Do American teenagers now feel like they ‘should’ have an attention-getting sexual orientation?

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GENDER AND ORIENTATION CONFUSION SPREADING AMONG GENERATION Z

TOM LAMPRECHT:  In Christianity Today, Kate Shellnut writes an article citing Barna and Gallup studies which are rather alarming for the church today. A new study by these polling firms shed new light on striking social and demographic trends. Teenagers in “Gen Z” are at least twice as likely as American adults to identify as LGBT or as atheists.

The latest Gallup poll reported 4.1 percent of Americans and 7.3 percent of millennials identify as LGBT. Barna found that 12 percent of Gen Z teens describe their sexual orientation as something other than heterosexual and 7 percent identify as bisexual.

Harry, when you and I were coming up through youth group, it was rare that you ever heard any statistics along these lines and now we have, as I just cited, 12 percent of Gen Z teens describe their sexual orientation as something other than heterosexual.

DR. REEDER: Which is very interesting in light of the documented research and reality where approximately 2 to, at the most, 3 percent of the human population have actual documented issues in terms of either homosexual or bisexual claims of orientation. This spiking of it within our youth, why is that there and what does that mean?

WHY ARE THEY CONFUSED AND HOW DOES THIS AFFECT THE CHURCH?

This has taken on epic proportions in that you have, in the sexual revolution, the engagement of sexual pedophiles and those who would harass and molest, and so you’ve got to set up all kinds of boundaries and checks in dealing with those who are volunteering to minister, and how they minister, and all kinds of principles and profiles of what can take place.

Then, secondly, how do you train those who now have to deal with not just addictions, but now this plethora of broken homes and children coming into youth ministry out of broken homes — not as in the extension of the home, but they’re almost looking for a family now. How do you do that without assuming that you can become a family for someone?

And then you’ve got this fascination through social media and the youth culture that students find two things. No. 1, “I think I’m supposed to have an issue of sexual confusion, either about gender or orientation,” and it’s almost an obligatory thing that you have that. And, for those in the day of social media, are not getting the attention — “My Facebook page isn’t liked. My Instagram’s not being received. I don’t get any Tweets. My Tweets aren’t liked” — and then people begin to grapple with their significance through the digital age. Well, one of the ways to get significance is to have these issues.

CHURCH MUST HOLD FAST TO BIBLICAL STANDARDS DESPITE PRESSURE

Therefore, all of that is contributing to the issue and then the challenge to the church, Tom, is how do you minister to this? How do you confront this? And then, as you’re having to confront this, and deal with this and respond to this, the culture is putting the pressure on you, “You can’t hold to a fixed point that sex is a gift from God and it belongs within marriage and marriage is a man and a woman and that is what is natural, Biblical and right. You can’t do that. If you do, you’re homophobic, you’re insensitive, you’re all of those challenges.”

And so, for a church to maintain its paradigm of ministry, to maintain its fixed point, to maintain its Biblical ethic and then weather the inevitable criticisms that, if you call sex outside of marriage — whether it’s heterosexual or homosexual — you call it sin and something that needs to be repented of, then some will be charged as being unscientific. “Don’t you know this is scientifically proven that there is a sexual orientation confusion?” Well, actually, there isn’t any science that supports that — it is a behavior choice.

And then, secondly, if you stand against people exercising their own desires as to how they want to be fulfilled sexually, isn’t sex for personal gratification? Then, if there’s consenting adults, why can’t they have sex? Well, then I would tell people, “Why do you impose the paradigm of consent?” In other words, you know there has to be a sexual ethic. What we’re telling you, it’s not just two consenting adults and sex is for personal gratification; sex is a gift from God to initiate, to recreate and procreate in marriage and it is given not simply for gratification, but for ministry and for bringing forth the next generation within a family.

The church has to decide are we going to be defined by the Word of God or are we going to accommodate the culture because our kids are coming to us with the inevitable confusion of the culture and the sense that, “I can be somebody if I have that confusion,” and the sense that, “I ought to have this confusion because the culture is telling me I ought to have it.”

EPISCOPAL CHURCH CAVES ON GENDER PRONOUNS — FOR GOD

TOM LAMPRECHT:  Harry, to confound the issue, the Episcopal Church diocese of Washington, D.C. has recently come out and they have voted to stop using masculine pronouns for God. A spokesperson said, “Over the centuries, our language and our understanding of God has continued to change and adapt. Masculine pronouns limit our understanding of God. By expanding our language for God, we’ll expand our image of God and the nature of God.”

DR. REEDER: They have just said that, “God’s Word is untrustworthy. We have now advanced in our society to believe that God’s Word does not accurately reveal God’s desire to communicate to us of who He is by virtue and use of the male pronouns. We’re now a lot smarter than God in His revealed Word, so we are now going to impose our perspective on who God is. We’re going to make a god in our own image, not receive the God who reveals himself in Scripture.”

Why is this important? Well, when you do away with the sanctity of language that communicates the sanctity of gender in the context of who God is, then we, who are made in the image of God, now we lose all semblance of sanity and any framework from which you minister to bring sanity to this gender-sexuality confusion in society that is being flooded into the minds and hearts of our children through the media, performing arts and public-school systems.

For instance, in Staten Island, they just had an entire school system that did away with father-daughter banquets, saying that is injurious, and homophobic, and non-inclusive and insensitive to the gender issue.

Sex outside of marriage, whether heterosexual or homosexual, is never going to bring joy, happiness nor stability to an individual, a family or a society. It is always going to bring brokenness.

The Episcopal Church, by abandoning how God has revealed Himself, has revealed they have no ethical paradigm from which to minister to this youth culture and all of its confusions and challenges because they have abandoned the authority of God’s Word. “We make God’s Word to say what we want it to,” and when you make God’s Word to say what you want it to, then you don’t have the framework of God’s Word whereby people can be shaped in the way God made us, and the way God saves us and the way God sustains us to live. And so, the Episcopal Church, they’re not a player — they are a casualty in the sexual revolution.

INSTEAD, CHURCHES MUST PASS ON BIBLICAL WISDOM AND HOLD FAST

Folks, this isn’t new. It was tried in Sodom and Gomorrah and it was tried among our barbarian forefathers in Europe and in Africa and in Asia. And, if Christianity had not come in to bring civilization, including sexual ethics and family structure, I quote the Psalmist: “Tell the coming generation of who our God is and what our God has done.”

And we must hold fast, “Here is what it means to be a man. Here’s what it means to be a woman. Here’s what it means to have a marriage between a man and a woman — a covenant relationship, not a social contract — and it’s foundational to society. Here is the church that is the family of families that reaches into a broken world and here is the work of the Gospel.”

We must hold fast to the Word of God and fulfill our mission: “Make disciples, teaching them to observe all that the Lord has commanded you and He will be with us, even to the end.”

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. 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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3 hours ago

More than 100 conservatives call for Jordan to run for Speaker

A coalition of more than 100 conservatives sent a letter to House Freedom Caucus (HFC) co-founder Jim Jordan Monday urging him to throw his name in to replace outgoing Speaker of the House Paul Ryan.

“There must be a real race for Speaker of the House. Now. No backroom deals. A real race, starting this spring, to make every incumbent and candidate commit on the record, as a campaign issue, whether they’ll vote to save the Swamp or drain it,” the letter reads. “America needs you to declare yourself as a candidate for Speaker at once. We write to you on behalf of millions of Americans who want Congress to Drain the Swamp.”

Ryan rattled Capitol Hill in April when he announced he will retire from the House after nearly 20 years in Congress, telling reporters he wanted to spend more time with his family and pursue other opportunities.

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Two of the top House Republicans — House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California and House Majority Whip Steve Scalise of Louisiana — are angling for the position, but neither thought to have a guaranteed lock on the speakership.

McCarthy failed to garner the 218 required votes to become speaker in 2015, but his particularly close relationship with the president has some expecting that, along with Ryan’s full fledged endorsement, it will give him an upper hand over Scalise in the coming months.

Scalise wouldn’t rule out a potential bid for Ryan’s job but is also adamant he would not run against McCarthy, who he considers a “good friend,” he said in March.

Yet, House Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows, who is best friends with Jordan, might have the closest relationship with the president over any other member of Congress. During a speech Thursday in which Jordan appeared to preview a bid for the speakership, Jordan joked that Meadows was in the back, taking a phone call from the president, which Meadows is known to do on a regular basis.

The letter Jordan received Monday from conservatives echoes a great deal of what the congressman has said himself since Ryan announced his retirement. Namely, Jordan is adamant that Republicans need to get back to accomplishing what they promised voters during the 2016 election cycle, like dealing with immigration, border security, repealing and replacing Obamacare and stopping out-of-control spending.

Jordan’s response to questions about the speaker’s race have been the same since the day TheDCNF first reported the growing wave of support for his candidacy: there is no speaker’s race, and we need to focus on the issues.

Conservatives are pushing back against Jordan’s assertion that there isn’t an ongoing race to replace Ryan.

“To those who say there is no Speaker’s race at the moment, we say that it’s already underway – in back rooms, behind closed doors, and aimed at preserving the Swamp and making it bigger. The Speaker’s race must be public.  There will be no Republican Speaker in 2019 unless the GOP can appeal to those Americans in its own ranks, among independents and even many Democrats who voted for Donald Trump to drain the Swamp and for the current Republican-led House to help him do that,” the letter reads.

“The present House Republican leadership has failed. It is part of the problem. You are the solution. This is your moment.  We pray you will seize it, knowing that if you do, we will do everything we can to help you succeed.”

The HFC is no stranger to putting leadership on notice.

Jordan, Meadows and HFC members shot down a farm bill in order to secure a vote on an immigration proposal they were promised months ago.

Ryan and McCarthy huddled with Meadows and Jordan in the back of the House chamber before the final gavel Friday, but their 11th-hour attempts were unable to sway the conservative members.

The bill failed with members voting 198-213, dealing a decisive blow to leadership.

Friday’s vote is evidence the HFC has the leverage to sway major policy issues, given the power of the caucus’ 36 members’ votes. If the caucus votes as a coalition, they can kill a bill or get concessions from leadership.

Many believe Jordan’s bid would be to get concessions from either McCarthy or Scalise, but Ryan still has the rest of the year as speaker. That is, if he isn’t pressured to step down earlier.

McCarthy’s folks are reportedly nervous about the potential heat he will take in a drawn out speaker’s race if Ryan decides to stay through the November midterm elections, which he has promised he intends to do.

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4 hours ago

Hightower runs for Alabama governor on flat tax, term limits

State Sen. Bill Hightower is stressing his background as a businessman as he runs for governor on a sweeping platform of government overhauls that includes term limits for legislators and replacing the state income tax code with a flat tax.

The Mobile Republican says he believes long-serving politicians have become the “enemy of improvement” in Montgomery.

Hightower’s platform includes limiting legislators to three consecutive terms, establishing a flat tax income tax and ending budgetary earmarks. Legislators would have to approve the measures.

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Hightower is challenging Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey in the June 5 Republican primary along with evangelist Scott Dawson and Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle.

A relative newcomer in state politics, Hightower was first elected to the Alabama Senate in a 2013 special election.

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4 hours ago

Canary responds to YH News

In recent months, there have been ongoing and coordinated efforts to paint the Business Council of Alabama as an ineffective and financially troubled organization. These attacks are maliciously false.

Those attacking our organization for their own political purposes are resorting to extreme lengths to undermine our organization. They continue to sling one baseless attack after another and hope something sticks.

This tactic was seen in Thursday’s Yellowhammer News editorial that looked at the BCA’s 2016 IRS Form 990 and made the determination that the BCA’s financial health “could be in jeopardy.” Once again, this is a claim that is simply not true.

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In describing themselves the Yellowhammer News asserts in its Declaration: Our Philosophy. Our Principles. Our Promises…states: “We will abide by the letter and spirit of the Society of Professional Journalists’ Code of Ethics, developing content with both integrity and perspective.” Somehow this article fell short of that pledge by distorting the facts and knowingly asserting a premise that is false.

Information on a Form 990 does not show an organization’s ongoing financial health. The BCA finished 2016 with a balanced operating budget and a surplus. The BCA has zero debt and more than one-year’s operating budget in reserves. Hardly the picture of a crumbling organization.

One must ask the question – is this election year politics at its worst? Over the last several years, the BCA has built one of the largest political war chests in the state. Legislative success happens when the right people are elected, and that’s what our political action is all about – electing pro-job candidates who understand the issues and are not afraid to step up and lead Alabama in the right direction.

As a business advocacy organization, we continue to look to the future to create a climate in Alabama for new and existing businesses to locate or expand. Past success is no guarantee, but it does demonstrate how a united business community can accomplish worthwhile goals.

As BCA Chairman Perry Hand has said, “We will not be intimidated into bad decision making.” We know all too well that when you are relevant, you put yourself in the crosshairs, and that’s exactly where we are today.

From a national platform, the BCA is Alabama’s exclusive representative to the National Association of Manufacturers and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Here in Alabama, the BCA represents the interests and concerns of nearly 1 million working Alabamians through its member companies that include businesses of all sizes and virtually every segment of Alabama’s business community-from manufacturing to retail, agriculture to financial services and many, more. Our organization is a deliberative body guided by our by-laws and our legislative agenda that is developed by our active members of all sizes.

The BCA’s legislative agenda is adopted by our board of directors annually in advance of every legislative session and focuses on improving major areas that impact every single business in Alabama: Education/Workforce, Healthcare, Infrastructure and Regulations. Fortunately, we have a governor and legislative leaders who are focused on improving Alabama’s standing in all these areas. Just as in year’s past, we will not be deterred by election year smear tactics.

The BCA’s guiding force is as important today as when first envisioned in 1985 when the BCA was created: We work together to create a vibrant economic climate and an educated workforce. These are the keys to creating and sustaining jobs for employees and their families.

William J. Canary is the president and CEO of the Business Council of Alabama.

5 hours ago

Dawson: Statements about Gov Ivey ‘dangerous move’ that could ‘tank the election’

Scott Dawson, a Republican candidate for the governor of Alabama, criticized Gov. Kay Ivey and a state agency last week, for funding that went to an Alabama based LGBTQ non-profit organization. Since then, it seems as if the gubernatorial race in Alabama has been turned upside down.

In his statement Tuesday, Dawson said, “Let me be clear. The Ivey administration has betrayed Alabama values by giving nearly one million dollars of taxpayer dollars to Free2Be, an activist organization which promotes transgenderism and alternate lifestyles to Alabama’s children.”

ADECA, which administers the state’s Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program with funding provided by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, was responsible for the allocation of funds to Free2Be.

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According to ADECA, Free2Be has received nearly $1.7 million in grants from ADECA since September 2014.

Ivey responded to Dawson’s statements while at a luncheon in Tuscaloosa saying, “That’s nonsense.”

“I certainly don’t agree with the agenda or the values of that organization. The funding is federal funding. It’s been going on since 2014. There are no Alabama tax dollars involved,” Ivey told reporters.

When a reporter questioned Ivey on whether or not she was upset, Ivey responded, “Do I look upset?”

“Lookie here, he’s all over the board,” Ivey said. “He’s not getting any traction. He’s low in the polls. He’s three weeks away from the election. He’s getting desperate.”

Ivey is correct. When personal attacks are being hurled toward a rival, it signals desperation. And desperation this is. I was honestly shocked that Dawson would come forward with such bold accusations towards Ivey.

When a candidate is this close to the election, statements like these, that aren’t backed with sufficient and thorough investigation, should not be made.

During an appearance on Yellowhammer Radio’s “The Wake Up Call with Baylor and Hannah”, Dawson was questioned on his statements regarding the funding that is awarded to Free2Be.

“When we found it, we were like this just doesn’t look right, doesn’t look like it needs to be there,” Dawson said. “That’s when we started investigating the organization.”

Dawson reminded the audience that his intent in bringing up the funds was to warrant transparency for the state of Alabama.

He said, “This is just a statement about transparency. We need to make sure we know where our money is going, that we know why we are taking money, and how in the world these folks get $800,000 from ADECA.”

While I echo the statements Dawson makes here about transparency and ensuring that Alabamians know where their tax dollars are being spent, I must say that only a miniscule amount of research would have shown that ADECA grants are federally funded and in no way utilize tax payer dollars.

In closing the interview, Dawson said, “Quite honestly, you know, it was a dangerous move because it could just tank the election. I am just being forthright with you, but Alabama needs to know what’s going on in Alabama government.”

I think his comments did cost him the election. While I have great respect for Scott Dawson, I believe his coming forward with these statements was foolish. A lack of knowledge and research can really hurt you on the campaign trail and we are witnessing this right now.

It’s difficult for a GOP gubernatorial candidate to unseat a GOP incumbent who has, for the most part, had a good track record.

I understand the motive behind Dawson’s statements. That organization does not represent what most Alabamians see fit for a way of life. I just wish Dawson had gone about things differently and spent more time looking into the matter.

Dawson, along with everyone else running for office in America, should learn that research and getting the facts straight goes a long way. While it may be too late for Dawson, others should learn of the danger of proposing baseless investigations.

Ivey, who has received endorsement from the NRA, has shied from the public eye over the past few months. When you have a good track record as the head of Alabama, you can do these types of things. Since taking office, Gov. Ivey has not had a largely negative conflict.

Ivey’s objective in this election is to ride out her past successes in hopes of another four years as Alabama’s CEO and it might just work, so long as the unsubstantiated claims continue to be tossed her way.

@RealKyleMorris is a Yellowhammer News contributor and host of The Weekend Briefing that airs noon-2 p.m. Saturdays on 101.1 WDYE

5 hours ago

Any politician not calling for a special session on school security is committing political malpractice

The most predictable thing in America is that we will have another school shooting soon. We don’t know where it will be, but it is coming.

Every delay in addressing these issues is another day closer to more dead kids, and an eventual mass casualty event in Alabama. We can talk about hardening targets via new construction, and limiting access to guns until we are blue in the face, but these things are either expensive or not happening.

Every politician in a heated race in Alabama should be calling for a special session on school safety. State Representative and candidate for Lieutenant Governor Will Ainsworth is right on track with a real solution:

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“Every school shooting that takes place in another state around the country brings us one step closer to an active shooter attacking classrooms here, in Alabama, so the governor would be wise to call a special session this summer,” Ainsworth said.  “Signs reading ‘Gun Free Zone’ are a magnet for those who wish to do harm, so we must provide teachers with the training, knowledge, and ability to defend their students with something more lethal than a ruler and a No. 2 pencil.”

Of course there is an ad as well:

Why this matters: This is good politics and good policy. The people have decided on this. The media can pretend all they want that people are torn on this, but they are not. Americans, and Alabamians especially, understand that there is nothing stopping shooters from walking into their kids’ school today and shooting it up. The idea that allowing teachers to carry makes a child less safe is laughable, the teacher willing to do harm is not stopped by a gun-free zone. Good teachers with guns, however, are following the law and the law is protecting school shooters.

The details:

— 69 percent of Republicans are in favor of allowing teachers to carry.

— 78 percent of parents would feel more safe, or just as safe, with their child’s teacher being armed.

— The media is lying and saying there have been 22 school shootings in 2018. They include accidental discharge of a firearm in their count.

— As of May 8th, Gov. Kay Ivey had not ruled out a special session, but she has not responded to Ainsworth’s call.

@TheDaleJackson is a contributing writer to Yellowhammer News and hosts a conservative talk show from 7-11 am weekdays on WVNN