Category Archives: Politics

Hate Crimes

I don’t know much about hate crimes or their legislation but I put together a few thoughts when I heard that Obama signed the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act (one note is that nothing has passed to make topics of speech hate crimes).

First, I think it points to some truths that are written on everyone’s heart. The motivation behind a crime is important. This is why the Lord gave Israel different consequences for intentional murder than for unintentional murder.

Second, a difference between hate crimes and intentional/unintentional murder is the defense’s ability to defend against hate crimes. One scenario would be a murder where a person of one race murders a person of another race. In this scenario the person did not hate the other person because of race but because he was from a different gang, an Asian gang.  How would the defense attorney convince a jury that a hate crime should not be added to the sentence? It was murder so there was obviously hate there. It was also the murder of someone of a different race. And, on top of that, the murder probably wouldn’t have occurred if the person were not Asian. So if the murderer wouldn’t have killed the Asian women he saw in the store the day before, how does the defence prove that? So we need to be extremely thankful that God is just and will correct and sort out our miserable attempts at justice on earth.

Third, in our scenario, what are the chances of the same hate crime being added if that gang member murders a heterosexual white male in the prime of his life?

Fourth, isn’t there already a system by which the sentence can be extended because of the heinousness of the crime?

Fifth, we should be grateful that politicians are working to remove inequalities from laws that give protection for one group of people while excluding others.

In summary, today is a day to celebrate because our laws harbor less prejudice. But it is also a day for concern that some laws are created with a strong indication of being used in only some cases. But mostly it is a day for the praise of God, that He is sovereign and perfectly just to judge all circumstances, actions, and motivations.

Rallying for Gay ‘Rights’ on Facebook

Gay Marriage
Equal Marriage or Brand New Marriage?

I’ve noticed recently that two friends have become fans of “Gay Marriage” on Facebook. The fan page has a lot about “rights” and marriage. Their main picture is the one to the right here.

The interesting part is that I couldn’t discern what right that I had that they did not have. I, as a man, have the right to marry women. They too have the right to marry someone of the opposite sex. Isn’t it a new right for people to marry someone of the same sex?

I completely support equal rights for all people: the right to life because people are created in the image of God; the right practice your religion according to your conscience; the right to free speech. But aren’t rights based on something? Ultimately they are based on God. But more immediately they are based on the well being of mankind (well being as defined by God). So marriage promotes families that can have children and raise their children. The right to practice your own religion keep you free from violating your conscience, though not from violating God’s law. The right to free speech ensures that God’s word can be preached and interpreted publicly. Marriage between two people of the same sex is not based on the improvement of society or the creation or revelation of God.

Then we have to ask, why are they only fighting for marriage between two people? Why not 2, 3, or 4? And why is it still restricted to a certain age group, over 18? And why aren’t animals allowed to participate (free vet bills because you can marry your dog and your employer has to cover insurance)? This is all sarcasm of course. But I think it brings out the emphasis on gay marriage being a new right instead of an inequality of rights.

We can also turn to the Bible. I have time to do so only briefly. First, what does God describe as an abomination? Any sexual sin is an abomination to God. A false balance and lying lips are an abomination to God (Proverbs 11, 12). And, in the end, anything that is exalted among men is an abomination before God (Luke 16:15). With that in mind, yes, the act of homosexualality is an abomination. But our task is to impress upon all people the holiness of God so they will see all sin as an abomination and requiring the sinner to repent whatever the sin is.