Proper Opposition?

I was born and raised in California, and though I don’t live there now, I can’t say that I haven’t taken interest in the developments of Proposition 8. In particular, I’ve been receiving several emails about some of the things that have been going on as we get closer to voting day.

  • In one email, I was told about church members being harrassed and haraunged by protestors of proposition 8, disrupting their God-given (and constitution-given) right to have a peaceful worship session. Apparently, shouting obscenities and harrassing innocent people is a legitimate lobbying strategy.
  • Another email expounded situations arising at elementary schools. Apparently, a charter elementary school in Hayward, California, is promoting gay and lesbian ideals to kids as young as kindegarten. The school celebrated “Coming Out Day” last week, featuring a major pro-homosexual push typically aimed at high school students. Reportedly, school officials chose not to tell parents ahead of time. Apparently, when giving “equal voice” to the other side (traditional marriage), posters discussed the notion of families by depicting homosexual families.
  • Another email recounted the experience of a kindegarten class attending a teacher’s homosexual wedding as a class field trip, without even notifying the parents.

I’m sure I’ll get more emails as we get closer to November’s election day. But in light of some of these reports, I have to say: I find it intriguing to see Proposition 8 opponents’ strategy here: Opponents to Prop 8 are using the type of forcing-their-values-on-people strategy that they claim traditional marriage supporters exert on them. So much for “do unto others…”

What’s more…last time I checked, we don’t actively promote traditional marriage at elementary schools. But for some reason, Prop 8 opponents think it’s ok to target children who aren’t even mature enough to understand the difference, and are quite impressionable.

I don’t care where you stand on this issue–activists for or against this proposition should be targeting the constituencies that have a voice in the election: voters. Not their children.

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  1. The battle for free speech and conscience

    by Craig A. Huey

    Many voters who are for same-sex marriage—or don’t care either way—are joining forces with those who believe in protecting traditional marriage to vote “yes” on Proposition 8.

    Why? Because Proposition 8 restores individual freedom and protects free speech. A “no” vote destroys liberty, empowers judicial activists and creates a climate of lawsuits and coercion.

    What happened

    By a 4–3 decision, the California Supreme Court voted to force “same-sex marriage” on California. This decision overturned Proposition 22, which states that marriage is between a man and a woman only.

    In 2000, an overwhelming 61.4% of California voters passed Proposition 22. This court ruling overturning the California voters’ decision is history in the making.

    A civil right?

    Marriage is being “redefined” as a civil right; this new definition will radically change our society. That’s the problem—and that’s why gays, heterosexuals, Christians and Jews, Democrats and Republicans are joining together to vote “yes” on Proposition 8.

    No other political decision to change American society (as we’ve known it for more than 200 years) even comes close to this one. The three dissenting votes rightly pointed out that this is not a civil rights issue, it’s an issue of choice. The four judges who voted for “same-sex marriage” did so based on a distorted view of “civil liberties.” The four judges said, just as you can’t discriminate against people based on their race, you also can’t discriminate against people based on their “sexual orientation.”

    But choosing one’s personal sexual behavior isn’t the same as what defines one’s race.

    Confusion and danger

    Redesigning society based on this confusion—that a chosen sexual “orientation” is no different from the unchosen, unchangeable characteristic of race—is based on faulty and dangerous reasoning.

    There are some things we don’t choose. No one can choose his or her race or height—any more than he or she can choose any gene. Whom we enter into a relationship with, however, is voluntary—it’s a matter of free will. Homosexual behavior is a choice, not a civil right. Race is not a choice, and is a civil right.

    Why real rights are in danger

    Now, because of the court’s decision based on newly created “civil rights,” our religious liberty and freedom of speech are in danger. If Proposition 8 isn’t passed, watch for costly lawsuits to mount against churches if they don’t allow homosexual “weddings.”

    Last year in New Jersey, a lesbian couple sued the Methodist Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association after it refused, for religious reasons, to let the “couple” hold a ceremony on the camp’s property. The camp has lost part of its tax-exempt status and expects more court challenges.

    Stifling freedom of speech

    Watch out for more churches, religious organizations and pastors to grow increasingly reluctant to speak out against what they call the sin of homosexuality for fear of accusations of “hate speech,” “discrimination” and “violating civil rights.”

    Canadian Evangelical Pastor Stephen Boisson was recently banned from expressing his opposition to homosexuality, ordered to pay $5,000 for damages for “pain and suffering” and to apologize to a homosexual activist for writing in a newspaper it was wrong to teach 5- and 6-year-olds that homosexuality is acceptable behavior.

    Dr. James Dobson of Focus on the Family has to edit references to homosexuality out of his radio broadcasts in Canada so he doesn’t get prosecuted for “hate speech.”

    Stifling freedom of conscience

    Religious employees, Christian schools and bookstores, photographers, wedding-cake bakers, rental agencies and other businesses—all of them could be targets of ruinous lawsuits.

    In New Mexico, Elaine Huguenin, a professional wedding photographer, was fined and found guilty for not wanting to photograph a lesbian wedding.

    And just last month, the California Supreme Court found guilty two doctors in San Diego who refused to inseminate a lesbian woman. They referred her to another doctor. After she had the child, she sued, winning her “civil rights” case that would force the doctors to act against their own freedom of conscience. They will be potentially subjected to paying hundreds of thousands of dollars in attorney fees to the lesbian.

    Proposition 8 is easy. Whether you agree with same-sex marriage or not, Proposition 8 is needed to protect freedom of speech and freedom of conscience. Voting “no” on 8 is voting against freedom of religion and opening the door to lawsuits and harassment of those who disagree with homosexuality.

    Voting YES is protecting the American dream and stopping the erosion of liberty.

    Craig A. Huey

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