No longer is it acceptable for those working in the US Department of Justice, who happen to believe in biblical values, to simply remain silent about their religious beliefs.
They are now being called upon to affirm the deviant behavior. A memo last week said, "Silence will be interpreted as disapproval of the behavior." Department of Justice managers are being called upon to verbally and emotionally affirm it.
And ... it only took the Seattle Times three days to come out---again. The Times editorial board is calling for the Boy Scouts to drop all restrictions on homosexuality, including their ban on openly gay men leading local troops.
Hundreds of thousands of Boy Scouts and their families are making decisions, not whether to remain in the Boy Scouts, but which organization they should join as the alternative.
The Southern Baptists and the Assemblies of God have spoken out publicly in opposition to the decision while the LDS Church has officially said they are okay with the decision.
No wonder the US Department of Justice seems to be confused and dysfunctional. They have so many other things on their mind, like advancing the far left homosexual agenda to redefine marriage, family and morality.
Last week a "Memo" was distributed to management in the DOJ which offered "practical tips" for ways in which managers can "boost performance and productivity of all employees."
The memo was distributed by "DOJ Pride"---a pro-homosexual employee association within the Department of Justice and with DOJ approval.
Among other directives, it states that silence on the matter of gays coming out and other issues specific to them would be "interpreted as disapproval" of their lifestyle and behavior.
The memo, while coming from a highly organized employee association within DOJ, carries the tacit approval of the department, the Attorney General and the administration. It gives very clear instruction how managers and other employees are to respond to lesbians, gay, bi-sexual and transgender individuals.
The memo titled, "7 Habits Of Highly Effective Managers," says it is designed to help managers create a "truly inclusive work place climate."
The 7 Habits?
1. Make the right assumptions and avoid making the wrong ones.
2. Use inclusive language.
3. Speak up when appropriate.
4. Acknowledge and engage with LGBT employees.
5. Come out.
6. Ensure that advancement, development and mentoring opportunities are fair and elective.
7. Know how to respond if an employee comes out to you.
Number 7 is a not so subtle threat in that the memo says, "Silence will be interpreted as disapproval."
Matt Barber, vice president of Liberty Counsel Action says, "Think about that for a minute."
"Although they don't prescribe a specific punishment for not affirming and approving homosexuality, the threat is implied."
Barber says, "This time it's not to create silence. This time it is to force, intimidate and bully employees into publicly, verbally and openly affirming homosexuality and cross dressing, even if they happen to be a person who recognizes objective sexual morality and that these behaviors are wrong."
They are also instructing managers to use inclusive words like "partner," "significant other" or "spouse" rather than gender specific terms like "husband" and "wife."
There is instruction for managers to use a transgender person's chosen name and the pronoun that is consistent with the person's self-identified gender.
No wonder A/G Eric Holder looked at the Congressional committee conducting hearings into the Benghazi fiasco and said, "I know nothing."
Who has time for work in this kind of super charged politically correct environment?
No longer are activists trying to silence Christians, but now are attempting to force them to affirm the behavior. In this brave new world silence, absence affirmation is bigotry.
Robert Knight, writing for the Washington Times, says it was bad during the Clinton administration as well, with one agency saying homosexual propaganda "would be crammed down their throats."
"But this," he says, "goes beyond that."
Knight says the Obama administration is now saying "you must affirm, you must talk in a manner that conveys approval..." "this is crossing the line."
Indeed it is. But what drives this? The activists say it is a quest for equality, however it seems to be more than that. It appears to be a demand for affirmation. And an expression of rebellion toward God and nature.
Knight says he thinks it is arrogance because they think no one will hold them accountable. He says they know the media will not. He says, "They think they are above the law."
"This is part of a pattern of lawlessness that is very disturbing," he says.
Looking at the scandals that are now boiling over into public awareness, Knight says he thinks more scandals are sure to come.
Indeed there is an arrogance in the march to remake America, and nowhere is it more evident than among gay activists.
Great American institutions are being destroyed by 3 to 4 percent of the public who practice deviant sexual behavior and their allies under the guise of equality.
The Boy Scouts of America has been destroyed along with their more than 100-year traditions.
Within hours of the BSA decision to drop their ban on openly homosexual boys joining the scouts, those who had demanded the new policy be accepted were saying the scouts now have a conflicting policy and demanding they also accept openly homosexual men to lead the troops.
Fortunately both the Assemblies of God and the Southern Baptists have come out with a strong statement of opposition to the new BSA policy. Both church groups offer their own boys programs. The Assemblies offer the Royal Rangers and the Baptists offer the Royal Ambassadors.
The LDS Church has said they are okay with the new policy. Frankly, I was surprised at their response.
The Seattle Times editorial board, 3 days after the decision, is calling on the Boy Scouts to "do a good deed" and drop their ban on openly gay adult leaders as well.
This echos the Time's call to "give them the name marriage" days after the domestic partners law was past a couple of years ago in Washington State---a law that Sen. Ed Murray declared was not about marriage, rather about "equality." The domestic partners law was the last incremental step to redefining marriage in 2012.
It is expected that 200,000 to 400,000 scouts will now be leaving the BSA, along with their families.
John Stemberger, a long time leader in the BSA and founder of OnMyHonor, a coalition of scouts and their families who hold to traditional values, said on Friday as he took off his uniform, "This will be the last time I wear this uniform."
He will now help facilitate the process of deciding where the newly displaced scouting community will go after being exiled from the BSA.
Please remember these boys and their families as they make this important decision as to where to go.
I have joined others in ministry who believe that God will bring something good out of this tragedy.
Be Vigilant. Be Informed. Be Discerning. Be Prayerful. Be Active. Be Blessed.