How Not to Choose a Religion

How Not to Choose a Religion

Reading Time: 5 minutes

Ever look at a dinner menu and have a difficult time deciding what to eat? I have eaten out at a local eatery called Standard Pour. More than once I have had trouble picking out what I wanted to eat because I was tempted to try something new, but more often than not, I personally tend to stick with something I know I like. So do my oldest daughter Sarah and my son Jed. My youngest daughter, Rebecca, and my middle daughter, Beth, will usually try something new.

So Many Choices

Some people look at all the options of religions, and consider it a buffet. No surprise when we look at the short list of choices: Buddhism, Sikhism, Hinduism, Hare Krishna, Judaism, Bahai’, Islam, Scientology, Wicca, New Age, Christian Science, Seventh-Day Adventism, Mormonism, Jehovah’s Witness, and Christianity. We have something for everyone, and if you formulate a criteria for choosing a religion you will find one according to your likes, dislikes, and even your political affiliations.

There are three main mistakes that people make when looking for a religion to fit their personality or lifestyle.
• Smorgasbord approach
• Always leads to a picture of God that matches the person doing the choosing
• Rarely requires major changes in lifestyle and allows a God that does not require change

The first mistake is something I touched on up above. People adopt a smorgasbord approach to religion. They survey all the choices and look for something that pleases their palate. Their choice might not be one item, but several that they add to their plate. They might take something from Buddhism, Islam, and Hinduism, then mix and match and create their own religion. The problem with this strategy is that not all religions can be true. For example, Buddhism believes we are all gods, Islam believes in one god, and Hinduism believes in millions of gods. They can’t all be right.

If I asked three men how tall Liv, one of my 8th grade students was, (assuming they have never seen her), one might say she is 4’2” tall, another might say she is 5’2” tall, and the third might say she is 6’2” tall. Of course it is true they could all be wrong, but what if she was 5’2″ tall? It would be impossible for all of them to be correct.

Pick What You Like

The second mistake is when people pick a religion based on likes or dislikes, it always leads to a picture of a higher power that matches the person who is deciding what religion works for them. This works well when you pick your boyfriend or girlfriend, or your spouse. You want someone that has many of the same interests you do. Generally, you like the same movies, books, sports, and other hobbies or activities. Herein lies the problem with that method. Do people go to their doctors to hear what they want to hear, or do they want to hear the truth? Does it matter? Of course it does. If you have cancer and your doctor tells you that you are fine and have nothing to worry about, then that mistake could cost you your life.

If the purpose of choosing a religion is to make you feel better about yourself and the world you live in, then you probably are not interested in the truth. Who would choose a religion that would require them to give to the poor, put others before themselves, argue in favor of life for the unborn, and consider homosexuality a sin? Talk about making yourself unpopular with the current culture! How intolerant! Who are you to tell a woman what she can do with her body? How dare you tell someone who they can love or not love!

If the purpose of picking a religion is to find a reason and purpose for your life, then you should be interested in the truth behind the various religions. You don’t want to pick one because it fits your worldview; you want to find one that is founded in truth, and then you change your worldview to match the truth.

Match Your Lifestyle

The third mistake people make is finding a religion that matches their lifestyle. For example, if you have the view that all life, plants, animals, and insects are of equal value, then you will not choose Christianity, Islam, or Judaism because they all value human life above all other life.

Having to change your lifestyle, having to disagree with popular opinion, and being considered unloving and intolerant is not an easy choice to make. So if the religion you are considering goes against the current culture or opinions you have on hot topics like abortion or same-sex marriage, odds are you will not consider it or even adopt that kind of change without some significant event or shift in your thinking.

If you are seeking truth and considering that one of the world religions might be true, then you need criteria to weigh, and guidelines to help you select the one that has the best answers. Remember you don’t go to a physician to hear what makes you feel better, you go to to hear the truth and by doing so you will find answers and solutions to what ails you. Choosing a religion or worldview is no different. If by chance there is only one God, you want to pick the right one.

Others are less concerned with the truth and more concerned about satisfying some deep seated feeling that somehow goes beyond the natural. John Calvin called this desire the ‘sensus divinitatis’ or a sense of the divine. Thomas Aquinas said, “We all have a predisposition to believe in God implanted in us by nature.”1 Others look at this and call it the God gene and do their best to explain this inclination biologically.

The God Gene

In a Huffington Post article, Elizabeth Devita-Raeburn wrote, “I think I’ve got the God gene. (I can’t know for sure; although testing for the gene is pretty straightforward, no one’s doing it commercially right now.) But since I didn’t grow up following a particular religion, I have no ready outlet for my spiritual drive. Which explains, I guess, the hodgepodge of alternatives I’ve dabbled in—the psychics, mediums, and all the rest. Still, through meditation, yoga, and guest appearances at Passover seders, Easter sermons, and Ramadan feasts, I satisfy my spiritual cravings—and likely stay mentally and physically balanced. It’s a bit messy, a little unorthodox—but for me, it’s religion.”2

Does this example look familiar? Sound like something described up above? Is she interested in truth or simply satisfying spiritual cravings?


Ravi Zacharias observed that those in pain or suffering often earnestly seek answers for what they are struggling through. On the flip side, often those in a position of ease, comfort, and pleasure rarely seek God with any sincere convictions. A life of pleasure seems to put the ‘sensus dininitatis’ on hold until there is a need to find answers. Zacharias wrote, “Have you noticed that people who say ‘My life has no meaning’ are rarely ones who suffer real pain? Meaninglessness doesn’t come from being weary of pain but from being weary of pleasure.3

If you are seeking a religion, do you pick and choose? Do you have some kind of generic faith, the kind of faith that costs less then the name brand? If you are a ‘believer’, then give some thought to what you are believing in. Is it something that allows you to stay the same, something that is acceptable by the current culture? Does your ‘god’ agree with your way of thinking? If so, then give some thought to what kind of god would agree with your perspective and opinions. Is that the kind of God you would want to get behind? Is that someone you would want to praise and honor? Is that kind of God big enough?


1. Stokes, Mitch. A Shot Of Faith To The Head. Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 2012. Print.
2. Devita-Raeburn, Elizabeth. “Choosing Your Religion.” Huffington Post., 17 November 2011. Web. 10 June 2016.
3. Zacharias, Ravi; Johnson, Kevin. Jesus Among Other Gods. Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 2000. Print.


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Book Reviews 2023

Book Reviews 2023

Reading Time: 11 minutes

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I have read less than I would have liked this year due to the hours I have been putting in. Nevertheless, I wanted to review four of the titles I found time to read in 2023 that you might enjoy. 

Analog Christian – by Jay Kim (41 notes, 178 pages)

Atheism on Trial – by Mark Lanier (55 notes, 202 pages)

Confronting Christianity – by Rebecca Mclaughlin (76 notes, 226 pages) 

Irreversible Damage – by Abigail Shrier (60 notes, 231 pages)

Son of Hamas – by Mosab Hassan Yousef (Audible)

Devotion – by Adam Makos (Audible)

The reference to notes is my note-taking system when I read a book. The more notes I made, the more impactful, relevant, apologetic, or valuable I found the contents. Of course, the size of the book would also make a difference, so I have listed the number of pages. I enjoyed the two Audible books and would recommend them both. 

Analog Christian

This was published in 2022 by Jay Kim, a pastor in Silicon Valley. 

Kim wrestles with the dangers most Christians are unaware of concerning the technology we are surrounded by daily. Engineered to keep us swiping, social media is all-consuming. Inherent in the algorithms are pitfalls that often outweigh the benefits. 

Frances Haugen, a Facebook insider who became a whistleblower, wrote concerning the algorithm, its “engagement-based formula helps sensational content, such as posts that feature rage, hate or misinformation, travel far and wide.”1 Kim explains comparison and contempt are tools used by the enemy and are inherent in social media.

Before my divorce, I would celebrate the joy and love I felt for my wife on social media. On more than one anniversary, I’ve posted pictures of my wife and how many years we have attained. Bragging rights. After the divorce, social media became a punch in the gut. Every anniversary others posted celebrating their 20th, 25th, 30th, etc., would pour salt in the wound. It never occurred to me my posts would/could have done the same to someone else. 

Of course, we should celebrate successful marriages, but the inherent poison of comparison on Social Media is destructive and can be malignant. Kim writes about a time when he and his wife struggled with infertility, “Every pregnancy announcement, be it from a friend or acquaintance, felt like a punch in the stomach. I was unable to genuinely celebrate anything with anyone. All I could do was compare their good fortune to our anguish.”2

Temperature of Hate

Psychologists talk about hot-hate and cool-hate. Hot hate is something we are all familiar with. We have all experienced moments where someone does something blatantly rude, and our tempers flair. Crimes of passion and road rage, not brought under control, are examples of hot-hate.

But another kind of hate, cool-hate, is common in social media and circles of gossip among friends. Based on contempt and disgust, Kim explains people use sarcasm, dismissal, and mockery. It can be, and often is, more damaging than hot-hate. Just ask the family whose child committed suicide because of bullying. 

Kim writes, “The apps we use are actually using us. We are not so much the customers as the products. Each search and click provides valuable dates to companies constantly searching for ways to effectively commodify our attention and, more slyly, our addiction. A never-ending loop of comparison, which eventually breeds contempt.”3 Philippians 4:7

I highly recommend Analog Christian to any family concerned about social media, screen time, and how much time their still-at-home teens their phones.

Atheism On Trial

This was published in 2022 by Mark Lanier, a successful trial lawyer in Houston, Texas, and featured in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, and American Lawyer. 

Lanier looks at the rationality of atheism and its coherence in the world as we understand it. He writes, “I am compelled to find answers to big questions that harmonize. I expect consistency. Consistency is the bedrock of logic, science, and sound thinking. I must have consistency.” 4

A couple of years ago, I had a conversation with a woman who did not believe in God. She reasoned the complexity and immensity of the universe was beyond what any ‘god’ could create, but manage in any sense of the word. 

Of course, she had put God in a box; her mind, and arguably this is true for all of us, cannot truly fathom who God is and what He is capable of. 

Richard Dawkins has the same line of thinking in his best-selling book, The God Delusion. Lanier writes, “With all due respect to Richard Dawkins’s brain power, that is not proof there is not God. If the average human brain is a full three pounds of grey matter, and I give Dawkins a brain and a half, still even four and a half pounds of neural and glial cells surely cannot be the standard for determining the makeup of the mind of God.”5

Can an insect, or even a dog or horse, conceive of man building the Golden Gate Bridge or flying from LA to New York? 1 Corinthians 2:9 Romans 11:34

Justice and Fairness

Steven Fry, a graduate of Cambridge and an outspoken atheist, was asked what he would say if he came face to face with God. Fry replied, “I’d say, ‘Bone cancer in children? What’s that about? How dare you? How dare you create a world to which there is such misery that is not our fault? It’s not right, it’s utterly, utterly evil. Why should I respect a capricious, mean-minded, stupid God who creates a world which is so full of injustice and pain?’ That’s what I would say.”6

What Fry and others need to recognize or accept is the hardwired concept of fairness, justice, and morality. How did this idea come about from natural selection? It didn’t. Lanier asks the same thing, “So where do the concepts come from? If there is a Judeo-Christian God, the answer is easy. If there isn’t, one is hard-pressed to find a source beyond the fascinating electrical synapses of human sacks of chemicals.”7

Lanier points out that the notion of justice and fairness is essential to Fry, but “Consider how this came to be. Should one believe that people have developed a keen sense of justice and fairness through natural selection? That somehow individuals benefit from fair treatment, and that humanity found it comes only if we ensure fairness to society? Perhaps, but that’s a stretch of post hoc analysis.”6 

He explains humans don’t want fairness; people want what they want, not what is best for their neighbors. The world doesn’t have a society where the redistribution of wealth comes from the heart of the people, and it never will. Jeremiah 17:9

Confronting Christianity

This was published in 2019 and written by Rebecca Mclaughlin, who holds a Ph.D. in Renaissance literature from Cambridge and a theology degree from Oak Hill College. She is also a former vice president of content at the Veritas Forum. 

When it comes to apologetics I have read William Lane Craig, Nancy Pearcey, Doug Powell, Hugh Ross, Kenneth Samples, Frank Turek, John Lennox, R.C. Sproul, Johnathan Morrow, Abdu Murray, J.P. Moreland, Greg Koukl, Tim Keller, C.S. Lewis, Josh and Sean McDowell, Ravi Zacharias, Nabeel Qureshi, Paul Copan and a dozen others who would be considered the heavy hitters in Christian apologetics. All of their books, lectures, and debates have bolstered my faith, but none of their books would I describe as beautifully written. Rebecca Mclaughlin has done just that. Weaving personal experience and exposing vulnerable struggles within herself, she is empathetic to the battles many have. 

At the same time, she addresses many of the hard questions Christians may face when having discussions with unbelievers. She gracefully acknowledges the shortcomings of Christians in the past and the harm they have done in the name of Jesus. Mclaughlin then removes the layers of counterarguments without using hyperbole and other inflammatory language, and lays the facts on the table for all to see. 

Violent Buddhists?

Concerning religion and violence, she acknowledges the Crusades, as has William Lane Craig and other Christian apologists, though liberal historians have greatly exaggerated the numbers. And few have any doubt about the violence and blood on the hands of martyrs in the name of Islam. However, are there other examples? 

In 2018, the New York Times ran an op-ed titled, “Why Are We Surprised When Buddhists Are Violent?” Mclaughlin explains, “The article cites Sri Lanka’s civil war…fueled by ‘specifically Buddhist nationalism’; violence in modern Thailand; violence within the Dalai Lam’s own sect; and a growing body of scholarly literature on the martial complicity of Buddhist institutions in World War II era with Japanese nationalism.”8 Mclaughlin explains it is not that Buddhism is inherently violent, but as a religion, it is not free of blood-stained hands; no religion is. 

Some of you may have seen the 2016 Martin Scorsese film Silence. Tens of thousands of Christians in the 1700s were executed in horrific ways at the hands of the Shinto-Buddhist government. When we think of the Shinto Shrine, pictures of serene monks meditating, incense softly trailing in the air, and lush green foliage come to mind. 

Yet, Christianity and Islam seem to be the center of the target and the examples the media draws attention to. 

Rohingya Muslims in Buddhist majority Myanmar have experienced terrible violence at the hands of Buddhist soldiers. Nicholas Kristof writes, “‘Ethnic cleansing’ and even ‘genocide’ are antiseptic and abstract terms. What they mean in the flesh is a soldier grabbing a crying baby girl named Suhaifa by the leg and flinging her into a bonfire.”9

Religion is a Tool

Mao Tse-tung said, “Politics is war without bloodshed, while war is politics with bloodshed.” Religion has been and will continue to be used as a tool to further the agenda of politicians/dictators whose goal is control and power. 

Nazis changed scripture and published bibles to make Jesus a blond-haired, blue-eyed Aryan. Hitler announced, “I can imagine Christ as nothing other than blond and blue eyes, the devil however only with a Jewish grimace.”10 

Mclaughlin rightly points out human goodness is not innate, and the Bible makes that clear from Genesis to Revelation. “We are not naturally good people who behave badly only if we have been deprived of the proper upbringing, education, or circumstances. Rather, we are innately sinful, veering toward selfishness like a car with a misaligned steering wheel.”11 

“Staked at the heart of Christianity is a symbol of extreme violence – the brutal, torturous, state-sponsored execution of an innocent man. Christians believe that this execution was orchestrated by God himself. Some argue from this that Christianity glorifies violence. But the meaning of the cross is precisely the opposite. Violence is the use of power by the strong to hurt the weak. At the cross, the most powerful man who ever lived submitted to the most brutal death ever died, to save the powerless. Christianity does not glorify violence. It humiliates it.”12 

Irreversible Damage

Abigail Shrier writes, “This is a story Americans need to hear. Whether or not you have an adolescent daughter, whether or not your child has fallen for this transgender craze, America has become fertile ground for this mass enthusiasm for reasons that have everything to do with our cultural frailty: parents are undermined; experts are over-relied upon; dissenters in science and medicine are intimidated; free speech truckles under renewed attack… and the desire to escape a dominant identity encourages individuals to take cover in victim groups.13

Having raised three daughters and entering the phase of life where I am inclined to mention the joys of grandchildren to strangers, this book hits a home run for those who have serious concerns about the transgender storm and gender-affirming contagion that has overwhelmed our culture. 

Girls Becoming Boys

There is no doubt a generation of youth has drunk the Kool-aid and been taught and bullied into believing double mastectomies and puberty blockers are steps girls can take to become men. 

Parents and grandparents should be aware and informed about what is being taught at their child’s school. “The ACLU, Planned Parenthood, and GLSEN (formally the “Gay and Lesbian Independent School Teachers Network”) supply curriculum materials. Their members are routinely brought into schools to lecture students on sexual orientation and gender.”14

If you attend school in a progressive urban city, LA, San Francisco, or New York come to mind. All you need to view is the school district calendar. Pride month? No, it is now a pride year parade, and you better get in line, or you can expect to be ostracized by staff and peers. 

The LGBTQ Calendar

October begins with “Coming Out Day,” followed by “International Pronouns Day,” and “LGBTQ History Month”. In November, we find “Transgender Awareness Week” and “Transgender Day of Remembrance,” March is “Transgender Visibility Month,” and April adds “Day of Silence/Day of Action.” May is “Harvey Milk Day,” and June is “Pride Month.”15

Any educator worth their weight in salt should proactively address any form of bullying. This includes students who identify as LGBTQ or transgender, but the pendulum has swung far and wide of any sensibility or reasonableness. 

A better remedy would be to teach all classmates kindness, understanding, compassion, and decency, regardless of their skin color, sexual orientation, political beliefs, or religion. What is a shame is that many students lack those kinds of characteristics, something generally taught at home, but now educators have to spend time reinforcing those virtuous behaviors.

After 25 years of teaching and dealing with parents, the old saying “the apple does not fall far from the tree” holds true. Some never get it; tragically, their children seem to be one train wreck after another, yet it is the teacher’s fault. 

The States Solution

Parents are blind to the fact they have acquiesced the raising of their children to the current culture. What is streaming on the big screen? What do they follow on Youtube, Instagram, and Twitter/X? They have unhindered access to smartphones, which suck away their time and bleach their brains. 

And the state’s solution? Affirm everything the child feels. Can you imagine a school board mandating everyone wear a pagri (Hindu head wrap), or a panung sash across their torso? Then, they affirm their religion is true and accurate because some Hindu students were teased. 

Shrier points out that ‘bullying’ is used as an excuse to indoctrinate youth on gender ideology, and those who are questioning their gender or adopt one of the nearly one hundred labels on the new gender spectrum must be affirmed. The National Education Association (NEA) warns, “The consequences of not affirming a child’s gender identity can be severe, and it can interfere with their ability to develop and maintain healthy interpersonal relationships.”16

Obviously, many parents disagree with this conclusion and are standing up and speaking out to teachers, principals, and school boards. Unfortunately, the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) considers it a violation of students’ rights if parents interfere with a student’s gender choices. If a student changes their pronouns from his to hers, the parents have no say, nor are they informed. 

Shrier ends her book with some advice for parents. 

Don’t get your kid a smartphone. Nearly every novel problem teenagers face traces itself back to 2007 and the introduction of Steve Jobs’s iPhone. In fact, the explosion in self-harm can be so precisely pinpointed to the introduction of this one device that researchers have little doubt that it is the cause.17
Don’t relinquish your authority as the parent.
Don’t support gender ideology in your child’s education.
Reintroduce privacy into the home.
Consider big steps to separate your daughter from harm.
Stop pathologizing girlhood.
Don’t be afraid to admit: It’s wonderful to be a girl.

There are three types of books you can learn from: books that encourage you, books that inform you, and books that challenge you. If you don’t read books challenging your status quo, you are simply building a room without doors and windows. 

It is easier to perceive error than to find truth, for the former lies on the surface and is easily seen, while the latter lies in the depth, where few are willing to search for it. – Johann von Goethe

Book Reviews 2023 by James Glazier is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 4.0

  1. Kim, Jay. “Kindness and Goodness Instead of Hostility.” Analog Christian, IVP, 2022, pg. 85 []
  2. Kim, Jay. “Kindness and Goodness Instead of Hostility.” Analog Christian, IVP, 2022, pg. 33 []
  3. Kim, Jay. “Kindness and Goodness Instead of Hostility.” Analog Christian, IVP, 2022, pg. 8 []
  4. Lanier, Mark, W. “Opening Statment.” Atheism On Trial, IVP 2022, pg.12 []
  5. Lanier, Mark, W. “Opening Statment.” Atheism On Trial, IVP 2022, pg.29 []
  6. Lanier, Mark, W. “Opening Statment.” Atheism On Trial, IVP 2022, pg.85 [] []
  7. Lanier, Mark, W. “Opening Statment.” Atheism On Trial, IVP 2022, pg.87 []
  8. Mclaughlin, Rebecca. “Doesn’t Religion Cause Violence?” Crossway, 2019, pg. 80 []
  9. Kristof, Nicholas. “Is This Genocide?” New York Times, 15 December 2017, 6 Dec. 2023 []
  10. Mclaughlin, Rebecca. “Doesn’t Religion Cause Violence?” Crossway, 2019, pg. 83 []
  11. Mclaughlin, Rebecca. “Doesn’t Religion Cause Violence?” Crossway, 2019, pg. 92 []
  12. Mclaughlin, Rebecca. “Doesn’t Religion Cause Violence?” Crossway, 2019, pg. 93 []
  13. Shrier, Abigail. “Introduction.” Irreversible Damage-The transgender Craze Seducing Our Daughters, Regnery, 2020, pg xxix []
  14. Shrier, Abigail. “Introduction.” Irreversible Damage-The transgender Craze Seducing Our Daughters, Regnery, 2020, pg 64 []
  15. Shrier, Abigail. “Introduction.” Irreversible Damage-The transgender Craze Seducing Our Daughters, Regnery, 2020, pg 69 []
  16. Shrier, Abigail. “Introduction.” Irreversible Damage-The transgender Craze Seducing Our Daughters, Regnery, 2020, pg 71 []
  17. Shrier, Abigail. “Introduction.” Irreversible Damage-The transgender Craze Seducing Our Daughters, Regnery, 2020, pg 212 []
Razing of Teen Girls Part II

Razing of Teen Girls Part II

Reading Time: 10 minutes

Above image by Petra from Pixabay

In Part I, I looked at why teen girls have been adopting a gender-ideology worldview and considering for themselves if they could be transgender. Now I want to look at our current culture and where the enormous cultural influencer (public school system) stands on the issue. 

A Detransitioner

The California Teachers Association, the National Education Association, and the Biden administration have stood up and fully backed ‘the gender-affirming care.’ Biden’s Assistant Secretary of Health, Rachel Levine said, “There is no argument among medical professionals – pediatricians, pediatric endocrinologists, adolescent medicine physicians, adolescent psychiatrists, psychologists, etc. – about the value and the importance of gender-affirming care.” She added, “Adolescence is hard and puberty is hard. What if you are going through the wrong puberty?”1

Last week Chloe Cole, a detransitioner, spoke to Congress. She is just one of a quickly growing number of women speaking out against the insanity of medical professionals who inject puberty blockers, testosterone, and cut off perfectly healthy breasts of young girls. Cole said, “We need to stop telling 12-year-olds that they were born wrong, that they are right to reject their own bodies and feel uncomfortable with their own skin.1

Cole explained to Congress when she was a girl; she felt uncomfortable when she entered puberty. She even told her parents she wanted to transition to a boy. Cole continued, “We need to stop telling children that puberty is an option. That they can choose what kind of puberty they will go through just [like] they can choose what clothes to wear or music to listen to.”1

She now recognizes the tragic results and life-long irreversible procedures that gender-affirming care delivers. “I speak to you today as a victim of one of the biggest medical scandals in the history of the United States of America,” Cole went on. “I speak to you in the hope that you will have the courage to bring the scandal to an end and ensure that other vulnerable teenagers, children and young adults, don’t go through what I went through.”1

For more information and accounts of detransitioners, go to,

The Sliding Scale

There have always been women who broke the rules of decorum and pushed the boundaries within their culture. Eric Metaxas wrote about several in his book, 7 Women and The Secret Of Their Greatness. Other examples, such as Harriet Tubman, Amelia Airhart, Rosa Parks, and Sally Ride, took on leading roles and stepped up to meet a need in a male-dominated world. Yet none of them considered themselves a man. Sally Ride, a lesbian, kept it a secret, recognizing the significance of being the first woman in space and did not want to subtract from that historic moment. 

California, New Jersey, Colorado, and Illinois have mandated LGBTQ history curricula in public schools, and more states will follow. This new agenda speaks to these extraordinary women but in terms that subtract from who they were. Now children learn strong women are not entirely female, but more on the male side of the spectrum.2 Imagine a sliding scale, 80% female and 20% male, or 60% female and 40% male, etc. The more successful, the more influential, the more noteworthy she is, the more male she is. How does that give credit where credit is due? Women who were leaders, strong, powerful, influential, and trailblazers were more of a man than a woman. Does that help you ladies? 

On this sliding scale, girls who excel at math or wrestling would not be what we used to call path-breakers, but they are now considered ‘gender-expressive.’ They should consider their gender beyond ‘just’ female, but something more, male. 

Abigail Shrier, the author of Irreversible Damage, writes, “While all this sexual identity politics marches through the front door, a large-scale robbery is taking place: the theft of women’s achievement. The more incredible a woman is, the more barriers she busts through, the more ‘gender nonconforming’ she is deemed to be. In this perverse schema, by definition, the more amazing a woman is, the less she counts as a woman.”2

Woman Of The Year

But it gets worse. The world was shocked when in 2015, Caitlyn Jenner, formally Bruce Jenner, was namedWoman of the Year by Glamour Magazine.

James Smith, who lost his wife when she rushed into one of the twin towers on 9/11, had something to say about it; frankly, he was livid. Glamour awarded his wife the ‘Woman of the Year Award’ posthumously. As a New York police officer, she had rushed into the twin towers to save who she could and consequently lost her life, bravely trying to save others. 

James Smith promptly pulled the award off a shelf, which was to honor his wife, and returned it to Glamour. Smith wrote, “Was there no woman in America, or the rest of the world, more deserving than this man?” Smith wrote. “At a time when we have women in the armed forces fighting and dying for our country, heroic doctors fighting deadly diseases, women police and firefighters putting their lives on the line for total strangers, brave women overcoming life threatening diseases . . . the list of possibilities goes on . . . is this the best you could do?”3

Fast forward, and now we have Lia Thomas nominated for the NCAA Woman of the Year. The last season Thomas competed as a member of the men’s team; he was ranked:

  • 554th in the 200 freestyle
  • 65th in the 500 freestyle
  • 32nd in the 1650 freestyle

As transgender swimming against women, Thomas ranked: 

  • 5th in the 200 freestyle
  • 1st in the 500 freestyle
  • 8th in the 1650 freestyle4

It is undeniable making the shift from men’s competition to women’s, made an enormous difference in the success of Thomas, a biological male competing against biological females. 

You Can Change Your Race

Of course, if you can change your gender, you should be able to change your race. Do you think I am joking? Thousands of teens are practicing “race change to another” or RCTA. NBC reports, “Practitioners of what they call “race change to another,” or RCTA, purport to be able to manifest physical changes in their appearance and even their genetics to become a different race. They tune in to subliminal videos that claim can give them an ‘East Asian appearance’ or ‘Korean DNA.'”5

One high school girl, Alisa, has been practicing RCTA using ‘subliminals.’ Some creators of this material on TikTok and Youtube have hundreds of thousands of subscribers and millions of views. Alisa claims her vision has cleared, her eyelids have become smaller, and her hair is darker. Alisa said those who practice RCTA are not harming anyone, “We only live once, so I think we should do everything we want to do in life, even if others think it’s not OK or you can’t achieve it.”5 That quote represents the mindset of millions of youth today who have unlimited access to their phones. “…should be able to do everything we want to do in life, even if others think it’s not OK…” 

Many experts point out it is impossible to change your race, but others push back and saying race and culture are synonymous. 

For example, Kevin Nadal, a professor of psychology at City University of New York, says, “There is a privilege in being able to change your race or to say that you’re changing your race. There are many people who would be unable to ever change their race. Particularly, Black people in this country would be unable to say all of a sudden ‘I’m white’ and be treated with the same privileges that white people have.”5

Early Indoctrination

The California Education Board provides a book for Kindergarten teachers to read to their students. The title is, Who Are You? The Kid’s Guide to Gender Identity by Brook Pessin-Whedbee. The author writes, “Babies can’t talk, so grown-ups make a guess by looking at their bodies. This is the sex assigned to you at birth, male or female.”6

There is no guessing involved; every adult in the room can clearly see the sex and gender of the infant, but now we are told adults assign their gender and sometimes get it wrong. You would think that after eight years of medical school, the OBGYN could tell the difference between a baby boy and a baby girl. 

Teaching twenty years ago, children learned how to line up, share, write their names, color within the lines, and trust adults outside of their families. Now these adults teach them about the sliding scale of gender identity so they can begin to pick their own place on the rainbow spectrum. 

Gone are the days of story time when the teacher would read Curious George, Goodnight Moon, Love You Forever, Moo Baa la la la, Rainbow Fish, Dr. Seuss, and countless other titles that never once suggested to a child to consider what their gender is. It is ludicrous to place the topic of gender identity on children that young. 

Be Informed

If you are a parent or grandparent of young children, look into what books are in their school library. Ask what books the teachers will read to students during the school year. You should also see if your school district has policies that district personnel can or should keep a student’s transgender status hidden from parents or guardians. And for the locals who read my blog, yes, Sonora HighSonora ElementarySummerville HighSummerville Elementary, and Curtis Creek Elementary, are on the list. If you would like a complete list of California schools, look here

Furthermore, look at your school calendar to see if they celebrate various LGBTQ+ days. There are lots to choose from. October is LGBTQ+ history month which includes ‘Coming Out Day’ and ‘International Pronouns Day.’ November follows with ‘Transgender Awareness Week’ (in case you forget what occurred in October), which includes ‘Transgender Day of Remembrance.’ In March, you will find ‘Transgender Visibility Month and April includes ‘Day of Silence/ Day of Action.’ In May, we find Harvey Milk Day, and finally, we have Pride Month in June to kick off the summer festivities.7

Seventeen Thousand and Counting

Instruction and persuasion do not end in the first few years of school; it continues into Jr. High and High School. Almost eighteen thousand U.S. schools have policies restricting parents’ knowledge of their child’s decision to consider or pursue a transgender status. 

Positive Prevention PLUS is a widely used health curriculum in middle schools that engages gender-identity instruction. Students are encouraged to imagine themselves as a different gender. Teachers ask students what changes in their life would take place. How would they feel being another gender? What would be fun being another gender? These questions and other instruction dovetail into students asking themselves if they are entirely female.8

Why The Big Push for Pro-LGBTQ+?

There is no doubt that LGBTQ+ students are, and have been, bullied by their peers and teachers, some to the point of suicide. 

In 2019 the CDC examined dozens of school districts in 19 states and found higher rates of violence and self-harm by transgender high school students. Other LGBTQ organizations and activist groups confirm the statistics.9

Teachers who are on the front lines with these students need to be aware and watchful for behavior that would fall into bullying. These students need to know they are loved and appreciated, no matter how they feel and who they think they are. Any student who bullies another student for a difference, be it physical, sexual, religious, or political, should be dealt with immediately.  

But when bullying involves a transgender, it falls into a completely different level of consequence. Suppose, for instance, classmates teased a student wearing a Jewish skullcap or yarmulke, pronounced “yamaka.” Typically you would hear from the teacher, “Knock it off. Treat people the way you want to be treated. Do you even know what that hat symbolizes? You have detention. Go to the office. Go see the principal.”

Yet we don’t find schools embedding Jewish beliefs into elementary, Jr. High, and High School curricula. Grades K-12 do not offer instruction on Jewish customs and theologies. Students are not required to believe in Yahweh or study the Old Testament. Nor do students have to participate in and celebrate Pride Month, oh, I mean Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur. 

What Can You Do?

I have read multiple accounts where the health professional told the parent they have two choices. Parents can continue to push back and fight the child’s desire to transition from girl to boy, but if they commit suicide, it is the parent’s fault. The choice? You can have a dead daughter or a healthy boy. This option is called a false dilemma and deceitfully limits the available options. 

Teenagers are trying to figure out who they are, and this sudden epidemic (a 1000% increase) of adolescent girls saying they are a boy should alarm anyone with a young girl in their family. Question the narrative, and don’t be bullied into acquiescing to the gender ideology prevalent in our schools. 

You are the parent, and *they* are your responsibility. Take what steps you need to extend the timeline of adolescence to adulthood. Most importantly, remove them from their peer group, schools, and online communities that continually point them toward this self-destructive behavior. Cut out the carte blanche access to the smartphone. Some families have taken a sabbatical and traveled for a year. Others have unplugged and moved into a community that shares their values. 

These are drastic measures, but not a single family who has found success has regretted making the hard choices to save their daughter from a life of pain and regret. 

Not a Flaw

Girls are different; they are not defective boys. When girls, and boys for that matter, go online, they bathe in propaganda. Parents have to get a handle on what their children view and limit their exposure. Coupled with that, have conversations with them about the gender-ideology craze and lay out the facts. Don’t isolate them from what is going on, but innoculate them. Give them facts, candid conversations, and show them the man behind the screen. That way, she can make thoughtful decisions like the scarecrow, be compassionate and understanding like the tin man, and bravely face the culture that will ostracize her for not marching with the wicked witch of the west.

“Puberty is a rite of passage to adulthood, not a disease to be mitigated.” Chloe Cole

“A young woman’s unruly emotions in her teenage years – the whirlwind fury and self-doubt of female adolescence – may be a feature, not a flaw.” Abigail Shrier

3 John 1:4

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Razing of Teen Girls Part II

The Razing of Teen Girls Part I

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A Season of Destruction

Google “How to inject testosterone by yourself,” and you will get over 3,600,000 hits. Then change it to, “How should girls inject testosterone” and you get almost 57,000,000, almost sixteen times as much. 

Gender dysphoria has become a social contagion. In the U.S., between 2016 and 2017, gender surgeries increased by 400%. In the United Kingdom, when looking at the previous decade, the increase was over 4000% for girls seeking gender treatment.1

Dr. Lisa Littman was an ob-gyn and mother of two when she noticed on social media an odd statistic. Several young girls in a small Rhode Island town came out as transgender, and all were within the same friend group. One of her fields of analysis was epidemiology (the study of the distribution of health-related events in populations). Dr. Littman understood the social reasons some teen girls might come out in the current culture as opposed to twenty or thirty years ago, but it does not explain why this spikes significantly within friend groups. 

Dr. Littman gave this statistical occurrence the label “rapid-onset gender dysphoria”2, or you may have heard the term “social or peer contagion.” 

This fad, fever, trend, craze, and madness have acted like social trends that teens over the decades have been caught up in. Some examples come to mind for those over the age of fifty, Bell-bottoms, Nike shoes, and Hula-Hoops; others can remember Furbys, Beanie Babies, Pokemon, Fifty Shades of Grey, TikTok, and iPhones. Some I’ve listed are harmless, others destructive by nature. 

U.S. Surgeon General Warning

Two patterns have emerged when studying this phenomenon of gender dysphoria. 

First, the majority of girls who come to realize they have a gender identity that does not fit their biological identity (I am dividing the two for argument’s sake) “have done so after a prolonged period of social media immersion.”3

In May of this year, the U.S. surgeon general warned us of the dangers of social media exposure in young people. NPR reports, “According to the advisory, 95% of teenagers ages 13-17 say they use a social media app and more than a third say they use it ‘almost constantly.’…social media can perpetuate ‘body dissatisfaction, disordered eating behaviors, social comparison, and low self-esteem, especially among adolescent girls.’4

U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy pointed out kids feel worse about themselves and their friends when spending time on social media. Furthermore, nearly 50% of adolescents say that social media makes them feel worse bout their body image.4

A Thousand Percent

The most recent Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM-5) reports gender dysphoria at .005-.014% for males and .002-.003 for females in the U.S. population. For those who struggle with math, out of a thousand, 2 to 3 girls would struggle with gender dysphoria. And those who would actually seek out medical intervention would be less than 1 in 10,000. That statistic has increased by 1000 percent.((Shrier, Abigail. “The Puzzle.” Irreversible Damage, Regnery Publication, 2021, p. 32))

Let’s put that 1000 percent in perspective and look at this graph. Tragically 45,000 people die per year in the U.S. in auto accidents. If we increased that by 1000%, it would be 450 million a year. In the U.S., 282,043 women were raped or sexually assaulted in 2021. If that were increased by 1000%, it would be over 282 million women raped or sexually assaulted. Finally, in 2020 according to the CDC, 602,347 people died of cancer. If that increased by 1000%, it would be 602,347,000 deaths by cancer. 

If any of those above scenarios occurred, the etiology would be extensively researched. Hundreds of millions, if not billions, would be poured into the research to find the cause of a 1000% increase. Blank checks would be handed out to the specialists in those fields. The president and state governors would create special task forces to analyze the cause and cure. All stops would be pulled, and social media would be ablaze with armchair generals postulating their theories. Yet none of this took place with the sudden phenomena of gender dysphoria. Why? Because it morphed into a ‘political’ issue, not a mental health and welfare issue. 

Friend Groups

The second pattern of girls who suddenly begin to question their gender identity is within their friend groups. For some groups, it is more than 70 times the expected occurrence. Keep in mind this is happening among groups with no prior history of questioning their gender in adolescence.5 Couple that with the fact that before 2012 the expected incidence of gender dysphoria was greater with boys two to five time more than girls and now that has completely flipped, exponentially. Furthermore, in 2016 females accounted for 46% of sex reassignment surgeries in the U.S., but just a year later, it was 70%.6

The pattern is obvious for those who would do some digging. Young girls with a history of anxiety and social struggles would enter high school and join a friend group with ‘transgender’ students. In a short period of time, she announces to friends and family that she may be transgender. Over time their anxiety and depression worsen. Dr. Littman writes, “The daughters ‘became more angry and sullen and hostile to parents.’ The more they suffered dysphoria, the more they pulled away from the people who might help.”7

Humans naturally look for patterns to explain circumstances. Lisa Marchiano is an analyst, social worker, and widely published author who has researched this social contagion. Any ‘avant-garde’ disorder is dismissed or not taken seriously. She explained when we feel psychological distress, we want to be able to label it and fit it into a narrative. Once that is done, then we find a cure. 8 Or at least come to understand what the cause is. 

An example of this took place in 1994, in Hong Kong. A girl who died from anorexia was widely publicized, and the blame was placed on a Western phenomenon called ‘anorexia.’ Girls in the West were starving themselves, but this was almost unheard of in the East. After that, cases of this emotional disorder became an expression of physiological distress in Hong Kong. Ethan Watters, who wrote on America’s cultural pathogens, explained, “[Only] when anorexia became a culturally agreed-upon expression of internal distress, did it become widespread.”9

Keeping Parents Uninformed

Of course, California State Superintendent Tony Thurmond, with the full backing of Governor Gaven Newsom, thinks parents should NOT be informed of this life-altering decision. This kind of policy in most public schools is ludicrous. California Education Code requires that any student taking medication during the school day must have a doctor’s written order and parent’s written permission. As a public school teacher, I can’t even give a student an aspirin without serious repercussions, but if they decide to make the life-altering transition to the other sex, parents are to be kept in the dark. 

The National Education Association (NEA) recommends that schools use a confidential ‘Gender Support Plan’, which was written by a trans-activist group called Gender Spectrum. This plan asks if parents/guardians support the student’s gender transition. If not, then the parents/guardians are to be excluded and remain uninformed about any further gender-affirming care actions taken by the school. 

Governor Gavin Newsom and the state of California fully support this policy. At a recent school board meeting in southern California, Tony Thurmond, California State Superintendent of Public Instruction, said, “I come before you as a parent tonight but we can debate all of the laws and all of the policies and practices, I ask you to consider this- that nearly half of students who identify as being LGBTQ+ are considering suicide,”10

If nearly 1/2 of students who identify as LGBTQ+ are considering suicide, that should tell you something; and who better to advise, comfort, console, and counsel these students than their parents? Yet Tony Thurmond wants to keep parents ignorant so these struggling students can continue to get advice from their peers and the school staff who, in full view, have drank the Kool-aid and want to affirm their new gender. 

Thankfully one school district in California has pushed back against policies that keep parents in the dark. The Chino Valley Unified School District policy passed after a significant heat from the state of California. The policy stipulated that parents must be informed if their child expresses a desire to be identified or treated as a gender different from their biological sex, intends to use the bathroom and athletic facilities of the opposite sex, seeks a pronoun or name change, or if there are mental health concerns with the child.

Who would have thought 20 years ago that parents would have to fight for the right to be informed of their child’s mental and physical well-being in the public school system? Not only that, but now parents ‘must listen’ and ‘affirm’ their child’s choice. Gone are the days of Father Knows Best with Robert Young and Jane Wyatt. It has been replaced with Johnny and Susie Know Best, and no questions asked.

3 John 1:4

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  2. Shrier, Abigail. “The Puzzle.” Irreversible Damage, Regnery Publication, 2021, p. 27 []
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  4. West, David. “Social media can put young people in danger, U.S. surgeon general warns.” NPR,, 23, May 2023, [] []
  5. Shrier, Abigail. “The Puzzle.” Irreversible Damage, Regnery Publication, 2021, p. 26 []
  6. 2017 Plastic Surgery Report, American Society of Plastic Surgeons, []
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  8. Shrier, Abigail. “The Puzzle.” Irreversible Damage, Regnery Publication, 2021, p.136 []
  9. Watters, Ethan. “Crazy Like Us.” The Globalization of the American Psyche, New York, Simon & Schuster 2010, pgs 32-33 []
  10. McEntyre, Nicholas. “California school superintendent booted from district board meeting after opposing new transgender policy.” New York Post, 22 July 2023. 27 July 2023. []
No Strength or Beauty

No Strength or Beauty

Reading Time: 4 minutes

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Sorry Not Sorry

That is how many words the Trans Resistance Network took to say they were sorry, not sorry, for what took place in Nashville this past week. 

Have you read their Tweet

The first tragedy today is the loss of life of three children and adults. We extend our deepest sympathies and heartfelt prayers to those families dealing with the loss of loved ones. There is nothing we can offer that will comfort the hurt, or ease the sorrow. We mourn with you.“((Trans Resistance Network. [@ResistanceTrans]. “Media Statement on the School Shooting in Nashville, TN.” Twitter, 27 March 2023,

That was 51 words of empty sympathy. I say empty because the Trans Resistance Network then spends 300 words blaming, justifying, excusing, and accusing the rest of us of this tragedy. Please read it for yourself. 

Look At Us

They state the shooter had “…no other effective way to be seen than to lash out by taking the life of others,…“((Trans Resistance Network. [@ResistanceTrans]. “Media Statement on the School Shooting in Nashville, TN.” Twitter, 27 March 2023,

No other effective way to be seen? How completely and utterly absurd! Google “How to celebrate LGBTQ” (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer), and you come up with 35 million hits! Admittedly I did not go through them all, but I am sure there are several thousand good ideas on how to celebrate the LGBTQ community. 

What is the month of June? Lots of significate things took place in June. The 19th Amendment gave women the right to vote, D-Day when the Allied forces landed in Normandy, and Tiananmen Square protests, to name a few, but most significant, it is PRIDE Month. The LGBTQ community gets the whole month. This is usually when you see lots of rainbow flags and businesses promoting and celebrating the LGBTQ community. Target is one example, spotlighting designers, entrepreneurs, and Target team members. 

If that is not enough, visit the Library of Congress. You will find lots of resources there. On their PRIDE Month page, they write, “Today, celebrations include pride parades, picnics, parties, workshops, symposia and concerts, and LGBTQ Pride Month events attract millions of participants around the world.”((Library of Congress, “Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Pride Month.” Library of Congress, Congress.Gov, N.D.

It’s Never Enough

The Trans Resistance Network continues, “We do know that life for transgender people is very difficult, and made more difficult in the preceding months by a virtual avalanche of anti-trans legislation, and public callouts by Right Wing personalities and political figures for nothing less than the genocidal eradication of trans people from society.“((Trans Resistance Network. [@ResistanceTrans]. “Media Statement on the School Shooting in Nashville, TN.” Twitter, 27 March 2023,

No doubt their lives are difficult, but I have not seen an ‘avalanche’ of anti-trans legislation, public callouts, and political figures calling for the genocide of trans people from society. Talk about hyper-sensitive and hyperbolic language! Are you kidding me? People can lose their job if they misgender someone!

Think about it. In some states, California, for example, it is illegal to counsel someone against gender-affirming surgery. Physicians can lose their licenses for even suggesting it. 

The only rhetoric that comes close to this was a Facebook post by a leftist professor Dr. Steven Shaviro who wrote, “Although I do not advocate violating federal and state criminal codes, I think it is far more admirable to kill a racist, homophobic, or transphobic speaker than it is to shout them down.“((Silverstein, Joe. “College professor suspended after saying it would be ‘far more admirable to kill’ racist speaker than protest.” Fox News,, 28 March 2023, I bet you did not hear about that on CNN. Here you have someone on the left calling for the murder of, what they call a ‘transphobic speaker,’ or anyone that speaks out against puberty blockers or breast removal for teens, and the only consequence is they are put on leave, with pay. The media, academia, and Department of Justice double standard is as bright as the noonday sun. 

No Strength Or Beauty

They end the Tweet with, “It is a testament to the inner strength and beauty of transgender people, that, despite the overwhelming odds of homelessness, job discrimination, and constant anti-trans bigotry and violence, so many of us continue to persevere, survive, and even thrive. We will not be eradicated or erased.“((Trans Resistance Network. [@ResistanceTrans]. “Media Statement on the School Shooting in Nashville, TN.” Twitter, 27 March 2023,

It is probably not the best time to talk about beauty, strength, surviving, and thriving when someone who identified with your community murdered three children and three adults. There were six victims and one murderer, not seven as you would imply. 

You wrote one brief paragraph feigning remorse and then followed with six paragraphs pointing the finger, defending, and rationalizing why this murderer did what they did. Pathetic. 

It does not matter what your sex is, what your gender identity is, or your sexual orientation; when you take the lives of innocents, especially children, you cannot excuse that kind of violence, ever. People that take those kinds of actions are cowards. You don’t see them walking into police stations and start shooting. 

This transgender activist group is planning aTrans Day of Vengeancerally outside the U.S. Supreme Court today, Saturday, April 1st, 2023. The organizers claim they are not inciting violence, but you would think they would have the sense to title their rally a bit differently. But, after reading their Tweet, I am not surprised. Are you? 

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How Not to Fix the Homeless Problem

How Not to Fix the Homeless Problem

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The Facts

Let’s look at the facts; the primary cause of homelessness is NOT a housing problem, but a drug problem and a mental illness problem. Yet California politics, driven primarily by progressives and the left, continue to spend money on this crisis as if it is a housing problem. According to the California UCLA policy Lab, approximately 3/4 of all homeless have a mental illness, drug addiction, or both.((Christopher Rufo. “What Do We Do About the Homeless?” Online video clip. Youtube. PragerU. 5 July 2021. Web. 28 March 2023.))

To help solve this problem, Governor Newsom wants to build 1,200 tiny homes for the homeless. Building tiny homes for the homeless population in California will only help the unsheltered population; it will do absolutely nothing to help solve the homeless population in California. There is a difference.

Senator Brian Jones of California said, “This is just another band-aid on a crisis that is out of control in California. We know that throwing money at this problem does not work. California has already spent $20 billion over the last five years on homelessness and the crisis has only gotten worse…”1

Senator Jones is correct; according to Cal Matters, a non-profit covering state news, the sheltered homeless has gone from 42,000 in 2019 to 57,000 in 2022. But the unsheltered homeless has gone from 108,000 in 2019 to 117,000 in 2022.((Tobias, Manuela. “California homeless population grew by 22,000 over pandemic.” Cal Matters,, 6 October 2022,

Some History

Former Mayor of San Francisco, now Governor of California Gavin Newsom promised to solve homelessness in S.F. Promises are cheap in politics, and most politicians are not held accountable for broken promises. The L.A. Times reported, “Just months after taking office as mayor, Newsom pledged to end chronic homelessness within 10 years — a promise that didn’t pan out. The politician has defended setting the goal, contending that the danger is not in ‘setting our aim too high and falling short, but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark…'”2

Now Newsom, as Governor of California, has promised to reduce the homeless population in California by 15%.((Fox News. “Newsom roasted for latest $30M plan to address homelessness.” Online video clip. YouTube. YouTube, Web. 17 March 2023. 26 March 2023.)) I can’t help but wonder if he is applying the same mindset he did years before as mayor of San Francisco. Fifteen percent is significantly lower than the original 100%. So will he call it a success if he manages to reduce the homeless population by a mere 1%? Frankly, his claim of reducing the homeless population by any % is laughable because it is only going to get worse. Homelessness is a human problem, not a housing problem, and focusing on providing more homes for the homeless does not work. 

The Cicero Institute researches and investigates public policies for the good of society. They encourage transparency, accountability and assess policies (conservative or liberal) that don’t work. They reported, “Several cities and states show the failure of the Housing First approach. San Francisco has built enough permanent housing to house every single chronically homeless individual in the city back in 2011. Yet instead of ‘ending homelessness,’ as then Mayor Gavin Newsom had promised, homelessness increased substantially until the city became an international byword for the homelessness crisis.”((Glock, Judge. “Housing First is a Failure.” Cicero Institute,, 13 January 2022,

Other Examples

The state of Arizona has built thousands of homes since 2010 in an effort to end homelessness. In fact, they built enough to house every single homeless person when they began the project, but the number of homeless has increased by 50%.((Glock, Judge. “Housing First is a Failure.” Cicero Institute,, 13 January 2022, Why? Because the homeless will flock to the areas that provide the most permissive environment. Cities like San Francisco have made living there attractive to the homeless, so they naturally move there.

A clearly visible example of this is under Venice Boulevard in Southern California, where you find the border between Los Angeles and Culver City. On the L.A. side, you will find hundreds of tents, shacks, and temporary structures, but the Culver City side is vacant. Can you guess which side has laws against and enforces public camping and drug use and which side turns a blind eye to drug use and homeless encampments? 

Atlanta, a blue city with progressive policies, has completely failed to deal with their homeless population. In the spring of 2022, “…nearly 100 advocates piled into a Senate committee hearing to demand that the legislature stop debate on any new ideas to get the homeless off the streets and into services. Instead, their only prescription was for more money for the same failed policies.”3

No Requirements, No Responsibility

The homeless move to cities that permit their lifestyles, which can be seen all along West Coast. Half of the homeless population in Seattle has moved there in recent years due to the city’s permissive policies.((Christopher Rufo. “What Do We Do About the Homeless?” Online video clip. Youtube. PragerU. 5 July 2021. Web. 28 March 2023.))

Housing First will never work because it ignores the root of the problem, addictions and mental illness. “A recent UCLA study found that more than 75% of this population have a serious mental illness, and 75% have a substance abuse problem, and the majority have both. These individuals are reluctant to accept assistance without mandates and requirements, and a house without such mandates will not encourage use of these services.”((Glock, Judge. “Housing First is a Failure.” Cicero Institute,, 13 January 2022,

In fact, if we could wave a magic wand or snap our fingers with the Infinity Stones and instantly provide housing for the homeless, in just a few short years, most of those homes would be uninhabitable. 

The current mayor of San Francisco, London Breed, has learned many of the current housing projects have fallen into complete disrepair. How can we expect those who suffer from mental illness or drug addictions to maintain their homes, apartments, or rooms provided for them if they can’t even care for themselves? Yet she and the rest of her progressive cohorts continue spending money on more housing. “Since entering office, Breed has focused her attention and resources on buying and creating new housing for people currently living on the streets, with more than 3,000 new units opened or under contract since 2018. At the same time, though, The Chronicle found her administration has long neglected the thousands of people languishing in dilapidated hotels.”((Thadani, Trisha. Palomino, Joaquin. “S.F. Mayor Breed promised $5 million to fix crumbling homeless housing. Nothing has been spent so far.” San Francisco Chronicle, 7 February 2023, 28 March 2023))

California has 30% of the entire U.S. homeless population and the progressive policies of recent years have done nothing to reduce this crisis, nor will they. That is if their goal is to make life as easy for the homeless as possible. Instead, the goal should be to help the homeless.

Not Enough Homes, Too Many Guns

I think of the recent school shooting in Nashville and the call by President Biden for more gun control. School shootings were almost non-existent in the 1900s, and gun ownership per capita was higher 50 years ago. 

The California I grew up in has completely changed, much like the city of Fresno. When I was a boy, I would ride my bike all over the Fresno area with little concern for my safety. Yes, that was partly because teens are often clueless. But now teens know there are areas where they would not ride their bike, let alone walk in, even if you offered to pay them. 

I can remember as a teen, racking our shotguns and rifles on the back window of our trucks when we went hunting just outside the city limits. These guns were visible to everyone and a common sight in the 1970s. Guns were accessible to teens who acquired their hunting licenses and could carry them in their vehicles. Our handguns had to be unloaded but placed on the front dash of the truck. 

I had never heard of a mass school shooting when I was growing up. For years now, gun laws have become more restrictive, but we have these mass shootings every year, often at schools or other locations full of soft targets. Guns are the problem? Biden thinks so, and many democratic legislators. Then explain to me why all these red-neck towns throughout America did not experience mass shootings when I was a kid. Guns or gun ownership are not the cause of these mass shootings. It is, at root, a cultural problem, a sin problem. Romans 1:28-32

Newsom remains committed to Housing First; he failed to seize the opportunity to get addicts into recovery. Instead, he and other California leaders gave away free hotel rooms without asking for anything in return. “They’ve missed so many opportunities.” Vicki Westbrook suggests instead of giving them alcohol and all the clean drug paraphernalia, why not offer them drug treatment groups, and case managers?((Shellenberger, Michael. “It’s a Leadership Problem.” San Fran-sicko, Harper Collins Publishers 2021, pgs240-241)) 

Helping The Local Homeless

The best local news I heard this year was Tuolumne County’s decision ‘not’ to purchase the Columbia Inn Motel on Parrotts Ferry Road for 1.65 million. They would have turned it into temporary housing for the homeless.((MacLean, Alex. “Tuolumne Country abandons play to buy Columbia Inn for homeless housing.” 24 February 2023. 28 March 2023)) Some of our Supervisors don’t get it. Have they driven to the provided housing in San Francisco and looked at the costs? So the question is, what will they do with the 1.65 million? Use is for housing which will never offer a return on our investment, or will they use it to help individuals step out of the homeless culture of drugs and mental illness? 

But it is not over; our local Supervisor Brian Campbell said, “He believes that the county should purchase smaller properties throughout the county to provide such housing, as opposed to a single place, both for the people who would benefit and for the surrounding community.((MacLean, Alex. “Tuolumne Country abandons play to buy Columbia Inn for homeless housing.” 24 February 2023. 28 March 2023)) If our supervisors think providing housing for the homeless is the answer, we will go the way of San Francisco, following Gavin Newsom as he continues his song, leading us away from the root of the problem.

The late Democratic senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan recognized this years ago. He said, “The central conservative truth is that it is culture, not politics, that determines the success of a society. The central liberal truth is that politics can change a culture and save itself from itself.”4

Culture is downstream of religion, and politics is downstream of culture, and when you look at California’s politics, you can see where the foul waters of the stream are coming from. California is essentially a secular state, and the progressive leftist policies reek of entitlement, addictions, narcissism, dependency, and enabling policies that are detrimental to a society that requires responsibility, accountability, and consequences for poor choices and behavior. 

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  1. Fox News. “Newsom roasted for latest $30M plan to address homelessness.” Online video clip. YouTube. YouTube, Web. 17 March 2023. 26 March 2023. []
  2. Smith, Dakota. “Gavin Newsom’s approach to fixing homelessness in San Francisco outraged activists. And he’s proud of it.” Los Angels Times, L.A. 23 October 2018, 19 March 2023 []
  3. Meyer, Jared. “Trump Is Right About Homelessness.” Forbes,, 27 July 2022, []
  4. Quoted in Joe Klein, “Daniel Patrick Moynihan Was Often Right,” New York Times, 15 May 2021. []

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