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The Rock and the Dead Fish

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If it wasn’t obvious previously, it’s clear as day now – anti-gay Christians are facing serious oppression in the United States.

At least, that’s what Kelly Boggs of the Baptist Press seems to think. In an article published on BRnow.org, Boggs tries really hard to argue that times are tough for homophobic Christians in America:

A  moment of truth is rapidly approaching for those who believe homosexuality is an immoral, aberrant behavior. The choice will be whether to capitulate to a culture that asserts, without evidence, homosexuality is natural, normal and healthy, or to insist it is sinful and suffer consequences.

First of all – a Christian complaining about making assertions without evidence? That’s rich.

And what are these dire consequences Christians will be facing? According to Boggs’ article, Christians might have to obey the law:

In 2006, Vanessa Willock, one half of a lesbian couple, contacted Elaine Huguenin about photographing a commitment ceremony to be held in Taos, N.M. Huguenin co-owns Elane Photography, located in Albuquerque, N.M., with her husband.

Willock communicated that the ceremony was designed to celebrate her homosexual relationship. Huguenin declined the business because she and her husband are Christians and hold the conviction that homosexuality is a sin. They wanted no part of celebrating that which they believe is wrong.

Though Willock found another photographer, she filed a complaint with the New Mexico Human Rights Commission. The commission ruled that Elane Photography had engaged in sexual orientation discrimination, which is prohibited by state law. The photography company was ordered to pay $6,637.94 in attorney’s fees to the lesbian couple.

The problem with claims from the Christian right that they are being persecuted is that what they call “oppression” is simply not receiving special privileges. The article makes the case against itself without realizing it: sexual orientation discrimination is illegal in New Mexico. Don’t break the law and you don’t have to worry about consequences. What Boggs and Huguenin want is for law to be based on religious values, which isn’t fair and simply doesn’t work.

But Boggs is sure that people such as Huguenin are martyrs for the Christian cause:

The push to have homosexuality accepted as natural, normal and healthy in the United States knows no compromise. The movement to have homosexuality celebrated in America will not stop, nor will it be satisfied, until all voices that would even whisper it is sinful are squelched.

Homosexual activists have long used their free speech right to publically advocate for their aberrant lifestyle. Many of these same activists now use almost any means possible to restrict the freedom of speech of those who believe their lifestyle is wrong. Can you say ironic?

Wrong again, Boggs. Bigoted Christians still have the same rights to free speech as everyone else. Have you noticed how the Westboro Baptist Church is allowed to spew its revulsion? What you’re not allowed to do is discriminate based on a person’s orientation.

It is becoming harder to maintain anti-gay sentiments in America, but that’s because the weaknesses in the arguments against equality are being exposed every day.

Boggs concludes with an appeal to other Christians to stand strong in their convictions:

When the moment of truth arrives, the choice will be whether to stand firm against the current of popular culture or float along downstream like a dead fish.

He just doesn’t realize that the dead fish in this situation is the person who unthinkingly follows the tradition of bigotry and hate in Christianity.

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Unable to Achieve an Islamic World, Iran Aims a Bit Lower

There seems to be a lot of weird coming out of Iran lately. Just a couple days ago, they announced that Iranian scientists developed a time machine (that they weren’t making public for fear of the Chinese stealing their technology). Yesterday, they announced that they had developed an “Islamic Google Earth“:

The system will be an “Islamic Google Earth,” according to Mohammad Hassan Nami, Iran’s minister for information and communications technology. It will go by the moniker “Basir,” which means “spectator” in Farsi, and it reportedly will be ready for launch in the next four months.

Google Earth merely feigns providing a service, Nami said, but is actually used by security and intelligence organizations to obtain information from foreign countries.

What exactly will be different about the “Islamic” 3D map, Nami didn’t say.

What better way to make it perfectly clear how differently you see the world?

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Marriage March

You know who deserves a march in defense of their rights? People who already have the right to marry, obviously! On March 23 (or March 26 – these people aren’t good with numbers), the Family Research Council will join likeminded buffoons in marching through Washington, D.C. in support of California’s Proposition 8, the constitutionality of which will be evaluated in the case of Hollingsworth v. Perry beginning that same day.

On March 23, 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court will be hearing arguments in the Hollingsworth v. Perry case, which will determine if California’s Proposition 8 measure is constitutional. This will determine whether “same-sex marriage” will become recognized and whether Americans will have the right to protect marriage.

With the legal arguments being heard, FRC has various resources available on marriage from religious, legal, and cultural perspectives. Visit our Why Marriage Matters site to learn more and to find out how you can educate others about the importance of traditional marriage.

Additionally, FRC will be joining other organizations to promote traditional marriage through participating in the Marriage March on March 23rd. Marriage March 2013 will feature various speakers that will empower and motivate you to promote the values of traditional marriage within your community. Click here to learn more about the Marriage March and to find out how you can get involved.

What a pathetic bunch of bigots. I went through and read their arguments for “Why Marriage Matters.” It’s the same nonsense we’ve been hearing this entire time (and the type of crap that is thankfully dying out in American society): society will disintegrate, morality will be compromised, God will send his wrath, and of course, what about the children!? The Family Research Council is having a really hard time pushing their vile message as they slip into irrelevance, and I’m sure they hope this march will increase their visibility.

This stunt is comparable to racist white people marching to condemn desegregation, or more recently, Glenn Beck’s rally for idiots on the Washington Mall. I hope the crowd that shows up for this laughable little event is as small as their minds.

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أمة واحدة تحت الله

Pop quiz: What is the official language of the United States?

If you answered English, you would be wrong. The United States has no official national language, for we live in the great melting pot of the world.

The United States is composed of people of all nationalities, ethnic groups, faiths and ideologies. Growing up, I was taught that America’s diversity was something of which we were to be proud, something that made us different. So when a high-school student organization is formed for the purpose of “destroy[ing] the barriers, embrac[ing] the cultures” of a diverse student body, you might expect that organization to receive full support in its efforts.

Embracing diversity, it turns out, is a scary thing to put into practice when it involves those scary Arabs. At Rocky Mountain High School in Fort Collins, Colo., a group of students known as the Cultural Arms Club is under fire for reciting the Pledge of Allegiance in Arabic. What should, in an ideal world, be a non-story lit up the Internet today. While many people have voiced support for the youngsters taking this initiative, some dissenters are downright angry about the audacity of reciting the Pledge in a language other than English – especially the language of the terrorists!

One of the greatest points of contention is derived from the fact that the word “Allah” was used in the recitation in place of the word “God.” Though “Allah” literally translates to “God,” some people are very upset that students would dare utter that word during the sacred oath to our country.

The group has garnered complaints for the practice of reciting the Pledge in another language in the past once before, when they used Spanish.

Fortunately the kids in the group seem to have their heads on straight. In fact, most seem absolutely baffled that there has been an outcry at all. After all, the point of the organization is to promote and embrace diversity, and now they are under fire for doing just that.

In the end, Arabic is just another language. It is not exclusive to Islam, and we should be ecstatic that students are taking the initiative to familiarize their classmates with other cultures. I applaud the students for their boldness, as well as Principal Lopez of RMHS for standing up for the students. U.S. citizens of all languages and backgrounds should feel free to recite the Pledge in their own way, and anyone who wants to deter that needs to rethink values.

I do have to wonder how much of this chaos could be avoided if the line “under God” was simply stricken from the Pledge altogether…

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Westboro Baptist Church to Join Forces with Pro-Life Group, 40 Days for Life

40 Days for Life…no, wait, Westboro Baptist Church protesting.
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Not known for their outreach efforts, the members of the controversial Westboro Baptist Church, based in Topeka, Kan., have announced a plan to team up with anti-abortion group 40 Days for Life. 40 Days for Life, which will begin its bi-annual 40-day vigil on February 13, has expressed excitement at having the opportunity to work alongside one of the United States’ most vocal religious leaders.

“These guys know how to get the attention of the American people,” explained David Bereit, National Director of 40 Days for Life. “If there’s one thing we care about, it’s getting known – oh, and of course saving the lives of the innocent.”

The two groups apparently first met in October of 2012, when their protesting schedules overlapped in Knoxville, TN. Westboro was in town to protest the funeral of Shan Lively, a medic with the Army 844th Engineering Battalion in Knoxville, when Shirley Phelps-Roper, spokesperson for the Westboro Baptist Church, mistook protesters outside the Cherry Street Planned Parenthood in Knoxville.

“They were all holding up signs with bold letters and shouting mindlessly at people nearby,” said Phelps-Roper. “I thought the protest was supposed to be the next day, and for a second I thought I’d missed the memo!”

Lisa Morris, a leader in the Knoxville chapter of 40 Days for Life, recalls the encounter.

“This woman walked up to me, and I thought I recognized her,” said Morris. “For a second I thought she was going to start arguing with me, then she said, ‘Thank God for killing abortion-enabling, fag-loving soldiers,’ and I knew we were going to be friends.”

The two groups anticipate an exceptionally cohesive campaign, and leaders from both groups think the other will complement their efforts.

“We’re both about tormenting people in the lowest points of their lives,” said Shawn Carney, Campaign Director for 40 Days for Life. “We look forward to the notoriety Westboro will bring to our cause.”

Despite the high spirits at the prospect of the campaign, some Westboro members have expressed apprehension at joining forces with 40 Days for Life.

“I think this is a great idea; I just hope I don’t have to hold up any signs with pictures of dead babies,” said Lee Ann Phelps, member of Westboro Baptist Church. “That’s just in bad taste.”

 

 

*Note: This post is satire, but it almost seems like it could happen, doesn’t it?

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Catholics never cease to not surprise me

This case has been thoroughly picked over in the atheist blogosphere, but there seems to be enough Catholic hypocrisy to go around.

In Cañon City, Colo., a Catholic hospital seems to have suddenly switched its position regarding abortion:

Catholic organizations have for decades fought to change federal and state laws that fail to protect “unborn persons,” and Catholic Health’s lawyers in this case had the chance to set precedent bolstering anti-abortion legal arguments. Instead, they are arguing state law protects doctors from liability concerning unborn fetuses on grounds that those fetuses are not persons with legal rights.

Apparently abandoning your principles when doing so serves your needs is not a deadly sin.

Here’s the case: A pregnant woman in Colorado suffered a heart attack and was taken to St. Thomas More Hospital. The woman died, but experts agree that her twin, seventh-month-old fetuses could have been saved. Therefore, her husband has sued the hospital for the wrongful death of his babies.

Does the Catholic hospital then stand on its principles and pay up for killing those fetuses, which the church has long argued deserve the same rights as full-grown humans? NO! Of course not! The hospital is instead hiding behind lawyers (who have helped the Catholic Church destroy lives in the past), and has instantly decided that the sanctity of life doesn’t apply when a lawsuit is involved.

Stories like this one (which seem to surface quite regularly for an infallible church) should make you sick. For the reasonable person, they probably do. Unfortunately, I get the feeling that many Catholics are stretching their brains in preparation of the epic mental gymnastics they will have to perform to figure this one out.

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A Sad, Strange Little Man

A real American hero
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As though naming a smoothie shop, “I Love Drilling” didn’t make it unappealing enough, the owner of the small dessert spot in eastern Utah has decided to enforce a partisan tax on left-wingers who dare walk through his doors.

For any 16 oz. smoothie in his shop, Burnett charges conservatives $4.95, and self-identified “liberals” are asked to pay an additional dollar. “I’m very open about it,” he told KSL. “I’m very public about it, that I’m going to charge them a little bit more, and I have liberals come in and pay the extra dollar surcharge.”

Of course, George Burnett lives in one of the most solidly red parts of the country, so his punishment is not likely to have any real effects. In fact, a total of three liberal customers have patronized the smoothie shop since his new taxation.

On a larger stage, I might endorse boycotting a restaurant with such absurd policies, but such a suggestion would also be ineffectual. Sometimes stories like this come along simply for our dumbfounded amusement.

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