Wednesday, August 16, 2017

BLACK CLERGY ACTIVISTS DEFEND TRUMP, CASTIGATE "ALT-LEFT

By Jack Davis

"Don't make our commander in chief a villain..." 

The deluge of liberal invective connecting President Donald Trump and his administration with the death of a woman protesting a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, last weekend has it “absolutely wrong,” a black minister said Monday.


Rev. Derek McCoy, executive vice president for the Center of Urban Renewal and Education, was among clergy who said claims by liberals and mainstream media that Trump has fostered a spirit of racism miss the point entirely.

“One thing you need to understand: You are saying that the president is the instigator, and I think that is absolutely wrong. No, it is not disingenuous,” said McCoy.

“The president made his comments and we are not standing up here to say that we are best friends with everything the president does, but he is in an office that we all respect … If we are looking about how we can move our country forward, we are trying to make sure that we do that collectively together.”

Some of those who gathered with McCoy at a National Press Club event said the problem is not the president but the media.

“Don’t make our commander in chief a villain when in actuality it is more the villainess (sic) of the media in terms of making something where nothing is,” said political activist Corrogan Vaughn.

Activist Star Parker, who founded CURE, said Trump’s initial statement condemning violence on both ends of the political spectrum was on target.

“I would like for us to finally address the ‘alt-right’ and the ‘alt-left’ — the instigators that continue this discussion that racism is so inherent in our society that they are going to look for it endlessly to then spark the tensions of the ‘alt-right.’ The ‘alt-right’ was sent underground. They have been emboldened because of the ‘alt-left,'” he said.

“We are either going to be biblical and free or we are going to be secular in status. That is the cultural war. There is no need in us denying that we are … in one,” Parker said. “It has been intensifying over time and now it is coming to a culmination that can drag each and every one of us into another civil war. We don’t want that, and the clergy will stand up and support the president in his effort to make sure that we have this discussion and we have it civilly.”

Some speakers said efforts to stifle free speech have come back to haunt America.

“We are saying, ‘You can only have one thought process and that is the only thing that can be allowed within the spectrum of our country.’ I think that is wrong,” McCoy said. “So you do have this ‘alt-left,’ ‘alt-right’ and these factions in society that are happening. But you gotta understand, debate is being shut down and debate is something that has always been on the foundational principles of America, where we can foster, flourish and grow together and learn from each other.”

William Allen, a professor of political philosophy at Michigan State University, said the factors at work behind the violence had nothing to do with Trump.

“I will say this about the repeated ascription of President Trump as the driver of hateful speech in our country: There are two things wrong with that view. The first thing wrong with it is we are pretending to hide behind blaming President Trump for our failures,” he said.

Instead, he said, efforts to suppress unwelcome speech have increased. He noted the contrast between 2017 and 1977, when the American Civil Liberties Union defended the right of Nazi supporters to march through the heavily Jewish community of Skokie, Illinois.

“We are no longer celebrating the ‘Skokie principle’ in our country,” Allen said. “We stopped celebrating the ‘Skokie principle’ long before Donald Trump announced his candidacy for the presidency.”

“If we have a problem, the problem is that we have lost our way. We have people that are wandering in the desert … who have lost their way,” Allen said. “It is not going to do you much good to blame Moses.

“You gotta ask: ‘Why have the people lost their way, where did they lose their faith and how can it be restored?'”



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"Don't make our commander in chief a villain..."By Jack Davis

Saturday, August 12, 2017

WHAT A WOMAN WHO LIVED AS A MAN THINKS OF TRANSGENDER MAN GIVING BIRTH

by Charlene Aaron
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Photo Credit: Laura Perry via Facebook
Laura Perry of Bartlesville, Oklahoma once lived life as a man despite growing up in a Christian home.

Most people knew her as "Jake," according to Baptist Press.

Perry, who is now a Christian and no longer living a transgender lifestyle, said at one time she would have applauded recent news  of a transgender man having a baby. 

Trystan Reese, a transgender man living in Portland, Oregon, has given birth to a boy with his partner of seven years, Biff Chaplow. Their son, Leo Murray Chaplow, was born July 14.

Instead, Perry is speaking out against it.

"Having come to Christ and knowing the truth, it's just such a sad thing seeing children that are being exposed to this kind of thing to think it's normal and they're not going to know any different and I just think it's a real tragedy that kids are being exposed to this kind of sin as if it's normal," she said in an interview with CBN News.   



Perry shared her testimony with CBN News about how she struggled with her sexuality for most of her childhood.

"I had always had feelings of wanting to be a boy as a young child," she said.

"I was very athletic and enjoyed sports and things and really didn't get along with girls very well; and, I found out when I was nineteen, I actually did have very high testosterone levels. They said my testosterone levels were higher than a man with prostate cancer," she explained.

After her teen years, she said she fully embraced the transgender lifestyle, living with a partner who also identified as transgender.

She also started attending pro-LGBT support groups and moved towards having surgery to become less feminine.

"I started taking hormones in late 2007, and it's a massive dose of testosterone. You take injections into your thigh muscles. Then I also took surgical steps to completely remove the breasts," said Perry.

She said she also had a full hysterectomy to remove her female organs.

Her parents, Francine and Paul, trusted that one day their daughter would leave the transgender life style and asked people to pray.

"Their prayers really weren't offensive but I was more offended that they didn't accept me. I wanted them to affirm me as a man," Perry said.

Perry admitted her heart remained cold until she says through a series of things God slowly began to draw her back to him.

"It reminded me of how God or how a man would woo a lover, in other words, things over time that really drew my heart back," she told CBN News.

She added, "One of the biggest things was when my Mom asked me to work on her website for her Bible study; and, in the beginning was just because I was a programmer and she needed a website built, so it wasn't intentional on her part to try and win me back."

"I started reading the notes and over time I just got really curious. She was finding things in the Bible I had never seen before; and, so I became very curious and began asking her questions. And I started asking her questions which opened up the door for communication with her," Perry explained.

Eventually Perry's heart softened. She surrendered her life to Jesus Christ in August 2016 and was baptized the following month.

She left her partner and moved back home with her parents. It was a decision Perry said came with much struggling.

"A lot of people these days tell me, 'Well that's good for you, whatever makes you happy,' and me leaving that lifestyle had nothing to do with me being happy. It was extremely hard for me to leave it. I did not want to be a girl. I had no desire at the time to be a girl but it was really about surrendering to Christ," she said.

 


"I knew it was about dying to self and it wasn't about what I felt or what I wanted. It was about what God wanted and he has redeemed and changed my heart more than I ever could have imagined," she elaborated.

Meanwhile, Perry also started attending a women's Bible study. It was there, she says, the love of Christ she experienced completely transformed her life.

"It was really amazing because I didn't know that they had been praying for me so much over the last few years. And when I first came home, the first three days were extremely difficult to me. I wanted to go back home every minute, just felt like I was dying and it was extremely painful like I'd never felt in my life and then my Mom laid out in front of me some cards that these women had written to me and (I) just sat at the kitchen table sobbing, reading them - the love that these women had for me that had never even met me."

"And on top of that they had raised over $1200 to buy me a new wardrobe and the next morning I went to the Bible study for the first time and I was just surrounded by these women that not only were kind and welcoming but just many of them in tears of joy just pouring over me and so happy and I could see genuine love in them, a genuine joy at a sinner's repentance," said Perry.

"It was amazing," she concluded.

Today, Perry has fully embraced her God-given sexuality as a woman, and she is active in the church where she teaches a Sunday School class.

"Only God could have done this," her mother told told Baptist Press.