[WARNING: Rob’s on a rampage again.]
Seriously, can someone let me know, cuz I don’t get this.
No, that’s not true, I do get it…
Christ warned us that living in the world while trying to not be of the world would be difficult:
If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. 19 If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you. 20 Remember the words I spoke to you: ‘No servant is greater than his master. If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also. If they obeyed my teaching, they will obey yours also. 21 They will treat you this way because of my name, for they do not know the One who sent me. 22 If I had not come and spoken to them, they would not be guilty of sin. Now, however, they have no excuse for their sin.
~ John 15:18-22 NIV
Ok, so it’s -1 here in the prairie ghetto—again!—and I’m predisposed to be touchy, but when the NFL, of all organizations, get’s on its high horse to extort other Americans on religious grounds…well that really chaps my ass!
Don Fanuccui strikes again!
The Arizona bill seeks to protect people from violating their conscience on religious grounds. When the HHS mandate tried to force Roman Catholic organizations to provide contraception as part of their standard healthcare packages as stipulated in the ACA, even though it expressly violates RC teaching, the Church took them to court.
In a similar reaction, some of the people of Arizona felt the need to enshrine what is already a constitutional right in state law. If this bill is signed into law by Gov. Brewer, I’m sure it will face many court challenges. There’s nothing surprising about that.
The LGBT community as a social and political force has become enormously strong as one by one, states and municipalities, of which Chicago is one, legalized gay marriage. I’ve written before about how our PC society tolerates every viewpoint as long as it agrees with its own. That’s not new. It’s been going on since the Garden.
So why should the NFL in particular cause such outrage in your normally mild-mannered blog host? Because the hypocrisy is just too much to bear!
The NFL which employs, murderers, rapists, drug dealers, wife-beaters, and thugs presumes to lecture ordinary citizens about morality and freedom of conscience?
The huge popularity of the sport, combined with the beeelions of dollars it rakes in each year can definitely be a force for good in the culture, but it consistently chooses not to. Instead it blows with the wind. In this case strident, rainbow colored, atheistic wind.
And don’t even try to lecture me about how this is no different than discrimination against women or racial minorities, because it very clearly is. Being a man or woman is a biological fact, not a choice. Being Caucasian, Asian, Hispanic, or African-American is also biological fact and not a choice. We are what we are, creatures of God, and due respect.
LGBT people, by virtue of being men and women, creatures of God, are also due respect. However, that does not extend to serving them in my store if it violates my religious beliefs. Most especially just because Don Fannucci says so!
For the record, I’m against “there oughta be a law” laws. I’d prefer that we all act like rational adults and extend one another some common courtesy regardless of our religious or political views. But I can also see why some are afraid that those basic courtesies will not be reciprocated and feel the need to protect themselves.
I love football, but if the NFL continues its extortionist tendencies, then I’m done with it. I’ll just have to learn to like kick-ball.