Is it open season on people of faith?
Kim Davis, Melissa and Aaron Klein, Cynthia and Robert Gifford – these are just a few of the ordinary Americans whose lives have been turned upside down because they took a stand for righteousness. Some incurred heavy fines; some were threatened with violence; at least one spent time in jail. Their crime? They dared to believe that God’s Word is superior to man’s opinion, even if those men (and women) wear black robes. These people trusted that their religious liberties, guaranteed to them by the Constitution, would be honored by their representatives in government. They were mistaken. They and others unfortunately found themselves in the wrong place at the wrong time, caught up in the tidal wave of political correctness and LGBT activism.
It would be one thing if people of faith only had to contend with antagonists within the private sector, but, as has been made clear time and again, the Tolerance stormtroopers have many allies in public service. At every level of government there are those who aggressively or passively assist in the war against godly standards. It’s a perfect example of what the Psalmist described when he said, “The kings of the earth … and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD, and against his anointed, saying, ‘Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us’” (Psalm 2:2-3).
The latest example of this alliance comes from my native state, Georgia. Gov. Nathan Deal recently vetoed legislation that would have reinforced the primacy of religious liberty in that state. Had it become law, the widely supported bill would have protected a pastor from being forced to perform a same-sex marriage. It would have protected religious organizations from being required to host such ceremonies and shielded them from being forced to hire someone opposed to the organization’s beliefs. But then came the activists and the threat of economic sanctions by the likes of Disney, Apple and the NFL, until finally, we saw the all too predictable caving in to the pressure – by a self-professed conservative, no less.
In defense of his action, Gov. Deal said, “I do not think we have to discriminate against anyone to protect the faith-based community.” But on the other side of the argument are those, like state Sen. Josh McKoon, who feel that “It’s open season on people of faith in Georgia.” It does seem that the prevailing social and political winds are blowing against those who profess faith in God. How else can the governor’s statement be interpreted? Does he mean that when two of the same sex ask to be joined in marriage, pastors in Georgia can say “No” without the threat of legal action? It doesn’t sound that way to me. I predict that as soon as a minister in Georgia decides to obey God rather than man, the cries of “Discrimination!” will be heard in courtrooms throughout the state. It’s hard to believe, but in today’s America the so-called rights of the LGBT lifestyle trump long-established religious liberty – a freedom specifically addressed in the Bill of Rights.
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