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Free Speech, Include God

I saw a church sign recenlty that read, "For the Beauty of the Earth, Don't Litter." Littering aggravates me too. (When I see someone throw a cigarette butt on the ground, I usually issue some sort of reprimand.) However, in my opinion, the church sign is not a proper platform for such discussion. That is my opinion. I am not upset. That particular church has exercised it's right to free press. That is okey dokey with me.

Our church sign here on Valparaiso Boulevard in Niceville is used exclusively for Scripture Quotations. We were alarmed recently to have a condemning letter in furious tones stuck to our door (with chewing gum, mind you) in response to our church sign. The quotation is taken from the Holy Bible. It reads on one side: Lev. 18:22 Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination. And on the other: Heb. 13:4 Marriage is honourable in all, and the bed undefiled: but whoremongers and adulterers God will judge.

This is admittedly an attempt on our part to educate passersby to Biblical views on sodomy (homosexuality) and adultery. The gumless penman accused us of promoting an atmosphere of hate via our church sign. We hate no man, nor does God. He hates perversion and we simply agree with Him. Of course, the real issue for this Wrigley's writer is that he/she does not agree with God on this issue. That is why the steam rises off the gum-stained page.

But there will always be those who disagree with God and His Word. That does not alarm me. What alarms me is the indication that we have violated some moral code by entering Gods Word into the public arena. If this sentiment prevails, America will become a place where anyone but God can speak freely. The objective of my article today is to appeal to logical human beings. Whether you accept the authority of the Bible or not, to censor it is to relinquish a fundamental American Right: the Right to Free Speech.

To our bubblicious buddy: You have a God-given right to disagree with the Word of God. But you may want to think twice before you campaign for a society in which the Bible is censored or not tolerated at all.

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