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Saturday, September 24, 2016

Powerful New Ad Highlights Democrat's Abortion Extremism

A new pro-life ad by March For Life Action is airing in Pennsylvania and Ohio. It features only women and very effectively reveals the abortion extremism of the Democrat Party. See it for yourself:

In spite of the clear and indisputable science of life in the womb, many Americans still support killing children in the womb. However, a large majority of Americans don't support the radical pro-abortion extremism of the modern Democrat Party. Hillary Clinton supports the "right" to kill children at any stage of their life in the womb. The video below (which is changing the minds of many who view it) illustrates well just exactly what Hillary supports:

Democrats not only support this barbarism, they believe that you--no matter your position on the matter--should pay for such "procedures." "Procedure"--that's a nice word isn't it? In spite of their rabid support for these executions, when national elections are on the line, Democrats can't even bring themselves to utter the word "abortion." They would rather say things like "right to choose" or "family planning." In other words, they would rather say almost anything than to say what they really support. Such deception is standard operating procedure for the political party that once defended the "right" of Americans to own slaves.

Kudos to March For Life Action for helping to spread truth.

Trevor Thomas

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

On Marriage and Gender, Where’s the FCA?

A wise pastor, whose name I’ve forgotten, once said, “If you want to know what to preach about, find out what sin with which your congregation is struggling.” Or, as I noted after the infamous Obergefell ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court that legally redefined the oldest institution in the history of humanity, pastors, as they prepare their sermons, should always be asking, “Where is the enemy at work in attempting to deceive my congregation?”

Likewise, any organization devoted to the works of Jesus Christ—or seeking to “impact the world for Jesus Christ”—should be well prepared to confront the popular lies that seek to undermine the eternal truths of our Creator. I’m no longer directly active with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA), and thus I’m not privy to what is happening at the local level of the FCA in my area. However, with the widespread efforts of athletic organizations across the U.S.—at the high school, collegiate, and professional level—in support of the homosexual agenda, I’m very disappointed not to hear national FCA leaders speak truth to a nation that desperately needs to hear it.

Whether same-sex “marriage,” the “right” for men to dress as women and use women’s bathrooms and locker rooms, and the like, everyone from the NFL to the NBA, NCAA, ACC, ESPN—and virtually any other three-to-four letter combinations that represent organizations devoted to making money off of athletics—has recently and enthusiastically embraced positions that are diametrically opposed to what Christianity teaches on these grave matters.

Of course, this deception is not limited to the world of sports. Virtually every facet of the entertainment industry has set itself in opposition to the Word of God when it comes to marriage, family, sex, and sexuality. And as virtually any sentient American knows, the lies of the homosexual agenda have been embraced by the highest components of the U.S. government and are cemented into the platform of the Democrat Party.

Christians who know the truth but choose to remain silent need to recall the words of Mordecai to his cousin Esther (paraphrased):

Do not think that if you remain silent in this matter you will escape. For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance will arise from someone else. And who knows but that you have come to your influential position for such a time as this?

The North Carolina GOP hasn’t remained silent. After the NCAA’s recent ignorant and foolish decision to punish the state of North Carolina for its common sense legal response to the city of Charlotte’s perverse “bathroom bill,” NCGOP spokeswoman Kami Mueller declared,

This is so absurd it’s almost comical. I genuinely look forward to the NCAA merging all men’s and women’s teams together as singular, unified, unisex teams. Under the NCAA’s logic, colleges should make cheerleaders and football players share bathrooms, showers and hotel rooms. This decision is an assault to female athletes across the nation. If you are unwilling to have women’s bathrooms and locker rooms, how do you have a women’s team? 
I wish the NCAA was this concerned about the women who were raped at Baylor. Perhaps the NCAA should stop with their political peacocking — and instead focus their energies on making sure our nation’s collegiate athletes are safe, both on and off the field.

Franklin Graham let his influential voice be heard as well. After the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Council of Presidents voted to move sports championships out of North Carolina, highlighting the glaring hypocrisy of the ACC and NCAA, Rev. Graham wrote:

As a lifelong resident of North Carolina and current CEO and president of two organizations employing nearly 1,500 North Carolinians, I am saddened—even outraged—by the vote of the ACC Council of Presidents to move conference championships from our state in protest of legislation requiring people to use public bathrooms that correspond with their birth gender. 
While I recognize this legislation—and legislation like it in other states—is complicated by society’s continued blurring of the lines of gender and sexual identity, I also recognize the profound hypocrisy of the ACC, the NCAA and other companies and organizations who are making calculated business decisions disguised as moral outrage. 
For example, the football championship game your conference voted to move from Charlotte in December is called the “Dr. Pepper ACC Football Championship.” Dr. Pepper and its parent company, Cadbury Schweppes and Carlyle Group, proudly sell their products in countries where homosexuality is illegal. Will the ACC drop its title sponsor? And why isn’t the LGBT community demanding you sever ties with such a “bigoted” corporate sponsor? 
Currently, LGBT relationships are illegal in more than 70 countries—including 10 where homosexuality is punishable by death. Dr. Pepper is often bottled under contract by Coca-Cola bottlers—yet Coca-Cola conducts business in virtually every nation on earth, including nearly every country where homosexuality is currently criminalized. Can your conference continue to tolerate that?

However, there’s nothing like this from the FCA, nor from prominent members of the FCA (you know who you are) whose words would hold powerful sway over a nation that is obsessed with celebrity.

The “Statement of Faith” of the FCA is biblically sound and strongly evangelical in its tone. The opening part of the statement declares, “We believe the Bible to be the inspired, the only infallible, authoritative Word of God.” The statement later declares, “We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit, by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a godly life.” The FCA Vision is “To see the world impacted for Jesus Christ through the influence of coaches and athletes.”

If one believes the Bible is the “Word of God,” then one must conclude that—as the Bible clearly reveals—a person cannot “live a godly life” while unrepentantly engaging in homosexual activity. Likewise, if one believes the Bible is the “Word of God,” one cannot accept that a human being who mutilates his body in order to live the perverse fantasy that he is the opposite gender is living “a godly life.”

To “impact the world for Jesus Christ” is to tell the truth in these matters. As I’ve noted before, one of the greatest acts of love a Christian can perform—especially in our culture today—is telling the world unpopular truths. Right now, homosexuality, same-sex “marriage,” and transgenderism are pretty popular. This is especially the case in the “Wide-Wide World of Sports.” The national leaders (official and unofficial) of the FCA should not need to take cues from Franklin Graham, the GOP, or anyone else, in how to battle the lies of the homosexual agenda.

Copyright 2016, Trevor Grant Thomas
At the Intersection of Politics, Science, Faith, and Reason.
Trevor is the author of the brand new book The Miracle and Magnificence of America

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Does Omar Mateen Fit in Hillary's "Basket of Deplorables?"

I wonder if Hillary has room in her "basket of deplorables" for radical Islamist Omar Mateen. In case you've forgotten, Mateen was the Allah-praising, ISIS-pledging Islamist who shot up a homosexual night-club in Orlando killing 49 Americans.

Also recall that Mateen was a registered Democrat who supported Hillary Clinton for U.S. President. Also recall that Mateen's father was recently spotted at a Hillary rally where he showed off his own elaborate personally made pro-Hillary sign:

The elder Mateen is a supporter of the Taliban who ran for president of Afghanistan in 2015. It makes one wonder how many other Islamists are "in the basket" for Hillary Clinton.

Whatever is the case, it seems lost on Hillary that a significant portion (perhaps even a sizable majority) of Trump's supporters are voting for him, not because they are strongly behind his candidacy, but simply because they find her much more "deplorable" than they do him.

Copyright 2016, Trevor Grant Thomas
At the Intersection of Politics, Science, Faith, and Reason.
Trevor is the author of the brand new book The Miracle and Magnificence of America

Friday, September 9, 2016

Beware the Homosexual Enablers

This is what happens when a culture stops calling evil what it is. 

As Life Site News recently reported:
A homosexual elementary school teacher, who was "married" to another man, killed himself and his "husband" in an apparent murder-suicide after the two were allegedly caught having inappropriate contact with students, according to Dakota County court documents. 
Forty-year-old Aric Babbitt and 36-year-old Matthew Deyo were under investigation for regularly taking adolescent boys on overnight trips, specifically boys who identified as possibly gay, with parental approval, even though the men were openly homosexual.

According to court records, Babbitt assured parents that he was "mentoring" their children, and when questioned about inappropriate gifts he gave them, such as underwear and skimpy yoga shorts, Babbitt told the parents that they wouldn't understand because "It's a gay thing."
Babbitt's father, Dana Babbitt, was superintendent of the South St. Paul (MN) school district from 2003 to 2007. Aric Babbitt taught at Lincoln Center Elementary, a school in the South St. Paul district. According to the Duluth News Tribune, "Babbitt had been a teacher at the elementary school since 2002 and had taught grades 1, 2, 5 and 6. He was supposed to teach fourth grade this school year." 

After the death of his son and the other pederast, Dana Babbitt said, 
Our families want to express the sincere grief and sadness we are feeling for the innocent people affected by the actions of Aric Babbitt and Matthew Deyo. We are devastated by the pain and suffering they have caused, and we pray for the healing of those families involved.
The perverse "actions" by Babbitt and Deyo included taking nude pictures together with the (high school age) students, showing students pornography, giving them alcohol and marijuana, providing "massages" to students, taking them to gay pride events, buying porn subscriptions for them to post their own naked photos online, and telling them to communicate via social media without their parents' knowledge. Babbitt and Deyo also planted a hidden camera in their bathroom and encouraged visiting boys to masturbate there.

Given the length of his teaching career, there's no telling how many boys Babbitt molested, corrupted, or otherwise victimized. What's more, given the desire to push the acceptance of all things homosexual upon our culture, it seems very likely that Babbitt's school district was an enabler of his perversions. Any investigation of Babbitt and Mayo's "activities" must include a hard look at the role the South St. Paul school district played in Babbitt and Mayo's crimes.

This incident is not merely anecdotal. As Peter LaBarbera explains, "Pederasty --sex between men and boys-- has long been a part of male homosexuality. A new study by world renowned psychiatrist Dr. Paul McHugh and Johns Hopkins University scholar Lawrence Mayer finds that homosexuals are 'two to three times more likely to have experienced childhood sexual abuse.'" Government schools are fertile grounds for homosexual predators. This is especially the case given how this godless institution has embraced the homosexual agenda. Parents be warned.

Copyright 2016, Trevor Grant Thomas
At the Intersection of Politics, Science, Faith, and Reason.
Trevor is the author of the brand new book The Miracle and Magnificence of America

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Donald Trump and Dwyane Wade Are Both Wrong—and Colin Kaepernick is Foolishly Ignorant

As I’ve noted before, the most dangerous places in America are the places where liberals reign supreme—large U.S. cities. The city of Chicago is infamously a significant part of this violence. Tellingly, 80 percent of the shootings in Chicago are classified as gang-related. And what is one of the most common traits among American gang members? Broken families—especially those involving fatherless homes.

Yet, in a foolish tweet that followed the tragic death of Nykea Aldridge (Dwyane Wade’s cousin) in Chicago—another victim of senseless gang violence—where Donald Trump brazenly (and in all likelihood wrongly) declared that “African-Americans will VOTE TRUMP,” he failed to make note of the breakdown of the family. It seems to me if one is going to politicize a violent death (something Obama and his minions have done often, including this incident) one should do so in an intelligent manner.

If Mr. Trump wants to endear himself to black Americans who have long suffered under the policies of Democrats, he should regularly and loudly point out how complicit is the party of liberalism in the destruction of the black family and how this destruction has led to the violence that is killing literally thousands of black Americans annually.

Likewise, after the death of his cousin, Dwyane Wade decided to have a “conversation” about the violence that plagues Chicago and other urban areas in America. Several of Wade’s cohorts from the elite world of professional athletics participated in the discussion, and ESPN hosted. There were many mentions of “gun violence” but not one mention of the breakdown of the family. There was also the mention of “mentoring.” I wonder how many of the athletes featured in this discussion actually “mentor” their own children—you know, by having a faithful marriage to the mother of their children.

And how many of these athletes are practicing what they preach by not fathering children out of wedlock? Surely such “men of conversation” are aware that children born out of wedlock are much more likely to embark on a life of thuggery and violence. Until the real problems that result in gangs and violence are addressed, these “conversations” are an embarrassing waste of time.

Speaking of athletes who waste their time, any athlete who expends any amount of time and energy perpetuating the lie that is the narrative of the Black Lives Matter movement may as well lose themselves on the interstate while driving to their stadium. Yes, Colin Kaepernick, that means you. If Mr. Kaepernick wants to sit in protest—even against the nation that has afforded him so much— fine, but at least find a worthy cause.

After being questioned about his decision to sit while the national anthem was being played prior to the start of the most recent San Francisco 49ers pre-season football game, Kaepernick stated, “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color. To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.”

I think it’s fair to conclude that Mr. Kaepernick has completely swallowed the lies of Black Lives Matter. As has been frequently documented recently, the vast majority of the “bodies in the street” to which Mr. Kaepernick refers are the result of young black American males killing other young black American males. And again we come back to the breakdown of the family.

When are these athletes going to stand up for marriage and the family? Where’s the chorus of those who will join with the likes of the NFL’s Ben Watson and speak eternal truth to a nation that is desperate for it? And if one wants to protest a flag, why not protest the rainbow flag of the perverse homosexual agenda? (Do you think those in the media, or the NFL, who support Kaepernick’s right to protest the U.S. national anthem would be so accommodating if he stood against the homosexual agenda?) Where were the player protests when the NFL threatened the state of Georgia (a threat to which the governor of Georgia cowardly succumbed) when a tame religious liberty bill was being considered? Woe to those who stand up (or sit down) for lies but are silent when the truth is under assault!

Furthermore, as I note in my recently published book The Miracle and Magnificence of America, the United States of America has been one of the greatest instruments for good the world has ever known—a fact about which Mr. Kaepernick demonstrates stunning ignorance.

With our military might, we have been an unequaled force for freedom and liberty around the world. We have liberated millions and defended millions more. For every human being enslaved in America, hundreds-of-millions more have been freed due to the brave and selfless efforts of Americans.

America is the most generous nation the world has ever known. Americans account for nearly half of all the charitable giving in the world. The vast majority of these contributions are private, not government, funds. Whether wars or hurricanes, floods or famines, earthquakes or tsunamis, with our abundant human, natural, and technological resources, time and again Americans have come to the aid of their neighbors around the world.

In addition, according to Mark Tooley, “America accepts more immigrants, about a million legally every year, than any other nation and, by some measures, than all other nations combined. America permanently resettles more refugees than any other nation.” Most importantly, the U.S. sends out more Christian missionaries than any other nation, nearly tripling the second place nation, Brazil.

In other words, Mr. Kaepernick, the United States of America, the nation in which you (and countless others like you) became rich and famous, has given you little reason to protest—much less reason than any other nation in the history of the world.

(See this column at American Thinker.)

Copyright 2016, Trevor Grant Thomas
At the Intersection of Politics, Science, Faith, and Reason.
Trevor is the author of the brand new book The Miracle and Magnificence of America

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Why Should Obama Care About the Babies Dying in Aleppo?

Yesterday, the notoriously left-wing rag The New Yorker published a piece entitled "THE BABIES ARE DYING IN ALEPPO". The piece includes the now famous photo of Omran Daqneesh, the five year-old Syrian boy who was videoed bloody, dusty, and apparently shell-shocked in the back of an ambulance after being rescued from a bombed-out building in Aleppo.

The New Yorker piece points out that Omran Daqneesh is far from the only child who's suffered as the result of the complicated civil war waged by various Islamists in Syria. It begins:
Last month, four newborns in incubators fought for their lives in a small hospital in Aleppo, the besieged Syrian city. Then a bomb hit the hospital and cut off power—and oxygen to the incubators. The babies suffocated. In a joint letter to President Obama this month, fifteen doctors described the infants’ deaths: “Gasping for air, their lives ended before they had really begun.” The doctors are among the last few in the eastern part of Aleppo, the historic former commercial center where a hundred thousand children are now trapped. 
“Young children are sometimes brought into our emergency rooms so badly injured that we have to prioritize those with better chances, or simply don’t have the equipment to help them,” the doctors wrote. Only a trickle of food is making it through a land blockade imposed by the regime of President Bashar al-Assad. “Whether we live or die seems to be dependent on the ebbs and flows of the battlefield,” the doctors said. “For five years, we have faced death from above”—bombs—“on a daily basis. But we now face death from all around.”
The letter from the Aleppo doctors was an attempt to get the U.S. to intervene on behalf of the Syrians. "We do not need tears or sympathy or even prayers," read the letter. "We need your action. Prove that you are the friend of Syrians." These Syrians don't know our president very well. Using children--even newborn children--who face a serious threat of death does little to move the steel-will of our uber-liberal Commander-in-Chief. As I noted years ago (before he was ever elected U.S. President), Barack Obama is so devoted to modern American liberalism that he refused to stand up for infants born alive after an attempted abortion.

In spite of the clear evidence of life in the womb that videos like this provide, Obama and those who share his worldview continue to ignore sound science and morality when it comes to the most innocent and vulnerable human beings. So, sorry Syria. When we have a U.S. President who cares about babies dying in the womb, maybe then you can appeal to America about babies dying in Aleppo.

Copyright 2016, Trevor Grant Thomas
At the Intersection of Politics, Science, Faith, and Reason.
Trevor is the author of The Miracle and Magnificence of America

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Does the NBA Reject the Use of "Boys" and "Girls"?

It seems the city of Charlotte, North Carolina is determined to embrace every latest and "greatest" extreme of the perverse homosexual agenda. After the Charlotte City Council decided to allow men into women's restrooms, the looney liberals  in charge of the Charlotte public school system have now recommended that teachers use "gender-neutral" terms instead of "boys" and "girls" when referring to students. 

Among other things, teachers were instructed that:
Students are permitted to participate in gender-based activities consistent with their gender identity.
– Dress codes
– Single gender classes
– Classroom structure/management
– School ceremonies
– School photos
– Extracurricular activities– Overnight field trips
In order to get across this information, Charlotte education officials used--of course--a purple unicorn. What better symbol for those who have abandoned so much of reality? The unicorn looks like the deranged love-child of Barney the dinosaur and a rhinoceros.

As another has described this purple freak, "It’s truly the stuff of nightmares. The weird, drug induced nightmares of a mentally deranged pedophile." (Maybe the pedophile who helped get Charlotte's initial bathroom ordinance passed?) None of this information is new. The purple unicorn has been (rightly) derided in the media for a week now. But remember, we are talking about the city that the NBA and other foolish corporate/entertainment elites ran to defend after the sensible politicians in the North Carolina legislature reversed the Charlotte City Council.

As the NBA pulled the All-Star Game from Charlotte, their spokesman declared, "We have been the long-standing core values of our league. These include not only diversity, inclusion, fairness and respect for others but also the willingness to listen and consider opposing points of view." I wonder if the NBA's "core values" include distinguishing between boys and girls. Perhaps they need to revisit the idea of the NBA and the WNBA (which stands for "Women's National Basketball Association")?

Trevor Thomas

Sunday, August 14, 2016

NBA Players Should Boycott Their All-Star Game

If the malevolent hypocritical fools in charge of the NBA don’t reverse their decision to pull the 2017 NBA All-Star Game out of the city of Charlotte, every NBA player with a shred of sense of what is good and right should refuse to play in the mid-season contest.

As they rush to see who can grovel the most upon the blood- and semen-stained altar that houses the perverse priests and priestesses of the LGBT movement, many of the major U.S. professional sports organizations—but especially the NBA—are taking nearly every opportunity to undermine eternal truths on sex, sexuality, and the family.

Goose-stepping along with the rest of the liberal elite in ignorant opposition to a common sense law (HB2) that reversed a foolish Charlotte city ordinance, about three weeks ago the NBA decided to pull their All-Star game from the city of Charlotte. Ignoring science and sound morality, in late February of this year, liberals on the Charlotte City Council passed an ordinance that would allow men into women’s restrooms, locker rooms, and so on. As is typical with the left, the ordinance did not apply only to city-owned property, but to private businesses as well. In other words, Charlotte liberals “legislated morality,” and they did so to the point of forcing all of its citizens to adhere to perverse liberal dogma. All the North Carolina legislature did was correct such an egregious wrong.

The very same ordinance failed the Charlotte City Council in March of 2015. Nevertheless, three months later, the NBA awarded Charlotte the All-Star Game. Somehow the ideas of “core values” and “diversity, inclusion, fairness and respect for others” evaded NBA Commissioner Adam Silver until July of this year.

Thank goodness a more enlightened city—New Orleans—will now have a chance to host the NBA’s All-Star Game. But wait, as Dr. Michael Brown points out, in terms of bathroom access, there’s no fundamental difference between New Orleans and Charlotte. In other words, the NBA moved their All-Star Game out of Charlotte merely as a stunt to score political points. What’s more, the state of Louisiana—like the state of North Carolina—along with 22 other states, has joined in a federal lawsuit against the Obama administration’s gross overreach in the transgender bathroom battle.

Since there’s no way a biological female could ever compete in the NBA—you know, because of biology, anatomy, physiology, and all of those other stubborn science things—I’ll accept that the NBA really believes in “transgender rights” the moment they allow biological males to compete in the WNBA. (Maybe then people would actually watch!) Perhaps Jason Collins—the NBA’s seven-foot, 250-plus pound poster-boy for “tolerance”—could be the first “transgender” WNBA star.

It’s little surprise that the corporate elites at the NBA share a perverse worldview with most other corporate and political elites across America. However, I am disappointed that none of the faithful among the NBA players has spoken out against their league’s foolishness in this matter. Many high profile NBA players are noted for their Christian faith—Stephen Curry, Chris Paul, Blake Griffin, Kevin Durant, and Dwight Howard, to name a few. Lebron James has been recently noted for giving glory to God and even referencing the return of Christ. As this Olympics season has again revealed, it’s not uncommon for U.S. athletes to praise God and point to Christ after their success. I’m always thankful for those moments. I think it’s important that we all give glory to God for whatever we achieve in this life. After all, He created us. He gives us every good thing that we have, so certainly we should praise and honor Him in our victories.

However, as most seasoned Christians know, it’s rather easy to be thankful and filled with praise when we’ve won things, but what about being obedient and truthful when it’s difficult and unpopular? In fact, if we walk with Christ long at all in this world, we are much more likely to be given opportunities for the latter. Given the spiritual battles raging in our culture, this is certainly true when it comes to matters in the sexual realm.

As I noted last year, the NFL’s Ben Watson (like myself, a University of Georgia alumnus) is a great example of a professional athlete who has used his high-profile platform to speak truth to Americans. After the rioting in Ferguson, Missouri, in late November of last year, Watson wrote,

I’M ENCOURAGED, because ultimately the problem is not a SKIN problem, it is a SIN problem. SIN is the reason we rebel against authority. SIN is the reason we abuse our authority. SIN is the reason we are racist, prejudiced and lie to cover for our own. SIN is the reason we riot, loot and burn. BUT I’M ENCOURAGED because God has provided a solution for sin through…his son Jesus and with it, a transformed heart and mind. One that’s capable of looking past the outward and seeing what’s truly important in every human being. The cure for the Michael Brown, Trayvon Martin, Tamir Rice and Eric Garner tragedies is not education or exposure. It’s the Gospel. So, finally, I’M ENCOURAGED because the Gospel gives mankind hope.

After the Supreme Court’s infamous ruling on marriage, Watson declared,

Relative morality is as capricious as the wind, leaving each generation to do what is right in their own eyes, while unknowingly undermining the exact concept of “right” that they are so desperately trying to attain. Instead of shooting for the mark, we lower it, doing what is good for “us” at the time, effectually creating our own truth, which when taken to its logical conclusion is always problematic. 
We, as a nation, have continued our course into dangerous waters, shaking our fist and becoming our own gods. This individual Supreme Court ruling is not the cause, but simply evidence of how far we’ve gradually drifted. The moral decay of America is not unlike moral decay in my own life, as I continually battle against self rule. It’s a gradual decline. The tire usually doesn’t spontaneously blow out. No, it’s an aggravating slow leak, that needs constant refilling of air, until eventually, busyness takes precedence and the now unattended to tire is completely flat. Life’s proverbial morality tire responds in much the same way. It’s neglecting to read and respect the Bible. It’s listening to or watching things that aren’t uplifting. It’s allowing myself a second look. It’s removing prayer from schools and our homes. It’s legalizing the murder of babies in the womb. It’s glorifying promiscuity and reducing sex to a simple physical animalistic act. It’s objectifying woman and praising the “playa”. It’s condoning divorce. It’s standing by in silence. It’s ignoring the promptings of the Spirit. It’s Christians, myself included, not living like Christians.

These are powerful words, and we need more of them from high-profile Christians. However, if we are going to change our culture in the most significant battles of our time, our efforts must go beyond words. We need actions, and we especially need them from those who would garner the most attention. If only the half-dozen NBA players mentioned above took a stand and declared that they would refuse to participate in their league’s All-Star Game unless it was returned to Charlotte, the world would notice.

One of our greatest acts of love is telling people uncomfortable truths that they don’t want to hear. The sad fact is that, like those struggling with sexual sin, those struggling with gender-identity are hurting and in deep pain. They need truth and healing, not lies and accommodation.

(See this column at American Thinker.)

Copyright 2016, Trevor Grant Thomas
At the Intersection of Politics, Science, Faith, and Reason.
Trevor is the author of the brand new book The Miracle and Magnificence of America

Sunday, July 31, 2016

The Fatherless Effect

Over the last several months—and especially the last few weeks—much has been made of the “Ferguson effect.” The phenomenon is now so widely discussed that it has its own Wikipedia page (though I wouldn’t suggest visiting it for an explanation). St. Louis police chief Sam Dotson coined the phrase in November of 2014, but Heather MacDonald popularized it in a Wall Street Journal op-ed in 2015. In early 2016, she again described the Ferguson effect:

Since the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., in August 2014, the conceit that American policing is lethally racist has dominated media and political discourse, from the White House on down. Cops in minority neighborhoods in Chicago and other cities have responded by backing away from pedestrian stops and public-order policing; criminals are flourishing in the vacuum.

In other words, because of the lies of liberals, many American policeman have taken their nightsticks and their nine-millimeters out of some of the most dangerous areas in the U.S. and criminals are taking full advantage. As I pointed out a couple of weeks ago, given that black Americans typically live in the most dangerous parts of our nation, it is black Americans who are suffering the most from police disengagement from “discretionary enforcement activity.”

In my last piece I barely mentioned the effects of the absence of fathers on black children in America. The current political and moral climate in the U.S. demands that we give this grave issue more attention. Again, out-of-wedlock births in the U.S. are at historic highs, and the vast majority of black children in America are born to single mothers. And just as criminal gangs and other undesirables fill the void of absent police officers in American neighborhoods, the same thing happens—but on a much larger and more destructive scale—when fathers are absent from the family.

There are over 100 cities in the U.S.—from Atlanta to Utica—with populations north of 50,000 in which more than half of the households are headed by single parents. Of course, the vast majority of these households are led by single moms. These cities are the most dangerous places in the U.S. Given the rate of black out-of-wedlock births, and with most black Americans living in large U.S. cities (about 75%), millions of American black children are growing up fatherless in the most crime-ridden places in America.

Among many other sadoutcomes, fatherlessness is one of the leading predictors of future criminal activity. Children living with their married biological parents are the least likely to commit criminal acts. On the other hand, children from single-parent homes (almost always without a father) are “more likely to…engage in questionable behavior, struggle academically, and become delinquent.  Problems with children from fatherless families can continue into adulthood. These children are three times more likely to end up in jail by the time they reach age 30 than are children raised in intact families, and have the highest rates of incarceration in the United States.”

As the breakdown of the family has been hotly debated in the U.S. for years now, you’ve almost certainly heard the above stats before. However, long before the rampant disintegration of the family in America began, researchers were revealing what common sense and sound morality always knew. As authors Kevin and Karen Wright point out:

Research into the idea that single-parent homes may produce more delinquents dates back to the early 19th century…. [O]fficials at New York State's Auburn Penitentiary, in an attempt to discern the causes of crime, studied the biographies of incarcerated men. Reports to the legislature in 1829 and 1830 suggested that family disintegration resulting from the death, desertion, or divorce of parents led to undisciplined children who eventually became criminals.  

Fatherlessness is the single greatest cause of poverty in the U.S. As Robert Rector pointed out years ago, “Being raised in a married family reduced a child’s probability of living in poverty by about 80 percent.” In order to further their big government agenda, modern liberals often point to education as the answer to poverty in America. However, marriage is a far better weapon against poverty than is education. Again, as Rector points out, “being married has the same effect in reducing poverty that adding five to six years to a parent’s level of education has.” In addition, a child living in a single-parent home where the parent is a college graduate is nearly twice as likely to live in poverty as a child living with their married parents whose highest level of education is completing high school.

Marriage provides the safest environment for children. In addition to being much more likely to live in crime-ridden communities, children born to single moms face much more danger inside the home than do children living with their married parents. As marripedia points out:
  • The rate of physical abuse is 3 times higher in the single parent family.
  • The rate of physical abuse is 4 times higher if mother is cohabiting with the child’s biological father (unmarried).
  • The rate of physical abuse is 5 times higher if the child is living in a married step family.
  • The rate of physical abuse is 10 times higher if the mother is cohabiting with a boyfriend.
The rates for sexual abuse are even worse than physical abuse:
  • The rate of sexual abuse is 5 times higher in the single parent family and when both biological parents are cohabiting (i.e. unmarried).
  • The rate of sexual abuse is 8.6 times higher if the child is living in a married step family.
  • The rate of sexual abuse is 20 times higher if the mother is cohabiting with a boyfriend.
Contrary to popular belief, the most likely physical abuser of a child in a single-parent home is the mother. Because they lack the financial, emotional, and other support of a husband and a father in the home, single moms are more likely to experience anger, impatience, anxiety, and feelings of helplessness. Additionally, single moms are more likely to be depressed and feel rejected by their children than are women who have a husband.

As tragic as the outcomes of the Ferguson effect are, the fatherless effect is much more wide-ranging, common, and deadly in American society. The good news, though: if we solve the fatherless effect, there is not even an opportunity to experience the Ferguson effect. 

(See this column at American Thinker.)

Copyright 2016, Trevor Grant Thomas
At the Intersection of Politics, Science, Faith, and Reason.
Trevor is the author of The Miracle and Magnificence of America

Friday, July 29, 2016

NOW AVAILABLE!: The Miracle and Magnificence of America

My brand new book, The Miracle and Magnificence of America, reveals how, from the time of Columbus until the modern era, the Hand, the Word, the Wisdom, and the Blessings of God worked in the lives of individuals, events, and institutions to shape the United States of America into the greatest nation the world has ever known.

Now available in print and on Kindle through Amazon. It will be available soon through Books-a-Million, Barnes and Noble, and other online retailers.

The back of the book reads:

On June 21, 1776, just days before the adoption of the Declaration of Independence, John Adams, wrote to his cousin, Zabdiel Adams, a graduate of Harvard University and a renowned preacher of the Gospel. He said, “Statesmen…may plan and speculate for Liberty, but it is Religion and Morality alone, which can establish the Principles upon which Freedom can securely stand. The only foundation of a free Constitution is pure Virtue, and if this cannot be inspired into our People in a greater Measure than they have it now, they may change their Rulers and the forms of Government, but they will not obtain a lasting Liberty.”
 Of course, the only source of “pure Virtue” is the Creator who has endowed us with our “certain unalienable Rights.” The Miracle and Magnificence of America reveals how the “Religion and Morality” of Jesus Christ laid the foundation for the greatest nation in the history of humanity and is the foundation for the lasting—but tragically fading—liberty enjoyed by hundreds of millions of Americans for over two centuries. 

Please help us spread the word about this unique and revealing look at American history!

Trevor Thomas