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The So-Called "Classroom Protection Act"

As as priest, this bill (HB1332) started by Mr. Stacey Campfield (I just can't bring myself to call this man a Senator) as the "Don't Say Gay" Bill in the Senate is being sponsored by Mr. John Ragan (again I can't call this man a Representative because he isn't even close to representing me or the hundreds of people I know personally).

This so called "Classroom Protection Act" is a witch hunt and nothing more. It is the fear of "the other" that is driving these repressed politicians to spawn such hatred and discrimination. I believe our fore-fathers & mothers are doing cartwheels in their graves at the absolute mockery our government has become. This country was founded on the principles of every person being equal, of the separation of church and state, of the state (government) not favoring one religion over another, and after a great battle within our borders of not fostering discrimination.

I often find it quite funny that the Land of the Free, Home of the Brave is so scared of gay people they must make laws against us to make us second class citizens not worthy of equal rights and protections under the law. Then I look at England where there is no separation of church & state and yet that country is more focused on ensuring individual freedoms and equality than these United States. Why is that, I wonder?

What has caused this land of freedom to become so scared and terrified of anything different? We have a war on this unseen, invisible idea called terror. Our politicians have villified a whole race of people because of a few misguided radical few.

As Christians, we are called to Love -- not just our neighbor but also our enemy. Not to return a strike with a strike but to offer the other cheek. We are called to offer not only our shirt but our coats as well to those who would attempt to steal our shirt. For a Christian to reach out in anger or fear to strike or harm another is equivalent to striking God himself. For whatever we do to another, we do to God. A person who claims to follow Jesus, to dare to call themselves a Christian, who would by action or inaction cause some harm to come to another child of God is by that very action stating their turning away from God. They have violated the core teaching of Jesus, and that is to love God with all our heart, soul and mind and the second is the same, to love our neighbor as ourself. For you see Jesus was saying that when we love our neighbor we are loving God you cannot hate your neighbor or your enemy and also love God. If you claim to love God, to follow Christ then you MUST also love your neighbor and your enemy.

Then you ask well what does it mean to love our neighbor and enemy. Let us turn to the Holy Scriptures for that answer:

1 Corinthians 13 ESV

If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing.
Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when the perfect comes, the partial will pass away. When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up childish ways. For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known.
So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.

Read the last line again, "So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love." Paul said that love is even greater than faith. Think about that for a second. Now go back and read the bolded part again, slowly. Think about whether the actions of these politicians live up to this definition of love. If it doesn't then I urge you to contact your senator and representative and voice your opposition to any such bill/act/law that would discriminate against gay people or anyone else for that matter.

Pax et bonum,

Fr. Tommy