6:17 pm. Thursday, March 26, 2015. About thirty minutes ago, I posted the following comments on the ABC news website, in response to a massive onslaught of Christian bashing that is taking place, regarding a law that is present in Indiana that would allow a Christian business to not serve Gays or Lesbians.
The following is my post:
“It is interesting that those who claim that all Christians are bigoted, are really quite bigoted themselves. First, we must be honest, not all people are the same. It was not the entire Christian community that is discriminatory towards anyone. There are a few individual people who call themselves a Christian, who chose to discriminate for matters of their conscience. We cannot throw the entire gathering of those who follow Jesus into that category. In fact, most people who follow Jesus, do not discriminated against anyone.
If you will examine Jesus, you will notice that He was never prejudiced or bigoted towards any person. He ate with tax collectors, whores, and sinners. He defended adulterers and fornicators and those who were oppressed by government officials. He condemned the religious leaders of Israel for placing their traditions above the laws of God, which would grant mercy to anyone, regardless of what day it was.
However, when Jesus was in the company of sinners He also told them to turn from their sins or they would likewise perish. God has no toleration for sin. It ruins human life and it has made this planet into a place unfit for human beings. A homosexual is no greater sinner than the person who hates all religious people. Sin is an equal opportunity employer. All of us are lifetime members. This was the purpose for which Jesus came into the world, to die for sinners, so that we could be made perfect once again.
So when you condemn all Christians for the comments and positions of a few, you are placing yourself in the same category as the bigoted Christians who will not love or accept people because of their lifestyle. We can love people, even when we don’t like the things they do. This is how Jesus treated people. He came and lived amongst us, taught us, and was not afraid to enter the house of men and women whom the religious people of Israel would have nothing to do with. As He was in conversation with these people, He always encouraged them to turn from their sins and receive Him as their Savior.
Luke 13:3 I tell you, no; but unless you repent you will all likewise perish.
The following is the text of the article from ABC News:
NCAA Says It Will Monitor Impacts of Indiana Religious Law
“With the Final Four a week away from shining a spotlight on Indianapolis, NCAA President Mark Emmert said Thursday that the governing body for college sports is concerned about an Indiana law that could allow businesses to discriminate against gay people.
The law would prohibit state and local laws that “substantially burden” the ability of people — including businesses and associations — to follow their religious beliefs.
The NCAA offices are located in Indianapolis, and Emmert said the organization was concerned about how it might impact student athletes and employees. His terse statement also suggested the NCAA might consider moving future events out of Indianapolis.
“We will work diligently to assure student-athletes competing in, and visitors attending, next week’s Men’s Final Four in Indianapolis are not impacted negatively by this bill,” Emmert said, hours after Gov. Mark Pence signed the measure into law. “Moving forward, we intend to closely examine the implications of this bill and how it might affect future events as well as our workforce.”
The conflict arises as thousands of college basketball fans prepare to converge on the city for the conclusion of the NCAA Tournament, an economic behemoth in college sports. The 14-year television contract alone for the event is worth $10.8 billion.
The NCAA has been a mainstay in downtown Indianapolis since 1999, when it relocated from its Kansas location in part because of a rich public-private investment deal from the city to establish the headquarters.
But the new law could put the association in a difficult position. While it has a close relationship with Indiana’s capital city, college sports have been at the forefront of several breakthroughs for gay rights in the last two years, and the young adults and college students the NCAA represents have generally been supportive of those changes.
Last year, former University of Missouri football player Michael Sam came out as gay as he prepared for the NFL draft. Sam had told his teammates and coaches months early and said he found nothing but support among them and on campus. When Sam and his teammates were honored at halftime of a Missouri basketball game, hundreds of students lined up outside the arena to block a handful of anti-gay demonstrators.
This past season Derrick Gordon became the first openly gay men’s Division I basketball player at the University of Massachusetts. Gordon, who has said he plans to transfer, has had nothing but good things to say about how his teammates and coaches reacted to his coming out last year. And he said not once was he hassled at opposing arenas for his sexuality.
An online push for the NCAA to react to the bill began a couple of days ago with the hashtag #Final4Fairness.
Former professional basketball player Jason Collins, the first openly gay athlete to play in the NBA, tweeted: “@GovPenceIN, is it going to be legal for someone to discriminate against me & others when we come to the #FinalFour?”
The LGBT Sports Coalition also called for the NCAA, the Big Ten, the NFL and USA Diving and USA Gymnastics to pull events from Indianapolis over the next 16 months.
A spokesman for Pence reiterated that the governor does not believe the bill “in any way legalize discrimination in Indiana.”
“For more than twenty years, the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act has never undermined our nation’s anti-discrimination laws, and this law will not do so in Indiana either,” he said.
Indianapolis, a hub for major sporting events, is booked for several over the next decade.
The Big Ten has held its football championship game at Lucas Oil Field since 2011 and has contracted to remain there until 2021. The conference also is scheduled to hold its men’s basketball tournament at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis in 2020 and 2022. The Big Ten women’s basketball tournament is set to be held in Indianapolis from 2017-22.
This year’s U.S. national gymnastics championships and next year’s Olympic diving team trials will be held in Indianapolis.
The Final Four is scheduled to return to Indianapolis in 2021 and the women’s Final Four is set to be there next year. The city is also hoping to land the 2019 Super Bowl.
The NCAA has stepped into social debates before, and there is precedent for it taking events elsewhere.
The association in 2001 imposed a ban on holding championship events in South Carolina and Mississippi because Confederate battle flags fly at state capitols. The ban does not prevent schools from earning the right to host a regional event, as with postseason baseball and women’s basketball tournaments.
In 2005, the NCAA banned schools that had what it deemed to be hostile or abusive mascots from hosting championship events. That ban mostly targeted schools with Native American mascots.”
My comments were removed, while the following comment, and others like it, were allowed by ABC News:
“yes the current pope and all popes were/are bigots. A bigot sees and judges things from a narrow point of view. Christianity is a dualistic, bigoted religion that teaches ” Youre either with us and believe as we do or our bigoted god is going to send you to an eternity in hell”; which is complete nonsense. Its easy to see how people are brainwashed by dualistic, false religions and how rather than transform them into better human beings, It makes them worse.”