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Barber and the Religious Freedom Canard

Barber and the Religious Freedom Canard April 17, 2013

Matt Barber of Liberty Counsel is really flogging this meme that you can’t have gay marriage and religious liberty at the same time. In his latest Worldnutdaily column, he seizes on the case of a florist who is expected to actually serve the public.

“Gay pride” necessitates anti-Christian hate. It must. “Gay marriage” and other “sexual orientation”-based laws do violence to freedom and truth. They are the hammer with which the postmodern left intends to bludgeon bloody religious liberty and the Judeo-Christian sexual ethic.

According to the unequivocal moral precepts of the Judeo-Christian tradition – explicit throughout both the Old and New Testaments – homosexual behavior is sin. Sin is evil. Homosexual behavior is the central, defining characteristic of so-called “gay marriage.” Therefore, “gay marriage” is evil. Christians are obligated to avoid sin – to “do no evil.”

Which is why you should totally not get into a gay marriage. No one is forcing you to do so.

Neither is Ms. Barronelle Stutzman. Ms. Stutzman is the Christian owner-operator of Arlene’s Flowers in Richland, Wash. She is, by all accounts, a lovely, sweet, elderly woman who both employs and regularly serves open practitioners of the homosexual lifestyle. Sadly, she has become the latest victim in a fast-growing string of secularist attacks against Christians and other morally minded people. If “same-sex marriage” becomes the law of the land, I can assure you that we will soon see a virtual explosion in the same kind of anti-Christian persecution Ms. Stutzman now suffers.

And how is this any different than if Stutzman had refused to provide flowers for a Muslim wedding? Or an interfaith wedding? Or an interracial wedding? She can’t discriminate on the basis of religion or race either, no matter how much her religious beliefs demand it. So why isn’t that “anti-Christian persecution”? Oh right, it only applies to gay people. They demand the right to discriminate against gay people and refusal to allow them is “anti-Christian persecution.”

And you’re gonna love this:

This rudimentary equation is built upon the natural laws of moral physics. Christianity is magnetically charged truth. Homosexual behavior is a magnetically charged lie – a spiritual and biological falsehood. Christianity and homosexual sin are as north to south. Polar opposites cannot occupy the same position in time and space. They repel one another.

Magnetically charged truth. I don’t care who you are, that’s funny right there.


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