Gay Rights and Freedom of Religion, Christian News

It started as a drip, drip, drip. Then the flow increased, and now it’s a gusher: The Obama Administration has decided to promote and emphasize lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered rights-and it is doing so at the expense of everyone’s God-given freedom of religion.Those are tough words, but regrettably, true words.

In December 9, 2009 in a major address entitled, “Human Rights Agenda for the 21st Century,” Secretary of State Clinton said people “must be free to worship, associate, and to love in the way that they choose.”

Did you catch that? In one sentence, little noticed at the time, Mrs. Clinton showed the Administration’s true priorities. In one fell swoop, she changed our God-given right to freedom of religion, a public act, to a much more restricted “freedom of worship,” a private act, which any Chinese official could go along with. And at the same time, Mrs. Clinton, speaking for the administration, elevated the quote “right to love in the way they choose” as a fundamental human right.

Lest you think I’m overreacting to an isolated statement, the intervening years have amply borne out my concerns.

Freedom of worship has been substituted for freedom of religion in speech after speech by administration officials. Just last month, the Secretary told a gathering of diplomats that “gay rights are human rights, and human rights are gay rights.” She also said the “most challenging issue arises when people cite religious or cultural values as a reason to violate or not to protect the human rights of LGBT citizens.” As I mentioned before on BreakPoint, this is a disastrous foreign policy. African nations are already up in arms, and it certainly isn’t going to help us with Muslim nations, who view U.S. advocacy for homosexuality as proof of Western decadence.Not to be outdone, President Obama told a pro-gay-rights group, “Every single American-gay, straight, lesbian, bisexual, transgender-every single American deserves to be treated equally before the law.”

Does that include marriage? Well, the President’s secretary for Housing and Urban Development, Shaun Donovan, has just said that he “absolutely” supports same-sex marriage. The Administration has already refused to defend the Defense of Marriage Act. And before the EEOC, officials have said in a contest “between religious liberty and sexual liberty,” sexual liberty triumphs

Can you see where all this is headed?

But how, you might ask, does elevating so-called LGBT rights actually threaten religious rights? Well, as Archbishop Timothy Dolan of New York has said, framing homosexual marriage as a civil right equates those who oppose it with those who practice either “intentional or willfully ignorant racial discrimination.”

Dolan is predicting “a national conflict between church and state of enormous proportions and to the detriment of both institutions.” Friends, no one wants to oppress gays, but what happens to Christians’ right to practice our religion, which does not allow us to accept “gay marriage”?

That’s why I am urging you, and everyone you know, to sign the Manhattan Declaration, which takes a bold stand for religious freedom and traditional marriage. Do it today,


6 thoughts on “Gay Rights and Freedom of Religion, Christian News

  1. I would like to know why you get to choose what religion you want but I don’t get to choose who I love and what does religion and being homosexual have to do with eachother anyway…gay and lesbian wouldn’t go to a church where they went welcome anyway or pray to a god that is as closed minded as yours is. The religious people of this country really need to keep there veiw out if politics and vise versa. Do you think we choose this ? We don’t! why would we put ourselves thru all this discrimination and hate. So let remember first and foremost I’m a American and I should have the same rights as every other American.

    • You do have the right to choose whatever you want to do with your life. Me nor any other human has the right to take that away from you. But understand that the God on which all morality is based has spoken as to the model of sexual relationships. If we desire to be right by His standards than he sets the agenda not us. If we wish to serve ourselves than life is a free for all. One of the reasons why America is in moral decay is because liberals have all but shut God out of everything they possibly could. If we returned to the principles than made America great in the first place one being a devotion to God, much of the devastation we see now would disappear. I didn’t choose the life I had either, I chose to try crack. I went through hell for seventeen years. I watched my wife die of an overdose, watched my family and kids suffer, went in and out of jail and was humiliated beyond belief. Do you think I chose that? No! I was following the dictates of what my flesh wanted and I didn’t care what I had to go through I was going to get high. I believe that same mindset drives many of the homosexual relationships today the desire to fulfill the flesh. It is not discrimination or hate to disagree with something or someone and I don’t think those who oppose homosexual relationships do either. But let me ask you this do you think pedophiles should have the same rights as heterosexuals and homosexuals? They just want to be able to have their relationships with kids and be let alone right? Besides there is not one example in the bible where God approved of a homosexual relationship yet there are several instances (old and new testament) where he forbids it. Not my rules…Gods rules. So we can choose any life you want and risk being totally wrong with eternal consequences or choose His way which has eternal rewards….Our choice.

  2. Nearly every person who acknowledges an aversion to homosexuality does so on the basis of what he or she believes the Bible has to say. In their mind, there is no doubt whatsoever about what the Bible says and what the Bible means. Their general argument goes something like this: Homosexuality is an abomination and the homosexual is a sinner. Homosexuality is condemned in both the Old and New Testaments. Therefore, if we are to be faithful to the clear teachings of Scripture we too must condemn homosexuality. One would have e to be living under a rock to be unaware that this premise is being widely debated among evangelicals today and seriously challenged by biblical scholars, theologians and religious leaders everywhere.

    It rarely occurs to any of us that our reading of Scripture is profoundly colored by our own cultural context and worldview. Throughout church history most Christians who have used the Bible to condemn other Christians were acting in good faith. They believed they were defending against an attack of the clear teachings of Scripture. However, history has revealed that what many were defending was their presumption of what the Bible teaches, not the truth of Scripture.

    In light of your post above and since I speak and write on this very topic, I thought you’d find this blog of particular interest (link below). Feel free to surf the “Archives” page as well. If you like, tell me what you think.

    -Alex Haiken

    • Alex you are indeed right about one thing. The issue of homosexuality IS being widely debated among evangelicals today and seriously challenged by biblical scholars, theologians and religious leaders everywhere. Unfortunately those who argue in favor of biblical homosexuality or gay Christianity must make their case on scripture twisting, liberal interpretation and faulty hermenutics. A simple, non agenda specified search of scripture brings us to some conclusions.One that God never condoned any type of homosexual relationship, two warning against any type of homosexual activity is expressly forbidden and three, homosexuality is just as much an abomination as any other sin is to a Holy and righteous God. There is simply no provision for it in scripture. I challenge anyone who is intellectually honest and hermetically sound to study this subject and come up with anything other than God condemning this act as he would stealing, lying, adultery or fornication. God’s pattern of sexual relation was set when Man (Adam) was connected to Woman (Eve), it’s just that simple. Any attempt to justify anything other than what God has ordained is false and therefore unacceptable to Him. Sorry, I didn’t write the bible I just help people see the truth in it! 🙂

  3. Interesting. I, on the other hand, believe that when the passages that generally get appealed into debate are examined more closely and in context, the traditional interpretations simply do not hold up to scrutiny. To interpret the Bible responsibly we must seek to draw OUT FROM the text what it originally meant to the author and to the original intended audience, without reading INTO the text the many traditional interpretations that may have grown up around it. In contrast to this, what many do instead is what some theologians refer to as “frontloading”, that is to say, they read their own personal, political or and prejudicial beliefs back into the Bible, instead of reading out from the Bible what the original writers were saying. The only way to get these passages that are in actuality addressing pagan idolatry, abuse and grossly irresponsible behavior to be speaking of homosexuality per se, is to rip them from their context and replace them in another age for the sake of convenience. Sorry, we don’t get to do that. We don’t get to make things up as we go along. And as always, we are stuck with the internal interpretation of the text as the primary meaning.

    -Alex Haiken

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