Our founding fathers stated in the First Amendment that, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion.” This means that government, whether national or local, should not be imposing a particular religious view on the people. I find that my local government, by deciding to decorate our city of Rochester, NH with gay pride rainbow flags, is imposing a particular religious view on the whole populace.
No government has the right to force me to accept this religious view which is in opposition to my own religious view. My religious view is Biblical: “God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.” (Genesis 1:27). Clearly I don’t have the right to force this view on anyone else. But I do have the right to live according to my belief; and I have the right not to be coerced into embracing beliefs which contradict my own.
I believe that I’m called to love and be merciful to every other person as Jesus loves and is merciful to me. I am tolerant of every person; but I am not tolerant of actions which, since they oppose nature, are destructive to individuals and society and are scandalous to the young.