The gist of the message was that “Increasing rates of abortion and divorce, along with the demands of rights by homosexuals, have placed the nation, and families, in perilous times.”So the guy who sponsored the prayer breakfast felt challenged to come to the defense of this woman. Most ironic quote from that letter:
So, let me get this straight — terrorism, poverty, illiteracy, fanaticism, the looming oil shortage, food supply concerns, overpopulation, drug abuse, alcoholism, war, lying politicians, opportunism, dishonest CEOs, etc., are not the real threats? However, gays getting married could spell disaster? Or perhaps gay marriage has actually caused these problems? Get real! I have yet to see a gay marriage result in a war, murder or any other crime or act not also perpetrated in the main by “normal” heterosexuals as well.
human rights are not about how we feel.Unless you feel gay people are godless sodomites looking to recruit your children into their lifestyle, I guess.
There are plenty of those who those "who believe in God’s Word to stand up for it without compromise, and to be salt and light in the community" that desire to see gays treated fairly.
Some other red herrings he mentions:
Special Rights and the homosexual agenda? What exactly is that besides wanting to be treated like other human beings and American citizens.
Here is the response I'm working on:
In a recent letter, Mr. Bill Hughes wrote to discuss another recent letter by Ron Dierolf concerning a speaker at a recent prayer breakfast. I was glad that he responded however in his "desire is to bring clarity to his concern", I wish he had addressed the particular concern Mr. Dierolf actually mentioned: "So, let me get this straight — terrorism, poverty, illiteracy, fanaticism, the looming oil shortage, food supply concerns, overpopulation, drug abuse, alcoholism, war, lying politicians, opportunism, dishonest CEOs, etc., are not the real threats? However, gays getting married could spell disaster?". I would like to have seen some clarity brought to that.I hope the Westboro Baptist Church doesn't get wind of this and come protest my house. I get enough religious wackos standing in my yard every year for the town's annual Fourth of July parade.
He also mentions "special rights" for homosexuals and how "gay rights advocates have constantly brought legislation and protests against anything resembling our Creator’s standards for family and sexuality in society". I'm not sure what laws he is talking about, unless he means the "legislating from the bench" done by certain "activist judges" who went way out on a limb and said the Government has no business legislating what consenting adults do in the privacy of their own home (Lawrence v. Texas). Almost anything I've seen them protest about has been about being treated like a human being. I wish Mr. Hughes had also brought some clarity to that.
Do homosexuals not have the right to expect that their politicians and laws represent them as well? But politicians love to tap into the fears of the devout with one hand while they got their other hand in everyone's wallets. When was the last time you saw J. R. Gray say that adulterers shouldn't be able to adopt children? I doubt that constitutional amendment would get far and that's breaking a commandment.
I fear that this is an issue that leads to what Madison termed the "tyranny of the majority" and anybody that thinks it's ok to legislate and codify discrimination probably didn't have to worry about which drinking fountain they used 50 years ago. Taking a stand against "giving special rights to homosexuals" is about as easy as taking a stand against the northern interlopers who were "promoting mongrelization and miscegenation" was in the 50s and 60s. It's popularity does not make it right and as Mr. Hughes himself stated "human rights are not about how we feel".
Christians who are taking a stand against this "rising tide of homosexuality" because they are standing up for what they believe in seem to me disingenuous at best, unless they speak out against other groups that I know are well within their sphere of "abandoning God's standards". For example, we seem to have gotten past the fact that menstruating women are Biblically unclean. Personally I blame feminism for that one.
But consider that if Mrs. Parker had replaced gay and homosexual with "Mormon", or "Buddhists" or "Hindu", she might not have such eager defenders. But the Mormons, Buddhists and Hindus, even though they might be considered idolaters or apostates by "the faithful", enjoy CONSTITUTIONAL legal protections against being discriminated against that gays do not. They have for over two hundred years and to quote Thomas Jefferson that "neither breaks my leg nor picks my pocket".
If only I could say the same about Christian Right pandering politicians.