Should Pastors Who Preach Against Gay Marriage Be Allowed to Speak at the National Day of Prayer?

 

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Should pastors who preach against gay marriage be allowed to speak at the National Day of Prayer?

I have never attended the National Day of Prayer services here in Oklahoma. I can’t pray in public. When I have to stand for public prayer — as I often do — I don’t feel God. All I hear is the echo chamber of my own thoughts. A lot of times, if the matter is grave, I pray my own private prayer while the public prayer runs as background noise. The National Day of Prayer just isn’t my cup of tea. 

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National Day of Prayer, Tulsa, OK

I never gave the National Day of Prayer much thought until atheist cranks started trying to make it illegal. Then I realized that while I don’t attend because it’s not my personal religious flavor, I do think that it’s up to Congress, and not a smattering of nobody-can-do-anything-I-don’t-agree-with zealots whether such an event should happen. 

So, if the topic is the National Day of Prayer, my reaction is going to be along the direction that those who want to have this day can have it rather than anything based on my personal plans to participate. I don’t intend to change my plans for this year’s National Day of Prayer. I won’t attend the event. However, if the cranks keep on cranking, I may change my mind and show up next year, not for prayer so much as for solidarity with my Christian brothers and sisters.

Once again, the war is being forced upon us.

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National Day of Prayer at Oklahoma City Bombing memorial

This year’s National Day of Prayer is receiving flak from a new quarter. Rather than just the usual atheist crankery aimed at driving Christianity from the public square, we now have the LGBTQ crowd. They don’t want to end the event. They want to chose who leads it.

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Small group prays after official Day of Prayer ceremony, Oklahoma State Capitol 

The Human Rights Campaign is seeking to stop participation by a pastor who has preached against gay marriage, or, as they call it, “equality.” They are asking that Pastor Greg Laurie not be allowed to lead the event.

So, the question arises: Should pastors who preach against gay marriage be allowed to speak at the National Day of Prayer? 

As nutty as it sounds, the Human Rights Campaign, seems to say no. 

Their reason is that he says things like this:

“Sin is sin,” he said during the Thursday night Bible study at Harvest Orange County in Southern California.

Laurie addressed the “hot-button” issues of homosexuality and marriage while preaching on the fifth commandment of honoring one’s father and mother.

“It doesn’t say honor your mother and mother as in two women married, or honor your father and your father, or honor your mother and her live-in lover,” he said.

“God established the family … He and He alone defines the family. Maybe that’s why Satan hates the family so much and has effectively declared war on it because God loves the family.

“Tamper with God’s formula, if you will, at our own peril.”

Like many pastors who have spoken on the issue of marriage, Laurie said the issue is not political, but rather moral and biblical. (Read the rest here.)

I do not understand why gay people seem to be so blind to the fact that the same rights which allow them to promote their cause belong to everyone.

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Demonstration at Oklahoma State Capitol 

Some leaders in gay rights organizations seem committed to a program of harassment and hazing of anyone who disagrees with them. At the same time, they appear to be equally committed to creating a world where those who refuse to participate in gay marriages will lose their jobs and have their businesses closed down.

Now it appears they want to make sure that those who speak against gay marriage are locked out of public events. 

The question remains: Should pastors who preach against gay marriage be allowed to speak at the National Day of Prayer? 

From C.P. US:

Homosexual activists are labeling evangelist Greg Laurie as the “anti-gay California pastor” and are asking government officials to rescind Laurie’s invitation to lead National Day of Prayer-related events in Washington, D.C. as the event’s honorary chairman.

The Human Rights Campaign, the largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) advocacy group in America, contends that Laurie has a history of speaking out against LGBT Americans. And OutServe-SLDN, an association of actively serving LGBT military personnel, is calling on the Pentagon to remove the pastor from the agenda, citing “his blatantly anti-LGBT message.”

“Pastor Laurie’s message is out of step with what the majority of people of faith across this country believe,” said Dr. Sharon Groves, director of HRC’s Religion & Faith Program.

“In greater numbers than ever before, people of faith are feeling compelled to speak up and organize for equality – because of their faith.” (Read the rest here.) 

  • http://nebraskaenergyobserver.wordpress.com: neenergyobserver

    The answer is, of course.

    But the real question is: Why are there supposedly Christian pastors who don’t preach against gay marriage?

    • Rebecca Hamilton

      Good question.

      • http://reluctantliberal.wordpress.com Reluctant Liberal

        How are we defining Christian? I don’t remember a “One man-one woman” clause to the Nicene Creed.

  • MarineVet

    If government money is being spent on the event, that means that the taxes gay people pay out of their heard earned incomes go to fund it. Should the Mississippi preacher who condemns inter-racial marriage in his church be “be allowed to speak at the National Day of Prayer?”

    Make it a private event and no one outside of the organizers will have any say whatsoever. Use public tax dollars and these issues will continue to come up.

    • Rebecca Hamilton

      I don’t believe in abortion, but my taxes are spent to fund the number one abortion provider in the country. I don’t believe in many of our wars, but my taxes are used to kill people for wars that appear to have no purpose or reason to them and seem to be going to go on forever. I don’t believe in corporate welfare, but my taxes are used like a private piggy bank by private corporations. I don’t believe in a two-tier school system, where public education monies go to build luxury schools for the rich and leave the schools for the poor looking like neglected, dangerous dungeons. I could go on, but this is a combox, not an encyclopedia.

      If we make it a private event, I’ll bet the ranch that opponents will still attack it. Public dollars aren’t the issue here. The desire to drive Christianity from the public square is what powers least part of this argument; silencing anyone who opposes gay marriage is powering the rest of it.

      As for inter-racial marriage, that’s been done to death by gay marriage advocates on this blog. You’re new here and probably don’t know that.

      • Nathan

        wrong, dumdum-no tax money has ever gone to an abortion-nice try!

        • Rebecca Hamilton

          I don’t think you read my reply carefully enough. I said that money goes to America’s largest abortion provider. Planned Parenthood receives Title X pass-through monies — a lot of it. It also receives monies through block grants under the Affordable Health Care Act and through grants for sex education at the state level (Title IX this time.) There is also funding going into Planned Parenthood through federal grants for “women’s health care” that comes through Medicaid pass-through monies. Also, I believe that active duty military personnel are entitled to abortions. That may be only in war zones, I’m not sure about the nuances since it was only passed fairly recently. Abortion money also goes overseas in the form of “aid.” The so-called Mexico City policy upset Planned Parenthood International because it stopped money from going to organizations that perform or refer for abortions, meaning, them.

          The way Planned Parenthood gets around this and allows politicians to continue claiming that they don’t vote for federal funding of abortion is by tricks of bookkeeping.

          Another point: I don’t allow personal jibes and name calling on this blog.

  • MountainTiger

    When you accept public sponsorship, you invite public scrutiny.

  • Bill S

    “The California pastor preaches that the Bible is the inerrant word of God and that the Bible teaches that homosexuality is a sin.”

    Well, that’s his problem right there. Did the writers of the stories in the Bible think that what they were writing would one day be put in a compilation with other similar stories and be elevated to the status of being the inerrant “Word of God”? Did the writer who said that a man shall not lay down with another man for it is an abomination have any idea that his taboo would go viral? And that people would think that God said it? Really?

    • Theodore Seeber

      I’m willing to bet he hoped his taboo “would go viral”, because he saw the problem homosexuality presented to the Nation of Israel.
      And in that he was wiser than any modern American, who accepts uncritically on faith alone that homosexuality is good.

      And thus in the end analysis, I see no difference between taking George Weinberg on faith alone and taking the writer of Leviticus on faith alone. So your complaint, is really about yourself.

  • FW Ken

    Assuming same-sex marriage is not a topic at the prayer breakfast, then excluding people who oppose ssm is done on the basis of their beliefs, shared by at least half of the people,of this country, who also pay taxes. The obsession of the Sam advocates is stunning, and evidences a very sick thought process, far more twisted than same-sex attraction.

    And “being gay” its not in the same category as “being black”, which its why its false to pull the racism card.

  • Sus

    Why does gay marriage even need to come up at all? Why does the event have to be for or against gay marriage? Why not just pray?
    This country has so many important issues and problems that affect us all. With school children being shot and bad people putting bombs in public areas that kill and maim, I just can’t care about gay marriage anymore. It’s already happening and it’s going to happen in all states, no matter what we think. It’s a done deal. If they start killing and maiming people over it, I’ll get excited. Otherwise, I’m going to take care of my family and pray and not worry about who is praying, who is allowed to pray and what is allowed to be prayed for.
    This is absurd!

  • http://N-a God is gay

    Should racist pastors be allowed to preach?

    So-called Christians abused God’s beautiful gay lesbian children for years. We were slandered, fired, evicted, expelled, rejected, imprisoned and, yes, sometimes beaten to death, usually by so-called Christians, at least in this country.

    Only now can you bring yourself to care abut the issue? becuase some people are using their freedom of speech to call out a pastor whose bread and butter is calling them out. That’s democracy, and you’re a hypocrite.

    • Rebecca Hamilton

      I’m allowing this because you are so passionate about it, and you raise issues that are worth talking about. However, please do not call people names.

    • SteveP

      The implication is that no “gay” person ever slandered, fired, evicted, expelled, rejected, imprisoned or, beat to death another person in this country for race, color or creed. Hypocrisy is play-acting a persona while practicing another; my understanding is that theater, both stage and film, is disproportionately populated with those who are same-sex attracted.
      It would seem the charge of hypocrisy against Rebecca is completely unfounded: she has been clear that she is representative of her constituents.

  • pagansister

    If he isn’t planning to use the Day of Prayer as a pulpit to preach against SSM, then why now allow him to speak? I am assuming that this event isn’t a church service.

  • FW Ken
  • revrocky210

    USA – from Puritans to Impure-itans

    Is there a connection between beautiful New England and entire American cities turned into smoking rubble? There is.

    Take same-sex marriage. I would have guessed that a “sin” city (San
    Francisco? Las Vegas?) would have been the first to legalize it.

    Oddly it’s been the place where America started that’s wanted to be the
    first place to help bring about the end of America and its values! It’s
    been a Nor’easter of Perversion (helping to fulfill the end time “days
    of Lot” predicted in Luke 17) that began in (you guessed it) Boston in
    2004.
    New England has gone from the Mayflower Compact to the Gay
    Power Impact, from Providence to decadence, from Bible thumpers to God
    dumpers, from university to diversity to perversity, and from the land
    of the Great Awakening to God’s Future Shakening that will make the
    Boston bombings look like Walden Pond ripples by comparison!
    The
    same Nor’easter has been spreading south and as far west as Washington
    State where, after swelling up with pride, Mt. Rainier may wish to
    celebrate shame-sex marriage by having a blast that Seaddlepated folks
    can share in lava-land!
    The same Luke 17 prediction is tied to
    the Book of Revelation which speaks of the cities that God will flatten
    because of same-sexism – including American cities – a scenario I’ll
    have to accept since I can’t create my own universe and decree rules for
    it.
    I’ve just been analyzing the world’s terminal “religion”
    that has its “god,” its accessories, its “rites,” and even a flag. It’s
    an obsession that the infected converts are willing to live for, fight
    for – and even die for!
    Want more facts? Google “God to Same-Sexers: Hurry Up” and “Government-Approved Illegals.”

    [Above snippet seen recently on the worldwide you-know-what.]


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