Last Friday, while everyone was distracted by the upcoming Memorial Day holiday weekend, the Obama administration released the following proclamation that declared June to be Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month. It needs to be read in its entirety to appreciate the sweeping scope of this proclamation:
Much work remains to fulfill our Nation’s promise of equal justice under law for LGBT Americans. That is why we must give committed gay couples the same rights and responsibilities afforded to any married couple, and repeal the Defense of Marriage Act. We must protect the rights of LGBT families by securing their adoption rights, ending employment discrimination against LGBT Americans, and ensuring Federal employees receive equal benefits. We must create safer schools so all our children may learn in a supportive environment. I am also committed to ending “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” so patriotic LGBT Americans can serve openly in our military, and I am working with the Congress and our military leadership to accomplish that goal.
As we honor the LGBT Americans who have given so much to our Nation, let us remember that if one of us is unable to realize full equality, we all fall short of our founding principles. Our Nation draws its strength from our diversity, with each of us contributing to the greater whole. By affirming these rights and values, each American benefits from the further advancement of liberty and justice for all.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim June 2010 as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month. I call upon all Americans to observe this month by fighting prejudice and discrimination in their own lives and everywhere it exists.
I know there are some who will read this and have no problem with it. They will be taken in by the words “prejudice” and “discrimination.” Yes, they will say, we must end this injustice.
There is no direct comparison between the racial discrimination suffered by African Americans historically and those who claim the mantle of discrimination based on “sexual orientation.” That very phrase is misleading. It is based on the idea that one does not choose homosexuality; rather, it is inherent within the person.
First, there is no scientific evidence for that assertion. It has become the conventional wisdom in some circles simply by repeating it endlessly. It’s the modern manifestation of the classic tactic that if you repeat a lie consistently and continually, many people will eventually accept it as fact.
Second, and most importantly, as I’ve stated before in this blog, there is no Biblical foundation for acceptance of homosexuality as an acceptable alternative lifestyle. Every Biblical reference to it declares it to be a sin against God’s created order.
Yet now the federal government has made it official: we need to move forward [?] to make homosexuality an honored practice in this nation.
I speak for many when I say I will not go along with this push; I will continue to treat it as God does. What does that mean? First, it is a sin. Second, all sin can be repented of and forgiven. Those trapped in the homosexual lifestyle can be redeemed: God reaches out to them to convict them of their sin and offer His salvation. Everyone who responds to His offer can be set free.
That is not hate. That is love.