Saturday, December 11, 2004

On "Fairness," and Other Stuff

Thursday in Louisville, the Metro Council voted to extend legal protections to homosexuals. The city of Louisville and Jefferson County amended laws in 1999 to "protect" gays and lesbians from discrimination in public housing, accommodations and hiring. That ordinance took effect when the city and county merged in January 2003.

The law consolidating the governments required all ordinances, including the discrimination ordinance, to be re-enacted within five years of merger or be struck from the books. There was some discussion within the Metro Council about the possibility of the ordinance going directly to the voters for an up or down vote. Of course, American elites only believe in democracy in places like Mosul, certainly not Louisville.

This morning's Courier Journal lionized the Metro Council for their boldness in defying the will of the people and extending legal protection on the basis of "sexual orientation." According to the C-J, "A community that suggests that the basic rights to hold a job, to rent an apartment or to eat in a restaurant are in any way 'special' rights is a place that doesn't really value the rights of any of its citizens."

Let's get something straight--what such legislation requires is a thorough re-ordering of private life imposed by humanists. Modern society compels open relationships between men. We face legal and cultural pressure to ignore any distinction, whether based on race, gender, or any other characteristic. Such an imposition is tyranny, and anti-discrimination laws are inherently authoritarian. Indeed, any community that carelessly tramples on the rights of property owners and businessmen while preventing communities from protecting themselves doesn't really value the rights of any of its citizens.

Looks like Southern Baptists are finally waking up and smelling the coffee. According to this article in Agape Press, "Frustration with public education seems to be growing among the nation's Southern Baptists, with supporters of Christian schools and home schooling arguing that if God is absent from the classroom, then their children should leave too." It's about time we stopped separating education, and other "secular" activities, from our faith.

On that note, check out Dave Black's essay today. Dave writes:

One of the perversions of the Gospel I think needs eliminating today is the emphasis upon personal evangelism to the detriment or exclusion of any social emphasis. I do not question the fact that salvation is personal and individual, but it is far more than that. However, for many evangelicals the emphasis on the personal and individual has increasingly made salvation individualistic. The whole of the Christian experience is thought to be one’s personal relationship to God – often to the exclusion of one’s relationship with others or to the culture in general.

Amen, Brother Dave.

If you don't read Dave, his site is worth a visit every day. Recently, Dave was serving in Ethiopia and I went through severe withdrawl. Since his return, Black's essays have improved with each effort. Truly, one rousing call to righteousness after another.

From Tom Fleming:

"Like children piling up stuffed animals on the bed, we think our toys can shield us from the great emptiness we really believe in, and, even if we go to church, it is neither a great cathedral built to the greater glory of God nor a humble chapel where the faithful pray. No, our churches must have big-screen TV's and youth choirs waving their arms as they bellow loud commercial music that might be used to advertise the bogus beer we drink. Some of us demand song-and-dance numbers more appropriate to the midway of a county fair, and we expect to be told our Christian duty by wavy-haired, tooth-capped preacherboys who could fill in for on of the Chippendales--anything to distract us from the though that we are going to die alone, and no matter how pretty the plot we have chose in the "memorial garden," our corpse is one plant that is not going to come up in the spring."


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