November 7, 2019 | Michael Farris
On the heels of the election, with Virginia firmly in the liberal majority–even in some rural counties, here are the reflections of Michael Farris, President of the Alliance for Defending Freedom, and Virginia resident.
This is a somber day to be a Virginian who loves freedom. But the rest of the nation should take warning that this is a portent of the 2020 election. Virginia’s odd-year elections usually foreshadow national results in the following year.
Here’s what we can expect in Virginia.
A radical form of LGBTQ protections. Expect boys claiming to be girls on sports teams. Drag queens reading days in libraries. Few or no exemptions for religious institutions or individuals. Repeal of our Right to Work laws.
Restrictions on homeschooling that have been sought in the past but have been rebuffed by GOP leadership.
Legislative support for college policies restricting freedom of speech. Direct attacks on religious freedom.
Successful passage of the radical abortion laws introduced last year. Ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment which will constitutionalize Roe v Wade and LGBTQ theories. Since I lead the world’s largest litigating organization that protects the fundamental freedoms of life, religious freedom, freedom of speech, parental rights, marriage, and biological understanding of sex, I expect to be very busy battling these assaults on liberty.
And should the nation follow Virginia in 2020, we can expect a deluge that will feel like a Stalinist purge aimed at people with traditional faiths and values. And, again, Alliance Defending Freedom will stand firm and fight hard in the halls of justice.
In the end, I expect to prevail. But it’s likely to be a bumpy ride.
Isaiah warned Israel when it turned its back on God’s standards and embraced practices that left its hands full of blood. (Chapter 1). But God told His people—not those who reject Him, but His people—that they had to stop doing wrong, do what is right, seek justice, encourage the oppressed, seek the cause of the fatherless, defend the case of the widow.
If we do these things, God promises that though our sins be as red as crimson they shall be as white as snow. While this famous verse has an obvious secondary application to personal salvation, it was actually addressing national sin.
We need to clean up our own houses. And we need to stand for justice.
The ACLU had a huge influx of new donors right after Trump was elected. The left was committed to fight back in the courts. And they got almost $200 million in new support virtually overnight. Folks, the oppression is coming and we must prepare for battle and I need you to stand with me.
IFA Note: Many of us see the battle heating up–2020 will be epic. It will take unified persistent prayer–and action, to press in for the soul of our nation, our states and even many of our hometown communities. But God has appointed us to be here in this time, at this place, for this assignment. Like Michael Faris said above–we must prepare for battle. Share how you are doing that even today! Make your comments below.