Religious Freedom Laws

The great state of Mississippi, with the Confederate flag as a part of its state flag is the latest state to try to pass a “Religious Freedom Law.” Here is a link to a Washington Post article about it. We have been hearing a lot about these kind of laws lately and since this one from ‘Ole Miss’ has been getting quite a bit of press, I thought I would put down some thoughts about it. First off, no one needs a “Religious Freedom Law.” No you don’t. Your religious freedom is written right into the Constitution. You know, that founding document that people are always harping about but never really reading. The very first amendment, ratified on December 15, 1791 says: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof…(sic).” There it is, big and bold for everyone to see. Nothing more is needed to say that you can have your religious faith. So what is it with these religious freedom laws? Well, I’m going to tell you.

Christians have for the most part, historically believed that homosexuality is forbidden by God. Leviticus 20:13 says that it is. Okay, great. You can have that belief. What does that mean for the Christian? It means don’t do it. Right? Makes sense to me. If I’m a Christian trying to live my life by the Bible then homosexuality is right out. Got it. Now, since our country has progressed into the 21st century and we are slowly leaving ancient beliefs and traditions behind our Supreme Court has seen fit to say that gay marriage is legal. If you read the Constitution you will find that it says that all people have equal protection under the law. This means that if you let some people get married you have to let all people get married. There is no Constitutional reason not to. The Supreme Court is wise. (Remember folks, these are my opinions) Well as you can imagine, and as most of us know, this pissed off a lot of Christians. Because, it seems that many of them are just not happy living their lives the way they want to, they want to make you live that way too. There, I said it!

Marriage is between “one man and one woman.” Genesis 2:24 proves it. Unfortunately it has been my experience that a lot of Christians will quote Bible verses at you because they believe that since you’re an Atheist or Agnostic or whatever you are you won’t know what they are talking about because you’ve never read the Bible. Believe me, I’ve read it. Cover to cover. Twice. And studied it for years. How do you think most Atheists become Atheist? They read to Bible. The unfortunate thing about quoting Bible verses to prove a point is that there are probably ten other verses that say just the opposite. The verse that says that marriage is between one man and one woman is proof of that. There are many other verses that talk about marriage and some of them tell about people having many wives (King David, Jesus’ ancestor) and many concubines. Many Christians I have known believe that it’s okay to do and say anything as long as it’s for the glory of God and you tell him you’re sorry afterward.

And now, about religious freedom laws. Okay they say, let the queers get married. We’ll just keep right on treating them like they’re less than human as we always have but we’ll make it legal. We’ll pass laws that say that our “deeply held religious beliefs” prevent us from treating them like they’re human. Deeply held religious beliefs. Let me tell you about that. Statistics show that the divorce rate in the U.S. is at roughly 50%. Also when asked, Americans claim to be roughly 70% Christians. Now I’m not a genius, but that translates into a lot of Christians getting divorced. And if memory serves, (that is getting sketchier by the day) Jesus never said one word about homosexuality but he had quite a bit to say about divorce. Marital unfaithfulness was the only reason Jesus gave for getting a divorce. And if we are really trying to live our lives by the Bible, adultery is rewarded by being stoned to death. So divorce is really unnecessary. So my “deeply held religious belief” is whatever I say it is at the moment to get me what I want. Not only that but if they really want to live by the Bible, Christians should be trying to pass laws to have gay people killed. Read Leviticus 20:13. It says that for homosexuality you must be put to death. Not “should” but “must.” So why are they fooling around with laws that say they can treat gay people less than human? Why not claim that their deeply held religious beliefs say that they can just kill them?

I’m trying to treat a serious situation with a little humor. I don’t advocate killing anyone. But this is how ridiculous these laws are. As Christians, Jesus told them to love their enemies. Love your neighbor as yourself. This is what they are called to do by their savior. I think they’re failing.

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