Paul D. Whitehead signed Equality Act Petition 2019-04-15 22:34:27 -0400When in public, homosexual and lesbian couples OUGHT to be willing to act the way ordinary friends and ordinary roommates would act. There is simply no need for them to publicize and flaunt their sex life. There is also such a thing as celibacy. It is possible for people with same-sex feelings to choose not to act on those feelings. Indeed, I believe that God expects those with same-sex feelings to choose to be celibate, given that the homosexual and lesbian lifestyles are SINFUL. Celibacy also minimizes the risk of catching a sexually transmitted disease. Reparative or conversion therapy would presumably not be necessary in the case of celibacy either, whatever its merits or demerits otherwise. Moreover, if reparative or conversion therapy includes sexual abuse, including engaging in sexual activity with a person of the opposite sex, it is certainly evil.
However, if homosexuals and lesbians insist on practicing their lifestyle despite its sinfulness, they can at least limit practicing the lifestyle to the privacy of their homes. Heterosexual married couples normally limit their sex life to the privacy of their homes. If homosexual and lesbian couples limited their sex life to the privacy of their homes, and did not tell anybody else about it, the rest of us would have no way of knowing about it. Therefore, we could not possibly discriminate against them for engaging in the lifestyle. One of the problems with discrimination against blacks is that black people cannot hide the color of their skin. Therefore, they cannot just “stay in the closet” in order to solve the problem.
When it comes to adopting children, the needs of the children OUGHT to come first. Since it is clear that children fare best with both a mother AND a father, adoption agencies have every right to prefer heterosexual married couples as parents for adoptive and foster children, and laws prohibiting them from doing so are contrary to God’s commandments, and are therefore EVIL. It is one thing for consenting adults to engage in a sinful lifestyle in the privacy of their homes; it is quite another thing for them to impose that sinful lifestyle on innocent children, or anyone else for that matter. Of course, those engaging in the homosexual or lesbian lifestyle, even in the privacy of their homes, and even in the absence of innocent children, would still have to answer to God sooner or later.
Homosexuals and lesbians have a LEGAL obligation to limit their sexual activity to consenting partners; they do NOT have the right, either legally or morally, to impose their sexual activity on unwilling partners. For example, in the work place, they do NOT have the right, either legally or morally, to sexually harass or assault their co-workers. Of course, heterosexuals do not have the right, either legally or morally, to sexually harass or assault their co-workers either. In addition, adults are COMPLETELY FORBIDDEN from sexually abusing children, both legally and morally, whether the sexual activity is heterosexual or homosexual.
God’s commandments take precedence over ALL man-made laws whatsoever, if there is a conflict. If civil law mandates actions unquestionably contrary to God’s commandments, one would have an ABSOLUTE DUTY to disobey the civil law in question, even at the risk of suffering the legal consequences. Of course, those who pass or attempt to enforce such morally evil laws are DOING EVIL. Laws that mandate active cooperation and participation in a same-sex wedding are unquestionably contrary to God’s commandments, and MUST as a matter of conscience be disobeyed, whatever the legal consequences. Therefore, Kim Davis in Kentucky had a DUTY to disobey the law that she broke requiring her to give marriage licenses to same-sex couples, and those who punished her for doing so were DOING EVIL. If the state is determined to violate people’s freedom of conscience, it will be necessary to try to make it as costly as possible for the state to do so. That could be one benefit of going to jail rather than obeying a civil law that is unquestionably contrary to God’s commandments.
To conclude, the legal rights of ordinary friends and ordinary roommates, along with “Don’t ask, don’t tell,” OUGHT to be enough to deal with any unjust discrimination that homosexuals and lesbians might otherwise face. This would seem to be the proper way for a pluralistic society to both respect the legal rights of homosexuals and lesbians, and also the freedom of religion and freedom of conscience of those who believe that the homosexual and lesbian lifestyles are sinful. If homosexuals and lesbians did not publicize their sex life, they should not have any problem receiving services in any area unrelated to one’s sex life, since those providing the services would presumably then be unaware of their sex life. The Supreme Court made the correct decision in the Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission case.
Democrats are pushing a very dangerous bill -- wrongly named the "Equality Act" -- that pushes a radical LGBT agenda and effectively criminalizes Christianity. The bill does not exempt church, religious organizations, or Christian schools and specifically forbids raising a religious free exercise claim as a defense against it.
This bill is not about "equality." It is about stripping away religious liberties and putting people of faith on the wrong side of the law!
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I oppose the wrongly-named "Equality Act" -- a very dangerous bill that pushes a radical LGBT agenda while essentially criminalizing Christian beliefs. This bill would strip away religious liberties and put people of faith on the wrong side of the law. It also would force our churches and Christian businesses and schools to conform to the radical LGBT agenda. I urge you to oppose the so-called Equality Act.
Paul D. Whitehead signed abortion_petition 2019-02-16 16:10:22 -0500I must also exclude most Republicans and conservatives from being honestly opposed to abortion as a result of such welfare reforms as the family cap (a provision where a woman’s welfare payments are not increased for another child), and their TOTAL REFUSAL to just fix the pro-abortion parts of Obamacare while otherwise leaving it alone for the most part, at least as a first step. It is a total mystery to me why such welfare reforms as the family cap are not recognized to be PRO-ABORTION; working families have child tax credits, although the tax reform passed in December 2017 abolished the dependency exemption, at least at the federal level. Most probably, the family cap disqualifies the vast majority of Republicans and conservatives from being honestly opposed to abortion.
More generally, any penalties for pregnancy and childbirth of any kind and for any reason, regardless of whether or not the mother is married, are PRO-ABORTION. In other words, any attempts whatsoever to punish, shame, or stigmatize out-of-wedlock pregnancies and childbirths are PRO-ABORTION, plain and simple. Although it is wrong for those who are unmarried to be sexually active (including ALL homosexual and lesbian sexual activity of ANY kind, regardless of one’s “marital” status), it is much more important to protect the innocent baby after conception has occurred. In other words, once the baby is conceived, protecting the innocent baby from abortion MUST come first, regardless of whether or not the mother is married. I believe that a majority of women who have abortions are unmarried.
Also, any complaining about out-of-wedlock pregnancies and childbirths, or the taxpayer cost of providing for the children of single mothers (welfare or otherwise) and for anchor babies, or any children for that matter, is PRO-ABORTION. More generally, any complaining about people having children they cannot afford, or the taxpayer cost of raising people’s children is PRO-ABORTION. Besides, some of these women might have been raped or sexually exploited. The #MeToo campaign indicates that such sexual assault is much more common than we may have thought. (Donald J. Trump’s endorsement of sexual assault on women is an implicit endorsement of abortion for babies who might be conceived as a result of such sexual assault, even if some other things he is doing may be pro-life.)
Those who wish to curtail unmarried sexual activity will have to try to do so BEFORE conception occurs. For example, why not teach people proper sexual morality BEFORE the baby is conceived, including teaching men not to rape or sexually exploit women? Of course, that will not be enough for women who are raped or sexually exploited. In addition, my Catholic faith ABSOLUTELY RULES OUT endorsing or approving of any kind of contraceptive solution here (except possibly after rape). In addition, some so-called contraceptives may actually have abortifacient consequences. Anyone honestly opposed to abortion would at least have to object to potentially abortifacient contraceptives.
I must also consider any complaining about health insurance covering pregnancy and maternity and baby care, delays in extending the CHIP health insurance program or attempts to cut the CHIP health insurance program, and Donald Trump’s public charge restrictions which attempt to prohibit immigrants who ever used government programs to help them raise their children or otherwise provide for their families from qualifying for US citizenship to be PRO-ABORTION. More generally, any attempt whatsoever to try to punish people for having babies, or for making use of government programs intended to help parents to raise their children is PRO-ABORTION. Again, working families have child tax credits, although the tax reform passed in December 2017 abolished the dependency exemption, at least at the federal level.
Honestly opposing abortion ABSOLUTELY REQUIRES a willingness to put up with more out-of-wedlock pregnancies and childbirths in return for fewer abortions; ABSOLUTELY REQUIRES a willingness to put up with immigrant families using government programs to help them raise their children; ABSOLUTELY REQUIRES a willingness to put up with the taxpayer cost of providing for the children of single mothers (welfare or otherwise) and for anchor babies, or any children for that matter (working families have child tax credits, although the tax reform that passed in December 2017 abolished the dependency exemption, at least at the federal level); ABSOLUTELY REQUIRES a willingness to accept the existence of health insurance covering pregnancy and maternity and baby care; and ABSOLUTELY REQUIRES opposition to any so-called contraceptives that can have abortifacient consequences.
Now that the dependency deduction, at least at the federal level, has been abolished by the tax reform that passed in December 2017, the child tax credit needs to be made available to ALL dependents in return, including oneself. While I believe that the child tax credit has been made more generous, that does not help dependents other than children, such as aging parents or oneself. Indeed, even children might not qualify for the child tax credit after they turn 18, even though they usually did still qualify for the dependency deduction. In other words, the child tax credit would disappear just when families are facing the cost of paying for college. Therefore, it is ABSOLUTELY IMPERATIVE that the child tax credit be extended to apply to ALL DEPENDENTS including oneself (in other words, ALL those who would have qualified for the dependency deduction under the old tax rules), not just children. It is also ABSOLUTELY IMPERATIVE that the resulting DEPENDENT TAX CREDIT be made 100%-refundable for lower-income people, including those with no income at all so that it benefits even those who earn too little income to owe any income tax. Most people who do not pay income tax do pay Social Security tax. They might also pay sales or property taxes. A 100%-refundable DEPENDENT TAX CREDIT could also be an alternative or supplement to raising the minimum wage.
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I'm taking a stand by signing this Petition To End Abortion In America. I am calling for Roe v. Wade to be reversed and support the confirmation of justices who will end Roe. I support any and all judicial and legal remedies that will declare abortion illegal and unconstitutional. I strongly oppose my tax dollars being used to fund any organization or entity that funds or provides abortion services. And I am praying that God will remove the scourge of abortion from our land.