Spring Awakening (musical) From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia “..is a rock musical with music by Duncan Sheik and a book and lyrics by Steven Sater. It is based on the German play Spring Awakening (1891) by Frank Wedekind. Set in late-19th-century Germany, the musical tells the story of teenagers discovering the inner and outer tumult of teenage sexuality. In the musical, alternative rock is employed as part of the folk-infused rock score…”
All That’s Known: Facts about Spring Awakening Posted on July 9, 2015 by Victoria Barber musicalstagecompany.com “..We are Totally…. Psyched to see how this show plays out on Broadway, and are excited to share some hidden gems that you might not have known…
Spring Awakening is based on the highly controversial and oft-censored 1891 play by German playwright Frank Wedekind. Spring Awakening was Frank Wedekind’s first play. He had it published at his own expense in 1891, but it was not performed until Wedekind started his own repertory company in 1906. The first production in the United States took place in 1912, but since the play was in German it failed to attract widespread interest. The play was finally performed in English in 1917. The debut performance almost didn’t take place because the New York City Commissioner of Licenses tried to shut it down, claiming that the play was pornographic in nature. Almost immediately, Wedekind was able to secure an injunction from the Supreme Court that allowed the play to go on. Unfortunately, the audience seemed to agree with the Commissioner, and the play closed after a single show…”
SPRING AWAKENING Press Reel
I thought the cast at the University of Minnesota-Morris theater group did a superb job “performance” wise. They are one very talented group (e.g. singing and acting)!
During one of the scenes when the student was going to tell his dad the “bad” news that he ‘ll be expelled or something. He was seen as a “failure” and “embarassment” to his dad, which he would get physically abused. Unfortunately, he would commit suicide. This brought up my indirect experience in high school when 3 classmates from my class were killed in different ways (one commited suicide too with a gun). This also brought me to one of the scenes from an old school movie called “Dead Poets Society”..
Dead poet society Neil Perry and his father – YouTube
Parents and their children need to “dialogue” with each other! Share how you feel and listen to each other-two way communication!
Dead Poets Society – Neil’s Suicide (original)
Dealing with Sensitive Themes Onstage artsedge.kennedy-center.org
Navigating the risks and rewards of controversial themes in school theaters “..Shorewood’s educational leadership sees these productions as social and educational investments rather than risks, suggests King. “First of all, students love performing these titles. So, the excitement level of students can’t be underestimated. A title can draw more students into the arts. Secondly, the social themes in these musicals are perfectly relevant to teenagers— homelessness, homophobia, child abuse, physical abuse, etc. ..”
*see Neutral Perspective: Same-Sex Marriage goodnewseverybodycom.wordpress.com Spring Awakening at ANU Arts Centre is a rock musical about teen angst Ron Cerabona November 6 2016 – 3:18PM esperanceexpress.com.au “The 2006 musical, Spring Awakening, is set in late 19th-century Germany, but its themes are close to being timeless and universal. Co-director Grant Pegg says, “It’s a show about teenage issues in general. It traverses every teenage issue you could imagine – sexuality, suicide, relationships, rebellion, authority, school, sex, friendship.”
These teenagers are growing up in a deeply religious community in 1891. Melchior (played by Callum Bodman) and Wendla (Kaitlin Nihill) have known each other since childhood but are developing strange new feelings for each other that they don’t know how to explain or handle. Melchior’s anxious friend Moritz (Pip Carroll) is particularly disturbed by the dreams he has been having. And Ernst (Jake Willis) and Hanschen (Lachlan Agett) are developing a relationship that goes beyond friendship…
*see Struggling with Sexual Temptation goodnewseverybodycom.wordpress.com
Theater and Broadway with an added Christian perspective. reflectionsinthelight.blogspot.com “… Melchior’s carefree behavior and rebellion are a catalyst for much of the show’s action (and the character is ably portrayed by McKenzie). He wonders about the origin of shame and believes that it is a product of education. He encourages close friend Moritz to embrace his sensual dreams and introduces Wendla to sex at his “special thinking place” while indulging her need to be punished. Her fate involves an abortion and death.
A friend, driven to achieve success by uncaring parents dies “Left Behind” the scene is very moving and effectively staged.
To take in the excellent performances, however, you need to be prepared for potentially offensive content. The show posts a Mature rating and contains nudity and all kinds of sexual activity. Some of the titles of the songs are so explicit that I can’t list them here. …..”
*see Neutral Perspective: Abortion and Pro-Life goodnewseverybodycom.wordpress.com
What to say about … Spring Awakening theguardian.com
You haven’t seen the teen musical sensation, but you can still regale your friends with tales of masturbation, sadism and body-popping – all stolen from the critics ‘..Now unfold the plot: the musical is set in the late 19th century and concerns itself with troubled puberty confronting strict bourgeois morality, you say, paraphrasing the Guardian. “We follow the linked fates of three teenage school pupils. Moritz is so tormented by sex and harried by exam pressure that he is driven to suicide. His rebellious friend, Melchior, unwarily impregnates a 14-year-old girl. Wendla, the innocent in question, dies in the course of an illegal abortion. Other pupils find release in masturbation and same-sex friendships but the show, like the play, remains an attack on a repressive, puritan culture.” Pause. Regain your enthusiasm. Then explode: “You’d have to be a dedicated churl, prude or bigot not to rejoice in the final sentiments and the final anthem” (Independent)…”
After listening to this podcast S2E4 – Jesus Jukes , from youtube.com “Published on Jan 11, 2017
You seem interested in what people want, but what about what God wants? You just got Jesus Juked! Bobby and John explore what, why, and how not to apply Jesus Jukes into your conversations. We chit-chat about a heartwarming story from Red Lake Falls and a touch a little more into Christians and politics. Our segment today: Would you rather – Jesus edition.
This was supposed to be episode 5, but recording for episode 4 didn’t happen, so 5 now became 4. Which means, we skipped a step in John’s Coffee Corner, but trust me, it’s still good.
…my friends co-host together, it made me “search” on this topic..
Our usual weekly news video is taking a short break, and will be back soon.
So over the next few weeks, we’re going to bring you a serialised talk by Wayne Grudem entitled; Does ‘political’ involvement distract from the gospel?
Wayne says there are 5 wrong views of Christian influence on politics, and one right view.
This week he explores his first ‘wrong’ view; – Government should compel religion.”
*should we do “evangelism” or “politics”?
How Do We ‘Respect’ Authority We Disagree With?
POSTED ONNOVEMBER 14, 20166 MINUTE READSCOTT SAULS relevantmagazine.com “..But while we can (and should) feel strongly about different political and social issues, as Christians, we’re called to respond to authority with respect. Rather than bucking the system, sticking it to the man, insulting or talking back, Christians are taught in the Bible to respond to authority with honor. This starts with honoring God, who holds authority over the whole universe….
What About Government and Politics?
The Bible also says Christians should honor, respect, pray for and obey authorities in positions of government. This can be challenging for all of us, especially during a heated political season like the one we are in now. And yet, because politics are so heated, the season we are in presents Christians with a unique opportunity to live counter-culturally to the typical partisan spin and vitriol…
5. Ask Yourself the Most Important Question
In consideration of Matthew and Simon living in community together under Jesus, we should wrestle with the following question:
For whom do I feel greater affection?
1. People who agree my politics but don’t share my faith? Or…
2. People who share my faith but don’t agree with my politics?..”
If You Could Respect Authority That Would Be Great (Romans 13:1-10 …
I’m still adding to this , so feel free to come back. Thanks for checking this blog out! 🙂
“..Sabal Trail Transmission, LLC (“Sabal Trail”), a joint venture of Spectra Energy Corp. NextEra Energy, Inc. and Duke Energy, is an approximately 515-mile interstate natural gas pipeline to provide transportation services for power generation needs to Florida Power and Light (“FPL”) and Duke Energy of Florida (“DEF”) by the end of June 2017.
The Sabal Trail underground pipeline will bring additional affordable, clean natural gas supplies to Florida, while increasing the reliability of the region’s energy delivery system and positively impacting the economy in the Southeast region of the United States, specifically Alabama, Florida and Georgia. The Sabal Trail project will provide economic stimulus in the form of increased tax revenue and local jobs. According to an economic study, the pipeline project will immediately create jobs for hardworking men and women in these three states, with the end product being capable of transporting over 1 billion cubic feet per day or more of natural gas to serve local distribution companies, industrial users and natural gas-fired power generators in the Southeast markets.
..” Fort Drum Creek Destruction for the Sabal Trail Methane Gas Pipeline , from youtube.com “Published on Jan 6, 2017
Destruction happening during Sabal Trail Pipeline construction in Florida. This is a 3 foot pipeline that will carry dangerous methane gas across the beautiful state of Florida. #stopsabaltrail
Sabal Trail Pipeline: What you need to know , from youtube.com Japan’s Shift to Renewable Energy Loses Power By Mayumi Negishi
September 14, 2016 wsj.com
After the disaster at the Fukushima nuclear plant, the country set ambitious targets. What happened? “…“Whether or not Japan embraces nuclear again, we need to reduce the role of petroleum-based fuels, and to do so, we need far more renewables than we’re on track to achieve,” says Shinichi Suzuki, secretary-general of the Japan Photovoltaic Energy Association…” Fracked gas through Sabal Trail to Japan spectrabusters.org Thousands of Sabal Trail Pipeline protesters will gather at Suwannee River this weekend
Posted By Nick Wills on Tue, Jan 10, 2017 at 12:49 PM orlandoweekly.com “..In 2016, The Florida Legislature Office of Economic and Demographic Research projected that Florida would finally breach the 20 million population milestone, which would result in an increase in energy usage. Renewable energy sources, like wind and solar, are not keeping pace with the population growth and has led to the state looking elsewhere for a more sustainable future.
Oil pipelines have not held the cleanest of reputations as of late, despite the fact that they are 70 times safer, accident-wise, than freighter trucks. Incidents may be fewer but the impact of an accident with the pipeline would be far more detrimental to the surrounding public and nature.
In the past protest meetings have been held in Miami, Orlando, Jacksonville and Tampa. ..”
Natural Gas Pipeline in Southeast Sparks Environmental Justice Outcry By Christiana Lilly On 9/7/16 at 12:30 PM newsweek.com “..The Bells are just one of many families in Alabama, Georgia, and Florida who are being impacted by the Sabal Trail Transmission, a $3 billion project with the goal of beginning service by May 1, 2017. The 515-mile pipeline would help power Florida’s growing energy demand—more than 60 percent of the Sunshine State’s utilities are reliant on gas.
Behind the project are Spectra Energy Corp, NextEra Energy, Inc., and Duke Energy; the natural gas will be provided to Florida Power and Light, owned by NextEra and Duke.
Sabal Trail is one of a number of controversial pipeline projects under construction across the country. In North Dakota, a coalition of Native American tribes are fighting to stop a 1,170-mile oil pipeline that would run through sacred grounds and near important water sources.
John Quarterman of the WWALS Watershed Coalition environmental group in Georgia said the public was told such accidents were not possible.
“So what else can happen that they said couldn’t happen?” Quarterman asked. “And why should we take that risk or any risk for this pipeline that has never been of any benefit to the state?”
The bentonite clay in the discharged drilling mud can deplete oxygen in the river that aquatic life needs to survive, Quarterman’s group says. He said he’s also concerned that drilling could cause cave systems to collapse and cause more discharges into rivers and the Floridan Aquifer, the source of drinking water for the region.
Bert Langley, director of compliance at the Georgia Environmental Protection Division in Atlanta, said the pressurized drilling mud apparently surfaced through a crevice in the bedrock beneath the river bottom. While technically the release of any drilling mud is a permit violation, Langley said, he noted that the company acted quickly to contain the discharge and there has been no additional releases.
“We are going to monitor it a little bit,” he said. “As long as things continue the way they are, I doubt we will take any action as far as an enforcement action.”
The Sabal Trail pipeline, a joint venture of Spectra Energy, Duke Energy and the parent company of Florida Power & Light Co., will extend 515 miles from central Alabama to Osceola County in Central Florida. The company began construction in August after receiving required permits but it faces continued opposition from groups, including the Sierra Club.
Environmentalists have filed federal lawsuits to try to block the Sabal Trail pipeline, claiming it’s a threat to rivers and the Floridan Aquifer.
Pray, educate yourself and others, and see how you can #makeaidifference directly or indirectly..
Fellow Floridians, it’s time to have a serious talk. While we’ve been looking the other way, there have been machinations devised and put into action to both rape our ecological resources and dupe the citizens of this state out of their rights and finances. The Sabal Trail Pipeline is 515 miles of potential disaster waiting just a few feet below the ground. Mind you, the United States has over 2.5 MILLION miles of these pipelines crossing the country, and just recently we heard news from Alabama regarding a similar structure that caused a significant disaster. The area of North Florida that the pipeline is traversing runs right through the most exposed part of the Floridan aquifer as well as through karst limestone which has a tendency to be unstable. Further, this pipeline represents a 3.2 BILLION DOLLAR investment into an archaic and soon-to-be-obsolete source of energy; it’s also not a source of local jobs, as all of the materials, workers… everything down to the Port-a-Lets come from out-of-state. As Floridians, we have absolutely ZERO vested interest in these pipelines—they offer no economic incentive in any form and the citizens of the state are the ones bearing all of the risk and damages.
This is what we all need to do: support the Stop Sabal Trail Pipeline movement as well as all of the other grassroots activist groups fighting to stop corporate intrusion into our right to a clean and safe Earth to live on. Follow all of these groups on social media, and lend your support in any way possible. The time is NOW to take action—we do not have a single moment left to spare. In the Gilchrist County area, there’s the Water is Life Camp run by the organization linked below, or you can also check out the Sacred Water Camp close by in Suwannee County. Both of these sites are a short drive from Gainesville, and even a shorter drive from Lake City. TOGETHER we can ALL make a difference. #WaterIsLife #StopTheSabalTrailPipeline #SSP #SaveFloridaWatersNow
Many people were open on social network about sharing their “feelings” on the results of the recent U.S. Presidential election this week. It saddens me of how people can get “profane” on their reaction to the results from both sides. I decided to do this blog to help form a “peaceful” dialogue below and to help understand each others’ background-views on “why” they voted the way they did. Instead of jumping to conclusions and labeling one another just because of who they voted, let’s better understand each others’ background and reason..
I’m open to admit that I voted “3rd Party”, which I have in the past 3 Presidential elections for various reasons (e.g. hypocrisy). As a “Christian”, I believe no party is more “Christian” than the other. Some might disagree with me with this statement, so feel free to reply below and I’ll share my personal reasons for each “platform issue”. There are some values I’m personally “for” in both parties, but same with “against”. I even took a personal online survey (similar to this one-> Where Do You Fit in the Political Typology? ) that put me in the “middle”, which is why I voted 3rd Party.
Why did people vote for Donald Trump? Voters explain theguardian.com “…I believe Trump will be a good president because he knows how to make deals, deals that will make America prosperous again. We need to bring our nation together. I like the fact that all three branches are controlled by the same party, now we can get down to the business of straightening out our country, taking care of our people, our veterans, getting the economy moving again and repealing Obamacare…”
Hillary Clinton Is a Dangerous Choice for Voters Against Abortion (A Response to Eric Sapp)
By Dr. Richard D. Land , CP Exclusive Oct 3, 2016 | 7:23 AM christianpost.com “..Yes, Hillary once advocated that abortion should be “safe, legal, and rare.” However, Mrs. Clinton is accused of supporting late-term abortion because she supports abortion of “precious unborn children” under any circumstances up to the moment of full birth. Speaking of “reproductive rights,” Mrs. Clinton’s preferred euphemism for abortion, she declared that “deep-seated cultural codes, religious beliefs, and structural biases have to be changed.” That sounds chillingly like government coercion to abandon deeply held pro-life religious convictions…”
–Obama’s Culture of Life: The Abortion Rate Has Fallen 13% Under This President By Sarah Jones on Mon, Feb 3rd, 2014 at 10:28 am politicususa.com “..Abortion rate peaked in 1981 under former President Reagan (though he had just taken office), and is at the lowest rate since 1973 as of 2011, under President Obama. The abortion rate had been falling until it “stalled” between 2005 and 2008, under former President Bush.
According to a new study by Guttmacher, the abortion rate fell by 13% under Obama. Declines were the steepest in the Midwest and West, and “less steep yet noteworthy” in the South and Northeast (emphasis mine):
This is what happens when a party uses an emotional issue as a get out the vote tactic but does not really care about actually ending abortion at all. After all, even if they make abortion illegal it will still go on, it will just be unsafe and harm many women. Republicans don’t want the issue of abortion to go away, because it is one of the few ways they can get their evangelical base out to vote. They had better hope the base never catches on to the truth.
This also suggests that Democrats and Obama are not necessarily “pro abortion” as the Republicans like to charge. Quite the opposite. While they are pro freedom for women to make their own medical decisions, they also seek to help women avoid these tough decisions by making birth control accessible. If we want to deal in reality, it’s Republicans who are “pro abortion”, as their policies lead to more abortions, not less.
So here we have President Obama’s Culture of Life, which fits in nicely next to his badge for being fiscally responsible, getting Osama bin Laden, and getting the stock market to record levels. “
#ClintonNation: This is why Americans are voting for Hillary Clinton Rick Hampson , USA TODAY 12:28 p.m. EDT July 25, 2016 usatoday.com “..Many, however, regard Clinton as more than a gender pioneer, and more than the better candidate this year. “She has probably the most experience of any man or woman ever nominated,” declared Rod Washington, 40, a Monroe, La., public relations professional.
She couldn’t be more qualified, said Jeanne Cumby, 54, of Asheville, N.C., “unless she’d been to the moon.”
To sing her praises, supporters recite her résumé — Yale Law School, children’s advocate, first lady, U.S. senator, 2008 presidential candidate, secretary of state. “Hillary has been there, done that, and wrote the book on a lot of things,” said the Rev. Dennis Ross Sr., 56, a Memphis pastor…”
eight-lies-progressives-were-told-about-what-will-happen-if-trump-wins, inquisitr.com “..I’m so angry right now. A lot of good-hearted progressives are needlessly trembling with fear today, and it’s all the fault of the despicable tactics run for a year and a half by the amoral Clinton campaign. There were many lies that were told to frighten Americans into voting in support of Hillary, concocted by the neoliberal think tank and reported as fact by the corporate media (with at least some modicum of moderation and accountability) and by paid internet shills (with absolutely none). They brutalized the American psyche with baseless fearmongering, and people are still suffering from it for no good reason…
1. “The Supreme Court will be set back 30 years and Roe vs. Wade will be repealed if you don’t support Hillary Clinton!”
No, it won’t. People made this argument over and over again as though America has never had a Republican president before. As Commander-in-Chief, an American president has a lot more power over U.S. foreign policy than they do over domestic policy. Despite Trump’s assurances to his Republican base that he will help make America the only major country to ban abortion, he simply doesn’t have the ability to do this…
3. “Trump will start World War Three if you don’t elect Hillary Clinton!”
Trump has, in fact, run the least hawkish presidential campaign in recent Republican history, pushing a platform of non-interventionism and diplomacy. Instead of going to war with Russia or starting a proxy war in Syria, he wants to collaborate with Russia to fight terrorism, and he’s said North Korea is China’s problem. He’s surely said some gross things, and he’s surely done some unethical things, but he’s never killed anyone and seems to possess a normal human being’s respect for the value of human life. That’s a trait we haven’t seen in a U.S. president for a long, long time. He wants to make deals and “get along with everybody,” a position he reiterated in his victory speech last night.
4. “You’ll bring fascism/Nazism to America if you don’t elect Hillary Clinton!”…
6. Trump will immediately deport 11 million immigrants unless you vote for Hillary Clinton!”
Trump walked back on this promise months ago and now espouses a position much like that of Obama, who has deported more immigrants than any other president without any complaint from the Democrats. Donald Trump is a WWE Hall-of-Famer who knows how to work a crowd and get people on his side; he’s not an idiot. Nobody’s going to wage a war on 11 million people in a country of 319 million. Here’s an article from The Atlantic about Trump’s actual position now that he’s got the Republicans on his side…”
Remarks: Please don’t let this campaign or any future political elections ruin any close loving relationships! I remember a good friend of mine that I lost just because I told him who I was going to vote for, which we never sat down for a “dialogue” to express our side-of-the-story on “why” we felt a particular way for the candidate or political party we were supporting…
The Choice 2016 (full film) | FRONTLINE https://youtu.be/s7uScWHcTzk “FRONTLINE PBS | Official
Published on Sep 27, 2016
The dueling stories of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump as they battle for the presidency.
Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are two of the most polarizing presidential candidates in modern history. Veteran FRONTLINE filmmaker Michael Kirk goes beyond the headlines to investigate what has shaped these two candidates, where they came from, how they lead and why they want one of the most difficult jobs imaginable.
Published on Dec 4, 2012 “College freshman, Alexandra Kogut, was brutally beaten to death in her dorm room. Police say the 18-year-old suffered sever trauma to her upper body. Her longtime boyfriend, 21-year-old Clayton Whittemore, was arrested and charged with her murder.Clayton was visiting Alex that weekend and Alex sent a mysterious tweet hours before police say she was killed. It said simply âshouldâve knownâ. What was she trying to say? For more informaton please visit http://www.hlntv.com/video/2012/10/02…..”
Dateline, Twitter take on Kogut slaying Todd Clausen, Staff writer 10:34 p.m. EST January 4, 2015 democratandchronicle.com “…During the case, the defense argued that Whittemore lost control of himself because he was in the throes of an “extreme emotional disturbance” the night he killed Kogut. The disturbance, they said, was fueled by Whittemore’s abuse-filled childhood…”
After watching this episode, I questioned myself-“If Whittemore had some prior counseling of his abusive father in his upbringing, could all this been prevented?”
It seems like people who grew-up in a abusive environment, some take it to their own future partners/relationships? What can be done?
“…”Our theory was, his anger was building, building and perhaps fueled by alcohol,” District Attorney Sandra Doorley said on the show. “We never discounted his past, but that doesn’t excuse what he did.”…”
Was alcohol Whittemore’s “escape” to his abusive post-traumatic past?
“…And while the college has opened a center to raise awareness of dating violence, and a Purple Pink Foundation began to do much of the same, according to the show, those close to Kogut never thought Whittemore was capable of such an act. Purple was Kogut’s favorite color…”
Domestic violence as prevalent for college students as sexual assault, BY Jake New, Inside Higher Ed December 2, 2014 at 11:32 AM EDT pbs.org “On Black Friday, Nadia Ezaldein, a University of Chicago student, was working at a Chicago Nordstrom when her ex-boyfriend entered the store, found her in the accessories department, and shot her to death. It was her 22nd birthday.
A day earlier, on Thanksgiving, Shannon Jones, a student at Cornell University, was allegedly strangled to death by her boyfriend during an argument. Police described the murder as a “domestic incident.”
The two cases are not the only abusive relationships to end in the death of a college student in recent months. In October, Cecilia Lam, a San Francisco State University student and advocate for the prevention of domestic violence, was shot and killed by her ex-boyfriend. Last month, Diamoney Greene, a student at the University of South Carolina, was killed by her boyfriend. Both killings were murder-suicides…..”
Autopsy shows Millersville freshman was beaten to death, boyfriend charged
By Associated Press February 9, 2015 4:55 pm college.usatoday.com “..Orrostieta told police he and Hall, 18, of Chadds Ford, had argued at a party Saturday night and she had hit him, the affidavit said. They made up before returning to the dorm at around 1:30 a.m. and arguing again, the affidavit said. Stedman declined to say if there was a history of abuse in the relationship…”
Are you a college student? Do you have any similar stories/experiences like the “victims” above?
Brittney Griner, Glory Johnson and the WNBA’s domestic violence problem By Justin Wm. Moyer April 24 2015 “…Or, in the case of the Women’s National Basketball Association: not. After two engaged WNBA stars — Phoenix Mercury star Brittney Griner and the Tulsa Shock’s Glory Johnson — were arrested after a domestic dispute Wednesday, some are asking why the WNBA has not been scrutinized as closely as the NFL, the NBA and other professional sports leagues for what may be an endemic problem….”
Ex-NFL star Ray Rice’s domestic violence charges dismissed
Reuters By Steve Ginsburg
May 21, 2015 12:27 PM sports.yahoo.com ” (Reuters) – A New Jersey judge on Thursday dismissed domestic violence charges against Ray Rice brought against the former National Football League star for knocking unconscious the woman he later married after Rice completed a pretrial intervention program….
What Church Leaders Can Do to Address Domestic Abuse By Lynette Hoy Published 12/1/2011 Domestic Violence Rating: counselcareconnection.org “…HOY: Domestic violence is the number one public health issue facing women and children in the U.S. today. Seventy-five percent of calls to 911 are related to domestic violence. The following statistics demonstrate the pervasiveness of this crime: ..” “…HOY: Churches have an opportunity to be at the forefront of intervention and prevention of abuse! Pastors and church leaders may be the first to hear about abuse or identify a victim. Not only can they help the victim access help, safety, and resources, but leaders can hold men accountable for changing abusive and controlling types of behavior.
Domestic violence and abuse are sinful patterns that need to be confronted. Pastors and leaders can address the wrong theology about headship issues, which may exacerbate power and control issues that lead to abuse in relationships. Men with power, control, and anger issues need to be confronted. The church can be an effective change agent. They can educate men and women in the roles of husbands and wives. They can emphasize love and respect in marriage. Women need to be taught how to apply assertiveness and boundaries in their relationships. ….
My Abusive “Christian” Marriage todayschristianwoman.com “… Counselors and pastors made many appeals for Tom to be accountable to other men for handling his rage. These attempts to stop the abuse were unsuccessful, and, nearly two years after Tom threw me into our daughter’s room, I made the decision to separate. I wanted restoration, and I knew that if Tom and I separated, divorce was possible—but I needed to do what was best for my daughter’s and my health and safety. I wondered how divorce would affect my daughter. I also knew how the church viewed divorce and wondered if my church would accept my decision. And worse, I wondered how God would respond to me…”
“…President Carter told Paul Brandeis Raushenbush, senior religion editor of The Huffington Post:
Homosexuality was well known in the ancient world, well before Christ was born and Jesus never said a word about homosexuality. In all of his teachings about multiple things – he never said that gay people should be condemned. I personally think it is very fine for gay people to be married in civil ceremonies. (Emphasis added.)…
“….In Los Angeles, a religious group called Muslims for Progressive Values has been pushing the boundaries with a female imam who performs same-sex and interfaith marriages, support groups for gay Muslims and a worship style that includes women giving sermons and men and women praying together. The group has chapters in half a dozen major U.S. cities and at least six foreign countries and last year was recognized by the United Nations as an official non-governmental organization….
We fully accept all forms of human sexual expression between consenting adults. The Church of Satan has always accepted gay, lesbian and bisexual members since its beginning in 1966. This is addressed in the chapter “Satanic Sex” in The Satanic Bible by Anton Szandor LaVey…” Marilyn Manson, from goodfight.org “…Brian Warner took the first name of a well-known glamour queen (Marilyn Monroe) and the last name of an infamous serial killer (Charles Manson) to come up with the name Marilyn Manson…. Dracula in Drag
…Manson also strongly promotes the unnatural and deviant practice of homosexuality. Manson often dresses like a transvestite and mixes a feminine persona with that of the macabre, appearing like Dracula in drag. Many Satanists seek to promote homosexuality in an attempt to undermine God’s plan for the family. Satanist Aleister Crowley spoke of the family as “Public enemy number one” and also promoted homosexuality among the youth as a way of increasing lawlessness and the break down of the family in the world. In one of Manson’s videos, he shows himself with an Aleister Crowley look alike in a dress, lying with him in various sexual positions. Quite disgusting to say the very least! Manson also has Crowley’s Satanic slogan, “Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the law,” at the beginning of chapter nine of his book, The Long Hard Road Out of Hell. This chapter is entitled, The Rules. Manson has stated that he is seeking to erode the traditional moral value that homosexuality is wrong….”
“..Freemasonry is still a force in America and the world. The fact that this group is evidently biased against women (who cannot join) and biased in favor of homosexual relationships should not go unnoticed, and neither should the fact this group is using its influence to try to impose pro-homosexual “values” on the public. ..” The occultist Illuminati purpose behind the gay agenda in the USA. .abovetopsecret.com Satanic Illuminati Gay Agenda Exposed
Posted: March 7, 2015 in Culture libertasintel.wordpress.com/
“…Same-sex marriage should be accepted both as a matter of justice and as a measure that promotes health.  Marriage as an institution is about stable, long-term relationships, which we know encourage health, reduce the risk of some diseases, and promote healthy families. All health professionals know that in those with chronic and severe illness, care almost always relies in part on family. And when things get really difficult, as when life and death decisions need to be made, physicians know that talking with a patient’s partner is not legally the same as working with a patient’s spouse. Many same-sex couples are now raising children, and the health of those children demands that their parents have the full rights and protection of marriage. In our society, marriage is often essential to obtaining and keeping adequate health insurance coverage for both members of a couple and for their children. More than 1,000 federal benefits are conferred by marriage, among them access to family medical leave, Medicaid, and Veterans Affairs medical services. Some of those benefits, however, are in jeopardy for same-sex spouses in states that do not recognize their union. The current situation — with same-sex marriages, including those in families with children, legally recognized in some states but not others — makes no sense, and the harmful consequences for health are well documented….
In My Shoes: Stories of Youth with LGBT Parents
“..Uploaded on Apr 14, 2011
In a time when LGBT families are debated and attacked in the media, courts and Congress, from school houses to state houses across the country, five young people who are children of LGBT parents give you a chance to walk in their shoes – to hear their own views on marriage, making change, and what it means to be a family. This film was produced by the COLAGE Youth Leadership and Action Program and directed by Jen Gilomen. http://www.colage.org/..
Gay Marriage’s Constitutional Debate
“Published on Mar 26, 2015
Former NYU Law Professor & ACLU LGBT Rights Director Matthew Coles debates Alliance Defending Freedom Sr. Counsel Jeff Shafer on whether the 14th Amendment requires states to license & recognize same-sex marriages.
“…A campaign started for Melissa Klein of Sweet Cakes by Melissa was shut down last week after raising a little over $100,000. The campaign was started by a friend of the Kleins after an Oregon judge ruled the family owed $135,000 to the lesbian couple whose wedding the bakery refused to cater in 2013.
After news broke of the incident, the Kleins were forced to close the bakery after the same-sex couple filed a complaint saying the bakery had discriminated against them because of their sexual orientation.
Shortly after the judge’s ruling, the Kleins announced on Facebook that the $135,000 would not come from the now closed business but would come from personal funds.
“He (the judge) is ordering that we pay $135,000 in emotional damages,” they wrote. “This money will not come from the business, but instead would have to be paid from money that should be going to pay for food and housing for us and our five children… This amount will financially ruin us.”
“…I can, and have, tried to explain the nuances of homophobia in the Black community. I have also taken many white gay organizations to task for their continued arrogance and racism. Why are Black LGBT folks put into a position where we end supporting homophobia by default? How can we get down to the business of organizing to really aggressively confront the intense marginalization, harassment and rampant violence against Black lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in the Black community unless we’re no longer willing to give homophobes cover?
I don’t have to support gay marriage. But I don’t have to give excuses for Black people’s homophobic behavior either…
Obama Wrong to Support Gay Marriage says Dr. Tony Evans
“The goal for Christians should not be homosexuality or even heterosexuality, but instead holy sexuality,“ Yuan said at a recent talk….
“God has clearly set out what holy sexuality means. God gives us two options for holy sexuality: if we are single, then abstinence and if we are married, then faithfulness (and God has very clearly proscribed marriage to be with a man and a woman).
Therefore, my goal has never been to become straight. Because if I become straight, then I would begin lusting after women (which is a sin) and I would still have to focus on holy sexuality. My goal is holiness,” he wrote on his blog. ..”
“…Gay marriage is totally prohibited in Islam as well as in all the divine religions. Gay marriage is an atrocious and obscene act which belongs to unsound nature. Islam teaches that believers should neither do the obscene acts nor in any way indulge in their propagation. Allah says, “Those who love (to see) obscenity published broadcast among the Believers will have a grievous Penalty in this life and in the Hereafter: Allah knows, and you know not.” (An-Nur 24:19).. SHOCKING TRUTH About ORLANDO SHOOTING Mainstream Media Isn’t Telling You !!!
“Published on Jun 12, 2016
Over 50 people were killed at a gay club called The Pulse in Orlando, FL in the largest mass shooting in recent U.S. history. The man responsible for the shooting, Omar Sadiqqui Mateen, has now been identified as an Islamic fundamentalist and supporter of ISIS. This goes to show the potential dangers of the religion of Islam. True, not all Muslims are terrorists, but a lot of terrorists are Muslims! The fact that the Quran is full of verses inciting Muslims to violence against infidels, Christians, Jews, and homosexuals doesn’t help. Islam is not a religion of peace
Donald Trump gloated on Twitter about the attack, saying he was right about Islamic terrorism all along, which resulted in a negative backlash. And people took to social media and Facebook to share their condolences for the injured and vent their anger against Islamic extremists.
This attack has been part of a trend of increased violence in the United States of America. Incidentally, the Bible indicates that the end times would be full of violence and that Jesus will come back soon to rapture His church. Therefore, the Orlando attack is a fulfillment of Bible prophecy. Watch this video to learn more!..”
“….”Faith actually teaches nothing about hatred toward gays and lesbians; in fact, the opposite. But it also says the behavior is damaging and harmful to your eternal salvation. That’s the faith teaching,” John-Henry Westen, editor-in-chief of LifeSiteNews, said….
Some children of gay parents, just like some gay people, do not support gay parenting or gay marriage. Male and female biology each provide something every child needs—together. “…
No, I would never align myself to a community as intolerant and self-absorbed as the LGBT community, a community that demands tolerance with fervor and passion, yet does not give it in return, even to its own members at times. In fact, this community attacks anyone who does not agree with them, no matter how lovingly any difference of opinion is expressed.
I myself am a product of the Lesbian Revolution of the 1980s. My mother always knew she liked girls, but tried hard to be a good, straight, southern Baptist girl. When I was a year old, she left my dad for another man, whom we lived with until I was somewhere around four years old. After the divorce, she told my father to leave, which he did, and in his own words, “I did because I knew I couldn’t fight the entire family to see you.” I cannot remember the man she left him for very well, but I can remember being happy living with him. It did not last, however, and when she left him, she left him for a woman.
I knew from a young age that living with two women was not natural. I could especially see it in the homes of my friends who had a mom and a dad. I spent as much time with those friends as I possibly could. I yearned for the affection that my friends received from their dads. I wanted to know what it was like to be held and cherished by a man, what it was like to live with one from day to day…..
“…B.N. Klein, Robert Oscar Lopez, Dawn Stefanowicz, and Katy Faust all grew up with homosexual parents. All four argued that redefining marriage to include same-sex couples would harm children by depriving them of a mother or father.
In her brief, Dawn Stefanowicz described her experience living in a same-sex household.
“I wasn’t surrounded by average heterosexual couples,” she says in her court brief. “Dad’s partners slept and ate in our home, and they took me along to meeting places in the LGBT communities. I was exposed to overt sexual activities like sodomy, nudity, pornography, group sex, sadomasochism and the ilk.”
“There was no guarantee that any of my Dad’s partners would be around for long, and yet I often had to obey them,” she said. “My rights and innocence were violated.”
“As children, we are not allowed to express our disagreement, pain and confusion,” Stefanowicz explained. “Most adult children from gay households do not feel safe or free to publicly express their stories and life-long challenges; they fear losing professional licenses, not obtaining employment in their chosen field, being cut off from some family members or losing whatever relationship they have with their gay parent(s). Some gay parents have threatened to leave no inheritance, if the children don’t accept their parent’s partner du jour.”
“I grew up with a parent and her partner[s] in an atmosphere in which gay ideology was used as a tool of repression, retribution and abuse,” B.N. Klein wrote of her experience with a lesbian mother. “I have seen that children in gay households often become props to be publicly displayed to prove that gay families are just like heterosexual ones.”
Klein said she was taught that “some Jews and most Christians were stupid and hated gays and were violent,” and that homosexuals were “much more creative and artistic” because they were not repressed and were naturally more ‘feeling.’”
“At the same time I was given the message that if I did not agree (which I did not), I was stupid and damned to a life of punishing hostility from my mother and her partner,” she recounts. “They did this with the encouragement of all their gay friends in the community and they were like a cheering squad. I was only allowed out of my room to go to school. This could go on for weeks.”
“I was supposed to hate everyone based on what they thought of my mother and her partner,” said Klein. “People’s accomplishments did not matter, their personal struggles did not matter, and their own histories were of no consequence. The only thing that mattered was what they thought of gays.”
Robert Oscar Lopez who was also raised by a lesbian mother and her partner, had a different experience which he described as the “best possible conditions for a child raised by a same-sex couple.”
“Had I been formally studied by same-sex parenting ‘experts’ in 1985, I would have confirmed their rosiest estimations of LGBT family life,” Lopez wrote, but then went on to argue against same-sex marriage saying that, “behind these facades of a happy ‘outcome’ lay many problems.”
He describes experiencing a great deal of sexual confusion due to the lack of a father figure in his life. He turned to a life of prostitution with older men as a teenager.
“I had an inexplicable compulsion to have sex with older males,” he recounted, saying he “wanted to have sex with older men who were my father’s age, though at the time I could scarcely understand what I was doing.”
“The money I received for sex certainly helped me financially because it allowed me certain spending money beyond what I earned with my teenage jobs at a pizzeria and in my mother’s [psychiatric] clinic,” he states in the brief. “But the money was not as impactful as the fact that I needed to feel loved and wanted by an older male figure, even if for only as short as a half hour.”
“As early as ten years ago, I developed a clear stance on homosexual relationships. A civil union or some kind of state recognition would have helped my mother and her partner,” Lopez writes.
“Yet the traditional marriage laws in New York State as they existed back then prevented my mother and her partner from entirely cutting my father out of my life,” he explained. “The latter reality proved pivotal because my re-establishment of ties to my father in 1998 led to a transition in my life, from being lost and sexually confused to being stable and romantically fulfilled.”
Katy Faust, who grew up with a lesbian mother and her partner also testified against gay marriage but clarified that “my advocacy against gay marriage and for the rights of children will never include condemnation of my mother and her partner or details about their private lives.”
“When we institutionalize same-sex marriage,” Faust writes, “we move from permitting citizens the freedom to live as they choose, to promoting same-sex headed households. In doing so, we ignore the true nature of the outcropping of marriage.”
“Now we are normalizing a family structure where a child will always be deprived daily of one gender influence and the relationship with at least one natural parent,” she explains, “Our cultural narrative becomes one that, in essence, tells children that they have no right to the natural family structure or their biological parents, but that children simply exist for the satisfaction of adult desires.”
THE BEAT by Allen Parr
Streamed live on May 15, 2019
In this LIVESTREAM I have the pleasure of interviewing a FORMER gay rights activist who has been set free from that lifestyle. In this interview she shares her unique story, journey and struggles as we have a candid conversation about Christians and the LGBTQ+ community.
*NOTE: This is an on-going blog, which I’m never going to finish this. Stay tune for more….
ACTION: PLEASE share your perspective for both (“for” and “against”) as “we” all need to learn from each other stories. Just like the song prelude to GNR’s Civil War song: “what we got here is failure to communicate”…Let’s sit down and talk to each other, so we can better understand each others unique individual stories -STOP JUDGING!
I got picked on, beat-up, identity issues, etc… Some of the challenges many of us faced growing-up. How did you deal with it? Fortunately, I just got picked on, spat-on, teased because I looked “different” (e.g. thus suffered with my identity), but not “beat-up”. I was very much small in height compared with my peers at my school (Battle Creek) , so I never even tried to “fight-back” with the peers that picked on me. Why did I get picked on? Not sure most of the time, but some were because I was a very studious “nerdy” looking Asian geek. They knew I did my homework, so one of them asked me to do his homework. I said “no” because I didn’t want to be used, so he pushed me against the lockers. Fortunately, one of my tall friends stuck-up for me, but he ended up getting pushed too. During this time, one of the teachers that happened to witness this intervened. This doesn’t always happen to many! Maybe God was watching me already..
Chet McDoniel Tells a Story About a Bully Who Wanted to Fight
What about peer pressure? Ever got pressured to smoke or do drugs? I was fortunate to be strong-willed enough to say “no” to drugs or smoking. I guess I remember there was a speaker that came to our classroom with a hole in his throat, which freaked-scared me growing-up. Thus, I never ever smoked and will never even try it in the future!
.Anyways, some friends and I were talking about these “traumatic years” during this past weekend Men’s Retreat as the “worst years”. How about for you? Worst or Glory years? How can we (e.g. adults, parents, mentors, etc..) help those in junior high-middle school learn from our experience to get through these years?