Congratulations to President-elect, Barack Obama, and his family. No matter how I voted, I am deeply grateful for the milestone of this election. For many years, I have had great respect for the many fine African-Americans who have served this nation with exceptional ability in high places of authority and influence. Electing the first African-American President is a great milestone. I hope that all those who were first-time voters based on the race of the candidate will remain participants in the future. It saddens me that so many did not choose to exercise this precious liberty until now.
Two issues facing our new President:
With the election of Barack Obama as 44th president of the USA, we move further from some of the saddest days of American history. The wrongful treatment of African-Americans during the days of slavery must never be repeated. Ironically, however, another group of vulnerable citizens has received far worse treatment. Will the new president’s policies further the horrors unleashed upon this group? Or, will he stand in a great tradition of those who against all odds and pressure oppose oppression and violence?
Will our new president help the helpless? Will he hear the cries of the most precious and vulnerable citizens? Or, will he cower to the pressures of popularity and political expedience? The unborn babies living in their mothers’ wombs need a president who cares and values their lives. Will he refuse to support any policies aimed at their destruction? Will this president say, “Never again!”? Or, will he increase the horrific systematic destruction of the unborn? Will he deny their personhood and let them die brutally at the hands of “professionals”? Or, will he say, “Enough is enough!”?
On another matter of great importance to liberty, I hope president-elect Obama will be offended by the comparison of racial discrimination with homosexual lifestyle. This comparison is dangerous to liberty. Civil rights battles should be restricted to matters of nature not lifestyle. The renderings on referendums on the ballots in several states have confirmed that Americans do not want the sexual lifestyles of others forced on them.
Obviously, in a free nation, people must be asked to treat respectfully those who choose (within law) different lifestyles. But when these lifestyles are forced on others (as is happening with homosexuality in the State of Massachusetts), liberty is wrongly threatened. Forcing affirmation and endorsement of lifestyles on those who disagree with them is not freedom.
I hope our new president will recognize the important difference between required respect (which is necessary) and forced affirmation or indoctrination. In a free and diverse nation, tolerance is an important safeguard to civility. But a tolerance that asks for more than respectful treatment of others, is not only profoundly misguided, it is a form of intolerance. If we don’t respect this distinction, the liberty of our nation will be threatened.
A disaster in Massachusetts:
Parents and teachers in public schools in Massachusetts are feeling the destruction of liberty as their children are facing forced indoctrination of the homosexual lifestyle. Elementary aged children are being sent home with diversity packets without parental consent and parents are being forced to comply. Business owners and doctors are also being forced to affirm homosexual preferences that violate their beliefs and morals. This is not tolerance or respect. It is coerced approval of the lifestyle choices of others. Discrimination (in actual civil rights cases) injures people for what they are by nature not for lifestyles they choose. It is a threat to liberty to start protecting lifestyles with special laws and forcing those lifestyles on others.
Will President-elect Obama be fooled by the false comparison of race and sexual preference? He should be offended by such a comparison. Racial difference is trivialized when equated with sexual lifestyles. Our 44th president seems to be very intelligent. I hope he will be too smart to fall for this false comparison? If he cowers to the political pressure and extremism of the far left, his presidency will go down as a sad moment in our history. I hope and pray for more. I will pray faithfully for Barack Obama. Please join me.
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