The wife of New York’s mayor, Bill De Blasio, has told people that she used to be a lesbian until she met him.
For 11 years, the Truth Wins Out website aggressively attacked those who claimed to be ex-gay, along with individuals and organizations that supported ex-gays. Last month, Wayne Besen, the founder of Truth Wins Out, announced that he was closing shop because, he claimed, “we accomplished our major goals.”
What, exactly, were those goals? Wayne writes, “We helped expose and ultimately vanquish (with the help of other heroes) major ‘ex-gay’ programs including Love Won Out, Exodus International, and JONAH.” Still, he reluctantly notes, “similar programs will always exist, as charlatans will provide a supply of snake oil to fill a demand.”
The reality is quite the opposite. It is true that some specific networks and ministries no longer exist. But it is more and more common for local churches to help individuals struggling with same-sex attraction, meaning that this is not only a specialist ministry.
Not only so, but the ultimate reason Exodus closed was because it lost sight of its mission, which was helping men and women deal with unwanted same-sex attraction. That’s why the most important organizations that were affiliated with Exodus left before it closed. And that’s why those organizations are still going strong to this day.
In fact, new groups like Restored Hope Network have risen up in place of Exodus, and they are not selling snake oil. They are selling the truth of the gospel, namely, that Jesus can help and change anyone and everyone. He does not exclude homosexuals from His transforming love.
Professional counselors and therapists have seen great results too, and they continue to network together to help those who struggle.
There’s something else that has happened, making it more difficult for organizations like Truth Wins Out to raise funds and continue their work. More and more people have friends, family members, and co-workers who are ex-gay, and so it’s becoming increasingly difficult to deny their existence.
Some of these ex-gays are in wonderful, heterosexual relationships and have been for decades. Others have seen a real decrease in same-sex attraction in their lives, for which they’re thrilled. And others are still attracted to the same sex but recognize this as wrong in God’s sight and contrary to His design, and they are enjoying their new lives in God, even as singles.
In all cases, “gay” no longer defines them, and there are too many of these precious men and women to ignore. In fact, I’m facing a new problem now. I’m getting flooded with requests to write endorsements or forewords to books by men and women who formerly lived as gay, bisexual, or transgender. That is who they were. It is not who they are.
Not only so, but the whole myth of homosexuality being “innate and immutable” has been exposed, with some gay activists even saying that they don’t need to use the argument anymore, acknowledging that sexuality is fluid. As a recent headline in USA Today announced, “’Born this way’? It’s way more complicated than that.’”
Regarding the notion that some people are born gay and can’t change – something that has been a central mantra of gay activism for decades – the article notes that, “many members of the LGBTQ community reject this narrative, saying it only benefits people who feel their sexuality and gender are fixed rather than fluid, and questioning why the dignity of gay people should rest on the notion that they were gay from their very first breath.”
Old myths die hard, but they do eventually die.
As for Wayne Besen himself, he is certainly a tireless, take no prisoners campaigner, and in his final Truth Wins Out statement, he listed his many accomplishments.
As for those whose efforts he did not appreciate, he spared no venom.
Accordingly, in 2011, after I worked with a group of several hundred Christians who handed out 2,500 bottles of “Jesus Loves You” water at a gay pride event in Charlotte, North Carolina, Wayne branded me an “anti-gay monster.”
He wrote that my “game is to try inciting followers to possible violence against LGBT people, while innocently maintaining that he loves homosexuals and simply wants them to meet his militant and perverted version of God.”
He called me “a slick dude,” a “sick and cynical” person, someone with “a messiah complex [who] is a diabolical individual who aims to manipulate impressionable followers to launch some sort of holy war,” noting however, that, I’m “too much of a coward to start the war” myself.
He confessed, “I do strongly believe to my core that Brown’s ultimate goal is to create the conditions for a nasty physical clash.” Indeed, he wrote, “The madman fully understands that he only has to create a hostile climate to inflame the most unstable of his thugs and they will eventually provoke the type of confrontation that this pathological monster deeply desires.”
What makes this really sad is that, to my knowledge, Wayne actually believed what he wrote, meaning that he lived in a terrifying world of false reality. What an awful place that must be, where you imagine that peace-loving, followers of Jesus who would lay down their lives for the LGBT community are actually pathological monsters planning a violent assault.
I once interacted with Wayne on the very-liberal David Pakman show, telling him that it was his rhetoric, not mine, that was dangerous. I also asked him why it was that those who listened to my teaching most carefully showed the most love for the LGBT community. You can judge our interaction for yourself here.
The bad news is that a bullying, falsely-accusing spirit is on the rise today, as gay activists and their allies try to stop people with unwanted same-sex attractions from getting help, beginning with minors. (In other words, “Thou shalt be gay, like it or not.”)
The good news is that, in the end, truth always wins out (see 2 Corinthians 13:8), which is why an organization like Wayne Besen’s “Truth Wins Out” actually proclaimed its own demise the moment it was named.
As for Wayne himself, I appreciate his passion, I admire his focus, and despite the venom in his words, I enjoy his literary touch. And so, without the slightest animosity towards him, as a fellow Jew, I pray that he would come to know the one who is Truth Himself, Jesus our Messiah and Lord.
If He could transform me, a heterosexual sinner, he could transform anyone, including Wayne Besen. An ever-growing number of ex-gay readers say, “Amen!”
Circumcised men should be as vigilant in preventing oncogenic HPV infection as those who are uncircumcised, new research suggests.
Circumcised participants in a study presented at the annual meeting of the American Urological Association were twice as likely as their uncircumcised counterparts to have either of two HPV strains associated with penile cancer, researchers said. Their findings are not consistent with previous research.
“Classically, circumcision has been shown to be protective against HPV infection and … we’re not completely sure why, but there was a higher rate of these higher-risk HPV infections in men who are circumcised,” study researcher Mickey Daugherty, MD, a urology resident at the State University of New York Upstate Medical University, told Infectious Disease News.
Daugherty said the high proportion of men in the United States who are circumcised could account for the prevalence of HPV in that population. Nonetheless, he said, the results show that circumcision alone is not a preventive measure.
Daugherty and colleagues analyzed data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) from 2013 and 2014 on 1,520 men aged 18 to 59 years who had complete information on HPV infection and circumcision status.
The men provided penile swabs, which were tested for 37 HPV strains. The researchers stratified two strains of low-risk HPV linked to genital warts, HPV 6 and 11. They also stratified two strains of high-risk HPV linked to penile cancer, HPV 16 and 18.
Reflecting previous NHANES data, 45.2% of participants had some strain of genital HPV. In all, 2.9% were infected with one of the two low-risk strains, while 5.8% had one of the high-risk strains.
Most participants (77.8%) were circumcised. The higher risk for high-risk HPV was evident (OR = 2; P = .03), but there was no significant increase in risk for low-risk HPV in circumcised men (OR = 1.05; P = 0.9).
Despite the risk for circumcised men, only 7.8% of all participants — and 13.4% of those aged 18 to 29 years — received HPV vaccinations.
“This again brings up the importance of talking about vaccination,” Daugherty said. “Some of the HPV strains don’t necessarily cause major disease … but at the same time, there are certain types of strains that you can prevent, and the big thing is people are unaware that the vaccine is available, and that this is something you can prevent.”
Although results have varied, earlier studies have generally shown that uncircumcised men are more likely to be infected with HPV than circumcised men. In a 2008 study published in The Journal of Infectious Diseases, researchers found that uncircumcised men were significantly more likely than those who were circumcised to be infected with a potentially cancer-causing HPV strain (adjusted OR = 2.51) and to be infected with several HPV strains (aOR = 3.56).
Previous NHANES data, meanwhile, have shown cause for alarm in all populations. Nearly half of 1,868 men had some kind of genital HPV strain. Another NHANES dataset showed that 25.1% of men and 20.4% of women in the U.S. have at least one high-risk genital HPV strain.
“Part of the issue is that HPV is much more prevalent than most people think or assume,” Daugherty said. “The concern is that most of them will not actually develop any sort of lesions from it, but at the same time, they could turn out to be infectious and infect others.” – by Joe Green
Daugherty M, et al. Abstract MP11-03. Presented at: The Annual Meeting of the American Urological Association: May 14-16, 2017; Boston, Mass.
National Center for Health Statistics. www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/databriefs/db280.pdf.
Hernandez BY, et al. J Infect Dis. 2008;doi:10.1086/528379.
Disclosure: The researchers report no relevant financial disclosures.
An interracial couple composed of an Indian male and a white female is attacked by various white racists. Among them – a white male with an Asian partner.
The news story made headlines around the world due to the harassment, but one /r/Hapas user was able to discover how one of the users who referred to the Indian male as “subhuman” was in fact a white male with an Asian wife and an Asian child.
White men are perfectly fine dating and marrying Asian women – as Asian women are seen as “almost white” who dream of having blue eyed and blond haired child – but since White men feel resentful of white women who reject them, they retain their resentment and their racist anger towards White women with non-white partners, despite having non-white partners themselves.
This is how the May government, and the British establishment in general, quells resistance to jihad terror and the Islamization of Britain: by persecuting everyone who dares to step out of line and show any sign of resisting. The establishment media plays its part as well, smearing Tommy Robinson as a “far right extremist” (which essentially means, at this point, an opponent of jihad and Sharia) and acting as if it was indeed a heinous matter that poor Rachel Booth actually attended a rally against jihad terror.
“Preston dinner lady suspended after attending march organised by ex EDL leader,” by Mark White, Lancashire Post, July 7, 2017:
Thousands of people have signed a petition in support of a dinner lady who was suspended for going on a march organised by the ex English Defence League leader.
More than 20,000 people put their name to far right extremist Tommy Robinson’s petition after Moor Nook Primary School suspended mum of five Rachel Booth after footage emerged of her attending a UK Against Hate rally in Manchester.
The 27-year-old received a letter from her employer barring her from visiting or contacting anyone from the school pending an investigation.
The mum, who has three children at Moor Nook, thought this meant she could not pick them from school, a point the headteacher has since clarified.
The march was held on June 11 in the wake of the Manchester bomb attack and Rachel says she went as a “heartbroken” mother and not an EDL supporter.
“I’m nothing to do with the EDL, I just wanted to support the Lancashire families who lost children in the bombing.
“I’m not racist – my husband and his family are mixed race. I’m being treated worse than a paedophile because I’ve been told I can’t go anywhere near the school.”
The March Against Islamic Hate was organised by the founder and former EDL leader Tommy Robinson via the UK Against Hate Facebook page.
Mr Robinson has several criminal convictions including being convicted of common assault after headbutting a fellow EDL member at a rally in Blackburn in 2011.
Bottles, smoke canisters and beer cans were thrown as nearly 400 police officers made eight arrests for public order offences at the march which attracted hundreds of people.
And after visiting Rachel at her home in Moor Nook, Mr Robinson said: “I can’t believe it to be honest. It’s outrageous and unacceptable how the school have treated her.
“Rachel is just your average mum and it’s not right. The march was against hate and terrorism and included people from all different faiths and backgrounds. It was nothing to do with the EDL.”
Paul Jenkins, North West regional organiser for Unite Against Fascism, who at the march said: “I was there in June but in the opposition to Tommy’s march. There were racist chants, pigs’ heads held up and violence towards anti-racist groups. Tommy has a record of using terrorism incidents to push his islamophobic agenda.”
Mr Robinson has started a petition which has reached more than 20,000 signatures and the 34-year-old plans to hand it to the school’s headteacher Suzanne Clough….
college degrees does not translate into romance and sexual attraction
Feminists claim to promote the advancement of women and gender equality, largely via the promotion of so-called sexual liberation, but their movement is leaving a wake of unhappy, unmarried, and childless women in its path, a real problem feminists seemingly refuse to entirely address.
According to a recent study from Yale University researchers, liberated, college educated women are freezing their eggs because they can’t find a man to marry and have children with before their natural childbearing years expire. In the U.K., for instance, one in five women is childless when their natural reproductive years expires, as opposed to one in ten women a mere generation prior.
So what’s to blame for this onslaught of college-educated yet terribly empty women?
a fan of Aussie feminazi terrorist Clementine Ford?
Chasing down her boyfriend and stabbing him in the back, after he’d left their apartment to calm down following an argument, won’t mean federal prison for a Calgary woman.
Instead, Court of Queen’s Bench Justice Rosemary Nation ordered Kaitlin Rhude on Tuesday to serve 80 days behind bars on weekends and spend three years on probation.
Nation rejected a call by Crown prosecutors Colin Schulhauser and Elisa Frank for a 30-month sentence for Rhude, 22, on a charge of aggravated assault.
But she said the suspended sentence being sought by defence lawyer Neil Patterson, which would have kept Rhude out of custody all together, was insufficient punishment.
Nation accepted Patterson’s fall-back position, which was if any jail was necessary it should be 90 days, the maximum sentence available for intermittent terms.
Rhude served the equivalent of 10 days before being released on bail following her arrest for knifing her then-boyfriend, leaving her 80 more days behind bars, the judge said.
She was convicted of aggravated assault in connection with a Jan. 10, 2015, incident in which she and the victim got into an argument inside the home they’d shared for four months.
During the heated exchange, Nathan Podworny left the apartment to cool off, but instead of letting him leave, Rhude went to the kitchen, grabbed a knife and followed him into the hallway, where she stabbed him in the upper back.
Podworny suffered a collapsed lung in the attack and lost a significant amount of blood.
“It was only perhaps for the grace of God that this individual did not suffer a more significant injury,” Nation said.
She said there were several mitigating factors, including Rhude’s youthfulness, the fact she stayed with Podworny and called 911 and had gone through anger management following the assault, which justified a 90-day sentence.