By Alice Patterson
Pastor Rick Warren said, “The problem is that tolerant has changed its meaning. It used to mean ‘I may disagree with you completely, but I will treat you with respect.’ Today, tolerant means―’you must approve of everything I do.’ Warren, pastor of Saddleback Church, made that comment on “CBS This Morning” in November 2012. And today Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender organizations and lawyers relentlessly punish those who do not affirm their lifestyle choices.
Gary Bauer in his weekly End of the Day newsletter said, “The effort to drive normalcy into the closet is in overdrive. In five short years, we have gone from a country where the vast majority of states upheld marriage as the union of one man and one woman to the point where expressing this belief can cost you your job, Christians are being forced to participate in same-sex weddings and professional athletes are being forced to celebrate homosexuality.”
The downslide didn’t begin with this administration, but when President Obama’s views evolved to embrace homosexual marriage and he “made the determination that Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA)…violates the equal protection component of the Fifth Amendment” and advised the Department of Justice not to enforce it, there was a noticeable acceleration.
A quick overview accentuates the point that traditional marriage and its proponents are under assault.
In 2005 David Parker, father of a 6 year old, was arrested and spent the night in jail because he insisted on prior notice before teaching his son about homosexuality in class. (See picture left of David Parker handcuffed.) Read More
Friday, May 9, 2014, an Arkansas state judge struck down a constitutional amendment stating marriage in Arkansas was between one man and one woman. Same-sex couples immediately lined up to be married. Read More
After the St. Louis Rams selected Michael Sam in the seventh round on Saturday, Sam kissed his male partner and Miami Dolphins safety Don Jones tweeted, “OMG” and “Horrible.” The tweets were quickly taken down. Jones apologized for his tweet, however, he was fined an undisclosed amount and suspended from all team activities until he completes educational training regarding his comment. Read More
Last week Home and Garden TV (HGTV) pulled the proposed reality TV show starring Christian twins David and Jason Benham after Right Wing Watch printed an exposé of the Benham’s pro-life and traditional marriage advocacy. The brothers reported that the network knew that they were outspoken Christians before they started filming, but that didn’t stop the decision by the network to pull the program. Read More.
According to the Los Angeles Times, Pasadena, California city officials placed Public Health Director Eric Walsh on temporary paid administrative leave last week after they learned he preached biblical truth about homosexuality and evolution. After the city was contacted by homosexual activists, city leaders removed him from office and are now monitoring and analyzing Pastor Walsh’s online sermons as part of their witch hunt. Not only is this a case of religious discrimination, it has become a catalyst for systematically intimidating any public official who would speak about their Christian faith as a private citizen. Walsh, an associate pastor at Altadena Seventh-day Adventist Church, was hired as the director of Pasadena’s Public Health Department in 2010. Read More.
The editor of an Iowa newspaper was fired a week after he posted on his personal blog a message that said homosexual organizations are trying to reword the Bible “to make their sinful nature ‘right with God”” He was reacting to the website Queen James Bible that said homosexual acts are not sin. Read More.
It goes on and on. In cities and courts across America, traditional marriage is under siege by city councils and legal challenges.
In September San Antonio passed a nondiscrimination ordinance (NDO), which added “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” to city policy making it a Class C Misdemeanor punishable by up to $500 a day fine for speaking against a homosexual or the homosexual movement. The City Attorney confirmed at a hearing that refusing to cater a same-sex ceremony for religious reasons would be a Class C Misdemeanor as well. That is the first time such an action was a Class C Misdemeanor. Read More
Similar ordinances opened the floodgates for litigation:
- Transvestite suit against a Denny’s Restaurant over ladies restroom dispute. http://www.sunjournal.com/city/story/1058316
- New Mexico photographer was assessed $7000 attorney’s fees after a couple sued him for declining to take pictures at a homosexual wedding. http://scottfillmer.com/2008/07/06/christian-photographer-refused-gay-wedding/
- E-Harmony fined for not matching homosexuals. Agreed to develop a matching site for homosexuals. http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,454904,00.html
- Washington florist sued for refusing to provide services to same-sex wedding. http://news.msn.com/us/wash-florist-sued-for-refusing-wedding-service-to-gay-couple
- Several Catholic adoption agencies forced to shut down due to their resistance to allow same-sex couples adoption privileges. http://hotair.com/archives/2011/12/29/requirement-to-consider-gay-couples-for-adoption-forces-illinois-catholic-charities-affiliates-to-close/
- Oregon baker sued for refusing to provide services to same-sex wedding. http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2013/02/02/baker-under-investigation-after-declining-to-make-gay-couples-wedding-cake-if-i-have-to-be-penalized-for-my-beliefs-so-be-it/
Now the City of Houston, led by its lesbian Mayor Annise Parker is trying to ram through a similar ordinance, which would go even further than San Antonio’s by concentrating all power under the mayor to decide who is fined.
Pastors are stepping up to the occasion much like they did in San Antonio. The vote has been postponed until May 28. You will see excellent examples by Dr. Ed Young of Second Baptist Church, who writes Dare to Be a Daniel, and Pastor Steve and Becky Riggles of Grace Community Church opposing the ordinance by video. Other pastors are stepping up as well. Hopefully, the vote on May 28 will not have the sad outcome that San Antonio’s ordinance had when it passed 8 to 3.
Psalm 11:3 If the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do?