Forgive me, I must have missed the memo where it was decided that anti-bullying translated to gay indoctrination.
These groups are so afraid that a gay child may be helped they’re willing to allow other kids to suffers. It’s been a while since I was in school, but I do remember that kids were bullied for many other things. Bullying needs to be addressed; PERIOD. Anti-bullying measures should be taught with no exceptions. I will never understand these people.
Oh, look, they’re trying to make it okay to be a bully as long as you’re bullying people your religion says are wrong. I wonder what kind of opinions those kids will grow up with. Oh, is it the Crusades again already?
Greenwell Springs Baptist Church pastor Dennis Terry introduces Rick Santorum at a campaign and tells everyone who doesn’t agree that America is a Christian nation, that they are free to “get out.” Then he goes on to talk out against abortion, homosexuality, traditional marriage, and all the other religious bigotry that makes up Santorum and company. He believes the church is to be the conscience of the nation. Clearly his nation is to only consist of Right-winged, conservative, Christian nut-jobs.
What I find all too amusing about this is ordinarily Baptists minister would be pointing out that Santorum was a Catholic and not therefore not a Christian. I grew up Fundamental Baptist, believe me I’ve heard it on more than a few occasions. The battle line so clearly drawn any other time sure does get erased really fast when it comes to politics does it not. I wonder what Kennedy would have to say about all of this. Maybe he’d say this:
These are the real issues which should decide this campaign. And they are not religious issues — for war and hunger and ignorance and despair know no religious barriers.
But because I am a Catholic, and no Catholic has ever been elected president, the real issues in this campaign have been obscured — perhaps deliberately, in some quarters less responsible than this. So it is apparently necessary for me to state once again not what kind of church I believe in — for that should be important only to me — but what kind of America I believe in.
I believe in an America where the separation of church and state is absolute, where no Catholic prelate would tell the president (should he be Catholic) how to act, and no Protestant minister would tell his parishioners for whom to vote; where no church or church school is granted any public funds or political preference; and where no man is denied public office merely because his religion differs from the president who might appoint him or the people who might elect him.
I believe in an America that is officially neither Catholic, Protestant nor Jewish; where no public official either requests or accepts instructions on public policy from the Pope, the National Council of Churches or any other ecclesiastical source; where no religious body seeks to impose its will directly or indirectly upon the general populace or the public acts of its officials; and where religious liberty is so indivisible that an act against one church is treated as an act against all. ~ JFK Sept. 12, 1960
Well. That happened. I’m going to go crawl into a history book where his lies can’t hurt me.
Compared to the raucous celebrations of gay marriage supporters, the response from opponents has been somewhat muted since New York legalized it over the weekend. But rest assured: Many of the usual anti-gay suspects are quite upset! We’ve compiled some of their most notable reactions:
Tony Perkins, the president of the Family Research Council, bemoaned that “[e]normous political coercion has resulted in a profound failure of moral courage in the New York Senate. A clear majority of the people of New York oppose counterfeit ‘marriage’.”
Maggie Gallagher of the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) had a warning for the GOP: “New York Republicans are responsible for passing gay marriage. The party will pay a grave price … Sad that N.Y. GOP has caved.” (NOM is also pledging $2 million to New York’s GOP senators if they reverse the same-sex marriage decision.)
Riffing on long-discredited arguments, the American Spectator’s W. James Antle III wrote that “severing marriage from its last links to biology will have its consequences,” adding that “most New York gays and lesbians will likely enjoy the social status their new right confers without ever exercising it.”
Matt Barber of Liberty Counsel, a nonprofit public interest law firm dedicated to “Christian religious liberty, the sanctity of human life, and the traditional family,” said that New York is “the last of the low-hanging fruit … It’s not the end of the marriage debate. It’s not even the beginning of the end of the marriage debate.”
Byron York of the Washington Examiner tweeted that “an iconic image of American heroism [had been turned] into a celebration of gay marriage,” linking to the Daily Kos, where an image based on the Iwo Jima Memorial, but with a rainbow flag, is posted. Boston Globe columnist Jeff Jacoby retweeted York’s message, adding, “Ugh. Sacrilege.”
The Revs. Jason McGuire and Duane Motley of the anti-gay marriage New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms said: “The First Amendment to the US Constitution guarantees that ‘Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof …’ This amendment is a clear violation of that protection. The amendment still fails to protect an individual’s right to exercise their religious freedom,” McGuire said. Motley added, “The amendment language does nothing to protect cake bakers, caterers, photographers, florists, or other people of strong religious faith opposed to same-sex ‘marriage’ that refuse to provide services for same-sex couples.”(Via New York Daily News).
New York’s Archbishop Timothy Dolan, during Sunday Mass: “I’ve been down a little recently, as you might imagine,” referring to the decision. “We as Catholics would oppose any attempt by anybody to redefine marriage, whether that — whomever that may be.”
And last but by no means least, the ever-troubling Pat Robertson responded to the New York news with a helpful dose of scripture-underpinned crazy mouth: “There isn’t one single civilization that has openly embraced homosexuality that has survived,” he said on his television show. He also noted that the people of biblical Sodom raped angels:
Oh god, what is air?! This is the most hilarious thing I have read all day.