Full Freedom of Religion
For committed believers their faith permeates every aspect of their lives. We can’t live one way on Sunday and the opposite on the other six days. For example, I not permitted to lie.
I cannot call a same sex relationship a marriage. All the judges in the world will not make it so. Two persons of the same sex cannot marry. They cannot engage in the one act that consummates a marriage.
I cannot call a man – no matter how he is dressed or what surgeries he has undergone, or how many hormones he takes – a woman.
I cannot accept that vulnerable children, who have already undergone the trauma of being surrendered for adoption or placed in foster care, should be put in a second class situation to satisfy the demands of LGBT activists. These children need a home that is as normal as possible, and normal is a home with a father and a mother.
I have sympathy for people who are confused about their sexual identity. I am convinced by massive evidence that they are not born that way, but I understand that change is difficult. However, the most loving thing that one do for the confused is to speak the truth to them, even if they don’t want to hear it, and even if they call you names.
I must speak out and say that abortion is a crime against humanity and at the same time reach out with compassion to women who have found this out too late.
There are those in our society who will accuse me of bigotry and hate speech, but my rights are protected by the Constitution and even if they weren’t I couldn’t be silent.
The time for compromise with the culture is over. Those who speak the truth and refuse to lie — whether because of strongly held religious convictions or plain common sense — should not be discriminated against, fired, or forced to undergo indoctrination designed to change their views.
Therefore, it is not enough for the Obama health care mandate on ‘preventive’ services to be rescinded for religious institutions. No individual, business, organization, or insurance company should be forced to pay for services it deems immoral.
In addition, the legislation before Congress should be expanded to protect against the other attacks on freedom of religion:
1) No persons, businesses, or non-profit organizations should be discriminated against for their religious beliefs on life, sexuality, or marriage or forced to violate these beliefs.
2) All businesses, non-profit organizations, and persons – in particular adoption agencies, foster care agencies, orphanages, those providing reproductive technologies or care for victims of sexual trafficking — shall have the right to provide their services in a manner that corresponds to their stated standards or beliefs on life, sexuality, and marriage.
3) Parents shall be allowed to remove their child from classes or school programs, which violate their religious beliefs.
4) Religious organization, other non-profit organizations, businesses, and individuals, who provide wedding services, including justices of the peace, shall not be forced to provide such services to same-sex couples.
5) No person shall be discriminated against, charged with discrimination or forced to undergo ‘sensitive training’ for expressing views about same-sex attraction, same-sex behavior, same-sex ‘marriage,’ gender identity, or gender expression.
6) Persons with same-sex attraction who desire therapy that respects their religious beliefs and therapists who provide such therapy shall not be discriminated against.
7) Prophesy is an essential element of religious practice. Prophets speak truth to power, including naming names, and calling leaders and people to repentance. Therefore, the right of persons associated with religious organizations to speak prophetically shall not be infringed. The tax exempt status of the institutions to which prophets belong shall not be threatened.