THE MOST DANGEROUS THING THE CHURCH CAN DO IS THINK IT CAN COMPROMISE RELIGIOUS LIBERTY WITH THE ADVANCE OF LGBTQ RIGHTS. &CAMPAIGN NOW LEADS THE WAY IN PROMOTING THIS FAULTY IDEOLOGY AND “FAIRNESS FOR ALL”. BUT WHO IS REALLY BEHIND IT?
Rev Thomas Littleton 12/16/2019
The vision of LGBTQ rights was greatly advanced under the Obama administration so it should come as no surprise that the Obama Foundation’s Faith Ambassador’s organization is continuing the drive toward “Full LGBTQ Protections” from discrimination . The narrative the movement is using is to couple the cause with “protecting Religious Liberty”…. “for All”.
& Campaign is the leading voice of Democratic Party and Obama operatives into the evangelical community. While The Equality Act ( offering FULL Federal Protections to LGBTQ in the name of Civil Rights ) looms large in the Democratic Party platform, few Christians are aware of the threats the Equality Act represent to Religious Liberty or to churches and denominations who hold to Biblical convictions on sexuality and marriage. As this threat advances with little notice , major players have already stepped up from outside and within the Evangelical community to promote a compromise. That Compromise is called “Fairness for All”
&CAMPAIGN EMBRACES “FAIRNESS” AND REVOICE ALL IN THE NAME OF LOVE.
The Controversial Revoice movement emerged from deep within the conservative Evangelical denominations .It’s leaders originate from conservative institutions like the Southern Baptist and conservative Presbyterians in 2018 promoting “LGBTQ Flourishing in Historic Christian Tradition”. One of Revoice thought leaders is Preston Sprinkle a two time graduate of John MacArthur’s conservative Master’s Seminary . Sprinkle is the head of the “Center for Faith Sexuality and Gender”. Sprinkles organization trains churches in welcoming and ministering to the LGBTQ Community and advocates for LGBT+ Inclusion in the churches. Sprinkle is a”straight ally ” of the LGBTQ+ agenda and community foray into rethinking and REVOICING the LGBT+ issues inside the church.
On December 5th Revoice’s Sprinkle hosted the Democratic Strategist – co-leader of & Campaign Justin Giboney on his podcast “Theology in the Raw”. (Sorry -if the name does sound vulgar but it is what it is.)
#761 – Politics, White Evangelicalism, and Race Relations in the Church: Justin GiboneyTheology in the Raw
“Justin is a lawyer by trade and co-founder of the And Campaign, which helps Christians become less tribalistic and more Christian in their political affiliations. Preston and Justin talk about faith and politics, democratic candidates, and the pros and cons of political affiliation. Then, they launch into conversation about some blind spots that white evangelical Christians have about race relations and racism in the church today.”
Great chat between
. Our society needs sound, humble folks like these speaking to these issues:
“Religious Liberty vs. LGBTQ Rights?”
“Our political system is broken because groups who disagree won’t work together for the common good. That must change! We can protect our LGBTQ neighbors without violating our timeless convictions.” Support the #FairnessForAll Act. #AND2020
The Federal Fairness for All Act
“RELIGIOUS FREEDOM AND LGBTQ RIGHTS “
“All attempts to remove more traditional religious beliefs from the public square should be opposed. We, like many other Americans, affirm the historic Christian sexual ethic, and we also believe that religious freedom and LGBTQ civil rights are not necessarily in irreconcilable conflict. Faith-based charities, hospitals and colleges should not have to choose between surrendering their convictions and closing their doors. At the same time, LGBTQ people should not lose jobs and housing because of how they identify. We must pursue ways to disagree and live together without bullying or compromising our conscience. Towards that end, we encourage all 2020 candidates to support the Fairness for All Act, which will grant basic civil rights for LGBTQ people while also protecting religious freedom for all faiths. “
“The conflict between religious liberty and LGBT rights has been generally presented as an all-or-nothing fight, but it doesn’t have to be, LoMaglio said. “It’s possible for the Constitution to protect both of them. That’s what Utah did.””A move to protect both “gets us out of this winner-take-all paradigm and brings it to a different lens, one that allows a pluralistic society to exist peaceably,” she said. “It also allows the good name of religious liberty to be reclaimed—as something that does not mean that one person’s claiming of religious liberty has to come at the expense of another person not having rights. They can both exist.”
“Preparing for Change”
“But not everyone is on board.”
“The ERLC is opposed to the proposal, for the same reasons it didn’t like the Utah compromise, spokeswoman Elizabeth Bristow said.”
PUBLIC OPPOSITION /PRIVATE COLLABORATION
ERLC AND MOORE STILL SHOW PUBLIC OPPOSITION TO “FAIRNESS FOR ALL”
Concerns over this effort to compromise are genuine among many evangelicals but others are showing duplicity .
How the “Debate” goes along both pro and cons of the issue.
“Leading religious conservatives have long opposed the idea of FFA. In 2016, more than 75 Christian leaders issued a statement calling the plan a “serious threat.” Signers included Princeton University’s Robert P. George, Southern Baptist leaders Albert Mohler and Russell Moore, Jeff Myers of Summit Ministries, several top Catholic bishops, and Franklin Graham of Samaritan’s Purse.Last month organizations including the Heritage Foundation, Family Research Council, Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, and Concerned Women for America sent an opposition letter to Republican House leaders. They say the bill does too much to extend SOGI protections to public accommodations—something the Utah Compromise did not touch.”
The Letter to GOP leaders
See the dangers outlined in the letter Russell Moore’s ERLC is said to have endorsed. The letter was sent to GOP leaders about”Fairness for All” .
BUT HOWEVER IN THE MEANTIME :THE REALITY
WHO IS REALLY BEHIND FAIRNESS?
“Members of ALL are united by two core beliefs:”
- “LGBT Americans should have civil rights protections when it comes to employment, housing, and publicly available services; and religious Americans – and their faith-based institutions – should be able to live, work, and serve their community in ways that are consistent with the teachings and tenets of their faith.”
- “ALL is a coalition that has been created to house, advance, and formalize conversations that have been taking place among religious and LGBT advocates for more than three years.”
“These conversations have resulted in the introduction of the Fairness For All Act.”
1st Amendment Partnership
“The mission of the 1st Amendment Partnership is to promote and protect religious freedom for people of all faiths. We represent the common voice of our partnering faith communities that encompass millions of Americans. We focus on public policies and education that recognize the profound contribution of faith and religious freedom to the common good.”
American Unity Fund:
“American Unity Fund, a 501(c)(4) non-profit organization, is dedicated to advancing the cause of freedom for LGBTQ Americans by making the conservative case that freedom truly means freedom for everyone.”
“All attempts to remove more traditional religious beliefs from the public square should be opposed. We, like many other Americans, affirm the historic Christian sexual ethic, and we also believe that religious freedom and LGBTQ civil rights are not necessarily in irreconcilable conflict. ”
ALONG WITH RADICAL GROUPS LIKE :
American Unity Fund:
“The American Unity Fund was founded in 2013 as the lobbying and social welfare arm of American Unity, an organization that advocates for LGBT rights within the Republican Party. Initially funded by billionaire donors Paul Singer,” “I believe marriage equality is critical to the future of individual liberty and the strength of the American family, and the Republican Party should stand for both.”
( Billionaire Paul Singer’s PAC almost single handedly undermined GOP opposition to gay marriage . Now it turns it’s attentions on the Evangelical church and redefining Religious Liberties )
The Alliance for Lasting Liberty:
Center for Public Justice:
(The Center for Public Justice has been involved in the promotion of the Charitable choice provisions of the Welfare Reform Act of 1996 since 1994 and, particularly through the efforts of former senior fellow Stanley W. Carlson-Thies, was an early advocate for the ideas that eventually led to the creation of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships)
Freedom for All Americans:
(Freedom for All Americans is the bipartisan campaign dedicated to ensuring every LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) American is fully protected from discrimination under the law, no matter where they live. Our work brings together Republicans and Democrats, businesses big and small, people of faith, and allies from all walks of life to make the case for comprehensive non-discrimination protections that ensure everyone is treated fairly and equally.)
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints:
Seventh-day Adventist Church:
Here is the Alliance for “Fairness for All”
YET &CAMPAIGN AND THE SOUTHERN BAPTIST SHARE LEADERSHIP FROM NAMB AND THE GOSPEL COALITION OF WHICH RUSSELL MOORE IS A LEADER.