Chapter OneTHE WAR ON CHRISTIANITY
The only thing necessary for evil to triumph
is for good men to do nothing.
Edmund Burke, statesman, orator, and political thinker
There is a war going on for the future of our country. Most people know
that. What they may not know is that if Christians lose, the result won't
be just public policy with which we disagree; it'll be a prison sentence for
those who disagree.
We've all seen the attack coming. The year I was born, the Supreme Court
said that kids can't pray in school-at least not out loud. Can't talk about
God-at least not the real one-in school. If you want to use the name of
Jesus, you'd better be taking it in vain or be in another country . like Russia.
My senior year, the Ten Commandments were ripped from classrooms for
fear that unsuspecting students might read them . and actually obey them.
Wouldn't want to discourage kids from lying and stealing and killing, after all.
Then the Commandments were pulled from public buildings and courthouses
from Alabama to Wyoming. And while we sit idly by, our enemies are
warming up the sandblasters and taking aim at our national monuments
and the Supreme Court, where the Ten Commandments are engraved.
Yes, we've all seen the attack coming. But I'm not sure we all see where
it's going. After all, the Supreme Court said we're still allowed to say "one
nation under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance. Maybe things are going to
be okay after all.
In 1997, my friend Bob Knight, who directs the Culture and Family Institute
at Concerned Women for America, gave a speech that opened my eyes and
changed my life. He made a statement that, quite frankly, I didn't believe. He
said, "The ultimate goal of the homosexual movement is the criminalization
of Christianity." I immediately thought, What an exaggeration! Come on, Bob.
You can make your case without hyperbole. I said nothing, but for the next
several years I watched and listened. And learned.
After all, homosexuality wasn't my issue. I was the "pro-life girl." Helped
pass the nation's first ban on partial-birth abortion and every other law the
Supreme Court would allow to help women and restore protection to
children-children who were real no matter what label was used to describe
them and who through no action of their own had someone else's "choice"
inflicted upon them.
About ten years ago, I was where you likely are right now: I knew the
Bible had strong words against homosexuality, and I knew the health consequences
were severe. For their own good, I hoped people didn't engage in it,
but I didn't feel the need to speak to the matter. I knew some homosexuals,
and, well, they were nice people. Still are. Christ Died for them, just like He
died for me.
Then one night I was watching C-Span. It was airing a conference of the
Human Rights Campaign, the largest homosexual lobby in the country.
One of their directors, a lesbian, was pounding on the podium, screaming
words I will never forget: "We must do away with words like abomination!"
My first thought was I wonder where that word is found. For those of you
who don't know, it's in the Bible (Leviticus 18:22, KJV). God uses it to
describe the practice the homosexual movement has built its identity
around: homosexual sex.
I began reading everything I could get my hands on and talked often with
the leaders on the allied side of the cultural war (that would be the side standing
for life, liberty, and family). In one such conversation, Bob Knight
predicted that homosexual activists would soon go after the Boy Scouts of
America. No way. Why in the world would they want to go after a group as
American as apple pie? One that teaches kids how to be prepared, tie knots,
and help old ladies across the street?
But with the help of the ACLU and their network of activist judges, the
homosexual lobby kicked the Boy Scouts out of city parks, public schools, and
local meeting rooms. Next they took away their city, county, and United Way
funding to mentor kids without fathers. They started calling them names like
"discriminatory" and "bigoted." Why? Because the Boy Scouts didn't think it
was in the best interest of young boys to let self-proclaimed homosexuals
become scout leaders and go camping with them. The whole idea makes about
as much sense as letting middle-aged men go camping with teenage girls.
Some time later, I had a conversation with a local representative of
Intervarsity Christian Fellowship, which helps organize Christian clubs on
college and university campuses. I was talking to her about the importance
of speaking out on moral issues when she said something I'd heard hundreds
of times: "Janet, we don't get involved in social issues. Our focus isevangelism." I agreed that evangelism is the most important thing, but then
I made a prediction.
"I hope I'm wrong," I told her, "but I don't think I am. I predict that if
you don't get involved with the issues in our culture, you will lose your right
to evangelize." Less than a year later, Tufts University told Intervarsity
Christian Fellowship that they were not permitted to meet on campus
because they wouldn't allow homosexuals on their board of directors. (By
the way, proabortion clubs don't let pro-lifers on their boards either, but
they get to stay on campus.)
The campus crusade against Christ has since intensified, and "antidiscrimination
policies" are trumping religious freedom on campuses across
the country. In 2002, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill attacked
Intervarsity Christian Fellowship in the same way. As I write this, UNC has
just revoked the charter of a Christian fraternity, Alpha Iota Omega,
because they want the people who join to actually agree with the religious
beliefs upon which the fraternity was founded.
Threats to our freedoms are all around, but I believe there is one issue
liberals are going to use to silence our churches. It's not the looming threat of
losing their precious 501c(3) tax-exempt status that has kept churches quiet
on critical moral issues like abortion. It's not all the nasty letters and threats
about those "dangerous" nativity scenes.
The greatest threat to our freedoms comes from the homosexual agenda.
THE COMING PERSECUTION
Since the Bible says that persecution is coming anyway, some are of the opinion
that we should just take it lying down. I've got news for you: It's already here.
In China, government agents can beat, imprison, or kill you for the
crime of being a Christian. Christians in Sudan are being sold into slavery
or killed. Muslims have wiped out entire villages in Indonesia and gunned
down Christians in Iraq, Iran, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, and Egypt-just to
name a few. In 2004, missionaries were burned alive by a Hindu mob in
India. And that's only the beginning. According to Freedom House, which
tracks persecution worldwide, about 160,000 Christians are killed every
year for their faith.
I don't believe we have to take this lying down, especially while we still
have the freedom to do something about it. I will undergo persecution if
that's my only choice, but right now it's not. Paul appealed to Caesar because
of his Roman citizenship, and we can do the same. We are Americans,
endowed by our Creator with inalienable rights. We have freedom of religion,
not freedom from it.
By the way, if this book is translated and/or smuggled into other countries
like Canada, these freedoms apply to you, too, no matter what your government
says. More on that later.
I know that the Bible says, "Blessed are you when they revile and persecute
you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake" (Matthew
5:11, NKJV). When persecution happens, we'll know we're on the right track.
But that doesn't mean we have to usher it in. I will fight it with my last breath.
But if it comes full-scale despite our prayers and best efforts, someone remind
me to read that verse again, will you?
I know what many of you are thinking: Who cares what the world does? As
long as we can still do whatever we want in our churches, we'll be just fine. Our
kids are in Christian schools, we listen to Christian radio, read Christian publications,
go to church twice a week.
All good things to do. But we've effectively withdrawn from society and
built ourselves a nice little subculture that some have referred to as the
Christian ghetto. So much for being salt and light in a dark and decaying world.
Christians are the only group still in the closet. We'll just hold out in our holy
bunkers until Jesus comes. I've heard it a million times: "Read 'the Book,'
Janet. It's going to get worse. Let them do whatever they want in the world. We
are not 'of the world.' We're still free to speak what we believe in our church."
THOU SHALT NOT QUOTE THE BIBLE
I was prepared to make another prediction in this book that many of you
wouldn't have believed. I had written it down as an unbelievable, outrageous
possibility. I was going to say that if we remain silent in this battle, pastors will
go to jail for speaking about homosexuality from their own pulpits in their
own churches. But before I could finish the first chapter, it had already happened:
A Swedish court has sentenced a pastor belonging to the Pentecostal
movement in Sweden, Ake Green, to a month in prison, under a law
against incitement, after he was found guilty of having offended
homosexuals in a sermon. Soren Andersson, the president of the
Swedish federation for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights
(RFSL), said on hearing the sentence that religious freedom could
never be used as a reason to offend people. "Therefore," he told
journalists, "I cannot regard the sentence as an act of interference
with freedom of religion."
Pastor Green is in his seventies. The prosecutor appealed the court decision,
demanding that the pastor be sentenced to six months imprisonment.
When a reporter asked, "What about the pastor's rights?" the prosecutor
replied, "When he started reading Bible verses about homosexuality, he
crossed the line."
On July 13, 2004, Swedish Ambassador Cecilia Julin defended the sentence
by saying, "Swedish law states that public addresses cannot be used to
instigate hatred towards a certain group."
The ruling party of the central European nation of Slovakia has
protested Pastor Green's prison sentence. According to the Slovak Spectator,
Slovakian Interior Minister Vladimir Palko, who voiced the protest, said at
a press conference that Sweden's actions were an example of how "left-wing
liberal ideology was trying to introduce tyranny and misuse the [European
Union]" to silence freedom of expression. He added, "In Europe people are
starting to be jailed for saying what they think."
Prison sentences for pastors who offend homosexuals in a sermon?
Could've been worse. Sweden's law bans "all speech and materials opposing
homosexual behavior and other alternative lifestyles" and calls for up to four
years in jail for violating it. That will be next.
The Anglican Bishop of Chester, England, Reverend Dr. Peter Forster, was
under police investigation for saying, "Some people who are primarily homosexual
can re-orientate themselves. I would encourage them to consider that as
an option." Police turned his case over for prosecution. I wonder what would
have happened if an ex-homosexual had spoken about his life. Probably
would've been arrested on the spot. If Reverend Forster can't talk about reorientation,
I'm sure an ex-homosexual wouldn't even be allowed to exist.
What's the next step? Declare the Bible "hate literature" and censor its
contents? It's already been done.
Hugh Owens, of Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada, took out an ad in
response to all he was forced to observe during Homosexual Pride
Week. Homosexuals had expressed their views in the streets; surely he
could express his in a small newspaper ad. Forget about his views-he
was just going to list some verses that expressed God's view on the matter.Radical, huh?
The ad listed four Scripture references (Romans 1, Leviticus 18:22,
Leviticus 20:13, and 1 Corinthians 6:9-10) next to an equal sign and a drawing
depicting two men holding hands. Superimposed on the line drawing was
the universal red circle with a line through it, effectively summarizing the
Scriptures listed. For that "crime," Owens was fined $4500. The newspaper
was also fined. Now merely listing Bible verses is a hate crime.
Owens was fined by the Court of Queen's Bench in Saskatchewan,
which upheld a 2001 ruling by the province's human rights tribunal. The
tribunal had said, "The slashed figures alone were not enough to communicate
the hatred . but the addition of Bible references are more
dangerous." The Bench said that the tribunal "was correct in concluding
that the advertisement can objectively be seen as exposing homosexuals to
hatred or ridicule."
Incidentally, Owens's fine was broken into three parts: $1500 Canadian
for each of the three homosexual men who filed the complaint. Wow, if
there's money in filing complaints, imagine the incentive for going after
Christians who refuse to embrace, celebrate, and further the homosexual
THOU SHALT NOT TELL THE TRUTH ON RADIO OR VIDEO
Canada's Charter of Rights and Freedoms has a broad antidiscrimination provision
that is interpreted to prohibit discrimination against sexual orientation.
This provision has been used to silence religious organizations and pastors.
Canada's Broadcast Standards Council rebuked Dr. Laura Schlessinger, an
Orthodox Jew, for a speech she made on homosexuality, and stations were
forced to make an announcement of the Council's ruling before the show was
aired. (In America, her television show was cancelled over the same issue.)
Dr. Jerry Falwell's Old-Time Gospel Hour and Dr. James Dobson's Focus
on the Family must now edit their Canadian programs to remove anything
that might be deemed critical of homosexuality, including Bible verses on the
subject and information like the fact that according to the Centers for Disease
Control, the majority of the cases of AIDS in the U.S. are men who engage
in homosexual sex. Wouldn't want that to get out. If people knew how dangerous
homosexual sex is, they might actually change their behavior. Now it's
illegal to tell them.
But maybe we could still get the word out if we made a video. Great
Idea. Some people in New Zealand tried. They made two Christian videos
that questioned safe-sex slogans by exposing the link between AIDS and
homosexual behavior. The New Zealand Parliament outlawed the videos
for promoting "hate speech."
THOU SHALT NOT POST BIBLE VERSES AT WORK
In the case of Peterson v. Hewlett-Packard Co., a Christian worker exercised
his right to free speech in response to a homosexual poster the company
had placed near his cubicle. He posted Bible verses to express his beliefs on
the matter. He was fired. Was he in Sweden? Canada? Try Boise, Idaho.
The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals wrote, "An employer need not
accommodate an employee's religious beliefs if doing so would result in
discrimination against his co-workers or deprive them of contractual or
other statutory rights."
The homosexual agenda trumps an employee's religious beliefs? Doesn't
make me feel any better knowing that I bought my printer from them. But
it might make that former employee feel a little bit better to know what I'm
using it for.
When the California Department of Social Services didn't like the things
an employee, retired Air Force Officer Enoch Lawrence, had posted in his
cubicle, they ripped them from the walls. The items included a small sign
that said "Jesus Spoken Here," several Bible verses, two published articles on
current issues, and a bumper sticker that read "Marriage: One Man One
I'm familiar with that bumper sticker. I just checked my records, and my
organization, Faith2Action, printed it. This is starting to hit close to home.