June 16, 2007

Big Brother Is On The Move...

Bye, Bye Ms. American Pie…I introduced my sermon on Memorial Day Sunday with the song by Don McClain lamenting the passing of our nation's age of innocence. In that message, which you can here on line at our website which is fefchurch.org, I spoke of the near future and the possibilities that were just around the bend concerning infringement on our rights of free speech and religion.

Well, those days are closer than we think. According to the American Family Association, "House bill H.R. 1592 and Senate bill S. 1105 would make negative statements concerning homosexuality, such as calling the practice of homosexuality a sin from the pulpit, a 'hate crime' punishable by law."

Don Wildmon of the AFA claims that "the proposed law would make it a crime to preach on Romans Chapter 1 or I Corinthians Chapter 6. Or even to discuss them in a Sunday School class."

I have read a summary of the law and I don't quite read in the summary, the same dire prohibitions Wildmon claims but to be sure, the language seems to be there to make it a possibility. The point to be made though, is regardless what it actually does or intends the law is totally unnecessary and would be a complete infringement on the freedom of religion and speech. I can't imagine it passing but honestly passing may not even be the sponsor's intent. It may just be part of the chiseling process by which we are worn down over time. It worked for abortion, it worked concerning special rights for homosexuals, it will work for homosexual marriage, and will work for this mislabeled hate crimes legislation. It is only a matter of time.

Lest you think however my scenario is implausible or alarmist consider that right now, the 9th circuit court of appeals has already ruled that in California, use of the words “natural family,” “marriage” and “union of a man and a woman” is a “hate speech” crime in government workplaces.

Do you think there is any correlation between the Middle East war, Iran's insistence that it will annihilate Israel and the U.S. and this most base degradation of our culture?

If you know your Bible, you know the answer to that.

As a late addition--I have not checked this myself but have been told that our illustrious Maine senators co-sponsored this bill. It figures…


Blogger Reddogg said...

You can query the sponsors and cosponsors of this bill. I hope this helps.

Sponsors and Cosponsors

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