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The intolerance of the so-called tolerant
Mike Riddle

I just finished reading an article written by Valerie Tarico on Yahoo. The story was titled “Right-wing Christianity teaches bigotry: The ugly roots of Indiana’s new anti-gay law.”
The story was originally written for the liberal website AlterNet, which pretty much bashes any Christian, Republican or anyone who disagrees with the liberal left. But the website doesn’t just bash those who disagree with their views; it pretty much spews hate toward them.
Throughout her article, Tarico uses words like bigotry, torture, slavery, racism, horrific and self-serving to pretty much vilify and demonize anyone who views homosexuality as a sin. As most liberals do, she attempts throughout the article to make a comparison between the civil rights movement of the ’60s to today’s homosexual agenda and gay people’s plight for what they call equality. It’s a comparison that never matches up.
In today’s society, Christians are attacked more than any other group of people in the world. And when I say Christians, I mean those imperfect people who try to change their lives to fit the Bible, and not those who try to change the Bible to fit their lives. All too often today, people just decide to rewrite the Gospel to justify the sin in their lives instead of trying to stop committing the sin.
For those of you who are not familiar with the Indiana law that Tarico is referring to in her story, it is called the Indiana Religious Freedom Law. In really simple terms, what this law did was protect business owners from being forced to go against their religious beliefs and protect clergy from being prosecuted for their beliefs. It said that if providing a service or selling a product violated business owners’ religious beliefs, they would not have to provide the service or make the sale. It didn’t discriminate against anyone because all people and religions were covered under its application. What it did do was protect individuals and business owners from having to violate their beliefs.  
However, on April 2, after a week of political pressure, the law was amended to protect one group — the gay, lesbian and transgendered. These people were given special preference when the bill made sexual orientation and gender identity a protected category.
So in one quick stroke of a pen, the will of the people of Indiana and the will of the legislature were violated to succumb to the will of the intolerant.
April 2 was another sad day for our country because it showed that the traditional family continues to be attacked.
But it also shows that tolerance is only necessary to those who fall into a politically correct segment of society.
On a positive note, the law still does protect all clergy in regard to their dispersing of their beliefs. So for now, religious freedom still is allowed in houses of worship — at least for now.
But for how long? If the governor will buckle on one portion of the law as a result of political pressure, what will stop him from buckling on another?
As a Christian, I know the Bible says adultery, fornication before marriage, homosexuality, killing, stealing, slandering, hating and doing a whole lot more is sin.
In reality, sin is being out of God’s will both by action and inaction. I’m not going to get into defending my beliefs in this editorial simply because it is not necessary. What I do want to say is that articles like the one written by Tarico justify more clearly than I ever could the intolerance of those who claim to be the most tolerant.

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