It’s the first day of June and to a fraction of the population that means the start of the annual celebration of their intersectional identity. It’s pride month. Gay and lesbian pride is so widely accepted in the United States that an entire month is dedicated to celebrating such sexual orientations. Supporting and promoting every alternative to heterosexuality is mainstream. Target puts on full displays of rainbow clad apparel, major companies put out ads and create limited edition products promoting the LGBTQ community, cities across the nation hold massive parades and festivals with celebrity appearances, and in 2015 the White House was illuminated by rainbow lighting to show favor towards the Supreme Court ruling of same-sex couple’s ability to marry nationwide. Being gay in America is anything but controversial in 2019.
The purpose of pointing this out is not to lay the groundwork for a tirade of anti-LGBT sentiment. Not at all. My point is that society and government endorse a sexual orientation as if the public perception of its morality should be uniform. You don’t have a choice to be neutral. If you don’t participate actively in the celebration of the LGBT lifestyle you are seen as in opposition to it. And that means you are spewing hate. There is no gray area. It’s not acceptable to say that I don’t morally agree with a homosexual lifestyle, but I don’t deny anyone the right to live their life how they choose. Not celebrating is just as bad as vigorously condemning.
If you want to create a divisive culture filled with intolerance, circulate the mindset that if someone doesn’t overtly support an ideology or lifestyle then of course they want to abolish it. The thought that Christians who abide by biblical text and disagree with society’s secular moral code are bigoted and hateful is misguided and narrow minded. Those who employ this thought process knows very little about Christianity. What one person’s moral code has to do with someone else’s is absolutely beyond me. The concept “live and let live” does not apply to those of us outside of the progressive purview. The reality is that Christian teaching of what constitutes sin does not dictate how that Christian treats her fellow man.
Of course, progressives employ double standards in applying their secular thought. Believing in accordance with the Bible and taking its text at face value is unpopular in mainstream society. But believing in accordance to the Qur’an is not. Sharia law, totally fine. The Ten Commandments and biblical morality, not a chance. Progressivism only reaches as far as intersectionality allows. Enforcing the progressive agenda is selective, which conflicts with the idea that you need to bureaucratically suppress viewpoints to coexist. The last time I checked, LGBTQ people are humans. Thus, they enjoy human rights like everyone else. However, they do not have special rights. A gay person should have right to force a Christian baker to create a gay wedding cake as I do to force a Muslim caterer to provide non-halal food to a confirmation party, i.e. none. It is also important to note that a Muslim baker would refuse to bake a gay wedding cake just as the Christian baker would. No one has a right to a service or to infringe on religious freedom, this applies to everyone regardless of your intersectionality ranking.
The key to a peaceful and cohesive community is recognizing that your neighbor may not agree with everything you do and that you may not agree with everything they do, but that sovereignty to act in accordance to your individual liberty is what sustains a functioning free society. Christians believe that adultery is a sin. They don’t believe that everyone who cheats on their spouse or gets a divorce should be stripped of their human rights. Christians believe homosexual acts are a sin. They don’t believe everyone who engages in such acts should be punished or denied liberty. Acting within a sphere of certain moral obligations does not mean those obligations should be shoved down the throats of others.
Religious tolerance and liberty means you have the freedom to choose a dogma to follow, and that the dogma you choose should not come into conflict with your inherent rights. I know for certain that there are people who disagree with how I live my life. I have friends who don’t adhere to a lifestyle accepted by the Bible but I don’t love them any less and they don’t love me any less in my attempt to adhere in a way that is. The amazing thing about this country is that we can fundamentally disagree with each other’s life choices while defending each other’s liberty to make those choices. So, go out and celebrate gay pride this month if you wish to do so. I completely support your right to associate and promote. I hope you extend the same tolerance to those who don’t.
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