Both would ‘make negative statements concerning homosexuality, such as calling the practice of homosexuality a sin from the pulpit, a ‘hate crime’ punishable by law,’ (from and AFA email, as quoted by The News-Herald, July 30, 2007).
Said another, “Sexual orientation is the last bastion of acceptable hatred, discrimination and untold bias.” She went on to say, “Members of this community are being consistently harassed and terrorized. There are still people who think that gays and lesbians should burn in hell.” (Kristin Miccio, associate prof., University of Denver’s Sturm College of Law)
Said local congressman Steve LaTourette, “I believe to target a victim because of race, religion, gender, disability, or sexual orientation is wrong. As a former prosecutor, however, I oppose the bill because I think a crime is a crime no matter what the motivation.”
Nicole Williams, communications director for Stephanie Tubbs Jones (D-Cleveland) said, “She [Tubbs-Jones] believes inhuman rights. This bill will provide people who are homosexuals with equal protection under the law.”
Finally, a man identified as a gay man from Lake County (Ohio) named Dan, said, “I’ve never felt threatened; I’ve never been physically touched or insulted. It’s been directed toward the topic (of homosexuality), but never directly at me. They’re [Christians] so worried about a bill affecting their ability to preach from the Bible, but…isn’t it true that the Bible teaches us to love everyone equally, not to hate, in general?”
(All quotes are from the July 30, 2007 of The News-Herald, Ohio)
The gist is this: If you can’t make them accept us, they at least ought to be silenced by law. But what homosexuals in general don’t understand is this: It is precisely because we do love them that we preach against their sin. If we didn’t love them, we would be silent about what God says concerning sin, the Cross, and the judgment to come. If I am silenced, and no longer allowed to speak the entire truth of the Gospel, how can I genuinely say that I love someone? I can’t, because then I would be lying about God.
What Christians also object to is this: there is an ongoing attempt by certain segments of the homosexual population, to reverse the terms, to ‘harass and terrorize’ the church. Among some Christian preachers and congregants, there is a great deal of fear that we might be forced, by law, to recant a central truth of Christian doctrine: that sin is sin and that sinners must repent and be cleansed by Christ. But if there is no sin (even though just because the law says it doesn’t make it true). In some cases it is already happening as certain homosexual activists continue pushing their agenda on churches. But the church is equally opposed to all sin: homosexuality, murder, abortion, rape, lying, stealing, etc. Homosexuals are not subjected to any more or less discrimination than a murderer or an adulterer: All are required to repent of their sin and call on the Name of the Lord. But you can’t have it both ways. You cannot persist in sin and claim to be a member of the Body of Christ. And just because one doesn’t go to jail for homosexuality, doesn’t mean it is any less a sin than say, lying or idolatry. In fact, the New Testament might be suggesting it is an even worse sin since all other sin occurs outside the body, but sexual sin occurs against one’s own body (see 1 Corinthians 6:18, and chapters 5-6 in general). Simply legalizing something doesn’t change its fundamental nature.
Finally, a legal question, since I am evidently unschooled in such matters. Where in the law are homosexuals discriminated against? Where are they afforded less protection than any other citizen of the United States? (Please spare me the drivel about homosexual ‘marriage’ since it is logically impossible for homosexuals to be ‘married’ in any meaningful sense of the word.) Doesn’t all crime involve some sort of discrimination or hate? Is there such a thing as a ‘love crime’? How is any crime not ‘hate’? I’ll need some help. If someone kills me am I entitled to less justice than if a homosexual were murdered? If a homosexual is murdered is she entitled to more justice and recompense for loved ones than I and my family would be if I were murdered? Sounds to me like homosexuals want more protection under the law, not equality. Our rights should be based on our citizenship, not our sexuality. It’s a sort of left-handed discrimination against those who do right.
The bottom line is that homosexuals want a certain amount (or a large amount!) of legislated justification for their lifestyle. They want approval for what they inherently know is wrong and unjustifiable; a certain soothing of the conscience. The law will do what the law will do, but man’s law will not override or overthrow God’s law. It will not change anything at all except that it will probably make life, in reality, more difficult for homosexuals: Eventually, churches will simply screen every single person who comes to worship on Sundays (meaning, only members would be allowed in; a churches would become privatized entities prohibiting participation by anyone but members), or churches will go underground, or churches will simply ignore the law altogether and continue preaching the Gospel we have been called to preach–regardless of who it offends (my personal favorite). The Church must not be silent on this matter. Homosexuals will find themselves on the outside, and will likely not hear the truth, at all, of the God who loves them, died for their sins, and calls them to repentance in the Name of Jesus.
We should follow these developments and see where they go. It is dangerous ground the government is treading upon. I pray that we do not follow the path of the Canadian lawmakers who have already engaged in such abomination and outrage.
PS–Maybe if homosexuals can get this law passed, perhaps Christians can get a law passed against the likes of certain atheists in this world, and against liberals, and against pro-abortion fanatics, militant Muslims, university professors, pornographers, musicians, and, well,–you know, all those who discriminate against Christians in a million different ways each day. Can we get a law passed against the senators and representatives too for their utter and sheer and transparent stupidity?