Today’s Forum carries a number of letters as well as a column about gay rights issues. As one correspondent states, the paper’s been giving this lots of attention the past few weeks.
As Terri stated in her response, it is in fact legal to fire an employee in the state of North Dakota because they are gay. It is also legal to fire someone in the state of North Dakota because he has a bad hair cut.
Is this wrong? Sure it is. Does it happen? In my opinion I don’t think as often as either side of the debate might think.
Someone once said that society’s behavior moves at least a decade faster than government legislation; and the forces that make us think something is wrong often alter the behavior and shift cultural norms so what was once acceptable changes to unacceptable, perhaps even shocking. Then people start organizing to change laws.
We’ve spent at least the last decade in a place where moderate society frowns on legalized discrimination against gay people and it’s time our laws change to reflect that.
There were also a number of thought provoking, well written letters outlining how God and Scripture have made their position very clear on homosexuality.
For those who haven’t read TGA over the years, I’ve taken the position that it’s wrong to use scripture to support an argument or point of view to force behavior on someone else.
I went to Sunday School. I have a computer. I know how to ‘google’. I could remain at my kitchen counter until I’m dead tossing verses right back at each individual who presents a “God would rather you not be gay” verse. I start with the stoning non-virgin brides of Duet 22; move on to Jesus’ position on divorce in Matt 19. Then my opponent invariably stomps off in a huff when I drag out Luke 14:26.
It’s nearly impossible to dredge up verses to support how I misunderstood Jesus’ very specific direction outlined in verse 26. Take a moment and read the whole chapter. It’s a beautiful lesson on humility, modesty and common sense, especially as related to biblical law. Qualities lost on far too many Christians, in my opinion.
Thanks for coming back! Yes, Brad the homo actually has some favorite biblical passages and lessons that I find an inspirational outline for living a godly life.
There’s a couple fundamental (pun intended) problems with the arguments presented today: In contrast to popular belief of some, America was NOT founded on Christian principles. The story of the Pilgrims and the Mayflower is abundantly clear that these folks left their home country because they were tired of the government forcing its religion on every citizen, and they wanted to worship as they choose.
Regrettably, the irony of this is lost on far too many people who are working tirelessly to force their religion on all of society.
Which leads to the second issue: laws based on ethical behavior and human decency are a good thing. Using the argument that public policy must be based on one religion’s holy book and having absolutely no other reason for insisting on this regresses us right back to pre-colonial England.
Today’s Gay Agenda: Now the ‘if you don’t like it here, why don’t you just go somewhere else?’ argument makes total sense. Again, I’m sure the irony of that is lost on many.