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6.16.2006    |    so much for the First Amendment
Political correctness has, in Maryland, trumped the First Amendment to the Constitution. Maryland governor Robert Ehrlich, a Republican no less, has fired a Metro Board member for speaking his mind in an unofficial capacity.

The sad and ugly story of how PC trumps freedom of speech may be found here. The essentials:
Maryland Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. yesterday fired Robert J. Smith, his appointee on the Metro transit authority board, for referring to gay people as sexual deviants on a cable television show.

"Robert Smith's comments were highly inappropriate, insensitive and unacceptable," Ehrlich (R) said in a statement less than five hours after the controversy erupted during a Metro board meeting. "They are in direct conflict to my administration's commitment to inclusiveness, tolerance and opportunity."
Ehrlich's "commitment to inclusiveness and tolerance" apparently does not include those whose thoughts and speech deviate from some unwritten code. In this case, Mr. Smith's offense was giving offense to the take-it-up-the-bum lobby (hey, I could have used a much uglier term...). What Mr. Smith actually said is "Homosexual behavior, in my view, is deviant...I'm a Roman Catholic."

Well, apparently Ehrlich will only have Catholics serving his administration if they deny some politically incorrect teachings of the Church. Or, for that matter, any believer who happens to know that God Himself has labelled homosexual sex as an "abomination" (Leviticus 18:22).

The biggest problem is human nature: homosexuals, like the rest of us, just hate it when they are told that their sinful behavior is...sinful. We all sin, and no group is exempt just because it's become politically convenient to ignore their sin.

Shame on Ehrlich for being so pliable, and lacking any discernible backbone.

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Welcome. My name is John Luke Rich, (very) struggling Christian. The focus here is Christianity in its many varieties, its fussing and feuding, how it impacts our lives and our society, with detours to consider it with other faiths (or lack thereof).

Call this blog my way of evangelizing on the internet.

Putting it differently, we're only here on this earth a short time. It's the rest of eternity that we should be most concerned about. Call it the care and feeding of our souls.

I was born Jewish, and born again in Christ Jesus over thirty years ago. First as a Roman Catholic; now a Calvinist by persuasion and a Baptist by denomination. But I'm hardly a poster boy for doctrinal rigidity.

I believe that Scripture is the rock on which all Christian churches must stand -- or sink if they are not so grounded. I believe that we are saved by faith, but hardly in a vacuum. That faith is a gift from God, through no agency on our part -- although we sometimes turn a deaf ear and choose to ignore God's knocking on the door.

To be Christian is to evangelize. Those who think it not their part to evangelize perhaps haven't truly understood what our Lord told us in Matthew 28. We must preach the Gospel as best we are able. Using words if necessary.

Though my faith waxes and wanes, it never seems to go away. Sometimes I wish it would, to give me some peace of mind. But then, Jesus never said that walking with Him was going to be easy...

Final note: I also blog as Jack Rich on cultural, political and other things over at Wrong Side of the Tracks

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