January 23, 2008

Religious Exemption Clauses Mean Little

Every time any kind of legislation is put forth increasing the normalization and necessarily, the desensitization of homosexuality, the community of the faithful should be rigorously opposed. As the years move along and the social bludgeoning of those with a morality informed by the wisdom of God continues, homosexuality gains ground. Often times it is with the reluctant approval of followers of Christ because of a false sense of security engendered by some "exception" clause written into the legislation exempting religious people and organizations.

Thinking that "live and let live" is somehow an easy way out, the "faithful" throw in the towel with a sigh believing that "at least I won't be affected…"

But here this well: No matter what kind of "religious exception clause is written into pro-homosexual law, push will come to shove sooner or later and religious exemption will fall to the homosexual juggernaut.

Enter Seton Medical Center, San Francisco where a man walked in wanting to have sex-change surgery. The hospital refused to do the surgery and predictably, the hospital has been sued.

The case has gone to the San Francisco Superior Court. Family Focus reports that "Brad Dacus, president of the Pacific Justice Institute, has offered to represent the hospital [saying] “If this hospital is required to deny its religious beliefs in order to function as a hospital, then the protection of religious entities — even churches — could be on the chopping block..."

Regardless how this particular case turns out, religious exemption clauses are merely temporary concessions to silence people of conviction and common sense and pass immoral laws. You have to understand that the people pushing such laws are committed to their very soul that not only is their view of gender and sex the right view, but that the traditional views of those with a religious informing grid, are immoral and stand in the way of a truly free and happy society. So they will gladly toss a bone or two to the religious fanatics of the culture knowing full well that in time, those exemptions will be challenged and removed.

I see it playing out as each year ticks off and even the most ardently moral people are becoming resigned to the inevitability of a society where homosexuality is every bit as accepted, and endorsed as a heterosexual one. I do believe we will lose this struggle for decency, never-the-less, we must never give in to it becoming part of the problem.


Blogger Matt Sargent said...

That is the trick, isn't it? Staying active and hopeful knowing that ultimately we will 'lose' in this reality. Thank God there is a deeper life that we can strive for - not only for ourselves, but for those who will believe. "The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails"

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