Haters Their Own Worst Enemy

Birgit - good shepherd

Birgit - good shepherd

Have you heard of the Sodomite Suppression Act? If not, sit down and brace yourself. Last month, attorney Matthew McLaughlin legally filed with the California Attorney General the proposed measure “The Sodomite Suppression Act.” It calls for “any person who willingly touches another person of the same gender for purposes of sexual gratification be put to death by bullets to the head or by any other convenient method.” The reason, as the measure states, is that it’s better to have offenders die, than for the rest of us be killed by God’s just wrath for tolerating wickedness.

McLaughlin paid the $200 fee so he can begin collecting 365,000 signatures to get it on an upcoming ballot. It is religious people who will pay in another way. McLaughlin might as well be an undercover liberal activist because it will be God-fearing people that support traditional marriage that will suffer the backlash.

Opposing Opinions Not Allowed

As it is, any disagreement on supposed same-sex marriage comes at a price.  Homosexuals are not even allowed to dissent. Fashion designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana came out against gay marriage and gay parenting, so Elton John and his friends are now boycotting them.

In the summer of 2012, the CEO of Chick-fil-A was pummeled in the court of public opinion when he publicly gave support for traditional marriage. He disparaged no one but still, fury and boycotts raged.

Recall also that Brendan Eich was forced to resign as CEO of Mozilla Corporation over his support of California’s anti-gay marriage law Proposition 8. Eich never talked about his personal beliefs at work so originally, he insisted that he would not step down over a $1,000 donation made six years earlier to support  marriage as between one man and one woman. But hell hath no fury these days like a supporter of so-called same-sex marriages. Resignation became his only option. And the lesson is learned over and over: speak against same-sex marriage and you will be punished.

Ultimately, God is Our Judge

Our opponents will play dirty. They will accuse us of things we didn’t say or do and twist our intentions and opinions. Throw in a hater or a violent action and the cause is wounded.  For God will not judge us for what our adversaries did; he will judge us for what we did. Jesus taught us to love one another as he has loved us, to turn the other cheek, to forgive others their trespasses, and to love the sinner but hate the sin. He also taught us to be not afraid and to pick up our cross and follow him. No one is advising that we cower and hide. Quite the contrary. Martyrdom is always a possibility when living the faith. But hating is never advised. Not ever.

Last fall, in an interview with Fox News contributor and author Fr. Jonathan Morris, he explained that Pope Francis has helped him to understand how to lead with love. “When it comes to issues such as same-sex attraction, Pope Francis has influenced me greatly.” He said. “[Pope Francis] taught me to explain Church teaching not just in a loving way, but also in a way that the person can experience the love [of the Church]. Practically speaking, that can mean sharing common ground—what do we share in common? I want that person to know that I love them no matter what. That doesn’t mean I don’t ever speak out, but I don’t begin with that. In a true friendship, the other person should trust you to say what you believe.”

McLaughlin’s measure is not about supporting traditional marriage; it’s about hating and wishing violence on his opponents. Hatred is not from God. Above all else, whatever the cause, haters are the losers.

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8 thoughts on “Haters Their Own Worst Enemy”

    1. Patti Maguire Armstrong

      That was my first thought too. He’s the pro-traditional Marriage side’s worst enemy. I searched for anything that hinted of that possibility. I hope that the savvy investigators among us will be checking out this possibility.

    2. Apparently in 2004, he filed for an initiative to make the King James version of the Bible a textbook for use in public schools so probably not.

  1. Birgit Atherton Jones

    Haters aren’t just their own worst enemy. As you’ve pointed out, they pave a road cobbled with obstacles for the rest of us too.

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