Richard Dawkins says JK Rowling being 'bullied' by trans activists: 'There are 2 sexes'

Richard Dawkins says JK Rowling being 'bullied' by trans activists: 'There are 2 sexes'

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Well-known atheist and best-selling author Richard Dawkins speaks to the crowd during the “Rock Beyond Belief” festival at Fort Bragg army base in North Carolina, March 31, 2012. |

Atheist evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins has defended Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling from the criticism she has received for her pushback against the efforts of trans activists to “pretend biology doesn’t exist.”

Dawkins appeared on the program “Piers Morgan Uncensored” Monday, where he and host Piers Morgan discussed a suggestion from a group of scientists to abandon the use of “gendered” terms such as man, woman, mother and father.

Morgan denounced the effort to “degender and neutralize language,” lamenting that “they’re doing it from a completely false pretext that you can somehow pretend biology doesn’t exist, particularly when it comes to someone’s sex.”

“It’s incontrovertible, there’s no scientific doubt about this, and yet a small group of people have been quite successful actually in reshaping vast sways of the way society talks and is allowed to talk,” Morgan added.

Dawkins described this phenomenon as “bullying,” denouncing the way that famed Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling and British philosophy professor Kathleen Stock have been “bullied” because they “stood up to it.”

Rowling has repeatedly taken to Twitter in recent years to express her concerns about what she characterized as efforts to erase “the lived reality of women.” In June 2020, she expressed particular outrage about an op-ed published in Devex that featured the phrase “people who menstruate” in the headline. Rowling sarcastically remarked, “I’m sure there used to be a word for those people,” offering up the terms “wumben,” “wimpund” and “woomud” rather than the correct answer: “women.”

Rowling’s remarks surrounding the reality of biological sex have generated backlash from LGBT activists, including Kerry Kennedy of the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Foundation. Kennedy maintained that the children’s book author’s comments about biological sex diminished “the identity of trans and non-binary people, undermining the validity and integrity of the entire transgender community.”

Kennedy’s condemnation of Rowling prompted the writer to determine that she had “no option but to return the Ripple of Hope Award bestowed on me last year.” Rowling stated that she was “deeply saddened that RFKHR has felt compelled to adopt this stance,” insisting that “no award or honor, no matter my admiration for the person for whom it was named, means so much to me that I would forfeit the right of conscience to follow the dictates of my own conscience.”

Reacting to the treatment of Rowling and others, Dawkins insisted that “it’s very upsetting the way this tiny minority of people has managed to capture the discourse and to really talk errant nonsense.” When asked, “what’s the answer to it,” Dawkins responded, “science.”

“There are two sexes,” Dawkins asserted. “As a biologist, there are two sexes and that’s all there is to it.” 

Like Rowling, Dawkins’ advocacy on behalf of biological sex has not come without consequences.

In the biologist’s case, he was stripped of his title of “Humanist of the Year” after sending out a tweet in April 2021 declaring that “some men choose to identify as women, and some women choose to identify as men” before warning that “you will be vilified if you deny that they literally are what they identify as.”

Dawkins defended his 2021 tweet during his appearance on “Piers Morgan Uncensored,” stressing that he was merely asking people to “discuss” his comment. After Dawkins recalled how he had encouraged discussions throughout his entire life working at universities, Morgan asked, “why have we lost that ability to actually have an open and frank debate?”

“There are people for whom the word ‘discuss’ doesn’t mean discuss. It means you’ve taken a position,” he replied. “I thought it was a reasonable thing to discuss.”

Dawkins addressed another comment he made in the April 2021 tweet, referring to how “in 2015, Rachel Dolezal, a white chapter president of NAACP, was vilified for identifying as Black.” Dawkins detailed how “I actually wrote a couple of follow-up articles to this,” contending that “race is actually a much more fluid concept than sex” in light of the high interracial marriage rate.

“It actually is a perfectly reasonable thing for somebody to identify as some particular race if they want to,” Dawkins added. “Sex is not like that. Sex really is binary, and therefore it’s certainly worth discussing that odd anomaly.”

In 2021, Dawkins signed a declaration opposing gender reassignment surgeries and puberty blockers for trans-identified children.

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Supreme Court refuses to hear evangelist’s complaint against university barring him from preaching

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Rodney Keister (Right), a traveling Christian evangelist with Evangelism Mission, shares the Gospel. |

The United States Supreme Court has rejected an appeal from a traveling evangelist who was barred from preaching at the University of Alabama for failing to obtain a permit.

In an order released Monday, the Supreme Court declined without comment to hear arguments in the case of Rodney Keister v. Stuart Bell et al., allowing a lower court ruling against Keister to stand.

Erik Jaffe, an attorney for Keister, said in a statement quoted by The Associated Press on Monday that he was disappointed with the high court’s refusal to hear the preacher’s case.

“Whether public sidewalks remain traditional public forums with full First Amendment protection for free speech, regardless of their proximity to a university or other restricted-use property, remains an important and unsettled issue, marked by inconsistent and unpredictable decisions,” stated Jaffe.

“We hope that the Supreme Court eventually steps in to rationalize and expand constitutional protections in this area, even if they passed on this current opportunity to do so.”

Keister, the founder of a Pennsylvania-based ministry known as Evangelism Mission, is known for traveling to various college campuses to preach to students and hand out religious pamphlets.

In March of 2016, Keister attempted to preach on a sidewalk at the Tuscaloosa campus of the University of Alabama, but was told by campus police that he needed to have a permit.

Keister filed suit against the university, with a district court and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit siding with the school. From there, Keister filed his first appeal with the Supreme Court in 2018, only to have the highest court in the land declined to hear arguments.

In 2019, Keister filed an amended civil rights suit against the university, only to have a federal judge rule against him in 2020 and a three-judge panel of the 11th Circuit unanimously ruled against him last year.

“As state-funded entities, universities like the University of Alabama are subject to the First Amendment,” ruled the appeals court panel in March 2022.

“Nevertheless, the First Amendment does not guarantee a private speaker’s right to speak publicly on all government property.”

“Rather, the government, similar to a private-property owner, enjoys the power to maintain its property for a lawfully prescribed use.”

The panel concluded that the sidewalk was a “limited public forum,” which meant an area “where only particular subjects may be discussed or that only certain groups may use.”

“Among other distinctions, universities have a particular mission to educate,” continued the ruling. “So when it comes to their campus and facilities, universities generally may issue reasonable regulations that are consistent with that mission … For this reason, university public-speaking venues often qualify as limited public fora.”  

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38 churches suing Maryland-based UMC Conference over disaffiliation process

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Bishop LaTrelle Easterling of The Baltimore-Washington Conference of The United Methodist Church giving remarks at a 2019 meeting of the regional body. |

A group of 38 congregations that have decided to leave The United Methodist Church over theological issues have sued the denomination over objections to the process of disaffiliation.

Filed last week in the Circuit Court of Maryland for Anne Arundel County, the lawsuit accuses the UMC Baltimore-Washington Conference of “holding their church buildings and property hostage.”

“Defendants claim Plaintiff Churches’ property is encumbered by an irrevocable trust for the benefit of the UMC and the only way for Plaintiff Churches to disaffiliate without surrendering the buildings and property that are central to their congregations is by the permission of the UMC and payment of a financial ransom,” argued the complaint.

“This position is inconsistent with the decades-long pattern and practice of the UMC to allow local churches to disaffiliate and retain their church property without paying a ransom.”

The plaintiffs, which include congregations based in Maryland and West Virginia, claim that the Conference’s process of disaffiliation for congregations puts harsh burdens on churches to have to pay the regional body for their church buildings and properties.

David Gibbs of the National Center for Life and Liberty, which is representing the congregations, told The Christian Post that his law firm took the case “because we believe that the local churches have very valid claims that need to be brought forward.”

“We work with local churches across the nation and we believe that their claims are valid,” he continued. “We are working with 1,500 churches across the nation, many of them are able to work with their conferences to achieve an amicable or cordial separation.”

“But, in some instances, it becomes impossible for the churches to leave, or unconscionable when you start looking about the amount of money that’s being asked for.”

Regarding the Baltimore-Washington situation, Gibbs said, “the churches have paid for their own properties, they’ve maintained their own properties, they’ve paid all their own bills, and they’ve charitably supported the Conference.”

“And now, to leave, the Conference wants 50% of the property values written in a check to them, which as these properties have gone up in value, is just an extremely large amount of money that’s just impossible,” he added.

“And so, some of these churches that are in cities and other areas they’re not in a position to do that, and this is property they’ve already paid for once.”

A Baltimore-Washington Conference spokesperson directed CP to a statement made by Bishop LaTrelle Easterling regarding the matter that was released on Monday.

“What these churches that are suing the conference seek is vastly different from our open and transparent process, which occurs in church conferences and at our annual conference session,” stated Easterling.

“It is an attempt to undermine the core of the connectional commitments all churches and conferences in our denomination have to one another. And it is outside the bounds of established church law, doctrine and theology.”

Easterling also warned of “significant unintended consequences” that can occur if the congregations are allowed to reject the disaffiliation process of the regional body.

“For instance, an abrupt separation creates significant issues that could damage benefits and pensions for retired pastors and their spouses who devoted their lives to service,” stated the bishop.

“Further, the mission shares … give support to our camps, as well as campus ministries, to natural disaster response projects, to food and homeless ministries, and to vital missions in our communities and abroad. Without the committed funding from the United Methodists churches in the BWC, these ministries will no longer be able to flourish.”

Since 2022, more than 1,800 churches have voted to leave the UMC, largely in response to the ongoing debate over whether the denomination should no longer consider same-sex romantic relationships sinful.

The UMC Book of Discipline currently labels homosexuality “incompatible with Christian teaching” and prohibits the blessing of same-sex unions and the ordination of noncelibate homosexuals.

However, many progressive leaders have refused to follow or enforce the Book of Discipline rules, such as allowing the consecration of bishops who are in same-sex marriages.

Most of these departing congregations have joined the Global Methodist Church, a theologically conservative alternative to the UMC that was officially launched in May of last year.  

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Culture of greed, debt mentality and biblical finances

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The current popular trend in America today is to have no stopping point when it comes to debt or spending. Our culture of greed combined with multiple debt options breeds a mentality of, “If I want it, I can have it, and I’ll pay for it later.” In so doing, we compromise and mortgage our future while contradicting what God has called us to do with what He has given us.

The Bible has over 2,350 verses about money, materials, and possessions, with money being a chief contender for idolatry (Matthew 6:24). As believers, we could pose the question: Are we demonstrating our faith in our finances? But if God has so much to say about stewardship, perhaps a stronger stance would be: How could we not allow our faith to inform our finances?

During the COVID-19 pandemic, financial reports evidenced an uptick in household savings largely due to the government stimulus, a reduction of discretionary spending, and several other factors. However, this post-pandemic era is showing a trend of reduced savings and increased levels of consumer debt. High inflation paired with high-interest rates create a snowball effect that can quickly grow out of control. Thus, our stopping point (or “finish line”) has to be an intentional decision. We must all ask: How much is enough? That is a profoundly simple question with significant ramifications if left unanswered.

Teaching financial responsibility to the younger generation is an invaluable gift, especially during crucial college years prior to making significant debt decisions. We’re in a 10 to 13-year economic cycle that our college students have yet to experience. While the older generations have been through market variability, this type of uncertainty is new to many young and emerging investors. Therefore, it’s essential that knowledge is shared with the younger generation experiencing scarcity, inflation, and high-interest rates for the first time.

An open dialogue is imperative and remains a core passion of the Center for Financial Literacy at Liberty University. We are privileged to offer students free resources, including online courses, workshops, and financial coaching. Our student coaches receive extensive training in the main areas of personal finance: budgeting, credit, debt, savings, giving, investments, living expenses, and student loan debt. The program focuses on establishing the proper values and habits through five principles:

1.Spend less than you earn. Keep your living expenses below your income level to avoid credit card and consumer debt.

2.Give generously. The act of giving breaks the power of money and aligns our heart with God’s priorities.

3. Set long-term goals. The longer your perspective, the better your decision today.

4. Avoid the misuse of debt. Debt may be inevitable but walk into it strategically. Make sure the economic return is higher than the economic cost.

5. Plan for financial margin. Always have a buffer to prepare for the unexpected.

To have a healthy behavior pattern financially, we must have a healthy belief system shaped by Scripture. The Center for Financial Literacy infuses biblical financial wisdom in a principle-based approach that targets our money beliefs and behaviors with the goal of pursuing godliness and contentment.

The center’s core Scripture is 1 Timothy 6:6: “But godliness with contentment is great gain.”

Contentment is a choice. Contentment says “what I have is enough.” Contentment creates a lifestyle-stopping point. 

Stacie Rhodes is Associate Dean of the School of Business, Executive Director of the Center for Financial Literacy, and Associate Professor of Accounting at Liberty University. She is a Certified Public Accountant, Certified Financial Planner®, Certified Kingdom Advisor®, and holds a Series 65 license.

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Dearly Loved – Greg Laurie Devotion – March 22, 2023

Dearly Loved – Greg Laurie Devotion – March 22, 2023

Wednesday, March 22, 2023

Dearly Loved

God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure. (Ephesians 1:5 NLT)

When John baptized Jesus in the Jordan River, a voice came from Heaven saying, “This is my dearly loved Son, who brings me great joy” (Matthew 3:17 NLT).

Then we read in Ephesians 1 that “God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure” (verse 5 NLT).

The next verse continues, “So we praise God for the glorious grace he has poured out on us who belong to his dear Son” (verse 6 NLT). Or, as the New King James Version renders it, “To the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He made us accepted in the Beloved.”

This means that as Christians, God loves us as much as He loves His own dear Son. Here’s what Jesus said to the Father: “I have given them the glory you gave me, so they may be one as we are one. I am in them and you are in me. May they experience such perfect unity that the world will know that you sent me and that you love them as much as you love me” (John 17:22-23 NLT).

Before knowing Jesus Christ, we were without hope. But through Jesus, God has adopted us as His own beloved children. And now we are precious and dear to Him.

Yet God doesn’t love us because we are lovable. Rather, God loves us because we are in Christ. We have been made “accepted in the Beloved.” God loves us unconditionally, has accepted us, and has given us all that we need to effectively live the Christian life.

And because we have this special relationship with God, it should impact us in the way that we live.

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Does it Matter to God What We Wear to Church?

Does it Matter to God What We Wear to Church?

“You’re wearing that to church?”

Children and teenagers across the country have heard that question asked of them countless times. That is because one of the most common stereotypes about the church is that you are supposed to dress nicely or at least dress a certain way. We even have a phrase for it: wear your “Sunday best.”

But does the Bible say anything about our church clothing? And if not, where did this idea come from?

1. Tradition

Probably the most common reason why churchgoers dress a certain way is because of tradition. Their parents did it, and their grandparents did it, and so on.

In this case, it is common for no one to really know why they wear certain clothes (such as a suit and tie for men and dresses or skirts for women); they just do it because that is what they have always done.

The problem with this approach is that it is shallow and superficial, and anyone that breaks the tradition is seen as a rebel — even if their heart is in the right place, they are new and have never been taught about the tradition, or they do not own the right” clothes.

In many churches, the tradition of wearing certain types of clothes to worship services is an unspoken expectation — or it is at least unspoken until someone breaks the tradition and others call them out or talk about them.

2. Culture

Another reason for a certain dress code for a church service is because of culture. For example, the cultural rules of a church might be a three-piece suit, “business-casual” with slacks and an oxford shirt, a robe with certain colors and patterns, biker garb, a floor-length dress with a bonnet, or another specific style.

Cultural standards of dress for church services are found all across the world, and they often coincide with the normal standards of dress and appearance in specific cultures, which makes complete sense.

For example, if women in a certain culture always wear dresses when they are out in public, then it makes complete sense that they would continue that same trend when attending a church service (because it is out in public).

However, the confusion and even frustration for someone (especially someone younger) comes when a church has a much different set of cultural expectations when at church” than during the rest of life.

Also, if a church is not careful, though, this cultural reason can easily turn into pride as one attendee tries to out-dress, out-style, or out-accessorize another attendee.

3. Scripture

Another reason why some people think that Christians should “dress up” for a church service is because of their understanding of Scripture.

It has been a common approach for many years to look at the ornate dress code of priests in the Old Testament, especially when they entered the tabernacle (such as in passages like Exodus 28), and then come up with a doctrine for their church that requires everyone or at least the up-front leaders to wear extra nice or unique clothing.

Because of this, some churches might spend a lot of money on buying their pastor designer suits, expensive shoes, and unique robes.

The problem with this reason, however, is that making a modern application of an Old Testament law like this is out-of-context and eisegetical (meaning we are applying our own meaning to a text) because we no longer worship in a tabernacle or temple, because of what Jesus did for us we are all priests before God (1 Peter 2:9), and there was no precedent set by Jesus or the apostles to dress in any certain kind of way.

In fact, it seems like Jesus normally dressed down to the point that he never stood out in a crowd because of what he was wearing.

4. Respect

A final reason why people dress up or dress a certain way for church services is respect. Depending on who you ask, it may be respect for the church building (in the same way that someone might be quiet in a library or take their shoes off when entering a home) or respect for God.

However, while this reasoning of respect might be noble and come from a heart wanting to obey, the church building is just a building since the actual church is the people that gather within it.

Of course, someone might say that, for example, they respect what the building stands for, which probably takes us back to the aforementioned reasons of Scripture, culture, or tradition.

Furthermore, if our desire is to respect God, then we must respect what he has clearly stated in his Word that his focus is on the heart of men and women, not the exterior or physical dress. God told the prophet Samuel in 1 Samuel 16:7 that “the LORD sees not as man sees… the LORD looks on the heart” (ESV).

Instead, many times someone dresses a certain way to a church service is because of what others think, which can either be a very bad reason or a good reason. Let me explain.

In the same passage where God told Samuel that he looked at the heart, he also explained that “man looks on the outward appearance.” This is no surprise, and it is why this whole issue of dress leads to the tensions between pride versus humility, standing out versus blending in, and tradition versus rebellion that we just looked at.

And the point here is not to just dress how other people want or expect you to dress but to develop an environment in our churches where everyone respects each other to the point that no one dresses to offend or distract others.

We get a great picture of this mentality from Paul’s letter to the Corinthians. He told the Christians in Corinth (referring to a separate issue) to take great care that our “rights” or freedoms do not “somehow become a stumbling block to the weak.”

Because if we are not careful with this, we will sin not just against our brother or sister but “against Christ” (1 Corinthians 8:1-12).

This idea of respect is also why Paul tells his understudy, Timothy, to instruct the women in his church to dress not with “braided hair and gold or pearls or costly attire” and instead wear “respectable apparel” and dress with “modesty and self-control” and put the emphasis on “good works” instead of good clothes (1 Timothy 2:9–10).

Respecting others might mean that in some settings, men wear jeans and a t-shirt, and in other settings, they wear dress pants and a sport coat. Or it might mean that women wear a dress with their hair up or normal pants and a blouse with their hair down.

Respecting others also means that we begin to care less about the style, color, and fabric of what we wear and instead care more about not being a distraction to others, not showing off our wealth, and not making others uncomfortable by dressing immodestly or sloppily.

So, does God care about what we wear to church? Yes — not because it affects him but because it affects his other children.

Practically speaking, if we are showing off too much skin or wear overly-tight clothing to catch others’ attention, if we wear expensive clothing to get people to think more of us, if we wear dirty clothing that others can smell, if we wear overly loose or sloppy clothing that catches on things, or if we wear hats with slogans intended to offend others or tall hats that block peoples’ view, then we might be guilty of disrespecting and not caring for our brothers and sisters in Christ.

Respecting others in this way means that we think deeply about why we wear what we wear as well as why we care about what others wear.

And this is not just about what we wear when we gather for a worship service or a small group study, but about what we do every day of our lives. As Paul wrote to the Church in 1 Corinthians 10:31, “So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God” (ESV).

For further reading:

Does God See More Than the Physical Appearance?

5 Problems with Legalism in the Church

Why Is Shame Connected to the Church?

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Robert Hampshire is a pastor, teacher, writer, and leader. He has been married to Rebecca since 2008 and has three children, Brooklyn, Bryson, and Abram. Robert attended North Greenville University in South Carolina for his undergraduate and Liberty University in Virginia for his Masters. He has served in a variety of roles as a worship pastor, youth pastor, family pastor, church planter, and now Pastor of Worship and Discipleship at Cheraw First Baptist Church in South Carolina. He furthers his ministry through his blog site, Faithful Thinking, and his YouTube channel. His life goal is to serve God and His Church by reaching the lost with the gospel, making devoted disciples, equipping and empowering others to go further in their faith and calling, and leading a culture of multiplication for the glory of God. Find out more about him here.

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