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Homosexuals do not need a special bill!

Ramesh C. Reddy
Pittsburgh Standard

Liberal Democrats have been trying to pass a ‘Hate Crimes’ bill in Congress that would give homosexuals special protected status. What that could mean is quoting Scripture regarding homosexuality could very well be considered hate speech if the bill were to pass.

No matter what, this bill cannot be passed through Congress. Homosexuals do not need any more protected status than heterosexual beings have. Hate crimes are against the law and they should be but we already have laws against what is a hate crime. A special law need not be created just for the sake of homosexuals. To give credence to this law puts homosexuals above heterosexual beings.

They are not above heterosexual beings and the passing of this bill could affect the freedom of speech of individuals who genuinely quote Scripture to help their fellow beings from turning from what is destructive.

Many would want you to believe that the homosexuals fight is similar to the civil rights movement but it is not even close. There are those homosexuals who have changed their lifestyle and become heterosexual. But, we have never seen someone able to change their race.

There is a Scripture that states, “Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. And that is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God. (1 Corinthians 6:9-11, NIV)

The key phrase is ‘And that is what some of you were’. This tells us that people can be changed including homosexuals and it is a lifestyle that is chosen just like people choose to be sexually immoral, idolaters, adulterers, male prostitutes, homosexuals, drunkards, etc.

It is interesting that this verse does not mention race. It is not a sin to be of a particular race and people cannot change their race no matter how much they try. Yes, people have used cream and all kinds of makeup to look different than they are but they cannot change their race. To compare homosexuality with race and what people of a particular race went through is wrong.

To use a particular example, it is an insult to African Americans and what they fought for to include the plight of homosexuals in the civil rights movement. Don’t misunderstand me and think I am saying that homosexuals should not be protected if they don’t change their lifestyle. What I am saying is that they don’t need special protection offered. Let the current hate crimes bill we have be used for everyone.

To say homosexuality is wrong is not a crime and should not be considered hate speech. If anything it is love speech because God loves us so much that He wants the best for humanity. The Lord has not singled out homosexuals but they are included in the same verse with other wrongdoers. Yet, we see the Lord’s love and what happens to people as they seek the Lord.

I am in no way saying that struggling against a particular vice is sin but acting on it is. Let us not pass this bill and make homosexuals think they are above God’s law and can get special status.

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