Concerning the case of the Oregon Bakery, Sweetcakes by Melissa, that had to close after militant attacks by the LGBT community…
“Commissioner Brad Avakian of the Oregon’s Bureau of Labor and Industries explained the following to The Oregonian Newspaper.
“Everybody is entitled to their own beliefs, but that doesn’t mean that folks have the right to discriminate,” he told the newspaper. “The goal is to rehabilitate. For those who do violate the law, we want them to learn from that experience and have a good, successful business in Oregon.”
Hmmm….the goal is to rehabilitate? So…The goal of an American GOVERNMENT council overseeing business is to “rehabilitate” people’s beliefs?” That sounds like a threat from a government official that if you want to have a “successful business” (at least in Oregon) you had better rehabilitate your beliefs to conform to the state approved standard!
How is this not CHILLING to you?
In this case the government was called upon to investigate a family owned business that decided baking a wedding cake for a gay marriage ceremony violated their personal religious beliefs. The resulting investigation was supported by virtual terrorist tactics employed by homosexual activists and their supporters threatening other businesses that did business with the bakery in a brutal and ultimately successful campaign to destroy this upstart bakery business that dared stand up for what it believes in.
You may not agree with a Christian’s beliefs on gay marriage but how is discrimination against Christians not…discrimination? How is it acceptable for a government official to say “that doesn’t mean that folks have the right to discriminate” and then fully support discrimination against Christians? It appears that it’s okay for the government to discriminate in at least one case – against Christian beliefs.
Of course I recognize that the debate is also “in-house”.
There are plenty of people who claim the title of Christian but have no problem with gay marriage. There are Christians who might have a problem with gay marriage personally but wouldn’t have any problem taking a homosexual person’s money in a business transaction. After all – should Christian owned businesses take a poll of very customer coming through the line to make sure they only cater to people who think the same way they do? Of course not! I’m a Christian businessman and I don’t take such a poll…
But in everyone’s heart – there is a line that needs to be drawn in the sand.
I own a business trimming and removing trees – and I am also the lead pastor of a church. In the tree business I don’t find a need to draw such a line in the sand. It doesn’t affect my religious beliefs to trim the trees on your property if you are homosexual. I don’t care and I don’t think that trimming your trees in any way violates my conscience because trimming your trees makes no statement about my support or non-support of your lifestyle. It’s a non-issue.
But the church is different. We have made it clear that we will not rent our facility to anyone who does not fully subscribe to our statement of faith, belief and Christian practice. This means our church facility cannot be rented to a homosexual couple who wants to use it for a homosexual wedding ceremony. But we wouldn’t rent it for a Buddhist ceremony either.
Now – we have nothing against homosexuals or Buddhists but we’ve drawn this line in the sand because the use of our facility DOES make a statement about our support or non-support of a particular belief system. It is an issue in this case because our facility is dedicated to the worship of our God. The God we believe in demands holiness based on His standards of holiness (not ours and not our culture’s standards either). The God we believe in condemns the practice of homosexuality as unacceptable to Him. You don’t have to believe in our God…but we do!
And because we do we’ve drawn a line in the sand…
Now if you don’t like our line there are plenty of facilities in this city that don’t have such a line. That’s the beauty of freedom…so long as it exists in this country anyway.
Now…if our society is supposed to be truly tolerant we need to respect these sorts of “faith based” lines in the sand when they are drawn. This bakery felt they couldn’t make a wedding cake – this was their line in the sand. It may not be yours, but Christian or not – if we support the first amendment, if we say we believe in tolerance then we SHOULD be outraged – but over what???
Well…NOT because the opposition protested the bakery’s line in the sand!
I mean, the opposition to this Christian business does have a right to its voice and while I’m saddened personally that other businesses gave into the terrorist tactics employed by the supposedly tolerant LGBT “community”, they do have this right and I won’t dispute it. I equally saddened that the Christian community didn’t adequately support the bakery but I won’t say that the LGBT community shouldn’t have the right to voice their displeasure.
And we certainly shouldn’t be outraged over the fact this business owner drew a line in the sand in the first place either.
No – the real outrage is a government official making it clear that the position of the government is to “rehabilitate” those of us with Christian beliefs. THAT is the real outrage here.
If we refuse, as a society, to respect personal religious beliefs then it’s only a matter of time before the government begins to legislate which personal religious beliefs are acceptable and which are not. This is, in fact, what the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries is doing! And lest you think I am overstating the concern consider the following…
The Romeike family believes in homeschooling to teach their children their Christian beliefs – but the government of Germany where they are from has made homeschooling illegal. They applied for and were given asylum in the United States…but the Obama administration is currently trying to deport them because the government finds that they have no fundamental right to teach their children and going back to Germany won’t infringe on rights they shouldn’t have in the first place!
The New Mexico Supreme Court decided that Christian photographers who refused to shoot a homosexual wedding are guilty of a crime. Fox News correspondent Todd Starnes quotes the New Mexico Supreme justices in that case as saying the photographers are “compelled by law to compromise the very religious beliefs that inspire their lives.”
Now we have a state supreme court ruling that I, as a Christian, am compelled by law to compromise my religious beliefs?
This is real life folks, today’s news. This isn’t a bad rewrite of the novel “1984” but it’s starting to sound more and more like one. And I, for one, believe that the laws of my God – to whom I’ve pledged my life – trump the laws of this or any other government.
And I’m not alone. The founding fathers of THIS country made their stand on this very principle…
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights…”
It was the idea that GOD had given certain rights that no government could trample that brought this country into being out of the primordial chaos of tyranny and monarchy that griped the world for thousands of years. This is not a simple case of business discrimination but an attack at the very foundation of the freedoms we hold most dear.
In his article at Fox, Starnes went on to mention…
- A cookie shop in Indianapolis facing intrusive government investigation after politely declining to make rainbow cookies for National Coming Out Day.
- A T-shirt company in Lexington, Ky facing a similar investigation after saying they wouldn’t make T-shirts for a homosexual rights organization.
And there are dozens more examples.
Where does it end? Should the government force every school in the United States to teach that homosexual practices are fully acceptable and every belief contrary to this “fact” is reprehensible intolerance?
Wait a minute, they ARE doing this!
And this is why we have a homeschool movement in this country. And this is why many of our churches have private religious schools too. But if our government continues to support the idea that my religious beliefs require “rehabilitation” than we might as well begin calling each other “comrade” on a more regular basis.
In the end, regardless of whether or not you are proudly from the left, the right or the center in terms of your politics – you would do well to remember that this country was founded on the principle of RELIGIOUS freedom first. The pilgrims who came here were escaping political terrorism that refused to allow them to homeschool their children in the Bible. If we allow our government to continue to support the idea that the rights of people who participate in a particular sexual behavior are GREATER than religious liberties (which ironically are the foundation upon which they have the right to practice this behavior at all – try practicing homosexuality in Saudi Arabia) then we are headed back to the England of King George.