Thursday, June 7, 2018

The Transformation of the Homosexual: What Change Looks Like

The Transformation of the Homosexual: What Change Looks Like

Written by Dr. David Kyle Foster

 

 


In a recent conference on homosexuality put on by the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission in Nashville, I was shocked and deeply saddened at the absence of those who could speak on the topic of “change” for the homosexual. Where were they? They were all sitting in the audience - ministry leaders who have been on the front lines of helping the homosexual for decades, uninvited to share about the power of Jesus Christ to heal the brokenness that causes homosexual confusion. The message from the platform was loud and clear: “Dude, if you come to Christ, there’s no hope that you can change, so get ready for a lifetime of celibacy, ‘cause it’s your only option.” Meanwhile, dozens of former homosexuals, many now married with children, sat in the audience unable to share the truth about the power of Christ to transform lives. And behind the scenes, Baptist leaders were spending hours “dialoguing” with leaders of the so-called “gay Christian” movement. It broke my heart.

In the recent documentary, “Such Were Some of You”, Dr. Neil T. Anderson was asked if change was possible for the homosexual who has given his or her life to Jesus Christ. His reply: “God has only one plan. It’s that we conform to His image. And so: Is change possible? That’s what it’s all about! That’s what Christianity is – it’s the process of becoming somebody we already are. We’re children of God, now we are becoming like Christ.”

That is a description of the sanctification process, where throughout the rest of our lives, we who have been made holy by the sacrifice of Christ, progress in the outworking of that holiness as we grow and mature (1 Corinthians 6:11). As we fall more deeply in love with our Savior in the course of an ongoing pursuit of Him (Philippians 3:8-16), we are transformed into His image (2 Corinthians 3:18) and we are conformed to His image (Romans 8:29).

Biblically, change is no less an expectation for the homosexual than it is for the porn addict, the liar, the murderer or anyone else who has been under the power of sin.
So the question is not “Can a homosexual change?” but “What might change look like for the one who has been trapped in homosexual confusion but has now decided to follow Jesus Christ?”
Briefly stated, substantive change is the fruit of a deepening relationship with God. It is not the result of self-engineered grasping for the ring of holiness, but is a natural result of the life-changing revelation of His glory (Jeremiah 29:11-14; Hebrews 11:6) and the transformation of the will that occurs in His presence (Philippians 2:13). The more often we encounter Him and the more deeply, the more transformed we become in our inner man.

Change for those struggling with same-sex attraction occurs on the level of: 1. behavior, 2. belief, 3. identity, and 4. desire. It may also involve deliverance from demonic strongholds and family-line curses, the unmasking of hidden roots of idolatry, fear, unbelief, unforgiveness, the renouncing of ungodly judgments and vows, the healing of emotional wounds, as well as the impartation of missing developmental pieces, such as affirmation and love.

The person in pursuit of more of God will be led by the Holy Spirit into a discovery process - shown a way of escape for some issues (1 Corinthians 10:13), and a way of healing for others. While they focus on the glory of the person of God and pour out their love for the One they encounter, God reciprocates by opening up a healing path, guiding them on it, empowering them in it and imparting whatever is needed along the way (Psalm 23:3; 119:133; Proverbs 3:5-6; 4:11-12).

It’s important, however, to distinguish between seeking God as a means to an end and seeking God as the end. We are all prone to using people for our ends, and sadly we are prone to doing that with God. It comes so naturally that we often don’t realize that we're doing it. God Himself needs to be the end of our search and so we need to focus our hearts with that pure motive. Consequently, we don’t look to expected fruit or reward or fuzzy feelings as the primary end, and will continue our pursuit of Him even in the absence of those things. When He becomes our delight, the fruit just happens.
Progress in sanctification is hastened by complete surrender, childlike faith, humility and the willingness to do whatever God reveals to be necessary. It is slowed by self-effort, unbelief, distraction from the pursuit of God, and an unwillingness to do whatever it takes. It can also be hindered by perfectionism, (a variant of works righteousness that is unsatisfied by partial healing), or by a transformation process that is painful or lengthy.

Another common impediment is demonic deception and the embracing of lies. This is where knowledge of the Word of God is invaluable. The Bible is a sword in the hands of the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 6:17), to sanctify believers (John 17:17), to cleanse them (Ephesians 5:26), to renew the mind (Romans 12:2), and to give them hope (Romans 15:4). It is living, active, sharp, penetrates soul and spirit, and flawlessly judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart (Hebrews 4:12). The one who rejects the divine origin and entire counsel of Scripture will not get very far.
Two deceptions that believers seem to fall for the most are:

1. the idea that temptation is sin, and
2. the idea that they are defined (and/or condemned) by what tempts them.
Were either of these true, even Jesus Christ would have been a sinner (Matthew 4:1; Mark 1:13; Luke 4:2; Hebrews 4:15) and we would all be without hope.

The first lie is easy enough to reject on an intellectual level, but when the temptation actually invades the heart, the defilement of it can cause us to feel as though we have sinned. But the truth is that we do not sin unless we embrace the temptation and give it a place in our fantasies and actions (James 1:14-15). And should we indeed cross that line, we have the provision of grace that offers forgiveness and cleansing should we repent and ask God to deliver us and forgive us (1 John 1:9; 1 Corinthians 10:13).

The second lie is also the result of the defilement we feel upon being tempted in such a perverse way. In this case, however, the battle is between belief and unbelief, -i.e., what is objectively true as revealed by God vs what we feel to be true. This is often a battle royal. Are we going to return to our former identity and/or way of life or are we going to embrace the new creation that the Scriptures proclaim we now are (Romans 6:5-14; 2 Corinthians 5:17; 6:16; Ephesians 4:24; Colossians 3:5-10; 1 John 3:1-3) even while our bodies are screaming at us that it is not true?

How Change Happens
Let’s examine what change looks like for the believer. The picture varies widely because each former homosexual is at a different stage in their healing/sanctification process. Additionally, some are more committed to it than others, some started late and have more issues to deal with, some have lived a more perverse life than others, some a more broken life. And some have more faith, more love for God, and/or a better support system around them.

Essentially, however, it begins at the point of being born again, when a newfound desire to love Jesus through obedience arises in our hearts (John 3:3,5-812-21; 14:15,21,23-24; 2 Corinthians 5:14-15; 7:1,10).

God begins to work in us the desire to do His will (Philippians 2:12-13; 2 Corinthians 1:21; 3:5-6; 4:7). And as long as we remain committed to the process, and pursue God for the revelation and the power necessary for transformation, we progress in wholeness and Christlikeness. Some days it’s two steps forward and one step back, but overall, as one author put it, it is “a long obedience in the same direction”.

A change of behavior . . . . . . is normally the first to appear. The Holy Spirit brings conviction of sin, we confess it and renounce our love for it (Proverbs 28:13; 2 Corinthians 4:2), seek Him for the power over it (Psalm 37:23; 55:22; 1 Peter 1:5; Jude 24), receive that empowerment by faith (Romans 1:5), and then turn away from the idolatrous behavior (Romans 1:25). From a growing love for God, forged while in His presence, we position our heart against that which put Him on the Cross, renounce it and consider it no longer an option (Romans 6:11-18; 8:12-14; Galatians 2:20).
For most believers, permanently leaving homosexual behavior occurs immediately at salvation. For some who do not know the Scriptures, it may take some days or weeks for the love and kindness of God (Romans 2:4; 2 Corinthians 5:14) and the conviction of the Holy Spirit to lead them to repentance (2 Corinthians 7:10). Others may lack a facility in appropriating the power of God over temptation, or may have demonic strongholds yet unknown, or lack the spiritual knowledge for how to remove them. For these, there may be an initial renouncing of the sin but in a moment of weakness, a temporary return to it. Eventually, however, they are won by God’s grace (Titus 2:11-14), taught by Him, empowered by Him and renounce it for good.

Those who do not experience the conviction of the Holy Spirit, however, are not yet saved. They may have had an experience of God or “said the magic prayer”, but have not yet come to know Him through saving faith, which is faith that produces new life as a result of the indwelling work of the Holy Spirit (James 2:14-24; 1 John 2:3-6; 3:6,24; 5:4).

A change of beliefs . . . . . . Operating alongside a change of behavior in the transformation of the former homosexual is a change in beliefs. We embrace God as the One who loves us, who has our best in mind and who is worthy of our obedience. We exchange false beliefs about Him, (as well as false beliefs about ourselves), for the truth revealed in God’s Word. Whereas we use to believe that we were unforgiveable, unredeemable and unlovable, the truth revealed by the Scriptures and the presence of God - the Word made flesh (John 1:1,14) - exposes those beliefs as the lies that they are. As a result, we are persuaded to embrace our true selves – regenerated and adopted (Ephesians 1:3-8) dearly beloved children of God (1 John 3:1-3) who no longer bear likeness or give allegiance to the world and its god, the devil (John 15:18-19; 1 Peter 2:9-11; Rev 5:10). Our former love for the world is now fading away (1 John 2:15-17) and we seek to conform our beliefs in all things according to God’s Word, whether we understand them or not and whether He removes those things that tempt us or not. Oswald Chambers once wrote that “the core of all sin is the doubt that God is really good.” We now choose to believe He is good based on His demonstrated love for us on the Cross of Calvary.
A change of identity . . . . . . Because our beliefs have changed, we undergo a change of identity. We now see homosexuality as the lie that it is – an idol and a pitiful substitute for unmet need. We also recognize the concept of “Gay Christian” as the same distortion of reality and reject it. No longer do we allow our history, our feelings or our temptations to tell us who we are (1 Corinthians 6:11; 2 Corinthians 4:18; 5:7; 6:16; 10:4-6). We were created and designed by God to operate heterosexually and although that identity may have become distorted, or remains unformed, we embrace it as God’s intent and by faith open ourselves to whatever healing God might have for us. Even still, we do not derive our identity from what may result, but from what God has declared from the foundation of the earth (Genesis 1:27-28; 2:18-25).

A change of desire (or attraction) . . . . . . begins with loving God more than the idols of our past – those things that named us, and falsely promised to provide identity and completion. As we pursue a love relationship with God the Father, He begins to unravel the mysteries behind our same-sex attractions and shows us what to do about them. For some, it will be things that made them repulsed by certain characteristics of the opposite sex. For others, it may be incidents (or beliefs) that created fear or hatred of the opposite gender. For still others, it has more to do with deficits they experienced in their same-gender identity formation, thus leaving them with an idolatrous bent toward their same sex and a never ending search to acquire the masculinity or femininity that was never called-out or affirmed in childhood. The range of possibilities is too great to cover in this article, but even if we had a perfect blueprint of our brokenness, that alone would not bring healing. Only God can do that. And only He can reveal the series of actions, and the timing of such actions, that can transform us. Don’t get me wrong, knowing why helps, but knowing Him is what heals.

We have a penchant for focusing our hope on the wisdom of man, for trying to fix ourselves, for unbelief, and for returning to idolatry when things don’t proceed according to our timetable. We also have a strong tendency to waver in our commitment to the process and to the necessary pursuit of an intimate relationship with God the Father. These are common and great impediments to progress. But our God is longsuffering, patient and full of grace.

My “healing process” has been ongoing for the last 34 years, though the lion’s share of it happened during the first seven. I did not go through a program, a support group or counseling - not that there’s anything wrong with that – as long as those don’t become the focus of our hope for change. I learned the process of transformation from the Spirit of God directly, through His Word and through His Church. As I knelt in worship before Him, night after night, singing love songs to Him, savoring His Word, laying out my needs, periodically He would show me the root of one of my problems. Then He would show me what to do about it. It was that simple. It is that simple. Not easy, but simple. We are transformed into His image as we gaze upon His glory (2 Corinthians 3:18), through the washing of the Word (Ephesians 5:26), through a healing of our broken hearts (Isaiah 61:1-3), and impartations of identity and affirmation that went missing in childhood. While I worshiped Him, He imperceptibly took away my fear of woman. I didn’t even know He was doing it, but only saw the evidence of it after the fact. As I sang hymns in seminary chapel services, I became a man among men. In that safe place of faith and worship, I became solid, integrated. As I focused on Him rather than obsessing on me and my problems, He solved my problems, one by one.

Am I still tempted? Yes, just like the former porn addict, smoker and chronic gossiper! God doesn’t give us lobotomies at salvation. I still retain all the memories of my past and they do haunt me from time to time. And the demonic realm still retains its knowledge of how to blast me every now and then. But I now know where to take those temptations (Galatians 2:20). I no longer allow them to name me or drive me to sinful actions. I use them instead to run back into the arms of my Savior, to practice my dependence on Him and to obtain His power over them.

My behavior has changed, my beliefs have changed, my identity has changed, and my desires have changed – at significant levels. I am nothing like I used to be, yet very little of what God intends to make of me. And during the past 34 years of ministry, I have met thousands of others who have left homosexuality behind and found healing and transformation through Jesus Christ.
“Is change possible? That’s what it’s all about!”

Homosexuality Can Be Healed

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Thursday, August 24, 2017

Child Molesters: A Legacy to the Homosexuality




It's dreadful when we hear about any reports of child molestation, but it should make all alarmed t the level of apathy within a culture as they publicly begin to lose their sense of outrage.  The more I live the more I realize that those without moral clarity based on Absolute truth will at first have outrage that come with good moral predisposed in their lives early when they were children or grew up. where they say, this is not the way we have ever done things.  But eventually these convictions will never hold a society in check especially a younger one growing up who have never been given the privilege of such moral constrainsts.  This is just one of the reasons why the slippery slope theory regarding morals is entirely reality and even affects a nation's level of apathy. Americans angry


He remembers hearing the popping sound from far away. He didn't know what it was so he followed the noise from the house on Avenue O. Half a mile Leeronnie Ogletree ran, the pops getting louder, the intrigue multiplying until he saw the stadium. He peered through a chain-link fence with a 10-year-old's wonderment. Baseball players in Winter Haven, Fla. Real baseball players in unblemished uniforms. Pitchers throwing, catchers receiving. Pop-pop-pop. It was the first day of spring training in 1973. Everything was pure.

A man asked Leeronnie if he wanted to meet the Boston Red Sox, maybe make a few bucks on the side cleaning around the clubhouse. Both knew what the answer would be.

"If you're a kid, you fall in love with the game of baseball," Ogletree says. "There's one in a million chance of meeting a professional ballplayer, let alone working with them. If kids like something, and if you say you're going to take that away, they'll do anything to keep what's good to them. I know what happened to me at 10 years old."

Today, Ogletree is 48. He can't forget about what happened when he was 10, not ever. So in September, after a long time away, he put a sign into his car and drove to a ballpark again. People would see what happened to him at 10 years old. And they never would forget, either.

***
Before Jerry Sandusky -- before he allegedly used the Penn State football complex to commit sex crimes with young boys and before the university spent more than a decade covering up his sins and before the grand-jury report revealed the appalling details of his abuse and before the campus rioted over legendary coach Joe Paterno losing his job amid it all -- there was Donald Fitzpatrick, the longtime Red Sox clubhouse manager who lured Ogletree and at least a dozen other young, African-American boys into two decades of systemic sexual abuse.

Not only has a serial child molester infiltrated sports before, he did so with one of baseball's most storied franchises. Should the allegations against Sandusky prove true, the two cases are strikingly similar. Both men seduced their victims with the lure of big-time athletics. Both bribed them with equipment and other swag. Both enjoyed watching boys shower. Both fondled their victims and engaged in oral sex. Both committed crimes in plain view and, despite getting caught, were swaddled by a power structure that buried the truth to protect those highest up in the organization. Both used threats and mind games to silence their prey for decades. And both ended up being exposed as predators far too late, after they had laid waste to innocent lives.



Unlike Sandusky, Fitzpatrick's shame did not make the nightly news and spur national discussions about moral responsibility vis-à-vis sex offenders. Outside of Boston and Florida, where his molestation of clubhouse assistants and batboys occurred, few knew of Fitzpatrick even after the accusations went public. He was the lead visiting clubbie at Fenway Park and Chain Of Lakes Park, the Red Sox's spring training site in Winter Haven, a no-name. Nobody protested against the team's inaction.

Never mind that the negligence dated back to 1971. One victim, according to a complaint filed by his lawyer two decades later, told Red Sox home clubhouse manager Vince Orlando that Fitzpatrick had abused him for the previous three seasons. Orlando fired the boy. Two sources, who asked not to be identified, said a Red Sox player caught Fitzpatrick sodomizing a boy in the shower, much like then-Penn State graduate assistant Mike McQueary did Sandusky. The player reported the incident to the team but not police. Fitzpatrick kept his job anyway.

And so the monster who tormented boys as young as 4 continued to parade them to his locations of choice: the private room at Chain of Lakes, the Holiday Inn, his Boston-area condo, even Fenway. Six of the boys remain unnamed. Seven wore Fitzpatrick's scars publicly. Myron Birdsong, Terrance Birdsong, Walter Covington III, Eric Frazier Jr., James A. Jackson, Willie Earl Hollis and Leeronnie Ogletree. Most were related by blood. All are bound by another's evil.

Some of the victims overcame the anguish and chaos sexual abuse portends. One is a doctor, another a minister. Most succumbed to drugs and crime and all of the mechanisms used to cope with the robbery of innocence, which is what makes widespread molestation cases so devastating and the Penn State case evermore frightful: the crime often doesn't end with deed. It resonates and reverberates years and decades later, the worst sort of wrong, one that can break a man.

Sort of like it did Leeronnie Ogletree.

***
"Sometimes," he says, "I'm not sure who I am."

This keeps Ogletree awake. It did before prison, it did in prison, it has since prison. The Yankees were in Winter Haven. He cleaned their clubhouse. A small wall separated the clubhouse from the windowless box where Fitzpatrick assaulted boys and insisted they slap him.

"He grabbed me and told me to take my clothes off," Ogletree says. "I'll never forget him putting his mouth on my penis. I don't mind telling it now because I'm over it. But that stands out. And I'll never forget it."

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It happened for the next eight years, abuse and shame and pain. Ogletree tries to reconcile that with who he wants to be, someone for whom hundreds of hours in intensive psychotherapy helps rid the abuse's carcinogenic effect on his soul. He wants to believe that by talking about this he can save others, that by writing a book called "Major League Addiction" he can experience the catharsis he deserves. He wants to stop seeing Donald Fitzpatrick in others.

"I thought one time I wouldn't be able to deal with older white people," Ogletree says. "If I see somebody who resembles him, a rage comes through me. I just have to leave the scene. That's something that can happen even right now."

For decades, he has sought the in between, the place where he's whole again. It still eludes him. He sees himself on the playground. He hears that popping sound. He doesn't want to go. He can't help it.

***


In 1969, Red Sox owner Tom Yawkey and his wife, Jean, opened Tara Hall, a home for disadvantaged boys in Georgetown, S.C. They didn't have any children of their own, and before they could take the troubled kids and mold them at Tara Hall, they had a much cruder finishing school: Fenway Park.

Donald Fitzpatrick was an orphan, exactly the sort of boy Yawkey loved to rescue. He would play pepper with the batboys off the street before Red Sox games, and he took a particular shine to the 15-year-old Fitzpatrick, whom he soon put in the parking lot, the clubhouses -- wherever someone needed him. Even as Fitzpatrick grew older and his tendencies to gravitate toward young boys became apparent, Yawkey protected him, according to two sources with knowledge of their relationship.

Save two years in the military, Fitzpatrick never left the Red Sox organization. When Yawkey died in 1976 after 44 tumultuous years of owning the franchise -- charges of racism chased him all the way through his Hall of Fame induction in 1980 and to today -- his wife's continued employment of Fitzpatrick concerned some Red Sox workers. Players for years had told young boys -- especially African-Americans -- to stay away from Fitzpatrick. Higher-ups in the organization tried to isolate him from any possible social setting. Jean Yawkey just wouldn't fire him.

For 15 years, Fitzpatrick ran the road team's clubhouse. With Fitzpatrick no longer molesting Ogletree -- "I got too old," he says -- he moved to Boston and lived with Fitzpatrick. While Stockholm syndrome certainly vice-gripped Ogletree, so did money and cocaine. He made lots and used more. When he chafed at Fitzpatrick, he heard a common refrain: "You're going to do what I say or I'll behead you."



Fitzpatrick would say that to the kids in Winter Haven, too, and the players saw his predilection toward young, black boys as odd. Just not odd enough to look deeper. So finding witnesses to corroborate the Winter Haven seven's stories was near-impossible. Whether it was players' willful ignorance or health -- Ted Williams was asked to talk with police but was too ill and died soon thereafter -- nobody from the Red Sox claimed to know what happened.

"You heard things through the grapevine," longtime Boston third baseman Wade Boggs told the Tampa Tribune in 2001, "but I knew nothing specifically of any incidents while I was in Boston."

If ever the story was going to emerge, it would take the same thing it did with Sandusky and almost every case of pervasive molestation: Someone with the courage to ignore the stigma that bedevils victims and tell the truth so others can do the same. A Red Sox organization that had harbored a sexual predator since he was a child himself surely wasn't going to self-report.

"Like most of these institutions," says Ben Crump, Ogletree's lawyer, "it is deny, deny, deny."

***
Toward the end of batting practice before an Aug. 25, 1991 game in Anaheim, Calif., a man leaned over the Red Sox dugout and held up a sign:

Donald Fitzpatrick Sexually Assaulted Me
Red Sox Statement On Donald Fitzpatrick.
Mr. Fitzpatrick served as the team's clubhouse manager from the 1960s until 1991, and the actions you have inquired about occurred between 1971 and 1991. When the team, then under a previous ownership group, became aware of the allegations against Mr. Fitzpatrick in 1991, he was promptly relieved of his duties. Civil litigation was filed in 2001 by victims of Mr. Fitzpatrick for actions that had occurred more than 20 years earlier. The team, which was acquired by the current ownership group after the lawsuit was filed, reached a settlement in 2002. Mr. Fitzpatrick has since passed away. The Red Sox have always viewed the actions of Mr. Fitzpatrick to be abhorrent.
The first victim to stand up to Fitzpatrick remains anonymous today. His bravery and boldness single-handedly ended Fitzpatrick's career. Steven August, the Red Sox's traveling secretary, told the Boston Globe that Fitzpatrick returned to the clubhouse that afternoon and "was basically cowering in a corner." He left the team four days later and never returned. The Red Sox paid the victim $100,000 in an out-of-court settlement.
The secrecy around Fitzpatrick's abuse was crumbling. In 2000, Ogletree says, he told his sister, Rita, of his eight-year molestation. Her son, James A. Jackson, confirmed it happened to him as well. Ogletree had brought in other relatives to work for the Red Sox, figuring Fitzpatrick would stay away from them, that he wouldn't have the hubris to molest an entire family.

Only he did, and more than a decade after the façade on Fitzpatrick cracked, and on the day after 9/11, the seven men filed a lawsuit seeking $3.15 million in damages. Even though lawyers worried the statute of limitations, conflicting stories and criminal histories of the victims would prove tricky, they surged ahead with the case. As the Winter Haven seven argued behind the scenes who deserved what cut of the potential award, Polk County launched a criminal investigation that ended with four counts of attempted sexual battery by Fitzpatrick between 1975 and 1989. He accepted a plea deal.

"Because I'm guilty," Fitzpatrick, then 72, told the court May 16, 2002.
Another part of the deal: Fitzpatrick would serve no jail time. He could return to Randolph, Mass., with a 10-year suspended sentence and 15 years of probation. Six of the victims approved the plea. Ogletree called it a "sweetheart deal" and vowed to fight it. The fissure between Ogletree and the rest of the victims widened as the Red Sox's new ownership -- which bought the team after the lawsuit was filed -- negotiated a settlement. When the club paid the $3.15 million May 28, 2003, Ogletree was in a mental institution. He says the previous ownership group had promised him psychiatric care for the rest of his life and reneged.

The Red Sox wanted to distance themselves from Fitzpatrick, a position from which they haven't deviated. In a statement released to Yahoo! Sports on Wednesday night, the team said: "The Red Sox have always viewed the actions of Mr. Fitzpatrick to be abhorrent."

Fitzpatrick never did go to prison. He died in 2005. Ogletree learned about it by reading a letter at the DeSoto Annex Correctional Institute, where he was serving the 678th day of a sentence that would last another 2,112.

***
Ogletree's first rap came in 1992 for cocaine possession. He served 3½ months of a 2½-year sentence. Almost 10 years later, he started his second sentence, on burglary, grand theft and cocaine possession charges. He says a drug buddy stole travelers' checks and gave them to Ogletree to trade for dope. He did. Ogletree took the fall, he says, because his friend's family owned a restaurant in Polk County, and the checks were the buddy's sister's.

"They were powerful people," Ogletree says. "They put it all on me."

He struggles with culpability. Ogletree's guilt for helping lure family members into a molester's den "isn't that much." His drug problem "came from baseball." And yet no matter his rationale, all of Ogletree's misdeeds come atop a transformative crime that has no statute of limitations on how it poisons people's lives and what shape it can take. For the rest of his life, Ogletree can look at a problem and blame it on Fitzpatrick, and nobody within reason could judge him.

"I was a good kid," Ogletree says. "I was raised right. The sentence I really got was a life sentence because of what I went through with the Red Sox."

Whatever caused him to endure misery and the doctor and minister to thrive in spite of their ordeals, it colors Ogletree jealous. Is it brain chemistry? Frequency of abuse? Something else doctors have yet to understand about the vagaries of molestation? Ogletree does realize this: Among those he knows, he is certainly more the rule than the exception.

Covington has booked jail time in two states, Frazier pleaded no-contest to a burglary charge and Hollis spent time in jail for assault and DUI convictions, according to the Boston Globe. As recently as last year, Hollis says, he spent time in jail -- 23 days for driving with a suspended license.

"It's no excuse," Hollis says, "but come on. You always gonna think about it. Always. I was young then. I'm a man now. I just put it behind me.

"Just trying to survive, really."

***
On his first day as a free man in more than eight years, Leeronnie Ogletree returned home for a feast. Whatever Leeronnie wanted his mother, Oreatha, gave him: ribs, chicken, steak, hot dogs, hamburgers, potato salad, mac and cheese, collard greens, baked beans, salad, pizza, cake, ice cream and, he says, "the main dish: a bunch of love."

Slowly, Ogletree says, he's figuring out what love means. He sees it from his mom and his sisters even if he can't return it in full. And he wants to feel it toward his four children, 16-year-old Kadeshia, 15-year-old Leeronnie, 12-year-old Leeroy and 9-year-old Randell, none of whom he knows particularly well. He meets with them once a week. Goes to the mall. Catches a movie. Plays football or basketball.

"He's confused how to be a father," says Crump, his lawyer. "It's one of the saddest experiences possible."



He wants to learn, to live for something beyond his own salvation, which he has tried for years to no avail. He sees his balance in his children and a real relationship, the sort he's not exactly sure how to cultivate. He says he's sober, and that helps. And that as he was getting out of prison, Kadeshia and Leeronnie looked up his name on the Internet, found these awful stories and started to understand better that their dad wasn't some deadbeat junkie, even if he had left them with their grandma for eight years.

This, Ogletree says, is where he becomes a person again, where he must shed the fears and insecurities and conquer a man long dead and a disease that will continue to curse him unless he kills it.

"I have my moments where I'm so overly protective," Ogletree says. "That's what I've got to get away from being. My son's ready to play sports. I want to be right there. It does affect me. Kids have to be kids. I don't let them go to no events unless I'm there. I might say it's overprotective. But what else do I know?

"It's too difficult to avoid. You've got to look at some of the people -- and I pray to God I'm not one of those -- who turn around and become a monster themselves. That's why I think it's so important."

So he promises them things he can't promise like a book deal for "Major League Addiction." He says it's got good dirt. Something about a cabal of child molesters in clubhouse whose names he doesn't remember and a full accounting of the steroid users he saw working in Fitzpatrick's clubhouse and how Major League Baseball failed by letting a sexual deviant run rampant for 20 years.

"im taking care of buss so we can get rich," Ogletree wrote his two eldest kids on Facebook. That excited them. They didn't ask where the settlement money went.

"I'm not sure what happened to it," Ogletree says. "It wasn't there when I got out."

So he got a job inspecting roof trusses, like he did before he got locked up. At night, he helped his sister, Connie, clean up her day-care center. In late June, about three weeks after he breathed free air, he joined Facebook. It was starting. If people didn't know who he was, who Donald Fitzpatrick was, they would. He'd make sure.

***
The drive from the house on Avenue O to Tropicana Field on Sept. 10 took about 90 minutes. Ogletree loaded his cardboard sign into the back of the car and told his mom he was about to leave for his protest. Oreatha raised him in that house to be a strong boy. She hoped he had strength for this.

He parked at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla., chatted with the police to make sure they were OK with what he was about to do and got the go-ahead. There was no big Facebook crowd. That was OK. Maybe someday.

Anyway, it's not like he was protesting as much as offering an informational session for anybody interested in the big, bold, catchy headline on his sign. The Boston Red Sox were in town that weekend. Ogletree knew the crowd would be bigger than the poor excuse at most Tampa Bay Rays games. He knew, too, they would want to talk with him.

Above him read a big, unmistakable headline: Man Warns Parents About Sexual Abuse in Major League Baseball. The passersby gawked. And for those bold enough to ask, Ogletree told them about Donald James Fitzpatrick and the horror he caused.

"I need to tell people my story," he says.

He will repeat it to friends and strangers, to the concerned and the insensitive. He plans on driving to different training camps in Florida this spring to warn fans of sexual predators. There's just one person who can't hear it, not anymore.

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Oreatha Ogletree, 83, has lived at the house on Avenue O for more than seven decades. She grew up there, raised her three kids and 10 others. Her mom was a real-estate investor and bought the property. Oreatha says someone offered her $1 million for the place and she said no. Her mom lived to 101, so she figures she's got a long time left in that house.

"God will get you through anything, and if you've got him, that's all you need," Oreatha says. "My mother said that. You don't need money. If you've got God, he gives you all you need. Whatever you need."

Where, then, was God when a wicked man was causing irreparable harm to her son? That's not a question Oreatha cares to answer. She says she's not that wise.

She just has faith because "he's a strong boy" and because "he's with the people that really love him" and because there's really no alternative. There never is a certain answer for victims of sexual predators.

Like getting away from Winter Haven, up and moving. Maybe, Ogletree says, it would help. Maybe it wouldn't. His extended family remains there. Same with some of the other victims.

So does Chain of Lakes Park. The Red Sox are long gone from the complex as are the Cleveland Indians, the team that replaced them. When Ogletree was in prison, they left and nobody came. On the first day of spring training, no longer does the air fill with a pop-pop-pop. The field is empty, silence pervasive except for the house a half-mile up the road, on Avenue O, where Leeronnie Ogletree still hears it loud as ever.

Someday, he hopes, the sound will stop.

Monday, September 7, 2015

Homosexual Activist,Terrence Patrick Bean, Arrested for Rape of 15-Year-Old Boy


https://vimeo.com/131114384 ~ The Direct Link Between Homosexuality and Child Molestation is now observable on a daily basis, but its reality is now so unavoidable that it's publicly disgracing Barack Obama and his rainbow-colored White House. Terrence Patrick Bean , one of the major donors of the campaign of Barack Obama and political activist , was arrested for having sex with an underage boy. Besides Bean also Kiah Loy Lawson , her former boyfriend, was arrested for abusing the same boy . Why do Democrats always support and defend child molesters and create the cultural conditions for more child exploitation and gender confusion in America's youth. No wonder so many Americans are now leaving the Democrat Party once and for all.

Young Voters Overthrow Democrat Progressive Liars

https://youtu.be/y6lB_IM_cs8



 The Oregonian reports:
Detectives from the Portland police Sex Crimes Unit arrested Portland developer Terrence Patrick Bean on Wednesday on a Lane County indictment stemming from alleged sex abuse involving a teenage boy in 2013.

Bean, 66, a prominent gay rights activist and major Democratic Party fundraiser, was arrested at his home in Southwest Portland and booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center at 10:12 a.m.
The indictment charges Bean with two counts of third-degree sodomy, a felony, and one count of third-degree sex abuse, a misdemeanor, police said.
Bean, who bailed out of jail by late Wednesday afternoon, will be arraigned on the indictment in Lane County. …
The alleged incident involved a sexual encounter in Eugene with a 15-year-old boy. …

Bean has been one of the state's biggest Democratic donors and an influential figure in gay rights circles in the state. He helped found two major national political groups, the Human Rights Campaign and the Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund, and has been a major contributor for several Democratic presidential candidates, including Barack Obama. He's also a close friend of former Gov. Barbara Roberts. …
Bean's Flickr account shows him talking with Obama at several events, posing with first lady Michelle Obama and numerous other political figures, including former President Bill Clinton.  A blog post from his sister, Sue Surdam Bean, detailed her brother's work on a July 24, 2012 Obama fundraiser in Portland.  She included three photos of Terry Bean's ride on Air Force One with Obama to a subsequent event in Seattle.

Just two years ago 68 year old Harry Brinkin, another high profile and similarly respected (at least among Democrats) homosexual activist, was arrested in San Francisco for possessing and distributing reams of child pornography.
CNS News Reported at the time:

Police said that Brinkin, a former city employee, apparently had photos of children, as young as 1- or  2-years-old, performing sexual acts and being sodomized by adult men in attachments linked to the email address, reported The Chronicle. The email account was also linked to Yahoo discussion groups involving sexual exploitation of young people.

Concerning Brinkin, Theresa Sparks, director of the Human Rights Commission, told the Huffington Post, "It's almost incredulous, there's no way I could believe such a thing."

"He's always been one of my heroes, and he's the epitome of human rights activist," she said. "This is [the] man who coined phrases we use in our daily language. I support Larry 100 percent; hopefully it will all come out in the investigation."

Brinkin later plead guilty to the charges.
Yep – These monsters are "heroes" to the HRC and the larger "gay" activist community.
Ever wonder why?

The cases of Bean and Brinkin follow a long-established pattern as old as the ancient Greek bathhouse. Of course, not every "gay" man – self-identified or otherwise – is a pedophile, but studies indicate demonstrably that homosexual assaults against boys occur at an alarmingly disproportionate rate when compared to heterosexual assaults. The very act of a man molesting a boy unquestionably involves both same-sex attraction and homosexual behavior (a "gay" by any other name…).

Consider, for instance, a study published in the Archives of Sexual Behavior, of over 200 convicted pedophiles. It found that "86 percent of offenders against males described themselves as homosexual or bisexual." This demonstrates, as noted by Peter Sprigg of the Family Research Council, that "homosexual or bisexual men are approximately 10 times more likely to molest children than heterosexual men."

Police in Portland arrested Bean , writes USA Today , noting that the political activist has raised more than half a million dollars to campaign for re-election of Obama.  No wonder so many of them chant SHAME! SHAME! SHAME!  Half nude down down dirty streets in front of children, because they are so full of it.  After all, Jesus Christ said from "... out of the abundance of the heart their mouth speaks." Matthew 12:34

The alleged offenses date back to Bean to 2013 , when the boy was still 15 years. Kiah Loy Lawson Bean's Gay Boyfriend was also charged with aggravated Sexual Assault.  Maybe if there was less gay porn and propaganda pushed on the Internet and YouTube, Pedophiles wouldn't be so inspired, enticed, and emboldened into becoming a molester of children and teens!

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Tyrannical Mayor Parker Indicted for Abuse of Power in Houston Texas




The long, heated battle between Houston conservatives and their ultra-liberal mayor got a little more interesting this week when local pastors filed suit against Annise Parker. Claiming their civil rights were ignored last year when Parker subpoenaed their sermons, the pastors’ council is taking the fight to court.

“The purpose of this lawsuit is not to retaliate for her wrongful behavior, but instead is to create a deterrence to all future Mayor Parkers to let them know once and for all, if you’re going to violate rights, there will be reckoning and accountability in a court of law,” said an attorney representing the plaintiffs.

The lawsuit stems from the battle over Houston’s equal rights ordinance. The ordinance, pushed through by Parker despite a divide in public opinion, was meant to provide extra discrimination protections for the Houston LGBT community. When conservatives turned in petitions demanding repeal, Parker determined that they were not properly filled out and ignored them. That led to the first lawsuit, one which ended up in the Texas Supreme Court. They ruled that voters must be allowed to decide the issue in a referendum this November.

But in the midst of the legal fight over the ordinance, Parker’s lawyers issued a subpoena demanding transcripts of any sermons that addressed the issue of homosexuality. Parker dropped this demand last October, but the pastors filing suit insist that’s not good enough. They want to make sure nothing like this happens again.

Parker’s office issued a statement calling the lawsuit political in nature. “It is being waged by a small group that wants to take Houston backward instead of moving it forward,” the statement read in part.

It’s stunning that Parker would have the temerity to suggest that the pastors are filing a politically-motivated lawsuit. As though her efforts to transform Houston into a gay haven were not equally political in nature. When you take a stand against the First Amendment, you lose the moral high ground. Someone should clue Parker in.

The subpoenas, of course, were intended to throw the tax status of Houston churches into question. This is a favorite new strategy on the extreme left. Prove that religious leaders are somehow influencing legislation from the pulpit and take away their tax exemptions. If successful, this effort would shut down thousands of American churches. And since it is the only conceivable way the LGBT agenda can destroy its greatest enemy, it is a strategy these liberals find very tempting.

It is for that reason that all conservative eyes should be on Houston. The results of this fight could have wide-ranging implications for the rest of the country. Will our courts, politicians, and voters stand for religious freedom and free expression? Or will we sacrifice our God-given rights for the sake of an angry community of gays and transgenders?

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These Pastors and American citizens are only seeking to protect their first amendment rights of Freedom of Speech, Expression, and Religion guaranteed by the United States Constitution. Mayor Annise Parker is the backward antagonist in this story.  Mayor Annise Parker, YOU ARE THE ONE seeking to take America backward to the tyrannical rule of a monarchy and the cultural back to the days of Sodom and Gomorrah. Mayor Parker you are a social terrorist and YOU SHOULD BE indicted for abuse of power and be forced step down in public disgrace.  So if you truly want to go back to rule as in days of a monarchy, the people would have rose up to have you tarred and feathered, then paraded in the sewage-filled streets as a public spectacle.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Why Teens Say That Being Gay Is NOT Okay

http://youtu.be/y6lB_IM_cs8 ~ Today, young people in high school and young adults are being told that they are born gay however they now learn that most don't really believe the propaganda anymore from first hand knowledge and from unfortunate experiences. So many fake happy cultural public masks that are being used to cover up the real pain, depression, sense of loss and confusion ones' poor decisions have caused and others have inflicted upon them have real life long consequences. Deep inside they wish someone out there, in a creative way, could have warned them or presented another alternative to the well funded propaganda machine of the homosexual activist movement. However, so many times the knowledge of an alternative to the alternative lifestyle is intentionally banned, censored, and misjudged by the well-connected, rich and powerful special interest groups who don't care about those who never wanted to or asked to be groomed into the gay lifestyle in the first place. Today, it's time for their voices to be heard and their wishes to be realized.

Like cultural cult leaders, activists seek to groom young people into it, then tell them that they can never leave it. They lie to them that they were born that way, meanwhile the very steps and approaches pedophiles and sexual deviates of every age use to taint, scar, and bend them emotionally are made light of and ignored. Anytime teens or young adults who were once in the homosexual lifestyle and decide to leave it or renounce it, they are publicly harassed them, mercilessly ridiculed, verbally attacked, boycotted, physically assaulted, called viscous names, and given death threats until they are silenced or even killed by the very homosexual activists and cultural marxists that hypocritically demand tolerance. Ultimately, such behavior is totalitarian, not an American, which would celebrate and individuals freedom of speech, the freedom of the press, freedom of assembly, personal liberty, freedom of inquiry, freedom of thought, freedom of decent, and not restrict or censor the freedom of information.

Those molested and violated as children have kept their secrets hidden, but now truth is coming out of the closet. There is a another side to this story, socialist billionaire-funded media front groups and social engineers never wanted the public or the Next generation to realize. Both adults and children can be groomed that way unless their moral compass and convictions overcome the fabricated disinformation campaign against them. A growing number of people young and old feel cheated from what could have been and now are joining forces with millions to admit and warn others how gender-confusion and a persons feelings can be misguided along to way through cultural subversion.

What would happen to a nation's population within 25 years when an ever increasing number of the next generation no longer have natural affections for the opposite sex and are addicted at an early age to pornography? What will it do to marriages and the American family? What will happen to America's patriotism and our national value and respect human life when ideologies of moral relativism and secular humanism becomes the ONLY worldview institutionalized and made legal? Show me a nation that is consumed with such things, and I will show you the European nations with negative population growth and aging populations filling cities, a nation filled with apathetic, violent crime taking the lives of youth, and a nation filled weak, divided, citizens who are to self-absorbed to even care to stop those from the outside that want to destroy our take over our nation. It can be said that America's greatest national security crisis is its moral crisis. The American family is literally disintegrating before our very eyes and our culture is rotting from inside out as entire generations and family-lines are (not only being wiped out by abortion) but now as men and women abdicate their moral responsibilities as a fathers and mothers so goes the future of our nation.

The destructive censorship waged by cultural Marxists in America is designed to silence and criminalize all those opposed to America's demoralization, subversion, and collective cultural breakdown; in order, to eventually make the nation weaker in every way, cause citizens to be too apathetic and self-absorbed to care about the condition of the future generations, outlaw a love for God and country in America, trick Americans into giving up their constitutional freedoms and liberties, and ultimately assure that America is too divided and chaotic to be a threat to those who seek our destruction. Everyone makes choices every day and must deal with all its consequences. Since homosexuality is a choice, it's always okay for people to identify themselves as straight.

"People that are spiritually suicidal have no problem with policies and agendas that result in and guarantee their nations self-destruction." - HMH



These monsters have used our talk shows  and entertainment industry to warp and confuse the minds our sons and daughters with their lewd images and videos, especially among those THEY KNOW are growing up without fathers in the home (whose responsibility is to provide a masculine identity for their sons).  Homosexuals reproduce themselves by way of molesting or abusing those of the same sex.  The American people as a whole must confront and push back against this without fear. If we don't, the epidemic of the break down of our society as healthy homes go into extinction and America goes the way of the Roman Empire.  The Roman Empire, was weakened and eventually destroyed by there own idleness as fewer and fewer people replaced their aging population making them more susceptible for attacks from the outside; because the United States (like the Roman Empire) aborts so many generations of our future and rampant homosexuality weakens the males and destroys America's husband wife family unit.  It's a shame that so many americans are not even aware that the Homosexual agenda had originally been funded by the communists inside and outside America.  Meanwhile the typical American of this generation is too drunk on their ignorance and despicable sexual addictions to care.  Well I care and so should you.