Lafayette Library
Drags Kids Into Politics!

LFF Commentary | August 2018

In an update on the controversy surrounding a Drag Queen Story Time (DQST) event scheduled for October 6th at the Lafayette Public Library, Board of Control President Joseph Gordon-Wiltz, an appointee of Mayor-President Joel Robideaux, has submitted his letter of resignation. The resignation is dated effective immediately.

Robideaux sent an e-mail on Monday to the board president, just hours before he resigned, that included a request for information for a “comprehensive explanation of how programming is decided,” followed by a long list of specific questions. Thank you, Mayor Robideaux, for protecting the interests of the children in Lafayette.

LFF received a copy of a letter that was sent to the Library Board of Control, the Mayor, and Councilmembers. Written by a Lafayette area mother, it gets to the heart of this issue and humbly explains why we are concerned about DQST and its effect on our children. Please read this insightful letter.

 

One Race
Stream.org | August 2018

“I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia, the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slaveowners will be able to sit together at the table of brotherhood.” Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

On Saturday, those red hills echoed with the resounding realization of Rev. King’s dream. A remarkably multi-ethnic group of over 10,000 Christians joined at Stone Mountain Park in Atlanta for the inaugural OneRace Gathering.

“I’ve been longing for this day!” shouted Dr. John Perkins, a leading evangelical voice of the civil rights movement. A revered civil rights figure who marched alongside Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., eighty-eight-year-old Perkins was unreserved in his acclaim of the gathering. “That crowd out there looks like the church!” Perkins told The Stream in an interview.

To gather for such a purpose at Stone Mountain — in the shadow of Confederate figures carved in stone — seems contradictory at first glance. Or destiny.

 

Make Men Masculine Again!
Prager U | August 2018

When you try to make men more like women, you don’t get less “toxic masculinity,” you get more. Why? Because bad men don’t become good when they stop being men; they become good when they stop being bad. Aggression, violence, and unbridled ambition can’t be eliminated from the male psyche; they can only be harnessed. And when they are harnessed, they are tools for good, not for harm.

The same masculine traits that bring destruction also defeat tyranny. The traits that foster greed also build economies. The traits that drive men to take foolish risks also drive men to take heroic risks.

The answer to toxic masculinity isn’t less masculinity; it’s better masculinity. And we know what that looks like. It’s a young man opening the door for a girl on their first date. It’s a father working long hours to provide for his family. It’s a soldier risking his life to defend his country.

The growing problem today isn’t that men are too masculine; it’s that they’re not masculine enough. When men embrace their masculinity in a way that is healthy and productive, they are leaders, warriors and heroes. When they deny their masculinity, they run away from responsibilities, leaving destruction and despair in their wake.

 

"Stay Not Grown Up"
Breakpoint | August 2018

Peter Pan never wanted to grow up, but even he never tried to make a living playing video games. Here’s how perpetual adolescence is producing failing adults.

Adulthood means a lot of things, and maybe the most important is the willingness to put the needs of others—especially our kids—ahead of our own. That’s why it’s alarming that so many parents in America indulge their kids’ immaturities, participating in, maybe even funding them. Such children grow up never realizing they aren’t the center of the universe. And the consequences of that cosmology are ugly.

Writing in the Wall Street Journal, Sarah Needleman describes a new trend of parents who hire video game coaches—yes, I said video game coaches—for their kids. For as much as $20 an hour, experienced gamers will tutor your kids in the finer points of button-mashing.

 
 
"'Leader' is mentioned only 6 times in the KJV Bible. 'Servant' is mentioned 900 times! Why do we have so many leadership conferences?"
– Author Unknown
 

Why don't you have more spiritual conversations than you do?

  • Religious conversations always seem to create tension or arguments.
  • I’m not religious so I don’t care about these kinds of topics.
  • I don’t feel like I know enough to talk about religious or spiritual topics.
  • I’m afraid people will see me as a fanatic or extremist.
  • Talking about religious and spiritual topics is embarrassing to me.
  • Having spiritual conversations is not a problem for me. I have them multiple times a week.
 

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