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The most notable rift occurred in , when fourteen bishops met in Evanston, Illinois to form the Church of God in Christ, International. They disagreed in having an electoral process to select the Presiding Bishop. Another body operating under the same name Church of God in Christ, International, split and organized in the Northeast area under Bishop R.

Jones of Philadelphia and Bishop C. Williams, Sr. Bishop O. After being removed from the office of Senior Bishop, he remained the Jurisdictional Bishop of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania until his death in Bishop James Oglethorpe Patterson, Sr. Patterson who became Presiding Bishop in at the age of The son-in-law of Bishop Mason, J. Patterson established protocols of worship, policy and practices. A new constitution and official manual of the church were completed in It has had rapid growth in many regions as one of the fastest-growing and largest religious groups in the United States.

Mason System of Bible Colleges; the J. His dream was to establish an international ministry complex known as "Saints Center" and an accredited institution known as "All Saints University". He was elected four times uncontested as Presiding Bishop. He consecrated and appointed more than bishops during his twenty-one years of leadership. Patterson Sr. Ford was pastor of the St. He was a strong advocate for social justice. He became nationally recognized in for officiating at the funeral of year-old Emmett Till , who was brutally murdered in Mississippi.

As a Presiding Bishop whose earlier service had spanned a history of many social and cultural changes, Ford emphasized a return to the historic foundations or, as he described "The Old Landmark" of early COGIC practices and traditions. He criticized the high church liturgy, vestments, and modernity that many congregations had adopted since his early years with COGIC. He reopened Saints Academy and College in Lexington, Mississippi, which had financial difficulties and closed in the early s after the death of its influential leader, Arenia Conella Mallory.

He also constructed the new multimillion-dollar Deborah Mason Patterson Hall at the campus. During the s and Bishop Ford's administration, the Pentecostal denominations in the United States began to work to heal the racial divide among the churches. In what was called the Memphis Miracle , the new group was formed as an inclusive organization, to represent all the major Pentecostal groups in North America regardless of race. Since its creation, it has had a co-chair leadership. The other is filled by a minister of a white denomination from the previous PFNA.

Bishop Chandler David Owens, Sr. Owens had gained national attention in the church as the President of the Youth Department. He was a noted evangelist who had pastored several churches, including: Bostick Temple in St.

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Owens continued to serve as a jurisdictional bishop and member of the General Board until his death in Bishop Gilbert Earl G. In , he resigned as co-pastor, withdrawing his membership in the COGIC because of leadership disagreements with his uncle, J. Patterson established the Temple of Deliverance, the Cathedral of Bountiful Blessing which grew to become the largest Pentecostal church in Memphis with over 14, members. Patterson returned as the founding Prelate of the newly formed Tennessee Fourth Jurisdiction.

Patterson, Sr who was 56 when he was elected Presiding Bishop in He re-ignited the church to be a flagship Pentecostal denomination.

Bishop Charles E. Blake assumed leadership and elected Presiding Bishop of the church after the death of Bishop G. Patterson in March For many years, West Angeles has been one of the fastest growing churches in the United States and remains the largest COGIC local congregation with a membership of 25, Patterson while preparing the church for its th Holy Convocation; an important milestone for the church. In , Bishop Blake unveiled an aggressive program known as "Urban Initiatives" to address the plight of America's urban areas.

Louis, Missouri. Martin Luther King, Jr. The church teaches three separate and distinct works of grace that God performs in the life of believers: salvation, sanctification, and the baptism or infilling of the Holy Ghost. The church declares to be evangelical in ministry, fundamental in doctrine and practice and Pentecostal in worship and expression. The beliefs of the Church of God in Christ are briefly written in its Statement of Faith, which is reproduced below: [32] It is often recited in various congregations as part of the order of worship and all national and international convocations.

COGIC teaches the deity of Jesus Christ , his virgin birth , sinless life, physical death , burial , resurrection , ascension and visible return to the earth. Christ is the Head of the church, and He is the only mediator between God and humanity, and there is no salvation in any other. The Holy Spirit is the agent that equips, empowers, leads, and guides the church until the return of Christ.

COGIC teaches that angels are messengers sent from God who served during the creation, throughout the Old Testament , the life and ministry of Jesus Christ, the establishment of the church and the ministry of the apostles , and continue to be at work in the Kingdom of God. They exist primarily in the spiritual realm and are organized according to duty and function.

Demons exist as manifestation of evil or unclean spirits.

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They are fallen angels who joined Satan in his failed attempt to usurp power in Heaven. They exist today as adversaries to the kingdom, purpose and will of God. As Pentecostals, the Church believes that demons can be subdued and subjugated through the power of the Holy Spirit in the name of Jesus Christ.

COGIC teaches that man was created perfect and sinless in the image of God as a tripartite being having a body, soul , and spirit. Sin originated in eternity when Satan committed open rebellion against God in heaven.

Sin was transmitted to humanity when Adam and Eve ate of the forbidden fruit in the Garden of Eden , as a result all men have original sin. The result of sin is the depravity of man, broken communion with God, shame and guilt, and physical and spiritual death.

Humanity can only be restored through salvation offered only through Jesus Christ. The human soul is immortal and will spend eternity either in heaven as the redeemed or in hell as the damned. COGIC teaches that salvation is the work of redemption to the sinner and his restoration to divine favor and communion with God. Salvation is an operation of the Holy Spirit upon sinners brought about by repentance toward God, which brings about conversion , faith , justification , and regeneration. COGIC teaches that sanctification is a continuous operation of the Holy Spirit, by which he "delivers the justified sinner from the pollution of sin, renews his whole nature in the image of God and enables him to perform good works".

It is a separate and distinct work of grace that occurs in the lives of believers after conversion. It teaches that sanctification should precede the baptism with the Holy Spirit. COGIC teaches that the baptism of the Holy Ghost or Holy Spirit is an experience subsequent to conversion and sanctification, can be experienced by all believers who ask for it. As a Pentecostal church, COGIC teaches that when one is baptized in the Holy Spirit, the believer will experience an initial evidence of speaking in tongues glossolalia by the will of God.

According to the Articles of Religion, "We believe that we are not baptized with the Holy Ghost in order to be saved, but that we are baptized with the Holy Ghost because we are saved". COGIC also teaches that all the spiritual gifts are for believers today. COGIC teaches that the church is the community of Christian believers who have accepted Jesus Christ and submit to his Lordship and authority in their lives. It can be spoken of as the individual and the collective, physical and spiritual. COGIC teaches that according to the Word of God , there will be final events and conditions that address the end of this present age of the world.

These events include physical death, the intermediate state , bodily resurrection , the Second Coming of Christ , the Great Tribulation , the Battle of Armageddon , the Millennial Reign , the Final Judgment , the future of the wicked in hell, and life for the redeemed in heaven. COGIC believes in divine healing , however, it does not advocate the exclusion of medical supervision. It believes that the gifts of the Spirit are given to believers and are active in the church today.

The ordinances of the church are water baptism by immersion, the Lord's Supper and foot washing. As a classical Pentecostal holiness church, COGIC continues to embrace its holiness heritage, teaching modesty in dress, appearance, moderate participation in secular entertainment and prohibitions against profanity, alcohol, substance abuse and immoral behavior. The church has a tradition of prayer, fasting, praise, and consecration that was once unique to Holiness or Pentecostal groups.

Many mainline denominations and countless nondenominational churches that once rejected these beliefs and practices have adopted these distinctions in their worship liturgy and lifestyle practices. COGIC clergy are allowed to be married. Remarriage is highly discouraged, except in the case of the death of a spouse. Divorce is considered inconsistent with biblical teachings and highly discouraged as well. COGIC considers any physical, sexual relationship outside of the sanctity of marriage to be outside of the sovereign will of God.

COGIC clergy do not officially sanction or recognize same-sex relationships to be joined together in marriage. The denomination teaches that God gives life to human beings, biologically and spiritually, through the moment of conception in the womb of the mother, using Jeremiah , Genesis —27, and Psalms —16 as their scriptural basis for this belief.

COGIC teaches that because God uses conception through and after sexual reproduction and intercourse to create human life, that willfully aborting a human fetus is contrary to God's Word and Christian ethics, and it is considered to be a sin against God and the Bible within the denomination. However, the Church believes that in some extreme or rare cases, medical and operational abortion may be the safest way to help the mother if the pregnancy is jeopardizing the mother's life and health.

COGIC believes, though, that even then in the case of saving the life of the mother, that abortion should still only be considered as a last resort, if all other options to help the mother and the unborn fetus have been thoroughly exhausted. COGIC believes " In July during their annual Auxiliaries In Ministries convention, COGIC announced their Urban Initiative Outreach ministries and Missions and Charity departments would be partnering up with The Human Coalition , a pro-life anti-abortion advocacy group, from — for a three-year initiative to encourage COGIC pastors and ministers to encourage pro-life anti-abortion advocacy in their local churches.

The three-year initiative would also help encourage COGIC clergy to use their missions and charity ministries in local churches to help offer aid and assistance to African-Americans and people of other ethnic minorities, and people of low incomes in local communities who are considering and contemplating abortion and offer aid and assistance to people dealing with economic and medical issues from pregnancy.

The three-year-initiative with The Human Coalition is also supposed to encourage local COGIC clergy leaders across the United States, both male and female, to partner up with other anti-abortion advocacy groups and Christian ministries to lobby for more anti-abortion restrictions throughout local states. Pentecostals have been criticized because of their noticeable absence from the official record of activism that has been largely overshadowed by black ministers of other denominations such as Baptists and Methodists; however, there is irrefutable evidence to verify and document the role and response of COGIC ministers and other Pentecostals to the cause and struggle for Civil Rights.

As previously stated, COGIC although predominately black, had a significant white membership during its first decade of existence, with a number of white ministers holding leadership positions in the church. However, after the meeting in Hot Springs and the founding of the Assemblies of God, the white constituency of COGIC continued to decline, until it was almost nonexistent by the s.

Bishop Mason taught COGIC members against going to war, but more so he was against African-American men being called to fight a war overseas for freedom and then coming home and being treated as second-class citizens and being lynched in their uniforms. During the forties and fifties, Bishop Mason often invited the white elected officials of the city of Memphis to the International Holy Convocation on Civic Night.

Overseer E. However his out-spoken criticism of racial prejudice of whites led most if not all of them to leave his church for other ministries where the message of against racism was not so obvious and offensive to them. Delk who remained in the church after many whites had left, was very active in politics in Missouri and worked to promote civil rights by writing legislatures and petitioning the federal government on the behalf of COGIC.

He is credited with helping to secure the steel needed to construct Mason Temple which was virtually impossible during WW II. During the fifties and sixties, during the height of the civil rights movement, COGIC ministers and congregations played host to many significant events. In Chicago, Ford organized voter registration initiatives. He protested during the s and s against lodging segregation in Memphis, while participating in COGIC Holy Convocations there during the Civil Rights era before federal laws prohibiting such segregation.

Ten years later on February 25, , when Malcolm X was assassinated and needed to a place for his funeral; No major black church or facility would open their doors for the service. Childs of the Faith Temple Church of God in Christ later renamed Child's Memorial in his honor was the clergyman who finally opened his doors.

According to Alex Haley, "He and his wife then received bomb threats at home and at church. He led a group of students to participate in the March on Selma. He was one of the nine members of the strategy committee the organized the sanitation strike in Memphis.

He was assassinated the next day, April 4, on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel. Throughout the seventies and eighties, as COGIC continued to grow to millions of members nationwide, COGIC ministers all over the country continued to advance civil rights in their communities. As the International Holy Convocation grew to thousands, COGIC leaders had to negotiate with city officials to provide hotel accommodations for the saints. His pastor and mentor was Bishop F. Washington of Brooklyn, NY. In and respectively, Rev.

During the current administration of Presiding Bishop Charles Blake, COGIC unveiled its Urban Initiatives Program to provide 60, programs nationwide through its more than 12, congregations to continue to promote the work of civil rights, and to reduce poverty, crime and violence, etc. According to its Constitution, the church has two structures to govern the church: civil and ecclesiastical. All officers are elected by the General Assembly. The General Secretary, General Treasurer, and Financial Secretary terms run concurrent with the current presidential administration that is elected every four years.

The General Assembly elects a person General Board Presidium every four years from the college of bishops, who serve functionally as apostles of the church. The General Assembly meets biannually each year in April and November while the Presidium acts as the executive branch of the church, overseeing the day-to-day operation when the General Assembly is not in session. As a result, the General Board exercises great authority over the church.

The Presidium includes a separately elected International Presiding Bishop by the General Assembly who serves a term of four years, who, then appoints two assistant presiding bishops. Blake, Sr. National officers of the church are chosen at the General Assembly every four years unless special elections are warranted. The Judicial Board serves as the judicial branch and is the supreme body that interprets polity and practice. It has nine members, elected by the General Assembly, including three bishops, three elders, and three lay members.

In addition to the General Board, there is a Board of Bishops that is composed of all jurisdictional and auxiliary bishops, a National Trustee Board that is composed of 15 members who are elected for a term of four years, the General Council of Pastors and Elders which is open to any officially recognized pastor and current credentialed ordained elder in the church.

The Church of God in Christ ecclesiastical structure is an episcopal-presbyterian form of government. Churches are organized in dioceses called jurisdictions , each under the authority of a bishop. The Presiding Bishop is part of a General Board, consisting of eleven other bishops elected by a General Assembly consisting of Pastors, Elders, Chaplains, Bishops, Missionaries, Supervisors, and designated lay delegates. The General Assembly is the supreme authority over the church to decide matters of faith and practice.

Jurisdictions range in size between 30 and churches.

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Each state in the US consist of at least one jurisdiction and several states have more than one jurisdiction. These jurisdictions are then separated into districts, which consist of 5 to 7 churches and are governed by superintendents ordained elder or pastor. There are more than ecclesiastical jurisdictions around the world with in the United States. Jurisdictions are set up similar to the National Church in terms of composition, polity, and procedure.

World headquarters are in Memphis, Tennessee at Mason Temple. During the formative stages of COGIC, Bishop Mason organized departments to further support the work of the church as it continued to grow and expand. Women in COGIC have been influential in the leadership and organization of the church since its inception. Bishop Mason was opposed to the ordination of women to formal ministry, but in created an autonomous department to promote the ministry of women in the church.

The church believes that women are gifted and called to ministry; it does not, however, officially ordain women to the office of elder, or bishop. COGIC licensed female evangelists may also serve as chaplains in military, federal, state, and local institutions requiring chaplains. This endorsement allows female chaplains who are serving in the military, working in an institution or jails to perform religious services including funerals and weddings.

Each jurisdictional bishop appoints a jurisdictional supervisor to lead the work of the women on a jurisdictional level. The jurisdictional supervisor is assisted by district missionaries who oversee the women's ministry of the district. Deaconess Missionaries serve and assist in the ceremonial and temporal affairs of the local church. Evangelist Missionaries are licensed to proclaim the gospel, conduct gospel meetings, and may be given the oversight of local congregations serving as the church administrator.

On the local church level in addition to the office of missionary, COGIC developed and has maintained the position of the "church mother. The designated church mother along with other "older and seasoned" women of the church provided the practical teaching of holiness in daily life and practice. Today however, many church mothers have been reserved to titular positions as many pastor's wives have assumed the role of leader of women's ministries in local congregations.

Despite what seems to be obvious limitations to minister because of ordination, women have been given great latitude and numerous opportunities to serve in ministry in COGIC. As a result, many local congregations, foreign missions, and schools were established and through the leadership and efforts of women in COGIC. Lizzie Woods Robinson — was the first "General Mother" of the church. Finding two groups of women in the church, one group praying known as the Prayer Band, the other group studying and teaching the Word known as the Bible Band, she combined the two under the name of the Prayer and Bible Band.

She organized the sewing circle and after meeting Elder Searcy, she encouraged the women to support mission work through the Home and Foreign Mission bands. As the church continued to grow, she created women auxiliaries including the Purity Class and the Sunshine Band. She began women's work on the state level and appointed the first state mothers. Robinson was a staunch advocate for holiness and taught strict guidelines for the women with regard to dress and worldliness.

She was greatly interested in the building of Mason Temple and she kept her national building fund drives functioning until she knew the building was ready for dedication. Her successor, Lillian Brooks Coffey — was the organizer of the Women's International Convention to support the work of foreign missionaries. The first convention was held in Los Angeles, California, in It is one of the largest gathering of Christian women from any major denomination and religious organization. Coffey also began the use of the title "Jurisdictional Supervisor" for state mothers as more jurisdictions were forming in each state.

After the death of Mother Coffey in , Dr. Annie L. Bailey — , became the third General Supervisor. She was the wife and companion of Bishop John Seth Bailey, a trusted adviser of Bishop Mason, and later the first assistant presiding bishop of the church. She developed the International Women's Convention into a training institute for women in the ministry. She served as the jurisdictional supervisor of several states including Maryland and New Jersey helping to establish and stabilize struggling jurisdictions.

Mattie McGlothen — the fourth General Supervisor, was a tremendous organizer with great impact on the development of the Women's Department. She built a home for missionaries in the Bahamas, a pavilion for senior citizens and unwed mothers in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Today thousands of COGIC women when ministering the gospel or serving in official capacities are seen in their civic black or ceremonial white habits.

Crouch — of Dallas, Texas, served as the fifth General Supervisor. In her brief tenure, she encouraged the women to stay focused and supportive to the leadership of the church. One of her contributions was to divide the women's fellowship in the local congregations into two groups: The Christian Women's Council for the middle aged and senior women, and the Young Women's Christian Council YWCC for the younger women. A local church mother since the age of 21, she was committed to strengthening the auxiliaries in the local churches and to prepare the younger women to carry the mission of COGIC into the Twenty-first Century.

Under her leadership, the Women's International Convention added the term "and Crusade" to highlight and promote the evangelistic approach of the convention. Mother Rivers also began the "49 and Under" to enlist and focus the younger women of COGIC to remain committed to the doctrine and teachings of the church. Mother Willie Mae Rivers served faithfully for 20 years as General Mother until and the age of The current General Supervisor of Women is Dr. As has been stated, COGIC does not ordain women as elder or bishop, however, COGIC would not have become the largest predominately African-American Pentecostal church in the world, nor have the largest Women's convention of any major denomination without the contributions of women.

These women have been listed for their significant contributions and impact to the church. Lee — In , the Sunday School was formally organized under "Father" F. Christmas — Elder L. Patrick was added to the National Sunday School. In , Bishop S. There was the creation of the Sunday School Field Representative. This office is reserved for a woman who serves as counterpart to the Sunday School Superintendent. These offices are found in every local, district, and jurisdiction to support development and growth of the Sunday School. The first youth leader on a national level was Elder M.

Other leaders of the Youth Department who leader became influential leaders of the church included: Bishop F. Washington, Bishop Chandler D. Owens, Bishop Brandon B. Porter, and Bishop J. Drew Sheard. To be consistent with progressive measures and modernization, in the Nineties, the international church along with many local COGIC churches began to use the term "youth department" instead of "YPWW. In , the call was made for workers to go to serve the Lord in foreign lands. Thereafter, missionaries were sent to Africa and the islands of the Caribbean, Asia , and elsewhere.

Patterson to be president of the Department of Home and Foreign Missions. Bishop Carlis Moody immediately began to reorganize the Missions Department, giving new guidelines. President Moody also added these ministries to the Missions Department: [52]. Today COGIC has more than 12, churches, and several schools, missions, and medical clinics in more than eighty nations, including every inhabited continent.

The church is thought to have nearly two million members in 7, churches on the continent of Africa. The church has more than 3, churches in Asia, and 2, churches in the Caribbean and South America. Nigeria alone has 19 bishops and more than churches. In , after more than 40 years of faithful service, Bishop Carlos L. Moody was emeritized as Bishop of Missions.

The Department of Evangelism was officially organized on a national level by Overseer L. Page in The first meeting was held in Memphis, Tennessee around The early conventions of the Evangelist Board were basically crusades led by Page and a few other Evangelists from across the country. In , Bishop J. Patterson appointed Dr. During his administration, Battles organized Regions to oversee evangelistic ministry in various regional areas across the country.

Battles served as president until his death in December In , Bishop Chandler D. Owens appointed Evangelist Richard "Mr. Clean" White as President of the Department of Evangelism. He continued to build on the department through expansion of the Regional Administration into 10 geographical locations across the country.

He appointed regional presidents to serve as liaisons to the jurisdictional presidents. Herndon and her twin sister Leatha were pioneers of the evangelistic work of the Church of God in Christ. Together they traveled across the country proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Many times it takes counseling, Bible study, prayer and community support — but it can be done. There are some factors that seem to be more significant in people struggling with same-sex attractions. One of the things we know about homosexuality is that guys who struggle have been molested three times more often than men in the general male population.

Am I gay? What does this say about me that this happened to me? If there are problems in the parental relationship, that can affect a kid. A girl who rejects her femininity could grow up longing for what she already has inside her. I know several women whose dads treated them like little boys — they wanted a boy and they treated them like boys, so these girls became very masculine. Some women reject femininity because they see women being weak or passive or abused; some women, and men too, have turned to homosexuality for political reasons or out of rebellion against societal norms.

Efforts to advance rights and protections for homosexuals often place a higher priority on an individual desire to parent, rather than a child's need for a mother and a father. Today, it is not enough to promote the practice of adoption; we must also defend adoption against initiatives that would distort its purpose. As evidenced by the fight for adoption rights by same-sex couples, the current movement to protect and promote homosexual rights threatens the adoption arena and children's best interests.

Rather, children have a right to grow up with the love that only a mother and a father can jointly provide. Adoption placements should acknowledge that placing a child in a family structure with a married mother and father is in the child's best interest. Unfortunately, current anti-discrimination policies and judicial decisions often negate the best interest of children in the name of tolerance and equality. One conflict has already risen to the surface.

The movement to promote individuals with same-sex attraction as a legally protected class threatens the work of adoption agencies that hold moral convictions against same-sex adoption. Certain anti-discrimination laws in the U. These acts stifle the freedom of independent adoption agencies to decide that concern for a child's best interests requires them to make placements in married mother and father homes rather than with gay or lesbian-identified couples, or cohabiting heterosexual couples. Ultimately, sexual orientation laws that were meant to prevent discrimination actually violate the freedom of adoption agencies that hold religious or moral convictions against certain adoption placements, and deprive a child of either a father or mother.

She preceded it by explaining that she is the child of gay parents, a man and a woman who both came out during her childhood. In that moment, Mr. Daly almost palpably struggled for what to say. He complimented Ms. Burgess on how well she had done in her life. He said that research showed the best setting for a child was with a married mother and father.

And he left Ms. Burgess miffed and unconvinced. Thanks to the sexual revolution in the 60s and70s, with its baggage of no-fault divorce and unwed childrearing, we have had ample opportunity to witness and record the results of fatherless and motherless childrearing. Focus On The Family believes that they know better than psychiatrists — actual doctors — when it comes to treating transgender people.

Each of the two sexes is a glorious gift from God — meant to be offered back to Him either in complementary unity with the other in the context of marriage for procreation and mutual delight or in celibacy for undivided devotion to Christ….. Throughout both Testaments, God and His people are portrayed as husband and wife or as a bride and groom.

The creation account found in Genesis lays out this gender-based, matrimonial picture and sets the stage for the final, eternal union of God and His people — of Christ and His bride — described in Revelation. Gender matters. In recent years, a revisionist transgender theology has been put forth in some theological circles that violates God's clearly articulated and intentional design for the sexes — thereby distorting His image and His plan for sexuality, marriage, family and the just and proper ordering of society.

We disagree with revisionist gay and transgender theologies as contradictory to foundational Christian doctrine and the Judeo-Christian sexual ethic. If the transgender lobby succeeds, there will be striking consequences for marriage, family and society at large. Through salvation and the work of the Holy Spirit, He can empower them to live according to His design and standards for sexuality. He offers the grace to accept their true identity — not as gay, lesbian, or gender-confused — but as His sons and daughters, embracing their biological reality as male or female. The reality is that humans are born male or female.

In the Bible, for example, the focus is on the behavior. We should look beyond homosexuality to see a person as a sacred human being created in the image of God. Those elements include: 1 early educational programs promoting homosexuality in our public schools, often against the will of parents; 2 laws redefining marriage; 3 legislation requiring churches, religious for-profit organizations and businesses to hire homosexuals; 4 laws which allow adoption of children by homosexuals; and 5 the redefinition of the family.

If we care about our families, our children, and the moral state of our society, we should speak out against these proposals. One of the first things you'll want to do is equip and educate yourself by visiting this site. Among other useful features, it offers talking points you can use to express your faith-based viewpoint. It also lists do's and don'ts for approaching school officials.

It contains lots of other practical advice. It even provides prepared memoranda from legal experts on the importance of respecting religious freedoms and parental rights. You can e-mail the legal information and other professionally packaged data directly to your educators from the Take Action center on the Web site. The same groups, it says, lobby for gays and other minority groups to be specifically mentioned in anti-bullying legislation and try to depict Christians opposed to such treatment as bigots.

Gay rights organizations say they have sought anti-bullying legislation and worked to craft school-based programs and curricula to protect students, especially gay students who are disproportionately singled out for bullying. Candi Cushman, an education analyst for the James Dobson-founded group, told The Denver Post this weekend that gay rights advocates have inserted their agenda into anti-bullying efforts, at the expense of Christian values.

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In an email to TPM, Cushman expanded her argument. Based on recent events, state law and public school education will undermine these ideas as old-fashioned and narrow-minded. Redefining marriage in law means that religious freedoms are threatened because the state must promote and uphold the new definition of marriage. Recent events in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and Sweden clearly demonstrate that the cultural battles over the normalization of homosexuality are a zero-sum game: Gains afforded to one group will necessarily come at the expense of another.

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Specifically, those who hold to a biblically orthodox view on homosexual or transgender behavior will increasingly find their voices marginalized and then eventually banned from the public arena. This long-sought legislation would end many forms of employment discrimination against gays and lesbians.

According to Focus, this bill would somehow turn conservative Christians into victims of discrimination. Many people view that as rank discrimination, akin to firing someone on the basis of his or her ethnic background or national origin. EDNA would go a long way toward stopping this type of discrimination aimed at gays and lesbians.

Just as workers can no longer be fired simply for being black or Jewish, under EDNA they couldn't he dismissed solely on the basis of sexual orientation. At the very least, EDNA would give gays and lesbians a legal avenue to challenge such dismissals. Yet according to Focus, this bill--designed to expand rights--is instead one that restricts them. Focus on the Family launched radio ads and a media campaign urging Ritter to veto the bill. Opponents say the bill will have serious consequences, such as opening up public restrooms and locker rooms to all genders and transgender people, exposing children and women to harm.

But Focus on the Family apparently has decided to move up the season to July 4. In the past two weeks, the Colorado Springs-based Christian organization has launched an ad campaign to blast away at Gov. Bill Ritter and other lawmakers who supported Senate Bill , an anti-discrimination bill. Bob Bacon, all Democrats. The bill, signed into law May 29 by Ritter, is intended to prevent discrimination based on gender, race, religion and sexual orientation regarding housing, employment and public accommodations.

Focus on the Family, though, has decided to take a broad - very broad - interpretation that the law will allow public restrooms to be used by either gender regardless of signage. Its ad campaign, which ended Friday, implies that women and children will be at risk of predators because of the law. Focus on the Family, based in Colorado Springs, Colo. With an automated phone system, it asks whether people support or oppose a proposed amendment to the state constitution that would nullify a court decision that ordered the state to pay such benefits.

If they say they oppose the amendment, the call is ended. Those who say they support it are directed to call six state senators, including the Senate majority leader, that the group has identified as potentially obstructing the measure, said Peter Brandt, Focus on the Family's director of government and public policy. The group says its mission is to preserve what it considers to be traditional values and the institution of the family. It intends to contact thousands of Alaskans through the end of this week as part of its national effort to lobby against recognizing same-sex couples as spouses, Brandt said.

Focus On The Family wants business owners to have the right to turn away LGBTQ customers just because they believe their religion requires them to oppose their very existence. Louis, Mo. During the teleconference, Goeglein warned his audience…. Goeglein then lamented how Christian florists, bakers and photographers were not able to discriminate against gay customers and how that was severely limiting the faith of Christians. And I think that's the greater danger for the culture. She's a self-proclaimed advocate of same-sex marriage rights.

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Ready to Answer: Words of Affirmation and Hope for Lgbt Christians Ready to Answer: Words of Affirmation and Hope for Lgbt Christians
Ready to Answer: Words of Affirmation and Hope for Lgbt Christians Ready to Answer: Words of Affirmation and Hope for Lgbt Christians
Ready to Answer: Words of Affirmation and Hope for Lgbt Christians Ready to Answer: Words of Affirmation and Hope for Lgbt Christians

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