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posted: 4/29/2014 5:01 AM

Tolerance applies to religious speech, too

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Never have I heard such blab about tolerance and political correctness coming from the most intolerant of all -- the homosexual activists. They have determined somehow that the First Amendment applies only to them, that sexual activities trump religious freedom.

Activists advocate the destruction of sacramental marriage and the family unit from husband and wife to two men, or two women. This followed by teaching the acceptance of the homosexual life choice to our children. In a huge show of chutzpah, these "tolerant police" offer anything but to those who disagree. Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich felt their wrath when homosexual activists demanded he be fired. His "crime" was a $1,000 donation six years ago with the successful passage (52 percent plurality) of California's Prop 8 amendment keeping marriage between man and woman.

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Additional examples of their misguided "tolerance" came with the firing of sports announcer Craig James, and Phil Robertson of "Duck Dynasty" fame. A few years back, Anita Bryant was fired from her job as spokeswoman for Florida oranges. Locally it was the denial of entry for Naperville patriot Peter LaBarbera into Regina Saskatchewan to speak to the local Pro Life Council. Pressure came from the leftist group "Intolerance Free Weyburn."

Yet there is hope that religious freedom will survive. Homosexual writer Andrew Sullivan, responding to the Eich firing, opines, "This whole episode disgusts me, as it should anyone interested in a tolerant diverse society. If hounding our opponents with a fanaticism more like the religious right, then count me out."

Can we defenders of freedom of religious speech, and of traditional marriage, do any less? If we do not stiffen our suddenly weakened spines on this issue we will soon be forced to genuflect on all things homosexual. That is a church I will never attend. Jim Finnegan

Barrington

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