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News for Thursday, September 5, 2013

Reflections
Take Notice of What’s Happening
By Lonnie Wilkey
9/5/2013
editor, Baptist & Reflector

On Aug. 22 the New Mexico Supreme Court unanimously ruled against two Christian photographers who declined to photograph a same-sex marriage in their state.

In 2006 Elaine and Jonathan Huguenin were asked to photograph a same-sex “commitment ceremony” in Taos, N.M., according to Baptist Press.

The couple declined, stating their Christian beliefs were in conflict with the message communicated by the ceremony.

Though the individual found another photographer (who actually charged less) the person sued the Huguenins for discrimination based on sexual orientation. The couple was found guilty and ordered to pay thousands of dollars in fines, Baptist Press reported.

Justice Richard  Bosson, in writing about the decision, noted that the Christian photographers are “compelled by law to compromise the very religious beliefs that inspire their lives.”

He also wrote that the couple has “to channel their conduct, not their beliefs, so as to leave space for other Americans who believe in something different. That compromise is part of the glue that holds us together as a nation, the tolerance that lubricates the varied moving parts of us as a people.”

The lesbian couple did not “leave space for other Americans who believe in something different.” They were intolerant of a couple who had strong religious convictions. But that apparently is okay in today’s society.

The Christians, however, were labeled intolerant and cited for discrimination.

Attorney Jordan Lorence, who represented the Christian photographers, said the ruling in effect means gay rights now trump religious rights, BP reported.

It’s ironic that Justice Bosson used the word “compromise” in writing about the ruling.

Those who push the homosexual agenda are not interested in “compromise.” They want everyone to acknowledge that the homosexual lifestyle is acceptable.

Well, it’s not, according to God’s Word.

Take notice of what’s happening in today’s world. There will come a time in the not too distant future when I will be prohibited from writing an editorial like this and your pastor will not be able to “preach” that homosexuality is a “sin” from your church’s pulpit. Pray for God’s intervention. That’s our only hope.

 

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