It seems to this humble observer of the asylum we all have to live in that those demanding equal rights and tolerance are the least tolerant people in our society. Also, it seems to me that every time society tries to right a discriminatory wrong we find ourselves with a new discriminatory wrong. I’m talking about reverse discrimination. Reverse discrimination based on sex or on race has been with us for decades. And now that gays have won the status of a protected sub-class in our society, we are seeing reverse discrimination by gays against Christians. There is a twist in the reverse discrimination of gays against Christians that I find very disturbing. Gays are not only demanding equal rights and tolerance from Christians; they are demanding that Christians endorse the gay life styles. Let’s take a look a two cases in the news recently.
Are Christians Unsuited to be foster or adoptive parents?
If this story at WND is true, the good folks at the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families (DFC) would answer that question in the affirmative. Although they don’t use the word “Christian”, their new policy announced at a recent Boston Bar Association forum is clearly directed against Christians:
“The DFC speakers confirmed that they are ‘weeding out’ adoptive and foster parents who are not willing to wholly accept and support LGBT (lesbian, “gay,” bisexual, or transgender) self-identification by a child in their care,”
Apparently, the position of the DFC is that Christians, because of their beliefs, couldn’t be “supportive” to a foster or adopted child that turned out to be gay. How can they reconcile that position? These same people would not assume that a gay couple would not be supportive of a foster or adopted child that did not turn out to be gay, would they? That is reverse discrimination!
Gays discriminate against Christians in the military.
The unintended consequences of abandoning the “Don’t ask, don’t tell” in the military are in the news with increasing frequency. Todd Starnes wrote an article for Fox News the other day that I find very alarming. Starnes did an interview with Steve Branson, the pastor of Village Parkway Baptist Church in San Antonio, which is near Lackland Air Force Base. Let me share a few excerpts:
“There is an atmosphere of intimidation at Lackland Air Force Base,” said Steve Branson, the pastor of Village Parkway Baptist Church in San Antonio. “Gay commanders and officers are pushing their agenda on the airmen. There is a culture of fear in the military and it’s gone to a new level with the issue of homosexuality.”
Branson tells me at least 80 airmen attended a private meeting at the church where he heard them voice their concerns about religious hostilities at the Air Force base. It was a standing-room only crowd.
“The religious persecution is happening,” the pastor said. “It’s getting bigger every day. Gay and lesbian airmen can talk about their lifestyle, but the rest have to stay completely quiet about what they believe.”
One of those eighty airmen at the meeting was 19 year veteran, Senior Master Sgt. Phillip Monk. Let’s look at his story, as reported by Starnes:
Among those at the church meeting was Senior Master Sgt. Phillip Monk. The 19-year veteran was punished after he refused to tell his lesbian commander his position on gay marriage. I was the first reporter to tell his story.
Monk disagreed with his commander when she wanted to severely reprimand a new instructor who had expressed religious objections to homosexuality.
The senior master sergeant was relieved of his duties after he refused her order to disclose his personal opinion about gay marriage.
Monk, who had a spotless record, filed a religious discrimination complaint against the Air Force. When he showed up for a meeting about the complaint, he was accused of giving false statements to me – and was subsequently read his Miranda Rights.
Monk is now facing a possible court martial.
And, Starnes wrapped up his article with these words:
I’ve had a chance to talk at length with Master Sgt. Monk. He’s a soft-spoken man – an introvert, not a religious zealot. He’s a good-hearted person with a strong sense of right and wrong.
He told me that he was taking a stand because he wanted his sons to see “a man who stands upright and stands for integrity.”
The persecution of Master Sgt. Monk and the countless unnamed individuals at Lackland Air Force Base should serve as a warning to all Americans.
If the Obama administration’s Pentagon can take away their religious liberty – they can take away ours.
Can someone explain to me how our society and how our military are better off by replacing discrimination with reverse discrimination? We are making things worse not better. Instead of uniting people, we are driving them apart. There will be consequences.
Well, that’s what I’m thinking. What are your thoughts?