British barrister helps feed US loons’ paranoia over ‘Christian bashing’
OH my! Hate preacher Dr Gary Cass sure landed a big ‘un for his mammoth “Let’s Bash a Homo” fest in Washington on Monday: British barrister Paul Diamond of the Christian Legal Centre, who fancies himself champion of oppressed Christians the length and breadth of the UK.
Diamond’s presence at the rally must have given Cass a spectacular hard-on, judging from the way the loopy fundamentalist has been throbbing on his website about the “success” of the event.
The Lord was honored, truth was proclaimed, and we are grateful for the many people who came and supported our effort. We look forward to challenging this law in the future.
The law in question is, of course, the new Matthew Shepard hate crimes bill that extends protection to gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered Americans.
According to CBN News, which features a video, Cass and his supporters gathered in front of the Justice Department to say that Christians’ right to speak the Gospel is now threatened “like never before”, and that the law meant to protect homosexuals could someday be used “to silence sermons and even the reading of scriptures that condemn homosexuality”.
Roughly a dozen pastors and heads of religious rights organizations led the protest.
Geez, as many as that?
Diamond used the opportunity to warn US Christians that hate crimes laws in the UK are already being used against the faithful. He said British Christians had been arrested when they were the ones who had been violently attacked.
We have Christians attacked for evangelism and they are arrested for inciting their own attacks. Sometimes the attacks are brought by sick members of the public, sometimes by individual homosexuals.
Diamond also warned that some in Britain now see preachers as more dangerous than those who commit violent acts against a minority.
Many people are arguing now in the universities that speech is worse than violence; that it encourages stereotypical views, that it incites discrimination.
Backers of the law say it is only supposed to affect those who commit acts of violence against a member of a protected group like homosexuals.
But Cass says the law can actually be used to prosecute those who in any way incite that violence.
Somebody could listen to a minister on any given Sunday, and the minister would have to know what’s in that person’s mind and what that person might do in the future. And if that person went out and committed a hate crime, the minister would be as guilty as the person who actually perpetrates the crime. And that’s unprecedented in American history.
The protesting pastors say they don’t hate homosexuals (yeah, yeah) and they would never commit an act of violence against them. But they say if it becomes a crime to preach the Gospel, that is a crime they are always going to be willing to commit.
By the way, Christian Channel CBN lost no time in pouncing on the story of Pauline Howe, the mad Norwich cow who almost got her collar felt by the local rozzers after she set out to “witness” at a gay pride rally. They have an interview with the poisonous old pensioner, who, unsurprisingly, comes over all sweetness and light.