Conservative commentator Glenn Beck this week discussed three major red flags for the rights of the family. His program propelled remarks by gay activist Masha Gessen to “viral” status. In the speech, Gessen revealed the true (though not surprising) nature of the gay marriage agenda.
Beck opened his discussion of the attack on the family by explaining how the Obama Administration’s current attempt to deport the Romeike family is a troubling attack on American freedom of religion and the rights of all parents to direct the upbringing of their children.
Referring to last week’s hearing of the case against the Romeikes, Beck said, “Last week the federal government made a case in court against amnesty for a family that is here” to “escape religious persecution” and explained “if they go back to Germany they will lose their children because they want to homeschool.” Beck made it clear that our federal government is essentially saying that it is “not a basic human right to be able to teach your children what you believe.”
Beck then played the now-familiar MSNBC promo in which liberal political commentator Melissa Harris-Perry asserted that we should develop “a very collective notion of ‘these are our children.’” She said, “We have to break through our kind of private idea that kids belong to their parents or kids belong to their families and recognize that kids belong to their whole communities.”1
In attempting to defend her position, incidentally, Harris-Perry later said that she was simply opposing the idea that children are the parents’ property,2 but the context of the promotional spot had nothing to do with children being property. It was instead clearly about with the rights of parents to have the final say in the upbringing of the children, with emphasis on the public education system.
Finally, Beck gave gay activist Masha Gessen the “opportunity” to announce to the world that the gay community in general has been lying about its desire for the rights to gay marriage. In an excerpt from her May 2012 speech to a LGBT crowd, Gessen made it clear that the gay community does not want the right to marry but rather wants to abolish marriage altogether. She further said that the gay community’s public reassurance that granting the right of gay marriage would not change the institution of traditional marriage for those that want it is “a lie.” She said that the whole idea is to destroy the traditional family.
Beck pointed out that the gay community’s push to get the right to marry is really, as Gessen admits, a deceptive ploy to use the power of government to make it illegal for any church to refuse to marry homosexual couples. Gessen said:
I agree it’s a no-brainer that we should have the right to marry, but I also think equally that it’s a no-brainer that the institution of marriage should not exist. . . . That causes my brain some trouble, and part of it why it causes me trouble is because fighting for gay marriage generally involves lying about what we’re going to do with marriage when we get there, you know, because we lie that the institution of marriage is not going to change, and that is a lie. The institution of marriage is going to change and it should change. And again I don’t think it should exist. And I don’t like taking part in creating fictions about my life.
As Beck points out, these three ideas all represent aspects of the same problem. They are all attacks on the institution of family. God ordained the original family when He created Adam and Eve. Despite the family distortions and failures of many cultures and individuals—including biblical ones that should have known better—God continued to defend the family as the best arrangement for raising children through the end of the Old Testament era (Malachi 2:15) and through the time of Christ (Matthew 19:4–6) and of the Apostle Paul (Ephesians 5:25; Ephesians 6:4; 1 Timothy 5:8). The family isn’t perfect because people are sinful. But we must all oppose, wherever possible, the attack on the traditional family and on parental rights. Subversion of parental rights to teach their own children as they see fit will ultimately leave it to liberal government officials, liberal educators, and liberal activists to imbue children with their notions of morality and to keep countless children from learning what the Bible teaches about the love and grace of Jesus Christ.
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