Apparently a number of protests sprang up yesterday due to California’s vote against homosexual “marriage” last Tuesday. Here’s one article on the happenings: Protests sweep across California on post-Prop 8 Sunday.
Much could be said, though I will try to limit my comments to a few. Here’s one quote from the article:
Ed Todeschini, a Human Rights Campaign volunteer, accused Saddleback in particular of helping propagate what he called misinformation about the Supreme Court ruling, including that gay marriage would have to be taught to kindergartners.
I can’t speak knowledgeably about what the Saddleback church did or did not say, as I have no idea. And while the focus on what is taught to kindergartners adds some sensationalistic aid to those who would speak against the concept of homosexual “marriage”, Mr. Todeschini’s accusation, as depicted here, is ultimately disingenuous. What homosexual activists are seeking is a normalizing of homosexual relationships and homosexuality to the fullest extent possible, including the redefinition of marriage. And if we are to teach about the fundamentals of society and relationships in kindergarten, how could such “marriages” be excluded if they are to be considered normal and acceptable? Were homosexual “marriage” to be allowed alongside true marriage — equally welcomed and supported by society and considered a “rights” issue — then what would be the natural consequence if the only marriages depicted and discussed in kindergarten were true, heterosexual marriages? Wouldn’t it be a cry of “discrimination” and “injustice”?
So — again, assuming that Mr. Todeschinin’s accusation here is well summarized — it is disingenuous. But, of course, the practice of politics is — seemingly inherently — disingenuous.
Here’s another quote that caught my eye:
“Our intent is not to disturb churchgoers,” organizer Tim DeBenedictis said in a statement. “Our goal is to mend fences and build bridges so that all Californians can achieve marriage equality under the law.”
Other than the outright “huh?” factor of such a statement (on a variety of levels), it struck me: Isn’t it the opposite? Didn’t the voters of California mend the fence that the Supreme Court had broken? Aren’t they seeking to tear it anew?
Most embarrassing, I think, is the stand described in the article taken by Mr. Edwin Bacon, pastor of the 4,000-member All Saints Episcopal Church in Pasadena:
“It’s very unfortunate and embarrassing that the (Christian religion) is in large part responsible for this act of bigotry,” the Rev. Ed Bacon said after his sermon.
Actually, it is unfortunate and embarrassing that someone masquerading as a representative of Christ would call taking a stand for one of the most obvious truths of the Bible an act of bigotry.
Ezekiel (actually, the pre-incarnate Jesus Christ through Ezekiel) prophesied of this time and of the religious leaders of our day, saying:
Her priests have violated My law and profaned My holy things; they have not distinguished between the holy and unholy, nor have they made known the difference between the unclean and the clean; and they have hidden their eyes from My Sabbaths, so that I am profaned among them.
Count Mr. Bacon among that number. While the fault of this land’s “priests” are numerous, and their ignorance of God’s law, His holy things, His Sabbaths, and the right distinctions between the holy and the unholy and between the clean and the unclean is great and seemingly growing greater, this comment from Mr. Bacon is a particularly shameful example, this prophecy fits his stand perfectly.
Frankly, I think the true “shocker” in all of this is not that Proposition 8 passed, but that the vote was only 52% in its favor. Has this nation fallen so far that even the most fundamental unit of society — the family — is no longer understood by almost half of the most populous state in the nation?
Sad. Very sad.