As a preacher, pastor and Minister of the Gospel, I have made my opinions and position well-known concerning homosexuality and gay marriage. I am opposed to both, based on my interpretation of the scriptures in the Holy Bible.
Yet, as a citizen of the United States of America, I am outraged at the recent actions of the Town of Shannon Board of Alderman. Supposedly, the board refused to re-issue a bar license to a local entrepreneur because, according to the board, its citizens didn’t want another bar in town. In reality, we all know why the license was denied: Because it would cater to a gay and lesbian clientele. In other words, the board didn’t like “their kind,” and decided to restrict the owner’s freedom of commerce. That such fear-mongered subterfuge could take place in this day and age, and the city leaders would be so blatant about it, speaks much about those who will supposedly defend the constitution to their dying breath.
I disagree with the gay and lesbian lifestyle. But I also disagree that I have the right to impose my religious views on anyone else and trample on the Constitution in the process.
I personally am not threatened by the gay or lesbian lifestyle. Nor do I believe “traditional marriage” is threatened by same sex marriage any more than synthetic oil threatens to put petroleum out of business.
Many – but apparently not all – of us in the faith community only view the recent Supreme Court’s decision allowing same-sex marriage as just another change in society, not a change in our religious values.
In my mind the court really didn’t have a choice. If it had ruled any other way, they would have, in effect declared that a certain group of citizens – because of their beliefs – is not equally protected under the laws of our nation, and, therefore can be discriminated against at the whim and pleasure of anyone who wants to do so.
Apparently, and unfortunately, the Shannon Board of Aldermen holds that view.
Counterpoint – Ed Holliday
James, first let me say that the Shannon board has spoken and if anyone feels that their rights have been violated, then courts are available.
James, now as to your point that traditional marriage in not threatened by same sex marriage I must say that you are dead wrong. The entire debate about gay marriage should be about the children – children now and in the future. Why would we give our children a different definition of marriage? In a country based on Judeo-Christian values, how is gay marriage affecting our children?
First, we know longstanding institutions such as Catholic adoption services have been shut down in states where gay marriage is now legal because they refuse to place children into homes that contradict their beliefs. Second, in states where gay marriage is legal, children are being taught in kindergarten that they can grow up to marry either a man or a woman. How will this affect the next generation? Preliminary statistics show that over 30 percent of children raised in a home with gay parents end up adopting the gay lifestyle, and, yet, in the general population only 2-3 percent of the population practice the gay lifestyle. Are we experimenting with our children in a “Brave New World?” Will a continuing change in the definition of marriage lead to an imploding civilization such as ancient Greece and Rome?
If our society says it is right to change the definition of marriage to include gay people, then how can we legally discriminate against the bisexuals? Shouldn’t they be given the right to marry a man and a woman. And if it’s about marrying who you love why can’t people marry two or three or four or more different men and women? Using these standards, how can we legally stop incestuous marriages? How about transgendered marriage rights?
God is not mocked. America is dying. Judgment comes on both the just and the unjust. The Bible tells us about Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego. They refused to bow down and worship a false god in ancient Babylon. We need such men and women with a backbone today.