November 2013 Newsletter – Freedom of Speech (Unless You Disagree With Me)

WeThePeopleI grew up during the 60’s and 70’s where free speech was tested to its limits. Freedom of speech was tested and passed regarding the civil rights movement. It was tested and passed regarding the war in Vietnam. Neither one of these passed without some difficulty and strain but in the long run, freedom of speech prevailed. The phrase that I heard from my WWII veteran father, as well as others of his generation was “I may not agree with your viewpoint or opinion but I will fight to the death your right to say it.” The only rule of thumb we were given regarding restraint was to be respectful and never yell “fire” in a crowded movie theater. Today we have added terms such as “hate speech” as a means of restraining freedom of speech and we often demonstrate ourselves to be a society of disrespectful and self serving individuals.

Several months ago the KKK applied to have a march and demonstration through the streets of Memphis. For those of you who do not know, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated in Memphis and racial tensions have been a long standing issue. Some spoke of counter marches and denying them a permit. Many members of the African-American community who had marched with Dr. King encouraged the city to allow this hate promoting group freedom of speech. Because of this graceful position the KKK marched and spoke with very little fan fare and no incidence of violence.

A few weeks ago, I was asked to speak to a group of Christian graduate students regarding the issue of sexual sin and its effects upon families and individuals. The word got out to other students that I would be speaking negatively about homosexuality. Even though that was not what I was going to speak about, a petition was started to bar me from speaking. On the way there I was notified that I was being canceled. Ironically, I realize just now I would have been a short distance from where the KKK held their march and rally. I guess it’s only free speech if you agree with “me”. My father raised me to treat everyone with respect. I would never be a part of any organization or group that promoted hate or bigotry. I was also raised to honor and respect God’s word, laws and precepts and to place them at the fore front. I fear we are very quickly moving toward a place where terms such as “hate speech” will propel us into labeling and convicting people of “hate crimes” merely because “we” do not agree with their opinion. One day soon, pastors will be arrested for calling something a sin because it will be labeled a hate crime. We no longer yearn to hear the Truth but only to be entertained and be made to feel good about ourselves. Freedom of speech is a precious and delicate thing that many men and women died in order to preserve. Let us all pray that the day will never come where freedom of speech is controlled and limited through political correctness and not by the leading of His Spirit and rooted in the foundation of God’s Holy Word.

The end of another year is approaching and I wanted to take just a moment to reassure you that Restoration Path is still committed to honoring God’s Truth and Grace. We will never be involved in any promotion of hatred or disrespect. People are still being set free from the bonds of sexual sin because God is still great, willing and able to heal and restore. In the next few months I hope to share with you testimonies from those who are walking out their journey of freedom.

I need your ongoing prayer, emotional and financial support as we continue in the battle to regain the territory that sexual sin has taken. As you consider your end of the year giving please consider Restoration Path. We cannot continue nor expand without your financial help. I would love to hear from you and share the great things God has in store for the next year. May God bless, protect and lead you according to His Holy and wonderful plan.

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One Response to “November 2013 Newsletter – Freedom of Speech (Unless You Disagree With Me)”

  1. Dave December 17, 2013 3:33 pm #

    It is an amazing twist, isn’t it? They are to be accorded absolute freedom to express their views, but contrary views are “hate speech.” It sets a dangerous precedent.

    I think the quote of your father’s saying needs a “for.” He would fight to the death for your right to say it.

    Keep up the good work.

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