The states of Arkansas and Oklahoma recently introduced legislation that correctly defines drag shows as “adult entertainment,” preventing appearances everywhere except private adult clubs.
Anyone who attended the protest of the show at the Sunrise Theater last December will agree this is great news that should be heeded by our own legislature. Sen. McInnis and Rep. Moss, please follow the lead of these two states and pass similar laws here.
Our county commissioners should consider a resolution in support of this, in addition to other meaningful resolutions defending the unborn and the state constitutional ban on same-sex marriage.
While they are at it, our elected officials should finally get serious about closing our state border to illegal aliens, deporting those who are here now, and prosecuting all who employ them.
Lastly, our representatives need to terminate forever the state’s terrible “renewable energy portfolio” forcing us to pay for expensive, unstable solar and wind power, consuming vast acreage that should be used for growing food for humans and livestock.
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Hallelujah! More children saved! More states to follow for sure. “Gov. Bill Lee Signs Bills Banning Transgender Hormones, Surgeries for Minors and Drag Shows from Public Spaces“, Tennessee Star
It doesn't make people non transgender you idiot! It just makes people hide from the likes of you. It doesn't make any difference to the transgender community. I guess you feel success when it's out of sight so it's out of mind. You are such an idiot!
If you really cared about saving children... (hint: it's not access to drag shows) https://www.northcarolinahealthnews.org/2023/03/01/whats-killing-our-children-and-what-can-legislators-do-about-it/
Here is true Conservative leadership on display. No wonder Governor Lee is so popular: “Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee has signed into law bills that ban sex change operations, cross-sex hormone therapy, and puberty blockers on children who are attempting to transition, in addition to banning drag performances on public property and in the presence of children.“ Breitbart
Why is the Grand Old Party so obsessed with dictating what everybody can and can't do? How do you reconcile this blatantly lopsided understanding of freedom? Where did you get the notion that you have a Constitutional right to having everyone around you be white, Christian, and straight? It's a whole freaking planet of freedom out there, Kent. People like you are trying to force your beliefs into the law, and we all see it. You, and all like you, will fail. It is in humanity's best interest to have complete equality. The concept of the "other" human as our enemy is contrary to our evolution as rational, curious, and varied beings of the universe. You just can't keep pulling us backwards. It's my prediction that in 50 years the Christian church will be nearly totally irrelevant. People figured out how to be like Christ, without having to stain themselves in contemporary Christianity. Sorry, not sorry.
Kate, the US is solidly founded on Judeo-Christian philosophy. It’s stated on every coin and dollar bill. The underpinning of this is Biblical truth and morality, which very clearly condemns sexual perversion and fornication. Straying from this brings misery, broken families, crime, poverty, drug abuse and other social ills. The rejection of such sinful lifestyles is evidenced in the strong global growth in Christianity, which is not the same as church attendance. “ Jan 31, 2022Christianity continues to grow. Not only is religion growing overall, but Christianity specifically is growing. With a 1.17% growth rate, almost 2.56 billion people will identify as a Christian by the middle of 2022. By 2050, that number is expected to top 3.33 billion.”. The great news is that by confessing our sins and turning to God we can all be saved from the catastrophic consequences of sin. I suggest joining us on the Bible Bus, the five-year Bible study of TTB.org, broadcast locally on WYTR, Your Truth Radio.
This post is wrong on so many levels it’s hard to know where to start. Freedom isn’t license. Freedom comes with responsibility. I know that’s a difficult concept for leftists to grasp.
Leftists are always crying about people “forcing” beliefs and values upon them, yet it is the left who is driving the decaying moral climate of the country.
What is “complete equality” other than an unattainable Marxist utopian dream. Lunatics and dictators have been predicting the “irrelevance” of Christianity for centuries, yet it continues on and is the fastest growing faith in the world.
I suspect that all those who cite the Constitution in defense of their viewpoint don’t really know much about the Constitution. You really need to understand the Declaration and Constitution are complimentary documents and that our rights do not come from government. They come from our Creator.
Naturally, the person who wrote it is a secular evolutionist who believes everything that exists happened by chance from random, unguided mutations.
Kate, totally agree with you. We know you can't love God and hate love at the same time, yet that is exactly what Kent and those like him are all about. They want a theocracy.
Sadly Lisa, both you and Kate are mistaken. It does matter who and how we love. You completely distort the Bible when you claim otherwise.
“The world cannot hate you, but it hates me (Jesus) because I testify that its works are evil.” No one is hating you because they warn people about behavior and actions that are destructive in the long run. You may take it as such, but that is not the intent.
You are free to behave as you want, no one can impose any type of behavior upon you. Yet you, like all leftists cry victim all the time when someone opposes your position.
How insecure and mean-spirited do you have to be to be threatened by how two consenting adults show love and affection to one another, by the gender someone else identifies with, by who other adults choose to marry, by how anyone finds peace in their own skin?
I'll never understand it.
Lisa, you really don’t understand much. I’m not at all threatened by your distorted reality, nor am I insecure. Your arguments are only the emotional gyrations of leftist victim hood.
Maybe so Dan. But one thing I DO understand is that a majority of Americans agree with my arguments. You and other small-minded people will ALWAYS be in the minority. Have a good night.
Well Lisa, the majority of Germans agreed with Hitler in the 1930's.
Absurd comparison with a hint of gaslighting, aren't you clever. Have a great rest of your week.
Rats! I thought I had an opportunity to edit and correct my comment. Please excuse my typos!
Having read all the comments about this LTE it’s true that the choice today is normal vs crazy. Apparently, all the advocates of drag shows for kids like normalizing deviancy. Take a look at this:
[ban] It occurs to me that Mr. Misgardes at won time hada relations ship with Brownson Memorial Presbyterian Church. I wonder if he is aware that last year the church had a talent show and one of the members sang a tune from "Showboat,"' in drag! I can verify this because I was the singer." "Life upon the wicked stage ain't nothin' like a girl...." Lighten up Kent! Life is too short to be a total Richard.
Kent is becoming more unhinged and willingly out of touch. He wants so bad to maintain the white straight male power structure as our population grows more diverse. That's why he called on other white straight males. Come to think of it, ALL of our local and state leaders are white straight males. And yet, poor Kent and others who think like him are the victims.
You can't be a leader and a victim at the same time, so please can just one - ONE - conservative/Republican stand up to this clown?
Words from a left coast transplant who has yet to understand that her bizarre ideas are precisely why Californians are fleeing that dysfunctional state by the thousands.
What does the fact that we chose to retire here after 30 years of husband's active duty service in the Marine Corps have to do with your victimhood? That's what's bizarre.
“My victimhood” Huh? Here’s some good news for you and your Left Coast ilk - voting patterns are showing that as many lefties from out west migrate to the Bible Belt of the hallowed South they eventually wise up and turn conservative. That has definitely been the case for North Carolina, that voted 2:1 in favor of amending our constitution banning same sex marriage a few years ago, against all media predictions.
It was later overturned and ruled unconstitutional like so many other misguided decisions. Nice try though.
Many established churches like PCUSA have lost members as these churches turned away from Biblical truth. Home churches and independent / orthodox denominations are booming, by contrast. “Go woke, go broke” also applies to churches. It’s as old as Christianity itself, as the Apostle Paul warned early Christians in his epistles to the Corinthians.
Thanks to The Pilot for printing this. From what I am hearing, every one of my suggestions are in the pipeline.
But of course Kent will never tell us beforehand what these suggestions are that are "...in the pipeline."
Huh? Read my letter. I listed them all.
Number of children killed at drag shows: 0. Number of children killed by guns: 4,400. So, let's spend our time on drag shows. Makes perfect sense.
Guns don’t kill people. People kill people. Most violent crime is caused by people without stable, moral families. Sexual sin is nearly always an aspect of dysfunction families. Drag shows promote sexual perversion leading to fornication and STDs. “STD epidemic in US is ‘out of control,’ warn experts, CDC”, By Associated Press, September 19, 2022
"Drag shows promote sexual perversion leading to fornication and STDs"
Kent, you are nuts ranting and raving about this like a maniac! What's wrong with you trying to make this kind of connection? You don't like an innocent drag show then don't go. You've got to be the only person who would think a drag show is sexually enticing. Grow up!
Explain then why the hysterical show supporters last December showed up in rainbow colors and put on same-sex kissing demonstrations. I’d recant also their vulgar chants but these would rightly be censured.
Sally, Kent is level 10 unhinged. Actually, I feel bad for someone like him because it must be hard having to stew in hate 24/7.
You had the choice not to go if it was something you didn't like. That's what living in America is all about. It's not your job to tell others how to live.
Promoting perversion? Really? Define perversion as it applies under the US Constitution. Take all the time you need.
“Constitutional amendment to provide that marriage between one man and one woman is the only domestic legal union that shall be valid or recognized in this State.” On May 8, 2012, North Carolina voters approved the amendment, 61% to 39%. On May 23, 2012, the amendment took effect.
"Drag shows promote sexual perversion leading to fornication and STD," argues Kent. He makes these as statement of "fact," rather than just as his belief. Accordingly, Kent should be able to point to studies that back his beliefs regarding the impact of Drag Shows on our society. He further maintains that somehow these shows also lead to STDs. In this case he cites the AP, although the article in question makes no connection between the "STD epidemic in US is 'out of control' and that this fact is somehow directly connected to Drag Shows. Prove it Kent. My guess is that he can't/won't so let's just add his assertions as yet another instance of his lying (I think we're getting pretty close to his lies totaling in the four figures)
“Why drag queen performances are not appropriate for children”, By Debra Soh, Washington Examiner. “ How “Drag Queen” Shows Destroy Children’s Innocence”,
by Luiz Sérgio Solimeo, tfp.org, “Tennessee becomes first state in 2023 to restrict drag performances“, CNN, “ Tennessee Could Add Nearly 1 Million New Residents by 2040”
I'm not aware of Drag shows in The Villages yet STD's are reportedly rampant there. I guess there are scores and scores of dysfunctional old people there?
While I don't know what exactly you mean by "moral", it is true that much crime comes from people without stable families. The best way to create more stable families is government welfare, families need stable housing, food, and healthcare.
And affordable child care.
“The welfare state has done to black Americans what slavery couldn’t do….And that is to destroy the black family.” –Walter E. Williams, The Wall Street Journal
Gee Kent, for someone who doesn't want more government involvement in our lives you sure like to put your hand out when you want laws for things you don't like.
Sally, read the federal and state constitutions and the Bible. Governments exist primarily to protect our inalienable rights to life, Liberty, and property. All my suggestions are to reinforce these things as our government has strayed from its enumerated purposes.
Perhaps you might peruse the Preamble to the US Constitution. It seems to cover somewhat more than your abbreviated list.
So in Kent's view Drag Shows violate the Federal and/or State Constitutions. How so Kent? The Bible is irrelevant as it not something that directly informs these documents nor specific legislation.
They are absolutely a threat to our lives and pursuit of happiness. Especially to the youth. Recall that the drag show was first open to children aged 16. See statistics on the consequences of fornication, STDs, children born out of wedlock, children raised without fathers, etc. Review the history of people in prison - nearly all lacked stable families in their youth. Amorality, especially sexual, has been at the root of human misery since first recorded in the Old Testament.
Kent, as Pope Francis recently said, the LBGQ communities' lifestyle may not be approved in the Bible but it's not against the law. All people should be loved regardless. You are full of vengeance and hate and think it's your job to tell people what they can and can't do. It's not!
Kent the Bible is solely for individual interpretation. You can't or shouldn't interpret the Bible by cherry picking what you like and don't like. So should we accept the Old Testament as God's truth or shall we cherry pick that as well? Saturday is the Sabbath and not Sunday. Do you attend church on Saturday? Do you eat pork? Do you drive on Saturday? Do you put gas in your vehicles on Saturday? Hippocrates are foreboding when it comes to applying their thoughts to Biblical interpretation. You and Nick Picerno must attend the same church on Sunday!
Tommy, I suggest you seriously study the Bible. You’d find anders to all your questions. My recommendation is the five-year course through TTB.org. How we start every day off right.
1 Corinthians 6-7 are important to review concerning this particular ageless sin and the importance of Godly marriage as the only conjugal arrangement between men and women.
Kent I have studied the Bible in undergrad and in person Bible Study classes. I gather you continue to cherry pick Old Testament verses that suit your ramblings. You still haven't answered my questions! Do you attend church on the Sabbath?
Kent, you thump the Bible, but only to use it as a weapon to back up your bigotry, bitterness, and self-righteous smugness. It’s pathetic.
No, I cite timeless Biblical truths in order to save lost souls for the self-destruction caused by this sinful behavior. I know what I’m taking about. If I didn’t care about others I wouldn’t bother expressing my opinions here, which is what this is all about. Anyone who doesn’t like mine has the right not to read them.
Kent, that’s a load of twaddle. If you were interested in your fellow man, your posts on The Pilot would be very different. You are interested in subjugating the rights of anyone whose beliefs don’t align with yours.
0-5 Kent. back to the minors.
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