I am attaching an article from the Tampa Tribune Online – [http://tbo.com/news/politics/hillsborough-approves-amendment-to-human-rights-ordinance-20140716/] reporting that the Hillsborough County Commissioners [5 of whom are Republicans] voted unanimously today to have an amendment added to the County Human Rights Ordinance giving Lesbians, Homosexuals, Bisexuals and Transgenders a Civil Rights status that validates their claim they are “born that way” and their proclivity to immorality and depravity is their right.
What does this mean? I am not a lawyer, but it is my understanding the following are the legal, moral and spiritual ramifications:
1) This decision will give Hillsborough County government, lawmakers and prosecutors a heavy hand to punish any private contractors of faith who disagree with the county commissioners embrace of sodomy and believe it is morally wrong.
2) The county will force contractors and private businesses to accept their moral judgment or be excluded from county contracts. In a very real sense–bow to the government mandate and deny your faith or die as a business/corporation in Hillsborough County.
3) If the amendment passes a final hearing and vote, private businesses in Hillsborough County who choose to exercise their conviction that sodomy is morally wrong and refuse service will be potential targets for lawsuits.
Lawsuits across the nation have already been filed against caterers, bakers and photographers who refused to participate or perform a service for “Gay Marriages” because they hold the conviction “Gay Marriage” is morally wrong. In some instances, based on a Human Rights Ordinance similar to the one the county is considering, private Christian-owned enterprises have lost in court and been given the ultimatum to comply to the government mandate or close your business.
Make no mistake, the Hillsborough County Commissioners are taking the path that government can and will trump the religious rights and liberties of the citizens who elected them. Should your religious convictions run contrary to political correctness you have a choice–Bow to the government’s will or Burn the bridge that gives you the right to exercise your personal religious convictions in Hillsborough County!
I close with God’s Words:
Isaiah 5:20 – “Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!”