Manhattan New York Temple to protest the LDS Church's support of Proposition 8.

Pastor Rick Warren is another target in the Proposition 8 backlash. The head of Saddleback Church and author of the book The Purpose-Driven Life has been invited to give the invocation at Obama's inauguration. Gay groups are pressuring the President-elect to find someone else. “We feel a deep level of disrespect when one of architects and promoters of an anti-gay agenda is given the prominence and the pulpit of your historic nomination," said the president of Human Rights Campaign, Joe Solomonese.

This new campaign of intimidation may prove to be very successful. It comes at a time when most Christians are unwilling to take a stand for biblical truth. It is a terrible shame that the Mormon Church would be the lead financial backer of an effort to block gay marriage. Mormonism is a cult, and it has always been shy about public scrutiny. I doubt the Mormon Church would be willing to repeat its support of any future ballots.

Rick Warren’s involvement is a prime example of how moral standards are being rapidly degraded. Here we have Obama being attacked for making a great mistake by choosing Warren. If anyone is a fault, it should be Rick Warren. He is the one who is planning to offer his blessing to the most ultra-liberal president in our nation's history.

A Christian can’t be neutral in any dealing with the world. The price for being accepted is always some type of concession.

The liberal media loves to root out compromise. Warren was asked by NBC News if he was homophobic. He replied by saying he was not. His answer should have been, "The Bible is homophobic, so I guess that makes me homophobic."

I see us quickly headed to a point where it will be suicidal to make a stand against any gay measure. Homosexuality is no longer seen as a sin when you have the vast majority of church leaders unwilling to proclaim biblical truth. Now that gays have become militant in their quest for acceptance, they'll probably be surprised to find how easy it is to silence their Christian foes.

I have no problem speaking out against perversion because I know that judgment day is coming. Any pastor who decides not to deal with the sin of homosexuality will have to answer to the Lord of heaven.