Bishop found guilty of telling clergy not to recognize gay marriage, New Zealand moves to ban “conversion therapy” (and other stories)

Another roundup of important news from around the interwebs.

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A Canadian provincial cabinet minister has been evicted from his post—merely for posting pro-life views on Facebook. From LifeSiteNews:

The premier of the Canadian province of Nunavut stripped a cabinet member of his portfolios this week for making a comment on Facebook that referenced Black Lives Matter and opposed abortion.  

In his post, Patterk Netser had stated: “All lives matter.”  

“Just thinking out loud,” he wrote. “I wonder how many Black ladies go through abortion and at what stage of the gestation? Are they not lives too?” 

Now, Netser, a Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) for Aivilik, is no longer the minister responsible for Arctic College and the Nunavut Housing Corporation, CBC reported.  Nunavut Premier Joe Savikataaq announced his decision in a statement Thursday, saying he had been made aware of the MLA’s “unacceptable social media post.”  

“There can be no tolerance for disrespectful, hurtful remarks or actions, and we must uphold our government’s principles and values,” he said.  

What garbage. Someone stating that black children in the womb are valuable is “disrespectful” or “hurtful” and an assault on the government’s “principles” and “values”? Shameful.

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In The American Conservative, Declan Leary just published a disappointing column titled “U.S. plants the Rainbow Flag in Poland,” explaining how Trump’s ambassador is pushing the Polish on LGBT issues:

“I fully respect that Poland is a Catholic country, but you need to know that, regarding LGBT, you’re on the wrong side of history.”

In recent years, conservative Poles and their American allies have heard some variation of this reproach a thousand times—usually from the scolding activists of the U.S. LGBT lobby, not content with massive victories in their homefront war. This time, though, the source is somewhat unexpected: the United States’ Trump-appointed ambassador to Poland.

Read the whole thing. If Trump wins re-election, he should fire and replace this ambassador (Georgette Mosbacher, a former cosmetics executive.) The exporting of post-modernism needs to stop.

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If you want a good idea of the extent to which mainline churches have totally collapsed, check out this update over at BreakPoint:

Last week the Episcopal Church found Bishop William Love guilty of defying church orders because he told his clergy not to recognize same-sex weddings. He’s violating a church order adopted by the Episcopal Church in 2012 – incredibly recent for a church more than 200 years old and a faith more than two-thousand years old.

This new order declares same-sex marriages part of Episcopalian orthodoxy.

The Episcopalians, for the record, are the American branch of the Church of England. I’m currently reading The Parting of Friends: The Wilberforces and Henry Manning by David Newsome, on the fierce debates between the Evangelicals, High Churchmen, and the John Henry Newman crowd (which would eventually defect to Catholicism.) For them to see the Church of England now—the anathemas they would pronounce would scorch the ears. These mainline churches are utterly cut off from their roots, which is why they are shriveling and dying at such a rapid rate.

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According to Newsweek:

New Zealand’s ruling party has pledged that if re-elected, it will end the discredited procedure that seeks to change the sexual orientation or gender identity of LGBTQ people… Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, who is leader of the Labour party, has said she had been inspired to push for the end of conversion therapy after she saw a film about a gay relationship between a Mormon missionary and his neighbor.

New Zealand’s government is elected through proportional representation and Ardern’s Labour party has 46 of its parliament’s 120 seats, holding power through a coalition with the New Zealand First Party, which has nine seats. Kiwi finance minister Grant Robertson said Labour had wanted to ban conversion therapy this term, but did not get the backing from its coalition partners, the New Zealand Herald reported.

There’s a couple of things to note here. The first is the tremendous advantage the LGBT movement has in accomplishing their agenda with the entire entertainment industry producing music and films that support their cause. Our culture’s storytellers are making war against traditional values, and they are doing so with phenomenal success. We can’t compete with it, and Hollywood and TV is largely driving the conversation on this.

The second thing to note is that these “conversion therapy bans” are not actually about conversion therapy, as I wrote in a column last week. They are about limiting and banning certain forms of Christian speech, and we should be very worried about it.

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More soon.

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