United we stand

LGBTs and non-LGBT Christians should overcome political differences to take down government

By Mark Luedtke

On issue after issue, LGBT (lesbians, gays, bisexuals, and transgenders) and non-LGBT Christians seem to disagree. The most obvious issue is gay marriage. When the Supreme Court recently barred states from banning gay marriage, Christian activists decried the decision. Franklin Graham, president of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and Samaritan’s Purse, warned via Fox Nation, “I believe God could bring judgment upon America,” Graham says.”You better be ready and you better be prepared because it’s coming. There will be persecution of Christians for our stand.”

There may not be outright persecution of Christians in America right now, but half of Americans believe discrimination against Christians is a serious problem. LGBTs should be able to relate.

But the source of this conflict is not one side or the other. It’s government. Government enacted the gay marriage ban and that same government control of our lives is now the source of Christian ire. But government has no legitimate power to allow or disallow individuals to marry. In a free society, people would be able to marry whom they want. LGBTs who trust government to protect their rights must have short memories. Not long ago that same government was denying those rights, and it could easily do so again.

Government is not the protector of people or rights. It preys on, persecutes, and kills the people. There’s no better proof of this than its wars. UK’s Independent reports, “At least 25 people have been murdered in Syria by the so-called Islamic State for being gay. Six have been stoned to death, three killed from direct shooting to the head, and 16 thrown from high-rise buildings. Those that survived the fall, the group added, were then stoned on the streets below by scores of bystanders. Two of those killed were under 18.”

Al Qaeda affiliate al Nusra Front, ISIS, the Free Syrian Army, and other jihadist rebels kill gays. They also kill Christians. Fox News reports that only a handful of mostly sick or elderly Christians remain in the ISIS stronghold of Raqqa, and Syrian Christians fear the forces that have brought that city’s population of Gospel followers to the brink of extinction could do the same for the entire nation.

“An estimated dozen Christian families are still in the northern city, forced under threat of execution to convert, pay an ‘infidel’ tax, or go into hiding. Forbidden from leaving, they also face death from attacks directed at ISIS by Damascus, Russia, and the U.S.-led Western coalition,” Fox reports.

The rebels murdering LGBTs and Christians in Syria are funded, trained, and armed by the U.S. government and its Arab allies. U.S. rulers are not protecting victims. They’re helping slaughter them en masse. Just weeks ago, Assad and his Russian allies were on the verge of defeating the rebels, but the U.S. government attacked a Syrian airbase and gave the rebels a reprieve to mass murder more.

War is coercive government unadulterated. Ayman Abdel Nour, executive director of Syrian Christians for Peace, observes, “We are trying to help [besieged Christians] escape or stay safe, in hiding. Their life is horrible. The people of Raqqa are being forced to live like it was 1,400 years ago.”

Same for LGBTs. Government is based on the barbaric idea that might makes right. The people of Syria are being dragged back to the Stone Age by government’s barbarism. LGBTs and non-LGBT Christians should unite to take away government’s power to persecute and kill.

With virtually boundless internet and 2,000 channels on cable TV, media coverage seems unlimited, but in reality, six media corporations—controlled by the government—produce 90 percent of the media in America. Those six organizations control what information most Americans have access to. What they choose to highlight and what they choose to bury perverts the way we see the world.

While Christians and LGBTs are being massacred in Syria, thanks to the U.S. government, the American media practically ignores the story. Instead, Americans argue over whether a Power Ranger should be gay or whether LGBT is represented fairly or frequently enough in pop culture. If government-controlled media was serious about fairly and accurately depicting LGBT—or Christian—issues, it would show LGBTs and Christians being thrown off buildings and then stoned by U.S. allies. That would be an honest representation of the consequences of rule by coercive government.

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Reach DCP freelance writer Mark Luedtke at MarkLuedtke@DaytonCityPaper.com.

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