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Some will challenge, “This is an issue of love between two private individuals. This is not our business.” Or, “What difference does it make to me how other people act in private?” Popular as these challenges may be, they simply are not grounded in reality. The fact of the matter is, homosexual lovers are no longer acting in private. Instead, they are parading their lifestyle before the public in Gay Pride events, they are dominating the media, and they are “out and proud” in the workplace. When families cannot watch on television live events1 such as the Parade of Roses2 or attend public parks without the fear of being exposed to homosexual practices, then homosexuality is no longer a private matter. It ceased to be a private matter when the homosexual community began lobbying for special rights and privileges. The most notable example of this is the demand for same-sex marriages. Such requests transform this issue into a public matter, and it is unreasonable to expect that the public will not discuss, critique, debate, and at times oppose an issue and a movement which is seeking to alter such fundamental issues of society and government as the nature of marriage.

Further, when parents no longer have the right to opt their kindergarten-aged children out of sex-education in the public school system because same-sex marriage is legal in the state and because the courts deem it more important that children learn sexual “diversity” than the parents’ religious and moral convictions be protected, it is no longer a private issue.3 It is one thing to tolerate an issue; it is entirely something else to celebrate that issue. It is one thing when consenting adults wish to behave in a particular fashion behind closed doors; it is wholly different when the public’s children are not only exposed to these practices but are obligated to understand them. When homosexuality begins to limit the public’s freedom of speech and freedom to hold religious and moral convictions, it not only ceases to be a private matter, it becomes an important and personal matter for the public. And make no mistake, the freedom to hold personal religious and moral convictions is at risk. If this were not evident enough by the arrest of David Parker for insisting that his kindergarten-aged child opt out of homosexual education in the public school, then consider the words of Georgetown Law Professor Chai Feldblum who was appointed by President Obama to serve on the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Speaking about when religious liberty conflicts with sexual liberty, she said, “I’m having a hard time coming up with any case in which religious liberty should win.”4 She also expressed this in more technical terms, saying, “Protecting one group’s identity liberty may, at times, require that we burden other’s belief liberties.”5

This sacrifice of religious liberty and freedom of speech atop the altar of sexual liberation has been born out in testimonies from around the world. Numerous examples could be provided such as the Catholic fire fighters in Glasgow, Scotland who were disciplined by the fire department for refusing to march in the gay pride parade after being ordered to do so by the city. Because the gay pride parade had a history of attacking the Roman Catholic Church, the fire fighters chose to hand out fire safety leaflets on a nearby street rather than join the march. For this, they were given written warnings, were told that the incident would be placed on their personal record file, and were required to attend diversity training.6 More recently, Fire Chief of the Atlanta Fire Department, Kelvin Cochran, was fired for providing three co-workers whom he believed to be Christian with a copy of a book that he had authored. The book included his belief that homosexuality is a sin. Despite the fact that an internal investigation found no evidence that Chief Cochran had mistreated homosexuals, it was determined that he could not be trusted to fairly manage the department because of his religious beliefs.7 Another example might be Dr. Yeruham Leavitt who taught a class on medical ethics at Ben Gurion University in Israel. He was fired for his response to a disagreement between two students during class over whether children raised by homosexual couples might be hindered in their development. Dr. Leavitt affirmed this possibility and expressed his opinion that sexual inclinations can be restrained and chosen.8 Perhaps most shocking of all is the testimony of Kenneth Howell who had taught in the University of Illinois the classes, “Introduction to Catholicism,” and “Modern Catholic Thought.” He was fired for writing an e-mail which explained what the Catholic position is regarding homosexual practices.

Certainly the issue of homosexuality is proving to be a relevant subject for every person. Nobody is exempt from the implications and effects of the rampant pro-homosexual legislation, education, and public exposure. Few issues touch upon as many facets of life for so many people—both gay and straight—as the homosexual issue. As such, it certainly merits further attention by Christians and a careful evaluation of the subject in light of Scripture.

 


1. “125th Rose Parade hosts its first same-sex wedding,” Associated Press, Jan. 1, 2014, Source: “125th Rose Parade.”
2. Dewey, “Love stories.”
3. According to a 2008 World Net Daily article titled “Decision To Teach Kids To Be ‘Gay’ Allowed To Stand:”
A federal court decision approving mandatory public school instruction for children as young as kindergarten in how to be homosexual is being allowed to stand, … The U.S. Supreme Court without comment has refused to intervene in a case prompted by the actions of officials at Eastbrook Elementary school in Lexington, Mass., who not only were teaching homosexuality to young children, but specifically refused to allow Christian parents to opt their children out of the indoctrination. … The dispute grabbed headlines when Parker, on April 27, 2005, “was arrested and thrown in jail by school officials over his insistence on being notified regarding his son in kindergarten being taught about homosexual relationships by adults,” Mass Resistance reported. … “The [Supreme] court did not even bother to notify the Parkers or their attorneys,” said Mass Resistance, which said what now will be enforced in the judicial district will be the lower bench rulings that the state has not only the right but “even the obligation … to promote homosexual relationships to young children.”
(Unruh, "Decision.")
4. Brown, A Queer Thing, 502.
5. Ibid.
6. Brown, A Queer Thing, 538.
7. Leslie, “Reed’s office.”
8. Brown, A Queer Thing, 530.
9. Ibid, 531. 

Works Cited

1. “125th Rose Parade hosts its first same-sex wedding.” Detroit News. January 1, 2014. Accessed January 3, 2014.
2. Brown, Michael. A Queer Thing Happened to America. Concord: EqualTime Books, 2011.
3. Dewey, Caitlin. “Love stories from the couples who got married at the Grammys.” The Washington Post. January 28, 2014. Accessed February 1, 2014. http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/style-blog/wp/2014/01/28/love-stories-from-the-couples-who-got-married-at-the-grammys/.
4. Leslie, Katie. “Reed’s office releases internal report into fire chief’s management.” The Atlanta Journal Constitution, January 9, 2015. Accessed January 10, 2015. http://www.ajc.com/news/news/reeds-office-releases-internal-report-into-fire-ch/njkQG/ .
5. Unruh, Bob. “Decision To Teach Kids To Be ‘Gay’ Allowed To Stand.” World Net Daily, October 8, 2008. Accessed March 18, 2014. http://www.wnd.com/2008/10/77373/ .

  

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Author: Timothy Zebell, 2015