Here is a link to two of the hotels in the area of the conference. These prices are from online and may not be available through direct contact with the hotel.
In searching through Travago.com I found the Hotel Econo Lodge, where we have stayed before, today had a rate of $54.00 per night. 110 North Thompson Lane, breakfast included. Not sure how long this deal will last as they are changing weekly. Direct line: (615) 890-2811
Across the street (main drag Old Fort Parkway) is the Clarion where we had one of our conferences. They have an indoor pool and sauna. Through Choicehotels.com the rate listed today on their room was $85 This is near a lot of restaurants, Walmart and Interstate 24. The direct phone number to the hotel is: (615) 896-2420
Both the Econo Lodge and the Clarion are located in the same general area, just off Interstate 24 and about 15 minutes from Victory Christian Center.
This is the beginning of the decade For the emergence of My Prophets And they shall bring My Words Forth Today I say, Expand your tent pegs
For many of you have decided Who you are and what you can do You have settled into a place lower Than I created for you Again I say, Expand your tent pegs For I AM the God of MORE
For as you come up seeking MORE of Me I will pour out MORE of Myself And you will RISE up into the heights and soar And you will exceed all you ever thought You could be with ME I AM the God who sets people free From the limitations of the World
I AM the one who calls you to come up to Me And walk into the supernatural realm Where you were born to rule & reign The supernatural awaits those who come to Me And claim their destiny Not that which the world determines But the destiny and purpose I Created you for
Come to Me, you who are ladened And carry a heavy yoke For I AM the One who breaks the yokes And I will set you free From generational assignments And limitations set upon you By the Prince of the present World
Drink and partake of Me And open your eyes to see and hear The Words of Power and Life I am speaking into the air Receive of Me through the Rhema And My written Word
For I am releasing the ability for you to RISE up To greater heights than ever before Into a decade Where kingdoms shall collide in the heavens And in the earth Have No Fear I shall give you the keys to the Victories
I AM the One who is Omnipotent I AM the One who is Omnipresent I AM the One who is Omniscient Is anything too hard for Me?
Is anything too hard for those who are With ME and IN ME? I think NOT!
Again, stretch your tent pegs and receive MORE from Me Do not look back at who you were Remember Nothing is impossible with Me Know who you are today in Me Trust Me
This week I was blessed to read an article written by Jim Denison from his Daily Article. He talked about Kirk Douglas. Now ladies, if you grew up in the 50’s and 60’s, you knew Kirk Douglas was a hunk of a man and a Hollywood movie star deluxe. However, you may not have heard his whole story revealing some very important things, which can and do happen in America to an immigrant family.
Jim highlights the life of Kirk Douglas and his role in Spartacus to prophetically reveal some of the deeper issues facing our nation today at this weeks Washington Prayer Meeting. Harvard Professor, Dr. Arthur Brooks, spoke about the issues, or what we might call a spirit, coming against our Nation. He calls it “contempt.”
I pray you will read this post from Jim and ponder how we can rise up in the Spirit of Christ to remove this spirit, not only from our Nation’s Capital and our Leaders, but from our lives as well. I speak healing over the United States of America and her peoples and wisdom to ALL the leaders of the world, in the Name of Yahshua.
‘I am Spartacus!’
The death of Kirk Douglas
Three steps to national healing
Kirk Douglas died Wednesday at the age of 103. He was born Issur Danielovitch on December 9, 1916, in Amsterdam, New York. He changed his name to Kirk Douglas before entering the US Navy during World War II.
He was the only son of seven children born to illiterate Russian immigrants. In his autobiography, he reported that his father was a “ragman,” trading in old rags, pieces of metal, and other junk. As a child, Douglas sold snacks to mill workers and had more than forty jobs in his youth. As a young adult, he once spent the night in jail because he had no place to sleep.
He recited the poem “The Red Robin of Spring” in kindergarten and received applause, an experience that caused him to aspire to become an actor. After graduating from college and studying at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City, he joined the Navy in 1941 and was medically discharged three years later for war injuries.
He then returned to New York City, where he found work in radio, theater, and commercials. He became one of America’s biggest box-office stars in the 1950s and ’60s, eventually appearing in more than ninety movies. He received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1981, an honorary Academy Award in 1996, and the National Medal of Arts in 2002.
Douglas and his wife of sixty-five years donated multiplied millions of dollars to various schools and up to $55 million to an Alzheimer’s treatment facility in California. After a near-fatal helicopter crash in 1991 that took the lives of two other men, he returned to the Judaism of his roots and even celebrated a second Bar-Mitzvah in 1999 at the age of eighty-three.
President Trump and Speaker Pelosi were together again
Media attention has been focused on Douglas, the growing coronavirus epidemic, and the continued controversy surrounding the Iowa caucuses. Meanwhile, a less-reported event was held yesterday in Washington, DC, that deserves our attention today.
President Trump spoke Thursday at the National Prayer Breakfast, as did House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who focused on those facing religious persecution around the world.
President Dwight D. Eisenhower began the event in 1953 at the urging of evangelist Billy Graham. The president did so from the conviction, as he told the gathering that “all free government is firmly founded in a deeply felt religious faith.” Every president since has addressed this gathering of 3,500 elected officials, diplomats, national and international religious and political leaders.
I have attended the breakfast several times over the years but watched yesterday’s gathering online. It was a bit surreal to see President Trump and Speaker Pelosi together for the first time since the State of the Union address, after which she ripped up the manuscript of the president’s speech at its conclusion.
If ever we needed an event to bring together disparate political figures, it’s today.
Three steps to breaking the cycle of contempt
The keynote speaker for yesterday’s breakfast was Dr. Arthur Brooks, a Harvard professor and best-selling author of eleven books who previously led the American Enterprise Institute, a conservative think tank. Brooks addressed what he called “the biggest crisis facing our nation and many other nations today: it’s the crisis of contempt and polarization that’s tearing our societies apart.”
He focused on Matthew 5:44, where Jesus called us to “love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.” Based on this text, the answer is not more civility and tolerance, according to Brooks. That’s because “civility and tolerance are a low standard,” he said. “Jesus didn’t say, ‘tolerate your enemies.’ He said, ‘love your enemies.’ Answer hatred with love.”
How do we do this? According to Brooks, we must break the cycle of contempt for those with whom we disagree. Three steps are necessary.
One: “Ask God to give you the strength to do this hard thing, to go against your human nature, to follow Jesus’ teaching.”
Two: “Make a commitment to somebody else to reject contempt,” asking others to hold us accountable.
Three: “Go out looking for contempt,” seeking opportunities to initiate reconciliation as we “run toward the darkness” and “bring your light.”
Brooks also offered this interesting insight: Moral courage isn’t standing up to those with whom we disagree. Rather, it’s “standing up to those with whom you agree on behalf of those with whom you disagree.”
“The point when national healing begins”
Kirk Douglas’s story shows that people who identify their gift and use it with excellence can make a mark on culture that endures, no matter their background. But we cannot do it alone.
Douglas’s favorite movie was Spartacus, a 1960 film that won four Academy Awards. He plays a slave who leads an uprising against the Roman Empire. After the Romans defeat his army of fellow slaves, they try to locate Spartacus by offering a pardon if the men will identify him.
In one of the most famous scenes in movie history, every man responds by shouting, “I’m Spartacus!” As a result, they are all sentenced to death by crucifixion.
If we are to change our divisive culture for Christ, we must pray for God’s help as we reject contempt wherever we find it. And we must pay any price to love our enemies, remembering that our loving Savior paid the highest price for us.
Dr. Brooks told his audience, “When you leave this National Prayer Breakfast today, you’ll be back in a world with a lot of contempt. See it as your opportunity.”
He asked them to imagine a sign above the door reading, “You Are Now Entering Mission Territory.” Then he said, “If we see the world outside this room as mission territory, we might just mark this day, February 6, 2020, the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, DC, as the point when national healing begins.”
How will you contribute to such healing today?
Dr. James Denison is the CEO of the Denison Forums. Through the Daily Article and podcast, which globally reach over 200,000 subscribers, Dr. Denison guides readers to discern today’s news – biblically.
The climate in our Nation is rapidly trying to become hostile to those of us who believe in Yahshua/Jesus. It is wise for us to understand how these things are happening and what we can do to rise up and come against them. Mike Huckabee is a man who I believe Yahweh is raising up, as a watchman, to sound the alarm to Christians. He is also revealing what is happening with Chick-Fil-A. He has been a supper supporter of them in the past.
Here is an offer below for a free book, “Dark Agenda,” written by a Jewish man, David Horowitz, warning Christians and trying to help us understand the depth and deceit of what is going on behind the scenes. They are not asking for a donation, however there is a catch, when you go to the site, they are saying this offer is for people who are subscribed to Newsmax and/or for those who sign up. The book is available on Kindle/Amazon for $12.36.
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Huckabee Furious With Chick-fil-A
Where was the backlash against Chick-fil-A after it caved to secularists and stopped donating to the Salvation Army?
“There is a real war against Christians and they need to wake up before it’s too late,” says David Horowitz, a Jew who has authored the runaway bestseller Dark Agenda: The War to Destroy Christian America.
Horowitz is not the only one worried.
Mike Huckabee, the former Arkansas governor and Fox News host, is furious.
After the Chick-Fil-A news, Gov. Huckabee slammed the fast food chain in a tweet:
“In Aug 2012, I coordinated a national @ChickfilA Appreciation Day after they were being bullied by militant hate groups. Millions showed up. Today, @ChickfilA betrayed loyal customers for $$. I regret believing they would stay true to convictions of founder Truett Cathey. Sad.”
Then he tweeted again:
“The sad message of @ChickfilA is quite clear – they surrendered to anti-Christian hate groups. Tragic. Chick-fil-A To Stop Donating To Christian Charities Branded Anti-LGBT.”
It’s no wonder that there are reports Christians in China are now actually praying for their persecuted brethren here in the U.S.!
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Hello Firestorm: I didn’t see the following post yesterday due to the Prophetic Training Class, but wanted to share it with you as it is still pertinent to our Nation. I firmly believe Dutch Sheets is a gift to the Body of Christ and when he speaks it is wise to stop, look and listen. I pray you will read through his message and his “call to the wall.” The thoughts Dutch shares reveal the difference in a Christian view compared to a view held in the world today. We can make a difference by using the weapon of our corporate prayers against evil. Our weapons are not carnal but powerful in pulling down strongholds and evil deeds. Seek Yahweh for his confirmation to your spirit in ALL things. Blessings, bon
Daniel 11:36 …For God’s plans are unshakable.
The impeachment hearings have begun in Washington, DC. Please be mindful that this is NOT an impeachment trial. What is happening now is being done by the Dems to see if there is just cause for impeachment.
I feel it is important that the Church rally together right now and pray for our nation and President Trump. We do not need America divided any more than it already is. The controversy needs to stop so our nation can move forward.
I have taken yesterday’s Give Him 15 devotional and am sending it to you today. Please follow us daily on the free app so we can all be praying and agreeing together. Let’s be watchmen on the walls for our great nation.
America shall be saved!
Public impeachment hearings began today against President Trump. Both sides of the political fence were proclaiming victory on this first day. William Taylor, Acting U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine, and George Kent, Deputy Assistant Secretary at the State Department, testified. Liberals were saying they presented a strong case that President Trump overstepped his boundaries of authority. Additionally, they say he withheld funds to get compliance from the Ukrainian President Zelensky. Conservative commentators are saying there were few actual facts presented. Rather, there was a lot of hearsay and unprovable statements. They also presented counter-statements saying that the withholding of funds was not done to get Ukraine to comply, and that President Zelensky never knew the funds were being withheld. We think the hearings are meant to sway public opinion against President Trump, as no witnesses have been approved by the Democrats who can testify against the “whistleblower”. Please continue to pray into these hearings, separating truth from falsehood. The next one is Friday, 11/15, when Marie Yovanovitvh, Former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine, will testify. You can write your U.S. Representative here and ask for fair and just hearings with witnesses for both sides allowed to be questioned. There is an additional prayer guide you can obtain through that link, as well, which gives you specifics on who is testifying, who is on the committee holding the hearings, and other issues. Take advantage of it!
“There are six things the Lord hates, seven that are detestable to him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked schemes, feet that are quick to rush into evil, a false witness who pours out lies and a person who stirs up conflict in the community.” (Proverbs 6:16-19; NIV)
Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:
Pray for every aspect of the hearings.
Boldly declare Proverbs 6:16-19.
Say, “We proclaim the opposite spirit into the hearings: humility, truthfulness, a desire to bring healing to the nation, the unveiling of wicked schemes, desires in the witnesses to do good for the country, truth-telling witnesses, and those who can minister a peaceful resolution of these matters.”
Get the prayer guide here and pray for the committee members.
Pray for President Trump and his family through this trial. Pray for their physical, emotional and spiritual health and well-being.
A prayer you can pray:
God Most High, You are the one that sees the end from the beginning. You know the outcome of this trial the president is in. It is a very challenging moment in a very challenging presidency. His opponents have put him through one thing after the other to try to get his election reversed, his presidency annulled, get him removed from office, and now, to keep him from being re-elected. It’s like nothing we have witnessed ever before in history. President Trump has done much for life, for religious freedom, for the economy and the American worker. We don’t discount sin. However, we won’t tolerate false accusations against him, either. Separate truth from falsehood. Twisting of truth is not truth. Partial truth is not truth. The full truth is what we are all after and we say, “The full truth is what we will get!” Both sides will have a voice! We will not tolerate injustice or a kangaroo court where minds are made up in one direction and only witnesses to back that mindset are presented. No!
There are six things You hate, seven that are detestable to You: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked schemes, feet that are quick to rush into evil, a false witness who pours out lies and a person who stirs up conflict in the community. We proclaim the opposite spirit into the hearings: humility, truthfulness, a desire to bring healing to the nation, the unveiling of wicked schemes, desires in the witnesses to do good for the country, truth-telling witnesses, and those who can minister a peaceful resolution of these matters. Protect the president and his family from the effect of these attacks. Let Your precious blood, Jesus, protect their minds, bodies, emotions, and spirits. Amen.
Lord reverse the things You hate in the impeachment hearings!
There shall not be found among you anyone who makes his son or his daughter pass through the fire, or one who practices witchcraft or a soothsayer, or one who interprets omens, or a sorcerer. Deut. 18:10
May Yahweh have mercy on this Nation and our people. You can pray corporately on the Firestorm Website. Look for the FS Prayer Wall – Standing in the Gap:https://www.FirestormMinistry.com
Tonight they are casting their spells on The President of the United States.
Rise up Church!
Is this what we want to be happening in our Nation? May those of us who have been sleeping on the wall, awake and take a stand against witchcraft in our Nation. In the Name of Yahshua, Father I rebuke any harm to our President Donald Trump and raise up a standard to BLOCK any and all assignments and curses that would come against our Leaders. I come against that which would seek to control and manipulate the will and rights You have given to Your People Father and I thank You – NO weapon formed against the United States and her people will prosper. I come against any witchcraft spells which would bind up our President and our Leaders from making righteous decisions over our Nation and our People. Any and all weapons are hereby commanded to be powerless and void, in the Name of Yahshua.
I thank You and Praise You Father for the cleansing and healing in our Nation and for our people to come together for the good of each other and not for personal agenda’s and gains. Restore the good and righteousness in our Land and bring forth civility and forgiveness through Your Love Father. Glory and Honor to You Yahweh, You who makes the impossible possible. You are the One True God and nothing is too hard for You. Hallelu-Yah!
Witch hunt Occult Trump opponents plan Halloween spell to bind him October 25, Midnight Meeting EST
Pray Saints of Yahweh
A week before Halloween, opponents of President Trump will gather in the thousands to cast a spell on the administration to prevent the administration from harming the country.
Participants in the ritual, which has been performed regularly since Trump’s inauguration, are taking particular encouragement from Democrats’ recent launch of an impeachment inquiry, which they see as a sign their efforts are working.
“I’m willing to go on record and say it’s working,” said Michael Hughes, the self-described magical thinker and activist who came up with the ritual.
The spell is crafted “to bind Donald Trump and all those who abet him,” and is supposed to be performed during every waning crescent moon until Trump is removed from office.
(Added Insert: Tonight they are having their meeting at 11:59 to again come against President Donald Trump. This link shows you the spells and the books people are selling to continue the Harry Potter influence on a deeper level encouraging and implementing witchcraft in America and across the globe. The enemy is rising up in our house. Saints Pray to Yahweh to intercede for our Nation and the President of this United States.)
The ritual calls for the use of an unflattering photo of Trump, a tarot card, a stub of an orange candle, a pin, and a feather. Participants then call on the “heavenly hosts, demons of the infernal realms, and spirits of the ancestors” to bind Trump “so that his malignant works may fail utterly.”
Against Hughes’ expectations, the ritual took off, and is still being performed almost three years later, with this month’s event likely to draw thousands of participants at small group gatherings and covens, or meetings of witches, around the world.
Hughes told the Washington Examiner the spell went “immediately viral and just completely exploded” after he posted it on Medium, prompting attention from major news outlets. He said he thought any response to Trump’s election “had to have an equal sense of surreality or strangeness to break through the media and social media.”
While he said it is difficult to calculate how many people participated at the first event in 2017, Hughes said it was “definitely in the thousands” and spread “across the world.” He noted that several thousand people continue to participate in the ritual every month.
Hughes considers this spell a way for people to feel re-empowered in the wake of the 2016 election.
“Knowing thousands of people are gathering together at the same time from all over the world to do this ritual and to put our beliefs and our desires into sharp focus, and to do that ritualistically, I think that has a really powerful effect,” said Hughes.
Karen Tibbits-Williams, a New Zealand-based witch and paranormal investigator, said the point of the ritual is to prevent Trump and his supporters from causing harm, but the ritual does not specify how that result should be achieved.
“It could happen by creating unity and strength amongst his opponents, it could be brought about by his impeachment and removal from office,” she wrote in an email to the Washington Examiner.
But while the means by which Trump is bound is not clearly defined, Tibbits-Williams is also confident the ritual is working.
“I’ve seen for myself, many times over, the power and effectiveness of magick. My confidence in the power and efficacy of our Binding — and the effect which it is having — is absolute. I don’t ‘believe’ that it works … I know it does,” she said.
Hughes’ spell comes at a time in which witchcraft is on the rise in the United States. From 1990 to 2008, the number of individuals practicing Wicca, a form of witchcraft, increased from about 8,000 to about 340,000. In 2014, the number of Wiccans in the United States may have been as high as 1.5 million, based on a Pew survey.
Hughes said that a desire for a more direct spirituality, is driving the popularity of paganism and witchcraft.
“They’re embracing spiritual paths, spiritual ideas that allow them to be empowered in their spirituality without that middleman,” such as a priest or rabbi, said Hughes.
And Hughes’ ritual is not the only effort to cast a spell on the Trump administration. Last year, a group of witches gathered to perform a hex to cause suffering on Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, using effigies of Trump, Kavanaugh, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.
Father Vincent Lampert, a Roman Catholic priest and the designated exorcist of the Archdiocese of Indianapolis, said that Hughes’ ritual and the occult more broadly give an opening to evil in the lives of participants.
“Some of them may be doing it thinking it’s just fun, but they are gambling with evil, and just because their motive is one way doesn’t mean they’re not opening up an entry point for evil in their own life,” Fr. Lampert told the Washington Examiner.
And while more people might be turning to magic and witchcraft to find meaning, Fr. Lampert warned they are dangerous solutions
“I think evil will present itself as something good, maybe initially to attract people’s attention, to draw people in, but then ultimately people are going to discover it’s all about fracturing their lives,” he said.
I am praying for Americans to rise up against the H.R.5 Bill. Do you know what is really in this bill? Please checkout the information below. This is the most important time of our lives to be an American and a Christian.
Find your Congressional Leaders and send them a message. Congress is the legislative arm of our government and its job is to make laws to protect us and be fair to all American’s and was not founded to make anyone cater to un-natural sexual preferences in our homes, businesses, schools, jobs, and houses of worship.
Congress is made up of two houses: the Senate (upper) and the House of Representatives (lower). Each state has two senators in the Senate. The number of Representatives a state has is determined by its population. So, Google and get your congressional leaders e-mail addresses and phone numbers. Tell them NO for H.R.5. Don’t let this pass you by without standing for your rights of freedom of choice in America.
Below is information from the Heritage House on just what is in this bill and you can also go to the Family Research Council Site and get a deeper look at what is really in this bill. https://www.frc.org/
Please take note and take action and do it now. Oh Yahweh God, we need your help \o/
The Heritage House Explains
The Equality Act H.R.5
How Could Sex Orientation And Gender Identity (SOGI) LAWS Affect YOU?
On Wednesday March 13, Nancy Pelosi introduced the so-called Equality Act, a bill that would add “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” as protected classes under federal civil rights law.
Where the original Civil Rights Act of 1964 furthered equality by ensuring that African-Americans had equal access to public accommodations and material goods, the Equality Act would further inequality by penalizing everyday Americans for their beliefs about marriage and biological sex. Similar sexual orientation and gender identity laws at the state and local level have already been used in this way.
Here are 5 groups who would be harmed if the Equality Act becomes law:
Employers and Workers
The Equality Act would force employers and workers to conform to new sexual norms or else lose their businesses and jobs. This is already happening on the state and local level. The most high profile example involves Colorado baker Jack Phillips, whose case went all the way to the Supreme Court after the Colorado Civil Rights Commission accused him of discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation when he declined to create a custom cake for a same-sex wedding.
He is not the only victim. Other cases involving disagreement over the meaning of marriage feature florists, bakers, photographers, wedding venue owners, videographers, web designers, calligraphers, and public servants. Now citizens are being punished for their views on biological sex.
Shortly after the Supreme Court ruling, Jack Phillips found himself in court again after an activist attorney who identifies as transgender, requested that Masterpiece Cakeshop create a “gender transition celebration” cake. After the Colorado Civil Rights Commission found probable cause that Phillips had discriminated on the basis of gender identity, he sued the Commission for targeting him for his Christian beliefs. Ultimately, the Commission dropped the case, and Phillips agreed to drop his own lawsuit against the agency.
Even when victims win legal battles like Jack Phillips, conflicts like these have a chilling effect. They discourage people from opening new businesses or entering into certain fields entirely.
A federal sexual orientation and gender identity law would preclude compromise of any kind on disagreements about marriage and sexuality.
Take Peter Vlaming. This high school French teacher was dismissed under the school’s anti-discrimination policy after he refused to comply with administrators’ orders to use a female student’s preferred masculine pronouns. Vlaming had tried to accommodate the student by avoiding pronouns altogether and addressing the student by their preferred masculine name, but this was deemed insufficient by the school board.
The Equality Act would increase conflicts like these and put people out of work for their beliefs.
The Equality Act would force hospitals and insurers to provide and pay for these therapies against any moral or medical objections. It would politicize medicine by forcing professionals to act against their best medical judgment and provide transition-affirming therapies.
The fight is already here. Catholic hospitals in California and New Jersey have been sued for declining to perform hysterectomies on otherwise healthy women who want to become male. A third Catholic hospital in Washington settled out of court when the ACLU sued them for declining to perform a double mastectomy on a gender dysphoric sixteen-year-old girl.
These cases would multiply under the Equality Act. This bill would politicize medicine by forcing doctors, nurses, and other medical professionals to offer drastic procedures—not in view of new scientific discoveries, but by ideological fiat.
Parents and Children
This politicization of medicine would ultimately harm families by normalizing hormonal and surgical interventions for gender dysphoric children as well as ideological “education” in schools and other public venues.
80 to 95 percent of children with gender dysphoria no longer feel distressed by their bodies after puberty. Yet activists continue to push their own radical protocol: social transition as young as 4, puberty blocking drugs as young as 9, cross-sex hormones as young as 14, and surgery by 18 (or, in some cases, even younger).
This protocol could become mandatory in the future. The latest issue of the American Journal of Bioethics includes an article arguing that the state should overrule the parents of gender dysphoric children who do not consent to giving them puberty-blocking drugs.
By silencing the scientific debate on transgender-affirming therapies through the politicization of medicine, the Equality Act would further normalize this radical protocol, and create an expectation that parents comply. In fact, parents in Ohio lost custody of their seventeen-year-old daughter because they declined to put her on testosterone supplements.
It is no secret that radical gender ideology has found its way into our schools (see here and here). This bill would stigmatize any and all opposition to such indoctrination.
The Equality Act would put parental rights to make decisions about their children’s medical treatment and education at risk.
The Equality Act would ultimately lead to the erasure of women by dismantling sex-specific facilities, sports, and other female-only spaces.
Sexual orientation and gender identity laws that open up sex-specific facilities like bathrooms, locker rooms, etc. to members of the opposite sex enable sexual assault.
For example, Pascha Thomas was forced to remove her child from school after a male classmate assaulted her five-year-old daughter in the girls’ restroom. The boy had access to the girls’ restroom because the school’s policy that grants students access to private facilities on the basis of self-identified gender identity. Administrators refused to change the policy despite Thomas’ complaints. Federal authorities are now investigating the incident.
The concern with these policies is that predators will take advantage of the law to gain access to victims. Policies like these make women less likely to report incidents and law enforcement less likely to get involved, for fear of being accused of discrimination.
These policies also leave women at a disadvantage in sex-specific sports and other activities. Two biological males who identify and compete as women easily took first and second place at the Connecticut State Track Championships.
Selina Soule, a female runner, lost the race—and the chance to be scouted by college coaches and selected for athletic scholarships. “We all know the outcome of the race before it even starts,” she said. “It’s demoralizing.”
Females of all ages can expect to lose more and more opportunities like these to biological males who have a natural advantage in sports and physical activities. The Equality Act would defeat the entire purpose of Title IX, which was meant to ensure that women would have the same opportunities as men including in sports, and would leave women vulnerable to sexual assault.
Non-Profits and Volunteers
The Equality Act would also hurt charities, volunteers, and the populations they serve.
State and local sexual orientation and gender identity laws have shut down numerous faith-based adoption and foster care agencies across the country, in Pennsylvania, New York, Illinois, California, Massachusetts, and the District of Columbia.
These states wrongly treated the belief that children do best with both a mother and a father as discriminatory, and kids are the ones who are paying the price. With 438,000 children languishing in foster care nationwide, we need more agencies working to help kids find homes, not fewer.
Now charities that admit to the reality of biological sex are under attack too.
In Anchorage, Alaska, a biological male twice tried to gain access to the city’s Downtown Hope Center, a shelter for homeless, abused, and trafficked women. In response, the individual sued the center for alleged “gender identity discrimination.”
A federal sexual orientation and gender identity law could force any charity to open up private facilities—including sex-specific bathrooms, showers, and sleeping areas—to members of the opposite sex.
The Equality Act would cost our country countless charitable organizations, which means fewer institutions would be available to serve populations in need.
The Equality Act actually furthers inequality, especially for women and girls, by punishing anyone who does not affirm a single viewpoint of marriage and biological sex.
A federal sexual orientation and gender identity law would empower the government to interfere in how regular Americans think, speak, and act at home, at school, at work and at play. Any bill promoting such authoritarianism is a danger to our freedoms.
We are not helpless in this unless we do nothing. Spread the word and send up your prayers, declarations and proclamations over America to Yahweh to give us righteous leaders with a holy reverence for Him. Lift up our leaders, our President and the Church to Him and pray He will give them wisdom to stop the perversion from spreading across America. We, the Body of Christ – the Church, are the only thing standing in the way of America falling under the rule of a satanic kingdom.
Wake up Church, this is just one of the horrific things people are wanting to do “in America.” My heart hurts over this. May Yahweh have mercy and help us to defeat this horrific agenda to remove Parental Protection in order to hurt and deform children. In the Name of Yahshua, help us Father Yahweh.
A Minor Problem: Taxpayers to Fund Gender Surgery for Kids June 20, 2019
Most schools can’t give a child an aspirin without getting a parents’ okay. But in Vermont, kids are about to get a whole lot more than Tylenol. Under a new rule, they’ll be able to get entirely new bodies — in some cases, without ever calling home.
If you thought the war on parents’ rights was bad now, just wait. The Green Mountain State just dropped a massive bombshell in the transgender fight. According to local media, Vermont’s health insurance regulators are about to overhaul the state’s Medicaid rules, forcing taxpayers to cover the cost of everything from genital surgery to a mastectomy for minors. If the new guidelines go into effect, kids under the age of 18 would be able to undergo radical procedures — paid for by Vermonters.
And that’s not the worst of it. With a simple judge’s note, they can bypass mom and dad altogether. That’s because the state is also adding language for a judicial bypass, which, as most pro-lifers know, is how the Left manages to get around parental consent laws on abortion. Now, with the stroke of a judge’s pen, young people can keep their parents in the dark, as they choose from 16 different ways to disfigure their bodies.
Dr. Rachel Inker, who heads up the Transgender Health Clinic at the Community Health Centers of Burlington, cheered the move. “Having young people have to wait until they were 21 just didn’t really make any sense.” Tell that to the American College of Pediatricians, who’ve been warning about rushing minors into these life-altering decisions for years. It’s “child abuse,” the College insists, especially since “98 percent of gender confused boys and 88 percent of gender confused girls eventually accept their biological sex after naturally passing through puberty.”
While Vermont insists on locking them into this new identity, surgeons like Dr. Miroslav Djordjevic — who do this kind of reassignment surgery for a living — are horrified that anyone would push children to embrace these fleeting feelings. It’s a mistake, he insists. If the age limit for surgeries is reduced, he says, he would refuse his services. “I’m afraid what will happen five to 10 years later with this person,” he says. “It is more than about surgery; it’s an issue of human rights. I could not accept them as a patient as I’d be afraid what would happen to their mind.”
In a lengthy article with the National Post about the growing number of his patients with regrets, Dr. Djordjevic admits he has “deep reservations” about treating children with hormonal drugs before they reach puberty. Surgery is simply a bridge too far. What these kids need, said one of the foremost experts in the field — Johns Hopkins’s Dr. Paul McHugh — is psychological help and guidance, “not a surgeon with drugs, scalpel, forceps, and sutures. They need ‘evidence-based care,’ not ideological support from Left-wing activists and those who suffer the same mental illness.”
Take it from these teens who formerly identified as transgender: America needs to step back from the activism, the ideologies, and other voices, and consider what we’re doing to our children. Because if Vermont isn’t thinking about the risks, someone has to.
Tony Perkins’ Washington Update is written with the aid of FRC senior writers. https://www.frc.org/get.cfm?c=RADIO&itemType=WR#listing
Several weeks ago, I was invited by White House staff to visit our southern border at McAllen, Texas, where federal agents are struggling to deal with a massive influx of poor and destitute human beings. They come in never-ending waves. Please believe me when I tell you that the media and leftist politicians have not been truthful about what is going on there. It is a human tragedy.
I promised the exhausted U.S. Custom and Border Patrol agents that I would go home and tell as many people as possible what I had seen “up close and personal.” Today, I am attempting to fulfill that commitment.
Approximately 5,500 people show up every day in districts organized along our southern U.S. border. McAllen is the site of only one of them, but it is the busiest and most besieged. The “refugees” arrive exhausted and ragged from walking hundreds of miles. Among them are large numbers of children, many of whom are unaccompanied by a caring adult. Last year, 382,000 aliens were apprehended for illegally crossing into this country and almost 100,000 of them were minors. Some of the kids have been abused along the way. Many of them carry lice, scabies or other diseases. Currently, the facility I visited is experiencing a flu epidemic, and there are no additional beds on which to lie. Some of the women have been raped. More than 70 people of all ages are sent to local hospitals daily along the southern border. Doctors and medical staff are overwhelmed by their patient load. Remember that word, “overwhelmed.” It describes every aspect of the effort to deal with the situation there.
The most heart-wrenching experience occurred during our tour of the holding area. It is a huge gym-like building consisting of dozens of fenced-in areas. Each one is crowded with detainees standing or sitting shoulder-to-shoulder on benches. They stared out at us with plaintive eyes.
I noticed that almost none of them were talking to each other. The children looked traumatized and frightened. Tears flooded my eyes as I stood before them. They had no toys or dolls, except for a few items bought by compassionate border patrol agents. One tiny little girl clutched something that resembled a doll bought for her by an agent. There are few provisions made to accommodate the children. The week before we were there, a delegation of agents went to meet with members of Congress, and begged them for additional money to buy Pampers, toothbrushes, and other necessities. They were turned down flat. These meager supplies have to be purchased with the border patrol budget, which is stretched to the limit.
I then walked up to a fenced area holding many skinny young men. An agent standing beside me asked if I would like to speak to them. He offered to translate for me, to which I replied, “Please tell them that God loves them.” Then I said, “Now tell them that I love them, too.” They smiled and waved timidly.
My heart aches for these poor people. Lest I be misunderstood, let me make clear that I am among the majority of Americans who want the border to be closed to those who attempt to enter illegally. There has to be a better solution than this. I have wondered, with you, why the authorities don’t just deny these refugees access to this nation. Can’t we just send them back to their places of origin? The answer I received was “No,” for reasons I will explain.
Only 10 percent of the detainees are Mexicans. This year alone, people have come to our southern border from 127 countries, including Bangladesh, Pakistan, Turkey, India, China, Palestine, Albania, San Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and other nations around the world. They speak their native tongues, which means they can’t be understood by each other or the staff. What are we to do with them? The Mexican government will not take them back, and there is no place to send them. Our current laws do not permit us to repatriate them to their country of origin. This is a disaster with no solution or projected conclusion.
Let me tell you how these desperate people come to be our responsibility. They are the lowest rung of many societies. They sell their shanties and any other possessions to scrape together $3,500 to $10,000 to pay “coyotes” to guide them. I don’t know what happens to those who can’t meet this demand. Apparently, most manage to pay the fee, and arrive penniless and profoundly needy. I was told that some of the vulnerable children are “recycled” repeatedly to help men gain entry to this country. An unknown number of these men are hardened criminals and drug runners, and they are difficult to identify. Most make their way across the border.
Here’s something else you should know. I have been under the impression that these would-be immigrants try to cross the Rio Grande River and outrun or evade the agents. That is not true of most. They come in large groups, from 100 to 400 people at a time. As I write this letter, a record 1,200 people arrived together at El Paso. The refugees quickly give themselves up to agents. That is why they have made this journey. They know they will be fed, medicated, and treated humanely, even if they are in holding areas while they are in our custody. Then they will be released on American soil. This is the system set up by a liberal Congress and judges. It is a well-known fact that President Obama’s administration established many of these unworkable policies, and Congress is steadfastly unwilling to change them. Every effort at reform has been overridden or ignored. It is set in stone. Democrats want massive numbers of immigrants who will someday become voters. Some Republicans support the policies because they want cheap labor for agricultural purposes. The border could be fixed, but there are very few in authority who seem to care.
Getting back to my story, our group of national faith leaders and humanitarian organizations was taken to a grassy park underneath the international bridges where the “coyotes” bring the refugees. We stood 50 feet away from them and watched as about 200 people sat on the ground. Then buses arrived to transport them to Border Control. Agents have to work fast because another group will be showing up soon, and then another and another. The would-be immigrants are taken to the center and given cursory medical exams. Then they are segregated by sex and age and placed in the fenced-in areas to be held for the next 20 days until they are processed and given a Notice to Appear. If that sounds inhumane, what would you or I do? There is simply no other place to “house” them.
Mismanagement of the border has a long history. A federal judge years ago issued a ruling called the Flores Settlement Agreement. It is still the source of many problems. It requires that any unaccompanied alien child must be released within 72 hours. This is now the law of the land, and poor people around the world know it. A single male typically seeks to find a child and a woman to help him “game the system.” Clearly, many of these are “fake families,” but there is no documentation in Pakistani or Bangladesh to challenge their claims. Lawyers at home have told them to claim that they are fleeing from oppression or seeking asylum. They are allowed to plead their cases to judges, but there are too few of them to keep up with the volume. These people are given a court case and released. The vast majority are never seen again. Most then become “anchor babies” who are citizens with rights to bring members of their families. Others are given transportation to an American city where they disappear into the culture.
In addition to this influx of people from places around the world steeped in poverty and despair, Senator Chuck Schumer authored and helped pass a “lottery” system, whereby winners are brought to the United States. They become permanent residents, who then begin bringing their families to our shores. Thank you, Senator.
Ten years ago, 90 percent of illegals apprehended at the border were single males, mainly from Mexico. Now, more than 50 percent show up with babies and children, and 90 percent of them are from countries other than Mexico with 64 percent being family units or unaccompanied alien children. Together, they claim to be “families” and within three weeks, they will be home free in America. Is there any doubt why there have been more than half a million illegal immigrants this year alone?
Before I conclude, I must tell you about the agents who have to deal with this chaos. They are compassionate men and women, sworn to uphold federal law and protect our borders.
They obviously care about the detainees, and I respect them highly. They work tirelessly feeding people three times a day and providing clean clothing. They must also maintain the portable toilets in the cells. It is a never-ending task. There are only two large showers in the facility, one for males, the other for females. Their capacity is for only 20 people at a time, which is insufficient.
The border patrol agents administer this program, but most of them didn’t sign up to be caregivers. Agents were trained to patrol the border and apprehend drug runners, traffickers, smugglers, murderers, and every kind of lawbreaker. This is very dangerous work. But, please understand this: the border patrol agents are so busy caring for refugees seeking entry to the United States that they have very little time to police the borders. It is so porous that huge quantities of contraband, including all kinds of narcotics, flow into this country every day. Then it is transported northward to America’s cities to be consumed by adolescents and millennials. Lawless gangs, such as MS-13, are also pouring into the culture, making violence for inner cities a way of life.
There is one more aspect to the work of the agents that you should know. They are openly hated by citizens who resent the work they do. They are routinely vilified and mocked and demonized. Their families are also subjected to ridicule. These agents need our appreciation and prayers. They have one of the most thankless jobs in America.
The situation I have described is the reason President Donald Trump’s border wall is so urgently needed. He seems to be the only leader in America who comprehends this tragedy and is willing to address it. Those who oppose him do everything they can to impede his effort. That is why I went to the border to see the situation for myself. I came away with an array of intense emotions. First, I was profoundly grieved over the misery of thousands of people. Second, I felt a deep appreciation for those who are doing their best to help in an impossible circumstance. Third, and frankly, I was angry at the political fat cats who have deliberately allowed this chaos to occur for political or financial gain. They, and their friends in the fake media, have told the American people that there is no crisis at the border! Shame on them all.
What I’ve told you is only a glimpse of what is occurring on the nation’s border. I don’t know what it will take to change the circumstances. I can only report that without an overhaul of the law and the allocation of resources, millions of illegal immigrants will continue flooding to this great land from around the world. Many of them have no marketable skills. They are illiterate and unhealthy. Some are violent criminals. Their numbers will soon overwhelm the culture as we have known it, and it could bankrupt the nation. America has been a wonderfully generous and caring country since its founding. That is our Christian nature. But in this instance, we have met a worldwide wave of poverty that will take us down if we don’t deal with it. And it won’t take long for the inevitable consequences to happen.
Thanks for letting me set the record straight.
Dr. James Dobson’s Signature
P.S. I want to conclude this disturbing account of the border situation with a suggested “action item” for the reader. There is one solution as I see it, which is for people of faith to pray for our President as he seeks to deal with this humanitarian crisis. He is facing enormous opposition from both political parties, the mainstream media, the entertainment industry, the judiciary, portions of agriculture, powerful lobbies, and virtually every dimension of the culture. I know of no one with political influence besides the President who seems to care about the crisis at the border. Will you join us in making it a matter for concerted prayer?