“This is about judgment,” Mayor Reed said during a Tuesday press conference. “This is not about religious freedom. This is not about free speech. Judgment is the basis of the problem.” [Source]
“I profoundly disagree with and am deeply disturbed by the sentiments expressed in the paperback regarding the LGBT community,” the mayor wrote. “I will not tolerate discrimination of any kind within my administration.”
What Mayor Reed is saying is that he won't tolerate Christianity within his administration.
I simply spoke to sex being created by God for pro-creation and He intended it to be between a man and a woman in holy matrimony – and that any other sex outside of that is sin.
That's Kelvin Cochran's Christian view, and it is the proper position on the matter for a Christian. It is completely consistent with the religion of Christianity, as established by Jesus Christ. If that Christian position is not going to be allowed within government in the US, then the Free Exercise Clause of the Constitution will either be removed or illegally ignored.
What the Mayor is doing is creating a reverse religious-test for public positions. The test is this:
Are you a member of the Christian religion whereby you believe that 1) sex was created by God for pro-creation 2) God intends sex to be solely between a man and a woman in holy matrimony and 3) that any sex outside of that matrimony is sin?
Anyone answering yes, anyone who is a Christian, will automatically be denied a public position under Mayor Reed's administration. That's clear, unequivocal religious discrimination for the benefit of a small group of people who are definitely not expressly a protected class under the US Constitution (while Christians are). Sexual orientation is not even mentioned in the US Constitution. Religion is.
Even under a loose "penumbra" interpretation, sexual orientation is not protected under the US Constitution. Those US so-called justices who are holding otherwise are stretching both the letter and spirit of the US Constitution to the point of: rendering the document entirely void, useless; continuing to make the nation wholly lawless, rebellious against all sanity and morality; bringing in chaos, confusion, anarchy, and fascism (a divided nation that, mark my words, will not stand as such).
There is only one reason that this is happening. Society is quickly degrading. Those who not long ago asked only to be tolerated and who swore that they would never seek to persecute and oppress Christians clearly lied.
What has happened to Kelvin Cochran is plainly homosexual fascism. No doubt, there are many secretly wishing Kelvin Cochran could be physically crucified to death for his pure beliefs about human sexuality and sexual morality.
The US has been on the slippery slope for many, many decades now. If it continues, the result will be a great deal of self-inflicted pain and suffering (more than any before ever experienced in this country, and that's saying a great deal because I include slavery and the Civil War and all other aspects of colonial and US history).
People are talking more and more about the "Clash of Civilizations": Those who profess Islam who are slaughtering the innocent (killing even little children who refuse to renounce Jesus), enslaving people, selling even married women into sexual slavery, raping female captives with impunity (which was sanctioned by Mohammed), etc., versus "Western values."
Well, we don't need to look beyond our borders here in the US for a clash of values that will turn out to be just as ugly if things continue down the homosexualist path they are on.
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Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
That said, we make the following absolutely clear here:
- The Real Liberal Christian Church and Christian Commons Project not only do not endorse any candidate for any secular office, we say that Christianity forbids voting in such elections.
- Furthermore, when we discuss any public-office holder's position, policy, action or inaction, we definitely are not encouraging anyone to vote for that office holder's position.
- We are not trying to influence secular elections but rather want people to come out from that entire fallen system.
- When we analyze or discuss what is termed "public policy," we do it entirely from a theological standpoint with an eye to educating professing Christians and those to whom we are openly always proselytizing to convert to authentic Christianity.
- It is impossible for us to fully evangelize and proselytize without directly discussing the pros and cons of public policy and the positions of secular-office holders, hence the unconstitutionality of the IRS code on the matter.
- We are not rich and wouldn't be looking for a fight regardless. What we cannot do is compromise our faith (which seeks to harm nobody, quite the contrary).
- We render unto Caesar what is Caesar's. We render unto God what is God's.
- When Caesar says to us that unless we shut up about the unrighteousness of Caesar's policies and practices, we will lose the ability of people who donate to us to declare their donations as deductions on their federal and state income-tax returns, we say to Caesar that we cannot shut up while exercising our religion in a very reasonable way.
- We consider the IRS code on this matter as deliberate economic duress (a form of coercion) and a direct attempt by the federal government to censor dissenting, free political and religious speech.
- It's not freedom of religion if they tax it.
And when they were come to Capernaum, they that received tribute money came to Peter, and said, Doth not your master pay tribute? He saith, Yes. And when he was come into the house, Jesus prevented him, saying, What thinkest thou, Simon? of whom do the kings of the earth take custom or tribute? of their own children, or of strangers? Peter saith unto him, Of strangers. Jesus saith unto him, Then are the children free. (Matthew 17:24-26)