This Spring City Councilman Diego Bernal proposed "housekeeping" the city ordinance regarding anti discrimination to include protection for groups not currently mentioned. Those including veterans, gender ID and sexual orientation. That started a battle because of the way it could be interpreted means that a pastor would be in violation of the law if he preached from the New Testament 1 Corinthians 6:9-10
Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.
If you believe the Bible then you believe we are all in that group. According to the Bible every human being is born with sin. So everyone of us is somewhere in that mess. The entire point of the Old Testament was to show human beings what perfection looked like and to understand that it was impossible for any of us to be without sin. The New Testament was to show that Jesus actually did fulfill all of the requirements of living a perfect life. He then offers to trade places with the rest of us. As Jesus explained to Nicodemus in John 3:13-15
No one has ascended into heaven except he who descended from heaven, the Son of Man. And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, so that whoever believes in him may have eternal life.
Not everyone believes the Bible obviously. Not everyone believes the Quran or the Torah. The Buddhists are against all sex except for procreation. Hinduism isn't as clear, but most followers interpret their religion as being against it. But what about people who are atheist? Or just have their own understanding of God? There are billions of them too! And the majority of them seem to think homosexual behavior is fine. They may also think drunkenness, and greed is fine too. Is it ok for religious people to tell non religious people that their thoughts or actions are bad in their opinion? I'd say it has to be. Just as it's ok for them to tell people that their religion or beliefs are a crutch for weakminded people who need to believe in a flying spaghetti monster in order to make it through life. All opinions and voices need to be welcomed.
Here is the problem with outlawing anyone who is against a certain belief system. In your attempt to separate church and state you would have actually violated your own ethics and created a state church. A church that says one beliefs are proper and the others are not only wrong but punishable. No one wants to hear what they are doing is wrong. But in a land of free speech we are supposed to have the right to to tell people that they're wrong. That goes for pro homosexual groups too. They should have the right to people against their activities that they are wrong. That doesn't mean they are hate filled, all though some may be. And likewise the anti homosexual group or person should have the right to speak their mind.
The vote is fast approaching and all kinds of deals are being cut and changes made. Last week one of Texas's biggest preachers John Hagee met with Diego Bernal and then announced he was satisfied with the changes that it wouldn't discriminate against people or groups who proclaim homsexuality is a sin. Though he quickly added he doesn't support the bill either. But as one attorney who reviewed the bill proposal said yesterday "It’s basically saying it’s okay to hold that belief outside, but if you are a city-council member, you can wear your hat at church, and at church, you can be for traditional marriage, but once you step into the realm of governing, you’re no longer to hold that belief.” When a law mandates what beliefs are ok, we have certainly lost a major freedom. And for that reason I would hope that even the most ardent of gay rights supporters would stand with all freedom loving American's to oppose this oppressive bill.