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GENDER ABSURDITY: A nation, led by pop culture, descends into chaos


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LAW PROPOSED FOR NEW BIRTH CERTIFICATES WITH “X” AS GENDER 

TOM LAMPRECHT: Harry, I want to take you to a couple of news stories, one out of Fox News and the other out of World Magazine. The Fox News story reports that a New York City proposal would allow people born in New York City the option to choose a third gender on their birth certificates. This would allow adults to go back and change their birth certificates from male or female to the new “X” category.

DR. REEDER: New York and California seem to be the arbiters of pop culture movements. Pop culture is the product of the various dynamics of the society, all the way from shows that are produced to the jokes that are funny, to the books that are written and the songs that are sung. Therefore, now we’re going to have a culture in which you can’t just look at people and say, “Well, that’s he or she,” because now we have said that people can self-identify.

Clearly, the confusion and loss of objectivity in this post-modern world and the absence of any categories of any accuracy and common sense based upon truth — not only ethical absolutes, but created absolutes — simply by observation like, “That’s a man,” or “That’s a woman.” “No, I may have the biological apparatus of that, but I’ve decided I am not that. You have to then set aside any common sense in your life and accommodate the chaos that I have selected in my life.”

 WHAT HAPPENS TO THIS TYPE OF CULTURE? IT UNRAVELS

Well, that leads to the unraveling of a culture. Where does that come from? Folks, that comes from just basic reality that we have lost sensibility in the issue of origins. Atheistic, Darwinian evolution has now brought us to the point that there is no creator who has sovereignly made us in His image, male and female; has sovereignly instituted certain dynamics such as the sanctity of work, the sanctity of rest, the sanctity of sexuality within the sanctity of marriage.

All of that is dismissed and now we are right back to two books in the Bible: The Book of Judges and the other is the Book of Ecclesiastes. In the book of Judges, it repeatedly says that, “Everyone did what was right in their own eyes,” and that, of course, leads to a lifestyle that’s affirmed and developed by Solomon in his book of Ecclesiastes. A culture in which everyone does what is right in their own eyes becomes a culture of two things: chaos and vanity and the word “vanity” means emptiness — confusion and emptiness.

PENNSYLVANIA CASE IGNORES STUDENTS’ PLEAS FOR PRIVACY

TOM LAMPRECHT: Harry, lest anyone think that this is just related to what the latest song is talking about, it’s actually entered into our court system. Two courts, one in Pennsylvania and the other in Virginia, disregarded students’ pleas for privacy in public school locker rooms and restrooms. The judges avoided making any distinctions between the sexes and ruled transgender students should be allowed to use the sex-segregated facilities that affirm their gender identity.

Only four minutes into one of the oral arguments in Pennsylvania, Circuit Judge Theodore McKee stopped plaintiff’s attorney, Randall Winger, and forbade him to use the word “sex” and “opposite sex”. He said, “When you use the word ‘sex,’ you complicate the discussion. It’s not that simple. That’s why I use the term ‘transgender boy or girl’ to try to get around that problem.”

DR. REEDER: And then you’re going to have to come up with more adjectives and more adverbs. “I’m not really a transgender boy; I’m a transgender X.” “Oh, by the way, I’m not really transgender; I’m pangender.” Therefore, the alphabet, LGBTQ+ has now become LGBTQIA+. It continues on ad infinitum, ad absurdum.

POP CULTURE SHOULD NOT MAKE LAWS FOR OUR LAND

Legislative initiatives such as what’s happened in New York both reflect the pop culture and add to the pop culture and then that shows up in judicial rulings that are not based upon constitutional law of a locality or a state or a nation, but they’re based upon pop culture. That judge’s comments, as nonsensical as they are, do make sense if you embrace the cultural anomalies you see today.

We have now a pop culture that says you are not what God made you; you are what you want to consider yourself. “Every man does and is and embraces what is right in his own eyes.” The only thing is, you can’t say that anymore because you can’t use the word “man”. Now you’ve got to use the word “every entity” is what they say they are in their own eyes.

LACK OF PRIVACY, MODESTY AND BOUNDARIES IS MARK OF PAGANISM

In the very court case that you’re talking about, people are trying to get security in privacy and modesty in a public facility. We did a program yesterday on my trip to Israel. One of the things I do is I take people to the ruins of Bashan. Bashan was a Canaanite city that became an Israeli city or a Jewish city when Joshua came into the land, but never fully occupied and, therefore, remained in the hands of the Canaanites, heavily influenced by Egyptian pharaohs who had a control of the trade route and the Romans finally conquered it.

I take people right beside the theater to the public facilities and then I made the comment, “One of the marks of civilization is a public facility but you will notice there is no male or female in this public facility.” Now, on the one hand, there was a public facility — that’s the mark of a civilization is that the government, for general welfare, will make a public facility, ingenious public facilities, by the way, with even running water and how it was put together — but there was no privacy. Why? A pagan world and life view.

Then, when Christianity comes, you not only have the matter of a public facility that makes available things to people in the necessities of life, but now privacy and modesty is given. Now we have, in our descent into a pagan world and life view, you’ve got rulings from these very courts where students have come and said, “I want to go to a locker room and a bathroom where I don’t have to share it with someone of the ‘opposite sex,’” and, in the presentation, they’re told you can’t even use the language “opposite sex”.

CONFUSION LEADS TO DICTATORSHIP

What’s at loss? Privacy, modesty. What will happen from that? Chaos, confusion, molestations and all other things — the door’s wide open for voyeurism and everything else that, used to, we did not have in the sensibilities of a culture and the sanctities of that culture, including the sanctity of true privacy. Isn’t it interesting that we claim privacy to advance the right of the killing of an unborn child, but we will not affirm privacy for someone to be able to have modesty and security in a public facility?

TOM LAMPRECHT: Harry, as we continue to go down this road, what’s the ultimate outcome?

DR. REEDER: Everything’s going to become meaningless. Without objectivity, you can’t have liberty. You’ve got to have something that is objectively true in order to have true liberty. Liberty without objective truth is nothing more than anarchy and every man does what’s right in his own eyes. Court systems scramble to affirm what every man does what’s right in his own eyes and people cannot live with confusion, emptiness and chaos. That leads to dictatorships and that leads to somebody rising up and saying, “Hey, I can bring order to this confusion.”

Whenever you lose the absolutes, then you lose true liberty. We have a home and we have about 20 yards in our backyard, and then there’s a cliff on the other side of that. Well, when my grandchildren come over, they come and play in the backyard and Cindy gives them about 5 yards and that’s about it, because she doesn’t want them to go off the edge of the cliff. However, if I put a fence up, now they get the full 20 yards.

That’s what objective true law does — it’s built on ethical, true absolutes and it puts the fences up and that’s what gives full and true liberty, liberty that’s within the boundaries of what is true and what is absolute and what is law.

When you have an atheistic world and life view, then there are no realities and there is only what exists by virtue of chance and mutation. Therefore, humanity says, “We’ll make it what we want to be instead of we will conform to what God has revealed that it is,” and that leads to emptiness and that leads to a way of life that no one can accept, which means it creates a culture in which dictators become welcome and flourish.

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

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

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Marsh, McCutcheon talk lottery, ethics clarifications at Yellowhammer ‘News Shaper’ event

MONTGOMERY — Speaking Tuesday evening at Yellowhammer Multimedia’s first “News Shaper” event of 2019, Alabama Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh (R-Anniston) and House Speaker Mac McCutcheon (R-Monrovia) provided their insight on some of the hot-button topics expected to be debated during the legislature’s ongoing regular session.

Yellowhammer owner and editor Tim Howe, who moderated the discussion, outlined uncertainty in the state’s ethics laws brought on by recent court and ethics commission decisions. Howe then asked the two leaders how they think the legislature can provide certainty and codified clarification moving forward, especially when it comes to defining a “principal.”

“There is no doubt that there’s a lot of uncertainty in the ethics legislation,” Marsh said. “The [Alabama Code of Ethics Clarification and Reform Commission] was set up to look over this, but in addition to that, both the Senate and the House – in the Senate you have Greg Albritton and in the House [you have] Mike Jones – working throughout the entire break on how we address this.”

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“And remember,” Marsh continued, “it’s not about 140 legislators, there are 50,000 people in the state of Alabama affected by the ethics law. I’m going to make a plea to my colleagues, some of whom are in this room tonight: If it’s going to be fixed, we’ve got to fix it.”

He emphasized, “[I]t’s not going to get any easier. You’ve got to face the issues. You’ve got to address it and realize this is about much [more] than the legislature. So, I’m hopeful.

Marsh also noted that the uncertainty in the ethics law has “affected economic development.”

“There’s a section there where the economic developers are having problems keeping the [confidentiality] in the process of recruiting industries. We’ve got to address this,” he advised. “And I’m hopeful that we will address it this year.”

Marsh added, “I know that both Senator Albritton and Representative Jones have been in conversation with the attorney general and the ethics commission, as well. So we’re going down a path to try and get everybody on the same page. But we have got to -trust me, ladies and gentleman – we have best fix this. It’s got to be done.”

Howe then asked Marsh to articulate why certainty in the ethics law for economic development professionals is important not just for them, but for the entire state and each of its residents.

“[I]t’s important for the state, because we’re competing with all of the other states,” Marsh said.

He used the example of a piece of legislation passed out of committee that very day largely dealing with Polaris vehicles built in north Alabama and explained that the site selection process requires confidentiality, with most economic development recruitment projects being given code names.

“Because we’re competing against other states. And if we’re not able to keep that degree of secrecy at that stage of the game, we’re at a disadvantage to our neighbors,” Marsh explained.

He concluded, “So this is something that we have got to address. But I’m going to say this: that’s [only] a piece of it. And there’s going to be an attempt by the business community and economic developers to pass the piece. But I think it’s [incumbent] upon us to pass the big picture, solve all the problems, because you want as many people with you, supporting you, to make the changes. Every time you carve off a little piece, you lose some support. So, as I said, I want to help everybody, but I’m committed to the big picture.”

Lottery

Howe later asked the speaker if the time has come for a lottery proposal to pass the legislature and reach a referendum of the people.

“I think so,” McCutcheon responded. “I think it’s been coming for several years. I know that the districts, House districts, that are [bordering other states], most of those districts have seen a significant shift over the last seven or eight years because they see Alabamians driving across the state line to buy lottery tickets.”

He continued, “And people are starting to talk about it, and they’re starting to make it part of their discussion around the dinner table. … At the end of the day, there’s a good push from the people.”

McCutcheon did emphasize what he viewed as key to a successful lottery discussion.

“If we’re going to put this to a vote of the people, and I think it has a good chance of passing, we need to make sure that people understand what they’re voting on,” he outlined. “That’s very, very important. We don’t want to cloud the issue with the definition of a ‘lottery’ and try to sneak something in the back door. Let’s make sure the people understand in their minds what a lottery is and we define it in such a way that they know what they’re voting on.”

“Then, I think the next big debate will be, ‘Where’s the money [lottery revenue] going to go?’ And that will be something that we’ll have to contend with,” McCutcheon concluded.

This came the same day that Senator Jim McClendon (R-Springville) filed a lottery proposal that was soon after called not “clean” by the Poarch Band of Creek Indians, who said McClendon’s legislation would legalize slot machines in a select few places in the state.

Watch the entire discussion:

Sean Ross is a staff writer for Yellowhammer News. You can follow him on Twitter @sean_yhn

After 133 launches, Alabama built rockets boast 100% mission success

Thank you to the United Launch Alliance team and the entire workforce surrounding another successful launch.  Alabama’s Decatur based facility brings the utmost precision, passion and purpose to one of the most technically complex, critical American needs: affordable, reliable access to space.

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Bipartisan bill to regulate vaping set for House committee hearing

MONTGOMERY — Alabama is currently one of only three states to not regulate vaping, but that could soon change.

HB 41, sponsored by Republican Rep. Shane Stringer and Democrat Rep. Barbara Drummond, both of Mobile County, is on the House Judiciary Committee’s agenda for Wednesday afternoon.

The bill would regulate the sale, use and advertisement of vaping – or “alternative nicotine products” – in the state.

In an interview with Yellowhammer News, both Drummond and Stringer emphasized that their bill is intended to protect the health and wellbeing of Alabama minors.

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“The motivation is simple,” Drummond emphasized. “We are trying to safeguard the teens in the state of Alabama.”

She outlined, “Vape shops, as it stands right now, are not regulated at all… And the bill came about because our drug education council locally brought it to our attention, but [Stringer and I] have both seen ourselves, as well as throughout the whole state, the rise of vape shops. They’re popping up everywhere in the state of Alabama.”

While it is too early to tell what vaping is directly doing to users’ health, Stringer and Drummond emphasized there is an objective gateway effect from vaping use and to smoking traditional cigarettes.

“Right now, there is no data that says what is the [direct] effect that these products are having on our young people. What we are seeing, and this is a national trend, is that you’re seeing smoking not going down, but increasing, among young people,” Drummond explained.

Stringer, a career law enforcement officer with stints as chief of multiple local police departments, said educators from every corner of Mobile County have voiced their concerns with the lack of state oversight on vape products and retailers “saying this is an epidemic and a problem what we need to address.”

“The products haven’t been out long enough to know the problems we could face in five, ten, 15 years from now,” he said. “It’s pretty similar to when smoking came out. There was basically no risk at that time, according to everyone. Now, look at all the data that we have to go with smoking… this is a new product we’re learning every day about.”

Stringer said statistics they were shown from the drug education council show an approximately 34 percent increase in children under 19-years-old that tried smoking after vaping.

“In Alabama, we don’t want to wake up one day and see the effects, negative effects on our kids,” Drummond added. “Right now, we’re trying to be responsible legislators to make sure that we look out for the welfare of our children.”

The two lawmakers also stressed that not only do vape shop operators have no restrictions on them, but the state has no way to even keep track of them currently.

Their bill would make it illegal to sell or give vape products to anyone under 19-years-old. The Alcoholic Beverage Control Board would regulate retail sales of the products, just as they do tobacco products. Retailers would have to obtain an annual permit, which includes an application fee of $300. Retailers would also have to comply with relevant FDA regulations and post signage warning of the dangers of nicotine usage.

Using vape products in certain places, including schools and child care facilities, would be prohibited.

‘This is something that is nonpartisan, it’s not anything that is about Republican or Democrat. This is something about our young people,” Drummond said. “Because if you look at the amount of nicotine that is showing up in these products, when they first hit the market, the nicotine levels were very low – like five percent. Now, it’s gone up to about ten percent. They’ve got other chemicals in there, like formaldehyde. What is the effect of that upon the brains of our kids? So, this is more of a public wellbeing bill for us.”

Stringer advised that he foresees widespread support in the legislature for the bill.

“Everyone agrees that there has to be some checks and balances [oversight] in place,” he concluded.

Sean Ross is a staff writer for Yellowhammer News. You can follow him on Twitter @sean_yhn

2 hours ago

House Majority Leader Ledbetter predicts Alabama to ‘move to number one’ nationally in automotive production after Port of Mobile expansion

Tuesday on Huntsville’s WVNN radio, House Majority Leader Nathaniel Ledbetter (R-Rainsville) said he did not think it would be very long before Alabamians started to see tangible benefits of the Rebuild Alabama Act.

The legislation that was recently signed into law by Gov. Kay Ivey after she called a special session will raise the gasoline tax six cents in September, then add an additional two cents in 2020 and 2021.

According to the DeKalb County Republican, road projects could start as early as the summer given the bill will allow for counties to bond half of the revenue the additional tax will generate that is distributed to the counties.

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“I really think it will be this summer,” Ledbetter said. “I think we’ll see it immediately, and the reason I say that is inside that bill there is a mechanism that the counties can use half of their money to bond with. So, I know there’s mine – I talked to the president of my county commission, and we’re looking at bonding half of that money. So if that happens, you’re going to see a lot of paving going down, and I think it will be significant, especially on those roads we can’t get buses across, or you know, the transportation has been limited due to the fact of the road conditions.”

Ledbetter also predicted one of the aspects of the law, which is to expand the Port of Mobile, will generate a positive impact statewide, especially with regards to the automotive industry.

“I don’t think there is any question about that,” he said. “The thing I think we’ll see – Alabama rank third as far as automotive manufacturing in the country. I think we’ll move to number one. I really do. I think this is that big of a game changer. I think aerospace engineering, and some of those jobs going to the port, building airplanes and building the ships – we’re going to move up the ladder because we got availability in the port to bring the ships in and out, the post-Panamax ships we hadn’t seen.”

“You know, the sad part about it is we build all these automobiles in Alabama – a lot of those were being shipped out of Savannah because we can’t get them out of our port,” Ledbetter added. “I think once this happens, we’ll see the roll off-roll on where we’ll be carrying cars to Mobile from Huntsville, from Lincoln, from here in Montgomery to see them delivered, or shipped out from Mobile.”

@Jeff_Poor is a graduate of Auburn University, the editor of Breitbart TV and host of “The Jeff Poor Show” from 2-5 p.m. on WVNN in Huntsville.

2 hours ago

7 Things: ‘Clean lottery’ bill may not be clean, Trump says Democrats can’t ‘pack the court’ which they are saying they want to do, bills to ‘Build the Wall’ and end Common Core are introduced and more …

7. President Donald Trump and conservatives vs. social media giants

— Earlier this week, Representative Devin Nunes (R-CA) sued Twitter and some users over harassment, shadow-banning, censorship and facilitating defamation. Part of his claim is that their content-based moderation makes them responsible for what is on their platform. President Trump has also jumped into the fray, saying Twitter and Facebook are targeting Republicans for censorship and Congress needs to get to the “bottom” of it.

6. A new potential candidate emerges in GOP primary race — She’s a former Miss America

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— The race to face Senator Doug Jones (D-AL) in the 2020 general election is on and former Miss Alabama, and Miss America, Heather Whitestone McCallum is reportedly polling the race, which most see as a potential prelude to entering the contest. The weak incumbent is already attracting big names like Congressman Bradley Byrne (R-Mobile), who is in the race. Congressman Mo Brooks (R-Huntsville) and failed 2017 candidate Roy Moore are possible candidates as well.

5. The U.S. Supreme Court says crime-breaking illegal aliens can be held after their sentences are complete

— The Supreme Court ruled that the federal government could detain non-citizens who have committed crimes that would make them deportable. The law says the government must arrest these illegal immigrants when they are released from custody and then process them through an immigration court. The problem arose when the individuals were not held instantly and instead were picked up years later. Justice Samuel Alito wrote for the majority that “neither the statute’s text nor its structure” spoke in favor of the ACLU or illegal immigrants’ positions.

4. Information that led to the raid on Michael Cohen’s office was part of a long-term investigation

— The unsealed warrants and documents that have been released give everybody something to hang their hat on. We already know Cohen pleaded guilty to tax crimes, campaign finance violations, false statements to a bank and lying to Congress, but the search warrants show federal prosecutors also suspected that Cohen could have violated foreign lobbying laws and committed money laundering. He was not charged with those crimes. Nothing released shows any collusion, which is really what everyone really wants to hear about, yay or nay.

3. Senate Pro Tem Del Marsh (R-Anniston) is offering two pieces of  legislation conservatives will love 

— You may be able to help “Build the Wall” by checking a box on your tax return after the Senate leader proposed a bill that would allow a taxpayer to voluntarily send a portion to of their state income tax refund to an organization called We Build the Wall, Inc. Marsh is also offering a bill to repeal Common Core in Alabama. More interestingly, the bill would forbid the state board from taking on any national standards in any subject. As Senate pro tem, Marsh is in a good position to get his bills on the floor of the Alabama State Senate.

2. Democrats are advocating to expand the Supreme Court; President Donald Trump says it is not going to happen

— Multiple Democratic candidates for the presidency and one “conservative” talk show host have made it clear that they would like to fracture some of the norms that our society has held dear for centuries. They want to undo the Electoral College and “pack the Supreme Court.” The president has made it clear he is not interested in the game, saying, “I wouldn’t entertain that.” Trump added, “I can guarantee it won’t happen for six years. We have no interest in that whatsoever.” While the media pretends this isn’t what Democrats are saying, Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA), Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), former Congressman Beto O’Rourke (D-TX) and South Bend Mayor Peter Buttigieg have all suggested some form of it.

1. Senator Jim McClendon (R-Springville) has officially filed a lottery bill that he called a “clean bill”; The Poarch Band of Creek Indians don’t agree

— The next controversial bill for the Alabama legislature has finally been filed, and a lottery is going to get its day in the legislative body. There are two bills that really do one thing: One bill allocates the revenue from any lottery into a clean split with 50 percent for both budgets, and the other bill creates a constitutional amendment that would legalize a lottery that would put the amendment up for a vote of the people in the 2020 primary elections. McClendon says this is a “clean bill” that would keep casino card and table games illegal in Alabama. It would also protect facilities that are running questionable electronic bingo and allow them to run virtual lottery terminals, which is essentially a slot machine with extra steps.