All week, I’ve been wading into territory that can get a person in trouble. Yet I felt it was time to deal with this issue on the blog. The spark came from one of my former students at Regent University, Matt Barber, who writes excellent commentaries nowadays. It’s always great to see those I taught stepping forward and making a difference.
Matt wrote a commentary recently on Obama’s desire to get rid of the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy in the military. He noted that a Military Times poll determined that if this policy is removed, about 10% of those currently serving in the military would not reenlist. That’s a sobering thought.
President Obama declared June to be “Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride” month. That proclamation doesn’t make me feel proud of our country—at least, not what it has become under this administration.
To show how committed he is to the homosexual agenda, he invited leaders of this movement to the White House on June 29. I have the transcript of what he told them. Let me offer some highlights.
Near the beginning of his talk he said:
I deeply appreciate the support I’ve received from so many of you. Michelle appreciates it and I want you to know that you have our support as well. And you have my thanks for the work you do every day in pursuit of equality on behalf of the millions of people in this country who work hard and care about their communities—and who are gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender.
First of all, notice that this is a mutual admiration society taking place that day in the White House. The “movement” realizes that for the first time, it has an advocate in the bully pulpit. Notice also how the president makes them seem like ordinary Americans who “care about their communities.” This is part of the normalization technique.
He then casts a little scorn on those who don’t see things their way:
Though we have made progress, there are still fellow citizens, perhaps neighbors or even family members and loved ones, who still hold fast to worn arguments and old attitudes; who fail to see your families like their families; and who would deny you the rights that most Americans take for granted.
This is another technique: classify those who oppose this “progressive” approach as old-fashioned and out of touch with reality. This next statement again takes the normalization tack while adding something new—the need to change hearts:
And yet all of you continue, leading by the force of the arguments you make but also by the power of the example that you set in your own lives—as parents and friends, as PTA members and leaders in the community. And that’s important, and I’m glad that so many LGBT families could join us today. For we know that progress depends not only on changing laws but also changing hearts. And that real, transformative change never begins in Washington.
We seek an America in which no one feels the pain of discrimination based on who you are or who you love. . . . It’s not for me to tell you to be patient, any more than it was for others to counsel patience to African-Americans who were petitioning for equal rights a half-century ago.
Now we get to the promises:
I suspect that by the time this administration is over, I think you guys will have pretty good feelings about the Obama administration.
First step of action:
I’ve called on Congress to repeal the so-called Defense of Marriage Act to help end discrimination against same-sex couples in this country.
Interesting. Isn’t this the president everyone says is not in favor of same-sex marriage?
Second step of action:
I’m also urging Congress to pass the Domestic Partners Benefits and Obligations Act, which will guarantee the full range of benefits, including healthcare, to LGBT couples and their children. My administration is also working hard to pass an employee nondiscrimination bill and hate-crimes bill, and we’re making progress on both fronts.
This is another attempt to make homosexual “couples” no different than heterosexual.
Third step of action:
In addition, my administration is committed to rescinding the discriminatory ban on entry to the United States based on HIV status.
I hadn’t heard of this one previously. So now we don’t care about bringing people into the country who have diseases? Does that apply to all diseases or just to politically correct ones?
The fourth action step was the repeal of “don’t ask, don’t tell.” He actually argued:
I believe preventing patriotic Americans from serving their country weakens our national security. . . . That’s why I’ve asked the secretary of Defense and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff to develop a plan for how to thoroughly implement a repeal.
What’s astounding about this part of the speech is his assertion that we should repeal this because it is hurting our national security. That’s a new thought—not a good one, but a new one.
In his closing, he made a pledge:
We must continue to do our part to make progress—step by step, law by law, mind by changing mind. And I want you to know that in this task I will not only be your friend, I will continue to be an ally and a champion and a president who fights with you and for you.
There have been many statements Obama has made that I haven’t believed. This one I believe with all my heart. And that’s the problem.
Tomorrow: how should Christians handle this issue and how can we help people trapped in homosexuality find spiritual deliverance and liberty in Christ?