Have traditionalists gone AWOL?
by Roger Hines
June 01, 2014 12:00 AM | 1285 views | 3 3 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Never has the minority worked so persistently to cram its agenda down the majority’s throat.

For decades, the homosexual lobby (the minority) has tried to impose its will on the general public (the majority), primarily through the courts. Ignoring the will of the people as expressed by state legislatures, the homosexual lobby has persuaded judges the will of the people should be overturned. The majority seems to offer little resistance, leaving the task to such organizations as the National Organization for Marriage, Concerned Women for America and the Family Research Council.

It appears that the majority doesn’t care, but they do. The problem is the majority is busy making a living. They are neither entertainers, corporate heads nor sports figures with time on their hands to protest.

Polls tell us the percentage of Americans who favor homosexual marriage is approaching 50 percent. I don’t believe it. It’s true, however, that since Massachusetts legalized same-sex marriage a decade ago, 17 other states and the District of Columbia have followed suit.

Even in the Bible belt, the LGBT (lesbian/gay/bisexual/Transgender) lobby appears to be making inroads. Georgia is a targeted state, aided by Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed and U.S. Representative John Lewis. In the past few months, the city councils of Oxford, Starkville and Hattiesburg, Miss., (all college towns) have passed resolutions praising “diversity” and declaring support for those who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender. But we’re still talking about political elites, not regular folks.

Jerry Falwell, thou shouldst be living at this hour. America hath need of thee. She is a fen of moral confusion. Her pulpits are silent. Her chambers of commerce care only about commerce. Her political parties care only about votes, got any way possible. You were despised, but you had a voice whose sound was like the sea. You cheerfully accepted the pies in your face. Clarity and steadfastness were your province.

If only the same could be said for politicians. Only two years ago, opposition to same sex marriage was the official position of President Obama and Hillary Clinton. Why did they change? Because that’s what convictionless office seekers do.

Of course, the problem is that those who change their positions because of polls had no convictions in the first place. That’s what sad about the matter.

Establishment Republicans are essentially going silent on the issue. GOP Governor Tom Corbett of Pennsylvania decided not to appeal a court ruling two weeks ago that allowed same sex marriage. Governor Chris Christie of New Jersey did the same. Is possible GOP candidate Rand Paul being squishy when he says the GOP, to get bigger, will have to learn to disagree on social issues? Time will tell.

It’s still true that he who frames the question wins the debate. Same-sex marriage supporters have framed the issue as marriage equality, but the true frame is biology. Every homosexual exists because of heterosexuality. Talk about two mommies or two dads all we want, everybody — everybody — has a mother and a father. What does this tell us about nature’s immutable plan?

Another proper frame is the slippery slope argument. Proponents of homosexual marriage argue legalizing homosexual marriage would not lead to polygamy, but how could it not? It’s hard to argue two men or two women can marry but one man and multiple women can’t. If a man can love a man or a woman a woman, why can’t a man love three women, marry them and enjoy recognition of the state? To quote the screaming Mrs. Clinton, “What does it matter?”

Today, there is no greater a silencer of free speech than the homosexual lobby and their fawning sympathizers, particularly the sports and corporate worlds. (Why are these two entities so inclined? It’s us regular Joe’s that buy their tickets and their products. Hhmm!) When Miami Dolphins player Don Jones tweeted the word “horrible” upon seeing the homosexual kiss of NFL draftee Michael Sam and his boyfriend, he was fined, suspended and sent to “educational training.” When anyone is punished because he finds man-to-man mouth kissing on television objectionable, we have become a thought-police state.

This is the reason traditionalists must push back. Speaking out against the cowardly, cowering sports world, pestering elected officials and supporting traditional marriage organizations are all good ways to start.

According to the liberal website Politico, 82 percent of Republicans believe in traditional marriage. Aha! So it’s liberal courts making it look like the majority prefers same sex marriage when it really doesn’t. The GOP will lose its conservative base in 2016 if they disregard this revelation.

Traditionalists aren’t prone to protest (they’re at work, remember), but they seldom fail to vote. Maybe they aren’t AWOL after all. Maybe the Republican establishment will find out.

Roger Hines is a retired high school English teacher in Kennesaw.
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shagsnacks
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June 03, 2014
The Bible teaches that homosexuality is sinful. On this point I do not think that there can be much debate. Another way to say this is that the Bible teaches that it is very immoral to commit homosexual acts.

So the question is "Does the Constitution give the Federal Government the authority to regulate morality in society?" Of course not. It actually seems that the Constitution prohibits the Federal government from regulating morality in society through the right to the freedom of religion. After all, if the right to the freedom of religion exists, this means that you have the right to practice your own moral values.

It appears that the author has a different belief, that the Federal Government should be involved in regulating moral issues, such as who the citizens are having sex with. If God is the judge of us all then we would be best served to consider our own sins. Perhaps if a government does not judge others by passing laws that attempt to regulate morality then God will not judge the government by the laws he has already instituted.



If we, as Christians, want our right to practice our religion peacefully, then we have to respect the right of others who disagree with us.

As a devoted Christian, one of the things that brings me sadness is that it appears that many of my Christian brothers seem to have more joy in condemning homosexuals (and some who even expect the Federal Government to do it) than in being able to be a good witness to them. To those that have condemnation in their hearts, I would only remind them that of the Gospel of John.

Joh 3:17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.

Joh 12:47 And if any man hear my words, and believe not, I judge him not: for I came not to judge the world, but to save the world.

Joh 12:48 He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day.

So Christ made it clear that he did not judge a single person, even if those people did not believe a thing he said (and therefore had a completely different morality). He made it clear that in the end, there would be one that judges him, but if we are to act like Christ then we should not judge others.

Chuck Anziulewicz
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June 02, 2014
Honestly, what on Earth is it about law-abiding, taxpaying Gay couples getting married that terrifies so many people? These are couples who are in love, who have made a commitment to one another's happiness and well-being. These are couples who in most cases already share a life together. Unless the Constitution (especially the 14th Amendment) applies only to people who are Straight, I can see no justification for denying law-abiding, taxpaying Gay couples the same legal benefits and opportunities that Straight couples have always taken for granted.

What are people so fearful of? The marriage equality movement was never some sinister effort to make homosexuality compulsory for everyone. It won't cause otherwise Straight people to marry other persons of the same sex. It will not require anyone to attend weddings for Gay couples. Conversely, denying Gay people the right to marry is not going to make Gay people turn Straight!

What are people so fearful of? Is not love and commitment far more preferable to loneliness and promiscuity? Why does the joy of Gay couples getting married make so many people angry?

Patrick Thompson
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June 01, 2014
Roger, as a traditionalist and one who works while you're retired, I have a different view of tradition. I think we're stronger as a country when people who love each other stay together, regardless of pairing. Why would your God want people living in the shadows without commitment and without legal protection. They have families, they have children, they need wills, they need hospital visitation rights, they need health and life insurance benefits. The Bible has more to say about commitment and loving than hating others for the people they love. People who are hiring are employing them and benefitting them as couples - they employ them for their skills. Any child coming out of your old classroom today would know that and expect that. The free speech of those in this minority have been squashed for millennia just as women and people of color. Those groups you follow like the Family Research Council, are lobbying firms, and I'm not sure God would recognize the good they do over the Old Testament confusion they spread. Shame on those who would use the Bible to hate others and keep them from happiness in this world. You can be traditional in your own way but passing laws based on your religious thought seems like the Taliban we're fighting around the world (who base their laws on religious beliefs).
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