Down the Slick Slope
Radio Commentary, 90.7, 91.7 New Life FM, October 27, 2017 – By Sue Ella Deadwyler
On October 5th California’s Governor Brown signed an “LGBT Senior Bill of Rights,” that slaps a $1,000 fine and a year in prison on anyone failing to use the “preferred gender pronoun” of seniors in nursing homes. While not using preferred pronouns for senior citizens in California could mean a year in prison, the penalty for infecting another person in California with HIV has dwindled to six months. Does that mean California, finally, acknowledges the obvious connection between those two situations?
The California law is a frontal attack on the freedoms of speech and religious expression BECAUSE sexual morality is defined in the Bible. The California gag order flies in the face of the Constitution that deals with fact, not preferential pronouns. People with different opinions are forced to keep their mouths shut or use lip-service to affirm biologically false sexual identity.
The California senator who authored the “LGBT Senior Bill of Rights” said “religious views don’t hold weight in public areas, [and added] …The LGBT Senior Bill of Rights is an important step in the fight to ensure all people are treated equally regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity.” Please note that his bill is only a STEP toward forcing everyone to use “preferred pronouns” for sexual identity, regardless of fact or age or circumstance. Continue reading
Q. Do you want freedom to worship or religious freedom?
Radio Commentary, 90.7, 91.7 New Life FM, October 20, 2017 – By Sue Ella Deadwyler
Today, I have a question: Do you want freedom to worship or freedom of religion? If you said “freedom to worship,” you might be surprised that politically correct advocates would agree with you, because worship suggests a place where people gather in reverence to a chosen deity.
Since I brought up “politically correct,” I’ll quote Webster’s New World College Dictionary definition of it: “Politically correct means conforming or adhering to what is regarded as orthodox liberal opinion on matters of sexuality, race, etc.” So, political correctness is used to eliminate conservative thought and action.
However, the term “politically correct” cannot be fully understood unless we realize that political, actually, refers to government, the state, or politics, which leads us to this conclusion: The pressure to be politically correct in all dealings with God, family and country, actually, is pushing everyone to confine religious expression to the inside of churches. But when we’re not in church, we are expected to walk and talk in lockstep with liberal/radical attitudes about God and everything else. Continue reading
Weddings & Religious Freedom
Radio Commentary, 90.7, 91.7 New Life FM, October 13, 2017 – By Sue Ella Deadwyler
Who would’ve thought a little town would ostracize a local family business because of a Facebook post, but that happened to Steve and Bridget Tennes and their five children. It seems the freedom of speech is limited in that neck-of-the-woods.
The Tenneses, who own a 120-acre farm in Charlotte, Michigan, were banned from selling their produce at the East Lansing Farmer’s Market, simply because they posted a message on Facebook to explain their policy about hosting marriages on their Country Mill farm.
In August 2016, in response to questions about services provided for the wedding venue on the family farm, they posted this on Facebook: “Due to our religious beliefs, we do not participate in the celebration of a same-sex union.” That statement reflects their Catholic faith.
For help they turned to the Alliance Defending Freedom, whose lawyer explained, “East Lansing officials changed their market policy to shut out Steve because they don’t like his Catholic beliefs regarding marriage.” Although the Tenneses live 22 miles outside East Lansing, town officials decided to punish them for exercising their freedoms of speech and religious expression. That unconstitutional punishment (a) denied them the right to sell produce, (b) decreased their income, and (c) diminished their quality of life.
For three and one-half months, the couple was banned from selling organic apples and cider in the largest market available to them. In May, they filed a federal lawsuit against East Lansing, asking for an injunction that would allow them to return to the market while the case proceeds. Continue reading
Two Study Committees: Homelessness and Growing Marijuana
Radio Commentary, 90.7, 91.7 New Life FM, October 6, 2017 – By Sue Ella Deadwyler
You may be interested to know that our state senators will be formally studying homelessness in Georgia as authorized by S.R. 352 that passed last session with only two dissenting votes. The 15-member committee includes two appointees of the governor, three senators appointed by the Lt. Governor and ten state agency commissioners.
To learn how much homelessness costs the state, the committee will require input from three of those agencies – the Departments of Human Services, Community Health, and Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities.
Their discussions will include the many factors that may contribute to homelessness, such as a lack of affordable housing, a shortage of supportive housing and family wage jobs, domestic violence, high debt, substance abuse, mental illness, access to affordable healthcare, and release of individuals from institutions. Continue reading