A few days ago, President Obama stated that he
approves of gay marriage. While his views come to no surprise, his words are unprecedented. Never in American history has
a president spoken those words.
Unite the USA believes that marriage should be between one man and one woman. The Lord makes
it very clear throughout Scripture that homosexuality is wrong. God also makes it very clear in His word that marriage is
between a man and a woman. For example, in Matthew 19:4-6, Jesus said: "Have you not read that He who created
them from the beginning made them male and female, and said, 'Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold
fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh'? So they are no longer two but one flesh. What therefore God has joined
together, let not man separate."
It is also important to remember that homosexuals are human beings who should be treated
with Christ's love yet pointed to the truth in God's Word.
This month, we are pleased to feature a compelling article
by Star Parker. It addresses the implications of President Obama's approval of homosexuality and it also explains why same-sex
marriage has progressed.
Some say this feels like a David and Goliath situation. But remember: With
God's help, David won. The sanctity of marriage is more than worth fighting for. It is encouraging
that 32 states have voted on this issue and all 32 states have said no to homosexual marriage and yes to marriage as being
between a man and a woman.
believe that, through Christ, there is hope for revival in our country. Learn more about Him here. Let's focus on sharing God's love and grace while we stand firm to promote the truth!
Carrie and Stacie Ruth Stoelting
Unite the USA
Free our kids from Arne Duncan
By Star Parker
President Barack Obama now commands center stage following his formal announcement that,
yes, he supports same sex marriage.
But for perspective on how we got to this point, we should shift our sights
to three days before the president's announcement. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan appeared on MSNBC where he responded
"yes, I do" when asked if he supports same sex marriage.
Duncan at best raised
a few eyebrows by stating his support for same sex marriage.
If he had said that homosexuality is immoral there
would have been demands for his ouster.
How have we gone from a nation where our first president, George Washington,
admonished that religion and morality are "indispensable" to "political prosperity" to one, today, in
which our president says "same-sex couples should be able to get married?"
On the marriage issue, the
national transformation has been breathtaking. A new Gallup poll shows the nation evenly divided -- 50 percent saying same-sex
marriage should be valid and 48 percent saying it should not be. When Gallup asked the same question in 1996, 68 percent opposed
legalization of same sex marriage against 27 percent in favor.
In just 16 years the gap between those opposed and
in support of same sex marriage has gone from a 41 point difference to practically zero.
Our public schools are
controlled locally. But the influence of the federal government is substantial. The Department of Education, per its website,
"administers a budget of $68.1 billion in discretionary appropriations" serving "nearly 16,000 school districts
and approximately 49 million students."
It's not trivial that Duncan, the man who oversees this massive enterprise
molding the minds of our nation's youth, publicly rejects the traditional definition of marriage in favor of one saying it
just takes two (so far) warm bodies of any gender combination.
The president brandishes one of his favorite words
in explaining his support for same sex marriage. "Fairness."
Actually, this is about unfairness.
We have bought into a grand illusion that we can make our public spaces value neutral. But this is impossible.
The struggle in our public spaces is about competing worldviews. Not neutrality.
As one court ruling
after another has purged religious expression from our public spaces, we have unfairly suppressed traditional values in favor
of promoting alternative secular views.
As we have sanitized our public schools from prayer, from displays of the
Ten Commandments, from any teaching that can be associated with biblical sources, we've put government monopoly power behind
California, for instance, has a new law mandating teaching gay history in public schools. A similar
mandate to teach Christian history would be challenged constitutionally.
2011-2012 Resolutions of the National
Education Association, the nation's largest teachers union, include support of same sex marriage and sex education programs
that appreciate "diversity of ...sexual orientation and gender identification."
president of the nation's second largest teacher's union, American Federation of Teachers, lives in an open lesbian relationship.
It should come as no surprise when Obama says he sees much of the growth in support for same sex marriage as "generational,"
with strong support coming from our youth.
Attitudes reflect education. We have created a world in which it is
illegal to teach youth in our public schools traditional religious values but it is not illegal to teach them competing values
of nihilism, materialism and relativism. And these competing values are actively promoted.
As elsewhere, the main
victims are poor, minority kids, often from broken families, held hostage in these public schools and prohibited from being
taught the very values that could save their lives.
Is there a way out? I only see one: Universal school choice.
Liberate parents and kids from government and union controlled schools. In a free America, parents who don't share Arne Duncan's
values shouldn't have them forced on them.
Parker is the founder and president of CURE, the Center for Urban Renewal and Education, a 501(c)(3) non-profit think tank which promotes market based public policy
to fight poverty.
Before involvement in social activism,
Star Parker had seven years of first-hand experience in the grip of welfare dependency. Now, as a social policy consultant,
Star is bringing new energy to policy discussions on how to transition America's poor from government dependency. She has
debated Jesse Jackson on various headline issues; she fought for school choice on Larry King Live; she defended welfare reform
on the Oprah Winfrey Show, and she debated healthcare reform against Michael Moore on ABC's The View with host Barbara Walters.
She is a sought after expert on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC and
for national radio, television, and print interviews, nationwide.
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