The End is Near! The End is Near!

The End is Near! The End is Near! May 31, 2019

The end of what, you ask? Of religious freedom, of course. A bill that would add sexual orientation and gender expression to the nation’s anti-discrimination laws would mean the death of religious freedom — Nay, the death of Christianity itself. Dogs and cats living together — mass hysteria.

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James Dobson:

Let me speak candidly and passionately to people of faith throughout these United States of America. We must not remain silent as our historic liberties are gutted by Democrats and their friends in the LGBT movement. They will enslave us if they prevail. We must let our voices be heard, first in the U.S Senate, and then to the world.

A few others:

Brian Brown called the Equality Act “the most pernicious attack we’ve ever faced” and “a sweeping assault on the religious liberty rights of people of faith while simultaneously enacting powerful special legal rights for the LGBT community. Perhaps even worse, the legislation effectively makes showing support for traditional marriage to be illegal discrimination under federal law.”…

Staver called the bill “unpatriotic and dangerous” and “the most serious threat to life and liberty ever proposed by Congress.” Staver lied about the legislation to amplify the threat he said it posed to religious freedom. “It even criminalizes those who share their own story of finding freedom in Christ from homosexuality in a book or speaking engagement,” Staver said. “This bill literally sets the stage for banning the Bible, which offers the power to free those wanting to turn away from homosexual conduct.”…

Washington Times contributor Robert Knight wrote after the House vote that the Equality Act would “criminalize Christianity” and he denounced its “toxic blend of mad science and totalitarian intent.” Knight quoted Robert Gagnon, a professor at Houston Baptist University. “It is the most dangerous bill to freedom of speech and the free exercise of religion that has ever been proposed on a national level,” Gagnon told Knight. “It will codify into law that you are a bigot, the moral equivalent of a racist, tantamount to being a member of the Klu Klux Klan, who must be shut out of society and, wherever possible, harassed and persecuted for your beliefs.”So here's the question I've been asking for years, without a hint at a serious answer: Why does religious freedom still exist at all? How many times has this or that been the death of religious freedom? It began with the constitution itself, condemned by the hardest of the hardcore fundies at the time as bringing about the inevitable death of Christianity? Why? Because it allows non-Christians to hold public office. The same was said of ending slavery (read the Cornerstone Speech). And of allowing women to vote (and some to this day still argue that it has, like Jesse Lee Peterson). And the legalization of birth control.

Most obviously the Civil Rights Act itself, which outlawed discrimination based on race, gender and religion. Thus, according to Gagnon's "logic," it codified "into law that you are a bigot, the moral equivalent of a racist, tantamount to being a member of the Klu Klux Klan, who must be shut out of society and, wherever possible, harassed and persecuted for your beliefs" if you favor such discrimination. Reports of the death of religious freedom have been highly exaggerated, which is to say it's been a ridiculous lie. If it destroys religious freedom to not allow someone to discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation, why isn't that true if they aren't allowed to discriminate on the basis of race, gender or religion? It can't be because more people now believe the latter to be true but no longer believe the former to be true. There are still millions and millions who believe their religion demands such discrimination. Whether they're right not is also irrelevant, it only matters that they believe this is their religious duty and thus it violates their "freedom" to not allow them to carry it out. This is the boy who cried wolf while the sky was falling.

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