Preachers Pushing Paranoia. Again.

Russell Moore, who replaced Richard Land as the head of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, is supposed to be more moderate than his predecessor. You wouldn’t know it from the demagoguery he displayed in a panel discussion with Rick Warren, Samuel Rodriguez and David Platt.

The title of the panel discussion was “Hobby Lobby and the Future of Religious Liberty,” so named because of a vital case before the U.S. Supreme Court. Hobby Lobby – which is owned by the Greens, a family of evangelical Christians – has refused to abide by the federal government’s abortion/contraception mandate, which requires employers to provide abortion-causing drugs to their workers. Their challenge to the requirement awaits a decision by the high court, which is expected to announce its ruling before it adjourns in late June or early July.

“The justices will decide whether “there is the freedom to dissent and the freedom to accommodate these conscientious objections in the governing of people’s lives and the running of their businesses,” Moore said. “This will have everything to do with everything that your church does for the next 100 years.”

Nonsense. The Hobby Lobby case has absolutely nothing to do with what a church can do, nor or in the future. Hobby Lobby is a for-profit corporation, not a church.

“I’m spending all of my time right now making sure that we stay out of jail,” he told the audience. “But there is one thing worse than going to jail, and that’s staying out of jail and sacrificing the gospel of Jesus Christ.”

Warren responded, “This issue may take – just as it did with Martin Luther King – it may take some pastors going to jail. I’m in.”

Platt, also a popular author and pastor of The Church at Brook Hills in Birmingham, Ala., said he wants to raise “an army of church members who are in, who are in regardless of what happens in this case.”

A reason for the church’s complacency on religious liberty is many members “are not taking the risks for the gospel that we need to be taking, proclaiming the gospel,” Platt said.

Oh, you brave, brave souls, willing to risk going to jail for preaching the gospel. How inspiring to declare one’s courage in the face of a threat that doesn’t exist.

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  • sabrekgb

    Seems like if anyone goes to jail because of this in the future it’ll be less MLK-style for opposing those who believed that god made the races separate for a reason, damnit; and more Ken Ham-style for tax avoision.

    None of these should be confused for Gungam-style

  • raven

    as the head of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission,

    A Commission whose name is an oxymoron!!! Orwell would approve of it.

    which requires employers to provide abortion-causing drugs to their workers.

    The obligatory lie. It does no such thing.

    The pill and morning after pill aren’t abortion pills. They are ovulation inhibitors.

    Hobby Lobby also has the option to not provide any insurance coverage for their workers and toss them all onto the private insurance exchanges and Medicaid. They could toss in the money they would have paid for a group employee plan to the workers as a subsidy, assuming (a huge If) they aren’t totally malevolent.

  • coragyps

    ” has refused to abide by the federal government’s abortion/contraception mandate, which requires employers to provide abortion-causing drugs to their workers.”

    Really?? Hobby Lobby is required to give their employees a “mouthful of sugar and a bottle of turpentine?” I thought the fuss was about health insurance….

  • Pen

    It’s almost a shame to disappoint him though, isn’t it? How about raising a bit of public money by building something like a cross between a lock-up and a hermit’s cell and charging willing Christians to occupy same?

  • John Pieret

    Bravely standing up in the face of imaginary lions.

  • Larry

    I’m spending all of my time right now making sure that we stay out of jail

    Got windmills to tilt?

  • busterggi

    When exactly did Hobby Lobby become a church and its owners licensed clergy?

  • freehand

    Isn’t Hobby Lobby also being forced to pay money to their employees which might be used to buy pornography, Korans, and dancing shoes? Obviously the next step is expecting churches to offer the use of their buildings for neighborhood atheist potluck dinners and senior bingo nights.

  • steve78b

    I don’t know what the big fuss is about on the abortion causing drugs!!

    The Old Testament says that the priests in the temple will administer a bitter water to a woman and she’ll abort.

    There’s your abortion causing drugs. GAWD HIMSELF mandated it!!!

    Never mind. Keep selectively following the Bible ……. cherry pickers….. other 10 commandment followers….

  • moarscienceplz

    You placed “Southern Baptist” and “moderate” in the same sentence? A HAHAHAHA! Stop it! You’re killing me!

  • http://www.facebook.com/den.wilson d.c.wilson

    Obviously the next step is expecting churches to offer the use of their buildings for neighborhood atheist potluck dinners and senior bingo nights.

    Yes, but that’s just because they know atheists cook babies in those pots.

  • anubisprime

    Was not Warren one of the invited god squad on Obama’s inauguration day?

    Typical xtian…about as trustworthy and loyal as a rattlesnake with a despicable attitude!

    Although what he was doing there at all was a bit of a puzzler to start with…the fucker is certifiable on several levels.


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