I recently wrote a letter to the editor of the Defiance Crescent-News titled The Hypocrisy of Christian Government Officials Refusing to Issue Same-Sex Marriage License. Jim Hoops responded to my letter:
I am penning this editorial in response to the ‘Sins routinely ignored’ contribution. I take issue with the quote, “The Bible sure has a lot to say about adultery and fornication, yet those ‘sins’ are routinely ignored. Only homosexuals and same-sex couples are singled out for discrimination and abuse. Why is this?”
Perhaps Mr. Gerencser recalls the woman who was about to be stoned for adultery (yes, a ‘sin’) when Jesus stepped in. Jesus stood up and said to her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?” She said, “No one, Lord.” And Jesus said, “Neither do I condemn you; go, and from now on sin no more.”
The last three words of Jesus are the reason why Christians must defend traditional marriage. Yes, adulterers and fornicators are issued marriage licenses and they can choose to heed or ignore Christ’s words and “sin no more.” However, for a Christian government official to issue marriage licenses to homosexuals and same-sex couples he or she would have to alter Jesus’ three words to read, “go and sin some more.”
I for one am not “homophobic” nor am I an adherent to a “religion of hate.” If Mr. Gerencser would like to label me, and other Christians, perhaps ‘sinophobic’ is a bit more accurate than his chosen adjectives.
Hoops begins his letter with the question I asked in my letter:
“The Bible sure has a lot to say about adultery and fornication, yet those ‘sins’ are routinely ignored. Only homosexuals and same-sex couples are singled out for discrimination and abuse. Why is this?”
He then totally ignores the question and proceeds to lecture me on what the Bible says about sin. Why did he bother to state my question if he had no intention of answering it?
Hoops says that giving a same-sex couple a marriage license would require a Christian government official to give their stamp of approval on a relationship that God considers sin. Again, why are homosexual couples singled out and not heterosexual couples who are adulterers or fornicators?
Should a Seventh Day Adventist government official be permitted to NOT give a business license to any business open on the Sabbath Day?
How about Christian government officials who think drinking alcohol, gambling, and a host of other behaviors are a sin? Should they be permitted to refuse a person or a business a license if doing so would offend the official’s religious beliefs?
I’d love for Hoops to directly answer these questions.
I am persuaded that Evangelicals, Mormons, and Conservative Catholics have turned homosexuality into the sin above all sins. I’ve yet to have a Christian explain to me how two people of the same sex marrying affects them or their church in any way. From my seat in the atheist pew, all I see is hysteria, paranoia, and hate.