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07/26/2007

Those who played in corrupt White Houses shouldn't throw 'tragic's

by Jeremy Hooper

Chuck ColsonIn a piece in which he does like so many of his conservative cronies have and wholly misrepresents a situation that has been playing out in Oakland, CA, convicted Nixon administration felon Chuck Colson says lots of annoying and just plain WRONG things. However, this closing thought is just plain disgusting:

You and I must pray for those who are caught up in homosexuality; their lives are tragic. But we must also remember that, as the Apostle Paul puts it, we must witness to the truth, no matter what human lawmakers say or do, because we owe our ultimate allegiance to the eternal lawgiver: God.

We respond:

You know what's truly tragic, Chucky? That there are those who feel bold enough to describe and entire community of millions as having "tragic" lives. And those who suggest that human lawmakers mean little to nothing in terms of human law, as pleasing God is the sole responsibility of man. Because Chuck -- we all live together on Earth. Our laws are made and debated her on Earth. Regardless of the existence of an "eternal lawmaker" who may be guiding us mere mortals, we have to operate within the confines of the system of governance that we have set up in the Earthly world. You Evangelicals are painting this California situation as something it's not, because doing so is more convenient to your personal faith views. You want the law to always bend towards the "person of faith" and against the gay community because you see that as something God would want. But Mr. Colson, just like you apparently did not hold ownership to scruples during the Watergate era, you do not hold ownership to a heavenly father in this modern era! Those of us who have strong feelings about bearing false witness, lying, persecution, stone-casting, and judgment are also part of the spectrum of humanity. Whether or not you view us gays as God-less and tragic, you are commanded by the Apostle of American Ideals to respect our lawful treatment!!!

The Gay Agenda Triumphant [Christian Post]

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You know the behavior of some of the "traditional values" crowd really puts an ironic twist to St. Thomas More's words from one of my favorite movies, A Man For All Seasons:

William Roper: So, now you give the Devil the benefit of law!
Sir Thomas More: Yes! What would you do? Cut a great road through the law to get after the Devil?
William Roper: Yes, I'd cut down every law in England to do that!
Sir Thomas More: Oh? And when the last law was down, and the Devil turned 'round on you, where would you hide, Roper, the laws all being flat? This country is planted thick with laws, from coast to coast, Man's laws, not God's! And if you cut them down, and you're just the man to do it, do you really think you could stand upright in the winds that would blow then? Yes, I'd give the Devil benefit of law, for my own safety's sake!

In their passion for using the law to enforce their religious beliefs they are casting themselves in the role of William Roper.

Posted by: John | Jul 26, 2007 12:37:58 PM

The irony here is that anyone who really reads the Christian Bible can see that God Himself (capitals and gender of pronoun are included out of respect to the Believers)changed His message! Each book of the Bible, beginning with Genesis and going on from there, speaks to a different set of people, in a different time, in a different place, and living under a different set of morals.

And Jesus said that the two commandments of loving God with your entire being and then loving everyone else as much as you love yourself are the cornerstones of all the law. Even the writings of Paul did not deny that, they merely interpreted it FOR THAT TIME AND PLACE.

If Mr. Colson weren't cherry-picking the scriptural references that support his own homophobic, paranoid position, if he were seeing God's real message, maybe a few scales would fall from his eyes.

Posted by: Robin Reardon | Jul 27, 2007 12:43:34 AM

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