Christian life in America is changing and not for the better. No, I will not say Christians are being persecuted in our country. Not yet, anyway. After reading of the treatment Christians are receiving in the Middle East from ISIS and other Muslim murderers, anyone claiming that Christians in America are being persecuted doesn’t understand what true persecution is. Christians in America are not being persecuted, but they are most definitely being subjected to discrimination, harassment and prosecution, with almost all of it coming because of the Christian view that homosexuality is an abominable sin.
The Christian opposition to homosexual marriage has resulted in a cultural civil war with the media, the homosexuals and the rest of the liberals on one side and the Christians on the other side. With a few exceptions, the Republican apparatus has been weak in their support of religious liberty. Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson sent a religious freedom bill back to the legislature to be ‘fixed’ and Indiana Governor Mike Pence caved to leftist pressure and requested Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) also be ‘fixed’ after a week of leftist fury was unleashed on his state. Former Arizona Governor Jan Brewer vetoed an RFRA passed by her state legislature after the NFL threatened to move the Super Bowl to another state. She should have let them move it.
To see the left’s view of Christians all one need do is sample the hate directed at Memories Pizza in Indiana this week. If you’ve been living in a cave, after the RFRA was passed in Indiana a local television reporter went looking to create a story about bigots. She found what she was looking for when she went into Memories Pizza and asked the owners, who are Christians, if they would cater a homosexual wedding if asked. Pizza – at a wedding. Sure. But, I digress. The owners told her if they were asked to cater a homosexual wedding that they would have to decline because of their Christian faith. Well that was all the media, the homosexuals and the rest of the tolerant left needed to hear. The business was harassed twenty-four hours a day. Their storefront was vandalized with graffiti. They were threatened with violence, death and arson. They were labeled with names that are not fit to print and had things said about them that I will not repeat. When Dana Loesch of Blaze TV had one of her staff set up a Go Fund Me account to help them, the left just went apoplectic. The very idea that people would donate to ‘bigots’ was just too much for them and I read of many trying to report the fund as fraudulent or other ways to get it stopped. In the end, more than $800,000 was raised. Now, of course they did not lose that much by closing their pizza restaurant for a while, but the amount was more of a message to the left than assistance for the owners. It was a fantastic thing to watch unfold.
I saw more than one video of the owners, the O’Connors, and both seemed to be very quiet, humble people. But to the left they are vicious monsters for saying they would adhere to their faith. To the left, all Christians who oppose homosexual marriage are vicious, hateful monsters who should have the full force of the government rained down upon them to force them to violate their beliefs and bake the cake, take the pictures, cater the wedding or provide the floral arrangements for homosexual marriages. Anything less than that is unacceptable to the homosexuals. It should come as no surprise that godless heathens bound for hell know nothing of religious liberty, other than they detest it. They have no qualms about using every means necessary to destroy it.
In recent years the homosexual movement in our country has changed from a live and let live approach -don’t ask, don’t tell- to a militant, totalitarian approach – bake the cake, or else! Homosexuals are having great success at having their lifestyles mainstreamed and gaining acceptance from society. Real Truth has a short list of examples of all that has been happening to make homosexuality seem normal and acceptable.
• Oregon, Idaho, Ohio, North Dakota, California and other states have either long since repealed sodomy laws or decriminalized all sexual acts between consenting adults.
• San Francisco, Berkeley and other cities across America have passed domestic partnership bills granting equal benefits to same-sex and unmarried heterosexual couples.
• Last year, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a Texas sodomy ban, ruling that, regardless of sexual orientation, couples have a right to privacy.
• Violence against homosexuals is considered a “hate crime,” punishable under U.S. federal law. Policies that once restricted homosexuals from immigrating to the U.S. have been canceled. And, by a presidential executive order, people can no longer be denied security clearances on the basis of one’s sexual orientation.
• An editor for the Detroit News started a gay and lesbian issues column, the first of its kind for a major U.S. newspaper.
• Following the example of other newspapers, The New York Times and the Washington Post now publish homosexual wedding and commitment announcements.
• A few years ago, the widely popular family comic strip “For Better or For Worse” introduced a gay character.
• Last September, as part of a week-long test run, “Jane’s World” appeared in the daily pages of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution—the first time a mainstream newspaper has published a syndicated comic strip having a lesbian as its lead character.
• The newspaper’s Comics Editor said, “We’re trying to find new readers. I deliberately went out-of-the-way to find strips that appeal to younger readers and Atlanta’s gay population” (www.gfn.com).
• Homosexuals in the U.S. have been publicly celebrating national “Coming Out Day” for the last 15 years.
• The American Psychiatric Association no longer lists homosexuality as a mental disorder. It also condemns reparative therapy (treatment attempts to change a person from being homosexual to heterosexual).
• Gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender studies are offered at various prominent institutions of higher learning, such as the University of Chicago, UC Berkeley, UCLA, Penn State, the University of Pennsylvania, William and Mary, Smith, Duke, Cornell, George Mason, Stanford, Harvard, Yale, Swarthmore—the list goes on.
• Canada has universities that offer these programs, too (the University of Montreal, the University of Toronto, the University of Windsor, etc.), as does Australia (the University of Queensland) and the Netherlands (the University of Amsterdam).
• The Stonewall Inn has been officially placed on the National Register of Historic Places, the first time a gay site has been listed.
• The 2000 U.S. Census was the first time that the government asked every American household about unmarried partner relationships. It revealed that there are nearly 600,000 same-sex couple households nationwide. Of these, 33 percent of female households and 22 percent of male households have children. (This is partly the result of the “Gay Baby Boom” of the 1980s and 90s, in which the rapid advancements of science and technology enabled same-sex couples to give birth to children.)
There have been numerous movies and television programs in recent years with homosexual hosts or characters – Ellen, Will & Grace, Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, Boy Meets Boy, It’s All Relative, Modern Family, Queer as Folk, The L Word, The Flash, Gotham, House of Cards, Orange Is the New Black, Nashville, Arrow, Chicago Fire, Major Crimes, Person of Interest, Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead and many, many others. This is all by design – to get homosexuality accepted as normal and prominent by society. And it’s working.
Many religious denominations have changed their position on homosexual marriage in recent years, deciding that after two thousand years , Christians have been wrong about homosexuality. Homosexual marriages take place in churches and have the full support of the pastors and congregations of these churches. And the denominations that have not buckled to pressure to change their doctrine are labeled as homophobic haters who aren’t following what Jesus would do.
The media has also jumped into the fray, on the side of the homosexuals, naturally. Berating Christian denominations who hold true to Biblical teachings has become almost a sport to some media types as they seem to take glee in continually bashing those who still believe homosexuality to be a sin. Or just flat-out explaining why Christians are wrong.
Frank Bruni wrote a piece bashing conservative Christians for the New York Times in which he unknowingly gets the quotes of the year.
THE drama in Indiana last week and the larger debate over so-called religious freedom laws in other states portray homosexuality and devout Christianity as forces in fierce collision.
They’re not — at least not in several prominent denominations, which have come to a new understanding of what the Bible does and doesn’t decree, of what people can and cannot divine in regard to God’s will.
And homosexuality and Christianity don’t have to be in conflict in any church anywhere.
That many Christians regard them as incompatible is understandable, an example not so much of hatred’s pull as of tradition’s sway. Beliefs ossified over centuries aren’t easily shaken.
But in the end, the continued view of gays, lesbians and bisexuals as sinners is a decision. It’s a choice. It prioritizes scattered passages of ancient texts over all that has been learned since — as if time had stood still, as if the advances of science and knowledge meant nothing.
It disregards the degree to which all writings reflect the biases and blind spots of their authors, cultures and eras.
It ignores the extent to which interpretation is subjective, debatable.
And it elevates unthinking obeisance above intelligent observance, above the evidence in front of you, because to look honestly at gay, lesbian and bisexual people is to see that we’re the same magnificent riddles as everyone else: no more or less flawed, no more or less dignified.
“Human understanding of what is sinful has changed over time,” said David Gushee, an evangelical Christian who teaches Christian ethics at Mercer University. He openly challenges his faith’s censure of same-sex relationships, to which he no longer subscribes.
“Conservative Christian religion is the last bulwark against full acceptance of L.G.B.T. people,” Gushee said.
Creech and Mitchell Gold, a prominent furniture maker and gay philanthropist, founded an advocacy group, Faith in America, which aims to mitigate the damage done to L.G.B.T. people by what it calls “religion-based bigotry.”
Gold told me that church leaders must be made “to take homosexuality off the sin list.”
His commandment is worthy — and warranted. All of us, no matter our religious traditions, should know better than to tell gay people that they’re an offense. And that’s precisely what the florists and bakers who want to turn them away are saying to them.
Bruni’s column gives away the goals of the homosexuals and their comrades in liberalism. First, it must be noted that conservative Christianity is the last obstacle to homosexuals getting full acceptance in society. That makes conservative Christians the enemy to be attacked unendingly until they are beaten into silence and submission. Once that is accomplished they will have no trouble with the final goal – getting homosexuality “off the sin list.”
That’s what this is all about – acceptance. Homosexuals don’t like being told their abhorrent lifestyle is sinful and they will attack with every weapon in their arsenal to get that stopped.
Ben Sharpiro nailed it in a piece he wrote for The Patriot Post called The Fascist Left and Same-Sex Marriage.
Same-sex marriage, it turns out, was never designed to grant legal benefits to same-sex couples. That could have been done under a regime of civil unions. Same-sex marriage was always designed to allow the government to have the power to cram down punishment on anyone who disobeys the government’s vision of the public good.
Forcing bakers, photographers, florists and other business owners to provide services that violate their own religious beliefs is just the next step. Making people bow down to the wishes of the homosexuals is what it’s all about. Do homosexuals really want to eat a wedding cake that someone was forced to make for them? Of course not. But they don’t want the baker to have the right to refuse them. Destroying religious liberty is what all this is about, including the kerfuffle with Memories Pizza. How dare they proclaim their faith!
Once religious liberty is destroyed, using the power of the government, the next step will be to have people who publicly say negative things about homosexuality arrested, perhaps fined or put in jail. Ridiculous, you say? It’s already happened several times in Europe. Don’t think the homosexuals here haven’t made that their goal.
Homosexuals and their allies know that conservative Christians are all that stands between them and the complete normalization and acceptance that they seek. They will attack, attack attack and attack again until their enemy is vanquished. With every year that goes by it seems more and more of our society stands behind them while they do it.