America Needs to Stand Against Religious Persecution

The title of my post is a rewording of a post I just read titled "America Needs to Stand Against Homosexuality."  It was written by someone named Michael Denton and published in the Louisiana State University paper, the Daily Reveille.  I first read about this at G-A-Y (Good As You). 

Denton begins his article by looking at some court cases (in Maryland and then in Iowa). He talks about how the ‘will of the people’ is being discarded when it comes to giving gays and lesbians rights.  He brings up the anti-gay marriage law that was passed in Louisiana in 2004, which passed with 80% voting for it.  He mentions that only 62% of people in Louisiana voted against the former Klansman David Duke (that means that nearly 40% of the vote went to David Duke–what does that say about the ‘will of the people’ when it comes to doing the right thing???). 

Denton continues by claiming that gays and lesbians ‘refusing debate.’  And what does Denton want to debate about?  Here are his words:

Ideally, I should talk about why practicing homosexuality is intrinsically disordered and why it prevents one from loving fully. I should discuss recent works like the famous "Theology of the Body" by Pope John Paul II. If I did however, I would be risking expulsion, and I don’t want to leave the University.

So does this look like debate to you?  His ‘debate’ would start off with his own religious ideas and start off on a negative foot–gays and lesbians are disordered and don’t really love.  He sounds like he really needs to take a debate class. 

And notice too that even though he is a college student, he has fallen, hook, line, and sinker for that lie that just discussing gays and lesbians will bring on expulsion.  What he is really referring to is that lie that anti-gay activists have put out there about the Hate Crime Legislation–that if it passes one can get arrested just for saying that it is a sin to be homosexual. 

He ends his sermon with this:

America needs to grow in self-confidence on this debate. The homosexual argument is illogical; sexuality is obviously meant for reproduction. Any sexual activity that is opposed to life is intrinsically disordered. Yet we continue to refuse to stand up for ourselves, allowing courts, school boards and speech codes to dictate political correctness to us.
There are few greater debates in America today. The gay marriage issue threatens marriage and the family, which are the very foundations of society. Unless America decides to stand for something in this case, we’ll continue to fall. When we land, we might not get back up.

So sex is just for reproduction?  Will Denton now stand up to make laws against those who have sex for pleasure and not for reproduction?  Will he make laws against masturbation?  Will he make laws against those who are too old to have children, but still have sex?  "Any sexual activity that is opposed to life is intrinsically disordered."  Tell that to those groups I just named and everyone else that is having sex that isn’t related to reproduction (and I am assuming that Denton is a Catholic because of his mention of the Pope–so it is clear where he is coming from).

He also spouts the usual ‘civilization as we know it is about to fall because of gay and lesbian marriage!’  Family isn’t the very foundation of this country.  The Constitution is.  The definition of family has changed over and over again.  Need I remind Denton the history of women in this country and their role in this ‘family’?  It seems that I do, but I’ll leave it to him as homework. 

I’ve left a comment at the paper.  It should be posted there, but I’ll post it here: 

 

"Unless America decides to stand for something in this case, we’ll continue to fall."
What America really needs to stand up to is religious persecution of gays and lesbians.  The main reason that people are against homosexuality is because of their religious belief ("God created Adam and Eve and not Adam and Steve").  People are against the inclusion of gays and lesbians in the hate crime legislation because of their religious beliefs.  They pass laws that limit the rights and opportunities of gays and lesbians based on their religious beliefs.  Sorry–not all people are Christian in this country and certainly not all Christians believe the same way.  This is purely religious persecution against another group that doesn’t believe in the same things.  It has nothing to do with the fall of society or the fall of the family. I am happy if Michael Denton wants to voice his religious opinions.  However, I am not happy when he takes his religious opinions, makes them law and then forces the rest of us to live according to them.

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