Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Christian Post: Giving Gays the Upper Hand

Bishop Harry R. Jackson Jr., the senior pastor of Hope Christian Church in College Park, MD and the chairman of the High Impact Leadership Coalition, wrote a great opinion piece for the Christian Post.

Like my childhood friend, gay activists around the country are getting nervous that they are about to experience an embarrassing political setback. Instead of amending the hate crimes legislation that protects churches in a substantive way, they are simply crying out in a louder, more threatening manner. Gay advocates are not looking for fairness; they are looking for an upper hand.

Jackson is referring to S-1105, the "Matthew Shepherd Law" that is before the U.S. Senate.  It does not protect churches and faith-based organizations.  He goes on to say.

Both gays and blacks should get justice in America, but we cannot allow either group to receive special privileges at the expense of another group of Americans. If the loopholes in this legislation are not closed, Christians and Bible-teaching churches could become victims of a strange brand of reverse discrimination. These actions are tantamount to the gay community saying, ”Freedom for me, but bondage for you.” This attitude is just not consistent with America’s ideals.

We need to be in touch with our senators to close the loopholes - protect Christians, churches AND faith-based organizations.

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