Homophobe - Homophobia (noun): irrational fear of, aversion to, or discrimination against homosexuality or homosexuals
The state of Illinois, joining 9 other states and the District of Columbia, is one step closer to sanctioning homosexual marriage. I am opposed to homosexual marriage. The Boy Scouts of America is considering a change in policy that would allow homosexuals to become members and scout leaders. I oppose these changes.
The Obama administration has proposed immigration reform legislation that would include measures that support same-sex marriages. While I support efforts to fix America's illegal immigration problems, I oppose this proposal. The Administration is also about to announce military benefits to same-sex couples---possibly in violation of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). I cannot support this policy.
I also refuse to use politically-correct, definition-redefining words such as gay or lesbian when discussing homosexual issues.
Needless to say, liberals accuse me of being a hateful homophobe on a fairly regular basis, even though the word "hate" doesn't appear in the definition. I will have to admit, however, that I have a "fear" of homosexuality, but not homosexuals. My fear is that the spread of homosexuality, along with other forms of Hedonism, will result in the end of American greatness.
The pro-homosexual crowd calls this irrational, but it is actually very rational to oppose something you fear.
When a burglar invades my home, it's rational to fear the outcome of his intentions. And it's also rational to take appropriate measures to prevent those outcomes. It is, therefore, just as rational to fear the ultimate result of moral decline in America. And it's rational to take appropriate measures to prevent that result.
The behavior of Westboro Baptist Church? Irrational. Standing for traditional marriage and the Boy Scouts of America by supporting laws and policies that will protect them? Rational. Muslims imposing the death penalty for homosexuality? Irrational. Christians standing firm in their faith while insisting on a return to the biblical values held for generations all the way back to our Founding Fathers? Rational.
By the way, those of you who just read those words and thought, "America is not a Christian Nation; it was founded by deist," are ignorant of history. While America isn't a theocracy, it was indeed founded on Christian values. Or is it just a coincidence that 24 of the 56 men who signed the Declaration of Independence held seminary or Bible school degrees?
3rd U.S. President, Drafter and Signer of the Declaration of Independence
"God who gave us life gave us liberty. And can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are of the Gift of God? That they are not to be violated but with His wrath? Indeed, I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just; that His justice cannot sleep forever; That a revolution of the wheel of fortune, a change of situation, is among possible events; that it may become probable by Supernatural influence! The Almighty has no attribute which can take side with us in that event."
--Notes on the State of Virginia, Query XVIII, p. 237.
"I am a real Christian – that is to say, a disciple of the doctrines of Jesus Christ."
--The Writings of Thomas Jefferson, p. 385.
Signer of the Declaration of Independence and Unites States Constitution
"Here is my Creed. I believe in one God, the Creator of the Universe. That He governs it by His Providence. That He ought to be worshipped.
--Benjamin Franklin wrote this in a letter to Ezra Stiles, President of Yale University March 9, 1790.
Signer of the Declaration of Independence and Father of the American Revolution
"And as it is our duty to extend our wishes to the happiness of the great family of man, I conceive that we cannot better express ourselves than by humbly supplicating the Supreme Ruler of the world that the rod of tyrants may be broken to pieces, and the oppressed made free again; that wars may cease in all the earth, and that the confusions that are and have been among nations may be overruled by promoting and speedily bringing on that holy and happy period when the kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ may be everywhere established, and all people everywhere willingly bow to the sceptre of Him who is Prince of Peace."
--As Governor of Massachusetts, Proclamation of a Day of Fast, March 20, 1797.
Ratifier of the U.S. Constitution
"It cannot be emphasized too strongly or too often that this great nation was founded, not by religionists, but by Christians; not on religions, but on the gospel of Jesus Christ. For this very reason peoples of other faiths have been afforded asylum, prosperity, and freedom of worship here."
--The Trumpet Voice of Freedom: Patrick Henry of Virginia, p. iii.
1st Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court and President of the American Bible Society
"By conveying the Bible to people thus circumstanced, we certainly do them a most interesting kindness. We thereby enable them to learn that man was originally created and placed in a state of happiness, but, becoming disobedient, was subjected to the degradation and evils which he and his posterity have since experienced.
"The Bible will also inform them that our gracious Creator has provided for us a Redeemer, in whom all the nations of the earth shall be blessed; that this Redeemer has made atonement "for the sins of the whole world," and thereby reconciling the Divine justice with the Divine mercy has opened a way for our redemption and salvation; and that these inestimable benefits are of the free gift and grace of God, not of our deserving, nor in our power to deserve."
--In God We Trust—The Religious Beliefs and Ideas of the American Founding Fathers, p. 379.
In retrospect, I have to admit to holding some hatred when I think about moral decay in America.
I hate how today's churches have become so emasculated they spend more time tickling ears than they do preaching the crucified Christ. More time abusing God's grace than they do preaching on the wages of sin. More time motivating congregations to have a healthy self-esteem instead of preaching about the need to crucify the flesh.
And I hate how those failures have resulted in the current state of affairs in America. From moral decay to the death of conscience; from a degenerate church to the world's loss of interest in religion; from an unethical press to political corruption; the fault lies in the pulpit of today's churches. Surprisingly, this is not a new condition in America:
If immorality prevails in the land, the fault is ours in a great degree. If there is a decay of conscience, the pulpit is responsible for it. If the public press lacks moral discrimination, the pulpit is responsible for it. If the church is degenerate and worldly, the pulpit is responsible for it. If the world loses its interest in religion, the pulpit is responsible for it. If Satan rules in our halls of legislation, the pulpit is responsible for it. If our politics become so corrupt that the very foundations of our government are ready to fall away, the pulpit is responsible for it. Let us not ignore this fact, my dear brethren; but let us lay it to heart, and be thoroughly awake to our responsibility in respect to the morals of this nation.
- Charles G. Finney 1792 - 1875
You know, it looks like I might also be a churchaphobe.
This post was originally at The Strident Conservative