Recently, after successfully getting through airport security, I began to reassemble my luggage and myself. I overheard the man behind me apologize. “Oh, I’m sorry, I thought containers could be 4 ounces.”
“No, sir, it’s 3.5 ounces.” I watched a TSA agent confiscate the offending items in the quest for safer skies. I did not feel safer knowing there would be less liquid aboard. Instead, I felt like a criminal. In my luggage were several 4-ounce containers. And I didn’t care. If I had to be on the other side of the law to get my sunscreen and conditioner on the plane, then so be it. They had missed their chance to catch me and I was not about to turn myself in.
The world feels off-kilter these days. I know the government and airlines just want the skies to be safe from explosives, although I question the danger a few more ounces of mouthwash or peanut butter (they caught me with an unopened jar of peanut butter on my return flight) might cause. I am not in charge, however; I just need to go along.
I am also not in charge at Home and Garden Television (HGTV) where the show “Flip It Forward” was canceled before it even premiered, because twin brothers, Jason and David Benham , had publically expressed their view that marriage should be between a man and a woman. The Christian twins have successfully flipped houses over the past decade, and were halfway through filming the do-it-yourself series when the network caught wind of their views. “We love all people. I love homosexuals. I love Islam, Muslims, and my brother and I would never discriminate. Never have we — never would we,” David Benham said during a CNN interview. He added that he had never spoken against homosexuals and pointed out that there is an agenda to silence people of faith. Of that there is no doubt. Love is not enough these days. Embracing every lifestyle is expected lest one be labeled a bigot.
By that definition, I am a bigot. I follow over 2,000 years of Catholic teaching, which says that marriage is between a man and a women. Treating people with dignity does not entail that everyone gets their way all the time.
Java Script creator and former CEO of Mozilla, Brendan Eich, is a supposed bigot too. He was pushed out at Mozilla for having donated $1,000 of his own personal money 6 years ago to support Proposition 8 in California, which specified legal marriage as between one man and one woman. Never mind that a just 12 years earlier, President Bill Clinton had signed the “Defense of Marriage Act” stating marriage was between a man and a woman. Now, that same exact belief makes you a bigot.
Eich publically stated that he was committed to fostering equality and wanted LGBT individuals to feel welcome at Mozilla. It wasn’t enough for the thought police.
Mozilla executive chairwoman Mitchell Baker said, “It’s clear that Brendan cannot lead Mozilla in this setting.” She had worked with him for many years and said she had never seen him do anything contrary to Mozilla’s policy of inclusiveness. “But I overestimated that experience,” she said. Thus, a person’s actions are not enough. Not even thoughts contrary to the radical left are allowed.
Heavy artillery is pummeling the Christian viewpoint. If time travel were possible for our Founding Fathers to have visited 2014, they would all be labeled bigots. These same people would call Jesus a bigot too.
I wonder how so many people could have lost their minds? Even saving a baby these days is considered subversive activity if the baby is pre-born or just born after an intended abortion. One side is sucking babies out of women and accusing the other side of engaging in a war on women. One side is escorting women into abortion centers, shielding them from the other side’s prayers and offers for help at the crises pregnancy centers. I’ve been sworn at, had index fingers waved at me and been told: “Get your rosary off my ovaries.” I don’t care. I will still pray and protest abortion. If some women feel a burden on their ovaries from pro-life rosaries, I will not lighten the load.
Why was the radical fringe able to bully and brainwash their way into power? Who are they to announce a game change for what had gone before? Catholics cannot always just go along to keep the peace. Catholic teaching does not change over time, not even when politically powerful people bring about change through harassment.
If following Christian teaching means being called a bigot, getting screamed at, losing a job, or even becoming a criminal, then so be it. There are times speaking out against insanity is not worth it, such as getting through airline security. But there are other times when in order to truly follow Jesus, we can do no less.
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