I Totally Don’t Understand What The First Amendment Says
Joe.My.God Points out that Bryan Fischer is mixing up his lies about the First Amendment. Speaking about the Houston pastor subpoenas, he said:
“The openly lesbian mayor of Houston, Annise Parker, has issued subpoenas for 17 different forms of communication, both public and private, from pastors who oppose her ‘bathroom bill,’ the ordinance that guarantees the right of men to walk in on your daughter while she’s in the shower at the local Y. In the process, she has violated every single right enshrined in the First Amendment. She has violated the right of these pastors to the free exercise of religion, because they are motivated by their sincerely held beliefs about gender differences that come from the Creator God who made us male and female. She has violated their rights to free speech, since she wants to shut them up. She wants to penalize them for speech they have already uttered. In fact, she wants to throw them in jail, because that’s what happens to people who defy subpoenas.”
But as Joe so cleverly points out:
Fischer has apparently forgotten his regular claim that the First Amendment only applies to Congress. From his September 17th column for OneNewsNow:
First, the amendment applies only to Congress. “Congress shall make no law…” No other entity is restrained by the First Amendment. Since the amendment applies only to Congress, it is legally, historically and constitutionally impossible for a state, a county commission, a city council, a school board, a school principal, a school teacher or a student to violate the First Amendment. This is for one simple reason: none of them is Congress. Violating the First Amendment is something only Congress can do.
Fischer has also claimed that the First Amendment only applies to Christians. Congress, obviously, includes many non-Christians:
I have contended for years that the First Amendment, as given by the Founders, provides religious liberty protections for Christianity only. Most attorney types, befuddled by years of untethered Supreme Court activism, think it covers any and all religions you can name. The results of this expansive but badly misguided understanding of the First Amendment have not been too costly to this point.
What a tangled web we weave when we practice to deceive.
Matthew Shepard’s Death is a Hate Crime Myth
ADF attorney Erik Stanley says the whole Matthew Shepard thing was a myth cooked up by gay activists to advance their agenda:
“It’s all part of a public relations strategy to portray gays as victims, ADF attorney Erik Stanley told those gathered at the Nashville conference, titled “The Gospel, Homosexuality, and the Future of Marriage.” That strategy was put forth, he said, in the the book After the Ball: How America Will Conquer Its Fear and Hatred of Gays in the 90’s, by Marshall Kirk and Hunter Madsen, which he cited as “a playbook for how to advance the homosexual agenda.” The book is now out of print. “Think of the narrative of the Matthew Shepard crime, which has now been debunked as a homosexual hate crime,” Stanley said, as an example of what he claimed are inaccurate depictions of gays as victims. “Think of hate-crimes laws.”
Unfortunately,some on our side are taking the bait, lending these charges credence, including Andrew Sullivan, who should know better.
Upscale Sodomites Spread Ebola At Starbucks
Pastor James David Manning, the anti-gay “christian” who regularly posts inflammatory anti-gay rhetoric on the sign at his Harlem Church, is back in our pages again:
“Starbucks coffee stores are indeed ground zero for spreading Ebola and other diseases, because of the clientele of Starbucks. Generally upscaled [sic] sodomites who frequent Starbucks, who sit there with their computers and it’s a meeting place, they exchange a lot of body fluids, hands shaken and contact. Stay away from Starbucks if you don’t want to get Ebola. And especially the Starbucks in the urban areas…”
Aside from the sheer nastiness of his allegations, there’s a danger to this man spreading misinformation on public health issues like Ebola. Let’s say it again for the record – you are highly unlikely to get Ebola from public contact – the disease is transmitted by contact with bodily fluids once a person is actually symptomatic, and even in the initial phases of symptoms, the viral count is very low, making transmission unlikely. Add to this the fact that any potential carriers of the disease are being closely monitored as they return from Africa.
It’s both irresponsible and immoral that this man is trying to spread misinformation in order to link Ebola to the LGBT community. The two have absolutely nothing to do with each other.
If I were Starbucks, I would sue.