Re: March 16 letter from William Durant, “We have right to choose how to live our lives”
The right to choose is a fundamental right for everybody, and no one is required to participate in a lifestyle that they feel will damage their soul.
Store owners or any business providing a service are not in actuality participating in any lifestyle by taking photographs, processing photographs or baking a cake for a wedding. It’s really apples and oranges.
Businesses are providing a service for the whole community they live in, that’s what they are licensed to do. Those who think it’s their right to refuse service based on their judgment of another’s lifestyle, are practicing discrimination against minority groups, and that should not be a right. That’s got nothing to do with religious rights, that’s an individual bias against something they don’t agree with, and the use of religion and God to defend that bias, which is a lie.
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If we are to go along with religious rights argument, then those claiming those rights can’t be selective in what sins on which they enforce those rights. Sin is sin. Are they going to refuse service to those they know are fornicators? How about their friends and neighbors who have committed adultery, or thieves, or those practicing witchcraft or breaking any of the Ten Commandments. If you’re going after sinners, your customer base is about to drop considerably.
How about practicing the many sections of the New Testament on forgiveness, and not judging your fellows lest you be judged, because despite Mr. Durant’s claim of non-judgment, his very words speak of being in judgment of others, and then claiming it’s Gods jurisdiction. Nowhere in the Bible does it give any human, the authority to judge their fellows or to set punishment, which denying a service is.
We don’t know what God thinks, we know what the Christ’s teachings are: “love one another, and look after your brothers and sisters.”
The problem as I see it is that the actions of many are based in fear and the need to control others, by being in judgment. Next time you look at somebody, take in what you’re thinking: “Oh they’re fat;” “Look at those scruffy clothes,” and so on and on.
How about looking at people as who they are, divine beings, as aspects of god in form. Everybody is here because they are supposed to be here, being what they are supposed to be, doing what they are supposed to be doing learning and teaching others. Even you Mr Durant.
Don't take the Bible literally, but by its intent for those times it was written, and its application in the present. Who is to say that the love of two people of the same sex is not considered divine in Gods eyes, as long as it’s divine love that is the requirement. God knows who we are, what we are, how we serve.
I have been married to the same lady 45 years, and to some in this day and age is an anomaly, but I don’t hold others in judgment because maybe their requirement for growth is different. I believe everybody is worthy and loved. And so should you.
The writer is a snowbird who spends part of the year in Cherry Grove.