February 14, 2013
The State of Oregon is muscling up to destroy a baker who committed a grave crime: he refused to create a wedding cake for a pair of lesbians.
Oregon has an “Equality Act of 2007” which they dignify with the name of “law.” Apparently this “law” makes it an offence to disobey a lesbian. Do not assume from this that there is no more murder, rape, theft, or fraud in Oregon, leaving the state’s Department of Justice—you’ve gotta love that name—with ample time and resources to deal with balky bakers. There’s still plenty of old-fashioned crime in Oregon; but they can’t ignore the brand-new crime of defying a lesbian. The state must act.
Liberals, progressives, commies—whatever you want to call them—get a real charge out of forcing people to do things abhorrent to their conscience. That’s why we have a Health and Human Services “mandate” forcing religious objectors to pay for abortions. But there’s more behind it than just cheap thrills.
Why force a Christian to take part in someone else’s sin?
Because if they can get people into the habit of going against their Christian conscience, they hope to erase that Christian conscience altogether. It takes courage, and demands sacrifice, to disobey a law that forces you to sin—much easier, just to knuckle under. You’ve even got a ready-made excuse: you’re obeying the law. They can take away your livelihood, even send you to prison. Much easier just to make a lesbian wedding cake.
It’s always so much easier to let them take away your freedom, little piece by little piece. After all, the law’s the law and you have to obey it. If it says you have to fund abortions, or take part in a lesbian mockery of marriage, that’s what you’ve got to do.
And so we come to a place where, under cover of obeying the “law,” we disavow responsibility for our actions: adults no longer, but overgrown children who have no liberty but what the state is pleased to grant them.
Someday we’ll hear ourselves begging, “Oh, please, Mr. Government Boss-man! Please let us have a little freedom! Just a little!”
And the Government Boss-man will answer, “You have all the freedom that’s good for you to have. Any more, and you’ll start smoking, drinking soda, dangerously warming Mother Earth with your light bulbs and your air-conditioners… and maybe even reverting to your God.
“But even if He did exist, which He doesn’t, do you think your God would ever take you back? Not after what you’ve done! I, the Government Boss-man, am your god. You haven’t obeyed that old God of yours in ages—it’s too late to start now.”
It’s funny, isn’t it? The Constitution of the United States is—by law!—the supreme law of the land. But the same statist politicians and judges who insist that you obey their laws, or else, would break out in sores if they ever obeyed the Constitution, even accidentally. They can always find a Georgetown or a Harvard law professor, or some other intellectual life-form, to sneer at the Constitution and proffer reasons why it ought to be ignored, circumvented, or openly defied.
The persons who enact these ungodly laws are themselves lawless.
The First Amendment to the Constitution? The one that guarantees freedom of religion and freedom of speech? You have only as much freedom as any pair of lesbians says you have, and not a smidgen more.
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We Americans have been warping and debasing our First Amendment for years. You can’t pray at a high school football game; but if you call it “comprehensive sex education” or “library rights,” can you display pornography to very young children. You can’t mention the name of Jesus Christ in public—unless you use it as a curse word, or invoke His name in support of boisterously anti-Christian causes like abortion and sodomy. We are free to curse, but not to bless.
In the end, each of us, alone, must decide whether to stand up for his God-given liberties, which means to stand up for God, as His servant, or to prostrate himself to the Government Boss-man and take what little crumbs of freedom you can get. No matter how bad it gets, you can always say you were just following orders.
“Who is on the Lord’s side?” Moses challenged the people, after they set up the Golden Calf. “Let him come to me.”
That same challenge is now to us.
Choose your side wisely.
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Lee Duigon, a contributing editor with the Chalcedon Foundation, is a former newspaper reporter and editor, small businessman, teacher, and horror novelist. He has been married to his wife, Patricia, for 34 years. See his new fantasy/adventure novels, Bell Mountain and The Cellar Beneath the Cellar, available on www.amazon.com