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Living in the Age of (In)Tolerance, Part 3

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In responding to a follow-up comment of mine, where I stated that the normalization of homosexuality and same-sex marriage will lead to the suppression of freedom, one of our readers responded, saying:

How? How will you lose your right to freedom of speech? I’m at a loss at understanding the irrational fear and anxiety of those that think they will no longer be allowed to worship any god because Adam and Steve were allowed to be married. In Massachusetts, where gay marriage is legal, have churches been forced to shut down simply because they object to gay marriage? Are they now forced to perform gay marriage ceremonies? Have those who spoken against gay marriage been imprisoned in gulags?

No, of course it hasn’t, and it is absolutely ridiculous to claim that religious freedom will be infringed upon should gay marriage be legal. Christians are still free to practice Christianity here in California, even though there are 18,000 same sex marriages now. Churches will still be allowed to condemn gay marriage. They will even still be allowed to refuse to perform a marriage ceremony to a gay couple.  So please, stop the fear-mongering, because it has no factual or historical basis (bold mine).

Are we making these things up and being irrational about our concerns which have “no factual or historical basis?”  Are we being “absolutely ridiculous” in our claims that religious freedom and speech will be infringed upon in churches, businesses, social and non-profit organizations?

In all honestly, I wish we were!

First, I disagree that freedom of religion and speech will not be suppressed – even in the churches – by observing what is taking place internationally and what is beginning to take place nationally. 

If we simply looked across the Atlantic Ocean towards Sweden, we would see that Christian Pastor(s) (see Sweden’s Shame) have been arressted for speaking against homosexuality and that their government is considering a provision to their same-sex marriage policy that would force pastors to wed gay couples (see Left Party: “Force pastors to perform gay weddings”).

As far as I know we haven’t seen similar events taking place in American churches, but we have observed similar events taking place in non-profit organizations:

In Boston, a Christian adoption agency was shut down for refusing to place orphans with homosexual couples.

In New Mexico, a Christian-owned studio was fined more than $6,000 for refusing to photograph a lesbian commitment ceremony (see Standing for Marriage and Religious Liberty).

Secondly, a fact is something that corresponds with reality.  Encarta Dictionary defines a “fact” as: “something that can be shown to be true, to exist, or to have happened.”  Is our concerns “fictional,” having no correspondent reality to validate our claims? 

 If the above is not enough, let’s consider just a few other samplings of recent events which are true and have happened and point to the disdain and hatred towards religious expression.

An old lady having a cross torn out of her hands and trampeled on in front of here (see Living in the Age of (In)Tolerance, Part 2)

A group of Christians were peacefully gathered together in the Castro District of San Fransico, praying and singing songs, were sexually and physically assaulted by a homosexual mob that necessitated the intervention of the San Fransico riot police (see Christian prayer group sexually and physically assaulted by a homosexual mob).

What about the disruption of church services, people being encouraged to burn down churches, the threatening and intimidating of the eldery and businesses and social organizations that promoted Propostion 8 (see Christians Under Attack: Same-Sex Marriage in California)

These are just a few samplings of “factual” events taking place in the world and right here at home.  These events leave me with just one question, “Is our concerns unfounded?”

Written by Jesse Wisnewski

November 20, 2008 at 6:55 pm

Posted in Uncategorized

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  1. “Is our concerns unfounded?”

    Yes. And I’m beginning to develop concerns as to the Christian understanding of “subject-verb agreement.”


    April 13, 2009 at 8:53 am

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