Do Democrats really need to promote religious persecution?

American Thinker pngI don’t agree with everything Karen McQuillan writes here but she makes many good points:

Democrat politicians do not want respectful disagreement between evangelicals and gays. War between homosexuals and evangelicals is important for them. The Democratic Party, in order to raise money from gays and lock in millennial votes, is attacking freedom of thought, speech and religion. This is a basic community organizing tactic: encourage grievance, divide the community, fan the flames of conflict, and inject government power into social problems. By putting their own political interests before every other value, Democrats have pushed our country into a culture clash that is becoming unresolvable.

It is time to take a deep breath and reaffirm the principles we all love. Phil Robertson, imperfect human being, master of the duck call, has given us a wake up call.

Gays have civil rights in our society — along with all the rest of us. When gay rights are made absolute, they threaten everyone’s fundamental civil rights. Homosexual wants and desires for universal acceptance are not civil rights.

These are our civil rights: freedom of religion, freedom of speech, freedom of the press, freedom of assembly, freedom from involuntary servitude, the right to vote, the right to equality in public places, the right to due process of law, the right to equal protection under the law. That’s it.

Our constitutional civil rights are inalienable, meaning God-given rights, based ultimately on the teachings of the Bible. These are rights of individuals, not groups.

Society cannot avoid conflict. Homosexual sex directly contradicts the teachings of the Bible. That may be regrettable in terms of avoiding disagreement, but that’s the way it is. Homosexual evangelicals have a real challenge, but it is one they have to work out themselves, reconciling their religious beliefs and sexual urges. The good news is this: religious people who think homosexuality is a sin at the same time believe that we are all sinners, and that we should not judge other sinners but treat them with love. Seeing homosexual sex as a sin does not lead to hate or violence or bullying. Those are sins also.

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