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We Hold These Truths to be Self-Evident
by Chris Tremoglie
24 April 2003 Senator Rick Santorum

Homosexuals are entitled to the same unalienable rights as everyone else. However, to expect everyone to like and promote homosexuality even when it goes against religious principles; that is where the line MUST be drawn.

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.

This is the First Amendment of the Constitution. As we all know, it entitles us Americans to certain liberties and freedoms that are not granted to other people around the world. This is an Amendment for ALL Americans - even government and legislative officials. So when Rick Santorum makes a comment about homosexuals and he is asked to resign because of them, I ask you, where is the right to Freedom of Speech?

Like the attacks on Reggie White several years ago for comments depicting homosexuality as a sin in certain religions, the same unwarranted attacks have fallen on Mr. Santorum. Again, I reiterate, don't all Americans have Freedom of Speech? Unless “words used are used in such circumstances and are of such a nature as to create clear and present danger,” Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes ruled in Schenk v. United States, all Americans are entitled to freedom of speech. That is true, unless the topic or speech concerns homosexuality. It seems people are allowed to be pro-homosexual, but if someone raises thoughts or feelings against homosexuality, or dare I say anti-homosexuality, one is castrated and targeted as an enemy and thus apparently loses all of their constitutional freedoms. It will make the most non-violent peacenik turn downright ugly. Pardon me a second while I put on my Eminem CD.

“May I have your attention please: will the real homosexuals please stand up?” Contrary to what people over at GLAAD may believe, people are entitled to be anti-homosexual. As I recall, homosexuality is a sin in the Bible, and therefore by expressing sentiment against homosexuality, one is doing nothing wrong. It seems as if just being accepted is not enough. The homosexual population now wants special consideration to wipe out freedom of speech and religion if it is against them. The people at GLAAD want it to be okay to stand and shout, “Hey, I am a homosexual,” but want to hush those who say, “Hey, I am a heterosexual and proud of it.” With all of the current events recently, I did not know our First Amendment privileges had been restricted to say only positive things about everything. I didn’t realize that a Marxist utopia overtook our capitalist Republic.

Our country has not changed and our principles are still standing. Our country was founded as a Judeo-Christian country, and since its inception, has expanded to include many different religions. In one religion, adultery is a sin. In another religion, not facing Mecca to pray daily is a sin. In yet another religion, eating pork is a sin. And in another religion, homosexuality is a sin. As it says on one gay web page, “The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) is dedicated to promoting and ensuring fair, accurate and inclusive representation of people and events in the media as a means of eliminating homophobia and discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation.” This is all well and good no matter how many people disagree or agree with homosexuality.

When a United States Senator is asked to resign because he is adhering to his religion, that is wrong. When a Pro-Football Hall of Famer is criticized for doing nothing more then speaking his mind, giving his constitutionally protected opinions, and abiding by his religion, it is reverse discrimination in its nastiest form. A homosexual is a human just like everyone else, and is entitled to the same unalienable rights as everyone else. However, to expect everyone to like and promote homosexuality even when it goes against religious principles, that is where the line must be drawn. Promoting equality - yes; promoting homosexual advancement – no!

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