Houston’s lesbian mayor Annise Parker’s recent actions exemplify history repeating itself, the necessity for understanding context, and realizing that the simplest solution is found amidst child’s play.
Parker and gay agenda supporters immediately bring to mind the children’s game, Simon Says, and other themes from children’s rhymes. The game’s primary rule, “Do what I say, Not what I do,” is designed to teach children to observe and differentiate between commands and actions. The same skills are necessary for adults. The definitions of tolerance, equality, morality, or societal and behavioral norms differ depending on who uses them.
For example, regarding Houston’s Equal Rights Ordinance, nearly triple the number of required signatures were obtained to petition for its repeal. Yet Parker and Houston’s city attorney redefined the requirement and rejected the petition. In response, Houstonians sued. Parker countered, by subpoenaing Christian ministers’ sermons and emails, then revised it to “speeches and presentations.”
Parker is not alone. Judge Vaughn Walker, also gay, overturned California’s Proposition 8, a law supported by the majority of California voters and unsupported by a minority of Americans.
Walker is not alone. In more than five states, from Indiana to North Carolina, judges are reversing the will of voters by overturning state marriage laws determined by ballot initiatives and constitutional amendments.
Judges are also demanding that ministers be imprisoned for believing and teaching their faith and that small businesses be fined and closed because their owners won’t bake cakes, take photos, or arrange flowers. And the IRS recently agreed to audit churches.
Many Americans wonder, why follow any law if the only relevant law is what a mayor chooses? Or why vote at all if a judge can nullify the outcome? Why express your faith if you might lose your job?
Simon Says is obviously more than fun and games.
Over the last 25 years nearly every area of society has been transformed by a successful rebranding scheme devised by Harvard-educated intellectuals and gay activists Marshall Kirk and Hunter Madsen. In 1990 they initiated an aggressive marketing campaign, detailing their approach in After the Ball: How America Will Conquer Its Fear and Hatred of Gays in the 90’s. Their strategy incorporated six points:
• “Talk about gays and gayness as loudly and as often as possible.”
• “Portray gays as victims, not as aggressive challengers.”
• “Give homosexual protectors a just cause.”
• “Make gays look good.”
• “Make the victimizers look bad.”
• “Get funds from corporate America.”
The gay agenda does not solely want tolerance, right to privacy or legal protection, but affirmation of the gay lifestyle as a societal and legal norm. Its only obstacle has been, and will always be, Christians who remain faithful to biblical teaching and those who support several millennia of social norms understood as fundamental to human flourishing.
The gay agenda, like Simon Says and very much like Humpty Dumpty, seeks to distract, confuse, and completely bewilder. Brilliantly portrayed by Lewis Carroll through a preposterous and lengthy conversation in Through the Looking Glass, Humpty Dumpty best explains their approach. He says to Alice:
“When I use a word it means just what I choose it to mean—neither more nor less.”
Confused, Alice wonders, “The question is whether you can make words mean so many different things.”
He responds “in a rather scornful tone, ‘The question is, which is to be master—that’s all…'”
Yet, understanding these objectives within a greater historical context is paramount.
Simon’s story traveled to America with colonists who knew quite well British history. He was a 13th century earl (Simon de Montfort) who captured King Henry III, imprisoning him for one year. Word spread that every time King Henry tried to message his subjects, Simon intervened and decreed laws exactly the opposite of the King’s wishes.
Likewise, the colonists passed on several nursery rhymes, one of which was a popular anti-Royalist chant dating back to the English Civil War (1640-1649). It references a cannon, called Humpty Dumpty, the rebels used against King Charles I. The King’s men captured the cannon, but broke it, couldn’t fix it, ultimately lost the war, and King Charles was beheaded.
In the end, Simon lost at his own game (he was eventually killed). Humpty Dumpty was destroyed beyond repair. And in his conversation with Alice, she and the reader are left with nothing but bewilderment. By comparison, and from the mouth of babes, the gay agenda will suffer the same outcome.
Deception, confusion, and false agendas will always be exposed for what they are.
There will always be Simons and large fat eggs broken beyond repair, but they present numerous opportunities for ministers to proclaim the truth.
Christians, including ministers, can illustrate through their own lives that “unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality.” A minister, who today most likely would gladly distribute his sermons and did joyfully go to jail on several occasions, said something every Christian can take to heart: “right temporarily defeated is stronger than evil triumphant.”
Christians have nothing to lose and everything to gain—because the truth can do nothing but benefit everyone, even those who try to deny it.
October 27, 2014