We’re Making Shitloads of Money off this Idaho Lie
Tony Perkins is flogging the Idaho story of a couple who own a Christian wedding chapel like his life (or more accurately, his bank accounts) depended on it:
“If homosexuals get their way, Pastor Donald Knapp won’t be behind the pulpit — he’ll be behind bars. That’s the stunning development in Idaho, where the day liberals promised would never come is already here. Two ministers — a husband and wife team — have been told by their city government that refusing to ‘marry’ a same-sex couple will send them straight to jail. FRC warned this moment was coming, but even we didn’t expect the government to move this quickly.”
Unfortunately for the religious right, the whole story turns out to be a lie:
City officials in Coeur d’Alene say they have not received any formal complaints that the Hitching Post wedding chapel has violated the city’s anti-discrimination ordinance by refusing to solemnize same-sex marriages. A lawsuit filed in federal court Friday on behalf of Don and Lynn Knapp, ordained ministers and owners of the Hitching Post, claims the couple’s constitutional rights to religious freedom are being violated by the city, through the city’s anti-discrimination ordinance, because it compels them to officiate over gay marriages. The law, adopted in 2013, prohibits sexual orientation and gender identity to be used as a basis for discrimination in housing, employment and other public accommodations. News of the lawsuit sparked national headlines over the weekend, primarily from conservative media, claiming that the city is threatening to arrest the Knapps. “We have never threatened to jail them, or take legal action of any kind,” said city spokesman Keith Erickson. [snip] Gridley wrote that the city will not prosecute legitimate nonprofit religious corporations, associations, educational institutions, or societies or other exempt organizations or anyone else as a result of their lawful exercise of their First Amendment rights of freedom of speech and religion. When contacted by The Press for comment, Don Knapp said the Hitching Post is not operating as a not-for-profit religious corporation. He also said he does not know ADF Attorney David Cortman.
But don’t expect these guys to let the truth get in the way of a good fundraising effort.
Christians Should Run for the Border
Pat Robertson is suggesting that Christians in states that now have marriage equality need to get the hell out:
“If I were that couple I’d get ahead of the curve. Get on an airplane and leave Idaho or get in your car and drive across the border into Montana. Get out of that state and if need be close your chapel down. Get ahead of it because this is outrageous. But I was afraid this would happen. The next thing you know it’ll be a church, a church is going to be forced to do things like that. You can see some Catholic church being forced to perform a gay marriage.”
And of course, as soon as “Christians” do run for the border under this spurious threat, Robertson and his ilk will claim that they had been driven out.
Gay Mariage Is Destroying the US
Rush Limbaugh has launched one of his trademark diatribes against marriage equality and the left:
“Standards have deteriorated, morality is no longer allowed to be defined or used. Nobody is allowed to pass judgement on what’s obviously right or wrong. There’s no foundation, there aren’t any guardrails anymore…it’s no wonder people who are rooted in the great traditions and institutions of this country may think they are crumbling, because they’re routinely assaulted – they, the people, and the institutions.”
Or maybe what you so narrowly define as “right and wrong” was based on a lie in the first place… that gay people choose to be that way and so are inherently sinful?
Gay Marriage is a Pestilence of Gay Gremlins
That’s what Anthony Culler, Republican candidate for South Carolina’s 6th Congressional District, apparently thinks of the gays and marriage equality:
“Same-sex “marriage” is a pestilence that has descended on our society, against our will, by those in the courts and government that do not value the traditional family… Same-sex couples that seek to destroy our way of life and the institution of marriage are NOT cute and cuddly but rather (for those of you that are old enough to remember the movie), Gremlins that will only destroy our way of life.””
Let me set you straight here. Gay people are not gremlins. They are people – your neighbors, teachers, doctors, and yes, constituents – people who just want to live a normal life with the person they love. Allowing them to marry changes exactly nothing for you or your “way of life”.