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|Radical Gays Gaining Ground||06/08/2006|
President Bush's failed attempt to have the Senate to adopt a measure defining marriage as between one man and one woman has been dismissed by many as a purely political ploy. But to the average Christian, the debate has far-reaching ramifications. Regardless of the motivations of politicians, if the homosexual agenda is allowed to continue its rapid course, America will never be the same.
Ministers who believe that the act of homosexuality is wrong could be threatened with jail time under so-called "hate speech" laws. Parachurch organizations could lose their tax-exempt status, which means that donations to support our LIFE Today telecasts or to help feed starving children through programs like our Mission Feeding outreach may no longer be tax deductible. (Your donation to help liberal organizations fight legal battles fitting their agendas, however, would remain tax deductible.) Many church-affiliated charities and organizations would simply shut down.
Sound alarmist or extreme? Ten years ago, I would have agreed with you. But today, it's already happening.
Consider the recent case of one of the nation's oldest and most-respected adoption agencies, Catholic Charities of Boston. On March 10, they announced that they would no longer be placing orphans into good homes. Their long history of facilitating adoptions and helping thousands of children is over. Why? Because they found themselves in the position of either violating their religious beliefs or violating state law.
When the judges of Massachusetts ordered the people to accept gay marriage as law, the charity ran into a problem. The state requires adoption agencies to be licensed, which requires a pledge to comply with state laws. When state law said that they could not discriminate against gay couples, their decades-old policy of not placing children into gay households found itself on the wrong side of the law. So the Catholic Charities had two legal choices: act against their religious beliefs or shut down. They chose to shut down.
Apparently the alarmists were right.
For many years now, the homosexual community has been pushing the argument that being gay is like being black -- it's a condition of birth which cannot be controlled. This implies that non-celibate homosexuals must engage in gay sex; they have no free will in the matter. Some scientists supposedly produced a gene to prove it. Therefore, since it's not a choice, one cannot discriminate against their actions, like one could against someone who smokes, drinks too much, or physically abuses others.
Giving in to this argument has led us down a legal path that could have profound effects on American life, especially Christians. Now, it is time to take a stand on all fronts: morally, socially, politically and legally.
Anthony Picarello, a lawyer and president of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, is convinced that we are just now seeing the beginning of the battle. "The impact will be severe and pervasive. This is going to affect every aspect of church-state relations," he told reporter Maggie Gallagher for The Weekly Standard.
I have ministered to many homosexuals and I know the truth: If one wants to be free from homosexuality, he or she can find liberty in Jesus Christ. People do not have to live their lives bound by any uncontrollable urge. We must all fight our battles, but we can all have victory. I will continue to preach this good news regardless of attacks on my beliefs or my freedom.
Homosexuality, I believe, is wrong. But it's not the prison that many claim it is. And I say that not out of discrimination, but out of love.
Author: James Robison Randy Robison
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About the author: James Robison is the founder and president of LIFE Outreach International, an international humanitarian aid ministry; host of the television program, Life Today; and author of The Absolutes: Freedom's Only Hope.
Media Contact: Randy Robison, editor at jamesrobison.net
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