Sadly, not a joke.
I was recently discussing the nature of the “marriage equality” movement with a libertarian friend of mine who believes that we on the right are anti-gay. I tried to explain to my friend that it is not homosexual individuals or couples that are driving us to despair… it is the fascist “Gay Lobby” that we fight against.
The fascist gay lobby demands not just acceptance in society, but complete acculturation from anyone who may disagree with them. Maybe you think I am overstating things?
Tell that to:
The florist in Washington.
The photographer in New Mexico.
The farmers in New York.
The Adoption Services group in Massachusetts.
And now… the ordained ministers in Idaho.
Donald and Evelyn Knapp are both ordained ministers in the International Church of the Foursquare Gospel. Both consider themselves “evangelical Christians who hold to historic Christian beliefs,” including the idea that “God created two distinct genders in His image” and “that God ordained marriage to be between one man and one woman.”
However, now that the district appellate court has struck down Idaho laws banning gay marriage, the city of Coeur d’Alene told the couple, who run the Hitching Post Wedding Chapel, that they MUST officiate same-sex weddings! Last week a gay couple entered the Hitching Post and asked to be married – the Knapps declined their request — and now the city is coming after them.
According to city and state laws, the Knapps now face up to 180 days in jail and $1000 fine for each day they choose not to officiate same sex weddings.
This is the difference between a homosexual couple looking for guaranteed legal protections from state governments and the fascist gay agenda seeking to shut down all opposition to the homosexual lifestyle.
For Christians who hold to the historic, orthodox Christian view of marriage – gay weddings are an abomination. Not because homosexuals are somehow “less” than heterosexuals – but because the Bible clearly and unequivocally explains the supernatural covenant of marriage. We believe that marriage is a God ordained covenantal expression of our love for each other (as man and wife) and of our love for our God. The marriage ceremony is our covenant to each other, to God and before our families that we will serve Him as one for the rest of our lives. Over and over the Old Testament and the New Testament (including Jesus – for those who like to argue that Jesus doesn’t mention these things) explain marriage as a union between one man and one woman.
Asking a Christian who believes this historic orthodox explanation of marriage to perform a wedding ceremony for a homosexual couple is asking them to blaspheme the teachings of the Scripture. It’s a disgusting position to put Christians in. The state is asking the Knapps to choose between God and the laws of Idaho… and it flies in the face of the 1st Amendment to the Constitution.
Folks, these are exactly the kind of things that we must stand and fight against. We cannot allow the government to force people to act against their long held, orthodox and historic religious beliefs. This is not a Pastafarian claiming that their god told them that Global Warming was real because pirates have grown fewer in number… this is a conviction that dates back at least 3500 years!
We MUST stand against these attacks by the government upon our religious freedom – or the consequences will be dire. Here’s proof : the fascist gay agenda in Denmark and Great Britain steamrolled the religious freedom of Christians in their countries, and today Denmark forces churches to conduct same-sex marriages and Great Britain is preparing to do the same.
In Denmark Christian churches cannot turn down gay weddings they must allow them in the building where the God who calls homosexuality “an abomination” is worshipped.
In Great Britain churches can still opt-out of performing gay weddings – but that may soon be coming to an end.
Homosexuals who aren’t part of the fascist assault on religious freedom are not the enemy in this aspect of the culture war… it’s folks like Barrie and Tony Drewitt-Barlow in Great Britain who are the problem. England has legalized same-sex marriage and still they gay lobby fights on…
You might be confused as to why they might be suing, seeing as they’ve already won. They got their way, gay marriage is legal in Great Britain, so why are they still upset?
But homosexual couple Barrie and Tony Drewitt-Barlow have set out to demolish that protection for churches because it stands in the way of their coveted church wedding.
“It upsets me because I want it so much—a big lavish ceremony, the whole works.” The duo filed a lawsuit against the Church of England, demanding that the court compel all Anglican churches to conduct same-sex wedding ceremonies in their houses of worship.
If we don’t stand up and fight for our religious freedom today – we may find tomorrow that it is already too late.
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