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Franklin Graham Calls for School Boards to Be Majority Christian to Stop LGBT ‘Agenda to Indoctrinate’



Franklin Graham is calling for Christians to run for their local school boards to prevent what he says is LGBT indoctrination. The 65-year old Christian evangelical activist made his stunning remarks in response to a Fox News story that claims a Pennsylvania school board showed what parents are calling bullying “LGBT advocacy” videos.

But educators and officials explained that the videos are not “bullying,” they are anti-bullying.

“Parents in the East Penn School District are up in arms—and rightly so—about being told they can’t see videos that their children were shown without their permission,” Graham wrote on Facebook.

“We need Christian men and women running for school boards,” he said. “If the majority of the school board were Christians, this wouldn’t be an issue.”

Graham went on to claim the videos were “about homosexuality, same-sex marriage, and ‘gender fluidity’,” and “parents weren’t even notified!”

Graham apparently was astonished that the existence of LGBT people was not kept secret.

“The school district said it was all part of Unity Week, but parents are concerned that it is part of an agenda to indoctrinate young people and normalize lifestyles that go against what God teaches in His Word.”

Schools are specifically not allowed to teach “God’s word.”

“Parental rights are being ignored here,” Graham claimed, falsely. Courts have ruled parents do not have the right to be informed of every aspect of their children’s schooling.

Some in the LGBT community are pushing back.

“Graham  is so typical of the self-righteous homophobia which permeates conservative  right-wing evangelical circles,” Holy Bullies author Alvin McEwen writes. “He sees the words ‘LGBT’ and automatically thinks of sex or ‘recruitment.'”

McEwen notes that “perhaps the idea that Graham is angry that the school district is attempting to keep LGBTQ kids safe from bullying isn’t that farfetched to contemplate.”


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Christian ‘Prophet’ Calls Support for Trump a Measure of Loyalty to God



QAnon conspiracy theorist and supposed “prophet” Johnny Enlow appeared on the Elijah Streams YouTube channel Friday, where he claimed that continuing to believe that former President Donald Trump won the 2020 election and is still the legitimate president of the United States is a test of one’s true commitment to God.

Enlow, who is among the various self-proclaimed “prophets” who guaranteed that Trump would win the 2020 election and still refuse to accept that their prophecies were wrong, actually declared that it is not enough for Christians to simply worship God, but rather they must also recognize that Trump has been anointed by God and therefore continue to support him.

“I call it the ‘Trump Test,’” Enlow said. “It’s a biblical precedent that it’s not sufficient just to say, ‘Hey, I worship God, I’m totally sold out to God or to Jesus.’ There’s this thing going around the body of Christ—and there’s a good part of it, and there’s a bad part of it—’Well, I’m so tired of everything. I just want it to be all about Jesus and all about God and devotion to Jesus, devotion about God.’ You won’t find the time in history where you didn’t have to also figure out who to be aligned and connected with.”

Enlow said that God uses his prophets to let the rest of the church know who has been anointed to serve as leaders, such as Moses and King David. Enlow warned that those who don’t follow God’s chosen leaders, like Trump in this case, are “going to come under the judgment for not recognizing it.”

“If you go against God’s person that he’s using, his instrument,” Enlow explained, “even if you think you have 100 percent devotion to God, it’s going to cost you. … This is a line in the sand, this ‘Trump Test.’”

Enlow claimed that the Christian leaders and ministries currently experiencing great outpourings of God’s blessings are those “who didn’t back off Trump.”


This article was originally published by Right Wing Watch and is republished here by permission.


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Right Wing Christian TV Evangelist: Gay People Should Have to Wear Warning Labels on Their Foreheads



Right-wing pastor Andrew Wommack used Monday night’s episode of his “Truth & Liberty Livecast” to declare that gay people should be required to “put a label across their forehead,” declaring that homosexuality “can be hazardous to your health.”

Wommack’s guest on the program was religious-right activist Janet Porter. While discussing the anti-LGBTQdocumentary” she released a few years ago, Porter eventually turned the discussion to Caitlyn Jenner’s run for governor in California.

“I’m praying for Bruce Jenner, who goes by ‘Caitlyn’ Jenner,” Porter said. “I’m praying against the suicide that happens with people that engage in this kind of thing. It’s very, very sad.”

“Homosexuals have like three times as much suicide as heterosexuals, and then you go into transgenders, and it just continues to go up,” Wommack replied. “It’s a very destructive lifestyle. They have 20 years less that the homosexual lives than a heterosexual. And, you know, cigarettes take an average of seven years off of a person’s life, so homosexuality is three times worse than smoking. We ought to put a label across their forehead, ‘This can be hazardous to your health.’”


This article was originally published by Right Wing Watch and is republished here by permission.


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Duggar Family’s ‘Cult’ Teaches ‘No Personal Responsibility’ for Boys, Girls Are Responsible for Being Sexually Abused: Report



Former members of the Christian offshoot “cult” that the Duggar family belongs to teaches that boys are not responsible for their actions but girls are entirely responsible not only for their actions but for the actions of boys and men, including being raped by them.

Former reality TV star Josh Duggar, charged with receiving and possessing child pornography, including images of child sexual abuse, is in part a product of his religious upbringing, the former members say.

Fox News reports that “people familiar with the family’s particular sect of fundamentalist Christianity, the Institute in Basic Life Principles (IBLP), claim it has played a role in enabling abuse by Duggar and others.”

Among them, Lara Smith, a former member of the Christian fundamentalist sect, who spoke with The New York Post.

“You need to be very careful what you do,” girls are taught in Bible study, says Smith, “what you say, what you wear, how you act, because at any moment, you could trigger a boy, basically.”

But there is “absolutely no personal responsibility for the boys,” Smith added.

The Duggar family is “linked” to the IBLP, Fox News adds. “The many Duggar children were home-schooled using a faith-based program called Advanced Training Institute (ATI), created by IBLP founder Bill Gothard. Gothard even ran the facility that counseled a teenage Josh when he admitted to abusing his sisters. Although Gothard stepped down from IBLP in 2014 after being accused of sexual harassment himself, he continued to work with families, including the Duggars. Gothard has denied the sexual harassment claims against him.”

“A lot of abuse occurred,” because of the group’s teachings, Lara Smith, a former ATI member, told The Post. “With [abusers like] Josh, the whole environment set him up for success in his disgustingness.”

“We were taught our bodies don’t belong to us. They belong to God. And so in that realm, anything that happens, God wants it to happen,” says Smith, who sees ATI and IBLP as a cult.

So does Heather Heath, who was home-schooled and was indoctrinated in the programs.

“If we had been assaulted, we had to confess what we did that brought the assault on us,” Heath said. “My sense of bodily autonomy is still really messed up.”


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