Should we be forced to bend to legislation that doesn’t understand or protect our beliefs?
Americans need to be mindful of who they vote for in the upcoming November election as both candidates have varying beliefs regarding religion and controversial issues such as abortion, and transgender policies that effect our children. It may not be an easy choice, as both candidates differ on issues that are important to faith and family.
Trump, so far, has remained somewhat silent on the subject- at least for the time being- as he is laying out his plan for immigration. Hillary Clinton, however, has been very vocal about her stance on the issue calling for change.
However, is America ready for her kind of change?
Clinton’s Platform on Abortion
Clinton is on record as saying religious beliefs surrounding abortion have to be changed. Clinton champions “freedom of conscience”. In a conference last April, Clinton expressed that religious beliefs that condemn reproductive rights which include taxpayer funded abortion on demand, “have to be changed”.
Clinton is quoted as saying, “Rights have to exist in practice, not just on paper. Laws have to be backed up with resources, and political will. Deep-seated cultural codes, religious beliefs, and structural biases have to be changed.”
Clinton and the Democratic party platform stand for taxpayers to finance abortion globally- something that many Christians are vehemently opposed to because it infringes on their beliefs. Many Christians view that life is precious, and a gift from God with a plan and purpose. When we circumvent that life, for whatever reason, we are not only ending a life, but preventing how God intended to use that individual.
Clinton on Homosexuality
Additionally, Clinton has voiced her platform on religious beliefs that oppose homosexuality. Clinton is quoted as saying in a Geneva speech (December 2011) that the “most challenging issue arises when people cite religious or cultural values as a reason to violate or not to protect the human rights of LGBT citizens.”
Clinton does not understand the reason for most Christian’s opposition to homosexuality, nor to uphold the traditional role of marriage as outlined in the Bible. It’s not about persecution which goes against the Bible, it’s about standing up for God’s definition of marriage as outlined in the Bible. When we deviate from the Word, we see destruction of families and confused children. Is this the future we want to impose on our children?
Clinton supported her stance in an interview with The Advocate, which is a homosexual publication. Clinton states, “The concerted effort underway in a number of states to discriminate against LGBT people under the guise of protecting religious freedom is something very different. It’s insincere and insidious, and we shouldn’t let it stand.”
While most of the interview itself centers around unjust treatment of homosexuals such as evictions, job discrimination, etc based on sexual orientation, Clinton is still an advocate for LGBT rights, which includes same-sex marriage and adoption. This is clearly states in her passionate reflection at the beginning of the interview. In the interview, she views the views of Christians as discriminatory, but does not appear to understand what the argument is truly about. Perhaps if she understood, a more clearer solution could be achieved on this issue.
The Democratic Party platform denies religious freedom for Christians upholding traditional forms of sexual morality.
“We support a progressive vision of religious freedom that respects pluralism and rejects the misuse of religion to discriminate,” it states. This would mean that Christians would not have a voice when something went against their beliefs- that they would have to submit to a legislation that forces them to do something ungodly. We respect and include other religions whenever possible, why are Christians being left out in the cold?
In many cases being brought into the Supreme Court, freedom of religion has clearly been violated. The argument that Christians are making is that legislation shouldn’t violate their freedom to live the way that God commands in the Bible. Most are saying that they cannot perform a task because of their beliefs. While most of us are tolerant and understanding of other religions taking this stance because it’s not politically correct, we are intolerant of Christians who are simply saying that it violates their beliefs. People have a choice to go anywhere else that supports their beliefs, but need to respect those of us that cannot do something because of our beliefs. There needs to be mutual respect for one another, not a line drawn in the sand.
George Neumayr from The American Spectator wrote, “Underpinning Hillary Clinton’s political philosophy is a coercive secularism that eliminates conservative Christians from public life. Should she win, she will not only force Christians to pay for contraceptives but also abortions. She will treat their schools and churches as the equivalent of Bob Jones University. She will court-martial chaplains and soldiers who don’t submit to her LGBT agenda.”
While Trump’s views are still uncertain, we do know that Mike Pence actively opposes same sex marriage favoring traditional marriage. Pence is also on record for opposing extending adoption rights to same-sex couples, and for upholding Christian values. While most of the world views Pence’s actions as “discriminatory” according to a secular standard, many Christians view him as championing their right to freedom of religion hoping that a balance and mutual respect will be created for all.
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