Openly gay Democratic candidate Matthew Vanderpool said Monday he would neither accept nor pursue an endorsement from the Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund in his campaign for Kentucky’s House of Representatives.

Matthew Vanderpool says he will not accept or pursue endorsement from the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund.

“The price attached to accepted money from the Victory Fund were incompatible with my beliefs,” the candidate said in a release. “I am gay, but that does not define my entire life or the things I stand for, which are explained in detail on my website. I have no ‘gay agenda,’ my goal is the serve the people in House District 45 without prejudice, arbitrarily dismissing no one because of their race, sex, nation origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, political party affiliation, personal or professional beliefs.”

Vanderpool, 25, seeks to oust conservative and anti-gay Republican opponent Stan Lee. Vanderpool said in an interview Monday evening that the district, representing parts of Lexington, is moderate to conservative, thereby necessitating his middle-of-the-road approach. He described his campaign and his eventual service in the House, if elected, as being one truly of his constituents. It sounds like to me that you are trying to, in your campaigning and if you are successfully elected, that you’re really going to try to be an elected official who actually represents the voice of your constituents and not necessarily yourself. Am I getting the right impression?
Matthew Vanderpool: Exactly. That’s the whole reason of what a representative should be. You should be representing the voice of the people who you represent and not yourself. They are electing me to lead them, but there are 35,000 people in the district. You have to listen to what they have to say and what their concerns are. Continue reading this post…

albert-mohlerDr. Albert Mohler, Jr., president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ken., says the Southern Baptist Convention is in danger of collapse.

The Associated Press reported today on a recent Mohler speech on the campus of the seminary. He told students, faculty and staff that Southern Baptists must either change and grow or die out.

“The Southern Baptist Convention is either going to become younger or dead. Here we have a big issue; we’re losing at least two-thirds of our young people somewhere along the line between adolescence and adulthood,” The AP reported Mohler saying. “A generation that has reduced religion and Christianity to what is called moralistic, therapeutic deism — believing that God basically wants them to do well and to do right and to be happy.”

The impending death of the Southern Baptist Convention should come as no surprise. For at least the past decade, if not two, the denomination has been on a death march as they forget, ignore and erase any semblance of traditional Baptist principles, faith or heritage from its ranks.

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