Freedom of Association

     There are few topics that can divide people as quickly as the issue of marriage or same sex marriage in particular. Individuals on both sides have strong feelings on the issue whether because of religious beliefs, political beliefs, equality, or values.
     This topic has been at the forefront of discussion this week. This is due to the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) hearing oral arguments in two cases regarding same sex marriage. I will not go into detail about the cases themselves, but want to convey thoughts about the issue of marriage and how it relates to freedom and a free society.
     Most of the debate centers around the question, “Is homosexuality right or wrong?”. Each individual has to come to his or her own conclusion to that question. I do not think this is the right question to ask. The more fundamental question is, “Should the government restrict an individual’s right to freely associate with another individual(s)?”
Each and every individual possesses a natural right to associate with whomever he or she chooses. Likewise he or she has the right to disassociate with whomever he or she chooses. If three or four people voluntarily join together for whatever reason, they should be free to do so. They should be able to call their association a group, club, team, lodge, or whatever they choose. The same is true if two people of the same or opposite sex have a ceremony, say some vows, and call it a marriage, civil union, or partnership. As long as the relationship is voluntarily chosen by all persons, they should be free to associate with each other. A person should also be free to live as a hermit on the side of a mountain without associating with anybody if that is what he or she chooses.
     The government should not be in the marriage business at all! There should not be a Constitutional amendment supporting or preventing homosexual marriage or heterosexual marriage. Pastors should be allowed to preach against homosexuality without penalty or punishment. Pastors should be allowed to refuse to perform homosexual marriage. Pastors who want to perform same sex marriage should have that freedom. I am not saying that I agree with same sex marriage, but I don’t think it should be illegal.
     Lastly, “legalizing” same sex marriage will not change anything. There are gay and lesbian couples living together as married in states that do not allow same sex marriage. Making it legal just allows them to have a piece of paper with the government’s permission on it. It will not impact your life unless you are a same sex couple. So, in conclusion this article was not in defense of same sex marriage, but rather a defense of the freedom of association.

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Victor Nischick and Jack Hyles Interview

Listen to a former deacon of FBC tell the story of how Hyles used mind control to banish him to the basement.  At 6:22 in the video, notice that Hyles says the only woman he has been with is the “mother of my children”.  This is how he always refers to Beverly.  Am I the only person who thinks it’s strange to refer to your wife as the mother of your children?

Purpose for this blog

     Recently, I have become interested in writing.  I have not taken any courses and have no experience, but I do like to write about things that interest me.  This desire has led to the  start of this blog.  The topics will be primarily about the following things:

1.  Expressing and explaining ideas of personal liberty and freedom in relation to current events.

2.  Exposing the dangerous culture within the Independent Fundamental Baptist (IFB) movement.

3.  Lastly, I will express thoughts about what is happening in my personal life.

     Many of the posts will be controversial.  I want to present new ideas and ways of thinking to you.  I don’t expect anyone to agree with everything I shall post, but I hope that it can spur conversation.  I will try to post at least once a week or more often if possible.

Thanks,

RM