The New York Times Sanctions Religious Bigotry

Laurie Higgins and Dr. Michael Brown highlight the latest ignorance at the New York Times:

NY Times Columnist Wants to Confine Religious Liberty to Church Closet

By Laurie Higgins

Openly homosexual New York Times op-ed columnist Frank Bruni has announced his generous support for the right of people of faith “to believe what they do and say what they wish—in their pews, homes and hearts.” (emphasis added).

Wow, thanks, Mr. Bruni.

The hubris of “progressives,” particularly “progressives” of a particular rainbow-hued stripe, seems to know no bounds. According to Bruni, conservative Christians must relinquish their constitutionally protected right to the free exercise of religion on his altar to the god of homoeroticism.

A peevish Bruni starts his screed by moaning that he feels “chafed” by claims that homosexuals like himself are a threat to religious liberty and then proceeds to argue for a breathtaking limitation of religious liberty to only pews, homes, and hearts—which is actually no liberty at all. In so doing, Bruni reveals his lack of understanding of both the history of religious liberty and of what faith entails for followers of Christ.

The First Amendment was intended to protect the right of people of faith to practice their religion unencumbered by government, which has the unruly tendency to intrude into areas of human life into which it ought not intrude. The Free Exercise Clause was intended to provide broad protections for the exercise of religion—which is not limited to pews, homes, and hearts, and not abrogated by homoeroticism.

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The New York Times Sanctions Religious Bigotry

By Dr. Michael Brown

The pattern is now completely predictable: Gay activists and their allies overplay their hand, and the liberal media says, “Well done! We fully support your intolerance.”

Last week, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed fired Kelvin Cochran, the city’s fire chief with 30 years of service behind him. As the mayor’s statements made abundantly clear – and as we documented in the article, “The Mayor of Atlanta Declares War on Religious Freedom” – Cochran was fired because of his biblical beliefs that homosexual practice was abhorrent in God’s sight. (Cochran also spoke against fornication, with specific reference to heterosexual promiscuity, along with bestiality, pedophilia, and other sexual sins.)

The mayor’s actions were so egregious (in keeping with the pattern of intolerance in the name of tolerance) that Christian leaders, both national and local, gathered in Atlanta on Tuesday to protest Cochran’s dismissal.

Not to be outdone, the New York Times editorial board released an opinion piece earlier the same day, defending the mayor’s actions and repeating the claim that Cochran was not fired for his beliefs but for his poor judgment. Their reasoning is as spurious as was the mayor’s, but coming from the Times, it is even more dangerous.

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