Monday, April 11, 2016

Religious Liberty Seen As "Evil Virus" Spreading Around The US

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Bruce Springsteen canceled his sold out concert yesterday in North Carolina because of the state's new religious liberty legislation.

Guitarist Steve Van Zant explained that kind of legislation is "like an evil virus spreading around the US."

Springsteen says he and his band looked at other options, but in the end have to stand for what they believe, otherwise, he would have just been "playing into their hands" and "that's not going to hurt them enough---you need to hurt them economically."

Who are "they?"

The Christians.

And it's not only Bruce and his E Street Band, but companies from Marriott to PayPal who are trying to "hurt them enough."

Associated Press says the religious liberty bill--HB 2 ---which Bruce and his E Street boys are now calling an "evil virus" requires transgender people to use bathrooms based on their biological sex and bans state lawsuits for any type of work place discrimination.

The Truth: the bill restricts perverts from wondering into any restroom at anytime for any reason under the guise of gender confusion (transgenderism).

The bill particularly protects women and children in public restrooms where there should be a reasonable expectation of privacy, and protects pastors and churches from being coerced to participate in same-sex "weddings."

That is neither "evil" nor is it a "virus."

One News Now reports, "Hundreds of businesses, including numerous nationally recognized pro-LGBT American corporations, are joining hands in their attack against pro-family bills protecting women, children and religious freedom in North Carolina and Georgia."

The allies against women, children and religious freedom include, "Google, Facebook, Twitter, IBM, Wells Fargo, Bank of America, Quotient, Zynga, Accenture, Hilton, Marriott, Hyatt and Starwood hotels, and many others, including professional sports teams and leagues.

AP says more than 130 corporate executives have signed a letter demanding North Carolina's governor veto the bill as did Georgia's "Christian" governor.

Marriott's CEO says he "was asked to join a group of American business leaders and CEOs in opposing North Carolina's HB2, a bill passed recently that sanctions LGBT discrimination across that state."

He says, "This was an easy call" because "the law does not reflect our values."

Is this the position of the LDS Marriott family? It has not been the position of their church. Has that changed?

This law reflects the values of any person who believes in religious freedom and common sense.

You will recall that Georgia's Governor Deal caved to these anti-religious freedom advocates and vetoed the Georgia bill.

And to those who say this is about "equality" and "fairness"---not religious freedom, I would say, you are dead wrong---it's all about religious freedom.

And it's not only about bathrooms and perverts.

A growing university poster campaign is asking Christian students to "check their privilege."

The poster reads, "If you can expect time off from work to celebrate your religious holidays, you have Christian privilege."

The campaign originated out of the University of San Francisco---a city named in honor of Saint Francis of Assisi---it has become a national discussion---and a mechanism to further divide campuses across the country---and attack Christians and Christian values.

A conservative student activist at Virginia Tech says, "Today, I was diagnosed with privilege. Symptoms: Christian, straight, 'cisgender', and able bodied."

For us non-enlightened, the word "cisgender" means we identify ourselves as the gender we were born as.

The posters list several categories of privilege, but puts the emphasis on "Christian privilege," which it defines as "unearned access to social power based on membership in a dominate social group."

The posters suggest that Christians receive an assortment of unearned advantages, but ignores that university faculty is often, most often hostile to Christian students.

In 2015, National Review columnist David French detailed his experience with the university practice of "ideological cleansing," which he claimed almost cost a Christian applicant a spot on the faculty at Cornell Law School.

He says the committee almost rejected an extraordinarily qualified applicant because of his obvious Christian faith (he had attended a Christian college, a conservative seminary, and worked for religious causes).

In their review, the committee questioned whether they wanted his "Bible-thumping" or "God-squadding" on campus.

This is why the film "God's Not Dead" resonated so well with Christian audiences across the nation---millions went out to see the film.

The new "God's Not Dead 2" is in theaters now. I went to see it Saturday. It's terrific, uncompromising and on the mark biblically. It, as the first film did, deals with the constant attack on religious freedom---particularly that of Christians in America.

Bruce Springsteen, Van Zant and the other E Street brothers reflect the attitudes of our misled souls in our country.

They are willing to compromise the safety of women and children in public restrooms, to prove they are people committed to so-called "equality."

In the name of "equality," they are willing to "hurt" anyone who may object to permitting perverts to troll through public restrooms on a hormonal impulse.

Paul correctly defined our times when he described some folks in his day as those who have "exchanged the Truth of God for the lie" (Roman's 1).

God help us.