Open Letter to the US

After visiting Chick-fil-a yesterday for lunch, and reading all the hoopla concerning Gay marriage proponents, along with Obama’s statement that business owners “didn’t make that”, I feel I should add my two cents…

I believe in the biblical definition of marriage, and that homosexuality, among all other forms of sexual immorality is a sin. I also learned from the Bible that John 8:7 (NIV)
“If any one of you is without sin, let him be the first to throw a stone” As it turns out, Homosexuality has never been a temptation for me, but that doesn’t mean that I don’t have my own struggles with biblical sin… If I protect my family from being around Homosexual sin that doesn’t mean I’m a (insert adjective… Bigot, racist, intolerant)… Yesterday, when I took my two year old Easton to the park, there were five kids 10-14 years old cursing up a storm. When we left the area to be away from the filthy language, I wasn’t being a (insert adjective… Bigot, racist, intolerant) was I? These two examples make me a responsible parent who is concerned with the time and method I want my child exposed to sins of this world.
The biggest issue I see with the Chick-fil-a story is the Governments retaliation toward a business owners beliefs. If we have elected officials telling business owners you can’t hold your own personal beliefs if you want to open business in our town, WE HAVE A HUGE PROBLEM!
Another topic I have an issue with is Obama’s attempt to minimize a business owners efforts is a slap in the face to anyone who has ever tried to start, is starting currently, or who already owns a business. The suggestion that business owners were lucky, and would not have succeeded without the government is absurd. Although some form of government is needed to fight crime and build infrastructure, the government needs to remember their role. The Government was basically hired by our tax dollars to build those roads and bridges. Would it be appropriate for Ford to tell me “you wouldn’t have made it through life without us!”?? Absolutely not! Now, would I feel a sense of allegiance to Ford for building a safe and reliable car for my wife to drive? Yes!!! This is the same role our government should play. I can tell anyone, from my own experience growing up in a family business to starting my own business today, that it is a huge undertaking. If the government wants to say we should be thankful for them building a road, the government needs to write every tax payer a thank you letter for giving them the money to build that road in the first place. Governments do not create wealth, they only can decide how to spend the tax payers money.
Now that I’ve publicly stated my personal belief on Gay marriage, should I be thankful if an elected official tells me my photography business is unwelcome in San Diego?

I hope this brings a little sanity to the discussion.

Ryan

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