Living in the Age of (In)Tolerance, Part 2
I do not see the wisdom or grace of walking into the middle of a mob of pro-same-sex “marriage” folks while holding a giant cross. Yet, it is certainly a peaceful demonstration of one’s freedom of speech. As the video above demonstrates, it seems the antipathy from the opponents of marriage as between one man and one woman is not directed at the legal definition of marriage. It is directed at a perceived religious bigotry. For the vast majority of born-again believers, I do not believe there is a strong hatred of persons engaging in homosexual behavior. Likewise, I would expect that many within the homosexual lifestyle do not support tearing a cross out of an old woman’s hands and stomping on it.
What we do see, however, is a developing trend of anger directed at the religious community for daring to enter the cultural/civic discussion. I have not seen the reverse. By that, I mean I am yet to see a video during the now closed campaigns to pass marriage amendments in California, Arizona, and Florida, in which a pro-traditional marriage supporter tears a rainbow sign out of the hands of a protester and stomps on it, while yelling and screaming at the elderly woman who was holding it.
Likewise, I have not seen supporters of those amendments going into places of worship or even the public square and yelling obscenity, or pulling fire alarms during “commitment” ceremonies in San Francisco. But, that is precisely what has happened in Michigan. The Alliance Defense Fund quotes from the Lansing State Journal:
Protesters who entered the Creyts Road church along with worshippers surprised the congregation when they stood up during the service, threw fliers at churchgoers and shouted slogans such as “It’s OK to be gay,” and “Jesus was a homo,” according to David Williams, communications director at the church. His father, Dave Williams, is the church’s longtime pastor. He was not preaching at the church Sunday . . .
According to a report on the Bash Back group’s news site, protesters inside the church pulled a fire alarm, unfurled a banner from the church balcony, shouted and threw fliers to the worshippers . . .
As at least 3 cases make their way through the California Supreme Court, radical homosexual activists are planning a protest for Saturday in every state capitol in the union, including Charleston, WV. I hope and pray those who support marriage between one man and one woman will extend the grace required of them. Likewise, I hope our neighbors in the gay community in West Virginia will take advantage of their right to assemble in peaceful protest. With an emphasis on “peaceful.”
Link Update: Original blog entry by rightmichigan.com.