Missing from Richard Carroll’s April 16 letter to the editor is any evidence suggesting that his (or any Christian’s) First Amendment right was, or should be, “violated.” In neither example was there a hint that Christians do not have the right to free speech.
However, “Christians who take the Bible literally and fundamentalists” would agree that homosexuals should be punished with bloody execution (Leviticus 20:13) and that rebellious children should be stoned to death in the town square (Deuteronomy 21:18-21). Certainly let them speak, but anyone with such hatred in their heart does warrant “watching and treating with concern.”
The concept taught today in some churches that Jesus absolved Christians from Torah law (except for the Ten Commandments) is a fairly recent invention in order to circumvent and discard the more uncomfortable parts of the Bible. It is theologically unsound and cannot possibly be reconciled with a triune and omniscient deity, based on a literal read.
I am indeed often worried.