First, out of Michigan, Dave Agema, a former state representative who achieved infamy for saying that gays were promiscuous, spread AIDS, and were pedophiles on his Facebook page, is back at it again. On Top Magazine reports:
“If [gay marriage] were to pass nationwide, I fear what kids would be taught in school,” Agema told the Detroit News. “If it’s a government-sanctioned lifestyle, hate crimes would begin for those speaking out against it, and we would lose our freedom of speech. Then they would come to churches and take tax-exempt status away from churches that didn’t support the lifestyle. That’s what happened in other countries.”
Just like you lost your freedom of speech to call African Americans the “N” word?
Newcomer to this feature, Minnesota evangelist John Piper, has a lovely quote about gays living together, as Joe.My.God reports:
“Living in a sexual relationship with a person of the same sex is forbidden in Scripture with terrifying clarity. ‘Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God’ (1 Corinthians 6:9-10). This means putting a child in the personal care of a same-sex couple would put the child’s soul at jeopardy along with the couple’s souls. The couple would be endorsed by the adoption, and thus their hell-bound pattern of life would be endorsed, implying that we don’t care if they go to hell, which would be unloving. And the child would be taught that a damning behavior is normal and acceptable.”
In Illinois, a group of religious leaders also played the religious freedom (ie: the freedom to continue to discriminate against the gays) card. CBS reports:
“We believe we are standing up for the best interests of families in this state. Once gay marriage goes forward…all religious freedoms shall then be assaulted and attacked and begin to be shut down,” said Pastor Richard Giovannetti, of Morris.
And finally, sometime’s its as much about what they don’t say as what they do. As Media Matters reports:
Fox News spent one minute covering the historic legalization of same-sex marriage in Rhode Island, Delaware, and Minnesota over the past several weeks. According to an Equality Matters analysis, the network completely ignored the passage of marriage equality legislation in Delaware and made only passing mentions of Rhode Island and Minnesota’s new marriage laws.
If I don’t talk about it, maybe it doesn’t exist?