Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Gay Marriage Was Just Legalized, San Francisco's Gay Pride Parade Was Larger Than Ever & Over 1000 Fires Are Burning In California - Any Connection?

A number of seemingly unrelated items have come across my desk in the past few days, and today something clicked and I started putting them together.

First of all, most of us have heard that gay marriage has been legal in California since June 16th. Most of us also understand, whether we like it or not, that this represents a MAJOR turning point for the United States of America.

Secondly, I just read an article about how San Francisco's gay pride parade on Sunday was the biggest ever. Apparently there were hundreds of thousands of people who attended. Throughout the rest of this article you can find pictures of that event.

Thirdly, I received the following information in my email box today from Prison Fellowship. The email message talked about the stunning persecution that those who speak out against gay marriage are already starting to experience:

-A Methodist retreat center recently refused to allow two lesbian couples to use a campground pavilion for a civil union ceremony. The state of New Jersey punished the Methodists by revoking the center's tax-exempt status—a vindictive attack on the Methodists' religious liberty.

-In Massachusetts, where judges imposed gay marriage a few years ago, Catholic Charities was ordered to accept homosexual couples as candidates for adoption. Rather than comply with an order that would be harmful to children, Catholic Charities closed down its adoption program.

-California public schools have been told they must be "gay friendly," as Roback Morse notes. But it will not stop with public schools. Just north of the border in Quebec, the government told a Mennonite school that it must conform to provincial law regarding curriculum—a curriculum that teaches children that homosexuality is a valid lifestyle. How long will it be before the U.S. government goes after private schools?

-Even speaking out against homosexuality can get you fired. Crystal Dixon, an associate vice president at the University of Toledo, was fired after writing an opinion piece in the Toledo Free Press in support of traditional marriage.....fired for exercising her First Amendment rights!

What is happening to America? Will the definitions of the basic building blocks of society be changed forever?

I started to wonder what God must be thinking about all of this. Then I read an article about how there are currently over ONE THOUSAND fires burning all across California right now.

So is there a connection? What are we to make of all this?

We would love to know what you think. Please feel free to leave your thoughts in the Comments section.


Android said...

What do you have against gay marriage except that it goes against what your god says is proper. Well we don't live in a theocracy. We live in a democracy that guarantees equal rights for all citizens, regardless of religious beliefs.

In reference to the "basic building blocks of society" I assume that by "society" you mean "my own society that is without question the best and most superior society ever." Sorry to inform you, but humans have existed for tens of thousands of years with other social forms.

And 1000 wild fires in California is not a big deal. It's summer. It's dry. It's hot. Fires burn in California all the time.

PFL0W said...

it is unbelievable what uneducated, underexposed, paranoid people will believe. really. it's sad.

michaelc8910 said...

Thank you so much for helping the case for GBLT equality. Really, you're making this too easy. You might as well throw on a rainbow cape and join the next parade.

Dizzley said...

I'm not going to judge others - Christ tells me not to - but I would like to have a choice how to raise and educate my own children. Sexuality is both a personal and social: just as gay people have rights to follow their own way, then please grant us the right to follow the Bible in schools and at religious establishments. The Bible teaches that sexual relationship (gay or straight) except between a married man and woman is unacceptable to God.