Posted by: Taylor | June 26, 2007

Marriage Is Now A ‘Hate Crime’

George WillGeorge Will has a new article that is a must read.  Apparently in Oakland, California, it is now a ‘hate crime’ to even mention the ‘natural family’ or Biblical values in the public arena without it being a ‘hate crime.’  My stomach turns and my heart hurts to think that one group (gays and lesbians) are being allowed to completely silence another group (Christians, Jews, and others who hold traditional conservative values) because they (the gays and lesbians) feel threatened, excluded, and targeted.

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

1st AmendmentFreedom of speech and religion says that Congress can “make no laws” which hinder the free expression of speech or religion.  This is what we as citizens of the United States have been granted in the Constitution.  And although there are many types of religions and speech which is totally against my personal beliefs, I as a Christian understand that other religions and ideas are protected by the Constitution. 

Furthermore, the very reason freedom of religion and speech were granted in our Constitution was to insure that the government nor any other group could do again what England attempted to due to the Colonies.  It has therefore been Christians who have been among the most adamant advocates for freedom of religion and speech both here in America and around the world.  If it had not been for Christians and their traditional family values, groups who now oppose Christian free speech and worship would not even exist because most of the lifestyles, speeches, and worship would have been outlawed and silenced. 

So, those who are so determined to silence Christians and traditional values should give second thought to what they are attempting to do.  Once you silence one type of speech, then you have started down a road that could eventually silence your own speech.

My question to those who are so quick to censor speech would be, “Are your beliefs so weak that they cannot stand up to criticism?  Are your arguments so weak that you must silence others so yours has any chance of standing up against them.  Look at Christianity!  I am willing to put it under the microscope of scrutiny.  How about you and what you believe?”

Now I’m sure what I have written according to some is ‘hate speech.’  But unless I don’t know my history, this is not ‘hate speech’, but instead I am having a fair exchange of ideas.  And according to all the journalism classes I took in college, a fair exchange of ideas in the market place of ideas is what Freedom of Speech is all about. 

In fact, I am shocked that the press and media are not up in arms over how the government in Oakland is suppressing the free speech of a minority group.  When one group begins to suppress another groups freedom of speech, we are starting down a road of not only suppressing speech but thoughts too.  Maybe this does not effect you now, but what if you innocently one day decided to express some thought and that thought is deemed illegal.  By not standing for freedom of speech now you are giving up your own freedom too.  Act now!  Follow the link below to sign a petition which might help insure your freedom of speech.

Sign the petition against the federal Hate Crimes Legislation!

Read about the Legislation – H.R. 1592 and S. 1105!

Click Here to Read George Will’s Article.

Constitution

One final thought, I continued to be amazed at the forgetfulness of people.  It was only about seventy years ago that Hitler and Nazi German began taking away the human rights of a particular group of people.  Not too long after those rights were taken away the Germans began viewing the Jews not as people but as dogs and animals.  Not long after that millions of Jewish men, women and children began to be executed, but it all started with one group of people taking another group of peoples rights away.  I too worry that one day American could find itself in a similar predicament over the issues of freedom of speech and religion.

I am also surprised of how little Americans know or understand our nations history.  America is not a perfect nation, but its foundations are Christian.  But more than this, Christians have made the greatest contributions to civilization as we know it.  Public schools, women’s rights, child labor laws, abolition of slavery, and numerous other social, political, and technological improvements owes its origins to Christianity.  Even if you as an individual do not agree with Christianity, you still owe Christianity a thank you because America and the world would not be where we are today without its influences. 

Think of how America was founded, and consider its influence in the world.  Why is America the greatest nation in the world?  What gave us the edge?  Why have we become the technological, economical, and political leaders in the world?  I would argue that it is because of our overwhelming hope in Jesus Christ.  I would argue because our Founding Fathers and we as a people possess a hope in Christ and a desire to glorify God that we have striven to improve ourselves and better our world.

Look around the world for a moment.  Has any other nation that is not wholly Christian achieved what America has?  Do their citizens possess the freedoms and liberties we do?  Are their peoples free or oppressed?  Do they have the technology we have?  The answer to all of these is NO!  Why?  Because hope in Christ Jesus means we know we are eternal creatures.  Knowing this and by the command of God, we are encouraged to store up for ourselves treasures in Heaven.  Therefore, we are more interested in bring God glory by loving our brothers and sisters, and we are less interested in conquering the world.

Let us not forget who we owe for all the grand success America has achieved.  If it were not for the hope of Jesus and a life to come, the United State would be no different than any other 3rd world nation.  So, instead of trying to silence Christians, how about thanking God and His people for their contribution to this great nation.

God please bless America, and may we too be a blessing to you,

Taylor W. Kendrick

Copyright © June 2007 by Taylor W. Kendrick

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