In our society today, many special interest groups claim they are fighting for ‘equal’ rights. Unfortunately, if you listen to them long enough, you will find they most often mean ‘special’ rights – not equal rights; and they most often want their ‘special’ rights through the deliberate and intentional trampling of the rights of others at the hands of the government on their behalf. This is not the attitude of someone like Gandhi of Dr. King, it is the attitude of a tyrant. This story is actually evidence of a person with such an attitude who would have you think of him as a ‘freedom fighter.’ He is not, and those who would say he is are standing with him on the wrong side of right:
“The Bible says that if your daughter’s not a virgin on her wedding night– if a woman is not a virgin on her wedding night– she shall be dragged to her father’s doorstep and stoned to death,” he says, yet “Callista Gingrich lives.”
Then, seemingly unable to resist a jab at Republicans, he added, “and there is no effort to amend state constitutions to make it legal to stone women to death on their wedding night if they’re not virgins. At least not yet– we don’t know where the GOP is going these days.”
1 — His attack on Biblical principles that he has deemed repulsive to our modern society is made completely out of ignorance. This makes it fallacious. If you believe the Bible is the inspired Word of God, then yes, you can either live under the Law – in which case these are God’s commandments – or you can live under Grace – in which case God has replaced these commandments. However, if you chose to live under the law, these are not unjust commands, they are meant to prevent society from becoming evil by removing that evil from what remains of the healthy body. Besides, he attacks the Old Testament as though that is the basis of Christianity: it is not! The Old Testament is the basis for Judaism; while still the Word of God, it is mostly just history for the Christian.
I suspect the speaker objects mostly to the fact that, under God’s law, his life style is considered a perversion indicative of an evil and sinful society. I find it equally regrettable that so many among us seem to agree with him today. It is regrettable because, looking back in history, we find that his life style – as well as the open acceptance of so many other behaviors destructive to the maintenance of a healthy society – are clear indicators of a great society in decay. If one studies the indicators sincerely and honestly, one is forced to conclude that those nations of old that became as tolerant of deviancy as we have become did not survive. Ou founders warned us of this, but just as we reject God, we have rejected their warnings, as well:
“Liberty and happiness have a powerful enemy on each hand; on the one hand tyranny, on the other licentiousness [anarchy]. To guard against the latter, it is necessary to give the proper powers to government; and to guard against the former, it is necessary that those powers should be properly distributed.”
–James Wilson, signer of the Declaration of Independence
“Arbitrary power is most easily established on the ruins of Liberty abused to licentiousness.”
2 — The speaker’s mocking of the Republican Party is more ignorance. He knows full well that the Republican Party has no plan to try to force such a law on this nation – but Islam does! If he is as worried about something like stoning someone for not being a virgin when married or for being homosexual might become legal, I’d suggest he stop with his sanctimoniously self-righteous attacks on the Republicans and Christians and start looking to where the real threat of just such a possibility might come.
3 — My final point about this story is this: this man’s actions demonstrate that he believes his perceived injury justifies his attack on others who he blames for this perceived injury. This is a dangerous mindset, as it leads to grotesque atrocities in the name of justice and reparations. Furthermore, when a person believes they are justified in doing to others what they claim to be fighting against being done to them, they not only demonstrate the validity of the 180 degree rule, they self-identify themselves as would-be tyrants.
If you would be free from persecution, you must not practice persecution in return.