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Where does sexual anarchy lead? Look to Europe’s incest & polygamy legislative initiatives

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CATHOLIC SCHOOL FIRES TEACHER OVER SAME-SEX MARRIAGE

TOM LAMPRECHT:  Harry, I want to take you to a story out of LifeSite News. It emanates from Saint Peter and Paul Catholic School in Miami. A first-grade teacher, Jocelyn Morffi, decided she would go off one weekend and marry her lesbian partner. When she returned to school the following week, she was immediately fired.

Harry, is this a story of discrimination or is this a story of a church standing up for its tenets and its beliefs?

DR. REEDER: Well, what we have here is a Roman Catholic school that’s under the Roman Catholic Church that is governed by Roman Catholic teaching and Roman Catholic teaching, at this point in time, continues to confirm historic and Biblical ethics concerning sexuality — that, namely, sex is a gift from God and it is to be exercised in the context of a marriage and marriage is between one man and one woman, a covenantal relationship for life.

SCHOOLS MAKE CONTRACT CLAUSES THAT DICTATE SEXUAL MORALITY

As a Roman Catholic church, they are saying that their teachers must abide by the Roman Catholic teaching because you not only teach with what you say, but you teach by what you do and how you live and that is important in terms of those who are mentoring children at an impressionable age.

Therefore, they have taken certain positions and one of those is you sign in your contract an agreement that you will abide by the Roman Catholic teaching. The bishop over the diocese, two years ago I believe it was, had issued an order of clarification — or a communication of clarification — in light of the Obergefell Decision that they will continue to hold to their morals clause in your contract.

It will be immediate dismissal if sexual promiscuity — that is, heterosexual practice outside of a marriage — or homosexual practice — the unnatural acts of homosexuality — even though there is the right to marry someone that, if you engage in a same-sex marriage or in same-sex relationships — that that is all grounds for dismissal so they made that abundantly clear.

WHEN TEACHERS DEFY THOSE CLAUSES, PARENTS AND STUDENTS ARE CAUGHT IN MIDDLE

For whatever reason, this teacher decided to challenge that and then went to social media — so it was all out, “What is the Roman Catholic Church going to do?” Well, immediately, they said, “We have stated very clearly that, when these violations occur, there will be an immediate dismissal,” and so they dismissed the teacher and communicated that to the parents.

TOM LAMPRECHT:  Harry, the response from the parents was mixed. Some were upset that she was let go, while others thought that it was a wise choice. One father of a student says, “What she does in the privacy of her home is her business and should not affect her employment.”

DR. REEDER: The patent absurdity of that statement is just overwhelming. It wouldn’t take long to analyze it. I could name, off the top of my head, about five things she might be doing in the privacy of her home and he would say, “Oh my goodness, if she’s doing that, she can’t teach my child.”

It’s just that, the violation of Biblical sexuality or a sexual ethic that preserves the sanctity of sex within a marriage between a man and a woman, he thinks that’s up for grabs. People say things like that because that’s the bumper sticker statement that you say. The drive of the cultural elite is to take us back to the pagan days of barbarianism where there are no boundaries of sexuality and, therefore, sexuality is a matter of one’s personal gratification.

EUROPE SHOWS THAT POLYAMORY AND POLYGAMY LOGICALLY FOLLLOW

TOM LAMPRECHT:  Harry, there’s not only a slippery slope — we’re halfway down the slope. There was an article in Christianity Today this week by David Robertson: “Polyamory and Polygamy — the Next Big Social Change.”

DR. REEDER: Europe — and England in particular — who, when they went to same-sex marriage some time ago, said, “Now, listen, our commitment to redefining marriage, that it’s same-sex…” And it’s absurd because marriage is a covenantal, heterosexual, monogamous, conjugal relationship that’s within the bounds of a covenant. Same-sex marriage cannot meet those definitions of marriage, so they said, “Well, we’re going to redefine marriage as, basically, a social contract. We don’t want to stand in the way of people fulfilling their love desires.”

IS GOD LOVE OR IS “LOVE” A FALSE GOD?

The glorious truth is that God is love, but the despicable perversion of that is that LOVE is God — that is, “Whatever I think is love becomes the god of my life and I do what I want to in the name of that love.”

Well, the reality is that you cannot do what you want to without experiencing the consequences. And one of the consequences is, once you take the Biblical definition of love that emanates from God and that is laid down in the parameters of Biblical sexuality as a part of true love, then what happens is you go to that slippery slope. When you move to same-sex marriage, you’re not only on a slippery slope, you’re putting the water on the slippery slope.

Sure enough, what they said would never happen is now being promoted by legislative action, being contemplated — legislative action that is also considering the fact of removing incest. In other words, if it is two consenting adults, whether they are familialy related or not should not matter in the new redefinition.

“Why get in the way of someone wanting to gratify themselves with a close relative in the context of family? Why get in the way of that?” And polyamory and polygamy and all of that, obviously, comes with such notions. There is Europe, there is England and, of course, American culture seems to follow on a 10 to 15-year trajectory right behind it.

EVANGELICAL CHURCH LOSING TRACTION, NEEDS TO ARISE

TOM LAMPRECHT:  Harry, where is the evangelical church on this slippery slope?

DR. REEDER: Well, it’s absent in Europe — it has lost its voice, it has lost its commitment to teach and preach the whole counsel of God, it has lost its ability to enter into the public square except for wonderful examples as David Robertson, whom you were quoting, and his response to this movement.

And, by the way, as he noted, the Scottish parliament is leading the way. My goodness, the nation that has known so many revivals is now so empty of a Christian witness that it is leading the way. It’s even further down the slope of sexual anarchy than England, itself, and so he is raising the voice.

However, the reality is, whether it’s in Europe or whether it’s in America, the church of Jesus Christ has lost its ability, first of all, to infiltrate such a society with the witness of Biblical Christianity that is both verbally proclaimed, calling men and women away from sin to Christ.

Our Christianity today is calling men and women to Jesus, “Your drive to make it all about yourself is misplaced. Come to Jesus and he’ll make it all about you.” No, Jesus calls you to Himself to die to yourself and there is your joy that He becomes your joy. And, when you then die to yourself so that it’s not all about you, but all about Him, that actually becomes the life that is worth living, the life that brings joy.

And that witness then moves into a community as salt and light — salt to penetrate the community, light which dispels the darkness of evil including sexual evil, sexual anarchy, sexual perversion, sexual promiscuity. And the church then begins to present a witness, a humble but bold witness, a clear but compassionate witness, a courageous but gentle witness that moves into society and that’s what we are in need of again today.

This is the inevitable trajectory of men and women born with a sin nature unless the grace of God intervenes through redeeming grace that converts and transforms sinners into those who are on the path of growing in the grace and knowledge of Christ and common grace that restrains and retards the sinfulness of men and women even if they haven’t come to Christ.

Therefore, church of Jesus Christ, again arise, again have done with lesser things, again extol with courage and compassion the glorious message of the King of Kings.

COMING UP WEDNESDAY: TEENAGE GENDER IDENTITY CRISIS EXPLODING

TOM LAMPRECHT:  Harry, on Wednesday’s edition of Today in Perspective, I want to take you to a report that was published February the 5th in the Journal of Pediatrics that found that nearly 3 percent of Minnesota teens in 2016 said they were transgender, gender-queer, gender-fluid or unsure about their gender identity.

DR. REEDER: Which is an exponential explosion over such statistics just five years ago. Let’s see why that’s true and consider that from a Christian world and life view.

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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What is it with Alabama Democrats’ dumb obsession with debates, town halls?

So you’re a Democrat in Alabama, and you want to be elected to high office? You approached your run for office thinking that Doug Jones showed what’s possible for a Democrat in Alabama. Therefore, you determined the time is right to run.

And here you are. You put up your qualifying fee and made it through the primary. It’s you versus a well-funded Republican incumbent in a state outside the Seventh Congressional District, and a handful of other urban minority precincts elects very few Democrats.

It’s a David versus Goliath story. It’s going to require a solid ground game, a fair amount of travel and a campaign message that will sway some Republicans to overlook party labels and mark the ballot for a Democrat.

What’s Walt Maddox’s first significant push? Perhaps it could be the success story of Tuscaloosa and all the things he has accomplished as mayor. Tuscaloosa is still a place people might want to visit – several nice restaurants, an up and coming riverfront, an affluent and diverse population, or yeah – and the University of Alabama and all it has to offer.

It’s a simple message: Do you want Alabama to be more like Tuscaloosa? Vote for me.

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Instead, the one big thing – the thing that he has tirelessly played up to the media, the topic about which he made internet videos and the one upon which his off-the-rails, left-of-center allies in the media seem to agree is Gov. Kay Ivey’s refusal to debate him.

In Alabama’s Second Congressional District, there’s a similarly mystifying event taking place in the race between Rep. Martha Roby (R-Montgomery) and her Democratic opponent Tabitha Isner.

Unlike Maddox, Isner doesn’t have a public service resume on which to run. She has to make the case in what is now arguably the most conservative congressional district in Alabama that she is a better alternative to the incumbent Roby.

She has to find vulnerabilities in this heavily agricultural congressional district. Whereas Roby’s Republican opponents ran against her for not being Trump-y enough, she might be served by saying Roby is way too much Trump – supporting tariffs and restrictions on labor. Her best shot would be to build a coalition of Democrat-voting Black Belt Democrats in Butler, Conecuh, Bullock and Barbour Counties and win over the handful of pockets of Republican-leaning swing voters in Montgomery, Elmore and Autauga Counties.

The math is very tough. But what does she do instead? She makes Roby’s lack of town hall meetings an issue with bizarre performance art in front of the Bird Dog Monument in Union Springs and posting it on YouTube.

A few of Alabama’s media celebrities have taken the bait. Alabama News Network’s senior political reporter Tim Lenox confronted Roby with the video, who shrugged it off.

“I have a packed August where I’ll be spending a lot of time with my constituents both in public meetings and in private meetings,” Roby said at an appearance earlier this week in Montgomery. “[P]rivate meeting scheduled previously scheduled one-on-one meetings — there’s lots of different ways to communicate with your constituents.”

Doug Jones didn’t win a U.S. Senate seat in 2017 because he hammered Roy Moore for not debating him. He had a big assist from the Democratic Party’s opposition research wing known as the mainstream media. He also did a few other things the Democratic Party of Alabama’s past and present won’t do, and that’s work beyond preserving the status quo – but that’s a subject for another time.

Is it noteworthy that a Republican opponent is reluctant to debate or hold town halls? Sure. Is it something to harp on as if it is the magic ticket to higher office? No, it’s just a dumb obsession.

@Jeff_Poor is a graduate of Auburn University and is the editor of Breitbart TV.

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Officials investigating Brewer High School hazing report

A sheriff’s department in Alabama is investigating a report of hazing at a high school earlier this year.

The Morgan County Sheriff’s Office is working with the county school system on an incident involving students at Brewer High School in February.

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Schools Superintendent Bill Hopkins Jr. told WHNT in Huntsville the incident involved the junior varsity baseball team.

Hopkins said the incident happened in a locker room and involved middle school students who played for the junior varsity team.

The students involved were suspended from all summer programs and started the new school year in in-school suspension.

Hopkins says school officials will work with the coaches and team members to provide extra training on bullying.

Sheriff Ana Franklin says investigators are working to determine whether charges should be filed.
(Associated Press, copyright 2018)

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Rep. Robert Aderholt remembers Aretha Franklin, her time recording in Muscle Shoals

Rep. Robert Aderholt (R-Haleyville) is paying tribute to Aretha Franklin, the “Queen of Soul,” who died on Thursday.

Aderholt posted a video on his Facebook page documenting Franklin’s time recording at the renowned FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, along with these words:

“The music world has lost a legend in Aretha Franklin. While I was just a young child in Haleyville, I had no idea that just a few miles up the road in Muscle Shoals, she was recording some of the world’s most famous songs. She recorded RESPECT in Muscle Shoals on February 14, 1967. And what a Valentine gift it was. Her voice was one of the many that gave richly to the Muscle Shoals Music, and it will never go silent.”

“We consider it an honor that many of her songs were recorded in the 4th District and here in Alabama,” Aderholt’s office said in a statement obtained by Yellowhammer News. “Besides being an honor, it’s just plain cool.”

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You’re not alone, Alabama: South Carolina also has a billion-dollar defunct nuclear site — but it’s worse

The Yellowhammer State and the Palmetto State share many things: heat, southern culture, a love for football.

A more unfortunate commonality between the two, and one receiving lots of attention in both states, is that each has an unfinished nuclear power plant just sitting there, continually making news but not power.

Alabama’s Bellefonte Nuclear Generating Station, which has never generated a single watt of power, has become over the years a (literally) concrete representation of the federal government’s vast ambition coupled with its occasional  – or frequent, depending who you ask – inability to follow through.

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Recent developments indicate that the massive power plant could eventually be put to use, but that is still a long way off.

Still, Bellefonte is a case study of taxpayer investment in a dead-end project

In a way, though, Alabamians can be grateful that they themselves weren’t required to fund the dead-end project through increased monthly energy rates, as consumers in South Carolina were.

Back in March 2008, South Carolina Electric & Gas (SCE&G) – the South Carolina equivalent of Alabama Power – began the process of applying for authorization to built two new nuclear reactors at its VC Summer site just north of Columbia. The company already operated one reactor at the site.

SCE&G was approved and established contracts for construction. The project was estimated to cost $9.8 billion.

To help with the project’s funding, SCE&G proposed a rate increase, got it approved by the Public Service Commission in May 2008, and construction began later that fall.

Over the years, there were numerous project delays and extra project costs which have, up to the current day, resulted in nine rate increases.

Last July, the project was abandoned after Westinghouse, the company building the reactors, filed for bankruptcy.

As the legislative session winded down this year, the legislature passed a temporary 15 percent rate cut for energy consumers who have paid an estimated $2 billion into the nuclear project fund.

A disaster of nuclear proportions, you could say.

The failure of both Bellefonte and the expansions at VC Summer are disconcerting generally, and downright infuriating for those who were forced to pay into them. Both projects have the potential to succeed, but that will require some kind of co-aligned effort between ambitious big business and government, both of which delivered the failed projects in the first place.

Read about developments on the Bellefonte front here.

Marion Mayor uses tools to prep residents for AlabamaWorks Success Plus Initiative

By: Dexter Hinton, Mayor of Marion, Alabama

When I was elected in late 2016 as Mayor of Marion, I knew there were certain areas in which our town needed to improve. One was education and work preparedness for those who did not want to attend a four-year college. We had gaps that needed to be filled.

As an Industrial Maintenance and Robotics Instructor at the Career Center in Greene County, I know what resources are available to assist those seeking a job or a skills education. When people come to the center, our team has a plethora of tests, assessments, job listings, resume-building sessions and other items at our disposal to help folks get the right position or training that matches their needs or abilities.

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As Mayor, I realized we needed to get educational tools to Marion residents, especially after Moller Tech announced that it would be locating in Bibb County, adjacent to Perry County, and bringing 222 jobs with it. But with a small town like Marion (population 3,432) not having a dedicated resource center, we didn’t quite know how to unite the two. Then one day, I attended a Central AlabamaWorks meeting and saw AIDT’s mobile unit, which is the Department of Commerce’s skills education center on wheels.

I spoke with Mikki Ruttan, director of Central AlabamaWorks, after the meeting and asked her about the possibility of getting the unit to our area. I learned it could be customized for the needs of its audience. After numerous discussions with other local leaders, we selected basic resume building and a Ready-to-Work course as the initial offerings. I knew the mobile unit would be key in obtaining career readiness for the citizens of Marion. I also felt that our citizens would welcome the chance to improve their skills and knowledge base.

After dozens of conversations, we got the mobile unit scheduled this past April. We posted and delivered flyers all over the city, announcing when and where the unit would be located, and we created a Facebook page. We had no idea what kind of response we would have for this type of educational opportunity. But, our citizens realized how such training could give them a leg up in the job market. As a result, they turned out in droves to learn more and better position themselves for entry into the job market, or to simply upgrade their skill set.

With Gov. Kay Ivey’s Success Plus initiative rollout a few months ago, I knew we had to get our citizens more training to help them, and our state, reach the goal of 500,000 people with post-high-school credentials by 2025. The mobile training unit seemed like the perfect way to deliver those opportunities to our residents.

After some discussion, we were able to get the unit at The Lincoln School. We focused the training on Ready-to-Work. The classes filled immediately, and a waiting list soon formed. Our people were eager to gain knowledge to improve their lives and that of their families. Once they completed the course, they received credentials as an Alabama Certified Worker; a Career Readiness certificate; a free three-credit-hour course at Wallace Community College Selma (if they had a high school diploma); three credits toward a high school diploma (if they didn’t have one); and a referral to the Selma Career Center for free certificates or degree information from WCC in welding, industrial maintenance, electrical technology or nursing.

The unit has been so popular with our citizens that two classrooms are now being refurbished at The Lincoln School specifically for AIDT courses. This means we will have a permanent place for our people to get not only Ready-to-Work training, but also training in other much-needed professions offered by Wallace, such as cosmetology, carpentry, welding, automotive technician and others.

The excitement continues to build for our city. In fact, AIDT has already completed one Ready-to-Work training with several graduates who have received employment.

With the extra effort by Central AlabamaWorks, AIDT, the Career Centers and the Alabama Community College System – combined with the excitement and work ethic of our citizens – I know Marionites can and will be a valued part of the Success Plus endeavor. I look forward to seeing what our citizens can achieve for themselves, their families and our community.