Are churches the “whites only” businesses of modern day?
Some of you may be old enough to remember and everyone else should have read about it, the businesses that used to have signs up that said, “Whites only”. It would appear the same stuff is happening only in this day in age it’s not whites, it’s gays.
For those of you not in the know, the Later Day Saints church (aka the Mormon Church) detained a gay couple and had them cited for trespassing after they refused to comply with the LDS’s rules.
So it’s like this… That church is private property. They have the right to tell people to leave. I don’t believe however that they have the right to “detain” anyone, nor have them cited for trespassing if their grounds are open to the general public. I believe they have the right to ask them to leave. In response the activists on the other side of the fence protested (on LDS property) with a “kiss-in” essentially rubbing it in the faces of the LDS Church. Does part of me snicker when I see this? Yes. Do I think gay people kissing in public is wrong? No. Do I think they have a right to protest how they did? Yes. Do I think they had the right to protest where they did? No. I say “no” because that’s private property. Bigoted as the LDS’s policies may be, it’s their right to have them on their property.
I’d also like to point out that I think this hurts the gay community’s cause in some ways. You’re not going to change anyone’s mind with stuff like this. This is basically a parent disapproving of a child’s act and the child rebels by rubbing that act in the parents’ face in a confrontational manner. I don’t think it gained them any ground by doing this.
Here’s the bigger question though…
Why do those of you who are religious fail to see that your beliefs are bigoted? Are you REALLY comfortable knowing that your “faith” excludes and segregates people in the same manner that businesses did with blacks a few decades ago? You might as well be protesting interracial marriage. Contrary to what you preach, your “faith” has caused you to NOT love your fellow man. To NOT turn the other cheek. Instead you sit in judgment over others.
The truly ironic thing is that most religions preach love above all else. Love thy fellow man.
… so long as he believes what you believe and lives the way you want him to live. It would appear as though God’s love is NOT unconditional. It’s truly sad.