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In Dec. 6 Issue
Russell County News
By Ron Phillips

The People have spoken!  Well, at least they have in California, but it’s really sad that the Gay Activists cannot accept the results. Even worse, the Gays are blaming the passing of Proposition 8 on the Mormon’s.   Proposition 8 was the ballot initiative to make same-sex marriage illegal in California.  

I believe that it is becoming abundantly clear that “The folks” have had just about enough of the Gay Movement. The very freedom that we all enjoy, gives these Activists the right to protest, but it does not give them the right to defaced church buildings.

Exit polling on November 4 revealed that 2/3rds of self proclaimed Christians voted for the ban, but the Mormon’s are being targeted because of the overwhelming support that was put forth by the Mormon Church’s hierarchy.  

I think that Christians across our great land should applaud the Mormon Church for standing up for their beliefs. No one in this great nation should have to apologize for their religious beliefs, but we all must be willing to defend those beliefs, especially when there is a potential threat to take them away. Over the centuries, Christians have learned to agree to disagree.  This is a lesson that comes hard, especially to non-believers. As Christians we are taught to respect the rights of our fellow man and our constitution guarantees our rights to worship and believe as we choose.  It interesting to note that only 2 percent of California’s population is Mormon, but they got their message out and the People listened.   On Nov. 14, Mormon Church leaders issued a statement criticizing the backlash. “Since the people of California voted to reaffirm the sanctity of traditional marriage between a man and a woman on November 4, 2008, places of worship have been targeted by opponents of Proposition 8 with demonstrations and, in some cases, vandalism,” the church’s First Presidency wrote.  “Attacks on churches and intimidation of people of faith have no place in civil discourse over controversial issues. 

People of faith have a democratic right to express their views in the public square without fear of reprisal. Efforts to force citizens out of public discussion should be deplored by people of goodwill everywhere.” Another event that recently unveiled its self was the canceling of “Rosie Live”. 

NBC decided to resurrect Rosie O’Donnell with a new live entertainment show, but with only 5 million viewers watching the first show, NBC pulled the plug quickly and said good night to Rosie.  This is a prime example of enough is enough? I’m sure NBC executives have learned a valuable lesson. 

Reasonable thinking people are sick of celebrities like Ms. O’Donnell spewing out their non-sense and political views.  I’m sure that most will agree that celebrities should stick to what they do best. 

Country singer Trace Atkins stated recently that he believes that his fans come to see him sing and to not pay out their hard earned money for his personal opinions or political views.  I wish more celebrities would follow Mr. Atkins lead.

May God bless…

Ron Phillips

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