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Opinion / Religion - November 24, 2014

Finally, we have some federal judges unwilling to impose their will over that of the people on the marriage issue. The 6th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals recently upheld the state marriage amendments in four states. Itís obviously headed to the Supreme Court for some kind of a decision. People 50 years ago, wouldnít believe what weíre debating today. Itís progressive alright, but where to? Marriage will end up being whatever the fallen mind of man wants it to be.
Letís face it: weíre the ďDivided StatesĒ of America on this issue (and many others), but thereís got to be a way we can live and work together with respect for differing points of view. Anti-discrimination laws should apply to those on both the left and the right. In other words, it should be wrong for a Christian to lose his or her job for believing in traditional marriage. Tolerance should work both ways.
There are reasonable, common sense solutions that would grant some rights to both sides. For example, it would be wrong for a Christian baker to refuse service to a LGBT person who wanted to buy some cookies, but not wrong for them to refuse participation in a wedding ceremony that went against their religious convictions. The problem is some people donít want common sense solutions.
Why must we go from one extreme to the other? I agree that the mistreatment (mockery and ridicule) of LGBT people in the past was wrong, but itís also wrong to now force everyone to accept, celebrate, and promote all such behavior, or deny people the right to change.
Whereís the separation of Church and State when you need it? The State can foolishly redefine marriage if it likes, but donít force that on the Church. The Church, by the way, is made up of people who also live in society. Iím not an anarchists, or a secessionists, but let me say this, ďI believe truth is more important than unity.Ē Iím a Christian before Iím an American.
Itís a dangerous thing when the Feds swoop down and completely negate statesí rights on an important issue like marriage. A word to the left: Donít push it. If you do, youíre going to kindle the patriot spirit in Christian America (weíre still here), whose forefathers told the British where to go.


Mike Henry


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