Churches should be excluded from gay or lesbian laws
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The first round is acceptance, the second to fourth will be free, but of course adhering to the rules.
1. We have religious freedom. Christianity started over 2000 years ago, and the Bible, their holy book, does not allow believers to have relationships (as a married couple) with people of the same sex. This religion did not pop up all of a sudden so people against the proposed laws could find a way to get around it. The same goes to Jewish people. Their religion does not allow same-sex marriage either. So if a Christian church pastor replies no when a child at Sunday school asks if being gay or lesbian is OK, it should not count as discrimination of people who have different sexual interests. If there is a job open at a church (let's say a technician), and a person who applied was lesbian, and the church refused to accept her application, it should not count as discrimination towards people who have different sexual interests as well.
2. I am only asking for churches to be excluded, and that does not include a person who is a Christian extremist but does not represent a church. Whatever comment he made on such topic not on behalf of a church is not excluded from the proposed law.
There are things I would like to clarify:
True, you cannot control who you fall in love with. You cannot help it if he/she just happens to be the same sex as you are. And of course you will not like it if people discriminate you and treat you unfairly because of your unusual marital status. I am just suggesting that churches should be excluded because of reasons such as religious freedom.
Jessalyn forfeited this round.
People who are Christian, Catholic or Jewish believe that they should not have a sexual, marriage or dating relationship with people of the same sex. We should protect their right of following what is preached in their religion, as we all have religious freedom. I am not implying that churches will be able to criticise people in same-sex relationship freely and in an insulting way, but that it should not be illegal if they teach believers that it is not right to have such a relationship or read a passage from the Bible that says same-sex relationships are bad.
I do not see any reason why we should not include churches from such laws. We all have religious freedom. It is not discrimination. For example, as tradition goes, male villagers lead the worshipping of their ancestors in China. That is not sexual discrimination as it is their culture, a habit passed down from generations. Only Muslims can go into their places of worship, but that is not religious discrimination as it is said in their holy book that such a visitor should not be allowed. It is their custom and we should respect that.
I hope you will not forfeit the next round as I am looking forward to seeing your arguments.
My opponent has, thus far, based his arguments on the First Amendment; specifically religious freedom and freedom of speech. The resolution of this debate is that churches should be excluded from "gay or lesbian laws," therefore all of my opponent"s arguments so far are unrelated to the debate at hand. Legislation regarding homosexuals does not unreasonably limit freedom of speech, nor does it violate the religious freedom of citizens. Voicing one"s opinions regarding homosexuality is perfectly legal. It is not until violence or verbal harassment is brought into the picture that the law steps in. We really don"t have a debate here if my opponent is simply reserving First Amendment rights rather than defending the stated resolution that churches should be excluded from "gay or lesbian laws."
Thanks again to my opponent, and I look forward to hearing his response.
I quote from my opponent 'voicing one's opinion towards homosexuality is perfectly legal,'
However, I would like to point out that, if there were such a law, saying anything bad about homosexuality (whether it is your own opinion or not) would be illegal. It would be seen as an insult and the speaker could be accused.
Let's look at this example. If a pastor told his fellow worshippers that they could not be gay or lesbian because the Bible forbidden it and it was bad, since they should not go against God's words. Then, he could be accused because he said that being gay or lesbian was 'bad' and people who are gay or lesbian would take it as an insult.
I understand how you link my previous argument to freedom of speech. I would like to clarify. Although we all have freedom of speech, it has limits. We should not take advantage of this right to insult others. What I am saying is, some religions do not allow such relationships and because we have freedom of religion, we should exclude churches from such laws. This, however, would not violate others' rights as the churches are only exempted when they are asked such a question (i.e. Is being gay or lesbian allowed?) or when they read a Bible verse that means being gay or lesbian is not welcome in God's eyes.
If churches are not excluded, it would severely harm freedom of religion.
Jessalyn forfeited this round.
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