Teen stands strong in the face of hate
Pastor Rich Penkoski has been noticed and targeted by homosexual activists before. He and his team had to clean about 900,000 “gay emojis” from their Facebook page after a gay blogger took note of his biblical stance on marriage. He tells OneNewsNow that he receives death threats almost daily, his car has been keyed, and he gets gay porn anonymously sent to his home.
It’s all part of preaching the whole counsel of scripture, he says – until this recent incident: some middle school boys confronted his 13-year-old daughter about her father’s beliefs on marriage. The teen explains what happened.
“And I said I don’t support that either, I support traditional marriage,” she shares. “And then they were calling me ‘gay’ and a ‘gay Christian’ – and I said You can’t be both, and they said Yes, you can.”
She continues: “And then they were saying I was transgender – and when I wasn’t paying attention, he put the music stand between my legs and said, Oh, look, she’s a boy now. She’s transgender.”
Ask anyone in the #MeToo movement – that’s sexual assault. Both the school and the local sheriff’s office confirmed to OneNewsNow that they’re looking into the incident.
That confrontation, along with all the other abuse, has made her dad a little angry.
“It’s not a fight that I asked for,” the pastor says. “But you know what? It was laid at my doorstep and I’m going to defend myself. I’m going to defend God just like David did. You can’t sit here and just let this happen anymore.”
Penkoski says he and his wife try to teach their children to be strong in their faith. “We teach our children to fear God. We fear God before we fear men. [We tell them] Stick to your beliefs. Don’t back down. Don’t be afraid just because someone says whatever. That’s not who we are.”
It appears to be a lesson his teenage daughter has picked up: “[When that boy did that] I pushed him and slapped him in the face and he started laughing – and I told him he laughed like a chipmunk.”
Still, Penkoski says he’s pulling his kids out of public school and will start homeschooling them.