Special Rights Bill for Gays Can Define Church Operations

7 04 2007

Filed under: Homosexuality, Oregon, Gay rights, Christianity

For all the whining homosexuals heap on us about not desiring morality “forced” upon them in this country, it’s not enough for them to have the freedom to commit sodomy in private. They are seeking to do the very thing they demand opponents not do: legislate morality in their favor. What they are forgetting is that 1.) all legislation is morality of some kind, 2.) their’s is not currently in place, and 3.) if they don’t like it, there are legal ways to change it. Though this has become the typical route liberals seem to take, it is not correct.

A measure being ushered down a fast track in the Oregon Legislature would give homosexuals a vast range of new state laws they could use to force their morality on Christians in the state.

Senate Bill 2, on its face, is written to enshrine in state law special protections for homosexuals by classifying them as a protected civil rights group. But hundreds of pastors – whose churches include tens of thousands of evangelical Christians – are horrified by what they see advancing virtually without opposition.

“Senate Bill 2, in the Oregon House of Representatives, if passed, will limit your free speech rights and rights of conscience; require public schools to teach that homosexual/lesbian/bisexual behavior is ‘okay’ and ‘moral’; impact your rights as a business owner; and put judges in authority on certain church matters,” according to David Crowe, of the Christian ministry called Restore America.

The bill would affect churches even though it has a so-called church exemption, he said, because it would require every church operation that isn’t directly in support of its primary mission goal to be subject to mandatory homosexual hiring requirements and other restrictions. And it would leave the determination of what is in support of a church’s primary mission to be determined by a secular judge.

Gay rights is not about equal rights. It is most certainly about special rights.

For Christian business owners, it would require them to hire and promote homosexuals irrespective of the religious beliefs the owner might hold — or whether the employee agrees with the products, in a Christian bookstore for example. For parents, it means their children in public schools would be subject to the state-sponsored and state-required indoctrination that the homosexual lifestyle choice is moral – even if the parents hold religious beliefs that contradict that.

“They want to put into law their view of morality, and that’s a small minority view of morality. They are seeking to impose that on the rest of us,” he said.

Crowed noted that of the 14 states that have added “sexual orientation” to their protected classes, all except Senate Bill 2 provide clear protection for churches. “Not one includes wording that allows courts to determine the ‘primary purpose’ of a church, but SB 2 does,” he noted.

“The majority of our legislators have chosen to believe the lie that those who engage in homosexual activity cannot help themselves, and that they are being unjustly and wrongly discriminated against, when in fact, neither is true,” Crowe said.

Nearly 500 Christian pastors from across the state recently gathered with representatives of the Legislature to express their opposition to the proposal, and afterwards issued a statement that the law, if approved, would be “the most sweeping and culturally devastating law in Oregon history, establishing pagan morality under the guise of a ‘civil right,’ and imposing it upon all Oregonians under the cover of ‘law.'”

Here’s the kicker, and all the reason you need to understand the difference between equal rights and special rights:

“The law – and this is onerous – has a clause that talks about developing a program of education to change our attitudes,” Crowe said. “To change our attitudes? Is it the government’s business to change attitudes? But that’s precisely what’s in the bill.”

The proposal clearly opens the door to liberal judges to redefine and decide the “primary purpose” of a church, and violates citizens’ rights. Go sign the sign a petition to encourage legislators to oppose the plan.

Historically courts have required that three criteria be met before legally granting minority status to a group. 1. The group must be economically deprived, 2. The group must exhibit an obvious, unchangeable characteristic, and 3. The group must show they are politically powerless. Clearly none of these requirements fit gays, lesbians, bi-sexuals and transgendered people.

Behavior should not elevated to “civil right” status, and cannot be legislated without opening the flood gates to countless other “behaviors” that desire to become legalized, as well as trampling on the rights of at least 1,710,700 (half) Oregon residents, if not more, and sets a precedence over other states that omits church protection from such a law.

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