WASHINGTON, December 17, 2013 — One of the most divisive issues of the early 21st Century is the redefinition of marriage.
Advocates have made a full court press to impose gay marriage on America. Proponents of gay marriage have been masterful in their presentation. To the artsy, left wing types, they have marketed gay marriage as the right to marry anyone you love. To the libertarians, they have marketed it as getting the government out of the marriage business. To the uninformed, ignorant or those who watch Sister Wives, it has been pitched as tolerance.
The truth is that it is none of those things. It is an all out assault on liberty.
The proponents of gay marriage who alternatively claim tolerance and wanting to get the government out of the marriage business are the first to demand the power of the state come down on those who disagree with them.
Most conservatives are aware of the stories that have come out about those who dare to disagree with the government’s edict on gay marriage. In New Mexico, a photographer objected to photographing a lesbian “commitment ceremony.” In Oregon, a baker refused to bake a cake for a gay wedding, while another refused to bake one for a party in Colorado, which does not recognized gay marriage.
In each of these cases, the offending Christians have been dragged before administrative, so-called “Human Rights” or “civil-rights” commissions. These commissions are to fair trials what Stalin’s show trials were to justice.
These commissions are dominated by leftists and the outcomes are foreordained. In Oregon and Colorado, the bakers have been harassed by leftists and gay rights advocates. In Oregon, the harassment became too much and the baker shut down. In Colorado, the baker received a negative ruling on his case this month and is considering his legal options.
Perhaps nothing demonstrates the reality of the gay marriage assault on liberty more than something that recently happened in New Jersey.
In New Jersey, a same-sex marriage bill was being considered by the state legislature, but it was pulled by its sponsors.
Why? Because it allowed for liberty.
The bill was going to be amended to allow for religious exceptions for those who had religious objections to gay marriage. The sponsors pulled the bill because they objected to that. Those people who are the first to scream “tolerance” want to eliminate tolerance for anyone who disagrees with them.
If they have their way, if you have a religious objection to gay marriage, that is too bad. If you are a photographer, your services now belong to the state and the state will tell you what to photograph. If you are a baker, your services now belong to the state and the state will tell you who you will bake for.
The end game here is to force churches to perform same-sex marriages regardless of their beliefs. The end goal is to force churches to allow their facilities to be used, regardless of the churches’ beliefs.
For many Protestant churches, that is offensive, but not the end of the world as they view the church as the people, not the building. For Catholic and Orthodox churches, their buildings are consecrated, and such a blasphemous ceremony would mean the church could not be used as a church again.
For the left, gay marriage is not about tolerance. It is a full-fledged assault on liberty and freedom of religion. It is an assault we must all resist.
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