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Reeder: Here’s what Christians should say when traditional marriage views are labeled ‘bigotry’


 

 

 

 

 

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TOM LAMPRECHT:  Harry, on this Wednesday, I’d like to do a lightning round with you.

First story up, Kentucky governor calls for any elected official who has settled a sexual harassment claim to resign. Kentucky governor, Matt Bevin, called for elected officials and state employees who have settled sexual harassment claims to resign, saying, “Such behavior falls below the moral standard expected of them.”

DR. REEDER: When I heard that, I was just so overwhelmed with the moral clarity that this governor has brought. He could have as easily just dodged this and said, “Well, we don’t know why they settled this and why they settled that. Maybe it was expedient.”

He said, “Nope, if you handled this with an out-of-court settlement and, certainly, if it went through the court case and you were convicted, that is unacceptable behavior in the lives of our leaders and of our state. We are saying you ought to resign. It is your ethical responsibility.”

Of course, the occasion is a Republican Speaker of the House in Kentucky had a sexual harassment case that was settled out of court, it’s now become clear. He said he wasn’t going to resign. He did resign as the Speaker of the House, but he is continuing to be a representative from his district. When the governor was asked about it, that was his response.

There are some people that, perhaps, it was questionable as to whether what they did was truly a matter of sexual harassment, but there are insurance companies that will say, “Look, let’s just settle, anyway, and just move on.”

Now, people are going to say, “No, no. If I’m not guilty, I’m not guilty. I’m not going to settle to move on. I don’t care what it costs, I’ve got to protect my name and my reputation.”

And I think one of the things that would greatly help us in public policy, though, is to legislate a law that, if you bring a case, and lose it, and the judge affirms it as a frivolous case then the people who brought the case have to pay the lawyers’ fees and the court expenses.

That would cut down on some of these because there are some people that bring law cases, knowing that they wouldn’t have a case if it got to court, but also knowing that insurance companies figure, “It’ll cost us less to settle,” and so they go ahead and settle. That is happening constantly and that needs to stop.

TOM LAMPRECHT: Speaking of harassment, Harry, the LGBTQ students at Azusa Pacific University, a Christian private school in southern California, are now demanding that the school end its support of traditional marriage and its disapproval of same-sex relationships on campus.

Basically, they’re saying, “End your support of Biblical morality.” This all stems from a case where a line cook at the university is suing for harassment because he says that he faced verbal abuse by students and employees because he would not take the same Biblical stance.

DR. REEDER: He was challenged by the students in their discussions so, again, now we’ve got a situation where, “Someone disagrees with me and I bring a lawsuit because I have a so-called right to go through life without being challenged intellectually, morally or socially. If I’m challenged, that’s tantamount to harassment.”

It goes on to say that these students say, “We must give up the Biblical view of marriage and sexuality and move beyond its,” quote, “‘bigotry.’”

What we have embraced as the high standards of ethical behavior in what is marriage and sexuality within a marriage defined by one man and one woman for one life, that has stood the test of time of morality and of ethical virtue is now being called bigotry.

Well, my goodness, it seems as if Jesus was right. What will happen if they call evil good and good evil? What will happen if the light is darkness and the darkness is light? How great is that darkness? When you call the darkness light and lightness darkness?

For Christians, when that time comes – and even in this time – we just simply need to say, “Jesus Christ is my Lord and the Word of God is the final authority of my faith and practice. You may call sexuality within marriage and the marriage of one man and one woman bigotry but I call it faithfulness to the Word of God.

TOM LAMPRECHT: Harry, let me take you to Story No. 3: The Washington Examiner and The New York Times both did a detailed story on this a few days ago. Back on October the 24th, the DC Circuit Court said that an illegal youth by the name of Jane Doe must be released in order to have an abortion. That was on October the 24th.

Attorneys from the Department of Justice went to the ACLU attorneys who were representing the young lady and asked when would the abortion take place. They assured them it would not happen for two days. However, those attorneys apparently rushed the girl in the very next morning and had the abortion.

Now, the Justice Department is asking the Supreme Court to review the case and bring disciplinary action to the ACLU attorneys who lied.

DR. REEDER: Yes, this is very interesting. The Department of Justice is now, on a case verdict that’s already been made that said that the 17-year-old girl had the right to the abortion and the government would need to pay for this, and they rejected a governmental solution to turn it over to a private company.

The court said she has the right to the abortion and the right to taxpayer funds to fund it. And then, immediately, the next day, she went and got the abortion, even though the lawyers had said, on record, that it would not take place for two days.

The Justice Department has gone to the court to vacate the ruling. Why? They’ve stated two reasons. No. 1 is they want to wipe out the precedent that the taxpayers have to affirm a person’s right to kill their child by paying for it. That is a violation of the laws governing the, quote/unquote, “right to abortion” in our nation.

Secondly, they have done it to bring to bear the misconduct of the ACLU lawyers because they misrepresented and they lied and, therefore, they are seeking for them to be either disciplined or dismissed from their credentials, that is, to be disbarred.

The precedent does need to be confronted because we must not get into a situation in which there’s a precedent of taxpayer money funding the death industry of abortion. And then, secondly, we need to hold the ACLU lawyers to their ethical obligations.

TOM LAMPRECHT: Harry, our final story is out of Town Hall. We all know that Bernie Sanders is pushing hard for single-payer healthcare, although he has a hard time proving how it is going to be paid for. Even The Washington Post said that the high costs cannot be overcome. It’s a trainwreck for the working poor, they said.

I want to point out, in this one story, though, an Ontario doctor has now found out that, for one of her patients in Canada to see a specialist, a neurologist, the wait time is four and a half years.

DR. REEDER: Accessibility in a socialist system is a walking joke. They can’t get into see a neurologist in Canada for four years. Tell me how that’s going to help you when you’ve got a brain tumor.

It is demonstrable that the care that is delivered, the technology that’s developed and the progress in research is totally undermined when you go to a socialist system and you lose out on competition and entrepreneurial dynamics built into the medical enterprise.

And then, No. 3, the cost factor goes out of the roof. It is beyond any expectations of what begins to happen, yet, we continually move toward the socialist offer, thinking, “Oh, it’s free.” Nope, wait until you see what happens to your taxes.

TOM LAMPRECHT: Harry, our theme today is promises made and promises broken. How does the Christian react to these stories?

DR. REEDER: You do not depend upon man and you do not depend even upon man’s goodwill. We have to function with each other and we have to treat each other with dignity and respect but there is only one who has made a covenant with promises and vows and has kept the vows – and the promises are “Yes” and “Amen” because He has kept those vows – and that’s the God of Glory and the covenant is the covenant of grace, whereby Jesus Christ fulfilled the holiness of God and kept the oath of God, “I will save my people.”

And, on the cross, He paid for all the sins of all of His people so you can have everlasting life. And, with that security that God has delivered on His promises and His Son, in whom all of the promises of God are “Yes” and “Amen,” that’s what allows you to live in a world where men and women constantly renege on their promises for self-absorption, self-advancement and self-gratification.

And you also live in the world where Christians imperfectly, but purposefully, try to imitate their Savior and, when we promise something, we say what we mean, mean what we say and never be mean when we say it.

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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22 mins ago

Alabama watchdog group SPLC to pay anti-extremist UK group in settlement

An American liberal watchdog group apologized and will pay more than $3 million under an agreement announced Monday after labeling a British organization and its founder as anti-Muslim extremists.

The nonprofit Southern Poverty Law Center of Montgomery issued written and video statements saying it was wrong to include the London-based Quilliam and Maajid Nawaz in a “Field Guide to Anti-Muslim Extremists.”

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Law center president Richard Cohen said his organization has done additional research and talked with human rights advocates since releasing the publication in 2016.

“We’ve found that Mr. Nawaz and Quilliam have made valuable and important contributions to public discourse, including by promoting pluralism and condemning both anti-Muslim bigotry and Islamist extremism,” said Cohen’s statement. “Although we may have our differences with some of the positions that Mr. Nawaz and Quilliam have taken, they are most certainly not anti-Muslim extremists.”

An agreement released online by Quilliam shows the Alabama-based law center is paying $3.4 million, which Quilliam says will be used to fight anti-Muslim bigotry and Islamist extremism.

Quilliam had threatened to sue, but its policy director David Toube said in an email the settlement offer came before any suit was filed.

Nawaz was once involved with radical Islamist groups but changed his views and started Quilliam, which describes itself as challenging both Islamist extremism and anti-Muslim bigotry. Nawaz tweeted a video in which he asked the law center to join its cause.

“Too much and for too long … many on the left have been trying to shut down any debate or critique or criticism around Islam especially by Muslims within Muslim communities,” Nawaz said. “Well, this moment should teach us all a lesson and allow us to work together to challenge the triple threat facing the world at the moment and that’s far-right extremism, far-left extremism and, from the heavens above, Islamist extremism.”

The Southern Poverty Law Center is best known for tracking United States-based radical groups including the Ku Klux Klan. Federal tax records show the nonprofit organization reported revenues of $132 million and net assets of $450 million for 2017.

(Associated Press, copyright 2018)

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52 mins ago

Survey: Electric vehicles make sense for Alabama drivers

As many as 50 million Americans are about to flip the switch over to electric automobiles with their next purchase, according to the American Automobile Association. A recent survey conducted by the AAA found that popularity of electric cars is trending upwards. With infrastructure and availability all here, Alabama can lead the charge toward electric vehicles.

In its survey, AAA asked Americans if they were considering electric vehicles for their next car purchase. The survey found that 20 percent of Americans say their next vehicle will be an electric car – up 5 percent from 2017.

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The Alabama Clean Fuels Coalition encourages Alabamians to make the move to an alternative fuel vehicle, such as an electric car. Electric vehicles offer nothing but benefits, from being more cost-efficient due to cheaper fuel to less expensive maintenance to being environmentally friendly.

Alabama’s relationship with Mercedes-Benz could be a factor in the state’s future with electric vehicles, too. The automaker announced in January it would be rolling out an electric version of each of its vehicles by 2022. With Mercedes – and most other automakers – launching more electric options, there have never been more alternative fuel vehicle options than we have today.

The Tuscaloosa County facility is the only Mercedes plant in the United States, and it will play a central role in the production of these electric vehicles. As these electric vehicles begin to be produced by the people of Alabama, the next logical step is for them to begin driving them as well.

There has never been a better time to switch over to electric. It is a common misconception that it is a hassle to charge your electric car, whether that be at home or on the road. Charging at home can be done through a 120-amp power supply, which is the same three-prong outlet that powers your television.

The Alabama Clean Fuels Coalition is determined to make driving an electric vehicle in Alabama comfortable by assisting in getting proper infrastructure in place. Alabama currently has 84 electric charging stations, and a total of 198 charging outlets scattered across the state in almost all major cities.

More and more charging stations will continue to pop up across the state as more electric vehicles hit the streets. Current electric charging stations can be found at convenient locations in public, and some residential areas. The new Tesla charging stations in downtown Birmingham are just one prominent example. Several online sites, such as plugshare.com, provide charger locations.

The Alabama Clean Fuels Coalition serves as the principal coordinating point for clean, alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicle activities in Alabama. The ACFC is part of the national network of nearly 100 Clean Cities coalitions that bring together stakeholders in the public and private sectors to deploy alternative and renewable fuels, idle-reduction measures, fuel economy improvements and emerging technologies.

According to Alabama AAA PR and Marketing Director Clay Ingram, our state is warming up to electric vehicles as the technology and infrastructure begins to develop at a rapid pace.

“We have come a long way in accepting this, in a short number of years,” Ingram said. “We love our vehicles in Alabama, and I think there is a lot of room for (electric vehicles) as the technology continues to develop.”

With an average gas price of $2.91 – its highest cost since 2014. Gas prices are expected to increase over time without any anticipation of dropping. The average American spends $1,400 on gasoline a year, while average electric vehicle charging costs are $540 annually. Unlike gasoline cars, electric vehicles don’t typically require oil changes, fuel filters, spark plug replacements or emission checks. In electric vehicles, even brake pad replacements are rare due to the fact regenerative braking returns energy to the battery.

With all the aforementioned factors in mind, it is no surprise that the AAA estimated a below-average cost of ownership with electric vehicles. Electric cars also are the least expensive when it comes to yearly maintenance.

Since the 1970s, lawmakers in the United States have been putting effort into facilitating the research and growth of electric cars. The urge to reduce carbon emissions has given electric car production a lift. Electric vehicles emit an average of 4,500 pounds of CO2, with gasoline cars emitting more than double that.

This current shift to electric will not only have an environmental impact, but also an economic one. According the U.S. Energy Information Administration, the United States has made progress in importing less oil, but still imports nearly 20 percent of what is consumed. The increasing use of electricity as an alternative fuel will further push the United States toward economic independence from foreign countries.

The benefits to driving an electric car are endless! To learn more about the Alabama Clean Fuels Coalition and advice on purchasing an alternative fuel vehicle, please visit www.alabamacleanfuels.org.

Mark Bentley is the executive director of the Alabama Clean Fuels Coalition.

1 hour ago

The Pauline passage doesn’t address the justice of penalties for breaking laws

Scholars and pundits have made their thoughts well-known on the Trump Administration’s biblical arguments for “zero-tolerence” immigration enforcement.

Here I offer one more targeted to the structure of the argument that Attorney General Jeff Sessions made last Thursday.

For review, here are his words, which have enticed the most responders.

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Sessions shapes up his parameters as “to discuss some concerns raised by our church friends about separation of families.”

He continues: “Illegal entry into the United States is a crime, it should be and must be, if we’re going to have a legal system and any limits whatsoever. People who violate the law of our nation are subject to prosecution. If you violate the law, you subject yourself to prosecution.”

Sessions then invokes St. Paul, whose instructions to the church in Rome he summarizes as to “obey the laws of the government because God has ordained the government for his purposes.”

Here is my primary observation:

The Romans 13 passage is far too broad to address the justness of separating families. St. Paul’s guidance does perhaps provide a defense for the prosecution of illegal immigrants but certainly does not imply that should one break a secular law, any consequence is permissible, simply because a secular authority sanctioned it.

Truly, Paul speaks nothing of the justice of such consequences in this passage. As a result, the only piece of the immigration enforcement puzzle given any measure of justification by St. Paul is the notion that those who have entered illegally have broken a law.

In short, Sessions ventures from making a case for the justness of separating the children from their parents to making a much broader case that laws ought to be applied because God gave secular authority to enlist them.

Sessions’s use of the Pauline passage would not be completely useless for making a broad case for immigration enforcement but considering his starting point, the passage simply does not extend to imply what he implies which is that the result of prosecution, namely the separation of families, is just.

@jeremywbeaman is a contributing writer for Yellowhammer News

2 hours ago

Immigration debate: ‘There is no room for them at the inn’ is a better Bible verse to reference

Americans have been told for decades that we need to have a complete and total separation of religion and government, including ignoring your religious beliefs during policy making when it comes to abortion and gay marriage. But when “children are being ripped away from their parents” at the border, the American media and Democrats have found the Bible to be a useful tool for bashing Christians.

Christian leaders were outraged, Attorney General Jeff Sessions responded by referencing his own Bible verse about following the law, and Sarah Huckabee Sanders agreed. Liberals and their media saw an opportunity, and an MSNBC host started quoting the Bible on-air.

The King James Bible has another verse that we can quote out of context for this immigration debate if we are so inclined:

Luke 2:7: “…there was no room for them in the inn.”

Why this matters:

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If Americans, their politicians, and the media, were serious about this debate it would be about how illegal immigrants impact our society.

We’d talk about the crime some of them bring and the resources that they consume.

We’d talk about the impact on wages and the employment market.

We’d talk about how a person making minimum wage can‘t afford an apartment on their own.

But this isn’t about any of that.

It is about fighting President Donald Trump’s immigration crackdown, and Donald Trump’s presidency in general. They want more immigrants because they view that as the future of their political power.

This isn’t about reason or even morality, it is about emotional manipulation.

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

2 hours ago

Alabama inmate recaptured, had escaped hospital through ceiling

Alabama authorities say an inmate who escaped from a hospital has been recaptured.

News outlets report 39-year-old Courtnee Austin was caught after escaping Saturday night. Birmingham police Sgt. Bryan Shelton tells AL.com Austin was bit by a tracking dog inside a crack house and taken into custody Sunday afternoon.

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Jefferson County Chief sheriff’s Deputy Randy Christian says Austin claimed he swallowed a razor blade and was hospitalized June 11.

A hospital staff member had asked that Austin’s restraints be removed so he could shower. A deputy outside the shower heard a bump and saw Austin climbing through the ceiling.

Austin navigated his way out, carjacked someone and fled.

He was arrested May 24 and charged with several offenses including rape and attempted murder. It’s unclear if he has a lawyer.

(Associated Press, copyright 2018)

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