Archive for April 4th, 2006

‘Ex-gay’ group booted from conference

Tuesday, April 4th, 2006

The normal SOP (standard operating proceedure) of the homosexuals…silence the opposition. You see, they really don’t want people to know the facts about homosexuality. Now they have the school systems in their pockets in the name of “tolerance”. C’mom, homosexuals. If you don’t have anything to hide, what is the problem with having these groups present their side of the story? The truth will stand out and be very evident. Hummm…maybe that’s what you’re afraid of.

A group that believes people with same-sex attractions can abandon homosexuality was evicted from the Virginia Schools Counselors Association annual convention.
PFOX, Parents and Friends of Ex-gays and Gays, said school counselors at the event in Richmond, Va., last week objected to some of its materials and insisted the group leave.
Blogger Warren Throckmorton said PFOX was registered officially as an exhibitor at the conference, held at the Holiday Inn Select Thursday and Friday.
But the counselors association’s current president, Tammy Davis, and past-president, Carol Kaffenberger, requested to meet PFOX Director Regina Griggs and insisted the group and its members had to leave.
Griggs said that after some discussion, the school counselors said two of PFOX’s brochures were OK, one on bullying and another on teens. But the group, nevertheless, was told to leave because offering only two brochures would not be worth their time.
At that point, the hotel staff intervened and demanded the PFOX people leave, Throckmorton said.
One of the staff began to dismantle the table and police were called in.
PFOX members said they were willing to remove anything deemed offensive but were ushered out anyway.
One of the books the counselors didn’t like was a title by leading reparative-therapy researcher Joseph Nicolosi. Another was a story of a transgendered person who warns against sex-change surgery.
Last year, the National Parent-Teacher Association refused PFOX’s request to exhibit at its annual convention while welcoming a pro-homosexual activist organization – even inviting it to present a workshop.
PFOX had its application to exhibit rejected because it supports former homosexuals. The National PTA, however, sought the attendance of Parents, Families and Friends of Gays, a pro-homosexual advocacy group that promotes in same-sex marriage.
The National PTA also has allowed “It’s Elementary,” the homosexual-affirming video for schoolchildren, to exhibit at its conference for the previous three years.
Also last year, PFOX won a decision against the Montgomery County School Board in Maryland, halting the implementation of a sex-education curriculum that would have promoted gay religious organizations over ex-gay ministries and traditional religions.
The judge, in writing his decision, criticized the curriculum for engaging in “viewpoint discrimination” by excluding ex-gay material. The school board also had approved materials published by homosexual advocacy groups that positively portray homosexuality while making negative references to ex-gays.
“The National PTA is discriminating against a class of students and that is just wrong,” Griggs said at the time.

New Survey Reveals U.K. Christians’ Lack of Basic Bible Knowledge

Tuesday, April 4th, 2006

There really is only one way to know the Bible…read and study it. QED.

LONDON – Less than a quarter of Christians in the United Kingdom possess enough knowledge of the Bible to be able to place key events in the order they appear, according to the results of a new survey by the Bible Society released last week.
The Christian evangelical organization carried out a survey of regular churchgoers, which revealed that 76 percent of people were unable to put a series of ten popular Bible stories in the order that they appear in the Bible.
Events used in the survey included Noah’s Ark, Solomon’s building of the Temple, and Jesus feeding the five thousand, among other similar incidents.
The survey was carried out by asking the questions in a quick-fire quiz style, and was designed to assess the common assumption that Christians possess an in-depth knowledge of the Bible.
The survey results have been published to coincide with the recent publication of “The Drama of Scripture,” which is an SPCK (Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge) book that has been created in association with the Bible Society. The book aims to portray the Bible as a drama containing six “Acts,” including creation, sin, Israel, Jesus, mission, and new creation.
The Director of Program at the Bible Society, Ann Holt said, “It seems that even Christians struggle to see the big picture when it comes to the Bible – never mind those who never read it.
“The Drama of Scripture has been published to provide Christians with some much-needed help in rediscovering afresh the significance of God’s Word for living out their faith today. That is why we recently supported the launch of the book with the mass distribution of a booklet containing key extracts from the publication.”
The Drama of Scripture has been written by Craig Bartholomew and Michael Goheen, and is available online from www.spckonline.com or www.bibleresources.org.uk.