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THE CULTURAL WAR AGAINST CHRISTIANS
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Much has been said lately on this blog site about homosexuality and how we all as individuals accept or reject the lifestyle.

I, the one who writes and contributes to Coastal Couriers blog site under the handle Timeontarget, personally find the lifestyle to be sinful according to how I was taught as a child in Church and Sunday School.

The syndicated writer Star Parker is a young black female and she has some common sense and thoughtful things to say on the subject.

I would appreciate it if all of my fellow bloggers here will read and consider her words.

Here they are:


"The cultural war against Christians

The "gay rights" crusade is not about a struggle for justice but rather it is a cultural war.


Arizona Governor Jan Brewer was right to veto SB1062, which would have amended the Arizona Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

The bill, per most interpretations I’ve read, would have given broad discretion to business owners, because of their religious convictions, to refuse to do business with anyone associated with homosexual lifestyles.

Religious freedom is about protection of your right to practice your religion and not being forced to violate it.

However, the right to religious freedom does not mean the right to write-off and marginalize into non-existence a whole class of citizens whom you don’t like or agree with.

Under Jim Crow, the problem whites had with blacks was not what blacks thought or did, but that they existed.

These laws were designed to relegate one class of citizens to separate and unequal status, simply because of who they were.

Such actions have nothing to do with freedom and everything to do with bigotry and racism.

But, unfortunately, the failure of this poorly conceived Arizona bill will be misinterpreted.

Some will incorrectly claim that this means it is not a violation of religious freedom to force a business owner to provide a product or service for activity that is against his or her religious convictions. That is incorrect.

Would anyone question the refusal of a black vendor to sells sheets to the local Ku Klux Klan chapter?

Or a Jewish merchant refusing to sell the poster board for a Neo-Nazi rally?

Or refusal of a Christian video service to make a pornographic film?

So why is it not perfectly clear that the religious freedom of a Christian merchant is violated if that merchant is forced to bake a cake or prepare a flower arrangement for a same-sex marriage which is not only as personally repugnant to that vendor as any in the cases above, but is also a clear and literal violation of the scripture that defines the faith of these individuals?

And why is it that same-sex couples have such a hard time finding bakers and florists that are not offended by their wedding? Why do they wind up with such regularity trying to buy from Christian vendors?

The reality is that the “gay rights” crusade is not about a struggle for justice but rather it is a cultural war.

Homosexual activists understand the ongoing erosion of traditional values as a pillar of our society and use this opportunity to push Christian reality, once and for all, into the closet and to lock the door.

The cultural script has been re-written such that Christians have been put in a position of either rejecting the precepts and prohibitions of their religion, or being faithful to them and being branded as against “equality.”

The problem, of course, is not what people do in private. The issue is that it all has been dragged into the public square because, again, this is a cultural war.

The battlefront is the core contradiction of legitimization of homosexual behavior that scripture clearly prohibits and then moving on to redefine marriage

Christians have been put in the untenable position that being true to their faith means, by the new standards set in our society, being labeled a bigot and then being exposed to being put out of business.

Let’s keep in mind that the idea of religious freedom only means something as long as religion means something.

It is critical that Christians draw the line and continue the struggle and not allow religion or religious freedom to be compromised.

Individuals or businesses forced to supply goods or services for activities against the precepts of their faith must refuse and call forth their protection under the first amendment of the US constitution."

Star Parker



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timeontarget commented on Tuesday, Mar 04, 2014 at 10:55 AM

"There is a higher law and it incorporates grace and mercy.

When offered the opportunity to condemn “the woman taken in adultery,”

Jesus, faced by her accusers, bent down and started to write in the dirt with his finger before saying,

“Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.”

Slowly the crowd drifted away. After the crowd was gone, Jesus turned to the woman and asked:

“Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?”

“No one, Lord,” she said.

“Neither do I condemn you,” he declared.

“Go now and leave your life of sin.”

from Cal Thomas

That tells me that God commanded her to leave her life of sin.

timeontarget commented on Tuesday, Mar 04, 2014 at 11:02 AM

I strongly believe that we all sin at times in our lives.

I believe God loves us all but we will be punished for our sins unless we beg God for forgiveness.

Once we have been forgiven for prior sins we are not then allowed to return to the sinful ways and continue to have forgiveness.

“Neither do I condemn you,” he declared.

“Go now and leave your life of sin.”

shannalat commented on Friday, Mar 07, 2014 at 13:11 PM

See this bothers me a little. The idea of denying someone a service because you do not agree with them.
In free commerce their should be no discrimination of services rendered other than the type of services so than means
****Would anyone question the refusal of a black vendor to sells sheets to the local Ku Klux Klan chapter?
Well to not sell your product to someone simply because you think they will use it for something it is not intended for would be meet with some criticism.

** Or a Jewish merchant refusing to sell the poster board for a Neo-Nazi rally?
Same deal the Jewish merchant sold a non denominational poster board.

**Or refusal of a Christian video service to make a pornographic film?
A Christian video service would more than likely only produce christian movies.
It is not asking vendors to do something they normally wouldn't do it is asking them to not discriminate when it comes to their clientele.
** So why is it not perfectly clear that the religious freedom of a Christian merchant is violated if that merchant is forced to bake a cake or prepare a flower arrangement for a same-sex marriage which is not only as personally repugnant to that vendor as any in the cases above, but is also a clear and literal violation of the scripture that defines the faith of these individuals?

No one is forcing anyone to conduct business merely to offer business to all. The baker is asked to bake a cake in support of the money offered not the man or woman offering the money.
Also not quite so sure that homosexual lifestyles are violations of christian scripture or faith. I would point out the existence of gay ministers in christian faith to the the evidence of the ambiguous nature of the statement that is also a clear and literal violation of the scripture that defines the faith. However it may be a violation of the individuals faith and individual is a key word there. As an indivual you can discriminate all you want not as a business though

**And why is it that same-sex couples have such a hard time finding bakers and florists that are not offended by their wedding? Why do they wind up with such regularity trying to buy from Christian vendors?
I don't think the religion of a vendor should really matter.

**Let’s keep in mind that the idea of religious freedom only means something as long as religion means something.

It is critical that Christians draw the line and continue the struggle and not allow religion or religious freedom to be compromised.
I am not sure if I would want to be part of a religon whose practice involves discrimination. Now service and compassion yes but discrimination and judgement no I will pass
I do think there is a culture war but not one that pits homosexual and heterosexual but one that pits tolerant and intolerant against each other

shannalat commented on Monday, Mar 10, 2014 at 09:03 AM

I know this is beating a dead horse but I just posted a blog about this
http://john3corrigan.com/2014/03/10/a...

shannalat commented on Tuesday, Mar 11, 2014 at 12:33 PM

logical fallacies are always in the eye of the beholder. Usually society has certain logic and morals in place which include a respect for all people in spite of things like sexual orientation.

I don't think bigotry should be included in the basis for any religion. Call the exclusion of providing a service to a customer what you want but it is nothing less than bigotry. In the Christian religion when Jesus helped the Samaritan he did so in a compassionate way. Nothing but the need mattered. In Asia and eastern Europe it is true that there are few states with a national religion but the religions practiced there are many in spite of a governments effort to silence it's people. Through control over media and the lack of free speech.
I think maybe if it is a cultural war than the sides are one of bigotry and another of tolerance.
I don't think tolerance will be the downfall of religion but hate will

timeontarget commented on Wednesday, Mar 12, 2014 at 08:23 AM

shannalat you are indeed a welcome voice to this site.


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