Hooray for the Baptists!

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And Now….The Rest of the Story

Yesterday I reported on some extreme behavior by our Conejo Valley Unified School District Administrators, when they destroyed one resident’s proposition 8 sign that they felt was too close to school property. (see thread here for part I)

Well, here’s how it turned out yesterday.  After the Administration thugs were through stomping the sign into the ground, they hurled it over the fence of the people who put it up, and it stayed there most of the day.

Our friend Tim Cooley heard about what had happened to the sign and saw the police and everything–well, he got to work with some of his contacts to find a new home for the sign.  He called up Pastor Wilson of the First Baptist Church here in town and they chatted about the sign dilemma.  Pastor Wilson and his congregation have been collaborating with all the churches in the area on proposition 8 and were thrilled and honored to be the custodians of the big sign.  They provided a space for it immediately.  They’d already lost four large signs to the opposition’s thieves and vandals, and currently didn’t have a Yes on 8 sign.

The interesting thing is that Baptists are extremely wary of Mormons.  They don’t traditionally get along.  Tim Cooley was the Bishop of the local LDS (Mormon) congregation a few years ago, so he and Pastor Wilson had some interactions over the years, that could have been better.   So even though the builders of the sign were Mormon,  Tim Cooley is Mormon, and Pastor Wilson is a Baptist, today it didn’t matter.

Tim, Daryl and some other guys got the sign out, fixed it up, replaced the smashed bulbs and wiring, got it all ready to go and installed it right in front of the Baptist Church which stands on a hillside overlooking Erbes and La Granada.  While they were putting the big sign together, they had more conversations with the Baptists and were able to clear up some of the misconceptions that were out there.  Funny that for being so geographically close, the two churches knew so little about each other.  They found quite a bit of common ground.

Pastor Wilson and Assistant Pastor Dean actually invited Tim to their special prayer meeting tonight and invited him to pray and speak a bit about prop 8 and the efforts being made.  Tim said it was a unique and wonderful experience, that they opened their place of worship and invited him in with open arms, with AMEN!  and Yeah Brother!

All the while they were praying and meeting, outside you could hear the raucous noise of cheering and honking horns as cars streamed past the giant sign.  Yes on 8!!

The thing that is wonderful to me is the strength of this collaboration between the churches of California.  Here we are, finding out who our friends really are, and who our enemies really are.  This is our common ground, standing up for each other, and supporting each other against the opposition.  What a blessing it is to stand with our Christian brothers and sisters, in all their denominational flavors. This proposition is so important to all of us.  What a blessing it has been to finally find that common ground in such a great cause that can bring such polar opposites together.  The Lord works in mysterious ways…..

Hooray for the Baptists!  and thanks to Tim Cooley for “the rest of the story.”

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Tim Cooley (left) and members of the First Baptist Church "Yes on 8 Coalition" working together to protect the family Nov. 2008

Is Same Sex Marriage a Civil Right?

Same-sex Marriage vs. Civil Rights

By Jeff Jacoby

Homosexual marriage is not a civil rights issue. But that hasn’t stopped the advocates of same-sex marriage from draping themselves in the glory of the civil rights movement — and smearing the defenders of traditional marriage as the moral equal of segregationists.

In The New York Times last Sunday, cultural critic Frank Rich, quoting a “civil rights lawyer,” beatified the gay and lesbian couples lining up to receive illegal marriage licenses from San Francisco’s new mayor, Gavin Newsom.

“An act as unremarkable as getting a wedding license has been transformed by the people embracing it,” Rich wrote, “much as the unremarkable act of sitting at a Formica lunch counter was transformed by an act of civil disobedience at a Woolworth’s in North Carolina 44 years ago this month.” Nearby, the Times ran a photograph of a smiling lesbian couple in matching wedding veils — and an even larger photograph of a 1960 lunch counter sit-in.

Rich’s essay — “The Joy of Gay Marriage” — went on to cast the supporters of traditional marriage as hateful zealots. They are “eager to foment the bloodiest culture war possible,” he charged. “They are gladly donning the roles played by Lester Maddox and George Wallace in the civil rights era.”

But it is the marriage radicals like Rich and Newsom who are doing their best to inflame a culture war. And as is so often the case in wartime, truth — in this case, historical truth — has been an early casualty.

For contrary to what Rich seems to believe, when Ezell Blair Jr., David Richmond, Joseph McNeil, and Franklin McCain approached the lunch counter of the Elm Street Woolworth’s in Greensboro, N.C. on Feb. 1, 1960, all they were looking for was something to eat. The four North Carolina Agricultural & Technical College students only wanted what any white customer might want, and on precisely the same terms — the same food at the same counter at the same price.

Those first four sit-in strikers, like the thousands of others who would emulate them at lunch counters across the South, weren’t demanding that Woolworth’s prepare or serve their food in ways it had never been prepared or served before. They weren’t trying to do something that had never been lawful in any state of the union. They weren’t bent on forcing a revolutionary change upon a timeless social institution.

All they were seeking was what should already have been theirs under the law of the land. The 14th Amendment — approved by Congress and ratified by three-fourths of the states in 1868 — had declared that blacks no less than whites were entitled to equal protection of the law. The Civil Rights Act of 1875 — passed by a Democratic House and a Republican Senate and signed into law by President Grant — had barred discrimination in public accommodations.

But the Supreme Court had gutted those protections with shameful decisions in 1883 and 1896. The court’s betrayal of black Americans was the reason why, more than six decades later, segregation still polluted so much of the nation. To restore the 14th Amendment to its original purpose, to re-create the Civil Rights Act, to return to black citizens the equality that had been stolen from them — that was the great cause of civil rights.

The marriage radicals, on the other hand, seek to restore nothing. They have not been deprived of the law’s equal protection, nor of the right to marry — only of the right to insist that a single-sex union is a “marriage.” They cloak their demands in the language of civil rights because it sounds so much better than the truth: They don’t want to accept or reject marriage on the same terms that it is available to everyone else. They want it on entirely new terms. They want it to be given a meaning it has never before had, and they prefer that it be done undemocratically — by judicial fiat, for example, or by mayors flouting the law. Whatever else that may be, it isn’t civil rights.

But dare to speak against it, and you are no better than Bull Connor.

Last month, as Massachusetts lawmakers prepared to debate a constitutional amendment on the meaning of marriage, the state’s leading black clergy came out strongly in support of the age-old definition: the union of a man and a woman. They were promptly tarred as enemies of civil rights. “Martin Luther King,” one left-wing legislator barked, “is rolling over in his grave at a statement like this.”

But if anything has King spinning in his grave, it is the indecency of exploiting his name for a cause he never supported. The civil rights movement for which he lived and died was grounded in a fundamental truth: All of us are created equal. The same-sex marriage movement, by contrast, is grounded in the denial of a fundamental truth: The Creator who made us equal made us male and female. That duality has always and everywhere been the starting point for marriage. The newly fashionable claim that marriage can ignore that duality is akin to the claim, back when lunch counters were segregated, that America was a land of liberty and justice for all.  —www.jewishworldreview.com

The Great Civil Rights Movement won because their cause was just!  See Martin Luther King’s Dee Garrett on the difference:

Racism was about EQUALITY.

Same sex marriage is not about equality.

Marriage is about SOCIETY and THE FUTURE and about OUR CHILDREN!

Protect and Restore True Marriage in Calilfornia

Yes on prop 8!

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