Wednesday, May 22, 2013


From Americans for Truth About Homosexuality has an important article by Matt Barber: Matt Barber is Director of Cultural Affairs with both Liberty Counsel and Liberty Alliance Action. He also serves as Associate Dean of Liberty University School of Law and co-hosts the nationally syndicated “Liberty Live” talk radio program on AFR Talk. Send comments to Matt Matt is also a Board Member of Americans For Truth About Homosexuality.

Here is the article in full. (Bold is this blog's for emphasis).

By Matt Barber
Under President Obama, “justice” is anything but blind. Neither is it deaf. In fact, based on recent revelations, it appears to be watching your every move and listening to your every word. Still, if you happen to be a federal employee, now it’s even listening for your silence.
The only thing this Obama White House seems to generate is scandal. Well, here’s yet another to add to the growing list. In addition to the Benghazi cover-up, IRS targeting of political dissenters and the illegal seizure of media phone records, whistleblowers within DOJ have contacted Liberty Counsel to express grave concerns over this administration’s latest attack on freedom.
Our sources have provided Liberty Counsel an internal DOJ document titled: “LGBT Inclusion at Work: The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Managers.” (See:
It was emailed to DOJ managers in advance of the Left’s so-called “Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Pride Month.”
The document is chilling. It’s riddled with directives that grossly violate – prima facie – employees’ First Amendment liberties.
Following are excerpts from the “DOJ Pride” decree. When it comes to “LGBT” employees, managers are instructed:
  • “DON’T judge or remain silent. Silence will be interpreted as disapproval.” (Italics mine)
That’s a threat.
And not even a subtle one.
Got it? For Christians and other morals-minded federal employees, it’s no longer enough to just shut up and “stay in the closet” – to live your life in silent recognition of biblical principles (which, by itself, is unlawful constraint). When it comes to mandatory celebration of homosexual and cross-dressing behaviors, “silence will be interpreted as disapproval.”
This lawless administration is now bullying federal employees – against their will – to affirm sexual behaviors that every major world religion, thousands of years of history and uncompromising human biology reject.
Somewhere, right now, George Orwell is smiling.
The directive includes a quote from a “gay” federal employee to rationalize justification: “Ideally, I’d love to hear and see support from supervisors, so it’s clear that there aren’t just policies on paper. Silence seems like disapproval. There’s still an atmosphere of LGBT issues not being appropriate for the workplace (particularly for transgender people), or that people who bring it up are trying to rock the boat.”
Of course there’s “still an atmosphere of LGBT issues not being appropriate for the workplace.” When well over half of federal employees, half the country and most of the world still acknowledge objective sexual morality (and immorality), “the workplace,” especially the federal workplace, should, at the very least, remain neutral on these highly controversial and behavior-centric issues.
Still, to borrow from self-styled “queer activist,” anti-Christian bigot and Obama buddy Dan Savage, “it gets better”:
  • “DO assume that LGBT employees and their allies are listening to what you’re saying (whether in a meeting or around the proverbial water cooler) and will read what you’re writing (whether in a casual email or in a formal document), and make sure the language you use is inclusive and respectful.”
Is this the DOJ or the KGB? “[A]ssume that LGBT employees are listening …”? And what are “LGBT allies”? If you disagree with the homosexual activist political agenda, does that make you the enemy?
Yes, in any workplace, language should remain professional, but who defines what’s “inclusive”? Who decides what’s “respectful”? If asked about “LGBT issues,” for instance, can a Christian employee answer honestly: “I believe the Bible. I believe that God designed sex to be shared between husband and wife within the bonds of marriage”? Or is that grounds for termination?
Here are some more DOs:
  • DO “Attend LGBT events sponsored by DOJ Pride and/or the Department, and invite (but don’t require) others to join you.”
  • DO “Display a symbol in your office (DOJ Pride sticker, copy of this brochure, etc.) indicating that it is a ‘safe space.’”
Are you kidding? Does this administration really think it’s legal to induce managers to “attend LGBT events,” or to “display pride stickers” against their will? That’s compulsory expression. That’s viewpoint discrimination.
That’s unconstitutional.
But there’s more:
  • “DO use inclusive words like ‘partner,’ ‘significant other’ or ‘spouse’ rather than gender-specific terms like ‘husband’ and ‘wife’ (for example, in invitations to office parties or when asking a new employee about his/her home life).”
Oh, brother.
Sorry. Oh, gender-neutral sibling.
  • “DO use a transgender person’s chosen name and the pronoun that is consistent with the person’s self-identified gender.”
In other words, lie. Engage in corporate delusion.
  • “DO deal with offensive jokes and comments forcefully and swiftly when presented with evidence that they have occurred in the workplace.”
  • “DO communicate a zero-tolerance policy for inappropriate jokes and comments, including those pertaining to a person’s sexual orientation and gender identity or expression.”
Who gets to decide what’s an “inappropriate joke [or] comment”? I thought we had a Constitution for that. It sure ain’t Big Brother Barack. Sure, I get it, it’s probably better not to start your work day with: “A lesbian, a tranny and two gays walk into a bath house …” but still, “no law … abridging the freedom of speech,” means no law. No matter how much Obama wishes it so, we don’t leave our constitutional rights at the federal workplace door.
The DOJ edict even addresses cross-dressing man woes:
“As a transgender woman [that's a man in a skirt], I want people to understand that I’m real. I want to be recognized as the gender I really am [again, you're a man in a skirt]. Yes, there was awkwardness with pronouns at first for folks who knew me before the transition. But it hurts when several years later people still use the wrong pronouns. And just imagine if people were constantly debating YOUR bathroom privileges. Imagine how humiliating that would be.”
Tell you what, buddy: I won’t “debate YOUR bathroom privileges” if you return to this planet. You’d better stay the heck out of the ladies room while my wife or two daughters are in there; otherwise, we have a problem. Women have an absolute right not be sexually harassed in the workplace – a right to privacy when using the facilities. To constantly worry whether a gender-confused, cross-dressing man is going to invade her privacy creates a hostile work environment.
This “DOJ Pride” directive is but the latest example of the “progressive” climate of fear and intimidation this radical Obama regime has created for Christians, conservatives and other values-oriented folks, both within and without the workplace.
I’m just glad the wheels are finally coming off.



Shalem-Trained Contemplative Fil Anderson Member of Samaritan’s Purse “Spiritual Care Team”
Fil Anderson is a name Lighthouse Trails has been acquainted with for several years because of his
book Running on Empty: Contemplative Spirituality for Overachievers and his involvement with
organizations such as Youth Specialties and Young Life (Anderson had been in Young Life leadership
for many years and  is still involved with the organization). Anderson also speaks with Richard Foster’s
organization, Renovare.
To say Anderson’s book is contemplative would be an understatement. The book is filled with
contemplative names such as Brennan Manning, Dallas Willard, Richard Foster, Evelyn Underhill, and
John Cassian. Also favorably named in the book are: Thomas Merton, Soren Kierkegaard, Sue Monk
Kidd, Tilden Edwards, Gerald May, and several others who fall into the panentheistic mystical camp.
Contemplative prayer is clearly the theme of the book. In addition to the contemplative advocates
referenced and quoted in the book, contemplative practices such as lectio divina, repetitionof a word or
phrase, and the Jesus Prayer are also promoted. One of the books that Anderson quotes from is Morton
Kelsey’s book, The Other Side of Silence: A Guide to Christian Meditation. Kelsey is a contemplative
mystic who has influenced tens of thousands of people. Practicing mystical meditation led Kelsey to say:
“You can find most of the New Age practices in the depth of Christianity. . . . I believe that the Holy One
lives in every soul.”1  And also:
Each church needs to provide classes in forms of prayer. This is only possible if seminaries are 
training pastors in prayer, contemplation and meditation, and group process. . . . The church has
             nothing to fear from the New Age when it preaches, teaches, and heals.
Like Ruth Haley Barton, Fil Anderson was trained at the Shalem Institute on Spiritual Formation. He spent
two years in training there. In the acknowledgements of his book, Anderson thanks “[t]he magnificent
people at the Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation, for playing such a vital role in my spiritual formation,
especially Rose Mary Dougherty, Tilden Edwards, and Gerald May.”  This is not a surprising comment
coming from someone who is totally sold on contemplative prayer. But it is disheartening to learn that
Anderson is involved with Franklin Graham’s Samaritan’s Purse. Anderson is a member of the  Spiritual
Care Team. We called Samaritan’s Purse and were told that the Spiritual Care Team is a group of
volunteers made up mostly of long-time “friends” of Samaritan’s Purse whose primary purpose is to do
follow-up phone calls with people who have been in need. We asked the person we spoke with at
Samaritan’s Purse if all the Spiritual Care Team members were Christians, and she told us that each
team member was a “solid” Christian believer. We asked if a New Ager would be allowed to be on the
Spiritual Care Team, and she said, “probably not.” Obviously, to those who understand the dynamics of
contemplative spirituality, it is troubling to know that Samaritan’s Purse is using a strong contemplative
proponent to “minister” to people in need. If those people, in their time of great need, are directed in any
way to the teachings of mystics like Thomas Merton, Tilden Edwards, Sue Monk Kidd, or Gerald May, how
is this going to help them? In actuality, it can hurt them deeply. For one, these mystics believe that God
dwells in everything (all creation and in every human being) and thus the message of the Cross
(the Gospel) would not be needed. Secondly, should these people in need begin to practice contemplative
mysticism, they will end up with occultism rather than with God’s Holy Spirit. Like most contemplatives,
Anderson describes a spiritual emptiness in his life: “In my deepest parts I knew that God was everywhere.
Yet often I wondered and even doubted whether God was in my spirit” (Running on Empty, Kindle
Locations 259-260). Anderson talks about being so busy with church activities when he was a young
Christian man that he finally became burnt out – filled with despair and depression. He ended up in a
psychiatric hospital where he received some temporary help. After college, Anderson became a leader
in the international Christian organization Young Life. He eventually slipped back into feeling burnt out
and in despair until one day he attended a retreat where he read a book by panentheist Thomas Kelly.
From there on out, Anderson’s life changed, and he became a contemplative, looking to the mystics he
writes about in his book for his spiritual nourishment.
This is just another example of how contemplative spirituality has come into the church. We believe there
are very few Christian organizations that have not been affected to some degree.
Samaritan’s Purse is an organization that helps people in dire need. On their Statement of Faith, they
adhere to the basic fundamentals of the Christian Faith. We hope they can be alerted to the truth about
contemplative spirituality and would reconsider allowing mysticism proponents to offer spiritual ”help” to
people in need.
Years ago, Lighthouse Trails sent a copy of A Time of Departing to Franklin Graham’s office. We don’t
know if he ever read it. We are going to send a copy of this article and another copy of A Time of 
Departing to his office this week. Please pray that he will receive the book and will read it.
On the Samaritan’s Purse website, it states that their mission is “to follow the example of Christ by
helping those in need and proclaiming the hope of the Gospel.” The hope of the Gospel and
contemplative spirituality do not line up together. They are on two opposite poles.
1. Morton Kelsey cited in Charles H. Simpkinson, “In the Spirit of the Early Christians” (Common 
Boundary magazine, Jan./Feb. 1992).
2. Morton Kelsey, New Age Spirituality (Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox Press, 1st edition,
1992, edited by Duncan S. Ferguson), pp. 56-58.
From the Greater New York Division of Young Life 
"He’s a member of the Spiriitual Care Team for Samaritan’s Purse. A graduate of the 
University of North Carolina at Wilmington and Fuller Theological seminary, he also completed
the Graduate Program in Spiritual Guidance at the Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation in
Bethesda, Maryland."


From the August 2011 newsletter of the CMA Western Pennsylvania District Superintendent, Jeffery Norris. Notice how he gushes about Ruth Haley Barton and how she influenced him. How sweet the seduction.
What phenominal deception and lack of discernment at the leadership level!