‘Fry in hell, faggots!’
JUST when I thought I had a handle on some of the world’s pottiest pastimes – running with bulls in Pamplona, dwarf-tossing in Australia and cheese-rolling in Gloucestershire are just three examples – along comes a bunch of religious halfwits with a brand new entertainment: a contest to see who can best bad-mouth homos.
On November 16, a pack of crazy Christian clerics will be congregating in Washington to publicly defame gay people. The object of the exercise is to challenge the new anti-hatred Matthew Shepard Act, a Congressional Act which protects citizens against hate crimes committed because of a victim’s perceived sexuality.
At the rally, outside the Department of Justice, ministers will preach from the Bible against homosexuality, and will then present a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder demanding that the religious liberty of all Americans be respected.
Specific legal challenges to the restrictions of the “hate crimes” plan also may be announced then, Cass said.
According to this Examiner report, the pastors don’t have a problem with hate crime legislation itself, but specifically with this hate crime legislation, which limits their god-given rights to incite violence against gay people.
Gary Cass, above, of the Christian Anti-Defamation Commission had this to say about what happens when hate crime laws include homosexual victims:
Christians are singled out for prosecution, with threats, imprisonment and fines simply for refusing to stop doing what Christ commands: proclaiming the truth.
The author of the Examiner piece, Carrie Poppy, writes:
How tragic it is that so many people devote their lives to spreading hatred, not because they are hateful people, but because they have been indoctrinated – brainwashed – with a bronze age story about the origin of the universe. When someone asks you, â€˜Yeah, but what harm does religion do?’ point them to examples like this.
Whenever we teach our children that groundless faith is a virtue, we pave the way for groundless violence. Rest in peace, Matthew Shepard.