Friday, January 7, 2011

"Silenced in the name of tolerance"

A man was fired from Home Depot. Why am I starting my blog with this? You will see when I get there.
The first amendment of our constitution gives us the right to freedom of religion, and freedom of speech. The fourteenth amendment says that individual groups of people can not be treated unequally.
Canada is not so lucky. They have banned discrimination against people based on sexual orientation. This means that Christians no longer have the right to believe the Bible in the many places where it says that homosexuality is a sin, in Canada, and speak out about it.
You're understanding this, right? It is ILLEGAL to be open about being a Bible-believing Christian in Canada, because that discriminates against homosexuals.
In 2008, an American author named Ted Dekker published a book called Sinner. This book is about Christianity being outlawed in America because it discriminates against other belief systems, as it says it is the ONLY right religion. The "Tolerance Act" outlined in the book repeals certain aspects of the first amendment, namely freedom of speech. The amendment, as it is in reality, says: "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." The so-called "Tolerance Act" changed it to say: "... or abridging the freedom of any speech that does not publicly defame, slander, or libel another person's race, national origins, or religion; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble..."
Do you see what I'm getting at? It is only a fictional story, but today we are closer than ever to that becoming reality.
A worker at Home Depot was fired because he refused to take off a button on his work apron which said "One nation under God, indivisible." But homosexuality can freely be advocated on Home Depot work aprons. ( http://www.afa.net/Detail.aspx?id=2147497324 )
Anybody who has heard this story already may also note that the incident of this man being fired and the allowance of homosexual advocation are not the same incident. However, the fact remains that someone working at Home Depot can not wear a button which says "God" on it but people can openly wear an entire apron devoted to a LGBT film festival.
It may also be noted that they offered to let him wear a different button, which said "United We Stand." Still patriotic, right? But what about this man's personal beliefs in God? Why can others' personal beliefs be all over their aprons, but he can't have a single button for his?
( http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/33505354/ns/business-local_business/ )
Equal rights do not happen by reversal. We Christians are now the ones who are persecuted in this country, because of our beliefs. And that fire is fed by people like the Westboro Baptists, who claim to be Christians, but they preach a message of hate rather than what the Bible is *really* about, which is love.
I was told recently on a status of mine on Facebook, by a friend of mine, that people didn't really care what I thought seeing as I'm just an ordinary person. That can no longer be said. People will care that I believe homosexuality is wrong, even though I also believe that as a Christian it is my duty to love all others, not just those who agree with me, and not just those who don't sin (but who is sinless other than Christ, anyway?). People will care that I believe in a God who claims to be the only God, and the only way to Heaven. And I run the risk, in the future, of being fired from a job for being a Christian.
Home Depot will not have my business. Not now, not in the future, unless they should decide to reinstate Trevor and allow his button to be displayed, or until the equality goes the other way and other personal view things such as advertisements for the LGBT film festival are also against company policy. Until things are made equal, I refuse to give them my business.
"Sinner tells the story of a free land where people who worship as they please and say what they believe are suddenly silenced in the name of tolerance" (taken from the synopsis on the back of the book). And America is working on making that story a reality.
I will stand for my beliefs. This is the land of the FREE. I am free to believe what I wish. And if the day comes that I am no longer legally allowed to stand up for Christianity, for Jesus Christ and the message he had, and for the Bible, I will become a criminal, because I absolutely refuse to change my beliefs.

2 comments:

  1. I would make the point that the rights protected by the First Amendment (and the rest of the Bill of Rights) do not derive from that text. It is not accurate to state, "[t]he first amendment of our constitution gives us the right to freedom of religion, and freedom of speech." On the contrary, these inherent rights cannot be abridged by government action. They are protected, as you state, but they do not originate there, but from "the Creator" as the framers expressed it in the Declaration of Independence.

    Whether the government can limit the actions of private entities, such as businesses, that impose speech codes on their workers is another matter. Historically, liberals say yes and conservatives, no. Your perspective on this issue aligns you with the progressive wing of Constitutional scholars. Kind of ironic, don't you think?

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