August 6, 2012

Marriage Equality & The Double Standard

I once read this in the Constitution:

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.”

At least, I thought that’s what I once read in the Constitution, but perhaps I was just imagining that’s what I was taught in elementary school.  Either way, according to the Lesbian-Gay-Bisexual-Transgender Community (LGBT), or at least some supporters of it, this amendment isn’t really true at all, or at least, if it is, it’s only true for THEM to denounce Christianity, to spread hate towards traditional marriage, or make outrageous demonstrations to try and make their point.  However, we’ve learned that if you are a Christian, and you speak out against homosexual marriage, - or more to the point- ANSWER A QUESTION REGARDING YOUR OPINION OF IT – then apparently you are a hateful, spiteful, homosexual hating bigot.  Interesting.

I would think that stating what your religious beliefs are, and in this case it was a belief resting on Scripture, would be an example of “the free exercise thereof” of said religion.  Not to mention the fact that if you say something, stating a religious belief, and someone comes out and tells you that you can’t say that, that it would be attempting to “abridge the freedom of speech”.

Dan Cathy, the president of Chick-Fil-A, had every RIGHT, not just to his “opinion”, but every RIGHT to answer the question regarding homosexual marriage the way he did.  However, because he exercised that right, not only he, but his company is now the target of hateful, spiteful, and distasteful attacks from supporters of the LGBT community.  Attacks that have nothing to do with the real issue at hand.  Let me say this here, and I will come back to it, but the majority of people spewing hate towards Christianity, the Bible, and the president of Chick-Fil-A don’t really care about the issue of so-called “marriage equality”.  Surprised?  Don’t be, but I’ll get to that.

I think what surprises me the most, is the pure, plain hypocrisy that these supporters demonstrate.  They want equality, but not when it comes to Christians being able to state what they believe (i.e. Dan Cathy & Kirk Cameron) they want the right to express their opinion, to call Christians bigots, to make distasteful (and ultimately ineffective) displays in front of establishments that sell chicken, but don’t you dare ever say what you believe about the Bible and homosexual marriage!

Some of these people claim they are just trying to wipe out homophobia, trying to wipe out discrimination, trying to right the world from bigotry.  But here’s the kicker – Chick-Fil-A doesn’t discriminate against homosexuals.  As far as I know, they aren’t banned from eating there, nor are they prevented from working there.  So where exactly, is this horrible, hateful, discrimination that they are screaming about?  Seems to me it doesn’t exist – at least in this situation.

The problem is this:  When someone like Dan Cathy makes a statement like this:
What the LGBT community hears is this:  “I hate gay people”

Those two things are not the same.  One does not equal the other.  This is something that community must get through their heads.

If they want the right to say they want marriage equality, then it would be logical, even courteous, to allow Christians to say they don’t believe in homosexual marriage.

So let me get back to something I said earlier, which is that I believe most of the LGBT community doesn’t REALLY care about “marriage equality”.  If they did, they would be doing things to actually make a difference, not ranting and raving, spitting and bashing, or kissing each other in front of fast food establishments.  No, what that tells me is they just want to complain, they just want to cause a stir, they just want to make a scene.

There is probably a time coming when Christians will be jailed (or worse) for “hate speech” by saying they think homosexual marriage is wrong.  Are all these supposed defenders of freedom, anti-discrimination, anti-establishment, anti-bigotry people going to come to OUR rescue then?  Are they going to protest in front of the prisons and jailhouses?  Are they going to clamor and yell and scream for OUR rights to state our views on homosexual marriage?  I doubt it very much.

Their main issue is they simply don’t like what God said in His word, and are rebelling against it.  It isn’t about marriage equality, it isn’t about helping victims of violence, it isn’t even about Chick-Fil-A.  It’s about the sin that resides in all of us. 

Having said all that, I want to conclude with three simple statements:

Homosexuality is a sin.
Treating homosexuals poorly simply because they are homosexuals, is a sin.
Stating that you believe that homosexuality is a sin, is not a sin.

If families kick a homosexual out of their house because they are homosexual, I think that’s wrong.  If people beat up someone because they are a homosexual, that is wrong.  But simply stating what the Bible says and then saying, “I agree with what the Bible says regarding marriage”, is NOT wrong. 

I support you, Dan Cathy, for supporting Scripture.  Thank you. 

I think I’ll go have a chicken sandwich.