On February 23, 2009, Scott Renfroe, a senator in Colorado stood before his peers and made the following remarks:
I oppose this bill because of what the will of the people was [and] because of what my personal beliefs are and I think that what our country was founded upon was those beliefs also. In the beginning God created our earth…
[insert sermon of Biblical proportions and heavy breathing here]
Homosexuality is seen as a violation of this natural creative order and it is an offense to God the creater who created men and women male and female for procreation.
[insert additional Bible quotes and additional heavy breathing]
The truth is what the family was created for in the beginning, that is a husband a wife and children and that is why we are here and this goes against that. This is just a continuation of the detraction of the family. And what I, I say all that to back up my beliefs and where we are going with this. I believe government is here, we are here to create the laws of our land. And when we create laws that goes against what Biblically we are supposed to stand for, I think we are, we are agreeing or allowing to go forward a sin which should not be treated by government as something that is legal. And that is what we are going to do with this and we have done in the past. We are taking sins and making them to be legally ok and that is wrong. That is an abomination according to scripture…
[insert sinful rhetoric and more heavy breathing]
Hear is the YouTube of the sermon:
That is the phrase often spoken by evangelicals when making their decrees against homosexuality. They are speaking the truth. I have a very different truth.
TRUTH: Homosexuals exist.
TRUTH: I do not believe in God. (note I did not say God does not exist or that God does exist; thus the statement is true.)
TRUTH: Eating pork is listed as an abomination in the Bible.
TRUTH: There are no state or federal laws against eating pork.
While all sins may be created equal according to Senator Renfroe’s beliefs (not truths), all crimes are not equal according to the legislation, court decrees and mandates. In fact, many laws have been established and repealed over the years, like: Prohibition (which had Biblical support), Segregation (which had Biblical support), Women driving (which had Biblical support), Sodomy laws (which had Biblical support), and more. Further, many states treat things that are illegal differently and provide worldly punishment (rather than after-life punishment) for those laws. For example, in some states the possession of marijuana can render one imprisoned for 10 years (or more), while in others, it is a small, misdemeanor offense punishable by fine.
Sin is distinguishable from law as law is distinguishable from sin. Your theology should not be our democracy. As so eloquently told in the book, The Kite Runner, “The only sin is theft.”