Reeder: Secular culture wants more than ‘tolerance’, insists upon abortion and sexual anarchy ‘celebration’






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TOM LAMPRECHT:  Harry, I want to take you through a lightning round. Four different stories, but yet they all tie together.

The Supreme Court agreed, this past week, to hear National Institute of Family and Life Advocates vs. Becerra, which challenges California’s law requiring pro-life crisis pregnancy centers to post notices that advise patients or visitors about tax-payer funded abortion programs.

The next story I want to take you to is out of The Daily Signal. It’s a bill would protect pro-life nurses. The bill is sponsored by Chris Smith of New Jersey and it’s entitled “The Conscious Protection Act.”

Basically, what this bill says is, if you’re in the insurance business, if you’re in the medical field, you’re not going to be forced to ever perform an abortion. You’re not going to be forced to do something that goes against your religious values, that goes against your conscience.

I also want to take you to Canada, where The Daily Wire’s reporting on an evangelical couple in Canada who are now taking legal action after their adoption application was denied because of their Biblical views of sexuality.

And, lastly, The Daily Signal is reporting the Delaware Department of Education is now saying that individual students coming to the public schools can declare their gender and their race without ever having to tell their parents.

REEDER: And whatever they declare has to be assumed as factual in terms of how the child is how to be regarded in the school system. You could have a white male who would come and say, “I identify as a black female.”

And then you’ve got the case up in Canada where, now, a couple who is clearly qualified to adopt but not allowed to adopt because, in answer to a question, they have made clear that, if their child comes to them with issues of sexuality – questioning the issue of heterosexuality and are they homosexual – their commitment is that they would put them into counseling to work through that.

And then, of course, you have the situation where nurses are having to fight for what has, historically, even since Roe v. Wade, been affirmed and that is medical personnel do not have to participate in the abortion practice if it’s a matter of their conscience and their free practice of religion. They cannot participate in what they see as an outright heinous murder.

And, in California, where crisis pregnancy centers that exist to give women clarity and alternative in crisis moments of pregnancy – that there is a better way rather than the pressure to abort the child.

There are three things that I want people to see in these stories that you have walked us through. The first thing I want you to see is that the quote/unquote “secular progressive” world and life view that surrounds all of these issues – the death of the unborn, gender confusion, sexual anarchy – all of these things have in common the world and life view that is rooted in the sovereign self.

We have said on many occasions that there are basically two world and life views. There’s the world and life view that is rooted in the sovereign God – that God is sovereign and, by virtue of creation and redemption, He has given us a way of life that, if embraced, leads to that which is good and beautiful and true even within a broken world.

Or there is what is at the root of the broken world and that is the sin nature of man in which a world and life view of the sovereign self. The book of Judges puts it this way that, “Everyone did what was right in his own eyes.”

In all of these cases, the sovereign self supposedly is to rule and reign. It doesn’t rule and reign because there are victims whenever we embrace sin to exalt ourselves and, to gratify ourselves, there are victims and their sovereign self is being violated.

However, for us, our world and life view is simply, “We will determine what we believe is right and then we will do what is right,” and the whole purpose of culture, and government, and society is that, “I need to be free to do what I want to do.”

Which brings us to the second principle you need to see: The world and life view of the sovereign self is, by definition and by consequence, is going to be confused, is going to be incoherent, is going to be insensible.

In other words, sin never makes sense. Sin is always irrational, it is always incoherent, it is always destructive and it is always counterproductive to the very thing that the sinner thinks that they are pursuing, which is self-gratification.

Therefore, you have the sovereign self and all of the world and life views in rebellion against God, whether it’s humanism, secularism, consumerism, it doesn’t matter.

Jesus said to Peter, “You have set your mind on man’s interest, not upon God’s.” Either the sovereign God or the sovereign self and all of the -isms are rooted in the sovereign self. Secondly, it is incoherent.

The third thing I want our listeners to hear is this: The secular world and life view of the sovereign self, it is creating a culture that is destructive and incoherent in our society.

My goodness, we are now at the point where a young boy who is either white or black can go to a school system and say, “I know I look white, but I’m actually black,” and, “I know I’ve got all the biology of a male, but, actually, I’m female,” then we, with a straight face are supposed to believe that?

Or you’ve got parents who are able to raise a child and create an environment in which, if there is sexual confusion, they’re going to bring them counseling and they are declared as intolerant and bigots.

Or we’re in a society where someone has a position that, “I cannot participate in murder,” and we now have state governments trying to force medical personnel to participate in abortion.

Or we have a situation in which entire organizations are put in place to present a caring, compassionate, effective and competent alternative to the abortion industry and they are told that they have to promote the abortion industry when someone comes into their office.

That incoherency, that destructiveness, is obvious but notice it is relentless. The present secular sexual revolution world and life view is intent on making you participate.

You are going to be made to celebrate, perpetuate and propagate the very lifestyle that you think it only requires you to “tolerate.” It is not toleration that is the goal – it is your participation, your celebration.

“Medical personnel, I don’t care what you believe about abortion, you got to do one. I don’t care what you think about clarity and sanity – here’s a man, here’s a woman, here’s a person of the ethnicity of black, ethnicity of white…”

We no longer live in the world of reality. We now live in the fabricated world and we’ve gone down the rabbit hole of the sovereign self and, “I will do what is right in my own eyes. I will even say what I think it is right for me to be, even though it is in direct conflict with reality.

We will set aside biology, we will set aside science, we will set aside ethics for the sovereign self to rule.”

Professing Christian, you’re going to have to make a decision.

You’re not going to be able to hide in a commune, so I encourage you: learn to think, learn to act, learn to live and promote in the public square what is good and beautiful and true.

Do so with humility yet courage, do so with boldness, yet compassion, but be those who speak the truth in love.

We certainly are going to do so by sharing the Gospel so that the lives of men and women will be transformed, but we will also do it in the public square so that sin is confronted, confusion is addressed, clarity is brought and we do so carefully, thoughtfully, gently and boldly.

Not only do we love the fact that the Gospel transforms the lives of sinners, we also love the fact that truth, spoken in love, restrains sin in society and brings sanity instead of insanity, freedom instead of coercion, and joy and life instead of despair and death.

Dr. Harry L. Reeder III is the Senior Pastor of Briarwood Presbyterian Church in Birmingham.

This podcast was transcribed by Jessica Havin. Jessica is editorial assistant for Yellowhammer News. Jessica has transcribed some of the top podcasts in the country and her work has been featured in a New York Times Bestseller.

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Debbie Long is a 2018 Yellowhammer Woman of Impact

This summer, Debbie Long will call it a career at Protective Life Corp.

What a career it has been.

Long, who also is a 2018 Yellowhammer Woman of Impact, served as executive vice president, chief legal officer and corporate secretary of the insurance company before taking on a part-time advisory role this year. She is one of Alabama’s highest-paid female executives.


Long also has been a big contributor to her community.

Long told Business Alabama in 2012 that she always wanted to be a lawyer, although first she had idealistic visions of saving the world. After graduating in 1980 from the University of Alabama Law School and then clerking for a federal appeals court Judge Frank Johnson, she went to work for a law firm and practiced corporate law.

“Although I hadn’t initially wanted to practice business law, I found I loved it,” she told the publication.

Long left the firm along with several other lawyers to help form the powerhouse Birmingham firm of Maynard, Cooper and Gale.

In 1992, Long joined the board of Protective Life as general counsel of the insurance company.

Long told Business Alabama that her advice to would-be business leaders would be to stay open to opportunities that might come along at unexpected times.

“It’s very doubtful that someone’s going to come to you early in your career and say, ‘I want to be your mentor,’” she said. “It’s far more likely you will meet people along the way who will give you great advice if you are open to receiving it. Someone at a cocktail party might say something that could change your life.”

Long has been active in the larger business community. She has served as chairwoman of the Business Council of Alabama’s Judicial and Legal Reform Committee and also has worked on the Tax and Fiscal Policy Committee, the Federal Affairs Committee and on the board of ProgressPAC — the lobby’s political action committee.

Last year, the BCA honored her with the Robert W. “Bubba” Lee Political Courage Award, given each year to someone who is willing to take the right position regardless of cost.

“She has shown through her support that she cares about the Alabama business community and she values the role we play and the jobs we create,” BCA Chairman Perry Hand said at the time. “She has been a distinguished member of the Alabama and Birmingham business communities for nearly three decades.”

Her charitable endeavors include Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Greater Birmingham, the YWCA of Birmingham, Oasis Women’s Counseling Center, the Birmingham Museum of Art and Partners in Neighborhood Growth Inc.

In addition, she serves on the Alabama Women’s Commission and the Public Affairs Research Council of Alabama, as well as The Fellows program of the American Bar Foundation.

“It is her commitment to excellence that has made her such a valuable asset to Alabama’s business community, and there are few individuals more dedicated to our corporate community, the rule of law, and the political arena than Debbie Long,” Hand said last year.

Join Long and special guests from across the state for a Birmingham awards event March 29 honoring the 20 Yellowhammer Women of Impact whose powerful contributions advance Alabama. Details and registration may be found here.

@BrendanKKirby is a senior political reporter at LifeZette and author of “Wicked Mobile.”

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Alabama Rural Broadband Act on governor’s desk

A bill that would provide grants to aid rural broadband expansion is on Gov. Kay Ivey’s desk.

The legislation was delivered to the Capitol on Wednesday afternoon after the Senate adopted changes to the Alabama Rural Broadband Act previously made in the House.

Originally conceived as a bill that would offer tax incentives to companies to provide high-speed internet services to some of the state’s more remote areas, the bill was changed to offer grants instead. Projects that would provide speeds of 25 megabits per second down and 3 megabits per second up would be eligible for $1.4 million per project, while projects providing minimum speeds of 10/1 could get $750,000 each.


The bill is expected to provide $10 million annually, with the program being administered by the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs. Private providers and cooperatives would be eligible for the money, but government entities would not.

The sponsor, Sen. Clay Scofield (R-Guntersville), wanted to give providers tax credits for providing broadband rather than cash. The bill still has safeguards in place – the money won’t be received upfront and a legislative committee would monitor the program for effectiveness.

Scofield couldn’t be reached for comment this week.

Ivey is expected to sign the bill after speaking about the need for such programs in her January State of the State speech. The legislation sailed through the Alabama Legislature, receiving unanimous yes votes in the House on Tuesday and in the Senate concurrence vote on Wednesday.

Speaker of the House Mac McCutcheon (R-Monrovia), said grants are better for taxpayers.

“It’s more transparent and gives us more accountability,” he said.

In reality, both funding mechanisms have been dismissed by critics. The MacIver Institute said in a 2014 report that incentives can actually hurt economic growth, while Obama’s stimulus grant program was one of the more stark examples of grant largesse.

Alabama lawmakers hope their broadband plan goes hand-in-hand with a proposal from President Trump to spend an immediate $200 billion and long-term $1.5 trillion on infrastructure improvements. Trump hopes to spur more public-private partnerships – so-called P3s – with his proposal to help state and local governments shoulder more of the load. But his plan has faced criticism on both sides – Democrats aren’t fans of the president’s goal to put more costs on the states, while many Republicans say the plan calls for too much spending and haven’t exactly deemed it a high priority this session.

Some on both sides have criticized the lack of any guaranteed funds for broadband, although the plan cites high-speed internet as an infrastructure priority. There are concerns that federal broadband grants could accelerate the growth of government internet projects, which have largely been a sinkhole for taxpayer money.

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Alabama Committee approves ethics exemption for economic developers

An Alabama Senate committee has approved legislation, pushed by the state’s top industry recruiter, to exempt professional economic developers from the state ethics law.

The Fiscal Responsibility and Economic Development Committee approved the House-passed bill Wednesday on a 10-2 vote. It now moves to the Senate floor.


The proposal would exempt professional economic developers from the rules that govern lobbyists. The rules include registering with the state, undergoing yearly training and reporting activity.

Alabama Commerce Secretary Greg Canfield has said professional site developers, who help businesses decide where to locate, will not work in Alabama if they must register as lobbyists.

Ethics Commission Executive Director Tom Albritton has expressed concern about exempting a group of people, whose primary job involves interacting with government officials, from the state ethics law.

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Human trafficking bill that would impose severe penalties for obstruction is step closer to becoming law

Anyone who obstructs a human trafficking investigation in Alabama could be met with the same penalties as the traffickers if the governor signs a bill that passed the House this week with near unanimous support.

The bill, which already passed the Senate, increases penalties in place for those who obstruct, interfere with, prevent, or otherwise get in the way of law enforcement’s investigation into the practice that includes child sex trafficking.

Under current law, such obstruction is only a Class C felony and could result in just one year in prison. The new legislation would increase the maximum offense to a Class A felony, with a minimum jail sentence of ten years.


Senator Cam Ward (R-Alabaster) sponsored the bill and said he is proud that the Alabama Legislature made this a priority.

“This week we’ve taken another crucial step in ending this horrific practice,” Ward said in a statement. “By increasing penalties for those who would aid traffickers, we will hold them just as accountable as the traffickers themselves.”

Human trafficking victims are often children who are trafficked into sexual exploitation at an average age between 11-14 years old, according to the Alabama Human Trafficking Task Force.

“Most people assume, ‘Well, that doesn’t happen in my backyard,’” Ward said in an interview with Yellowhammer News when the bill was first introduced. “…It’s everywhere in our state, but there’s low awareness as to how bad it really is.”

Just this week, a Decatur man pled guilty to child sex trafficking and other charges related to his plan to kidnap, rape and kill a mother and sell her 14-year-old daughter to a Memphis pimp, according to horrifying details reported by the Decatur Daily.

Brian David “Blaze” Boersma’s plan was thwarted because an informant, who Boersma recruited to help him with his plan, alerted the FBI.

“Oftentimes it’s like what we say with terrorism,” Ward said. “If you see something suspicious, tell somebody, because a lot of times, trafficking can take place right underneath our noses in our communities.”

The legislation to increase penalties for obstructing human trafficking investigations was delivered to Governor Kay Ivey for her signature Wednesday afternoon.

Rachel Blackmon Bryars is managing editor of Yellowhammer News.

Bill funds ‘active shooter’ training for local law enforcement, school faculty and staff, and students

For much of the year, the safety of our students rests in the hands of the faculty, staff, and resource officers at our schools.  Without a shadow of a doubt, the people who know best how to protect our schools are the teachers, parents, administrators, police officers, and students in their own communities.

In February, the tragic shooting in Parkland, Florida resonated throughout our communities, highlighting a disturbing trend of individuals who clearly show signs of grave mental instability falling through the cracks.

Sadly, this incident likely could have been avoided had there been better oversight at every level of law enforcement. From the top down, we failed these students by not heeding the warning signs and working together as a team to ensure our students’ safety.


In response to this incident, the House recently passed the Student, Teacher’s Officer’s Prevention (STOP) School Violence Act, which Bill  to help identify and prevent school violence before these tragic events occur.

First, the STOP School Violence Act provides funding for training to prevent student violence, including training for local law enforcement officers, school personnel, and students in the event of an emergency.  This training would be designed to give students and school personnel the ability to recognize and respond quickly to warning signs of violent behavior and would include active shooter training.

Second, the bill provides funding for technology and equipment to improve school security.  This includes the development and operation of anonymous reporting systems, as well as the installation of metal detectors, locks, and other preventative technologies to keep schools secure.

The legislation also authorizes funding for school threat assessment and crisis intervention teams for school personnel to respond to threats before they become real-time incidents.  Recognizing the warning signs of violent, threatening behavior and having the proper resources to address it on the front end can prevent these tragedies from ever occurring.

Finally, the STOP School Violence Act provides funding to support law enforcement coordination efforts, particularly the officers who already staff schools.  From the federal level all the way down to our local law enforcement, we need to ensure there is accountability and communication when handling violent behavior.

Many of our local schools are already reevaluating their security measures and taking additional steps to promote a safe learning environment for our students.  Our students’ safety and security should always remain a top priority, and I believe it is imperative that our local schools have the most appropriate resources in place in the event of an emergency.

As we look for ways to prevent these terrible tragedies, I am open to additional solutions to address the underlying issues that cause these events to occur.  That said, I remain steadfastly committed to upholding the individual right of all law-abiding Americans to keep and bear arms.  Millions of Americans should not have their Second Amendment rights infringed upon due to the bad actions of a few individuals.

Rather, I believe we should focus on addressing mental health issues and combatting the role of violence in our modern culture, such as the prevalence of violent video games that normalize this behavior for our young students, and promoting commonsense solutions that will address the larger issues of mental health so that those with mental illness do not fall through the cracks.

There is still work to be done to ensure each child’s safety and well-being while attending classes. However, I am proud that we have taken this action in the House to promote a safe, secure learning environment for our children.

U.S. Rep. Bradley Byrne is a Republican from Fairhope. 

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