A Call to Christians to Contact the President
by Pastor Lee Hemen – NWBC ERLC
December 17, 2009
As Christians and as Baptists we should be outraged when the Federal Government does something so egregious that we have to sound the alarm and make people aware. We have been doing so for decades concerning abortion and the destruction of the unborn in this nation. But now we are also faced with an Administration that has aligned itself with some of the most vile and perverted lifestyles imaginable.
Many were soothed by President Obama’s low-key declarations that he was “Christian” and saw his willingness to go to Rick Warren’s Saddleback Church as a good sign that he was trying to connect with fellow believers. However, I was immediately skeptical when the President “struck down a rule” on January 23, 2009, “that prohibits U.S. money from funding international family-planning clinics that promote abortion or provide counseling or referrals about abortion services.” (CNNPolitics.com, Jan. 24, 2009) I discovered that throughout the healthcare debate David Axelrod, Obama’s White House Senior Advisor, continually maintained “that President Obama will intervene to make sure a controversial amendment restricting federal funding for abortion coverage is stripped from final health care reform legislation.” (FoxNews.com, Nov. 15, 2009) Sadly, President Obama supports abortion.
Then, I was shocked concerning the President’s actions to mainstream alternative lifestyles. President Obama has repeatedly “renewed his vow to allow gay men and lesbians to serve openly in the military.” (NY Times, Oct. 10, 2009) He has encouraged his own endorsement of this by his appointment of “safe schools czar,” Kevin Jennings.
These Presidential “Czars” are appointed by the President and are only accountable to him. Although you pay their salaries, and for their myriad staffs, they are completely independent and have the power to make and enforce laws. Kevin Jennings is the Assistant Deputy Secretary for Safe and Drug-Free Schools at the U.S. Department of Education. But what you might be unaware of is that he founded the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) in 1995 and ran it until 2008.
GLSEN promotes homosexuality in schools from grades K-12, organizes gay/straight alliance clubs and stages disruptive events such as “The Day of Silence” and “Ally Day.” At an April 30, 2005 GLSEN-sponsored seminar at Brookline High School, in Brookline, Massachusetts there was a booklet made available titled “The Little Black Book: V 2.0 Queer in the 21st Century.” According to TownHall.com columnist Robert Knight, “The pamphlet was packed with pornographic pictures, obscenities and advice to kids on how to engage in perverse and dangerous behaviors using all sorts of bodily functions.” The booklet is only the tip of the iceberg for Jennings and GLSEN.
GLSEN was also behind a conference at Tufts University in 2000 at which extremely explicit homosexual sex lessons were given to kids as young as 12. Kevin Jennings was a keynote speaker.
President Obama’s choices for his own personal “Czars” have left many of us wondering not only about his choices, but his own moral compass. As a pastor and as your NWBC Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission ex post facto Director I want us all to be aware of these issues so that in the future we are discerning in whom we support as Christians and as NW Baptists. However, I also want to motivate us into action as well. Here is what we all can do about this issue: We can email or write President Obama and respectfully ask him to have Keith Jennings to step down. It is the moral and ethical thing to do. Email the President at: http://www.whitehouse.gov/CONTACT/ or write him at: The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20500. Remember, when emailing or writing be godly, respectful in your message, and be brief.
Pastor Lee Hemen has been the outspoken pastor of the same church for 25 years in Vancouver, WA. He writes regularly on spirituality and conservative causes and maintains several web blogs. This article is copyrighted © 2009 by Lee Hemen and is the sole property of Lee Hemen, and may not be used unless you quote the entire article and have my permission. You now have my permission…