Deception introduced itself in the Garden of Eden and has lurked around every culture since.
US Senator Mark Pryor (D-Ark.) is having a tough time in his bid for re-election. He is facing a formidable challenge from Republican Congressman Tom Cotton.
Pryor recently created a TV ad in which he declares his belief in God and in His Word.
But his actions don't match his words.
Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker is seen by many conservatives and Christians as a possible strong candidate for the presidency in 2016.
However, his comments on Bloomberg TV are raising some concerns with a number of social conservatives, myself included.
It is written, "Be not deceived..."
Incumbent Democratic Senator Mark Pryor has always claimed to be a Christian. Our President makes the same claim. Who can or should judge their heart?
However, it is biblical to evaluate their actions---the fruit of their actions.
Congressman Tom Cotton, according to a recent Clear Politics Compilation of all polls, shows Pryor, for the first time, down a full point to Cotton.
Create a TV ad that will appeal to the right...especially the Christian Right.
This is Pryor's ad.
In it you will note that he says, "I'm not afraid to say I believe in God and I believe in His Word."
He continues, "The Bible teaches us that no one has all the answers, only God does, and neither political party is always right. This is my compass, my Northern Star. He gives me comfort and guidance to do what is right for Arkansas."
Most any Christian could be drawn to that kind of messaging.
Traditional Values Coalition President Andrea Lafferty finds no comfort in his words and doesn't believe God has led him to do as he has done and vote as he has voted while in the Senate.
She said, "I was outraged when I saw this because that is the furtherest thing from the truth."
Lafferty says Pryor has led and voted for ENDA, the Employment Non-Discrimination Act.
She says, "And what that bill does is override Arkansas law and will require schools to hire and retain transgender teachers." Among other things.
She's right. It does.
This is very troubling for most parents.
Lafferty put out a very direct news release last month when the Senate was considering ENDA. They passed it and it now is with the House.
In her release, Lafferty reported on Clay Scott "Colleen" Francis who used Washington State's non-discrimination provision regarding gender identity to introduce himself to a woman's locker room at Evergreen State College. Girls aged 17 to as young as 6 were exposed to Clay/Colleen.
The police report, which is included in the release linked above, said that Francis was "sitting with 'her' legs open with her male genitalia showing."
As best I can tell Francis has not been arrested for this behavior.
Currently, 33 states do not make 'gender identity' a protected minority under law.
If ENDA passes, it will override the law in those 33 states and force every school district to make confused transgenders a protected minority equal to racial minorities.
Under ENDA, every school administrator will be forbidden by federal law from reassigning or not hiring any transgender teacher, because under ENDA, that action would be considered "discrimination" and consequently illegal.
There's much more I could say about ENDA, but there is also another looming picture. It is one of deceit.
Pryor is attempting to deceive the voters with his words.
ENDA is itself a deception. It is presented with a straight face as something that is fair, kind and an act of "equality."
It's none of that. It is nothing more than a tool to advance an agenda. A destructive agenda.
The greatest deceptions are always rooted in religious virtue. This is no exception.
And to give Gov. Scott Walker the benefit of the doubt, ENDA may well be deceiving some lawmakers.
However, it's concerning that Gov. Walker, considered by many conservatives to be a strong possible candidate in the 2016 presidential election, feels as he does on this deceptive issue.
Yesterday, One News Now reported that Wisconsin Governor Walker told Bloomberg TV he thinks the US House of Representatives should consider passing a federal ENDA because there have been "limited problems" with it in Wisconsin.
He says he believes Wisconsin has struck a "healthy balance" of rights for LGBT people.
Think of the impact of ENDA as federal law on the public classroom.
Discrimination against Christians who hold biblical beliefs on the behavior is already mounting. How many bakers, florists, photographers and hotel owners have already been assaulted by gay activists because they were simply living out their beliefs in their own business and refused to participate in same-sex "marriage?"
This law is not about "fairness" or "equality." It is about advancing an agenda. And its being advanced through deception.
Today we live in a swirling cauldron of deception. This is not something new.
Jesus, sitting on the Mount of Olives, told his followers, "Take heed that no one deceives you." And He was talking about deception rooted in religious virtue.
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