Bill O'Reilly Disagrees With Laws Opposing Homosexuality
by Allie Martin
(AgapePress) - The head of the Christian Coalition of Alabama says a recent decision by the State Supreme Court, which denied a lesbian mother custody of her children was based on law and is not prejudicial against all homosexuals.
In his opinion backing the court's unanimous decision, Chief Justice Roy Moore said the homosexual conduct of a parent "creates a strong presumption of unfitness that alone is sufficient justification for denying that parent custody of his or her own children." Moore also wrote that homosexual conduct violates both civil and criminal laws in Alabama, and is destructive to families.
John Giles, president of the Christian Coalition of Alabama, says the court's decision was in line with the laws of the state. "This decision was not based on factors of social trends or fads or ... how some person lives - it's about Alabama law," he says.
"We have civil law, we have criminal law," Giles explains. "We even have a law dealing with sex education in the State of Alabama, where an emphasis of a factual manner has to be from a public health perspective that homosexuality and the lifestyle ... is not acceptable to the general public, and homosexual conduct is a criminal offense under the State of Alabama."
Recently, in a heated debate on Fox's "The O'Reilly Factor," Giles defended Moore's actions.
Bill O'Reilly: "It's not equal justice in the law now for gay people in Alabama. I'm appalled."
Giles: "Well, Bill, this is not against gays.... "
O'Reilly: "Sure it is."
Giles: "... and I know that I - Well, listen, you know, first of all, you don't know Judge Moore. I've known him for several years. This is a very fine family man. He's a Vietnam veteran, he's a company commander in the war in Vietnam, he is a West Point graduate - he is not only a historical scholar, but he's also a constitutional scholar, and also a biblical scholar, very fine family man, Christian man. And he does not hate homosexuals, I know that firsthand. He is clearly just going back to common law, which established the U.S. Constitution."
Giles also pointed out that all nine justices, both Democrats and Republicans, voted in favor of the ruling. In addition, he said people of faith need to keep compassionately reaching out to homosexuals.