June 1st, marriage in Illinois will be defined as “between two persons”
Cheer for FREEDOM right?
Wrong. Very wrong. The attack on religious freedom has picked up steam under the guise of freedom for all. In essence, the translation is “freedom for some.” The left has picked up on the lingo they need to use in order to get junk legislation like this passed. They even included it in the title of the Illinois bill! The title? “Religious freedom and Marriage Fairness Act.” They tried with all their might to use the terms equality, fairness, freedom, religious protection, hoping they would be able to deceive. And they did.
Here are the facts. This tactic of the left is not new.
When talking about the consequence of the passage of this bill, the Illinois Family Institute described it this way in their article called “The end of Religious Liberty in the Land of Lincoln. You see, they had already been down this road in the civil union battle. They were promised the world. They were promised protection. They fell for it. Robert Gilligan explains what happened.
How about three years ago, when Illinois lawmakers promised during floor debate on civil unions legislation that no faith-based social service organizations would be affected. But within six months of civil unions becoming law, all Catholic Charities in the state were pushed out of their longtime mission of caring for abused, abandoned, and neglected children. The state refused to renew contracts for foster care and adoption services because of Charities’ religious belief of not placing children with unmarried couples, be they heterosexual or homosexual.
We know better this time. We know our religious freedom is not protected. And when we asked for more protection, our pleas for fairness were rebuffed and spurned.
Senate Bill 10 offers no specific protection regarding employment practices. If a current church employee chooses to “marry” a same-sex partner, the legislation offers no specific protection regarding the church being forced to pay — from funds collected every Sunday from faithful church-goers in the pews — for benefits for the “spouse.”
The legislation offers no conscience protections to health-care facilities, educational facilities, or social service agencies. So, faith-based hospitals, colleges, and universities that own and operate venues for rent are not protected.
Individuals and independent business owners whose religious beliefs do not condone same-sex marriage are also left in the dust. There are the stories about the photographers, bakers, florists, and bed-and-breakfast owners who have come under fire for refusing to serve same-sex weddings. What about the county judge asked to perform a same-sex wedding, or a public school teacher forced to teach about a family with two moms, two dads, or some other permutation?
They get nada.
Is this fairness, or tolerance?
Indiana, listen closely to the warnings from our neighbors to the west. Listen closely. Take note of what you are about to lose if you don’t begin fighting for religious freedom. Church WAKE UP, remove the pew from your behind, and get in the game before it’s too late. Educate yourself on how this path will impede and annihilate your religious freedom. For me personally, it is not about anything but freedom. It’s not an emotional debate. No one has to answer to God but me. Same holds true for every person on the face of this planet. It’s simple. Religious Freedom. I’ve skimmed the top of the documented stories of the loss of freedom and why Marriage is important in the state of Indiana in my blog entitled, The fight for Religious Freedom; Why Indiana Marriage is worth Fighting for.
Wake up and listen to our friends in Illinois. They are warning us. This is not about emotion, it’s not about denying anyone anything. Everyone is free to live as they choose, but no one is entitled to re-define marriage for all of Indiana. It is about protecting religious freedom.
As other states grapple with redefinition of marriage efforts, we urge them to learn from Illinois. Hold on to the natural order of marriage as one man and one woman joining together to form a union of body, mind, and spirit, with the intent and hope of creating children with whom to share their love.
Hold on to marriage as the only institution that ties children to their biological mother and father, and serves as the cornerstone of the family and society.
And hold on to the religious freedom that allows us to practice our faith beyond the four walls of a church.