Here’s what the 38-year-old pedophile who claims he’s a 9-year-old has in common with Netherlands euthanasia case

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IS ABSURDITY THE NEW NORMAL?

TOM LAMPRECHT:  Harry, two stories out of The Daily Wire that I wanted to cover today and I can only describe them as jaw-dropping, mind-boggling, and bizarre. The first story, out of the Netherlands, doctors approve euthanizing a 29-year-old mentally ill woman. Now, this woman was mentally ill, not mentally retarded. She died recently after she basically begged doctors to do away with her life because she just said she heard voices in her head, she wanted to mutilate herself and she had attempted suicide several times. She asked for help in euthanizing herself and the doctors obliged.

DR. REEDER: Years ago, Tom, what we would have done is we would have taken the time to talk with her about the issues, would have checked to see, “Is there a chemical issue? Let’s treat it medically. Is there a spiritual issue? Let’s treat it spiritually. Emotional issue?” But now a deranged woman with a deranged request is put to death by our culture and by the power of the state.

TOM LAMPRECHT:  Harry, the second story deals with trangenderism. We’ve talked a lot about the transgender ideology. The headline, “Pedophile charged with abusing three girls says he is a 9-year-old trapped inside a man’s 38-year-old body.” In other words, he’s bringing up a new claim of “transagism.”

DR. REEDER: Right. In other words, he self-identifies as a 9-year-old and so what he did was the “childish explorations” that kids do at such an age — this really wasn’t molestation.

NEW STANDARDS BREED CHAOS

Well, what basis can you tell him that he does not identify as a 9-year-old? You tell people who are biologically men that they can identify as women and go into a woman’s bathroom and you tell women that they can identify as men and we’re going to act like that’s sanity.

On what basis can you say to him, “This is insane — this is wrong”? How can you do that? He’s got the same ideology at work. Someone please explain to me the difference.

WHERE IS THE CHURCH IN ALL THIS?

TOM LAMPRECHT:  Harry, as we deal with these issues — transgender issue, euthanasia issue, the pro-life issue — the more these issues are in the news and the more opinions we have about these issues, more and more we’re seeing the church give an empathetic, sympathetic ear to some of the bizarre nature of these stories.

DR. REEDER: And these sympathetic and empathetic is said to be, “Well, we’re just trying to be understanding of their difficulties. Historically, the church with a Gospel message has been empathetic to the effects of sin and the reality of sin, but never to sin itself.

That is, we haven’t accommodated sin in order to reach out and minister to those who are experiencing the devastating effects of sin and to those who are perpetrating the effects of sin. We have historically understood that you don’t have to accept sinful behavior to minister to sinners, but that’s not the case anymore. You’ve now got a nation like Ireland, that’s historically been in lock-step with the Roman Catholic Church, and now the nation of Ireland — they’ve already approved same-sex marriage, they already have an avowed homosexual prime minister — now they’re about to take a vote to do away with the laws against the taking of the unborn life, which has been embedded in the society, both informally and formally, since the 1980s. That’s where they are and that’s what they’re doing and the “Church” has lost its voice.

CHURCH IS BEING TOLD TO BE MORE FLEXIBLE AND RELEVANT

Now, on the other side of this, Tom, are numerous opinion writers that are telling the church, “You are losing your voice. You have got to become a lot more flexible on your issues. You have to quit living in the past, whereby you believe that sex belongs within marriage — the sanctity of sexuality. You’ve got to abandon the notion that there is a divine order of family that begins with the divine order of marriage — one man, one woman, committed to one life. You’ve got to abandon the notion that God has made humans male and female. You live in a culture of plurality, where people accept what were aberrations and considered destructive in the past — we now declare that those things are acceptable and you’ve got to make the change if you want a voice in the culture.”

NO, CHURCH MUST HAVE STRONG VOICE OF CONSISTENT GOSPEL MESSAGE

God did not call us to have a voice in the culture; God called us to bring his voice to the culture. We are not to put our finger in the air to find out what the culture accepts and adjust our message. We are to raise our voice in courageous yet compassionate declaration of what God has revealed. We do not walk with the culture that says, “What is the current morality? We will make that the ethic of life.” We go to the Word of God, which tells us the ethic of life from which we speak to the morality of the culture.

Any church that decides, “We want to have a voice and we want to be accepted,” any church that decides, “We will engage in cultural isolation. That is, we’ll just become a little commune over here, living our way,” or cultural accommodation, “We will become another piece of the furniture of the culture,” that church will not be under the judgment of the culture — it will be under the judgment of God, Himself.

We are called to raise up the voice of the Word of God to the culture. We do not have a message framed by the culture that we accommodate to; we have a message to speak to the culture, beginning with the glorious message that there is only one way to salvation.

I know the culture says there can be many ways to salvation, but we say to them, “No, there’s only one: that way is God’s Son. Any man that does not come to the Son cannot be right with God. You’re either for Him or you’re against Him. Know this: He is for you. He went to the cross so that your sins would not be counted against you, but counted against him, and He provides a righteousness that can be counted for you so you can be forgiven and accepted.”

Our message to the culture is that God has revealed in His Word and in creation the sanctity of marriage, the sanctity of sexuality, the sanctity of life, the sanctity of gender, so we do not move off of those — we will remain consistent and we will remain true to the truth of God’s Word.

Seek and save the lost with the only message that can save them, the message of the Gospel that calls them to repentance of sin and offers them forgiveness from the penalty and shame and guilt of sin and the power to walk away from sin personally and to live unto the Lord so that, “Whether you eat or drink or whatsoever you do, you can do to the glory of God.” That’s our message and that’s our mission.

CULTURE INFLUENCE IS STRONG, BUT CHURCH CAN DECIDE TO BE FAITHFUL TO CHRIST

Here’s what the culture does: “Something that’s unthinkable, we’re going to make it thinkable.” Usually, the way you make it thinkable is make movies about it, write books about it, write opinion pieces and, by the way, put a few sitcoms in there so that sin is laughable and it becomes harmless. Once something is no longer unthinkable but thinkable, then it can become doable; and once it becomes doable, then it will become acceptable; and once it becomes acceptable, you will be required to propagate it, celebrate it, perpetuate it and participate in it.

You want to see this in its full display? Just go to the Book of Genesis, read of Sodom and Gomorrah, and you will see the pervasive movement of sexual anarchy within those cities so that even the offer of sexual promiscuity with the daughters of Lot would not satisfy the rebellion against God and sexual anarchy and there was the demand for the “men” — that were actually angels appearing as men — there was the demand for them and Lot was demanded to participate. That is exactly what sin does when it reigns in society: It tells those who would raise a banner of truth, “You cannot do that. You must capitulate, and you must participate, and celebrate and perpetuate in our sin.”

Now the church is going to have to make a decision: Do we want a voice at all cost or do we want to be faithful to Christ at all cost? Then I would say this: “Church of Christ, have done with lesser things. Give your heart and your soul to Christ. He’s the King of kings.”

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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17 mins 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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1 hour 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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2 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.

2 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

3 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