- - Monday, July 4, 2016

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

It’s getting ever more difficult to live a right-side-up life in a world turned upside down. Despite trying to do the right thing, offering their prayers and comfort to the friends and families of the dead at Orlando, Christians are now being told to take back their prayers because they’re the people responsible for the massacre.

This exercise in the unreality of white-is-black, light-is-dark and up-is-down has ignited a lively confrontation on the internet, where lots of stuff goes “viral” and where some of it is indeed the work of folks who are as miserable as a virus.

Christians, particularly the evangelicals, are said to be to blame for Orlando because they stubbornly refuse to give up their ancient religious beliefs and join the chorus of praise for the nostrums and doctrines of the New Age. Even some Christians, overwhelmed by the waves of special pleaders, have joined the doleful chorus.

“I’ve been listening to my gay friends and leaders these past [few] days,” writes the popular blogger and author Jen Hatmaker, “and this is what I am hearing: it is very difficult to accept the Christian lament for LGBTQ folks in their deaths when we’ve done such a brutal job of honoring them in their lives. Anti-LGBTQ sentiment has paved a long runway to hate crimes … we are complicit.”

The blonde, pretty Miss Hatmaker, who includes herself in the complicity, does not look like a maker of hate, and in fact looks more like someone who might make happy hats. But she joins in labeling those who disagree with her with the usual tar of dishonor and bigotry that the left employs to silence dissent from the fashion of the day. Anyone who stands against the intolerant homosexualization of the culture can expect to feel the pain.

“Everywhere one turns,” writes Derryck Green of the Institute of Religion and Democracy, “one is inevitably confronted with LGBTQ propaganda, forced upon society by those who are antagonistic toward traditional sexual and ‘gender’ norms and ethics which came from the Judeo-Christian value system.”

Indeed, the propagandists of the post-modern sexual revolution make demands ranging from the trivial to the serious to encourage the further acceptance and celebration of the sordid — Captain America must have a boyfriend, Disney heroines must be depicted as lesbians, Bruce Jenner’s neuroses must be held up as models for the masses, the edicts of President Obama’s restroom “reforms” must be obeyed because “gender” is only temporary and can be changed, like underwear, at will. “Christians aren’t afraid of gays, nor do they hate gays,” Mr. Derrick writes, “they simply disagree with the overly aggressive agenda to normalize homosexuality through compulsion combined with the cultural deconstruction of social institutions.”

Indeed, Christians shouldn’t be compelled to accept the inversion of human sexuality, and when a radical Muslim takes his hate to town and shoots up a gay nightclub in the name of Allah and ISIS, Christians shouldn’t be blamed. Sober and sensible people know better.

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