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Archive for July, 2013

Thoughts on Gay Marriage

Gays already have the right to marry. They have exactly the same rights as heterosexuals. No more, no less. I am not free to marry a member of my own sex and neither are they.

Gays, just like heterosexuals, are free to marry a member of the opposite sex.

“But we don’t want too,” they cry. And in those words they declare their true desire. See, gays do not want equal rights. We have already established that. They have equal rights. It just doesn’t suit them.

Gays want extra rights. Rights above and beyond those extended to the hetero community. Is this fair?

Something that is seldom mentioned when we talk of minority rights is the watering down of a nation’s solidarity. Whenever a minority is given rights outside of those extended to the rest of society (and make no mistake, no matter how Hollywood portrays it gays only represent about 2% of the community), the foundational spirit of the nation is weakened. A person is no longer an American, Englishman or whatever, they are a Gay American. The log has been split and therefore weakened.

Where does such a person’s loyalty reside. With the nation or with their subgroup?

Divisions and subdivisions are not good for a nation. In the extreme example the country forgets the values that had once united them as one people.

In our recent history, if it were not for a united home front, everyone working for a single purpose as a single people, the allies would never have defeated the Nazis in WWII. I doubt that if the same circumstances were presented today such a unity could be achieved. The people are simply too divided.

No, it isn’t fair that a minority group should be handed the power to cause such a division. In particular when this right that they’re marching for is above and beyond the rights of the rest of the community.

Aren’t I being a little unfair? I mean, come on, gays just have no interest in a heterosexual relationship. It’s repugnant to them, right? Why should they be forced to conform to a societies values that run at odds to their own?

And the question ought to be; why should society have to change to accommodate every whim and fancy?

Marraige is one man and one woman. When you have two men or two women you have something else. Marraige was created by God. Does anyone really think He would allow a union expressly forbidden by Him to foul its sanctity?

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Taking Our Lord’s Name in Vain.

My first post, my first peeve. This is an appeal to all screenwriters, authors, novelists, basically anyone who puts a creative pen to paper.

Writers influence culture. Perhaps more than any other profession. Actors say what writers write. People buy what copywriters tell them to. Laws are written by writers who have learned to write in that style. People do what writers tell them to do.

So next time, in your sitcom, play, short story, or perhaps that spellbinding yarn with which you regale your friends, take this dare… If you…dare.

Next time your central character whacks his thumb with a hammer instead of taking our Lord’s name in vain, have him call out, Allah! Or Muhammad.

Eyebrows will be raised.

For too long Christians have kept quiet amid this culture of throwing our Lord’s name about as an appropriate response to pain, frustration, anger. It’s time we said, no! It is not appropriate. It is never appropriate. Fellow Christian, you know it isn’t. Your skin crawls when you are watching TV and you hear some clown use it. Of all the expletives that litter our media this is the worst. This is the Living God and we are keeping silent while others treat His Name like garbage.

Wouldn’t it be far simpler to use the name of a false god?

Won’t this upset the Muslims? Yep, you bet. There will be no end to the foot-stomping, screaming, hair-tearing, perhaps even a murderous fatwa from the religion of peace.

The poor darlings. They will be feeling the way Christians have been feeling for years. The media, and our media riddled culture is full of offensive traps for the unwary Christian. I’m not a prude but I did all that in my life before Jesus. I’m trying to live differently now; in the Way Everlasting.

It will also upset our politicians. Imagine the umming and erring that will go on as they, buckling under pressure from the Muslims, try to tell us to stop offending their god. Or rather, their concept of God.

We don’t have to single out Islam although they would surely be the loudest and most interesting to watch. To be honest I doubt that the Muslims are even particularly noteworthy offenders. It’s the secular culture that needs to be set right. Secular writers influence society far more than any religious writers. And besides, there are plenty of false gods to go around.

We could say, “I krishnaed the car last night. Total wreck. Moonied my arm up pretty good.”

Or,”What the Buddha!”

Obviously this is going to ridiculous extremes. It’s never going to happen and if it did, these names can’t create the offence that taking our Lord’s Name in vain can. The principle is simple; we aren’t commanded to keep the names of man-made gods holy. Only the Lord’s name. This is the very reason it is so offensive, and regrettably, why so many do it, to take our Lord’s name in vain; He is God.

It also happens because we don’t protest much. This is something the Muslims can teach us, although perhaps we don’t have to do it quite as well. When something offends the Muslim’s religious sensibilities he protests. Loudly.

Are Christians not sufficiently passionate about our religion to protest? On the surface it seems that way. We tend to protest passively. If we don’t like a product we simply don’t buy or watch it. Unfortunately all this does is produce a minuscule drop in sales or ratings. So minuscule in fact that the producer can just ignore us. They don’t ignore the Muslims however.

Muslims are noisy. They make sure their grievances get noticed.

Perhaps we should take a lesson from them. Or, we could let their noise work for us.

If we were to start using their god’s name as a curse, the ensuing murderous rage by the religion of peace would raise public awareness of the distress caused by cursing with our Lord’s Name.

This is back door advertising at its worst, but it would work. A far better idea would be for us to make our grievances known and then adopt the passion these people have for their faith.

This is really offensive language and Christians are silent about it. I have never read a ‘Letter to the Editor’ about it. I’m guilty too. I have never called a TV or radio station to complain. I, until now, have done nothing, said nothing. But I will try to rectify this.

If you have any ideas about how we could change this culture, or change ourselves to change the culture, please leave a comment.