Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Gay Rights: The New Human Rights Struggle

Maybe you've already noticed this phenomenon, but gay rights is the new civil rights struggle of our day. The reality of this struggle was brought home to me concretely in a recent article. Chick-fil-A, a popular southern chicken sandwich chain has become the most recent recipient of a gay boycott. The reason for the boycott is that one of the restaurants donated sandwiches and brownies to a Christian organization, the Pennsylvania Family Institute, which has been known to oppose gay marriage.

No one is allowed to ride the fence or stay neutral any longer. The issue is being forced. Gay rights advocates have also boycotted Best Buy and Target when those companies sent financial contributions to Minnesota gubernatorial candidate Tom Emmer, a conservative candidate who stood opposed to gay marriage. If you support anyone who believes differently than they do, you can expect to feel their ire, both financially and in the media. One commenter on Chick-fil-A's Facebook page even commented that they would "denounce" the chain until they made a public apology and gave an equal donation to the Human Rights Campaign, an organization devoted to gay marriage equality. This would seem, at first, to be a fair and neutral suggestion (and might be if the company were publicly traded), except it flies in the face of everything that (privately owned) Chick-fil-A and its founder stand for, namely, conservative Christian beliefs and values.

There are greater things at risk in this particular civil rights debate than one company's struggle to maintain its beliefs and profits. The first thing is the right to one's beliefs and free speech. Dissent is not being allowed by these boycotters. The second is that Christian morality is under direct attack. These boycotters have not considered, or haven't cared, that the company is acting according to its beliefs and has the right to. They can eat more beef if they want to, but they should not demand that Chick-fil-A support their cause against its own interests. Further, within the gay marriage debate, pro-gay marriage advocates are telling Christians that not only is homosexual sex morally acceptable, but it is an obligation that those morally opposed support its legal and equal status. They must support its protection and continuation under law.

Honestly, no matter on which side you stand, you must see this struggle for what it is - an ideological war between those who believe in the word of God (in which marriage is between one man and one woman, is a picture of Christ and his Church, and homosexuality stands opposed to his will for humanity) and those who believe in a humanistic and evolutionary utopia (in which humans make rules and laws to build an idolatrous infrastructure based on the lowest common denominator, protection from morality and freedom for polysexuality). Equality for the noble tradition of marriage is not the goal. The dissolution of the totality of marriage and all its symbols is the goal. And if you disagree with their agenda, you will be reduced to the level of a malevolent KKK member or the equivalent of a stone-age fool. Those that support their agenda are made into freedom fighters within the media.

Sadly, gay rights advocates have usurped the African American struggle for human equality, an essentially Christian struggle, for their own legacy which is based more closely on socialistic ideals, opposed to Christianity. They would have us believe like the words of Star Trek's Borg, "Resistance is futile . . . you will be assimilated." My suggestion is that, if we would not be assimilated, we would stand our ground not just on the general principle of marriage defined as between one man and one woman, but on its underlying foundation, Scripture. This is the believer's fight and his alone, but it is a fight essential to his being a believer.

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