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‘Persecution’ of US Christians worsening

‘Persecution’ of US Christians worsening

‘The left and militant gay movement are getting bolder and bolder, and too many Christians are stewing in their apathy.’

So saith David Limbaugh, brother of the ghastly hatemonger Rush Limbaugh. He is currently flogging a book, Jesus on Trial: A Lawyer Affirms the Truth of the Gospel.

In an op-ed in the Washington Examiner  – “Criminalizing Innocent Christian Behavior” –  David Limbaugh sprang to the defence of a pair of Idaho bigots, Donald and Evelyn Knapp, pictured above, who operate a marriage mill in Idaho that excludes gay couples.

According to a lawsuit filed last Friday by the Knapps, the city of Coeur d’Alene is “unconstitutionally coercing” them to perform gay weddings at their Hitching Post Wedding Chapel “in violation of their religious beliefs, their ordination vows and their consciences”. Trumpeted David Limbaugh:

Increasingly in our society, the sacred and not-so-sacred beliefs of everyone but Christians are protected while Christians are deemed intolerant pariahs who must be forced to conform to behavior repugnant to their beliefs.

Notice who the aggressors are here. Notice who is being intolerant. Why can’t same-sex couples who want to marry under the newly minted law [in Idaho] find ministers who have no objection to the procedure? Are they seeking the vindication of their rights or trying to force their beliefs on other people to the point of compelling them to deny their own?

He added:

Do you remember when many of us warned that the same-sex marriage movement wasn’t just about living and letting live, that it would inevitably encroach on the religious liberties of Christians and others who don’t agree with this newly created institution? We also warned that this would involve not just societal pressure but the power of state coercion, and we’re already here.

The left’s denials that religious liberty was in jeopardy were as trustworthy as President Obama’s assurances that Obamacare would not violate the conscience rights of religious groups — which is to say, not at all.

The sheer acceleration of the left’s militancy should horrify people. Just last week, these actions seemed like a realistic but distant threat, but today they’re already happening.

Many of us keep warning our fellow Christians (and other freedom lovers) that their apathy and refusal to fight for their rights in the public square is going to bite them where it hurts. Could it be that this, along with other disturbing developments around the country, will wake them up? We shall see.

Enter Samuel Rodriguez, President of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference. Yesterday he  was a guest on James Robison’s “Life Today” programme where he called upon Christians to vote according to “what the Word of God says” because there is a movement at work that seeks:

To silence Christians in America.

Samuel Rodriguez

Samuel Rodriguez

Rodriguez warned that Christians cannot afford to sit out this election because “today’s complacency is tomorrow’s captivity” and just as Christians in other countries are being killed by terrorists, so too are Christians in America being silenced by those who promote:

Moral relativism and cultural decadence. There is an attempt, believe it or not, to silence Christians in America. There is a war against our Judeo-Christian value system … we speak against terrorist groups that are doing so many horrific things to our brothers and sisters in Christ and other religious minorities around the world but in our own nation, from a political standpoint, from a legislative standpoint or a public policy standpoint there is an attempt to silence Christendom. There is an attempt!

Incidentally, earlier this month Rodriquez travelled to the the Bahamas with a clot of anti-gay Christian activists to condemn a gay pride event there. The celebration, at a private resort, was cut short in response to a backlash that reportedly included death threats and vitriol on local talk shows.

Among those who slammed the pride event and the LGBT movement in general was Dr Myles Munroe, who heads Bahamas Faith Ministries International. He put out a six-page statement attacking the LGBT rights movement and saying it had “hijacked” and “raped” the civil rights movement. He called the gay pride event:

A celebration of insanity. I think the attempt to equate the historical civil rights movement with the demands for the right to dignify, glorify and accept as normal the practice of a lifestyle that could render the human race, for which they sacrificed, extinct is illogical, dishonest, and is the abuse of the blood and imprisonment of many.

It’s a hijacking of the gains paid for by the blood of honorable men and women for an unnatural, human-destroying behavior.

The Ministry of Tourism and Manager for Religious Tourism celebrated the visit.  A Ministry of Tourism update in the Bahamas Weekly said that Grand Bahamas:

Remains the choice destination for repeat International religious events such as Dr Myles Munroe’s Global Leadership Summit and Angela Pipersburgh’s International Women’s Summit.

20 responses to “‘Persecution’ of US Christians worsening”

  1. Broga says:

    The idea that people might just be allowed to live their lives as they choose, and not via some selective interpretations of the bible, seems never to occur to this cluster of bigots. They do, of course, get the attention they crave by unloading their bigotry wherever they are able.

  2. Ex Patriot says:

    I am a Atheist and not gay but if I were and I wanted to marry my partner, the last place I would want to go would be to some s—hole run by christian idiot. If I needed some religion to do this I guess a Wiccan Priestess would be good choice as they make more sense than all the christian bigots put together.

  3. barriejohn says:

    A lot of people confuse the Bahamas with Bermuda, which may well explain why Hurricane Gonzalo was sent to the wrong place recently. Rush Limbaugh – and I guess his brother – is one of those who has claimed that such disasters are proof of “God’s judgment” upon the USA over its “promotion of the homosexual agenda”:

    http://thinkprogress.org/lgbt/2012/10/29/1104901/anti-gay-preacher-blames-hurricane-sandy-on-homosexuality-and-marriage-equality/

  4. Angela_K says:

    “Criminalizing Innocent Christian Behavior” That would be calling out and prosecuting those religious bigots who believe equality laws don’t apply to them. “Innocent”these christo-fascists could hardly be described as innocent, they know exactly what they are doing spreading their messages of hate.

  5. barriejohn says:

    Next we’ll have burglars suing the government for loss of earnings.

    How about this then?

    http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/flip-benham-crashes-gay-weddings-north-carolina

    “Operation Save America”!

  6. Trevor Blake says:

    “Coeur d’Alene officials told the Knapps privately and also publicly stated that the couple would violate the city’s public accommodations statute once same-sex marriage became legal in Idaho if they declined to perform a same-sex ceremony at their chapel.”

    If this is true, Coeur d’Alene officials are legally in the wrong. This is the view of an atheist who has officiated same-sex weddings. I don’t want to be fined for declining to officiate a wedding that I do not condone, and I wish the same liberty for others.

  7. Matt Westwood says:

    “… a lifestyle that could render the human race, for which they sacrificed, extinct …”

    There’s the thick end of 8 billion human beings in the world at the moment. I scarcely believe that a couple of man-on-man snogging sessions is going to make serious inroads into this during the course of the next century or two.

  8. David Anderson says:

    Trevor Blake: Other than weddings that are legally forbidden, what sort of wedding would you not condone?

  9. Broga says:

    When I look at the abominations flowing from religion and the destruction of the planet maybe “the human race going extinct” wouldn’t be such a bad idea.

  10. dennis says:

    separation of church and state is the goal. you open a business you are required to serve every one. hobby lobby is the bastardization of separation of church and state. its going to get that a non believer will have to lie about his/her beliefs to get in the door at Walmart and we will have no other stores. so the poor picked on christians get to feel justified in their personnel god damnation of the non believer. where is Thomas Paine when we need him .

  11. Trevor Blake says:

    David Anderson: I would decline to conduct a religious ceremony, as I said. Should I be forced to do so?

  12. AgentCormac says:

    “… a lifestyle that could render the human race, for which they sacrificed, extinct …”

    Darn, Matt got there before me. But I have to agree, do these idiots not know that the human population is accelerating to a point where we will, much sooner rather than later, be unable to feed ourselves or have enough water to go around? Anyway, why all the fuss if our reproduction suddenly took a nose-dive ? Isn’t the ‘end of times’ supposed to be coming any day soon? Effing morons.

  13. tonye says:

    This endless bleating about persecution is really beginning to bore me……………..

  14. Broga says:

    @dennis: Tom Paine was a class act. But, rather more recently, H.L. Mencken was the real deal.

  15. barriejohn says:

    God has COMMANDED us to have children (“be fruitful and multiply”), and he will provide the necessary food and other natural resources for the human race. He promised Noah that he would not allow another calamity to engulf the word, so we should take him at his word, by faith. The more children there are the more souls there will be to praise him for ever and ever and ever. It’s his perfect plan, and those who oppose it are the agents of the devil.

    http://www.quiverfull.com/articles.php/id19/

    Have another child to counter global depopulation

    Anyone who has traveled from coast to coast in the United States and seen the vast empty spaces should know that America is not overpopulated. In fact, the entire population of the world could live in the state of Texas, in single-family dwellings with front and back yards. Fertility rates are falling everywhere. The world’s population will never again double. If current trends continue, world population will peak by the middle of this century and then begin demographic freefall. Our long-term problem is not too many children, but too few children. Having another child will help offset the coming population implosion.

    Jesus isn’t coming any time soon then.

  16. Paul Cook says:

    In the period since life evolved on this pale blue dot (Sagan) about 95% of all living things on this planet have become extinct. Humans, no doubt, will go the same way. I hope the religious get there first.

  17. 1859 says:

    Another factor which may be at play here, is that these American chistians have always seen themselves as a vast majority living in a ‘christian’ country. Now that is happily beginning to change and they are realising that they belong to just what might become merely another minority religious system of belief.

  18. L.Long says:

    Ya know how we say some are more moral then their religion or their book o’shit?? Well if they are they are very quiet about it.

  19. Marky Mark says:

    “do these idiots not know that the human population is accelerating to a point where we will, much sooner rather than later, be unable to feed ourselves or have enough water to go around? ”

    Don’t ya know, Jesus will come back and solve all that by pulling fish out of his ass again and feeding everyone… as he did before.

  20. David Anderson says:

    Trevor Blake: I think your use of the word “condone” confused me a bit there. I think it would be a bit pointless for any religious people to even want an atheist to conduct their marriage ceremony and vice versa. So no, I don’t think that you should be forced to. I am assuming though, that you would not be against people of any religión legally marrying each other (putting aside the disgusting “child bride” cultures).

    What I can never understand is why people from the LGBT community want to be married in churches and still support religions that see and treat them as some kind of filth.