The freedom to live your faith in the public square is disappearing rapidly

These statements about gay “marriage” were made by two different people:

When asked to define marriage, one said:  “I believe that marriage is the union between a man and a woman. Now, for me as a Christian — for me — for me as a Christian, it is also a sacred union. God’s in the mix.”

When asked about support of the traditional family unit, as opposed to gay marriage, the other said:  “Guilty as charged, we are very much supportive of the family — the biblical definition of the family unit. We are a family-owned business, a family-led business, and we are married to our first wives. We give God thanks for that,”

Do you know who the speakers were?

The first speaker was praised by many for his position, for his statesmanship, for his restraint.

The second was threatened with losing business licenses, and with boycotts, protests, violence at business locations; his employees were harassed.  Mayors of Chicago, Boston, and Washington DC, told the second that he and his business were not welcome in their cities.  These mayors told the second that they would try to revoke business licenses.

The first speaker was then-candidate Senator Barack Obama, answering the question of Pastor Rick Warren at Saddleback Church in 2008.

The second speaker was the CEO of Chick-Fil-A, Dan Cathay, speaking last week.  When someone speaks about a religious belief and is threatened by Congressmen, mayors, and other elected officials, we are seeing an urge to totalitarianism and control of speech and religious expression.  It would be appropriate for those politicians to attack Dan Cathay’s views, to argue against his position.  But they can’t seem to see the wrong in attacking Dan Cathay’s right to free speech, and right to share his religiously-informed beliefs in public.

When an American citizen is threatened by major political figures for expressing his religious beliefs in public, we are headed down a dark road indeed.

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