Since 2007, the Kitsap community has held a 40 Days for Life campaign each Spring.
Would you like to stand up for Life? Kitsap County is joining the international campaign, 40 Days for Life, Ash Wednesday, March 5th through Sunday, April 13th.
Interesting debates are being being held in this legislative session . One is attempting to make it illegal for counseling for minors in regards to sexual orientation change therapy . So far we have had those who have successfully changed testify and those who say you can not change . Many bills have been introduced to state legislatures dealing with small business owners being taken to court by gay activists for refusal to provide specific services . In our state we had a florist not wanting to decorate and participate in a homosexual wedding , in other states we have seen a photographer also taken to court for not wishing to participate in the wedding of a homosexual couple .
As our nation turns more secular the religion that supported the abolitionist movement is being linked to those who discriminated against slaves , meaning homosexuals are seen as the next Jim Crow .
A critique of HB 2451 by Joseph Backholm of the Washington State Family policy in regard to gay therapy .
One aspect of the debate is the entanglement of the state and church separation .
Years ago I was invited by a friend to a worship service in Seattle . The group had about 30 men , mostly homosexuals seeking to live lives in a way that did not include sex with same gender partners . The head of the group was a man who had lost his same sex partner to Aids and through a process after became a Christian . His journey led him to seek to live the life of an heterosexual man , which he did , got married and had a child .
Talking to the men I gathered there with I found there were as many different stories as there were men there . Some had been living happily without having sex with other males, , some had gone back and forth , but interestingly many told me of how they felt rejected by the gay community and rejected by the Christian community for their past or possible future . No one really can tell us why someone is attracted to the same sex . Possibly there many reasons , chemical imbalance , just how the person was wired by their genes , cultural reasons , perhaps a mixture . What is troublesome in this debate is what if counseling was able to allow a person to live an heterosexual life and this law prevented it from occurring . But also what to the argument that if counseling attempts to change fails , does not that person feel f worse for believing change was possible .
Those brothers as I came to know them were some the most dedicated Christians and men of character that I have ever met . The worship we had together is forever with me , the love of God and their bond together was unique . In a world without judgment by our neighbors they would have an easier time of seeking the life and man of God they wanted to be .
I would oppose the legislation , it is a secular attempt to use government to make the world a better place . It has a bigotry accompanying it that considers religion making it worse . It strikes at the heart of freedom and the ability for all of us to follow our hearts and beliefs .
Recently in North Kitsap we have been having a discussion on race . Still a complicated subject , even though 50 years have passed since the civil rights movement has settled many “legal” issues of equality in this country relating to race . The best explanation of the issues I have read comes from the Sun’s own reporter Steve Gardner , explained what happened fairly , and perhaps giving some of the best explanations of why it it was such a issue that set off such a impassioned conversation . Should anyone use the N word to explain the derogatory meaning of the word to a 5th grader ? Then was questioned about it use it again , and again .
I tend to side with the parents on this , for one their child and many students realized the fact the word itself was something that made them feel uncomfortable That is a good thing in my opinion .
What I see unfortunately though is the way both sides often look at these issues . One side puts the fact only one race can set the rules on what is said and by whom , the other side sees this as unfair and PC . Mutual respect seems to get a pass .
First we all have the “right” to say this word . It however does not mean it is profitable for anyone to say it .
There are no longer civil rights leaders in this day who have the respect of the American people to speak on this issue , for politics and other issues have clouded their ability to be seen as voices of freedom and equality . The example , Leonard Pitts ,given by the Herald’s Editor and submitted for review in the Sun is looked upon as a secular liberal editorial writer , often taking to task opposing political sides using race and sometimes even religion as a wedge , not something we can unite over .
In the eyes of God we are all equal , no race has a pass to use derogatory and historical racist language as a means to communicate and then suggest another does not based on race . God loves us . To hate a man or women based on their race is hating the God who made them . To suggest one has special rights over another is always wrong , regardless if it is in the form of opportunity , laws, or pc language . There is no difference to God , and if you set up an argument supporting equality , make sure you are respecting everyone regardless of the color of their skin . To do different is missing the whole point to the issue and conversation . When a race is diminished by a word , we all are diminished . We , the Human Race .