Kristi Burton Brown

Deanna Loveland: young musician, model, and fashion designer takes a stand for life

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By Kristi Burton Brown
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July 12, 2012 (LiveActionNews.org) - Deanna Loveland, of Gianna Records, is a powerful young woman. In her twenties, Deanna exudes passion and joy in the midst of an incredible display of talent.

Deanna first became known for her musical abilities and performances. She has performed for a wide variety of audiences – including local churches, private events at Jerry Bruckheimer’s estate, and the Premier Iglesia Bautista in Mexico. Deanna is well-loved for her signature ability: playing both the harp and piano simultaneously while singing.

At the tender age of five, Deanna began to play piano by ear, and she soon progressed to the harp and violin. She took her gifts even farther by pursuing singing and songwriting. When I met Deanna – when she was just fourteen – it was clear that this girl had a quiet confidence about her. Deanna shares:

I guess I was one of those children that was born with a mission and never doubted what I was going to do/be when I grew up.

Deanna’s latest album – Inner Perfection – was released in January of this year, and she is traveling this summer to promote it.

For me ‘Inner Perfection’ wasn’t just about who I am as an artist … I think it exposes my passion to see others set free from whatever limitations they’ve had on their life. Whether it’s something as simple as peer pressure to be average or something more serious like an addiction or self-harm, it’s a box people don’t have to be in. With these songs I kinda wanted to say ‘hey, you can always rise above it and live your fullest potential.

Several years after beginning her music career, Deanna began to model and also came upon the fashion scene, revealing her own unique line: The Loveland Collection. She explains:

Fashion has always been more of a hobby for me. Started sewing when I was about nine and did more designing and embroidery as a teenager. I always kept it on the back burner knowing I would use it eventually.

I’m really known right now for doing custom work.  I love doing formal things for weddings or special events and there’s nothing like having a dress custom sewn to fit.

I’ve followed Deanna’s career for years – since we met in 2003. It came to my attention that she has chosen to donate a portion of her proceeds to a pregnancy resource center and to a home for women. Deanna’s choices in giving and in the words of her songs speak a timely message to today’s women: Life is valuable. Women matter. Babies ought to be given every chance to live. Women are precious just as they are.

This is just the sort of message that we need to hear from the music, modeling, and fashion worlds. Deanna graciously granted me an interview that gives us insight into the heart of a young woman striving to make a difference in the lives of her generation.

Perhaps my favorite thing about Deanna is that she has set an example as a celebrity who chooses to give to truly pro-life, pro-women organizations. She personally knows people from Mercy Ministries and The Pregnancy Resource Center of Danville, Kentucky. Deanna has taken the responsibility to make sure her money goes to organizations that help women choose life – for themselves and their children. In our interview, she gives advice for others on how to choose a truly pro-life organization to give to.


Q. I’ve noticed that some of your songs and your fashion line seem to focus on inner beauty and acceptance of women, specifically, just as God made them. Why have you chosen to focus on this?

A. It’s kind of like walking through an apple orchard and noticing about 56% of the trees are withered with no fruit on them. Naturally, you want to pitch in, water, feed, nurture, and help them be all that they were created to be. For me, seeing girls with such a low self-esteem, who don’t think they’re beautiful…it breaks my heart over and over because if only they knew. If I can be that voice of encouragement and hope for even one girl, then I’m happy. I know a lot of women look at photos in magazines to find their identity, and there are times that I’m one of the girls they look up to…but I want them to know that when the lights go down, cameras are off, and the makeup gets washed off at night…that’s the beautiful girl that really matters. My song “Just Like You” was written with that in mind. Every girl wants to be beautiful…but that’s just the problem. Every girl is beautiful already, and for us it’s scary and sometimes overwhelming to open up and discover that beauty, but I wish that for every woman.

Q. What do you think is an important message for today’s women?

A. To seek God. Seriously, I know that sounds cliché, but this isn’t a Sunday school answer. … If we could take even just 10 minutes out of our busy schedule to kneel in a quiet place and just be silent…listen. Listen to ourselves, listen to our deepest feelings, and listen to God speaking into our lives – speaking hope, love, peace…finding our identity in Him. There’s so much in that quiet place.

Q. Why are you pro-life?

A. Aside from the scientific proof that a fetus becomes a life at the moment of conception, I’ve seen the tears, guilt, and pain that women carry after having an abortion. It’s clear to me that there’s much more involved – it’s not just a choice, and it’s certainly not freedom…it’s something a woman deals with every day for the rest of her life.

Q. How do you incorporate the pro-life message in your work?

A. Right now I mainly support through financial donations and giving my time for live appearances, performances, or speaking for events.

Q. How did you make sure they [the organizations you support] were pro-life and that they truly empowered women?

A. A couple girls who are dear friends of mine graduated from the Mercy Ministries program. No organization or program is perfect, and they can’t always guarantee a cure, but Mercy is definitely doing their best to help women rise above their situation and find a new start.

The pregnancy center I support is run by a dear friend of mine and I’ve heard story after story of girls choosing life because of that center.

Q. What is your advice for other celebrities (and everyday people) who want to choose good, pro-life, pro-women organizations to give their money to?

A. I would encourage anyone to look up their local pregnancy resource center or women’s homes and research them a little to make sure they’re legitimately supporting and helping your local girls. The smaller facilities have such high demand and meet so many needs, and yet I feel like they get overlooked financially.

If you want to find out more about Deanna Loveland, you can visit her website, follow her on Twitter, or find her on Facebook. I urge you to find out more about Mercy Ministries and The Pregnancy Resource Center of Danville, Kentucky. Both of these organizations are very worthy of support.

Below is a music video of one of Deanna’s songs, “Broken Wings”:

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2016 candidates react to the Supreme Court’s marriage decision

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By Drew Belsky

WASHINGTON, D.C., July 2, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) – Five days after the U.S. Supreme Court's 5-4 decision mandating the redefinition of marriage to include same-sex couples, most of the 2016 presidential candidates have made their opinions on the issue known.

While all of the Democrats currently in the race aggressively supported the ruling, the Republicans' reactions to the Supreme Court's marriage ruling have been more varied.

Wisconsin governor Scott Walker, who is expected to announce his candidacy soon, criticized the Obergefell decision, calling it "a grave mistake." Walker suggested that "the only alternative" to Friday's decision is "to support an amendment to the U.S. Constitution to reaffirm the ability of the states to continue to define marriage."

Texas senator Ted Cruz has doubled down on Walker's call for a constitutional amendment. Not only is Cruz seeking an amendment to protect states' right to define marriage, but he also hopes to amend the Constitution to demand "periodic judicial retention elections" for Supreme Court justices – namely, Cruz said, for those who "overstep their bounds [and] violate the Constitution."

Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush shied away from a constitutional marriage amendment. "Guided by my faith," Bush said in a statement, "I believe in traditional marriage." However, "in a country as diverse as ours, good people who have opposing views should be able to live side by side. It is now crucial that as a country we protect religious freedom and the right of conscience and also not discriminate."

Florida senator Marco Rubio agreed with Bush, exhorting Republicans to "look ahead" and concentrate on the nomination process for new judges. Likewise with Ohio governor John Kasich, who said on Face the Nation that "it's time to move on" and "take a deep breath."

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Former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina concurred. While "I do not agree that the Court can or should redefine marriage," Fiorina said, "[m]oving forward...all of our effort should be focused on protecting the religious liberties and freedom of conscience."

South Carolina Senator Lindsay Graham forthrightly condemned a constitutional marriage amendment as "a divisive effort that would be doomed to fail." Graham told NBC News, "I would not engage in the Constitutional amendment process as a party going into 2016. Accept the Court's ruling. Fight for the religious liberties of every American."

Libertarian-leaning Kentucky Senator Rand Paul wrote in Time Magazine that the federal government should remove itself completely from the marriage issue. "Our founding fathers went to the local courthouse to be married, not Washington, D.C.," Paul wrote.

Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal "strongly disagree[s]" with the Obergefell ruling, but he admitted on Sunday that his state would ultimately comply with the Supreme Court's decision. "We do not have a choice."

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie went one step farther. While he "agree[s] with Chief Justice John Roberts" that "this is something that should be decided by the people, and not ... five lawyers," the governor admitted that "those five lawyers get to impose it under our system, and so our job is going to be to support the law of the land[.]"

Former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum foresees a widespread silencing of those who dissent from the Supreme Court's interpretation of marriage. "There's no slippery slope here," Santorum told the Family Research Council Friday; "religious liberty is under assault today – not going to be, it is – and it's going to be even more so ... with this decision."

Former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee expressed similar sentiments, excoriating the Supreme Court for flouting millions of Americans who voted to affirm "the laws of nature." Huckabee said on Friday, "I will not acquiesce to an imperial court any more than our Founders acquiesced to an imperial British monarch. We must resist and reject judicial tyranny, not retreat."

On the other end of the spectrum, former Democratic Maryland governor and Baltimore Mayor Martin O'Malley contended that it is homosexuals, not religious objectors to the Obergefell decision, who need more protections from the state.

Calling the ruling a "major step forward," O'Malley proceeded to demand passage of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), a bill that criminalizes "discrimination" based on an "individual's actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity." Opponents worry it would force religious employers to hire homosexuals and transgender people.

Passing ENDA, O'Malley said, would help "more fully realize the vision of an open, respectful, and inclusive nation that Friday's decision aspires us [sic] to be."

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Obama Department of Justice to Virginia school: Let girl use boys’ bathrooms

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By Drew Belsky

July 2, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) - The Obama administration's Department of Justice (DoJ) filed a "statement of interest" Monday in support of a Virginia high school sophomore who is seeking to use bathrooms designated for members of the opposite sex.

In June 2015, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed suit against the Gloucester County School Board on behalf of 15-year-old Gavin Grimm, who is biologically female but wants to use male bathrooms and locker rooms.

Grimm claimed that she had used such facilities without incident for seven weeks until December 2014, when the school board enacted a policy requiring "transgender" students to use private restrooms.

Grimm testified in early 2015 that "[n]ow that the board has passed this policy, school no longer feels as safe and welcoming as it did before[.] ... Being singled out is a glaring reminder of my differences and causes me significant discomfort every time I have to use the restroom."

The Obama administration declared in May 2014 that sex discrimination under Title IX applies to those who identify as "transgender."  The Department of Education followed up last December by ordering federally funded schools to classify students based on "gender identity" rather than biological sex.

Regardless, Alliance Defending Freedom attorney Jeremy Tedesco told LifeSiteNews in June of this year that Grimm's and the ACLU's discrimination claims would not hold water.  Citing a district court case in Pennsylvania, Tedesco noted (emphasis in original) that "[t]he Court ... highlighted that Title IX's implementing regulations state that schools do not violate Title IX when they 'provide separate toilet, locker room, and shower facilities on the basis of sex.'"

Title IX, part of the U.S. Education Amendments of 1972, is a statute that "prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in any federally funded education program or activity."

"Every court to consider this issue has held that single-sex restrooms and locker room facilities are permitted under Title IX," Tedesco concluded.

Now, according to the DoJ's "statement of interest" in support of Grimm, filed this week, "[t]he United States has a significant interest in ensuring that all students, including transgender students, have the opportunity to learn in an environment free of sex discrimination and that the proper legal standards are applied to claims under Title IX" (p. 2, all citations omitted).  Per the DoJ, Grimm "is likely to succeed on the merits" of her Title IX claim, and "it is in the public interest to allow [Grimm] ... to use the male restrooms at Gloucester High School."

Regarding the Pennsylvania case mentioned by Tedesco, the DoJ claims that "[t]he district court's reasoning in that case was faulty and should not be followed."

One Gloucester County School Board member who voted against the December bathroom policy fretted that "federal dollars are at stake." Her concern was well-founded: five months later, the Obama administration threatened to deny Virginia's Fairfax County School Board $42 million in federal funding if the board refused to change its own bathroom protocols.  The Fairfax board ruled in May – over the strenuous objections of parents in attendance – that "transgender" students could use facilities in accordance with their "gender identity."

"Although certain parents and community members may object to students sharing a common use restroom with transgender students," the DoJ declared in its brief for Grimm, "any recognition of this discomfort as a basis for discriminating would undermine the public interest."

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Girl Scouts returns $100,000 donation over transgender stipulation

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By Lisa Bourne

July 2, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) - An unusual request from a major donor to a regional branch of the U.S. Girl Scouts has drawn attention to the organization’s ongoing support for gender ideology and transgender issues. 

Girl Scouts of Western Washington CEO Megan Ferland revealed last week that the council had recently received a donation for $100,000. However, after the Girl Scouts’ practice of allowing boys who identify as girls to join the Scouts hit the news during the media’s coverage of the Bruce Jenner case, Ferland says she received a note from the donor putting a condition on the donation.

“Please guarantee that our gift will not be used to support transgender girls,” the donor reportedly asked. “If you can’t, please return the money.”

In the end, Ferland said she chose to give the $100,000 - what could have comprised nearly a fourth of the council’s annual fundraising goal - back to the donor.

“Girl Scouts is for every girl,” Ferland stated in a report from SeattleMet.com. “And every girl should have the opportunity to be a Girl Scout if she wants to.”

In the meantime, the council used the publicity over the refused donation to launch a social fundraising campaign on IndieGoGo, a social fundraising site. The #ForEVERYGirl has far exceeded its goal, raising over $300,000 for the group in just three days.

"Our vision at Girl Scouts of Western Washington is that EVERY girl in our region—regardless of her race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, gender identity or geographic location—is empowered to unleash her potential, build her future and transform her world," states the campaign.

This is not the first time that Ferland has been involved in a controversy over the Scouts’ support for transgenderism.

When a boy self-identifying as a girl attempted to join a Colorado Girl Scout troop in 2011 and was initially refused by the leader because of his male gender, Ferland, then head of the Colorado council, issued a statement welcoming boys identifying as girls, and saying efforts were in progress to find the boy a troop. The council also renounced the troop leader’s actions in refusing the boy access.

“Every girl that is a Girl Scout is a Girl Scout because her parent or guardian brings her to us and says, ‘I want my child to participate,’” Ferland stated at the time. “And I don’t question whether or not they’re a girl.” 

Western Washington Girl Scouts current program brochures show that gender ideology is woven right into the council’s programming for girls, with promotion found right in the council’s workshops:

SafeZone for Girl Scouts Sat, May 23, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Tacoma Learn how you can become an ally and advocate for your Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) peers. Includes activities and discussion around: inclusive language, the process of coming out, the power of the straight ally, how to respond to homophobic/trans-phobic incidents, where to go for help and much more. Bring lunch.

Girl Scouts and radical feminism

For years, pro-family leaders have raised alarms about partnerships and programs that indicate that the Girl Scouts have moved toward embracing a radical feminist identity.

As far back as 2004 a U.S Catholic Bishop intervened when a Girl Scout-Planned Parenthood partnership threatened young girls. 

Then-Austin Bishop Gregory Aymond warned local Catholics not to sign their children up for Planned Parenthood’s “Nobody’s Fool,” a sex-ed campaign designed for pre-pubescent children which had been integrated into the local Girl Scouts.

A survey, also from 2004, found that many Girl Scouts councils were partnering with Planned Parenthoood in some fashion. 

In 2010 the Girl Scouts were found to be pushing a radical agenda on its young members with Planned Parenthood given access to distribute an explicit ‘sex guide’ at a closed-door, no-adults-welcome meeting at the UN sponsored by the Girl Scouts.

Lincoln, Nebrask Bishop James Conley warned in 2011 as auxiliary bishop of Denver that involvement in the Girl Scouts could serve to make girls more open to the pro-abortion agenda.

Roughly 90 Girl Scouts of Northern California members and their families marched in San Francisco’s 2013 Gay Pride Parade. 

"The San Francisco Girl Scouts participate in many parades that celebrate the diversity of San Francisco," Girl Scouts of Northern California Communications Manager Dana Allen told LifeSiteNews at the time. "Girl Scouts is inclusive and reflects the communities we serve."

A sexuality-based Girl Scout troop was started earlier this year in Utah aimed at gay and lesbian families and boys who consider themselves “transgender.” It meets at the Utah Pride Center.

"As long as a youth identifies as a girl or with girls, even if they are genderfluid on the day that they registered, then they can become a Girl Scout," Shari Solomon-Klebba, the Utah Girl Scout outreach coordinator, and an open lesbian who started the troop, told a local news station at the time.

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) urged caution last year in engaging with the Girl Scouts after conducting a two-year examination of the scouts. That study identified concerns about several Girl Scouts USA policies, affiliations and structural weaknesses.

Girl Scout alternatives

The representatives of two organizations for girls frequently considered a Christ-centered alternative to the Girls Scouts told LifeSiteNews this latest incident with the Western Washington Scouts underscores the need for other options for families and their children.

“There has been a huge cultural shift in redefining life-long truths that have many families carefully considering their youth program options. American Heritage Girls has often been regarded as a Christian-based alternative to the Girls Scouts,” American Heritage Girls National Communications Specialist Jennifer Troutman said.

American Heritage Girls marked its 20th anniversary this past week. There are more than 40,000 members within the organization.

“Now more than ever American Heritage Girls recognizes the importance of bringing Christ-centered, character development programming to girls across the nation.”  

The head of Little Flowers Girls’ Club concurred.

“I feel very blessed that we can offer an authentically Catholic alternative to Girl Scouts,” Joan Stromberg told LifeSiteNews.

Little Flowers started over 20 years ago, not as a reaction against what Girl Scouts were doing, or where they are now, Stromberg said, but as a way to help moms and girls bond together to learn about the world through a Catholic lens.

“It is sad that Girl Scouts policies and positions have put them in direct conflict with Church teachings,” Stromberg continued. “I am just pleased that girls and moms have alternative places like Little Flowers where they can go.”

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