Erick Erickson, who is genuinely one of the biggest assholes on the planet, climbs up on his rooftop and screams for the whole world to hear, “Help, help, we’re
being going to be repressed if gay people are allowed to get married!” Pastors thrown in jail, churches disbanded, dogs and cats living together, mass hysteria!
As long as there are still Christians who actually follow Christ and uphold his word, a vast amount of people around the world — never mind Islam — will never ever see gay marriage as anything other than a legal encroachment of God’s intent.
Okay. You just go right ahead and keep thinking that. No one else will care even the tiniest little bit, I promise you.
So those Christians must be silenced…
Any Christian who refuses to recognize that man wants to upend God’s order will have to be driven from the national conversation. They will be labeled bigots and ultimately criminals.
Already we have seen florists, bakers, and photographers suffer because they have refused to go along with the cultural shift toward gay marriage. There will be more…
Once the world decides that real marriage is something other than natural or Godly, those who would point it out must be silenced and, if not, punished. The state must be used to do this…
Within a year or two we will see Christian schools attacked for refusing to admit students whose parents are gay. We will see churches suffer the loss of their tax exempt status for refusing to hold gay weddings. We will see private businesses shut down because they refuse to treat as legitimate that which perverts God’s own established plan. In some places this is already happening.
Christians should, starting yesterday, work on a new front. While we should not stop the fight to preserve marriage, and we may be willing to compromise on civil unions, we must start fighting now for protections for religious objectors to gay marriage.
Yeah. You mean like those provisions that already exist in every single law in the nation allowing same-sex marriage? That isn’t even necessary, but every single law that has been passed so far allowing gay people to get married has included explicit provisions saying that no church can ever be forced to perform a same-sex wedding. It isn’t necessary because we already have the Religious Freedom Restoration Act at the federal level and in most states, and even without that the courts have always ruled that churches are exempt from anti-discrimination laws because of the ministerial exception. For crying out loud, you’ve got three full layers of protection against the very thing you say is going to happen.
When it comes to businesses refusing to serve customers on the basis of sexual orientation, that will depend on what state they are in. Most states do not include sexual orientation in their anti-discrimination laws, nor does the federal government, so in most states they’ll be allowed to discriminate all they want. But here’s the important thing: there is no difference whatsoever between same-sex marriage and interracial marriage when it comes to religious freedom.
In every single state, no business that is a public accommodation — if their business is open to the public — can legally refuse to provide their goods or services to an interracial couple getting married no matter what their religion teaches on the subject. They also could not legally refuse service to a couple because they’re Muslim or — and this is kind of important — because they’re Christian, even if their religion demands it. And I bet Erickson is just fine with that and does not view that as horrible persecution of Christians. It’s only when it comes to gay people that he demands the right to discriminate. But if he really believed that, he would also be demanding that the protections for religion also be repealed. And he’s not. Because, once again, this is an irrational pretext, not a serious argument.
And by the way, Erick, after calling Justice Souter a “goat-fucking child molester” and recently saying that you’d like the new pope better if it were true that he handed people over to the Argentinian junta for execution, you might want to just shut the fuck up before posing as the voice of Christian virtue.