It’s a saying that we use, but these days, I would venture to say, without much thought. At least, over the past few decades I would imagine. But of late, this old phrase has come to take on new meaning to many.
The success of the homosexual community and the fight for same sex marriage has been well fought. They have been loud, forceful, and persistent. And with that, they are winning.
We shouldn’t be surprised at the success of their campaign. They have been nothing short of vigilant and diligent, while the other side lay almost dormant for years.
As the teen-ager sat on my front porch steps listening in as her mother and I chatted away, I was surprised when she suddenly piped in, “But that’s a violation of 2nd Amendment rights!” She seemed convinced that since those rights were in writing, they could not be tampered with or changed. Ever.
It struck me. And I couldn’t help but share with her that our rights, in many ways are not only being challenged but possibly slipping away. And that fighting for them needs to not merely be considered, but rather acted upon. And now.
It reminded me of an email that came my way recently with this story. It pertained to 1st Amendment Rights. It goes like this:
On April 10, 2009 (Good Friday), a San Diego County code enforcement officer visited the home of David and Mary Jones after receiving a complaint about the bible study they were hosting in their home. Apparently, the county asked Mrs. Jones, ‘Do you have a regular meeting in your home?’ She answered, ‘Yes.’ ‘Do you say “amen”?’ Again, ‘Yes.’ ‘Do you pray?’ And another, ‘Yes.’ ‘Do you say “praise the Lord”?’ Which followed with a final, ‘Yes.'”
With that, the officer then warned the family to “cease and desist” the “religious gathering” or they would face weekly fines. A few days later, the county delivered a citation claiming that the Joneses were guilty of “unlawful use of land” and mandating them to “stop religious assembly or apply for a major use permit.
Unlawful use of land? Isn’t it private property? Hmmmmm.
Now, here’s how the story wraps up. Word about this situation got out. And got out fast. Hundreds of complaints flooded San Diego County and officials soon informed the world that they’d backed down from requiring the Joneses to obtain a permit.
Did you catch that, HUNDREDS of people bombarded that county and those officials. Just like the proponents of same sex marriage have done. The ground troups acted. Acted fast and with fury. There’s a lesson to be learned here.
Folks, that’s how a battle is won. Are you willing to fight for your rights? If not, be sure to understand that someone on the other side of your argument is willing, able, and ready to fight regardless of the cost, if that’s what it takes.
Just my thoughts.
I understand that not only was the injunction rescinded, but the police chief apologized to the man and said he was taking steps to see that no one else was harassed this way again!