by Linda Harvey 3/4/14
Well, once again, deception rules the day and the bullies pushing homosexuality in our culture win again—at least for now. Arizona governor Jan Brewer vetoed Senate Bill 1062, a bill on religious freedom, or as I like to think of it, a bullying prevention law for grown-ups.
Why did she cave? Because Senator John McCain, other liberal Republicans, the shallow media, and amazingly, the NFL, joined the always complaining and usually inaccurate homosexual lobby in screaming about this bill, claiming it would lead to wide-scale refusal of services to homosexuals. A similar bill has also been unfortunately withdrawn in my home state of Ohio, at least for now.
The reality is, this fiasco was all about anti-Christian bigotry leading toward denial of religious freedom. And it’s mostly sodomy that is taking America to this dark place. Did we not understand the message of Genesis 19? The rabid, sexually corrupt mob is serious, they hate the authority of God and they will twist the facts, or just flat-out lie, to silence those who speak the truth.
Let’s understand a few basic facts. We already have religious freedom in our Constitution, so this isn’t a shocking concept. But that doesn’t mean this bill wasn’t necessary. First of all, it was a bill to strengthen a religious freedom measure already existing in Arizona. And we have a similar federal religious freedom bill passed in 1997 and signed into law by President Bill Clinton after nearly unanimous votes in both houses of Congress Were they all being “anti-gay” in approving such a measure?
No, it’s just that the whole country wasn’t yet subjected to the tyranny of the pink lobby, and politicians weren’t yet ducking for cover right and left. They are now.
Such bills have been made necessary recently to restore a “strict scrutiny” standard when applying First Amendment rights. Photographers, bakers, florists and others have been sued when they would not provide their services to homosexual couples for a so-called wedding. Homosexual activists want to force Christians to honor what we consider sin. Similar bills have already passed in 17 other states, so again, this shouldn’t be at all controversial.
No, what happened is intentional misinformation, even by self-declared Christians jumping into the discussion claiming this was a “Jim Crow” law and that we Christians should never refuse to serve anyone.
Well, I disagree. It’s not a “Jim Crow” law regarding homosexuality because homosexuals are not born that way. It’s not like race. That evidence does not exist and there are many ex-homosexuals attesting to the mutability of same sex attraction and behavior. When are we going to get back to objective truth? Race is inborn and it’s neutral; homosexuality is not, and it’s harmful. Check the CDC HIV Surveillance page if you doubt this.
Some discernment is needed. Should a Christian plumber think nothing of cleaning drains clogged with baby body parts at the local abortion mill? Or should he take a stand and say, no way? What do we really think Jesus would do?
These questions generally revolve around how the left is trying to use “public accommodations” policies as a club.Their claim is that, as long as a business deals with the “public,” it’s the values of the customers that must dictate what the business owner does. This is selectively applied, as usual, only in defense of cherished causes like the promotion of abortion, homosexuality, any-faith-but-Christianity, etc.
But liberals are wrong again, unless America is going to strip business owners of First Amendment rights, and apparently, we are on the way to doing just that. It’s exactly what the Human Rights Campaign and other homosexual pressure groups want to do.
Yet look at the practicalities. A business owner wants customers, or he or she won’t be in business for long, so there is a big incentive to not turn people away, to serve as many people as possible. Businesses aren’t like social service agencies. They actually do want customers.
As for Kirsten Powers and others who believe Christians should serve everyone and that Jesus would probably bake a cake for a same sex couple, really? Would Jesus actually be smiling as He hands over the multi-tiered, frosted concoction with two figures on top in tuxedos? Can any true believer picture this?
Not if they have read Scripture and take it, and what our Lord calls sin, seriously. Genesis 2, Matthew 19, Mark 10, Leviticus 18 and many other chapters come to mind.
Can we please apply some discernment here? A proud homosexual or gender- confused person may be someone a Christian bakery owner may want to serve, or not—his choice. If it’s just a cake, we are only talking about food, no matter what else is going on with that person. At that point, just as Jesus ate with open, known sinners, the baker would be doing nothing that would violate a mature Christian’s faith. It’s just about eating.
But some Christians rightly draw the line at servicing something that goes beyond food consumption, or a bouquet for the table, and that is honoring a homosexual “wedding.” At that point, the Christian would be putting a stamp of approval on sin. The same goes for supplying abortion-causing medications through employee insurance plans. That’s the ending of a human life.
Religious freedom laws are unlikely to result in people being turned away at restaurants or taxi drivers refusing rides. If it’s sin, we should refuse to honor it, but if it’s just eating, or riding, or holding a bouquet, it’s not honoring sin.
But when do we hear that perspective? People are too busy jumping on the pro-homosexual bandwagon or going along with anti-Christian smear campaigns.
Even the NFL, which makes me ask, what’s going on with them? Can we please get a little manhood going again?
Linda Harvey is president of Mission America and hosts a talk show on Salem affiliate WRFD in Columbus, OH. • (1569 views)