By Paul Bremmer
Abiding Truth Ministries, a pro-family nonprofit organization, has recognized a handful of WND figures on its new list of the “Top Ten Pro-Family Heroes of 2015,” including WND Managing Editor David Kupelian and two WND columnists.
Kupelian earned the No. 6 spot on the list for what ATM described as “his ongoing fearless publication of the truth and his newest book, ‘The Snapping of the American Mind.'”
Kupelian was grateful for the honor.
“I appreciate being acknowledged for bringing attention to the destructive reality underlying the ever-expanding LGBT agenda,” he said. “I wish more members of the news media – especially those in the alternative press, who are generally less influenced by the intimidation and political correctness of the left – would recognize that the LGBT juggernaut is changing America and Western Civilization in profoundly negative ways.”
One recent example, Kupelian noted, was the Department of Education’s demand that public schools allow boys who identify as girls to have full access to the girls’ locker room, including the showers.
That ruling came after an Illinois boy, with help from the American Civil Liberties Union, filed a legal challenge against his school district. The district had allowed the boy to play on a girls’ sports team because he identifies as a girl, but they had not allowed him to dress and shower with his female teammates.
The DOE gave the district 30 days to comply or risk losing Title IX federal funding.
“How insane does it have to get before the media register any signs of life on this issue?” Kupelian asked.
In addition to Kupelian, WND columnist Matt Barber also showed up on ATF’s Top 10 list. He was No. 7 for his founding of Barbwire.com, which ATM called “a wonderful new medium for Christian witness and defense of the truth.”
Another WND columnist, Dr. Michael Brown, received the No. 9 spot on the list. ATM lauded Brown “for the encouragement he has provided to the movement with his fearless radio commentary and especially new book, ‘Outlasting the Gay Revolution.'”
Brown, who hosts The Line of Fire radio show, expressed his gratitude to ATF not only on his own behalf, but on behalf of all the “pro-family heroes” of 2015.
“It means that we’re making a recognizable difference, that we’re being a voice of encouragement and strength, that we’re equipping people to mix courage and compassion together so that they can stand effectively against the cultural onslaught,” Brown said. “No one does this type of work for name recognition — your name gets dragged in the mud — but it is good to know that the work we are doing is having a positive effect.”
To be included on the Top 10 list, ATM stated candidates must be “American pro-family leaders with an established organization dedicated to defending and promoting biblical values regarding LGBT issues.”
The group said the primary criterion this year was “tenacity in the face of great challenges,” and they especially looked for “leaders who showed courage under fire or whose words and actions gave special encouragement to our movement.”
ATM’s complete list of the “Top Ten Pro-Family Heroes of 2015” can be found here.