“Nobody can control or define our identities unless we let them, and so I chose to come out and to define myself – nothing more.”
These words are by Bradley Manning, who now identifies himself as female named Chelsea. Manning is serving 35 years in prison for espionage and has demanded “gender confirming healthcare” from the federal prison system.
Manning’s words express the current social trend toward personal self-expression and identity definition by homosexuals, bisexuals, lesbians, pansexuals, and transgenders
In fact, re-identification knows no boundaries.
During the war between two city-states in ancient Greece, a spy was captured and sentenced to death. Before the execution he requested an audience with the King.
The interview was granted, and the condemned man stood before the Ruler and begged “O great king, if you do not execute me, but instead allow me to live a mere two years longer, I will teach your favorite horse to sing.”
The king thought “What’s two years? I can always kill him later.” So he agreed, and the spy was spared. Continue reading
In the wake of the Supreme Court’s narrow 5-4 decision to legalize same-sex marriage, there have been a rash of predictions and dire warnings about the impact this will have on religious freedom.
The majority opinion seeks to appease such fears. Continue reading
Even if you’re not a “news junkie” by now everyone has heard that the Supreme Court of the United States ruled Friday that same-sex marriage is legal is all 50 states.
The reaction has been swift and predictable. Homosexuals and liberals are ecstatic. Conservatives and Bible Believers have denounced the decision.
Joe Ortwert of the Missouri Family Policy Council, called the decision ”a reckless ruling that will have a devastating impact on the future of our nation. This disgraceful decision is the latest most evident sign of the moral bankruptcy of the U. S. Government, the moral corruption of its leaders, the vile decadence of American culture and society, and the growing godlessness of the American people.” Continue reading
In my Rotary club we have a period in the beginning called “Brag-a-Bucks.” It’s a time where members give the Sargent at arms a buck to brag about something exciting in their lives. It may be the achievement of a child, or grandchild. A promotion. A vacation. A birthday. An anniversary. A win by their sports team.
What if you were asked to brag on something that you’re proud of, that you’re excited about? What would it be? Continue reading
This week Norma Jean and I made a quick trip to Sellersburg, Indiana, to attend the funeral of my Uncle, James Key. He was 91. He was a part of what Tom Brokaw dubbed “The Greatest Generation.”
Brokaw’s book, “The Greatest Generation” was a moving tribute filled with inspirational stories of those who served our country during World War II. He wrote about common people. Famous people. Men and Women. Heroes and Heroines. Those who served in uniform and out of uniform.
My Uncle James could have been one of the chapters in Brokaw’s book. He served abroad in the U.S. Army during the War. My cousin, Ryan, told stories of Uncle James narrowly escaping enemy fire. Continue reading
“The year was 1942; the world was at war. The state of Florida was still in a depression. And 50 cents was a lot of money in those days,” recalls Marilyn Irlbacher.
Little Marilyn was only 8 years old at the time, living in a less than desirable foster care home. And she owed her school 50 cents for some lost books. Unless she paid the fine, Marilyn wouldn’t get her report card.
After hearing this worrisome news, Marilyn ran from the school house in tears. She didn’t have any money. And the very thought of asking her foster parents for the money terrified her. As she ran down the street, she didn’t see the tall man in her path until she ran into him.
“Here’s the rest of the story” In her own words. Continue reading