Dreams of persecution: Presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee is stoking the fears and paranoia of conservative Christians with wild eyed tales of civil and criminal penalties for Christian pastors who refuse to perform same-sex marriage ceremonies.
Speaking to a group of conservative pastors in a conference call organized by the Christian hate group the Family Research Council, Huckabee lied to his audience of Christian extremists by claiming that pastors would face civil and criminal penalties if they refused to perform same-sex marriage:
If the courts rule that people have a civil right not only to be a homosexual but a civil right to have a homosexual marriage, then a homosexual couple coming to a pastor who believes in biblical marriage who says ‘I can’t perform that wedding’ will now be breaking the law.
It’s not just saying, ‘I’m sorry you have a preference.’ No, you will be breaking the law subject to civil for sure and possible criminal penalties for violating the law…. If you do practice biblical convictions and you carry them out and you do what you’ve been led by the spirit of God to do, your behavior will be criminal.
As Right Wing Watch notes, Huckabee’s claim is “categorically untrue,” a claim “that has not materialized in any of the dozens of states where marriage equality has been adopted.”
Huckabee also said:
I think it’s fair to say that Christian convictions are under attack as never before. Not just in our lifetime, but ever before in the history of this great nation. We are moving rapidly toward the criminalization of Christianity.
Brave Mike Huckabee, a noble Christian martyr, fighting the gays for God and country, and defending the poor persecuted Christian majority </sarcasm>.
Christian fantasies of martyrdom and persecution over same-sex marriage are ridiculous. The fact that Huckabee and other mean-spirited conservative Christians feel threatened by the possibility that gays and lesbians may one day be free to marry who they love serves as a ringing condemnation of both their faith and their character.
(H/T Right Wing Watch)