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What Has Happened to Christianity In America?

By EOM Staff

We all know that this country was founded on freedom of religion.  That means we are all free to practice any religion we choose, or no religion at all.  There is no religious test for running for the office of President of the United States.  But for some time, religion has been working it’s way into our political process.  I believe that’s bad for all of us.

A pastor in North Carolina, Charles Worley, told his congregation that he has a solution for the problem of gays and lesbians.  His solution?   “Build two large pens, electrify the fences, separate the gays from the lesbians and drop food to them.  Because they can’t escape and can’t reproduce, they will eventually die off.”   Really?  Put them in pens?  Remind you of anything?  Auschwitz, perhaps?

Another pastor, Tim Rabon has said that the next step for the states that allow gay marriage might be re-defining marriage “to be between a man and a beast”.  He actually believes we’re not far from that.

Sean Harris is a pastor in Fayetteville.  He has encouraged his congregation to become physically abusive to their children if they exhibit signs of being gay.  We all remember Michele and Marcus Bachmann’s “pray away the gay” theory, I guess Pastor Harris believes you can beat away the gay.

Ron Baity says that homosexuality is a perverted lifestyle.  He told his congregation that “lesbians, gays, bi-sexuals and transgender people should be prosecuted.”  Should we send Americans to prison for being gay? Sounds like Nazi Germany again, doesn’t it?

I have known gay people in my life.  They have all been kind, considerate and caring people.    I think if we each look into our extended families, among our aunts and uncles, cousins and so on, we will find a family member who is gay.  Would you want your cousin put in an electrified pen?  Do you think your aunt will someday want to marry a farm animal?  Do you think your uncle and his significant other should go to prison?

From a historical perspective, blacks and women have had to fight hard for the rights that were freely given to white men.  All gay people want is to be treated like the rest of us.  They are fighting for their rights now.  I believe we should fight alongside them.  They are our brothers and sisters.

As far as the pastors mentioned above…they aren’t true Christians.  No true Christian would be so full of hate.

Aren’t We All Just People?

Much has been said in the past year about the possibility of legalizing same-sex marriage.  Several states have already done so, and several more are considering it.  Many people who are opposed to this believe that allowing people of the same sex to marry will destroy the sanctity of marriage or make a mockery of it.  I don’t believe that’s true.  I believe the only people who can destroy a marriage are the people in the marriage.  If you really want to use the argument of not allowing someone to marry in order to protect the institution of marriage, consider the following:

Larry King – 8 divorces

Jesse James and Tiger Woods – each had sex with multiple partners while married

Kelsey Grammer – ended his 15 year marriage over the phone

Phil Collins – ended his marriage by sending his wife a text message

Kim Kardashian – spent $10 million on her wedding, only to file for divorce 72 days later

Britney Spears – married a childhood friend…for 55 hours

Newt Gingrich – cheated on first and second wives while they were seriously ill.  Used the daughters of the first wife to tell the world that his second wife was lying about his third wife

Anthony Weiner – texted nude pics of himself to his followers (granted, he only meant to send it to one woman) while still a newlywed

Herman Cain – accused of sexual harassment and had a long-term affair that ended just prior to running  for the GOP nomination

Mark Stouder – Republican from Indiana who extolls family values made a video in which he praised the virtues of sexual abstinence.  But the video was made with a female staffer with whom he was having an affair

This list goes on and on…

These are the kinds of people who make a mockery of marriage.  How about we ban them from marrying and allow same-sex couples who are committed to each other to tie the knot? 

After all, we’re all just people….

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