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Friday, November 10, 2006
Get over it! Ralph Bristol - November 10, 2006 Rejection can be a very painful thing. It often leads to violent, angry over-reaction. Such is the case in Houston, where the Christian conservative owners of a small landscaping company, Garden Guy, declined to accept business from a homosexual couple. All hell has broken loose. A few weeks ago, Michael Lord and Gary Lackey requested bids for a landscaping job at their new house. They received a polite and apparently too honest e-mail from Sabrina Farber, a co-owner of Garden Guy: "I need to tell you that we cannot meet with you because we choose not to work for homosexuals." The response angered Lackey, who forwarded the e-mail to 200 friends (who in the world has 200 friends?), asking them not to patronize Garden Guy and urging them to pass the word on to friends and family. Soon, the news spread around the world via the magic of the World Wide Web. A forum on the Garden Guy Web site, normally reserved for discussions about landscaping, was bombarded with angry comments and attacks from as far away as Australia. Some people threatened the couple and their five children, and said they ought to be sodomized. There has been supportive reaction too, including some that condemned the gays as sinners heading toward damnation. Some would say, "Well, the venom is coming from both sides. It's an equally ugly reaction from both." Some would say that, but they're wrong. When Christians say someone is heading toward damnation, that's not an expression of hate, nor is it a threat. It's a religious belief. Many Christians have told me that I'm heading toward damnation. It's not personal. It's their belief. There are many things that Christians believe will cause eternal damnation, first among them the failure to accept Christ as their personal savior. It doesn't mean they hate me. It mostly means they pity me. I certainly don't feel threatened by it. That's a lot different from someone saying they wished I'd be murdered and my children sodomized. That's hate, pure and simple, and it's threatening. It is exactly the opposite of "tolerance" for diversity. Christians reject homosexuality. So what? None of us have an inherent right to be accepted by other people. We all have free will, and the right to associate, or not, with whomever we please. The homosexuals around the world who are spewing venom toward one little mom and pop landscaping company that politely turned down the gay couple’s business need a great big helping of "Get over it."
posted by Jack Mercer @ 11/10/2006 10:21:00 AM  
  • At 11/17/2006 01:40:00 AM, Blogger Doug Stych said…

    A business owner may decline anyone's business. All they needed to do was politely decline, for them to state their reason for declining was being thoughtless if not actually provocative. Nonetheless I certainly don't condone the extreme over-reaction, this is most certainly an issue where if everyone just minded their own business we all would be better served. JMO Doug

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