Richard Land used to head the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, but his own ethics apparently do not prevent him from lying. Same for Gene Mills of the Louisiana Family Forum. On Tony Perkins’ radio show, they falsely claimed that non-discrimination ordinances have criminalized Christian speech.
“Homosexuality and the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender community, that is the ultimate rebellion against God,” Land declared. “We don’t want them to take away from us the right to say that, to say that’s a rebellion against God.”
Mills replied: “And that’s exactly what they were doing, they were going to use a cause of action against us to silence — and that is what is happening in ‘everywhere USA’ — religious liberty is under assault…. Any expression, any thought, anything you just shared, could have been construed as a hate crime or an act of discrimination, and the reality is the shame and the guilt the homosexual feels is mistakenly reinterpreted as discrimination and what they attempt to do is to call it discrimination and prohibit it.”
21 states and about 200 cities have such non-discrimination ordinances. Surely, given that fact, there should be ministers and others being locked up left and right for speaking out against homosexuality. The reality, of course, is they can’t name a single one. Because they’re lying. It’s what they do. But they’re lying for Jesus, so it’s okay.