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Not Prince Hamlet

"Full of high sentence, but a bit obtuse."

Saturday, September 02, 2006

Conservative Christian groups are in an outrage today over yesterday's signing of SB 1441, a California state law that extends anti-discrimination protection in state or state-funded activities to cover "sexual orientation" and "sex." Here's the text of importance from the bill:
"SECTION 1.  Section 11135 of the Government Code is amended to
11135. (a) No person in the State of California shall, on the
basis of race, national origin, ethnic group identification,
religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, color, or disability, be
unlawfully denied full and equal access to the benefits of, or be
unlawfully subjected to discrimination under, any program or activity
that is conducted, operated, or administered by the state or by any
state agency, is funded directly by the state, or receives any
financial assistance from the state."

Conservative groups (like this one) are claiming that the bill will force Christian and other faith based schools, colleges, and child-care centers to "support" homosexuality. Other words being used are "condone" and "accept." The fundamentalist news service WorldNetDaily.com says that the Governor (not the bill, mind) has "tossed out all sexual moral conduct codes" for schools and institutions that apply.

One opponent simply concludes from the bill's signing that "The gates of Hell are prevailing against the church."

NPH admits to needing some help understanding this. So a state law that makes it illegal to deny full and equal access to or discriminate against persons based on sexual orientation in state conducted, operated, funded, or administered programs and activities amounts to a forced "acceptance" and "support" of homosexuality? You-can't discriminate=You-must-condone?

Let me just go out on a limb here and suggest that it makes Christians look bad when a law banning discrimination gets them this upset. I mean, why aren't the gates of Hell prevailing against the church because of its lavish wealth and complicity in war? Why is the devil only at work in those things that limit the exclusion of persons in democratic state programs? One would think that the whole of Christianity amounts to the practice of exclusion and discrimination, because when the government curbs those activities these Christians react like martyrs.

posted by Not Prince Hamlet, 6:55 AM


Ha! I just created a new blogger account, but that is irrelevant to my post. I would be interested to read or even find a study done on the history of Christianity and its relation to governments to see if a Christian sub-culture arose that equivocated government practices and entitlements with the work of the Kingdom of God. Even though I am guilty of once being a fundamentalist of fundameltalists, I am incapable of wrapping my mind around conservative evangelicals' assurance that God's redeeming work in the body of Christ is dependent upon the state laws of California. In complete agreement with you, I ask why conservatives feel epistemically justified for claiming that the "The gates of Hell are prevailing against the church" when we are told in the book of Matthew that the gates of hell will not prevail against the church. The real sign of the end times is that fundamentalists are now no longer even fundamental. To not interpret something literally is one thing, but to completely disagree with scripture--well that just doesn't seem very fundy. Is it even possible to enter into a dialogue with a fundamentalist that quotes divine truth without any reference?
commented by Blogger Andre, 11:23 PM  
"I like your Christ. I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ." - Ghandi

Of course it's inappropriate to condemn the whole because of a few bad apples. But it's always the bad apples that end up making the impression for the whole cart.
commented by Blogger Ryno, 11:23 AM  

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