May Day 2010: LaBarbera Prays to Rid Education of the Scourge of Homosexuality
The 9:00-10:00 am slot at Janet Porter's May Day 2010 prayer rally was dedicated to "repenting for the mountain of education," asking God to forgive our nation for having thrown him out of our schools and asking him to help Christians retake control of our educational system so that it can be used to glorify him.
Among the speakers during this hour was Americans for Truth's Peter LaBarbera who, predictably, used his five minutes to attack gays, asking God to forgive us for our "excessive tolerance," lamenting "the long secular road America has traveled from 'abomination' to 'gay'," and for allowing "homosexual activists ... to fulfil their wicked plan of turning America's schools, public and sometimes private, into homosexuality promotion zones":
Update: LaBarbera has posted the text of his prayer:
Dear Heavenly Father,
Forgive our nation for our sexual sin. Forgive us for our excessive “tolerance” as a nation – and, as individuals, for the creeping sins, sexual and otherwise, that we have “tolerated” in our own lives. Father, forgive us for not hating sin like you hate sin. And forgive us for confusing merciful love for homosexuals with ungodly acceptance of homosexual behavior itself.
Indeed, it is a long, secular road that America has traveled from “abomination” to “gay.” Forgive us for caring more about the prideful words of men than the eternal Word of God. But Father, forgive us most of all for doing so little to protect the next generations of young people from a sexual sin movement known – deceptively – as “Gay.”
The Lord Jesus Himself warned us against putting the eternal destinies of children in danger. Yet that is what we have allowed to happen on our watch in this, the most blessed nation on earth. We barely put up resistance as the Gay, Lesbian, Straight Education Network set up pro-homosexual student clubs – first in our high schools, next in our middle schools – and one day (God forbid) they will try to set up these homosexual booster clubs in our elementary schools.
Our hearts tremble, O God, as we watch the “Gay” Lobby teach even kindergartners that homosexuality “is just one more kind of love” – to quote “Daddy’s Roommate,” one of many pro-homosexual children’s books used in the classroom. And while a small number of parents struggled to prevent the systematic corruption of young students’ minds, the homosexual activists rolled up their sleeves to fulfill their wicked plan of turning America’s schools – public and sometimes private – into Homosexuality Promotion Zones. Why is it, O Lord, that militant sexual activists demonstrate more zeal, unity and purpose to spread their lies than Christians do for the Truth?
Finally, Father, we beg you in your “Amazing Grace” to preserve a righteous remnant of young, born-again believers who – like Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego in the Book of Daniel – will steadfastly refuse to worship today’s politically-correct “American Idol” of “Gay.” We humbly ask you to raise up an army of young Christians who will love homosexuals enough to tell them the truth: that Nobody has to be “gay,” nobody has to be “lesbian,” or bisexual, or “transgender” — because You are there to help those struggling with homosexuality overcome through the power of Jesus Christ. (And I have met many “ex-gays.”)
Lord, please give this young, godly remnant a zeal for gaining wisdom and for obeying your precious Word — no matter what the cost — so that in purity and faithfulness the young will teach the old. They will remind us that righteousness is more noble than “tolerance,” and that agreeing with You, our loving Creator, about sexual purity within marriage is part of our duty and high calling as children of God.
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