Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
I wasn’t aware we have a state-sponsored religion called leftism. From the Daily Wire:
Even though author Nicholas Sparks (of “The Notebook” fame) co-founded a Christian school that appeared to uphold biblical principles on sexual morality, he has now released a statement giving his full, unequivocal support for all things LGBT-related after facing significant backlash.
Last week, The Daily Beast published a lengthy article accusing the famed romance novelist of banning an LGBT club at Epiphany School of Global Studies, a Christian school he helped co-found in 2006. According to the school’s former headmaster and CEO Saul Benjamin, Sparks worked in concert with the school’s Board of Trustees to quash open expression of the LGBT identity on campus. As the conflict escalated between Benjamin and Sparks, the former headmaster alleged he was unjustly fired and filed a lawsuit as a result. That suit will be going to trial this August.
To further support his case, Benjamin released several emails in which Sparks expressly accused him of violating the school’s core tenets by trying to create an atmosphere on campus wherein homosexuality is “open and accepted,” arguing that this alienated members of the staff.
In a lengthy statement released by Sparks on Monday, the author claims to have been misrepresented by the emails that Benjamin provided to The Daily Beast. In fact, Sparks claims he has always supported the LGBT community and that he welcomed the inclusion of some sort of LGBT club on campus — but only disapproved of how Benjamin went about it. More importantly, Sparks declares himself to be an ally of the LGBT community in the culture wars and supports such important causes like same-sex marriage, gay couples adopting children, and more.
“I believe in the school’s founding principle of loving God and thy neighbor as thyself, and that includes members of the LGBTQ community,” Sparks says in the letter. “I believe in and unreservedly support the principle that all individuals should be free to love, marry and have children with the person they choose, regardless of gender identity or sexual orientation. This is and has always been a core value of mine. I am an unequivocal supporter of gay marriage, gay adoption, and equal employment rights and would never want to discourage any young person or adult from embracing who they are.”
The attacks against Sparks on Twitter are something to behold.
I get it, Nick. Your livelihood is at stake. And I’m sure it’s hard to be hated among the elite for holding to traditional values. Who needs the hassle? But is it too much to ask that you remember yours is a Christian school and while treating everyone with respect is required by those affiliated with the school, you are under no legal obligation to allow the creation of a group whose values you disagree with, nor is it your responsibility to claim support for sin. Under the same Christian principles, this is no different than if you were forced to accept and promote students who wanted to start a club dedicated to pornography.
Be clear on this, leftists: Refraining from celebrating homosexuality and prohibiting an LGBTQ group from forming in your school does not mean you hate gays or anyone who considers himself part of this “community.” It means you hold to a particular set of values that are counter to someone else’s values and the last time I checked, this is America. Are we not free to associate or not with whom we choose?
Leftism claims to be secular but the main point here is that leftism is a religion. Adherence is strictly enforced and if you deviate, you will pay with your reputation, income, and personal safety.
But not if you’re a Muslim. This protected class can throw gays off buildings or hang them from a construction crane in the middle of the public square, and no one on the left bats an eye.
Diversity is great.