RFFM.org Commentary by Dodi Smith *
My grandson, 16, came home last week and asked this question. "Why is it if a person is gay or one who believes in same-sex 'marriage' so often will not speak up in public when asked? To me this means there is something wrong with his/her thinking or they are ashamed of their sexual orientation of choice. If one is ashamed of his/her choice then they should not claim or show actions of being one.
Throughout the Bible God speaks of man and woman as being of two opposite sexes, and that man is head of his household. So, can someone explain to me how this same-sex 'marriage' and homosexual profile came to become such a law in this country? In one of my classes today this was discussed. I got in trouble because I said it was against all that our Lord stood for, and cities in Biblical times were destroyed due to this sin. This is wrong, our Lord tells us it is wrong, and we should stand up and defy those who try to teach there is nothing wrong about it. I have SAC (detention) for three days because I dared to speak out, but that is okay, Nan, I got my two cents in, and maybe others paid attention and will think about it. I know that same-sex marriages and gays are wrong. But how do we make the world see that it is such?"
One teenager willing to take punishment for something he believes is wrong and against the Laws of God. I am indeed proud of his stance, we have taught him well. But I am also outraged because, in a way, the school which my grandson attends is punishing all who hold views contrary to political correctness.
However, there is a document called the Constitution of the United States which specifically states all Americans have freedom of religion. We have the right to express views in concordance to the teachings of our faith--whether we be Jew or Christian, Buddhist or Hindu. These are rights that are indeed given to us by God, according to the Declaration of Independence which gave cause for the formation of our great nation.
It is a nation which cherishes liberty. Yet it is a nation which is filled with intolerance. The school that punished my grandson because he was not politically correct was indeed intolerant. And my grandson had the right to share his opinion on homosexual "marriage".
As a journalist, I find it hard to write about some stories because I empathize with those who are treated unfairly. But, when such things happen to your own flesh and blood, the situation becomes more personal and meaningful. I praise my grandson for his courage. He has truly grown up to be a good American. He's a good American because he knows he has the right to share his opinions that are based on faith. And he is a good American because he did not fear reprisals, truly fighting the good fight.
Sadly, our schools today are becoming institutions of indoctrination, instead of places of learning. It's time for all Americans to stand up for their rights and I'm glad my grandson is doing his part.
After reading my words, my grandson said, "Cool and right on, Nan. I am glad I took the stand I took. I am proud I walked into SAC with my head held high and took the unfair punishment, for I believe it sent a message to others that standing up for our Christian rights, as well as our Constitutional rights, is the picture of character, saying who we truly are. God is the only true good in our lives today and I am proud I come from a God-loving family."
* Dodi Smith is a contributing columnist to RFFM.org and resides in the Dallas-Fort Worth region of Texas.
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