This Op/Ed was sent to the Richmond Times-Dispatch and was rejected. I guess they are not interested in posting opinion pieces about these topics.
The cancellation announcement of Bill Federer’s presentation two days before he was to speak about Islam at Grove Avenue Baptist Church in Richmond on December 2 was surprising. The event was sponsored by Virginia Christian Alliance (VCA) and Hope for Israel. Grove Avenue advertised the event on Sundays and through other media venues. VCA’s email notification said Federer’s lecture would be rescheduled at another location.
Obviously, the speaker did not renege. Grove Avenue would be used when a different date was determined. Federer lives in Virginia Beach and his travel expenses and accommodations would not create a financial burden for the hosts. VCA and Hope for Israel were hosting one of the foremost American and world historians. The expected numbers of those attending were strong. Leading up to the final days before the event, something happened to the leadership of Grove Avenue Baptist Church stopping the lecture – intimidation.
Interfaith groups in the Richmond area heard about Federer’s presentation. Several phone calls were made and emails were sent to Grove Avenue asking them to cancel the event because “Federer is a radical who does not compromise biblical absolutes or historical truths”. Coercive and intolerant pressure from those who believe we can “Coexist”, sing Kum ba yah so the world will get along, reject certain passages in the Word of God, and revise history forced Grove Avenue leadership to capitulate. Agree and you are tolerated. Disagree, and the ‘tolerant’ demand silence.
What happened to the backbone of the American pastor or the American church? The Federer lecture at Grove Avenue is not some isolated incident. Churches throughout America are kowtowing to political, multicultural bullies willing to verbally threaten and intimidate pastors. Church leadership now fears man’s threats rather than God’s directives.
Revolutionary pastors were willing to die to maintain the right to preach the uncompromised Word of God and live without governmental oversight or restraints. John Adams declared that pastors were the reason America won the war with Great Britain. Pastors were the moral megaphone in this nation…until the 1954 Johnston amendment.
Today, America’s ethical voice has been neutered by what Arnold Toynbee calls a “schism of the soul”. In his book, A Study of History, Toynbee stated that America has blended religious traditions and can no longer declare with certainty any distinction between good and evil. Isaiah 5:20 warns, “Woe unto them that call evil good and good evil; that put darkness for light and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter.” Does the American church know and declare these differences?
The Federer cancellation at Grove Avenue Baptist Church is a microcosm of a greater issue. The American church continues to walk away from truth. She fails to speak truth to power and refuses to stand firm on fundamental issues.
A recent survey revealed that most Christians want biblical answers for current issues - abortion, Islam, immigration, etc. Yet a vast majority of ministers refuse to address these controversial subjects.
The colors on the U.S. election map of 2016 shifted. Some Blue Democrat states turned Red Republican. Some swing states are becoming increasingly Blue, like Virginia. While every election is unique, 2016 was a Democrat win by over 100 thousand votes. The win comes from just 8 cities and counties - the cities with a large enough black population and Northern Virginia to swing our state. The significance of the swing for the Commonwealth of Virginia is the ability of 8 cities and counties to determine the state-wide elections for the remaining 125 cities and counties. Such an imbalance of power has consequences.
The Virginia First Foundation’s interest in the divisions across Virginia is how to change the culture on both sides of the divide – so a powerful majority of Virginians believe, support and honor the Rule of Law, Constitutionally-limited government, personal and economic opportunity and freedoms based on our historical, traditional Judeo-Christian culture.
We work to promote ideas. Not identity politics. Promoting the politically correct list of protected and celebrated classes of persons – group identities – is suicidal for Virginia. Because ultimately such a division of Virginians will cause too many people to self-identify solely in their “otherness” from the pandered population. That “otherness”, if you read the hysteria from the losing side of this election, is labeled as racist, bigoted, misogynist, homophobic, Islamophobic, ignorant, Confederate and redneck, etc. And, their enemy is White. That is the problem with identity politics.
The ascending idea in identity politics since the Civil Rights struggle is racial integration. Integration as preached by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. remains the preeminent ascending idea. But the (Liberals Progressives Socialists Human Secularists Communists) Left will keep pushing identity politics, special privileges, and accusing the innocent of imaginary White Privilege until too many Virginians identify and act politically as Whites. Such a division will be a disaster for Virginia.
We want folks to think of themselves as “Virginians.” That includes all the legal immigrants who are new Virginians by choice. Our Virginia has a great heritage and awesome potential for the future if we live as connected communities of Virginians. The Virginia First Foundation promotes E Pluribus Unum, from many to one, in Virginia. Integrating every identity into Virginians - united by the Rule of Law.
Nice and tidy.
Every Virginian has the right to life. From the moment of conception in the womb until the last breath of the most aged, ill, infirm, or handicapped person, we Virginians all have a right to life. Abortion on demand is a direct assault on that most precious right. The U.S. Supreme Courts unconstitutional ruling establishing a right to choose to abort, kill, babies in the womb is a wrongful re-writing of the Constitution. Just as the Supreme Court ruled slavery was the law of the land and Blacks couldn’t really be citizens in the Dred Scott decision, the Roe v Wade ruling is an awful affront to the Constitution, humanity and morality for all Americans.
Virginia’s Family Foundation is leading the fight in the General Assembly to right the wrongs imposed by Federal judges. Recently, the leader of our Family Foundation, Victoria Cobb, reported that Virginia’s Board of Health voted to lower health and safety standards in Virginia’s abortion mills.
Virginia’s General Assembly established standards for women’s health. The Board of Health voted 11-4 to go against the will of The People – as expressed in the Code of Virginia. “The actions of the Board of Health violated state law, by making votes that were outside the original “Notice of Intended Regulatory Action.”
The Family Foundation reports that Planned Parenthood spent over $2 million dollars to get pro-abortion governor Terry McAuliffe elected. McAuliffe appointed enough pro-abortion persons to subvert the Board of Health.
Furthermore, the Family Foundation reports the abortion of living babies is a $1 billion dollar a year business in our Commonwealth.
The Virginia First Foundation works to change the culture of Virginia for a better Virginia. Our aim is to make Virginia the most pro-life state in the Union. We want Virginia to be the safest place to be a baby in the womb, a severely handicapped, ill or aged person. Because we love life. We value life as gift from God. We treasure the lives of our fellow Virginians.
Please support the Virginia Family Foundation in their fight, for all of us, in the Virginia General Assembly and elections across the Commonwealth. And, support us, if you can, in our long range struggle to make Virginia even better for future Virginians.
As soon as the dust settles after the election for President of the United States, the next political circus is our 2017 election in Virginia. But, before those races heat up the Virginia First Foundation asks all Virginians to ask their representatives in the General Assembly to do something important. Please ask your Delegate and Senator to vote for an Honest Elections Truth Commission.
Our elected representatives need to empower and pay for an independent commission to investigate voter cheating and fraud across Virginia. The commission should be set up for two years of serious work – and be independent of interference, influence or intimidation from the Governor or General Assembly. Their report should go to The People, General Assembly, Governor and Attorney General and Virginia Supreme Court.
If we don’t have fair, free, open, honest elections in Virginia, then the Rule of Law is at risk. Election cheating, like that already discovered in Rockingham County, is a clear and present danger to the elections that are essential to our Rule of Law.
Nothing is more important to our Virginia than finding the truth about cheating, offering solutions to whatever is wrong, and making sure Virginia’s elections set the highest standard for the Nation.
When we, The Virginia First Foundation, sent out an email opposing the folly of the “transgender” agenda to let men go into the women’s bathrooms – to protect Virginia’s daughters, three thousand people unsubscribed from our email. 3k. Three thousand people took offense enough at keeping bathrooms separated by gender – as they always have been – to drop us like a hot rock.
We are working to build a governing majority of Virginians who support the Rule of Law, Constitutionally limited government and a Judeo-Christian culture. We can’t build up by losing people. The old saw is – you can’t add by dividing. Yet, an initial dividing is going to happen. People who are with us on limiting government may be socially liberal and love every goofy thing the Left can dream when it comes to race, religion and sexual behavior. Those people whose tolerance only extends to folks who agree with them on everything don’t work well together.
We need Virginians who will work together. To unite to change the culture of Virginia for the better – for all of Virginians. You don’t have to agree with us on everything. If you agree with us on anything, we encourage your fellowship and offer mutual support. We can move forward together where we are united and mutually respect our disagreements we aren’t.
Take Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s blatant disrespect for the Rule of Law and Virginia’s Constitution. You may support a program to restore the full rights and privileges to convicted felons. We may disagree. But, we all can agree when the Virginia Supreme Court rules his blanket restoration to 200,000 felons isn’t Constitutional, they ruled rightly. And, McAullife’s stated scheme to individually pardon all 200,000 felons is just a way to increase the cheating to elect Hillary Clinton in November. Every Virginian should oppose McAuliffe’s disrespect for the Rule of Law.
We, The Virginia First Foundation, want one million or so, to begin, of Virginia’s approximately 3 million voters to work together. To add by addition, for every issue we hold in common, to change our Virginia for the better. If one million Virginians tell their delegates and senators in the General Assembly to represent them and take action against the Governor’s illegal actions, then actions will be set in motion. If one million Virginians hold the General Assembly to do their duty – to do more than bring a lawsuit and toss it to the courts – keep the Governor accountable, then we take a step together.
Toleration. A number of folks took the time to respond to Virginia First Foundation’s last email with a demand to be removed from the list – and some f-bomb cursing to boot. Such responses should be a remarkably small set of replies in the future, if we are successful in changing the culture. Virginians will disagree on many, many things, but they will do so with the tolerance and kindness of a Judeo-Christian culture. The vulgarity and personal vitriol of rude responses will clearly be the words of someone who just moved to Virginia – and just doesn’t know better.
Transgender Times. We’re promoting action against transgender bathrooms, transgender school policies, and all things setting up “transgender” as a protected class of persons in Virginia – except improvements in mental health science and services. We know these people need help and we support such assistance.
Virginians have the opportunity to get 133 city and county school boards, city councils/board of supervisors and other public officials on the record about transgender policies.
In all likelihood, public officials need to hear something other than the propaganda coming out of the LGBT lobbyists. Like, transgender has no basis in science. It’s a made up political issue to provide special privileges to a made up group of people. It’s an opportunity for bad boys and perverts to act badly – putting boys in the girls’ locker room and men in the girls’ bathroom – and the state support it, pay for it and honor it. These are strange times indeed for sane people.
When a male “identifies” as a female, does the male stop being a male? No, the chromosomes in every cell in the male’s body still make him male. He can have surgery to remove his male genitally and he is still male. He can take female hormones to change his body and the cells still shout that he is male. It’s established science and medicine.
The Federal government is telling Virginia that boys can go into the girls’ bathroom and locker room if they say the right words. Such folly, right? Except, elected officials kowtow to all things Federal for fear of losing Federal funding. Your tax dollars recycled through Washington bureaucracies are used against you. And your daughters.
Girls and boys bathrooms have been based on gender, the two biological genders, since Virginia built its first indoor bathrooms in public schools.
Here is the definition of gender from Merriam-Webster:
1 a : a subclass within a grammatical class (as noun, pronoun, adjective, or verb) of a language that is partly arbitrary but also partly based on distinguishable characteristics (as shape, social rank, manner of existence, or sex) and that determines agreement with and selection of other words or grammatical forms b : membership of a word or a grammatical form in such a subclass c : an inflectional form showing membership in such a subclass
2 a : sex <the feminine gender> b : the behavioral, cultural, or psychological traits typically associated with one sex
And, so here is the definition of sex:
1 : either of the two major forms of individuals that occur in many species and that are distinguished respectively as female or male especially on the basis of their reproductive organs and structures
2 : the sum of the structural, functional, and behavioral characteristics of organisms that are involved in reproduction marked by the union of gametes and that distinguish males and females
3a : sexually motivated phenomena or behavior
Not complicated! We are all conceived male or female in the womb. There are extremely rare actual hermaphrodites (with more than 2 chromosomes determining gender) corrected to the dominate sex at birth by doctors with the consent of the parents.
Look at the silliness the Feds want Virginia to take seriously: Definitions from the U.S. Department of Education:
Gender identity refers to a person’s deeply felt internal sense of being male or female, regardless of their sex assigned at birth. (Washington State Guidelines)
Sex assigned at birth refers to the sex designation, usually “male” or “female,” assigned to a person when they are born. (NYSED Guidance)
Gender expression refers to the manner in which a person represents or expresses gender to others, often through behavior, clothing, hairstyles, activities, voice or mannerisms. (Washoe County Regulation)
Transgender or trans describes a person whose gender identity does not correspond to their assigned sex at birth. (Massachusetts Guidance)
Gender transition refers to the process in which a person goes from living and identifying as one gender to living and identifying as another. (Washoe County Regulation)
Cisgender describes a person whose gender identity corresponds to their assigned sex at birth. (NYSED Guidance)
Gender nonconforming describes people whose gender expression differs from stereotypic expectations. The terms gender variant or gender atypical are also used. Gender nonconforming individuals may identify as male, female, some combination of both, or neither. (NYSED Guidance)
Intersex describes individuals born with chromosomes, hormones, genitalia and/or other sex characteristics that are not exclusively male or female as defined by the medical establishment in our society. (DCPS Guidance)
LGBTQ is an acronym that stands for “lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer/questioning.” (LAUSD Policy)
Really? Virginians should laugh this back to the Potomac. But, Federal bullying is serious stuff.
Our school boards, city councils and boards of supervisors, and members of the General Assembly, need to be reminded of our Virginia Constitution.
Article I. Bill of Rights
Section 4. No exclusive emoluments or privileges; offices not to be hereditary
That no man, or set of men, is entitled to exclusive or separate emoluments or privileges from the community, but in consideration of public services; which not being descendible, neither ought the offices of magistrate, legislator, or judge to be hereditary.
This means cities and counties can’t give exclusive or special privileges to any person claiming to be ‘Transgender’ and there are no group rights for a set of individuals calling themselves ‘Transgenders’.
Please contact the Virginia First Foundation – our website or our Facebook page – to show 134 cities and counties what ‘folly’ means.
Virginia has the right to choose and refuse which refugees come to the Commonwealth. All refugees aren’t equal. All refugees aren’t victims. Islamic terrorists hiding in plain sight as “refugees” retell the tale of the Trojan Horse. Yet, the carpet-bagger Governor McAuliffe, using Virginia as an address and political footstool, supports bringing more and more Muslims to Virginia. And, yes, naming the religion that can lead the faithful to commit mayhem and murder – matters. It isn’t a new or Nazi thing. It’s very Virginia.Read more
We agree with you Delegate Peace, it's time we get rid of COPN!
Here's another example of the need to repeal Certificate of Public Need in Virginia. A huge thank you to Delegate Chris Peace for his principled stance and for standing against Virginia's Obamacare!
AUGUST 5, 2015: Delegate Christopher K. Peace (R-Hanover) issued the following statement regarding the recent reports of the Virginia Department of Health’s (VDH) initial review of an application for construction of a level 2 trauma center with MRI and CT imaging services to be located in New Kent County:
“I am disturbed by a recent report stating VDH staff’s initial review of a COPN application for imagining equipment to be located at a proposed level 2 trauma center in New Kent recommends denial. I am appalled that state bureaucrats may deny rural New Kent residents access to high quality health care and jobs. Reports like these may affect the future need for a Certificate for Public Need (COPN) program in Virginia. I will express my concerns directly to the State Health Commissioner and am strongly considering taking steps toward legislative action.”
“In my letter of support to the State Health Commissioner, I firmly stated the positive impacts this proposal will have for New Kent County and citizens. This project will be extremely beneficial for New Kent County, its residents and families. I also believe that it may help with attracting jobs and new taxpayers to the county. Notwithstanding the health benefits, New Kent County has recently experienced the loss of a major industry and economic engine in Colonial Downs and economic growth is a priority of mine for the county. The potential addition of a new industry that employs locally and provides health and well-being to families would be a welcomed event.”
“I ask, shouldn’t private industry such as a for-profit hospital be able to make up its own mind about how to invest in expansion of services into new areas? Are the citizens of New Kent less worthy of a scanner than those in other larger localities? I feel the COPN system in Virginia may be past its sell by date. I will continue to stand firm in my support of this project on behalf of my constituents and friends in New Kent.”