Liberty and Virtue

A person who experiences same sex attraction and who endeavors to live chastely in accordance with his religious beliefs keeps an eye out for examples of gay activists' (1) showing intolerance and hatred of traditional religious and moral beliefs and believers, (2) attempting to deny freedom of speech, assembly and religion to others, and (3) trying to cause the government to impose liberal views on sexual morality on society. Other stuff of interest to blogger may also occasionally be posted.

Gay activists do not speak for all those who experience same sex attraction!

Not all those with SSA reject traditional sexual morality!

Not all those with SSA support promiscuity!

Not all those with SSA believe the gay activist ideology of “gay pride”!

Not all those with SSA believe in making their sex drive their primary public identity!

Not all those with SSA support public indecency in “gay pride” parades!

Not all those with SSA support government promotion of homosexual activity!

Not all those with SSA support same sex marriage!

Not all those with SSA support biased teaching in public schools on homosexual matters!

Not all those with SSA demonize traditional religious believers!

Not all those with SSA wish to deny basic freedoms of speech, religion and association to those who disagree with the gay activists’ ideology and agenda!

Christian charity for persons does not require affirmation of sinful or immoral activity!

Thursday, June 30, 2005

Same Sex "Marriage" Watch: Spain

Spain Legalizes Same-Sex Marriages

Charles S.

Same Sex "Marriage" Watch: Canada

Canada Parliament Approves Same Sex Marriage

Charles S.

Public School Indoctrination Watch: Maryland

Montgomery [County] Reaches Sex-Ed Agreement

From article:

Montgomery County schools will exclude any reference to specific religious beliefs from its soon-to-be revised sex education curriculum -- but may still include discussion of sexual orientation -- under the terms of an agreement approved by the school board last night...

Charles S.

Same Sex "Marriage" Watch: California

State Supreme Court Upholds Domestic Partnerships

Charles S.

Friday, June 24, 2005

Co-op Bank Bars Christian Group

Whether this would be legal in the US would presumably depend on whether a private bank is a "public accommodation." However, whether it's legal or not, it is simply Orwellian to claim that discrimination against Christians is justified by "support for diversity."

Charles S.

Allstate Terminates Manager over Homosexuality Column

Allstate has apparently discriminated against an employee by firing him for writing an article critical of homosexuality based on his religious and moral beliefs. We'll keep an eye on how this court case progresses...

Charles S.

Thursday, June 16, 2005

Canada: Ruling Restricts Freedom of Speech

This is just horrible! Basically, teachers are not allowed to publicly express their views on homosexuality outside the classroom in British Columbia:

The B.C. Court of Appeals has upheld the B.C. Supreme Court's ruling that Chris Kempling committed "conduct unbecoming of a teacher" by publicly expressing his disapproval of homosexuality outside of a school context. The court handed down its decision June 13.

The BC College of Teachers suspended Kempling because it said the opinions expressed in his writings, mostly letters to the editor of a local newspaper, would have an impact in the school. The Quesnel public school counselor, a Christian, is currently driving a dump truck to pay the bills while he serves a separate suspension for a letter he wrote about the Christian Heritage Party objecting to Bill C-38, the federal government's same-sex marriage bill.

"My career as public school teacher is in considerable jeopardy now," Kempling told CC.com. "I'm discussing whether to appeal or not, though they can choose not to hear an appeal if they don't want, if the case has no merit. In September, I'll return to the school district, although I have applied for a different position."

The Evangelical Fellowship of Canada represented freedom of religion in the case, but Janet Epp Buckingham, director of law and public policy for the EFC, told CC.com the court didn't deal with that aspect of the case.

"I didn't get the sense that religion impacted it one way or the other," she said. "Unfortunately, the Court of Appeals said that some of Kempling's expression was legitimate public expression on a public policy issue but that he crossed the line into discriminatory rhetoric. But they didn't tell him what it was that crossed the line. At the Supreme Court level, the judge looked at some specific statements. But that doesn't mean the Court of Apeals necessarily agreed with the Supreme Court judge. It leaves people without any guidance so people don't know what they can say and what they can't."

Murray Mollard, executive director for the BC Civil Liberties Association, told CC.com the BCCLA protects freedom of speech "because words matter."

"The court wasn't saying that he couldn't articulate these views," he explained. "He just can't articulate them while holding a position of trust in a place that holds commitment to the community.

"The BCCT needs to have confidence that he can uphold his duties. That's the responsibility of everyone in a public job. We recognize that people have the right to say things freely, but what you say matters at times. And the comments he wrote have a direct impact on his ability to fulfill his job."

The open-endedness of the decision has left Buckingham wary of the subjective power now held by organizations and companies employing public servants.

"It does restrict freedom of expression and it'll put a real till on all professionals to speak out publicly on controversial issues for fear they won't be sanctioned by their profession," she said. "It gives these associations license to censor their members. I am hoping Kempling will seek an appeal."

Charles S.

The New Blacklist

Douglas Ireland writes about boycotts by traditional religious groups of businesses that promote homosexual activity and the gay activist ideology. On the substantive issue at hand, I feel anyone can boycott anyone they want, whether they are gay activists or pro-family people. But what is amazing about the article is the utter hatred and intolerance of Christians dripping from the writer's pen, particularly his repeated use of the term "Christers". I suppose Mr. Ireland wouldn't dream of hurling abusive and insulting epithets at Jews or Moslems as a group, but with liberals, it's currently open season on Christians. Howard Dean has even made it official Democratic policy to hate Christians. Hugh Hewitt takes apart the article here.

Charles S.

Wednesday, June 15, 2005

Gay Advocates Fight Churches' Charity Status

Efforts in Canada to discriminate against and deny the rights of churches that speak out against same sex "marriage" are discussed in this Ottawa Sun article.

Charles S.

Tuesday, June 14, 2005

Curiouser and Curiouser

James K. Fitzpatrick has it right:

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What am I missing? How does it work? Is it that it is admirable to refer to Christian values to garner support for the policies favored by liberal Democrats — big government wealth redistribution programs, affirmative action programs, and an end to the war in Iraq, for example — but “theocratic” and “extremist” when Christianity shapes your policy preferences on issues such as abortion, stem-cell research, and homosexual marriage? That doesn’t make sense.

Conservative Christians are citizens too. It would be a violation of the First Amendment’s guarantee of freedom of religion for Catholics to seek laws requiring everyone to say the rosary or go to Confession or for Southern Baptists to require that we all submit to baptism by full immersion. That would be the imposition of sectarian religious beliefs on non-believers. But that is not what is going on. Dowd and Dean and Kerry know that. Or they should.

It is not a violation of the First Amendment for Christians to work to protect human life or safeguard our societies’ understanding of marriage, any more than it is a violation of the First Amendment to give our support for laws against murder, theft and perjury because we take seriously the injunctions “Thou shalt not kill,” “Thou shalt not steal” and “Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor.” Christians are under no obligation to limit our participation in the debate over public policy to those issues where it will lend support to the causes favored by the secular Left.

Charles S.

Friday, June 10, 2005

Canadian Bishop Details Gov't Threat on Same-Sex Marriage

Catholic World News tells how the Canadian government is intimidating the Catholic Church to give up its freedom of speech on same-sex "marriage."

Charles S.

Thursday, June 09, 2005

Judge Orders St. Augustine to Fly Gay Pride Flags

Article here. I just think this decision is so wrong. Gay activists have every First Amendment right to make their views known publicly, subject to reasonable time, place and manner restrictions. But they have no right to have the government do their work for them and impose their ideology on society, using public property. People have a right to dissent from the gay activist ideology that the "gay pride" flag represents. I view this as oppression, as is the participation by public officials in an official capacity in "gay pride" events generally, or government declarations of "gay pride" days, weeks or months.

Charles S.

Gay Rights Battlefields Spread to Public Schools

The New York Times has finally gotten around to acknowledging this issue, although it doesn't really get at the core of the issue, which is whether the government should impose one viewpoint on the morality of homosexual activity when people have and have a right to hold differing opinions on the subject.

Charles S.

Religious Freedom Watch: Canada

Ottawa can't Ensure Religious Protection in all Same-sex Fights: Cotler

The Canadian Justice Minister admits that religious organizations may be forced to perform same sex "marriages."

Charles S.

Wednesday, June 08, 2005

In SF Dean calls GOP a White Christian Party

It's official -- the Democratic Party is now the party of anti-Christian hatred. Just keep it up demonizing entire classes of people, Howie. I'm sure it will win you a lot of friends and influence people...

Charles S.

Tuesday, June 07, 2005

European Gay Activists Becoming Increasingly Violent, Intolerant of Other Views

Charles S.

Judge Rules Sex-Education Curriculum Violates 1st Amendment Rights

Phyllis Schlafly writes about the Montgomery County ruling referred to previously in this blog.

Charles S.

Monday, June 06, 2005

Priest Hurt in Mock Gay Marriage

ACT-UP, the militant gay activist group that disupted services at St. Patrick's catherdral in New York many years ago, hasn't been heard from in a while (perhaps there is no need for their demonstrations what with the Rainbow Sash people's carrying on their disruptive campaign against religous freedom and traditional Catholic believers). But apparently ACT-UP is back in France, carrying on anti-Catholic disruptions at Notre Dame cathedral...

Charles S.

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