Current Events, Entertainment

AMC’s TURN: One of The Best Things On

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Every once in a while, a TV show comes along that just grabs you.  For whatever reason, and it is hard to admit it, it almost consumes you because it is just that good.  For myself and millions of Americans, TURN on AMC has become that show.

At first it was the allure of seeing what it was like living in the Colonies during the American Revolution.  Yes, we had long since sat through the films in school and read our Social Studies textbooks but from the moment AMC started promoting this show, there was just a different feel about it.  I got excited and started ingesting anything and everything I could find about the show before it even aired!  The series follows the unexpected evolution of what would become known as the Culper Spy Ring, whose main members were childhood friends in the town of Setauket on Long Island, NY.  The first spy, a reluctant farmer named Abe Woodhull, became known under his pseudo-spy name, Mr. Culper.

Woodhull, played perfectly by British actor Jamie Bell, is brought into the spy business by way of his childhood friend, Continental Army officer Ben Tallmadge portrayed by American-born stage actor Seth Numrich.  Soon after, Abe is made aware of the fact that his old buddy Caleb is also working for Washington and not long after, they recruit strong-willed Anna Strong, played by Heather Lind.   I just have to throw this out there, I love Anna for the simple reason she has no fear to get in the face of the other three if they need a good dose of common sense.  The natural beauty of these four is that they have known each other their entire lives and this is what makes them so successful; they know each other so well that their faith in each other is unwavering.

I have watched each episode at least twice and often times three times, and I am not the least bit ashamed to admit it.  First, the casting director for this series did an incredibly stellar job with casting these characters, who, I might add, are, with a few exceptions, based on actual individuals who played a significant role in the American Revolution.  Yes, the writers have taken a few very minor liberties and strayed a bit from the historical aspects of the story making it, shall we say, sexy to be a spy for General Washington.

The acting is simply superb.  I cannot tell you how many times, as I was lost in what was happening on my TV screen, I had to remind myself that this was a TV show.  The wardrobe people, make up, I mean it is all there, every last bloody drop of a revolution.  They ingeniously wrapped the battles, the people, the day-to-day life and the inventive spirit of the time all into a nice neat little spy package.  The sub-plots are all things that we can relate to; father vs. son, love vs. loyalty, faith in your childhood friends vs. those who have never met them and the indelible thrill of trying to get away with something.

What surprisingly drew me in was the realization, as I got to know the characters in the early episodes, that these people, these farmers, traders, tavern owners, were risking everything in the name of freedom from the Crown.  I don’t know if it was just never explained to me in such a way before or if I just wasn’t able to grasp the concept in my younger years, but if this spy ring had fallen on the losing side of things at the end of the American Revolution, they would have not just lost their lives, their families who were left would have had everything taken from them as well.  The level of risk that this group of friends took on in a time where families and neighbors were warily suspicious of each other – it is almost beyond comprehension.

While it pains me to focus on just a few of the insanely talented actors that walk across my screen each Monday evening, I must admit my favorites are Ian Kahn as General George Washington and Daniel Henshall as the bravely rambunctious and often sarcastic trader-turned-spy Caleb Brewster.  Khan brings through the genius of Washington as well as his passion for the cause is nothing short of beautiful fashion.  Henshall personifies the fun of being a spy.  He is the first one to say, “Let’s do this!” and the first one to volunteer for the most dangerous of duties, all with the smile of a Cheshire cat.  Idara Victor does an amazing job as a former slave turned house maid of British Major John Andre.  Idara’s character Abigail uses her position in the André household to collect information that she shuttles back and forth to the others right under the trusting eye of her master.

Yet, beyond the story, beyond the acting and the costumes, for me, the true value of this show is that it gives me the patriotic opportunity to share this show with my teenagers to not just help them bring their school lectures to life but to also give them a sense of precisely what our Founding Fathers and everyday colonists like Abe, Anna, Caleb and Abigail were willing to risk to give us the nation we proudly call the United States of America.

Every Monday, you can find me anxiously awaiting the 10 PM EST start time, then lost for the next hour to only be left with that sinking feeling once the final credits roll and I am struck with the reality that I am going to have to wait an entire week to know what happens next!

Now we anxiously, and not so patiently await Season 3 …

Current Events, Education

Homeschooling : The First Year

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Homeschooling conjures up all sorts of images for Americans.  With the recent introduction of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) the number of homeschooling families has exploded in the past two years.  A concern over an untested set of standards that are controversial in their origins as well as the latitude that they give teachers to teach topics and ideologies that many believe have no place in a public school are at the heart of these decisions that more and more US parents are making.

Each family that makes this decision has their own personal story and the reasons vary from family to family.  Families with strong religious objections to what is taught in public schools, until recently were the overwhelming majority of homeschoolers.  Today, parents are making this choice for some unforeseen reasons.  Some do not want their children used as test subjects in what amounts to an experiment in public education, others do not want a social agenda pushed on their children and others still,  were left with no other choice simply because CCSS was destroying their children both emotionally and academically.

 The sudden increase in expectations and the unfounded assumption that by taking students who were more than three-fourths the way through their public school experience and telling them that they will be expected to perform at a higher level without having had the foundation and practice in prior years for many was just too much.  Being told that they would simply be expected to “catch up” was for some, the last straw.

Our family was one of those families.  With the CCSS thrusted upon school districts without giving them the necessary time to internalize the Standards, discover how to put them into a framework for the school setting, and most importantly, prepare the much-needed in-services or conferences to give teachers a clear understanding of the expectations – teachers all across America are simply floundering and our students are paying the price.

Students with mild learning disabilities were being overrun with unattainable expectations and teachers were so weighted down with preparing materials, reporting student learning objectives and simply figuring out, often by trial and error, what the hell they are supposed to be doing.  In our case, after three major attempts to reach out to teachers and ask for implementation of specifics from our student’s IEP (Individualized Education Plan) we were almost forced into homeschooling.

We are presently winding down the last few weeks of our first semester of homeschooling, we have found that it has been the best thing for us.  Because we had the ability to slow things down, work at our own pace and analyze our student, we have been able to clearly see where strengths and weaknesses are and fill in the holes and gaps that were left uncorrected for the sake of expediency in the formal classroom.

Thankfully, our student is very self-motivated and has, for the most part, worked through Algebra as an independent study.  Because of the mild learning disability that we were presented with, areas like Social Studies and English Language Arts, have required us to have very unique teaching tools.   Yet, by knowing your child already and knowing how they work both personally and academically, our student has flourished and regained confidence that was torn down by the ineffective teachers that were simply perpetuating the misconception that if you throw more content at students that they will learn more.

Many critics of homeschooling scream about things like socialization, elitism, little monitoring, etc.  Then there is my favorite, “You are destroying public education by being selfish.”  This article from the Daily Kos answered the “selfish” question the same way we do –  “Stay and work from within, at the cost of my son’s future? I don’t think so.”

The reality is that with more and more parents homeschooling co-ops and social events are planned which makes the socialization question moot. Just about every area of every state has a Facebook page for homeschooling parents to plan co-op, social events and share information and programs.  Elitism?  The wealthy have been sending their students to prep schools and other private schools for over a century, some more for convenience than anything else, and no one has batted an eye.  Monitoring? A decade ago many states had no real regulations for homeschooling parents; that has changed dramatically.  In our state parents have to submit a detailed curriculum, quarterly grades and also take a end-of-the-year proficiency exam (they give us several choices).

Others are concerned that homeschooling will have a negative effect on our student’s post-secondary options.  More and more colleges and even major universities are opening their doors to homeschoolers.  There are many online programs that, in the end, give you an accredited diploma that is accepted at the overwhelming majority of major US universities.  Yet, even if you choose your own curriculum, without an official diploma, that still doesn’t mean much anymore.  Entrance exams like the SAT and ACT can tell a university what they need to know about what a student really has learned from homeschooling along with taking SAT II Subject Tests.  Colleges and universities are looking for well-rounded students more than anything else.

For now, we are following the same general content as the students in public school, but at our own pace and with our own emphasis and there are more than enough resources available free online that we honestly spent less than $100 on textbooks for the school year.  Keep in mind that there are hundreds of websites that resell used textbooks at deeply discounted prices.  Do not just depend on Amazon or Barnes and Noble for textbooks.  I am an avid reader and several year ago found http://www.thriftbooks.com/ .  This was a goldmine for textbooks.  We actually found everything but the workbook for Social Studies on this site.  In fact, the Algebra textbook we wanted was only $9.  Another great thing about this site is that when your order is over $10, shipping is free.

If you find yourself in the predicament where you have to choose between your child’s future or allowing the public schools to destroy them, know that homeschooling can work and with enough planning, thought and input from your student, it can be awesome!

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Rex W. Huppke: The Persecution of Men?

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Yeah, yeah – I know, I haven’t posted in forever but this topic grabbed my attention because it reminded me of a very poignant story from my time in graduate school. 

Today, Chicago Tribune writer submitted this story about how feminism is destroying men.  According to Australian author Nick Adams, we women are getting in the way. 

“It emerges from this mindset that a lot of women have unfortunately bought in to, this destructive idea that men prevent them from being able to achieve their goals. From the left, from the politically correct, we have all these attacks on men. It’s a very hard time to be a man in today’s society.”

The old adage, behind every successful man is a woman really cannot be denied.  Most powerful, wealthy men have trophy wives who make sure that their suits get pressed, there is food in the fridge, that gifts are bought for his mother’s birthday and dare we even bring up the kids.  Who takes them to the doctor’s, school, helps with homework, brings them to baseball or karate, etc.?  That would be their wife who did sacrifice her dreams so that he could be someone.   Even if a woman took time off to be a stay-at-home mom, that falls under this topic. 

We as a culture just can’t seem to get around the fact that having kids, at least younger children, cannot be done well with both parents working full-time. 

Here is the story that rings ever-so-true about this topic:

In graduate school, I waited tables on the weekend in a middle-scale restaurant.  One evening an unhappy looking family; mom, dad and two kids under the age of ten, sat at one of my tables.  It was clear that there was tension in the air.  So, I was my pleasant self trying to change the mood and when I returned with their drinks, this is what I heard. 

Husband: I just don’t see why we have to eat out and spend $40!

Wife: Because I am not going to work all day and then come home and cook five nights a week!

This my friends is the problem.  While, as the author mentioned, men just want to be left alone and be cavemen sometimes, there are things that still need to get done, responsibilities that inevitably fall in the females lap because traditionally, they were her responsibility.  Men seem to easily enjoy the spoils of a second income but just can’t seem to muster up the wherewithal to engage in true equality at home. 

Now, I know, there are going to be women coming out of the woodwork bragging about all that their husband’s do.  Well, good for you – you married someone who gets it.  Most men don’t unfortunately and I have a theory about that.  Men look back at their mothers and their home lives growing up and their mom did just about everything for them because they were the boy in the house, the son, the one who carries on the family name.  I don’t care what men say when they are about to find out the sex of their soon-to-be-born child, when they hear it is a boy there is a sigh of relief. Moms simply do more for their sons then they do for their daughters and now, it is coming back to bite the next generation in the butt. 

Men leave the house for work and come home to it looking pretty much the way it did when they left. So, in their minds, nothing changed.  They, unfortunately, missed the cereal that got spilled on the carpet, the school books that were thrown all over the entry way, the dog throwing up on the kitchen floor, etc.  They have no concept that things actually happened when they were away. 

So, ladies, our mothers did this to us – just another thing we can blame them for at the table at Easter. 

 

Current Events, MSM, Obama Administration, Politics

Obama and Wasserman: Sorry! Feminism does not Equal Abortion

If you need more proof that the Obama Campaign is running scared, look no further than this video (Hat tip: Chicks on the Right)  that was posted on YouTube on Friday.   Entitled, “Republican Women for Obama,” two women featured in the video have been proven to be strong in the Democratic party – one having enough juice to have actually had a meeting with Michelle Obama earlier this year.

So, for starters, not only are the women in this video disingenuous, I have to laugh at the scenery given in the video as well. Trying to appeal to the rural voters, we see farms with old barns, wheelbarrows, flowers and the wind blowing through their hairs. This little veiled slight-of-hand didn’t get past me – making liberals look wholesome?

Going further, the claim that supporting abortion somehow makes Obama a believer in the Republican stance of smaller government is nothing short of laughable.  In fact it is hysterical.  How can any rational thinker say that by supporting abortion in addition to supporting that governmental financial monstrosity called Obamacare equates to smaller government?

This video is nothing more than an affront to all American women and a direct insult to our intelligence. As a Conservative I know how to glean real information from an ad or article and don’t simply take anything that comes from either side of the aisle as gospel.  My response to this is simple – there is no way any of these women could have been long-time Republicans because Republican women just aren’t that naïve.   This video erroneously insinuates that Feminism equal Abortion.  This has been a liberal tactic for years now – telling women that if they don’t support abortion that they are saying they don’t support their gender’s right to equality within the  law.  True equality covers every aspect of our lives politically, socially, economically and educationally.  Equality is not synonymous with the right to an abortion.

The Republican Party’s platform on abortion has been consistent for as long as I can remember – we are against it.  Some waiver when the issue of rape and incest are brought into the picture; yet we are firm on the fact that is it not a form of contraception.  Going further, these women are claiming that the only issue that is of concern to them is a woman’s right to choose.  If this election were based on this one issue alone, then why are both campaigns wasting all of this money campaigning and traveling around this great country of ours?  The Obama Campaign is trying to narrow the scope of their argument to the only part of it that he can control.

Because of Obama’s dismal record on the economy, his Obamacare and his inability to control the deficit (to name a few); he has no other choice than to attempt to move the focus of the election away from his failures.  He tries to tell those stupid enough to believe him that the Republican Party has suddenly changed its stance on abortion and that we now want to overturn Roe v. Wade.   Sorry Honey, but that has been on the Republican books since the day Roe v. Wade was passed.

After taking a look at how Democratic Party Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz was taken to task by CNN’s Anderson Cooper for clearly lying about the Romney/Ryan Campaign’s position on abortion by misquoting the LA Times, this kind of slight-of-hand is obviously now part of the DNC’s platform.  Taking completely out of context said quote, Wasserman was caught red-handed by Cooper and did so much doublespeak in defense of her misquote that she shot herself in the foot so many times I lost track.  Cooper caught her red-handed misrepresenting a quote from a LA Times article, which spoke in generalities about the GOP’s platform and made no specific reference to abortion.   Wasserman used this LA Times article as the foundation of her claim to Obama supporters in a fundraising email stating that the GOP was making substantive changes to the party platform on abortion . After Cooper refusing to let the issue go, Wasserman refuses to admit that she was caught and stated that, “It didn’t matter.” It didn’t matter because, according to Wasserman, the purpose of the email was to show,

Anderson, the bottom line message of our e- mail is that, A., women need to know the difference between the two parties and the two presidential candidates on a woman’s right to make her own reproductive choices and that Mitt Romney can say that he’s for an exception for rape or incest.  His party platform doesn’t reflect that. He has previously fully embraced a human life amendment with no exception and said he would be delighted to support it and women need to know the difference. And women need to know that Mitt Romney is simply saying one thing, but not insisting that his party’s policies as reflected in their platform reflect his views. And we’re not going to let him get away with it. This is an important decision.

Cooper goes on and insists that a candidate’s views can be different from the party’s platform and that while a candidate can make suggestions or recommend changes to the platform, Romney’s platform and the parties do not and apparently aren’t one in the same.   Remember, this is Anderson Cooper, not Glenn Beck or Rush Limbaugh, going after Wasserman for outright lying to solicit funds from Obama supporters.  That speaks volumes when someone like Cooper isn’t giving the liberal left a free pass when they lie to the American people.

I guess my next question would be; what does matter to the DNC?  -Apparently winning at any cost and a woman’s right to an abortion – those are the only two things.

In closing, I want the media to continue to brow beat Wasserman as she overtly uses misdirection to deceive the American people.

And, I want these women to put their money where their mouth is. I want them to show us their voter registration record for the past 10 years and then, I would love to have a chat with these ladies!  We can sit out on that nice patio at their farm …

Education, Hollywood, Military, Obama Administration, Politics, True Blue Heroes, Uncategorized

Dishonorable Disclosures: Why Obama Doesn’t Deserve to be Our Commander in Chief

This morning I was greeted by the faces of heroes…

A few days ago a 501(c)(4) educational group, Special Operations OPSEC Education Fund, released a powerful and timely video wherein active duty as well as retired military officers, intelligence officers and even Navy SEALs share the reckless abandonment of the present administration.

Their website defines their mission statement as:

STOP the politicians, President Obama and others, from politically capitalizing on US national security operations and secrets!

EDUCATE the public on the importance and necessity of Operational Security in today’s environment.

To Do Nothing is not an option as that allows the special operations and intelligence capabilities to be degraded, and paraded around like a show dog…ACTION IS REQUIRED NOW!

By knowing choosing the political punch of intelligence information over the need for operational security, this administration has put our nation and its military personnel in danger by sharing what amounts to military secrets with the world. The video, which runs approximately 22 minutes, focuses on how Obama and his administration mishandled the death of Osama Bin Laden by not only being too quick to make the news public but also for having given far too much detail into the operational aspects of the raid.

According to these heroes, the Obama Administration chose to announce the death of Osama as soon as possible instead of giving intelligence officials the opportunity to capitalize on the potentially significant amount of intel that was seized at the compound where they found Osama.  This shows the OPSEC immaturity of the most senior leaders at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

Instead of allowing military and intelligence agents time to develop and exploit this intel and leave the world in the dark on the death of OBL, the Obama Administration wanted to take advantage of the political side of this information and announced it to the dismay of not just military personnel but members of Congress, even some on the left-side of the aisle.

The other side of the coin addresses those who seek and provide the intel.  First, it will make the job of those who search for intelligence much more difficult because they will find fewer individuals willing to share information knowing that US politicians would sacrifice an asset for a sound byte on the evening news and the attention of constituents.

It is believed that so much information  on the OBL raid was shared (name of unit, location, operational tactics and techniques, etc.) that the lives of those who took part in the raid and their families are now in jeopardy.  Knowing the tenacity of our enemy, terrorists will expel an exorbitant amount of effort to track down and destroy these individuals.  Now, they and their families live in constant fear of retribution because the Obama Administration used these men as political weapons to boost their approval ratings.

The Pakistani doctor who provided the intel to the US intelligence community is now spending over 30 years in jail for his involvement while President Obama invited members of Hollywood’s A-List to the White House to provide them with details on the raid so a film on the operation could be developed.

The video shares other specific and highly viable intel that the Obama Administration has willfully leaked to the public which has put the intelligence community at a huge deficit on a global level.  Tactics, technology and techniques have now been publicize to the extent that they are now seen as obsolete.

The Obama Administration has reacted to this OPSEC group by likening them to the Swift Boat campaign that Vietnam Veterans levied against Senator John Kerry (R-MA) during his 2004 presidential campaign.  While an interesting comparison, there is none.  Kerry’s situation was based on a he-said, she-said of his exploits as a junior Navy officer during the Vietnam War.  In the case of the Obama Administration, there is insurmountable evidence, supported by both sides of the political aisle, expressing utter amazement at the audacity of the White House and the undeniable proof that this administration has little, if any, respect or understanding of the military or our clandestine services.

In contrast, while Obama has no issues with putting the lives of other families in jeopardy, his family is another story.  Today while discussing this story with a friend,  she shared the debacle at a recent concert of UK boy band One Direction in Fairfax, Virginia attended by one of the first daughters, Malia Obama.  Security was so tight that young fans were not only frisked upon entering but they were not allowed to bring in posters, many handmade, to hold up during the concert.

A few years ago, I had the privilege of attending the Evening Parade at the US Marine Corps Barracks at the famed 8th and I Streets in Washington, DC.  In attendance that evening were the President and First Lady along with a small entourage. We were required to be in our seats at least an hour prior to the start of the parade and were not allowed to exit the parade grounds until Secret Service members alerted 8th and I officials that the President was safely inside the White House; a wait of approximately 45 minutes.

Now, if our Commander in Chief can understand these security precautions for himself and his family; why can’t he understand them for the men who have made a conscious choice to serve and protect the ideals of the United States of America?

Current Events, Fleecing of America, On the International Front, Uncategorized

Leo Manzano Flag Flap: A Missive on Mexican Immigration

On Friday, August 10th, US Olympian Leo Manzano, winner of the Silver Medal in the 1500 meter track and field race ran his victory lap in London holding both the US and Mexican flags.  While the majority of the Mexican-American community sees this act as a recognition of Manzano’s roots, many Americans find it nothing short of offensive and dare I say, an affront on our sense of patriotism.  Manzano supporters like columnist Esther Cespeda see it an another example of American bigotry.

What Manzano has done is bring the sticky Mexican immigration issue to the forefront once again and allowing him to slap the hand that has fed him and everyone else who crossed the US/Mexican border in the past 100 + years.  According to Cespeda, Manzano came to the US at the age of four and is a dual citizen of both the US and Mexico.  This means that Manzano could have represented either country in the 2012 London Olympics; he chose to represent the red, white and blue.  That is the only flag he should have touched during the Olympic Games.

While people like Cespeda inexplicably want carte-blanche for the Mexican community in the US and feel that they can live with a foot on either side of the border, many Americans question loyalties, and rightfully so.

The first issue is geographical.  Unlike the European immigrants of the 20th century, Mexican immigrants can hop in a car or even a plane to go back to their roots. European immigrants boarded boats and never looked back because they knew they couldn’t.  They knew that as they watched the shoreline of their homeland fade away that it would most likely be the last time they would ever see it or the loved ones they left behind.

With their close proximity to their homeland and the advent of technology, people of Mexican origin tend to see the border between their homeland and the US as some imaginary line, more like the Prime Meridian than a true border between two sovereign nations.  Their ability to cross, almost effortlessly, between the two countries adds to their misguided belief that they can be Mexican and American; without the hyphen.

Then there are those in the Southwestern US who believe that because the lands taken in the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo as a result of the Mexican-American War (1846-48) which were once inhabited by Mexicans, that at least symbolically, they are still on Mexican soil.

Add to this the simple fact that many Mexicans have no intention of becoming American citizens and making the United States their permanent home.  That is why the US government’s attempts at offering amnesty to immigrants from Mexico has always been unsuccessful.  Many are simply here to make money, take advantage of our entitlement programs, etc. and then, one day, move back to Mexico and live out the rest of their lives much more comfortably than they would have without having spent time (and earned money) in the US.

This kind of mentality is what keeps companies like Western Union in business.  Many send money home to help support their families and also to build homes in their villages for them to move into when they make the permanent move back to Mexico. The large majority do not want US citizenship and all the expectations that come with it, like paying income tax.  Yes, illegals do pay income tax out of their pay checks but when they claim five or six dependents (which they never have to justify in April), the amount that they pay into the IRS and Social Security barely seems equitable.

The number of illegals on the dole of entitlement programs in the US is one of the things that many Americans find distasteful. Knowing that few want to make the US their permanent home or even learn the language, it is a slap in the face to those who pay into these systems via legitimate income tax payments expecting the funds to be used to help their fellow Americans. We don’t even want to discuss in detail the number of Mexican women in border states who come across to have their babies free in our hospitals and to establish their anchor babies.

So, what Leo Manzano has done is put an exclamation point on the slap in the face that Mexican immigrants have been giving to the American people for decades.  His message is clear; I’m only here for the benefits.

Yet, all of the above aside, the true irony here is that Mexico has very strict regulations for the protocol under which their flag can be used and displayed. You can read the details here. While the US believe that burning the flag, stepping on it, etc. are all part of free speech, in Mexico there are strictly adhered to laws that govern when and how the flag can be displayed.  Mexican celebrities have been fined for posing nude wrapped in the Mexican flag, another was fined for have the flag displayed on his guitar and even the use of the image of the flag requires a special permit for broadcasting.

I sincerely hope that the US Olympic Committee sits down with Manzano and reads him the riot act.  He could have run for Mexico if he wanted to, as someone with dual citizenship he had that right.  I have to wonder, if he had, would he have run around the track draped in the Mexican flag and proudly holding the US flag in his hand? I think we all know the answer is no.

Current Events, Politics

Gays vs. The Church: Whose to Blame?

I have a theory, and while I don’t expect many of my church-going Christians to agree with me, I am going to stand my ground.  This mess that we, as a nation, find ourselves in with the gay community is of our own design.  Yes, I am blaming (certain) Christians.

Here is a quick history lesson.  Any group, social, religious or otherwise, unites in solidarity when they are under attack.  The gay community pretty much kept to themselves … until they became targets by zealots within the Christian Church (Catholic and Evangelicals just to name a few).  Once these zealots called out the gay community, they did what any group that is threatened does – they organized.  Now the gay community is a powerful weapon in both political and social realms because they were forced to do so by those who saw them as an easy target.

History has taught us, even the Bible has, that homosexuality has existed for centuries.  Yet, it took those who screamed from the pulpits attacking this group to mobilize and become a force to be reckoned with.  Since the 60’s men and women have been more fervent in their desire to be accepted because, from the pulpits, they were defiantly forced out of their proverbial closets and have been slamming doors behind themselves ever since.

We are ALL filled with sin, none of us, not a preacher preaching to a crowd of thousands or a believer sharing the gospel with a friend, can say that we are perfect. In fact, we are far from it.  We have been told by Christ not to judge one another, only to love one another.  The message that Jesus came to us with was to love one another and let Him do the rest.  1 Corinthians 13 says it best;

The Excellence of Love

1If I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but do not have love, I have become a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.2If I have the gift of prophecy, and know all mysteries and all knowledge; and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. 3And if I give all my possessions to feed the poor, and if I surrender my body to be burned, but do not have love, it profits me nothing.

4Love is patient, love is kind and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant, 5does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered, 6does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth; 7bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

8Love never fails; but if there are gifts of prophecy, they will be done away; if there are tongues, they will cease; if there isknowledge, it will be done away. 9For we know in part and we prophesy in part; 10but when the perfect comes, the partial will be done away. 11When I was a child, I used to speak like a child, think like a child, reason like a child; when I became a man, I did away with childish things. 12For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face; now I know in part, but then I will know fully just as I also have been fully known. 13But now faith, hope, love, abide these three; but the greatest of these is love.

As a Christian I believe the Bible when it states that homosexuality is a sin and that marriage should be between a man and a woman.  Yet is it my responsibility to point a finger where I should be reaching out a hand?   If the Church and the select few who angrily were allowed to target the gay community had handled things differently decades ago, the entire Chick-Fil-A controversy might have been avoided.

There a lots of sins expressed in the Bible; the two most well-known are the Seven Deadly Sins and of course, The Ten Commandments.   Yet, if you notice, homosexuality is NOT listed in either.   Apparently the Lord felt that other sins were more important to highlight.  Why aren’t preachers getting red in the face about Lust, Gluttony, Greed, Sloth, Wrath, Envy and Pride?   Many people in the gay community feel chastised by the Church and we as Christians are knowingly keeping them out of the Church and distant from Christ and a loving God because of these misguided preachers.

In short, until God sends Moses back up that mountain and adds an 11th Commandment regarding homosexuality … Christians should do what the Lord has mandated us to do – love one another – and let Him do the rest.