Rick Scarborough has been spouting some truly crazy things on his weekly Tea Party Unity call. The latest is to claim that if the Supreme Court votes for marriage equality in the two cases it recently heard, Christians will be rounded up and thrown in prison.
The very first thing Obama did when he got elected president was pass hate crimes legislation inclusive of sexual orientation. The laws are now on the books to prosecute preachers who have the audacity to say in public what I just said from their pulpits.
How many lies do you cound in those two sentences? First of all, the president can’t pass legislation; that’s reserved for the legislature — the word might be a clue. And a federal hate crime law had existed since 1969. The only thing the amendments to that law did was provide more funding and give the FBI more latitude to work with state and local law enforcement on the prosecution of hate crimes. And that law has nothing to do with prosecuting preachers or anyone else if they don’t actually commit a violent crime. Has Scarborough notice that since that law passed three and a half years ago, not one person has actually been charged, much less convicted, for making anti-gay speech, or any other type of speech? That’s because the law does not and cannot be used for that purpose.
You will find them armed with this Supreme Court ruling, if its adverse, then rounding up anyone who says otherwise and prosecuting, perhaps with fines at first but finally with jail and imprisonment. And the laws are now, at least the foundation of laws through hate crimes legislation is in place to bring fill-scale persecution on those of us who stand for truth.
Under what law, exactly, are they going to round up Christians? Does he really think that Congress, which is about 90% Christian, is going to allow that? Or that the courts would? Of course not. But he has a spook story to tell and he’s going to tell it. That’s how you get people to send money, by lying your ass off to make them scared of things that simply cannot happen.