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SPLC Sued For Extremism, FBI Dumps Them as Resource

A cunning strategist demonstrates his skill against his appointed adversary by undermining his enemy while advancing his own position in the same move.  And what more cruel, envious, cowardly and deceptive tactic to get ahead in the game than by psychological warfare to convince an adversary that his success is a total impossibility while advancing your own position ?

In 2002, former homosexual Richard Weller writes in ‘Confessions of a Former Homosexual’,

“I was 100% gay, now I am 100% recovered…..the media “spin” on homosexuality makes me feel that I can’t stay silent anymore! Like many young gays, I tried to commit suicide because I didn’t think there was a way out. “[1]

Fortunately, Richard did find a way out and is alive today to tell of it.  Like untold numbers of former homosexuals who wished to live in compliance with the natural and written laws of their faith, to avoid the devastating medical consequences of the behavior,  or to simply lead a normal, fruitful life.  If ever there was a truly fundamental right, it is the right to self-determination.

Unfortunately, for those seeking change there are also those who would deny them that right to their own self-determination.  Whether motivated by their shame in a failure to change, a lack of desire to change, negative experiences in attempting to change or for purely political purposes, the homosexual lobby itself leads the charge in denying the right to self-determination in order to advance their own ideology hoping for politically protected legal status based on unproven claims of a physiological basis for homosexuality which would justify such protections.  Even as the American Psychological Association recently updated its official statement based on cumulative research to admit,

“There is no consensus among scientists about the exact reasons that an individual develops a heterosexual, bisexual, gay, or lesbian orientation. Although much research has examined the possible genetic, hormonal, developmental, social, and cultural influences on sexual orientation, no findings have emerged that permit scientists to conclude that sexual orientation is determined by any particular factor or factors.”  ~ American Psychological Association [2]

As the APA faces heated criticism from within and without concerning its methods, in particular its inclusion, exclusion and classification of disorders in its Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, which now excludes homosexuality, including from experts such as Dr. Allen Frances, professor emeritus at Duke University, former chairman of the DSM-IV task force, who stated clinical trials “have been a pure disaster from start to finish.”  He called the trials a “fiasco” and accuses the American Psychiatric Association of having “lost its competence and credibility.”[3]


Others like former American Psychological Association President Dr. Nicholas Cummings attest to the fact that,

“I know of ‘hundreds’ of homosexuals who changed their orientation” [4]

and untold numbers of former homosexuals stepping forward to testify to their life’s experience, the homosexual lobby continues to bully and intimidate anyone attempting change.

SPLC Anti-ChristianTo actualize their political goals, the homosexual lobby has employed the dubious services of the far left wing Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) to punitively pursue and harass sexual change therapy groups through legal action.  In “Michael Ferguson et al v. JONAH et al”, currently making its way through the New Jersey court system, the SPLC charges Jewish sexual orientation change organization JONAH with fraudulent practices because client Michael Ferguson and three compatriots failed to experience change in their sexual orientation, even though no such guarantees are offered by JONAH or any legitimate change therapy practitioner, and accusing them of bizarre therapy practices unheard of in the modern sexual orientation change community.  Like any psychological counseling, patient progress varies individually and is largely determined by one’s own commitment to change.    One plaintiff in the case only attended five sessions before quitting while another had a record of speaking glowingly about his JONAH treatment before being recruited by the SPLC as a potential benefactor to the lawsuit.  Involvement with the homosexual behavior lobby has embarrassed and strained the reputation of the once honorable SPLC noted for its defense of racial minorities in past decades.  In what can only be described as a desperate bid to maintain relevance in a racially modern America, the SPLC has mired itself in the defense of the medically unhealthy[5], and often fluid and unwanted condition of homosexuality.

While political activism in California and New Jersey managed to implement bans on therapists offering treatment for unwanted same-sex attraction, reviews of the science and testimonies in Washington, Virginia and Maryland have resulted rejection of bans on providing therapy to those who desire it.  New Jersey’s ban drew particular attention when the lobby’s primary witness was investigated and discovered to have lied about attending therapy, the existence of the supposed therapist and harsh treatment techniques under the non-existent therapist.  Both legitimate therapists and the Ohio Secretary of State, where the treatment was to have been provided, verified that no such therapy or therapist exists.[6]  Meanwhile, the SPLC’s reputation continues to suffer the deeper it wades into the mire the homosexual lobby’s deception has created by naming any organization offering sexual orientation therapy or any organization maintaining Christian ethics towards homosexual behavior as “hate groups”.  As a result of their unscientific and blind leftist ideological attacks, officials in two states have called for investigations into SPLC activities and methods.  In Hawaii, officials have filed an ethics complaint and accused the SPLC of bribing teachers with $250 payments to adopt SPLC lessons attacking Christians and conservative groups into their lesson plans.[7][8]  At the same time, legislators in Virginia have taken the SPLC to court over their smearing of conservative and religious groups via their “hate group” label due to their pro-family and pro-marriage positions.  The court has subpoenaed “all written criteria, guidelines, bylaws or rules used by Southern Poverty Law Center to designate organizations or groups as ‘hate groups’ from the inception of the Southern Poverty Law Center to the present date.”[9]

Probably most damaging and embarrassing for the SPLC was the recent peer-reviewed study by North Texas University identifying the SPLC as being little more than left wing hacks by displaying the bigotry and “hate” which they are accusing Christian and pro-family groups of participating in.[10]  As our scientific understanding of homosexuality advances and an increasing number of ex-gays and successful sexual orientation change therapists come to public awareness, the SPLC seems to have made an odd choice in choosing the oppressing side.

These activities may have played a role in the unceremonious dumping of the SPLC and the Anti-Defamation League as resources by the FBI who did so without comment, a devastating blow to their validity and significance.  The SPLC’s antagonism was largely blamed for a targeted shooting spree at the Family Research Council headquarters by a homosexualist supporter in August of 2012.[11]

As for those choosing to change their lives, including their sexual orientation, it remains their choice alone.

John Ozanich is a Advisory Board member of Voice of the Voiceless and a former United States Marine Corps Anti-Terrorism Strike Team member with a seminary doctorate in Biblical Egyptology. John authors articles on religious history, constitutional issues, science, and religion.He has been awarded the IBM Authorship Award. He is a licensed and ordained minister with the United New Testament Church and an award winning professional computer network design architect and I/T project manager who has worked for a variety of Fortune 500 companies.

[1] Confessions of a Former Homosexual
By Richard Weller
March 28, 2002

http://www.newswithviews.com/psychology/psychology2.htm
[2] American Psychological Association
‘A Better Understanding Of Sexual Orientation and Homosexuality’
http://www.apa.org/topics/sexuality/sorientation.pdf
[3] “Dr. Allen Frances, professor emeritus at Duke University, who was actually the chairman of the DSM-IV task force, asserts in a recent blog published that the clinical trials that supposedly determined whether the new DSM V is a good and accurate guide “have been a pure disaster from start to finish.”  He calls the trials a “fiasco” and accuses the American Psychiatric Association of having “lost its competence and credibility.”
November 07, 2012
http://www.foxnews.com/health/2012/11/05/leading-psychiatrists-question-psychiatry-diagnostic-manual/
[4] Certification of Dr. Nicholas Cummings, Ph.D., Sc.D.
Superior Court of New Jersey
Michael Ferguson et al v. JONAH et al, May 3rd, 2013
http://www.consciencedefense.org/contents/media/Nicholas_Cummings_Declaration.pdf
[5] American Medical Association
‘Understand Important GLBT Health Issues’
http://www.ama-assn.org//ama/pub/about-ama/our-people/member-groups-sections/glbt-advisory-committee/glbt-resources/understand-lgbt-issues.page
[6] Witness Lies about “Conversion Therapy”
PolitickerNJ, April 1st, 2013
http://www.politickernj.com/64358/witness-lies-about-conversion-therapy
[7] ‘Legislator Accuses SPLC of Bribing Teachers to Teach Anti-Christian Curriculum’
14 March 2014
http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2014/03/12/Leftist-Group-Teaches-Five-Year-Olds-about-Gay-Penquins
[8] KBGM CBS, Hawaii
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=enbu5SgLYw8&hd=1
[9] Southern Poverty Law Center’s Criteria for Naming ‘Hate Groups’ Subpoenaed
March 7th, 2014
http://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/barbara-hollingsworth/southern-poverty-law-centers-criteria-naming-hate-groups
[10] ‘Watching the Watchers: The Neglect of Academic Analysis of Progressive Groups
North Texas University, 2014
http://www.docstoc.com/docs/167498973/Academic%20Defense%20of%20FRC
[11] The Southern Poverty Law Center, which has labeled several Washington, D.C.-based family organizations as “hate groups” for favoring traditional marriage, has been dumped as a “resource” on the FBI‘s Hate Crime Web page, a significant rejection of the influential legal group.
MARCH 26, 2014
http://washingtonexaminer.com/shocker-fbi-dumps-southern-poverty-law-center-as-hate-crime-watchdog-partner/article/2546305

 

NALT Project is the New Headless Horseman

After weeks and weeks of video diaries galloping across the internet by gay affirmation proponents who insist they’re different than most other Christians, the religious flavored protest group “Not All Like That” (NALT), still has an insurmountable problem: its headless. That’s frightful imagery but nonetheless true. Since its never easy to talk about the gritty machinations of false religious movements, brace yourself. As a minister and pastor for some 22 years now, I’m obligated by the integrity of my profession to give it to you straight.

The co-founders of NALT are 98% of the reason it already reeks like rotting flesh. Permit me a brief moment to introduce them.

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John Shore and Wayne Besen, Co-Founders of NALT

NALT was hatched by notorious exgay witch hunter Wayne Besen. Besen appears to be expanding his hate franchise with solicited religious progay testimonies. Consequently, NALT’s frame was patterned after another internet video diary model called “It gets better”. Besen is Jewish and has only limited third party knowledge of [real] Christianity.

The other founding collaborator of NALT is liberal theologian, John Shore. Shore and his wife, Catherine, believe God must be “irrational, unbiblical, unfair, and un-Christian” because the Bible condemns homosexual practice. It’s this bizarre religious platform that has attracted the like-minded moths to the flame. Shore envisions himself as a crusader for fairness. He must dutifully clean up the mess God has made. This notion of “rescuing Christianity” from the boogeyman fundamentalists amps up the sword weilding causes of people like Shore. Ergo, like some medieval henchman, Besen was a good fit for him.

NALT’s official narrative/parrotive is “Christians proclaiming their belief in full LGBT equality”. Shore claims the purpose of The NALT Christians Project is to give LGBT-affirming Christians a platform to share the belief that there’s nothing wrong with two men having sex with each other. Or two women. Or any of the other emerging variations of new sexual “orientations” that they keep inventing. All in childish error I might add. Its just all about love. Making it “all about love” is a very convenient tool for LGBT affirmers. It allows them to handily dismiss pesky biblical admonitions about sexual purity, moral requirements, obedience to Christ and fidelity to truth as outdated legalism.

Which brings us to the headlessness. The scriptures are very clear as to who’s the head of the church.

“He [Christ] is also head of the body, the church; and He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that He Himself will come to have first place in everything.” (Colossians 1:18)

So how do Christians who claim to be speaking for Christ, allow someone who denies Christ is the head of the church (or the Messiah for that matter) to lead them? How do you ignore such a foundational tenet of Christian doctrine unless of course, you’re only a holiday and special occasion Christian? Instead of helping homosexuals, NALT actually leads them down a murky path where they too could lose their heads…and their souls.

When people who externally identify as Christian advocate such foreign concepts, it only proves the prophetic ticking of the clock is right on time. Its nothing to be alarmed about, unless you’ve been hidden away in the type of liberal church that treats large sections of the bible like a black conservative at an NAACP meeting. Don’t be alarmed, as we have been forewarned that such times –and people– would make their appearance.

“For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.” (2 Tim 4:3-4)

And that’s really what NALT is peddling. Cute fables and clever ditties that satisfy the itching ears of those who don’t recognize Christ as head. The lust to justify the unjustifiable has repositioned people like John and Catherine Shore to be played like pawns on a board game.

Even the anti-theists (Besen’s core constituency) rebuffed NALT’s efforts. They are still extremely hostile to the whole gay affirming Christian thing.

NALT’s collaborators are finding out that trying to sell extra sweet gay affirming religion to its atheist foot soldiers is a steep climb. The videos were initially met with cold silence which gave way to fits of virulent anti-religion, anti-Christian bigotry.

We should give NALT credit for wanting to reassure some people that Christians are not against them per se. But NALT applies a scorched earth policy to such a noble concept: indiscriminately damning God, his truth and most importantly all the rest of us who believe that our Father didn’t make a mistake when he created the complimentary expression of male and female sexuality. Without God’s divine headship, homosexuality in man is like a ship without a sail, drifting aimlessly out into open waters and dangerous storms. It’s like a body without a head. That’s why there’s really nothing special about NALT. It’s just another sad reminder that the mutating contemporary church is still drifting away from God who tells us neither He nor His word will ever change or pass away. We must love the Nalties, but long after they are dead and forgotten, the truth will remain alive and vibrant. (Malachi 3:6, Luke 21:33, Isaiah 40:8)

Pastor Darryl L. (DL) Foster is the Co-Founder of Voice of the Voiceless and an ordained minister, husband, father, and self-described abolitionist pastor. In 1990, he left homosexuality to follow Christ and subsequently  founded Witness Ministries, Inc. a prominent Christian outreach focused on helping people of color gain their freedom in Christ. In 2010, he also founded and organized the Overcomers Network, an Atlanta based EXGLBT empowerment organization with chapters in 12 US cities.