I just wrote this…It seems that this year, already, there are four states, Washington State included, that are proposing legislation that would allow Christians to discriminate in all public and private sectors without fear of retribution, based solely on their belief system. Well…Here is the rebuttal from your Unca Tymmie…Warning…it is a bit long. But, there are some major points upon which are touched and they are, IMHO, extremely important in the struggle in which we find ourselves here in the USA.
RFRA, Religious Freedom Reformation Acts…FADA, First Amendment Defense Acts
These are real, folks. I wish I were lying, but…sadly…no.
So, Georgia freshman State Senator Greg Kirk has graciously brought before the Senate a bill that would protect his and all Christians’ freedoms…Well…ACTUALLY, the freedom to discriminate against those who live opposed to their beliefs…Well…AAAAC-CHOO-AALLLLLLEEEEE…The LGBT Community.
My main question to Sen. Kirk is simply…H-How are your guaranteed rights taken from you, again? I mean, are you being told you cannot, under any circumstances great or small go to a church and raise your hands up to the Great Magickal Mystical Zombie Genie who will allow your team to go to the Super Bowl this year and win? Are you being told that you cannot say grace at the restaurant? Are you being told that you cannot teach your children about the Scary Man in Heaven Ready to Beat Us To a Pulp if We Utter so Much as a Blasphemy? Are you being met in back alleys with baseball bats because you and your wife just stepped out of a church building after a great service? Are you being told that your family is Less Than because you are a Southern Baptist and not a Synod Lutheran? Are you refused any services because you are a Christian?
If you answered “no” to more than three of these…guess what, Senator…Your rights don’t need defending.
Do County Clerks across the nation have the right to refuse marriage certificates to couples simply because they go against their choice of religion? According to SCOTUS, No…They don’t. You act as though it is not a right but an entitlement. You are overstepping the Constitution, misinterpreting its words.
“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”
“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion…” We are NOT a “Christian Nation”. We were never intended to be. We have ancestors who traveled out of countries led by Theocratic men and women who were oppressed by the laws of the land that were based on the misapplication of mistranslated verses that have been misinterpreted for centuries. The Founding Fathers did not wish for Christianity to become the “State Religion”.
“…or prohibiting the free exercise thereof;” However, they were aware that there were plenty of citizens who believed in G-d and Jesus Christ and they were not going to block that worship of their Deity, either. At the same time, they were also aware that there were other religious folks from varying cultures coming into the New World. Jews, Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, pagans, etc. The Founding Fathers were not going to make laws that kept them from worshipping their Deities, either. Neither were they willing to legislate the morality of one religious sect for the entire nation to follow. Mainly due to the fact that there were also those who believed in no deity or believed that the Deity was not a vital, active part of the everyday, mundane lives of Its creation.
“…or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press;” Granted, the First Amendment allows for us all to be able to speak our beliefs, thoughts, and minds. However, it has proven, time and again, that one’s Free Speech, and the Right thereof, ends when one begins to infringe on the Rights of others. If it incites discrimination; if it keeps Others from Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness; or if it promotes anger or violence toward a person or group of persons, it is no longer considered Free Speech. I may have the Right to pen pornographic stories of my sexual liaisons. But, if it is put out there where children or those who are sensitive or offended by it, then it is wrong…Thus, I could write it and make it available for those who WISH to read it. My freedom to pen nasty stories ends at the beginning of the umbrage of others.
Those holding public office nationwide have an obligation to their entire constituency…not just the Christians. You see, even the Homos and the Lesbos, and Drag Queens, and the Trannies, and the Bis vote. We all have a say in THEIR jobs. They don’t get to pick and choose whom they serve. If they feel that strongly about it, they can do one of two things…They can have someone else in the office complete the task or they can quit. Simple as that. But, they do not have the right to infringe on the rights of people by refusing on religious grounds to issue marriage licenses, etc. That is tantamount to legislation of morality.
I will say that I admire the audacity of the GOP. They SAY they want “Smaller Government”, yet propose these ridiculous bills that would; infringe on the right of women to make choices concerning their own bodies; infringe on the rights of people to marry the consenting adult of their choosing; infringe on the rights of those who partake in an harmless plants effects; infringe on the rights of every citizen to vote; and federally advocate destroying the environment and poisoning entire communities.
And, lest you think that Georgia is the only state that has one of these bullshyte pieces of legislation on the table, Washington, too has one.
Washington State HB 2631 wishes to prevent “discriminatory treatment by government of a person or entity based on beliefs and practices held with regard to marriage as the union between one man and one woman.”
See…It’s fine for a person or entity based on beliefs and practices held to discriminate against the LGBT community. But, it’s deplorable that they be told they can’t. Now, I’m not about to think that any baker, florist, or dressmaker should be sued because they refused service. Because, you know the truth is…I can take my business elsewhere and brag up THAT business, never even mentioning the one that turned me down. Guess who is going to get the big bucks from the one large group of people with a shyte-ton of disposable income? And, I wouldn’t have to say bloody word about the arrogantly sanctimonious owner of the shop that turned me down.
IF, however, that owner decided to put my name, address, and telephone number on line putting my fiancé and me in danger of harassment, violence, etc., you bet I would sue their asses. But, that only happens in Oregon.
However, the Public Sector is a different animal than Private Businesses. Sure, I wouldn’t sue a business owner over not giving me the services they offer…But, that doesn’t mean others won’t. Frankly, I don’t have the time to worry about it, and I am unsure I would support such legal action…Allow their business to fail by praising the businesses that WILL provide the service. A Public Servant, though, doesn’t have that luxury. They are there to serve the Public. They are there to simply perform tasks that the people of the city, county, state, and nation put them there to do. They don’t get the privilege of choosing which constituents get that little piece of paper and which don’t…that’s already been decided. There are many couples, and groups for that matter, that are naturally legally banned from marriage, and that varies state to state. A public servant doesn’t get to choose who is worthy in the eyes of the law and who is not based on their CHOSEN belief.
That segues into my next point. Sexual orientation is not something on chooses. We are born to be attracted to whom we are attracted…same gender, opposite gender, or both. Transsexuals are born feeling “wrong” and grow up feeling completely lost inside a body that their minds and hearts tell them isn’t their own. You may not understand that…but, it isn’t yours to understand. It is simply the way it is. However, those who are believers in ANY faith CHOOSE to believe. It is not something you are born with. You CHOOSE your belief and CHOOSE to live your life according to some moral code based on the priest, pastor, shaman, or rabbi and their interpretations of the holy writ by which you CHOOSE to run your life.
It is not your place as a follower of the teachings attributed to Jesus to judge…ANY BODY. In fact, Romans puts it out there very plainly…Granted the Writer of Romans is discussing believers and other believers, but…the premise is the same, and I’ll mention that later. Anyway, beginning in verse one…
“Now as for a person whose trust is weak, welcome him but not to get into arguments over opinions. One person has the trust that will allow him to eat anything, while another whose trust is weak eats only vegetables. The one who eats anything must not look down on the one who abstains; and the abstainer must not pass judgment on the one who eats anything, because G-d has accepted him. Who are you to pass judgment on someone else’s servant? It is before his own master that he will stand or fall; and the fact is that he will stand, because the L-rd is able to make him stand.” Romans : 1-4, (CJB)
According to this, you have NO Christian duty to judge another for what that other does or doesn’t do or believe.
“Therefore, let’s stop passing judgment on each other! Instead, make this one judgment—not to put a stumbling block or a snare in a brother’s way. I know—that is, I have been persuaded by the L-rd Y’shua the Messiah—that nothing is unclean in itself. But if a person considers something unclean, then for him it is unclean; and if your brother is being upset by the food you eat, your life is no longer one of love…for the Kingdom of G-d is not eating and drinking, but righteousness, shalom, and joy in the Ruach HaKodesh. Anyone who serves the Messiah in this fashion both pleases G-d and wins the approval of other people. So then, let us pursue the things that make for shalom and mutual upbuilding…The belief you hold about such things, keep between yourself and G-d. Happy the person who is free of self-condemnation when he approves of something. But the doubter comes under condemnation if he eats, because his action is not based on trust. And anything not based on trust is a sin.” Romans 14:13-15a, 16-23, (CJB)
So, really, according to the Writer of Romans, as Christians there is absolutely no basis for judging anybody on how they live. Because your walk with G-d is different that my walk with G-d. You don’t, as a Christian, have the right to tell any person how they should live their life…at all…ever.
Even the teachings attributed to Jesus say that. It is written that Jesus taught to take care of the log in your own eye before you worry about the splinter in another’s. It is also written that you should not judge another. For, if you do, that judgment shall return to you “pressed down, shaken together, and over-flowing” from men to your bosom. As for G-d’s Law overreaching man’s law…well, that is wrong as well.
When asked if it was biblical to pay taxes to Caesar, it is written that Jesus asked to see a coin. “Who’s face is on this coin?” The priests answered that it was Caesar’s. The reply…”Then, give to Caesar what belongs to him and give to G-d what belongs to him. It is also written that G-d places in authority those who are rulers and legislators. So, we are to obey the laws of the land because G-d ordained those men and women to be where they are.
Bottom line? You haven’t the right, G-d given or man promoted, as a Christian, to infringe on the rights of others because they do not believe or live in the same manner you have chosen.
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