Sen. Goschka’s ‘bedrock principles’

By |2005-10-13T09:00:00-04:00October 13th, 2005|Opinions|

Dear BTL,
How is it that a man can become so privileged to serve as a Senator of Saginaw in this Great State and claim to know Jesus, while at the same time making a statement such as this, “A legitimate family, as ordained by God, can only exist between a man and a woman within the context of marriage. As a committed Christian, I recognize this as a bedrock principle.”
And then, there was Michigan, the bedrock of Christians… I shake my head and wonder where these people with so much hate, came from. This is not a liberal or conservative position, this is not a Democrat or Republican position, this is hate and you can put layer upon layer of legislation on top and it will still read “hate!”
It begs the question of a very good friend and colleague, Michelle Brown, stated at our annual HRC Governor conference in Washington D.C. last week. Simply put, “If you see discrimination, would you recognize it?”
Honestly, if you are so focused on one belief, one group, one cause, then truly you could not call this action “In the name of God.” For you cannot know Him (God) if you think this is a bedrock principle.
As a committed Christian, love is what Jesus continues to teach us and love is what I know as the bedrock principle, for it is from love that all things are possible and Jesus is what love is all about.
This great state we live in needs the “bedrock principle” of no tolerance of hate. This is NOT the Saginaw Senator’s choice as he is at the mercy of the public and the public needs to speak.
Each of us must take action against the hate being spewed from YOUR Michigan Capitol. This is about you, your family, your friends, your co-workers, your teachers, your parents, your community leaders, your faith. You must tell each of your own State Representatives and Senators that discrimination is not acceptable and will not be tolerated. They need to hold their distinguished colleague from Saginaw accountable for his actions and if he truly is the Christian he states himself to be, then he is committed to the teachings of Jesus and will turn towards forgiveness of what he said.
For me, well let’s just say my stance on Sen. Michael J. Goschka is “forgive him, for he knows not what he says!”

Kenn Bing,
HRC Board of Governor, Michigan

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