In a past “Robesonian” newspaper editorial letter Micah Royal stated that as a “minister and person of faith that he wanted our local communities to speak up against the largely faith based discrimination and bigotry currently being promoted by some in our community”. It is hypocritical of him to be defending the “Rights” of one group while at the same time denying the rights of another. The implication is clear that if one disagrees with the liberals and media bias that is being promoted then that person is a bigot. What is a bigot, according to the Encarta dictionary a bigot “is somebody with strong opinions, especially on politics, religion, or ethnicity, who refuses to accept different views”. That being the case them I must be listed as a bigot, for there are some things which I personally believe that I am unwilling to change. To accuse the faith-based community of discrimination which means “to treat one person or group worse than others or better than others, usually because of a prejudice about race, ethnicity, age, religion, or gender” is in itself an act of discrimination.
Having served in the military I am a strong proponent of Rights and Freedoms as they are defined in our Constitution. But beyond this I believe that we have an even greater freedom (Free Will) as our founding fathers also held that we have certain “inalienable rights” that is that we have rights that have been given to us by a supreme being (God). As a minority it is offensive to me when people attach every bias, prejudice or discrimination to the “Civil Rights” Movement. Most people who now read about the great civil rights legislations of 1957, 1964 and 1965 fail to recognize that it would not be until 1968 with the passage of the Indian Civil Rights Act that Native Americans would be given full citizenship status behind Blacks, Asians, Hispanics and Women. The first people here would be the last recognized.
To imply that those of the “conservative persuasion” either past or present who stand on their convictions are “all simply using biblical texts out of context” is amusing since he asked that you look up Acts 10:34 which states “that God shows no partiality,” yet failed to give the conclusion of the text which says “but in every nation anyone who fears him [God] and does what is right is acceptable to him [God]” (Acts 10:35). He also asks that those who oppose “civil rights” for gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans-genders consider if this would “put us on the wrong side of history”. Perhaps a more important question for those of the faith based community is will supporting these rights put us on the wrong side of GOD.
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