The debate over Gay marriage is fairly simple, or should be fairly simple. But, the activists, no matter what issue, tend to screw up any chance at compromise, and in this case the Gay activists are using Gay marriage, and “equality” as tools not to achieve a better society, or to bring more understanding. Instead, they are using the issue to push THEIR agenda, which serves THEIR purpose. And what is that purpose you might ask. Well, to put it bluntly, I believe that the ultimate goal is much like the goal of any Leftist activist. To hijack the “equality for Homosexuals” cause, and use that issue to push the country farther Left.
Think of it like this, the Left has a history of hijacking causes and then twisting them into attacks on Capitalism, individual liberty, the Constitutional principles that made America great. The Left has hijacked the civil rights movement. They hijacked the women’s suffrage movement. They hijacked the anti-slavery movement to destroy State sovereignty. The labor movement? Yep, they hijacked that too to form powerful unions that are nothing more than Communist cells. Name an issue the Left has embraced and championed and observe how they use that issue to further their Marxist agenda. Ans so it is with Gay marriage. Stacy McCain, has it right
Betsy Childs at First Things:
In a column called “Conservative Christians Selectively Apply Biblical Teachings in the Same-Sex Marriage Debate,” Kirsten Powers and Jonathan Merritt accuse Christians who refuse to provide goods and services for gay weddings of being hypocritical cherry pickers. According to their argument, consistency dictates that vendors who refuse to bake cakes for gay weddings should also boycott “unbiblical” heterosexual weddings. . . .
The fact is this, every business owner should have the right to NOT do business with anyone. You or I may disagree with the reasons a business gives for refusing service. We might even ourselves choose not to shop at that business any more. Freedom of association does cut both ways after all. But, something is very wrong with the idea of a government, be it local, state or federal forcing businesses to buy from, or sell to anyone, or any other company they would rather not be involved with. To be very specific, if a Gay couple owns a bakery and chooses to ONLY cater to Gay couples, that is their perfect right.
A same-sex wedding is the ceremonial blessing of behavior the Bible condemns. Affirmation of homosexual practice is intrinsic to gay nuptials. There is no need to ask the history of the couple or their reasons for marrying in order to figure out whether or not the marriage is one that God would approve. In contrast, while two heterosexuals wishing to marry may or may not be obeying God’s commands, the institution itself is one that God has affirmed.
Let me add here that if said bakery chose not to bake a cake for a couple whose behavior and morals offended them, that ought to be their right. Believe it or not, in a free country, there is freedom of association, and ought to be a right for a business to refuse service based on whatever they choose.
Of course, I can hear the Liberals, and some Conservatives now. What if a business refuses to serve people based on race, or religion, or gender? What then? Well, in those cases I would say that if you run a business that ought to be your choice. Of course it would be terrible business management, and most people would avoid your store after word got out that you were such a bigot. And, frankly, I would never darken the door to your business if you had such policies. In short the marketplace would decide your fate, and I doubt you would be in business very long. Now back to the piece
Things that are obvious from a common-sense perspective — if somebody’s asking for two grooms on a wedding cake, this is not a “marriage” that any Bible-believer could be expected to endorse — are obscure to those blinded by ideological abstractions. Chief among these is the Left’s idolatrous devotion to Equality:
Gay activists do not construe their “rights” in terms of liberty, but in terms of radical and absolute equality. They insist that same-sex relationships are identical to — entirely analogous to and fungible with — traditional marriage.
Common sense resists this assertion, perceiving something fundamentally false in the gay marriage argument. Yet it seems common-sense resistance can only be justified by resort to religious faith, through the understanding that men are “endowed by their Creator” with rights. Eliminate the Creator from discussion, and it becomes impossible to refute the activists’ indignant demand for equality.
In closing, I must say the religious nature of the opposition to Gay marriage is not one I tend to get into. I am more concerned with the Homosexual activists that are pushing to take choice AWAY from individuals and business owners. The writing on that wall is very clear. If left unchecked this activism will result in churches being forced to host Gay weddings. Again, if a church wants to, fine with me, it is about liberty and free choice to me. But, I can scarcely think of a more egregious violation of liberty than to force one person, or business, or church, to associate with, or do business with someone they do not wish to. Yes, such exclusions might result in hurt feelings, and bruised egos. And it might not fit the Left’s perverse definition of equality. But that happens sometimes when we have liberty. And let me say, I will take liberty over some government forced “equality” any day!