Revised: July 04, 2013
Reflecting on the recent Supreme Court decision that overturns key provisions of Defense of Marriage Act [DOMA] caused me to think about this article on Jason Collins. The basic flaw in the Court’s decision is connected to a broader problem — casting homosexuals as a protected class. As originally discussed int the article, Jason Collins ironically exposed the flaw.
Gays were added to protected classes without passing the 3-fold test established in the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and, once added, treated as though this lifestyle merits certain protections. The direction our laws have taken to advance a powerful homosexual agenda in this country is tantamount to claiming left-handed writers are a protected class then constructing laws around this designation. Hanging the term “discrimination” on gays is about as absurd as concluding one’s lawn is wet because of rain, after having just turned off the water sprinkler. The missing voices following the Supreme Court ruling were likewise missing in the Jason Collins announcement. They are the same missing voices — each shackled by the same political pressures, breakdown in social values, disregard for God’s will (while still desiring God’s blessings).
Last week, NBA star Jason Collins became the first male professional athlete in America’s four major sports to announce that he is homosexual.
The comments set-off a firestorm of debate from virtually every angle on this issue. David Stern, NBA Commissioner, saw this as a needed leadership in the world iof professional basketball. Gay agenda advocates touted Collin’s announcement as progress for the nation. And the increasingly pro-homosexuality media celebrated the disclosure.
With a new-found image to advance the homosexual movement, countless outlets rushed to this story, generating a sea of articles and news reports that essential say the thing. Caught up in the whirlwind to get out a story, producer and publishers had little time for stories within the story. Consequences, I choose to wait until the buzz subsided before coming to this forum with hopefully a different perspective.
And it is a perspective, not of what we heard, but we have not heard and its connection of the broader cultural war taking place around the issues of homosexuality in America.
Voices We Are Not Hearing…
Strangely missing from the public’s discussion of the Collins announcement are number of prominent voices. These voices are either silent in or crowded-out of cultural spaces that increasingly reject traditional values. Missing are:
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