Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Matt Walsh Says He Would Personally Keep Sexual Molestation a Secret

Matt & Alissa Walsh & The Duggars
Within the last couple of days, I have been responding to a post entitled, "The Duggars Aren't Hypocrites. Progressives Are," by a blogger named, Matt Walsh. I read Matt Walsh because I like content that goes against my grain. Some of it I agree with, while others I don't. That's the beauty of following someone with drastic opposing opinions. He wrote about Josh Duggar and if you're not sure who Josh Duggar is, he is a reality TV star on the show called, 19 Kids and Counting on TLC.  The show was pulled after news of him sexually molesting several girls as well as his own sisters when he was a teenager. Josh was apart of an anti-LGBT religious group, to which he quit due to the issues brewing all over mainstream media. My issues with this story is that Josh Duggar has continually bashed the LGBT community for their "immorality" with his Bible, even having a lesbian aunt as a relative. The problem is the unreported sexual assaults.

Or is it?

Matt Walsh has made it clear that he does not condone molestation of any kind, but he also said, and I'll quote him:

"I know I’m opening myself up to serious criticism here, but let me be honest with you: If my own son, God forbid, came to me and admitted to doing what Josh Duggar did, I don’t know that I’d immediately run to the cops. Would you? Is it really that simple? The decision to have your child arrested as a sex offender would be an automatic thing for you? Really?"

For me, this tells me that Matt would not only keep sexual molestation in his family a secret, but he would continue to call people of various lifestyles "sinners" and condemn those who don't necessarily fit the bill of "good Christian folk". That to me, is called a "hypocrite". Let me define hypocrite for Mr. Walsh.

Hypocrite:
  1. A person who pretends to have virtues, moral or religious beliefs, principles, etc., that he or she does not actually possess, especially a person whose actions belie stated beliefs. 
  2. A person who feigns some desirable or publicly approved attitude, especially one whose private life, opinions, or statements belie his or her public statements.
So now that we already know with Matt's own words, that he would remain "hush-hush" over sexual assaults, especially to his own daughter, leaves me to believe that he doesn't take sexual molestation seriously. "Oh, we'll get through this" isn't going to work when the secret is finally revealed. As holier-than-thou Matt and his followers are, remember one thing that the Bible says in Luke 8:17:

"For all that is secret will eventually be brought into the open, and everything that is concealed will be brought to light and made known to all."

I speak a lot about forgiveness and how important it is in order for us to heal and move on. I get it -- what Josh Duggar did years ago can be forgiven. I'm really hoping that the girls who Josh molested are emotionally okay and have had the heart to forgive him and move on. In the same breath, is it okay to mock others who you 'think' are sinning? My issues are with his outrage with the LGBT community, calling them immoral and how no Kingdom of God will ever have them. Yet...YET, he swept his own perversions under the rug while spewing off antigay religious rants against the LGBT community. Two consensual gay people who love one another are not hurting anybody else. But sexually molesting someone hurts...for years and years to come.

While being on Matt Walsh's thread on Facebook, his Christian followers were going on and on and on about how he repented and that he is forgiven, but that I know that I am still sinning and not repenting of my "sin" of being gay. They rambled off a whole buncha' scriptures that I have already debunked. I have a massive amount of emails in my message box with his followers asking me why do I think it's okay to be gay and Christian at the same time. They are all asking me why I don't view homosexuality as a sin when it ~clearly~ states that it is.  I have written this before, so to my older readers, I apologize for the redundancy. You may scan through my testimony of why I believe homosexuality is not a sin.

Being gay is not a sin. Homosexuality was listed as an “abomination” in Leviticus which is the Old Testament. Christians/Catholics no longer go by the old law.

We should all stop eating shrimp scampi if we want to obey the old law still.

Leviticus 11:10 But all creatures in the seas or streams that do not have fins and scales--whether among all the swarming things or among all the other living creatures in the water--you are to regard as unclean.

You know what’s also a sin? Not shaving your beard, sitting next to a woman who is menstruating or getting a tattoo.  In the trinity-based religions, Jesus died on the cross to abolish the law and save us from sin.

No one will ever be saved by “obeying the law” — as it says in the scriptures... 

Galatians 2:15-16 —You and I are Jews by birth, not “sinners” like the gentiles. And yet we Jewish Christians know that we became right with God, not by doing what the law commands, but by faith in Jesus Christ. So we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be accepted by God because of our faith in Christ - and not because we have obeyed the law. For no one will ever be saved by obeying the law.

Then some Christians and Catholics will talk about Sodom & Gomorrah. That was about rape and not homosexuality. It was about humiliation and control.

Genesis 19: 1-13 “Sodom and Gomorrah's destruction:”

The story of Sodom and Gomorrah. Basically, God says that He's going to destroy cities of Sodom and Gomorrah, if two angels cannot find any good people within the towns. Once the angels arrive, a kind man named Lot invites these angels into his home and entertains them. This angers the cities' men, and the men rallied outside of Lot's home, wishing to do "perverse actions" to these male angels. Moments later, the two cities are destroyed by fiery rain. Many anti-gay Christian ministers use this passage to say that this is an example of God’s wrath against homosexuality -- as if the men of Sodom were all gay, and all trying to "be gay with" these male angels. Historians and sociologists tell us that gang rape was a very common form of brutal humiliation of the subjects, in the ancient Western world. The Sodomite men did not come to Lot’s house to have monogamous, committed, loving relationships with the male angels residing there. They came to rape these angels. Also, MULTIPLE parts of the Bible (Luke 10: 10-13; Isaiah 19: 13-14; Jeremiah 23: 14; Ezekiel 16: 49; Zephaniah 2: 8-11) tell us that God despised the greed and their wickedness toward outsiders as their sin, not that fact that men wanted to “have sex” with men.

Laws pointing out that homosexuality was a sin in Romans was about promiscuity only. They were fornicating with ANYONE — the origin of “homosexuality” meant “unclean sex” for both heterosexuals and homosexuals. In fact, the origins of the word "homosexuality" doesn't necessarily mean same gender sex. The passage in the ancient Hebrew is clearly talking about male-male sex acts, specifically anal sex. The issue was penetrating an anus with a penis, this making the penis literally “unclean” to the point of forbidding entry into a vagina.  Do you think all heterosexual couples perform penis-vaginal sex missionary style all the time? Too much info? Probably so. But I'm going to go 'head and blame it on dem' Christian folks who are so incredibly nosey about everybody else's sex lives.

"But what about 1 Corinthians 6:9?"

"Know you not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind."

Translations are funny like that. Most Christians use the newer translations so it says "homosexuality" in place of "effeminate". It is a term frequently applied to womanly behavior, demeanor, style and appearance displayed by a boy or man, typically used implying criticism or ridicule of this behavior (as opposed to, for example, merely describing a man as feminine, which can be non-judgmental). The term "effeminate" is most often used by people who subscribe to the widespread view that males should display masculine traits and behaviors. Generally, the description is applied to individuals, but may be used to describe entire societies as an inflammatory allegation.  This was an older translation of 1 Corinthians 6:9. Why are we changing the Bible? Doesn't it say that nobody should add nor take away from the Bible? I think I read that somewhere.

So technically, you cannot place "effeminate" and change it into "homosexuality" for all genders, or any gender for that matter. Every single piece of literature of the Bible that references to homosexuality is flawed beyond measure. And for someone not to research the origins of such an old book, written by man and inspired by "God" is just absolutely stupid. Yeah, I said it. It's ignorant not to look into something that you rely on with all of your heart. This is your guide to life and for you not to read into the origins of any of the meanings behind the stories or the rules and regulations is just foolish, foolish, foolish!

What is very sad about Christianity is that the followers are nothing like Jesus. They are not loving. They are not tolerant. They are not patient. Oh wait, I think I have a scripture for that.

1 Corinthians 13:4-8

"Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. Love does not demand its own way. Love is not irritable, and it keeps no record of when it has been wronged. It is never glad about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance."

Matt Walsh and his followers are leading people down a very scary path of judgment and ridicule as well as hatred. I'm curious to know what Matt would do if one of his own children came up to him and said, "Dad, I want to talk to you about something....... I'm gay." I also would like to know if his own children would bully other kids in school for being gay, since they are brought up in an antigay household. Matt Walsh frequently calls gays, lesbians and transgender people "mentally ill" and has come out with some really awful and hurtful words to describe our community. That isn't love, that's just pure hatred and bigotry.

One reader named, Crystal Topham Coston took a screen shot of my post and placed it onto Matt's Facebook page. I'm glad she did because it makes a great statement for this article.

Thank you for bringing that up, Crystal! Read that passage again. The Old Law in Leviticus says that homosexuality was a sin (keep in mind the origins of the word homosexuality as well) -- but we will never be saved by obeying what the Old Law commands, but only through faith.

Crystal stated, "Something this Debra person wrote on her own page. She must not read her own posts." -Oh believe me, I do read what I write and I always post up every single thing with 100% confidence. (Although I may have more typos than the average writer.) I never post what I will regret later on. That should be the #1 rule on the internet. I'm sure Crystal will ask me to pull down this particular post since it may go more public than she initially anticipated. But I am so happy she posted that important piece of scripture. And may ask her, why are you so angry? What does it mean to have a "perfect life"?  I'm not sure if Crystal is the brightest bulb in the pack, but she just went against her own argument. It's funny how people take the time out to judge others who are gay or lesbian and then throw scriptures around that they don't even further investigate. She stands behind complete forgiveness for Josh Duggar. That's very noble of her. I can only imagine Crystal being a huge fan of Bill Cosby. I guess that's not the same thing, so I'm told. Again, yes it is a beautiful thing to forgive someone who has done something terrible in the past, but it's even more of a beautiful thing when you can remove the speck in your own eye.

Back to Matt Walsh though: why would you personally keep sexual molestation a secret, and yet you would verbally bash anyone of the LGBT community, calling them "mentally ill" and "twisted individuals"?  I hope your children don't learn to hate as you do. There are too way many LGBT youths who are committing suicide every single day because they're being bullied for being 'different' -- for being gay, lesbian or transgender. They usually learn this from their own parents, watching and listening on how they view homosexuality.

"Because the Bible says so..."

It just takes a little time and effort to investigate a book that has been written over 2,000 years ago, with millions of translations and interpretations. Read into it. Read the origins -- the meanings of each word, especially if it has been translated. When you rebuke someone for a sin, (which only God is allowed to do), does it feel good? To me, it shows a self-righteous, egotistical maniac who needs to be "higher" than anybody else. For a lack of better terms, it's an insecurity issue. When someone is mean to you in the name of God, there has to be something underneath it all to make their pot boil over. What skeletons are you hiding in your closet? Most antigay right-winged Christians who are in the public eye usually come out as homosexuals anyway.

Just take a look at Rep. Randy Boehning, a 52 year old Republican legislator from Fargo, North Dakota who also happens to be a lawmaker who recently made a public retaliation against expanding gay rights. He sent explicit photos of himself to a 21 year old man named, Dustin Smith. Smith recognized Boehning by his photo on Grindr -- a gay hookup site. Boehning was under the name, "Top Man" while chatting with these young boys. Boehning also stated that there were people in his life who also knew he was gay and was glad that he is now outed. So why would he vote against gay rights? Was it to hide who he truly was? Was it all out of fear? Most homophobia stems from being a closet homosexual. Below is a perfect video to prove my point. If you can't view the video, please click here.



Enjoy! And please, be kind to everyone. Forgive quickly. Love genuinely. Live humbly.

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