|Gay Marriage - FOTF tries to fight back|
In the light of Focus on the Family (FOTF) in Singapore giving out anti-gay materials to the churches, they must be short of cash and leveraging on the news of Gay marriage in New York and closer to home the success of the Pink Dot which has now the same attendance level as that of the mega Christian church in Singapore. Some say that the church sends out its knights once a year for evangelism crusade to grab the unsuspecting masses back to the castle, but the castle gates have not been closed for 1700 years as the church conquers lands through Christian armies, through the crusades, colonization, and now the last battle is against gays. We would rather they battle against the principalities which control this world, rather than the least in the community.
Yet, as more these activist materials are distributed, read, and put Christian gays in spiritual and relationship closets, the potential of those who were harmed to seek justice against them rises. They may also been preaching to the converted as many gays have already left the church. The backlash is a shadow of falsehood that will compromise the message of the Gospel. It will open to allegations against bible. Gays have become sin for the church and a stumbling stone.
The recurring theme of the message of Focus on the Family is their fear mongering of the possible loss of their religious rights or special rights to hate, discriminate, and put gays in prisons and limit their basic rights. This they say will bring America down the slippery path against God. Ironically, there may be some truth as a moral and righteous God will not let the church get away from doing grave harm and injustice. The backlash to their crimes against gays is like leaven which impacts the whole church and highlights its hypocrisy and unrighteousness, hence undermining the Gospel message.
Christianity always had special rights – the Queen, the Head of the Church of England is also the Head of the church and the defender of the faith. The Pope, the head of the Catholic Church, is itself a state and has over a billion adherents. They once used to control 2/3 of Europe and determined the political scene in the middle ages. When the Colonials ventured forth, the priests followed them and Christianity spread as a result just as it has spread when it became the religion of Rome in 323AD. Hence, the supremacy of Rome became the supremacy for the Catholic Church and for Christianity who had special rights till to-date having generous tax benefits and a large media reach. The Anglican Cathedral in Singapore sits near the Parliament house and that’s how powerful it is.
The FOTF is now launching a last ditch attempt against gays, for they know that the writing is on the wall. You can’t tell a lie and get 100 million a year for perpetuating this lie forever. There must come to an end as Jim Daly, the CEO of FOTF is coming to realize. It's true gay marriage will doom "us" all as warned by Jim - for Christians will no longer have a free lunch and not be taken to tasks for causing grave harm caused especially in the name of Jesus.
When you take away the basic rights of others, you may end up with no rights for the bible and the Law will never pass away. It's not only about opinion polls, but that truth and justice has a way of breaking forth in a large cascading raging river.
23 May 2011 – World Magazine
WORLD MAGAZINE: We’re winning the younger generation on abortion, at least in theory. What about same-sex marriage?
DALY: We’re losing on that one, especially among the 20- and 30-somethings: 65 to 70 percent of them favor same-sex marriage. I don’t know if that’s going to change with a little more age—demographers would say probably not. We’ve probably lost that. I don’t want to be extremist here, but I think we need to start calculating where we are in the culture.
25 May 2011 – Washington Post
“So, let me be clear: I am not waving a white flag. I’m not even contemplating picking one up. There is still much work to be done by those of us in the faith community to advocate for marriage as it has been defined, and practiced, by every civilized society for millennia. “Jim Daily
6 June 2011 - Colorado Springs Independent
Indy: All this gets a little jumbled. Let's be clear: Do you think same-sex marriage will become a national reality, and if so, do you think the policy will ever be reversed?
JD: It's hard to tell. ... What I was trying to say in that interview, when the question was asked about the younger generation, is you can't deny the stats. So when you're looking at that and they're saying 65 to 70 percent of those under 40 or 35 — I can't remember exactly — support same-sex marriage, if that does not change within that community as they become 50 and 60, yeah it's over.
So the point is — and it is a fair one — with a little more age, with a little more perspective, with having your first child, will people's views become a little more conservative in that regard? I don't know.
Indy: So tell me, has the fundraising recovered since that point?
JD: It's stable. We're on track at about $103 million, $105 million.
Indy: How does that compare to last year?
JD: The last two years have been down. ... The first big hit was [the] '09 budget year, and we went from about $149 [million] — actual — to about $120 [million]. So it was a big hit. And then the next year, we dropped it down another $10 million, $12 million.