Monday, August 23, 2010

If it Neither Breaks My Leg Nor Picks My Pocket, Then What Difference is it to Me?

YouTube - Bill O'Reilly: Glenn Beck on Gay Marriage & Abortion

On Wednesday August 11, 2010, Glenn Beck appeared on the "Beck and Call" segment on the O'Reilly Factor, in which he does nearly every week.  Bill O'Reilly was posing the question to Glenn Beck on why he doesn't cover cultural issues such as abortion and gay marriage.  Beck responded and says that's what O'Reilly does on his program.  Beck stated that he doesn't devote time on either his radio or television program about gay marriage or abortion simply because he doesn't think it's that important in comparison to other issues.  Beck says there are bigger fish to fry.  Beck says that America is in flames and he's focusing more on the broader picture.  Beck says he focuses more on faith and persuading Americans to find attend church and find their faith.  O'Reilly then specifically asked him about gay marriage.  The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals struck down the ban on same-sex marriage which was Prop. 8 in California.  Voters approved the ban by a 52% margin.  This wasn't the first time a same-sex marriage proposal approved by California voters was struck down.  In 2008, the California Supreme Court struck down a same-sex marriage ban that California voters approved in either in 2004 or 2006.  Proposition 8 was proposed in 2008 and voters again voted against same sex marriage.  Just recently Judge Vaugh Walker wrote that the same-sex marriage ban was unconstitutional. 

Glenn Beck stated that gay marriage wasn't that huge of an issue overall.  O'Reilly said this gay marriage ruling could be the law of the land in years to come.  Beck didn't think it was that huge of a threat.  Beck asked the question were the gays coming out to get us.  He cited a famous quote from Thomas Jefferson which undoubtedly was out of context.  Beck said, "If it doesn't break my leg nor pick my pocket, then what difference is it to me?  I was disturbed when Beck made that statement.  Sadly, that's the state of the "conservative" movement today in the political arena.  It's appalling that "conservatives" such as Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh for example, don't want to take a stand against gay marriage or the homosexual lifestyle.  In their materialistic worldview, as long as any laws don't cause them personal harm nor affect their finances, what's the difference?

The ruling by Judge Walker and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals should disturb Americans for a couple of reasons:  One reason is because the homosexual lifestyle is in dire contradiction to scripture which condemns sodomy.  (I Corinthians 6:9) and (Romans 1:18-32).  Anytime we walk in contradiction to God's word, judgment will come upon a nation.  A second reason we should be concerned is because the government is assuming the role of granting rights to Americans. The government in this hour is assuming the responsibility of granting rights to the American people.  Congress back in March passed a healthcare bill which in essence says that Americans are entitled to healthcare.  It's very dangerous when government establishes "rights".  A right that a government grants you can also remove your rights as well.  However, if the federal government decides to fully legitimatize the homosexual lifestyle, it will be here to stay.  We'll definitely head in the way of Canda where churches won't be allow to speak a word against the homosexual lifestyle in the pulpits.  If gay marriage becomes law of the land, the government will clamp down on the rights of those to speak out against sodomy.  If the government decrees that homosexuals have the right to marry, then the federal government will provide full enforcement of that law.  They will use whatever tool necessary to ensure that homosexuals aren't "discriminated" against. 

Beck seemingly appears ignorant of this.  The government has no business granting rights to individuals.  As Thomas Jefferson so eloquently stated in the Declaration of Independence, our rights were given by God.  The first ten amendments to the Constitution dubbed as the "Bill of Rights" weren't rights our Founders granted to the American people.  They incorporated those into the Constitution to let the government know they have no right to infringe on the "inalienable" rights given by God.  These are rights that no government has the right to remove from American citizens.  The federal government has no business assigning rights to gays or anybody. We have a government that's becoming a usurper of authority.  They're trying to dictate every move we make.  It's not happened in a total sense yet, but it will happen the rate things are going.  When the government creates a "right", they'll prosecute those that try to infringe upon those "rights."  I guarantee that in the future any preacher or judge that refuses to marry homosexuals could be thrown in jail.  That could happen.  We haven't seen it all yet.  America will become a totalitarian government at the rate things are going.  A totalitarian regime isn't going to be tolerant of any group that violates or speaks out against something they believe is opposed to God's Word.  Hence, that's why there's such an effort to curtail free speech. 

Beck misquoted Thomas Jefferson.  I don't believe Jefferson would make a statement with such a fundamental issue as homosexual marriage.  That issue will cause us harm.  It will affect everybody.  Society will force this upon all Americans.  If we refuse to comply, we will be punished for it.  I believe when Thomas Jefferson was making that quote he was probably making reference to a person's preference for religion or their own personal worldview.  To say that homosexual marriage isn't that huge of an issue is very ignorant, to put it mildly.  This issue will transform this nation if it's made a law of the land.  The government will persecute those that refuse to comply with whatever dictums the government grants.  These "conservatives" want to make light of the seriousness of moral and social issues.  This issue just doesn't affect a particular group of people.  It affects everyone.  Everyone will be affected by this.  Those that are opposed will be silenced if they speak out against it.  Glenn Beck better wake up!  This issue is just as essential or probably more so than all the other issues we face.  America will be totally transformed when the government assumes the role of god and decides who deserves special rights and those who don't.


  1. Pick a side of the argument. Does the government have the right to dictate to us what we can or cann't do.
    Does the government have the right to tell gay and lesbian people how to live there life, by telling them how to live their life.

    The original quote is:
    "But it does me no injury for my neighbor to say there are twenty gods or no God. It neither picks my pocket nor breaks my leg."

    -Thomas Jefferson, Notes on Virginia, 1782

    It was in defence of the peoples right to live there life with out interferance from the government or there neighbor.

  2. I do not believe the government has the right to tell you, Religon, what to believe ether. If I want to follow what you believe I join if not I do not. Thomas Jeffersons view on the seperation between church and state went both ways.

    Thank you,

    1. Actually Jefferson opened the capitol rotunda to different denominations (called "sects" at that time) for Christian worship during his Presidency. He knew that the basic moral precepts of Christianity were the most sublime in mankind's history. He said so.
      No, Christianity among the people was a good thing and the People are represented by government. It too should reflect honesty and integrity encouraged by all Christian "sects". This is quite the opposite of your post.

  3. Liberty is the ability of people to have voluntary peaceable exchange without interference from others. This is another way of saying "Do what you wish, as long as you're not picking my pocket or breaking my leg."