Monday, March 30, 2015

Indiana, "The Bigot State"

The New Sexual Orientation

Discrimination and Hate Law,

Disguised As Religious Freedom

Restaurants and other businesses have something as a virtue that they call "customer service. It is defined literally as the hospitality that their business is known for extending to any customer who walks in the door. Hospitality can be defined as “the quality or disposition of receiving and treating guests and strangers in a warm, friendly, generous way.” In the New Testament, the Greek word translated “hospitality” literally means “love of strangers.” Hospitality is a virtue that is both commanded and commended throughout Scripture.

The kind of people who are CINOS (Christian In Name Only) or Cafeteria Christians (take what you want and leave the rest) and rail against gay people, always cherry pick scripture from the Old Testament which, first of all, is not their portion of the bible. Usually they quote scripture from Leviticus and choose only to quote the part that suits their argument. They leave out the rest of the book. The next part, especially.

In the Old Testament, it was specifically commanded by God: “33 “‘When a foreigner resides among you in your land, do not mistreat them. 34 The foreigner residing among you must be treated as your native-born. Love them as yourself, for you were foreigners in Egypt. I am the Lord your God.” (Leviticus 19:33-34, emphasis added).

In closing, I would like to leave you with this thought, especially for those of you who think discrimination of any kind doesn't effect you, even though you aren't part of the demographic (group/type of people mentioned) that is being discriminated against right at this moment, a really pertinent quote: 

"First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—

Because I was not a Socialist.

Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me." 

Martin Niemöller (1892–1984) was a prominent Protestant pastor who emerged as an outspoken public foe of Adolf Hitler and spent the last seven years of Nazi rule in concentration camps, despite his ardent nationalism.

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