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Words ‘Natural Family’ Deemed Hate Speech

Posted by thelamp on February 26, 2007

Do Christians have a right to free speech, or are they obligated to use kindly worded euphemisms when referring to such abominations as marriage between two people of the same gender? A federal appeals court has been asked to answer this question; so has Congress.

Click here to send an e-mail to Congress, asking your representatives and senators not to pass H.R. 254, the “hate crimes” bill.

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals is considering the California case of a Christian woman who was threatened with termination at her job with the City of Oakland. In the office, she used such words as “natural” to describe biblical marriage and traditional family values. Although she has a constitutional right to express her beliefs, enlightened city officials contend that such words constitute hate speech.

This is preposterous. Christians should not acquiesce, yielding their consciences and their constitutionally protected rights. Consider that in Oakland, gay and lesbian municipal employees were allowed to use the city’s e-mail, bulletin board and other communication systems to promote their views, yet in the case before the federal court, the Good News Employee Association was prohibited from posting a flier promoting traditional family values on an office bulletin board.

It defies logic how those opting to live alternative lifestyles have become “victims” when it’s the activities of Christians that are being restricted.

In the case at hand, Regina Rederford and Robin Christy posted the flier in response to an e-mail to city employees announcing formation of a gay and lesbian employee association. The two responded with a promotion of their own — the start of an informal group that respects “the natural family, marriage and family values.”

Robert Bobb, then city manager, and Joyce Hicks, then deputy director of the Community and Economic Development Agency, ordered removal of the flier, stating it contained “statements of a homophobic nature” and promoted “sexual- orientation-based harassment,” even though the poster made absolutely no mention of homosexuality.

The city’s attorney “will fight vigorously to defend the policies and practices which protect employees from any form of discrimination.” It’s truly disheartening that the city isn’t equally compelled to vigorously defend Christians’ rights.

This case has the potential of making a horrible judicial edict that the only thoughts and words allowed in a public workplace are those that support the homosexual agenda. The city of Oakland has interpreted statutes governing discrimination and “hate crimes” to mean that Christianity has no place in American society, and that those who practice it openly should be subject to punishment.

If you think this case doesn’t affect you because you don’t live in California, think again. Right now, a similar proposal before Congress would expand the federal government’s ability to prosecute so-called “hate crimes.” This dangerous legislation is called the David Ray Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 2007, also known as David’s Law.

The proposed federal hate-crimes law includes an ominous provision that would establish a protected class of victims for people who engage in homosexual behavior or their political agenda. Christians today must not give in to liberal activists’ attempts to expand the federal definition of “hate crimes” in this fashion.

Doing so would jeopardize the religious liberties of every man and woman of faith in this nation.

Click here to send an e-mail to Congress, asking your representatives and senators not to pass H.R. 254, the “hate crimes” bill.


One Response to “Words ‘Natural Family’ Deemed Hate Speech”

  1. Jamie said

    How about using the term “Biblical” Family instead? When you use words like “abomination” to describe same-sex marriage, and “opting to live an alternative lifestyle” you just show how uninformed you are.

    Homosexuality is not a choice. The only “abomination” is your unending Judgement–which is G-d’s purview, not yours–, your un-Christlike attitude, and nonloving speech. May He forgive you. And before you go quoting Leviticus to me, go get yourself a couple more spouses and a slave or two. Then we’ll talk.

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