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Diversity Needs to Become More Diverse

In Dr. Michael Brown’s book, A Queer Thing Happened to America, he recalls a very interesting interaction he had with Caribou Coffee Company. Here is what he had to say:

A similar exchange of emails (albeit with a more ironic ending!) took place in 2008 when another coffee chain, Caribou Coffee, sponsored the Pride Charlotte event. In response to my concerns, Lauren Mihhajlov, Director of Brand Marketing, wrote back to me and explained that Caribou would ‘continue our sponsorship as we know it is important to the communities in which we operate.’ She also noted that ‘we strive to be a part of our neighborhoods and communities, as this is one of our core values. In being good community members, we also endeavor to be inclusive of all members of our community.’

I wrote back to Ms. Mihhajlov and stated that, while I was disappointed with the response, in keeping ‘with this clearly stated core value of your company, we want to officially invite you to be a sponsor at our second “Not Ashamed Charlotte” event planned for this coming May.’

I explained that, ‘This is a wonderful, positive, wholesome event, reflective of the values of tens of thousands of citizens here, an event in which we celebrate the family (highlighting the importance of male-female marriage and of teen sexual purity) and underscore the sanctity of human rights, beginning in the womb.’

I informed her that we already had sponsorship commitments from some fine local companies, and we would love to include you in our list of sponsors. Our previous event in 2006 drew positive coverage from the local media along with the participation of a diverse cross-section of the greater Charlotte community.

Your participation in the event would send a great signal to our constituency that you do, in fact, mean what you say when you write that ‘we strive to be a part of our neighborhoods and communities, as this is one of our core values.’

And how did Caribou respond? They would not sponsor our event because they were ‘inclusive.’ I kid you not! And I imagine they said it with a straight face too. -Brown, Michael (2011-05-25). A Queer Thing Happened To America: And what a long, strange trip it’s been (Kindle Locations 5913-5917). BookMasters. Kindle Edition.

This insane and ironic form of diversity reminds me of an episode of The Office when Michael Scott leads a meeting on diversity:

Michael’s words towards Toby remind me of today’s ‘diversity’. Caribou says:

At Caribou Coffee Company, Inc., we wholeheartedly value diversity. It makes us more aware of the world around us. And we’re better because of it. We don’t discriminate based on gender, race, creed, color, age, religion or sexual orientation and we are committed to a diverse workforce. Our benefits package also includes domestic partner benefits for those employees who work more than 20 hours per week.Caribou’s Diversity Statement

Caribou sponsors gay-pride events, but when it comes to an invitation to sponsor an event that promotes traditional family values Caribou gives the Michael Scott, “Get the [heck] out of here.” Apparently, Caribou’s diversity needs to become more diverse.

Need more evidence? Okay! Davidson College in North Carolina has now become one of the first colleges to suspend Chick-fil-A from serving food at college sanctioned events according to the Huffington Post. Want to hear the ironic part? This is what the Union Board of Davidson College said after the suspension came down:

We reached out to the Union Board members to begin initial conversations but because the board operates on consensus decision-making, a final decision is being put off until we can have face to face conversations and gather more student input. Until a final decision is made, alternative options will be served at After Midnight and other Union Board events. The Davidson College Union Board is firmly committed to building an inclusive community that serves each member of our student body.

Did you catch that? Davidson College is ‘committed to building an inclusive community, but if you are a Bible believing Christian then, “Get the [heck] out of here.” Apparently, our American college’s need to have a better definition of diversity.

The ironic nature of these situations is maddening…Lord have mercy on our souls!

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Gay Is Not the New Black

Yesterday, I read a great article by Voddie Baucham dissecting the distorted view of homosexual advocates who try to equate the homosexual rights movement with the civil rights movement. Here is the article: “Gay is Not the New Black

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Why No Christian Should Vote for Obama

The title sounds like I am going to endorse Romney and shoot down President Obama however, that is not my intention at all. What this post is about is President Obama’s disgusting stance on abortion. Planned Parenthood (PP), a group that your tax dollars go to, is a pro-abortion group and, they have recently endorsed President Obama in the upcoming election. Why would they do this? It is probably a mixture of a couple of things. #1 Romney has vowed to stop PP from getting your tax dollars. #2 President Obama has not voted against anti-abortion bills during his time in the Illinois State Legislature.

Here is a list of 7 different abortion laws that Obama voted on. His vote in all of the following was “present” according to a WashingtonPost.com article:

1997 Votes

  • HB 382 Partial Birth Abortion Ban Act. House version, passed Illinois State Senate, adopted as law. Under the bill, doctors who perform partial-birth abortions could be sent to prison for one to three years. The woman would not be held liable. 

2001 Votes

  • SB 562 Parental Notice of Abortion Act. Bill passed Senate 39-7, with 11 present votes, including Obama. 
  • SB 1094 Bill to protect children born as result of induced labor abortion. Bill passed 33-6, with 13 present, including Obama. 
  • SB 1095 Bill defining “born alive” defines “born-alive infant” to include infant “born alive at any stage of development.” Bill passed 34-5, with nine present, including Obama.

What strikes me is that a couple of these bills involved partial birth abortions and, President Obama voted “present”. Not only that, Obama also voted “present” when it comes to protecting “Liveborn children”. Liveborn children are babies that survived the initial attempt of abortion. This means that the baby is actually alive outside of the womb and Obama voted “present” in preserving the life of these newborns.

You may be thinking, “So what? Obama didn’t vote against the partial birth abortion ban?” Well, in a way he did. In the same article quoted above, author Michael Dobbs notes this:

Under the rules of the Illinois legislature, a present vote effectively functions as a no vote because only yes votes count toward passage of a bill. Legislators vote “present” rather than “no” for a variety of tactical reasons, including making it more difficult for their political opponents to use their votes against them in campaign advertisements. 

Since only “yes” votes count as to whether a bill passes or falls in Illinois, President Obama’s “present” votes were essentially “no” votes. If that isn’t enough evidence check this out:

‘We worked on the ‘present’ vote strategy with Obama,’ said Pam Sutherland, chief lobbyist for the Illinois branch of Planned Parenthood, an abortion rights group. ‘He was willing to vote “no”, and was always going to be a “no” vote for us.’

There you go. President Obama is in the back pockets of Planned Parenthood. They worked out a strategy where he could for their pro-abortion agenda while saving face. This is contradicted by the Bible and cannot be supported by any Christian that truly follows Christ. Here are the words of Job in Job 31: 14-15:

What then shall I do when God rises up?

When he makes inquiry, what shall I answer him?

Did not he who made me in the womb make him?

And did not one fashion us in the womb?

Job’s rhetorical questions highlights that God is the creator of everyone. God has made every human being no matter what stage of development they are in. Every person has God’s image stamped on them and, that gives every person value. We, as humans, have worth because we have been created by God but, the moment we embrace abortion is the moment that we deny the value of every human being. The moment we adopt abortion as a woman’s right is the moment we deny human rights to the most vulnerable human beings. So, when you go to the polls in November, remember to stand for human rights by not voting for President Obama.

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