Friday, December 18, 2009

Gay rights intolerance

The Alliance Defense Fund (a Christian legal agency devoted to fighting legal attacks against Christians in America) quotes from a gay advocacy blog:
"The Alliance Defense Fund, which is representing the Huguenins, has promised to appeal. And we actually agree with ADF senior counsel Jordan Lorence's argument: 'Christians in the marketplace should not be subject to predatory legal attacks for simply abiding by their beliefs. The Constitution prohibits the state from forcing unwilling artists to promote a message they disagree with and thereby violate their conscience. Should the government force a videographer who is an animal rights activist to create a video promoting hunting and taxidermy? American small business owners do not surrender their constitutional rights at the marketplace gate, nor can the government make people choose between their faith and their livelihood."
If more gay people agreed with this gay contributor, there would be much less friction in the current gay rights debate. In fact, if leading gay rights organizations came out in defense of religious freedom by insisting that religious freedom clauses be written into gay rights and same-sex marriage bills, much of the opposition to gay rights and gay marriage would evaporate.

Unfortunately, someone who is apparently an editor of the gay blog mentioned above, added a note saying that the editors of the blog completely disagreed with what was written above. Their disagreement strikes at the very heart of freedom. A government that can force people of faith to violate their deepest convictions can usurp any rights, and people are no longer free. Gay rights advocates don't really seem to care much about anyone's rights or freedom but their own.

At its heart, the debate over gay rights is not about whether two guys should be able to live together or to have the same rights as married couples. It is about freedom of religion and about not forcing their views on everyone else--especially our children!

The gay rights movement began as a plea for tolerance, but next to radical Islam, it has become one of the most intolerant movements on the planet!


James Hipps said...

Your rhetoric is tired. I am gay, I am pay taxes. Tax-exempt "religious" organizations are the ones jamming their personal religious beliefs down the throats of everyone else. I am the oppressed, not the oppressor. I am not "less" than!

Dennis said...


First, about "jamming" beliefs down everyone's throats: That's the nature of democracy and free speech. Everyone has the right to advocate for their perspective, whether they are gay, straight, religious, atheists and even Democrat! Besides, it tends to be gay people who are suing Christians, not the other way around.

Second, let's imagine for a minute that you and I had the power to decide this issue for the whole country. I'll concede and allow "gay marriage" if you will concede and allow for a "freedom of religious conscience" exemption which would protect all religious organizations (churches, religious schools, charities, missions, adoption agencies, etc.) from laws and lawsuits aimed at forcing religious people to violate their religious convictions.

If it were in our power to resolve this issue would you agree to this?