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This post could go on and on with examples of the erosion of liberty in America these days when it comes to the issue of same-sex “marriage”. But I will only mention a few.
To begin, it wasn’t long ago, before the very recent and rapid procession of federal judges overturning duly enacted marriage laws in several states, that proponents of same-sex “marriage” posed the question to its opponents: how will my gay marriage affect you? I can’t help but to believe that this seemingly innocent question swayed many fence-sitters to support the campaign to legalize same-sex “marriage”. The intention was that we would answer “it won’t”. What you do in your bedroom, what you say before your family won’t affect me.
But today we know better. The false pretenses under which that question was uttered so many times in the past are now clear. Just start acting with a little bit of integrity all you activists. Be honest about what it is that you want and let society judge for itself. If your gains can only come by dishonest finesse of the ill-educated, your cause must not have a real leg to stand on.
Some examples of the erosion of liberty:
- Sweet Cakes Bakery in Oregon fined for not making a cake for a same-sex “wedding”
- A judge tells Masterpiece Cakeshop in Denver it is no longer allowed to refuse to make cakes for same-sex “weddings”
- Florist Barronelle Stutzman was sued by long-time customers for refusing to provide flowers for their same-sex “wedding”
- Elane Huguenin, a Christian photographer loses her case before the New Mexico Supreme Court, eliminating conscience protections for artists in that state
- The Catholic Diocese of Rockford, Illinois, closed its adoption services when state law would require, without religious exemption, the placement of children into the homes of same-sex couples
Many believe that businesses should be forced to provide wedding services to same-sex couples regardless of the consciences of those providing the service. They believe that to refuse service is discrimination based upon sexual orientation. Its not hard to see why they believe such things, however, they are wrong. In their own failure to understand the nature marriage, they cannot separate the act of a same-sex “wedding” from the orientation of the persons themselves. In their eyes a refusal to participate in the “wedding” is a direct assault on their orientation. Perhaps, though, what is more terrifying to think about is that judges have ruled in the same way. Judges. Judges are blind to the difference between what a person feels and what a person does. Judges cannot differentiate between exercise of conscience and what is actually discrimination. And because they cannot differentiate you cannot have liberty. Ultimately it comes to a point where the right to be tolerated and accepted always trumps your right to act according to your beliefs. Society values homosexual behavior more than the freedom to practice your religion. Liberty is only for the sexually immoral, but not for the Christian. This is a reality in America that cannot be denied. Liberty is under assault.