Is Opposing Gay Marriage Based on ‘Christian Beliefs’ Racist?

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Is Opposing Gay Marriage Based on ‘Christian Beliefs’ Racist?

The Week has an interesting article asking if conservative opposition to gay marriage is the same as being racist. For starters, the Bible did address slavery, but it didn’t seem to be in the context of race-based slavery, as was the case in the U.S., Great Britain, Spain and the Netherlands. It’s true that there were some Christians, who were members of the Ku Klux Klan, went to church at 11 a.m., then burned crosses on front lawns and lynched innocent blacks later in the evening. Some people back then used their religion to justify their racist attitudes and treatment of blacks. Some are trying to do that with the gay community. Marginalizing people on the basis of their religion and sexual orientation is just wrong. I will admit, I wasn’t a gay marriage proponent for many years,  but I have come to the realization that depriving someone of being with the person they love is just wrong. It’s morally wrong. The fact is racism and homophobia should have no place in our society….period.

The big deal is that strictures against homosexuality are rooted far more deeply in the Judeo-Christian tradition than racism ever was. Yes, slavery is found throughout the Scriptures and comes in for criticism only, at best, by implication. But race-based slavery — and the racism that made it possible and continues to infect ideas and institutions throughout the West to this day — receives no explicit endorsement from the Bible.

Which isn’t to say that those seeking to justify race-based slavery or racism couldn’t, and didn’t, twist biblical passages to make them provide such justification. But the Hebrew Bible and New Testament clearly do not teach (either explicitly or implicitly) that buying, owning, and selling African slaves is next to godliness.

The same cannot be said about the normative teaching on human sexuality contained within the Judeo-Christian scriptures — and even more so, within the interpretative and theological traditions that grow out of them. In dismissing this teaching so casually, Chotiner ends up implying that traditionalist churches and religious communities are the moral equivalent of the Ku Klux Klan.

If that’s an accurate evaluation of their moral status, then we can expect that before long traditionalist religious views will be denied legitimacy by the courts, denigrated in the public schools, and thoroughly marginalized in our public life. (For a sober but concerned exploration of how the social and legal persecution of traditionalist belief might unfold over the coming years, see Rod Dreher’s recent cover story in The American Conservative.)

Chotiner and his fellow secular liberals may well be right that traditionalist views of sexuality are bound to evolve, with nearly everyone destined to accept and affirm the dignity of homosexual relationships. But given the commitments of these same liberals to personal freedom, shouldn’t they also insist that the evolution take place at its own pace, without being forcibly imposed by the coercive powers of the state? Source: The Week

Um, I remember a time when interracial marriages were against the law in America. It’s still frowned upon by many who are still hellbent on living in the Dark Ages.  While it may not be a popular position, people are free to have their own opinions. I wouldn’t call someone a racist for believing that marriage should be between one man and one woman. You have to consider the context in which the person is voicing his or her opposition to gay marriage. Yes, there are some people who have racist views of the gay community, but there are some who aren’t. If the truth be told, no matter where one stands on the issue of gay marriage, it’s very easy for each side to twist the Scriptures to fit their ideology. That doesn’t make it right. Far from it. The bottom line is that we are all afforded freedoms under the Constitution. That also includes the LGBT community. So, deal with it.

GOP Lawmaker Mike Turner Wants to Ban All Marriages in Oklahoma

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GOP Lawmaker Mike Turner Wants to Ban All Marriages in Oklahoma


The Republicans are at it again….Oklahoma State Sen. Mike Turner had an epiphany that the best way to get rid of gay marriages is to make all marriages illegal.  Turner believes this would be the best way to honor the Constitution.

“[My constituents are] willing to have that discussion about whether marriage needs to be regulated by the state at all,” Turner said.

Other conservative lawmakers feel the same way, according to Turner.

“Would it be realistic for the State of Oklahoma to say, ‘We’re not going to do marriage period,’” asked News 9′s Michael Konopasek.

“That would definitely be a realistic opportunity, and it’s something that would be part of the discussion,” Turner answered. Source: Oklahoma’s Own

Megachurch Pastor Joel Osteen on Gay Marriage: “We’re for Everybody”

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Megachurch Pastor Joel Osteen on Gay Marriage: “We’re for Everybody” (Photo credit: Screengrab)

Megachurch pastor Joel Osteen told “Katie” during a recent interview that he wouldn’t marry two gay individuals saying, “No Katie, because I feel that would go against what the Scriptures teaches. He said he doesn’t ‘harp’ on such issues.

Osteen also said “But anytime I talk about this, people say you’re a gay-basher and all that, we are not. We’re for everybody. Our ministry is about lifting people up.”  So, he’s not for gay marriage, but he’s for everyone, right?

Joel Osteen also emphasized that the overall theme in the Bible, which was also echoed by Jesus Christ — “love God and love your neighbor as you love yourself.” Katie Couric asked Osteen “are you worried if you spoke out supporting it [gay marriage] that there would be a backlash against your congregation?”

Osteen said “Well, I think there would be because I don’t feel like that’s what the Scriptures says.” He added, “But again, there’s so many things that we can focus on. I’m not going to harp on one group. I’m for everybody. Jesus said, ‘I didn’t come into the world to condemn people but that the world could be saved.’ Our ministry is about lifting people up. Let them make their own decisions, I’m not the one to judge anybody,” he added.

Pope Francis: Religion Doesn’t Have Right to Interfere Spiritually in Lives of Gays

POPE FRANCIS Pope Francis: Religion Doesnt Have Right to Interfere Spiritually in Lives of Gays

Pope Francis: Religion Doesn’t Have Right to Interfere Spiritually in Lives of Gays

BREAKING:  Pope Francis says religion doesn’t have the right to interfere spiritually in the lives of gays and lesbians. This comes after his comments in July when he asked “Who am I to judge” gay people?

In a wide-ranging interview published Thursday, the pope also said that women must play a key role in church decisions and brushed off critics who say he should be more vocal about fighting abortion and gay marriage.

Moreover, if the church fails to find a “new balance” between its spiritual and political missions, the pope warned, its moral foundation will “fall like a house of cards.” Source: CNN

 

Fox News Contributor Sandy Rios Compares Ariel Castro’s Love for Victims to Love Between Gay Couples

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Fox News Contributor Sandy Rios Compares Ariel Castro’s Love for Victims to Love Between Gay Couples

Fox News contributor and American Family Association radio show host Sandy Rios under fire for comparing homosexual love to the love Ohio kidnapper and rapist Ariel Castro for his three victims, as she voiced her opposition to same-sex marriage. She made the controversial and disgusting comments while speaking with anti-gay Chicago pastor Erwin Lutzer about their shared opposition to same sex marriage.

Right Wing Watch:  They said in the midst of a society that is so desperate and so high-crime ridden, do we really now need laid upon this the destruction of the family and the destruction of marriage?”

The two also reiterated their belief that it is wrong to allow same-sex couples to marry just because they love each other. Lutzer, responding to a pro-gay marriage Facebook message, claimed that even pedophiles believe that they “love” the children they abuse. Rios added that even Ariel Castro, the Cleveland man who kidnapped three women, claimed that he loved the women he held in captivity.

 

Raynard Jackson: Social Services Should Take Away MSNBC’s Krystal Ball’s Daughter Over Gay Marriage Views

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Raynard Jackson: Social Services Should Take Away MSNBC’s Krystal Ball’s Daughter Over Gay Marriage Views

GOP strategist Raynard Jackson wrote in a column in Christian magazine Charisma, that  MSNBC’s Krystal Ball’s five year old daughter should be removed from her home because of ‘moral abuse’ over her ‘indoctrination’ of her about gay marriage.  Jackson writes, “Social services should remove Ella from this house because her mother is without question an unfit parent. What Ball did to her daughter may not be child abuse legally, but morally it is definitely abuse, and I am amazed that even liberals of goodwill have not criticized her for such abuse.” He also claims progressives want to “take another person’s child and brainwash them into believing that homosexual marriage is OK” and “brainwash innocent children to perpetuate their radical liberalism.” Ball’s daughter appeared on The Cycle’s Political Playground and was asked by her mother if she would marry a girl. Can we just let our kids grow up without worrying about being politically correct?

So, let me give you a real-world example of liberalism gone amuck. What I saw on MSNBC recently sent chills down my spine—a parent abusing their own child on national TV to promote an insidious political agenda, which is totally disgusting. You must see this video.

Krystal Ball, another MSNBC talk show host and feminist, aired a video of her and her 5-year-old daughter, Ella. Ball asks Ella if she knows what marriage is, and she says she does not. Then the daughter says marriage is between a man and a woman. That’s when her mother begins to indoctrinate her daughter about homosexual marriage. I was mortified that a parent would do this to her own daughter—on national TV. Social services should remove Ella from this house because her mother is without question an unfit parent.

So, this is the type of world that Melissa Perry wants to create, one where someone like Ball could take another person’s child and brainwash them into believing that homosexual marriage is OK. What parent has this type of conversation with a 5-year-old? Is this what Perry means when she says, “Kids belong to whole communities”? They know they cannot win the argument with logic, so they must brainwash innocent children to perpetuate their radical liberalism. This is why we need to keep the government out of our lives to the greatest extent possible.

What Ball did to her daughter may not be child abuse legally, but morally it is definitely abuse, and I am amazed that even liberals of goodwill have not criticized her for such abuse. Source:  Charisma

Krystal Ball with daughter Ella, talking about gay marriage:

Former GA Guberatorial Candidate Karen Handel Announces Senate Bid, Is This a Joke?

 Former GA Guberatorial Candidate Karen Handel Announces Senate Bid, Is This a Joke?

Former GA Guberatorial Candidate Karen Handel Announces Senate Bid, Is This a Joke? (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

(HinterlandEditorial) — Karen Handel is in the news again. You will recall she was a gubernatorial candidate in 2010 and lost to Nathan Deal. She also resigned abruptly from the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure after an uproar involving Planned Parenthood. Yep, she almost wrecked the organization. We have written about Karen Handel in the past and still hold the same opinion — she is not a credible candidate for anything, much less to best represent the LGBT, black and Hispanic communities. Karen Handel is another self-righteous Republican hypocrite who placed so little value on education that she didn’t bother to get a college degree. Yeah, Karen Handel is Georgia’s Sarah Palin — zero qualifications and a lot of hubris.

Roll Call: “Handel is the fourth Republican to enter the race for the seat of retiring GOP Sen. Saxby Chambliss. Notably, she is also the first woman and first candidate who is not a member of Congress. GOP Reps. Paul Broun, Phil Gingrey and Jack Kingston are running. David Perdue, the cousin of former Gov. Sonny Perdue, announced an exploratory committee this week.”

Karen Handel was the main force behind the organization’s move to change the criteria that had a direct impact on Planned Parenthood. Once again, she would rather feign ignorance than accept her role in this mess. Karen Handel is no stranger to the cut-and-run mentality. She threw the former head of the Log Cabin Republicans, a group of gay and lesbian GOP voters, under a bus, when she claimed she didn’t support same-sex domestic partnerships, though there were a number of emails indicating she supported granting such benefits.

Karen Handel also implemented the Georgia’s photo ID law, which requires Georgian voters to show state-issued photo identification before casting their vote in person.  The voter ID program sparked controversy and many in the black community said it worked against them and was a way to deter blacks from voting. The law was challenged as unconstitutional, but was eventually upheld by the Supreme Court. Karen Handel is a HYPOCRITE in all caps. Plain and simple. Source

After Karen Handel’s abrupt departure from Susan G. Komen, she wrote a book — “Planned Bullywood” — slamming Planned Parenthood and painting the organization as “a bunch of schoolyard thugs.” Who better would know about schoolyard thugs than someone who barely finished high school. She claimed she had nothing to do with the funding being reduced to Planned Parenthood, but during a speech to the Family Research Council last December, Handel implied that her battle with the the family planning organization was far from over. She said, “Planned Parenthood counted on conservative elected officials to be quiet, and they were silent, but they didn’t count on me. Cecile Richards has absolutely no idea who she’s picked a fight with, folks.”

I will boldly predict that if Karen Handel manages to win the GOP nomination, she will go on to lose the election and the Democrats will pick up a seat. As a woman, I am always very supportive of women running for higher office, but this hypocrite isn’t worth anyone’s vote. She has zero credibility and is very divisive.  I must also remind the black community in Atlanta that she was instrumental is getting rid of the nation’s first black female sheriff, Jackie Barrett, on corruption charges.  Sarah Palin endorsed her in 2010 and it’s ironic that they both have the sickening quality of never completing what they start. Nathan Deal slammed Handel on not finishing her term as Secretary of State. As soon as Karen Handel sets up a campaign office we will be calling for an interview. I guess the theatrics will be coming soon. Break out the popcorn.

 Former GA Guberatorial Candidate Karen Handel Announces Senate Bid, Is This a Joke?

GA Republican Party Chair Sue Everhart: Legalizing Same Sex Marriage Nationwide Would Lead to Fraud

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GA Republican Party Chair Sue Everhart: Legalizing Same Sex Marriage Nationwide Would Lead to Fraud

The Republican Party is still deaf when it comes to what the public wants. They haven’t noticed that gay marriage is more widely accepted than before. Here’s what Georgia Republican Party Chairwoman Sue Everhart had to say about same sex marriage and that straight people will fake gay marriage for benefits:

“Lord, I’m going to get in trouble over this, but it is not natural for two women or two men to be married,” Everhart said. “If it was natural, they would have the equipment to have a sexual relationship.”

Everhart said while she respects all people, if same sex marriage is legalized across the country, there will be fraud.

“You may be as straight as an arrow, and you may have a friend that is as straight as an arrow,” Everhart said. “Say you had a great job with the government where you had this wonderful health plan. I mean, what would prohibit you from saying that you’re gay, and y’all get married and still live as separate, but you get all the benefits? I just see so much abuse in this it’s unreal. I believe a husband and a wife should be a man and a woman, the benefits should be for a man and a woman. There is no way that this is about equality. To me, it’s all about a free ride.”

Everhart said if she had a young child, she wouldn’t want them to have gay parents who would influence that child’s sexual orientation.

“You’re creating with this child that it’s a lifestyle, don’t go out and marry someone else of a different sex because this is natural,” Everhart said. “But if I had a next door neighbor who was in a gay relationship, I could be just as friendly to them as I could be to you and your wife or anybody else. I’m not saying that we ostracize them or anything like that. I’m just saying I’m against marriage because once you get the gay marriage you get everything else.”

The ignorance of the Republican Party defies logic. This is the same type of dangerous rhetoric over women’s rights that led to Todd Akin losing his Senate bid against Claire McCaskill — legitimate rape. Same thing for Richard Mourdock — pregnancy from rape is a gift from God. Please, keep talking. This will only keep a Democrat in the White House for the foreseeable future.

Johns Hopkins Students Petition to Replace Dr. Benjamin Carson as Graduation Speaker

Dr. Benjamin Carson drama continues as students at Johns Hopkins University are circulating a petition to replace the Republican darling as commencement speaker after he linked gay marriage to pedophilia and bestiality in an interview with Fox News’ Sean Hannity

The petition, which was posted on a Facebook page for the student-run Health and Human Rights Student Group, describes Carson as “a world-class neurosurgeon and passionate advocate for education,” but concludes that his “expressed values are incongruous with the values of Johns Hopkins and deeply offensive to a large proportion our student body.”

Carson, who is set to retire this year as the university’s director of pediatric neurosurgery, told Hannity on Tuesday that opposite-sex marriage is “a well-established, fundamental pillar of society and no group, be they gays, be they NAMBLA, be they people who believe in bestiality — it doesn’t matter what they are. They don’t get to change the definition.” Source

There’s nothing wrong with Dr. Benjamin Carson voicing his on policy issues, but to start insulting others on the basis of their sexual orientation, religion or creed is wrong. It diminishes him as a person on so many levels. He is spewing the same vitriol as right wing evangelical wingnuts. I am sorry, but Dr. Benjamin Carson is becoming an embarrassment on the national platform. Imagine if he were really running for the GOP presidential nomination?

Here’s the full letter posted on Facebook:

We are writing to express concern about the selection of Dr. Ben Carson as the commencement speaker for the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine Class of 2013.

At the time of his nomination, Dr. Carson was known to most of us as a world-class neurosurgeon and passionate advocate for education. Many of us had read his books and looked up to him as a role model in our careers.

Since then, however, several public events have cast serious doubt on the appropriateness of having Dr. Carson speak at our graduation.

On March 26, on Sean Hannity’s Fox News program, Dr. Carson compared gay relationships with pedophilia and bestiality: “Well, my thoughts are that marriage is between a man and a woman. It’s a well-established, fundamental pillar of society and no group, be they gays, be they NAMBLA, be they people who believe in bestiality. It doesn’t matter what they are. They don’t get to change the definition. “

On February 7, Dr. Carson used the National Prayer Breakfast speech— which, like our commencement ceremony, is an historically nonpartisan event — to deride Obamacare, advocate lower taxes for the wealthy, and suggest that Christianity requires supporting Republican policies.

Dr. Carson has also used his platform as a famous neurosurgeon to promote the rejection of evolution: “Ultimately, if you accept the evolutionary theory,” he said, in a statement that would apply to the majority of students and faculty at Johns Hopkins, “you dismiss ethics, you don’t have to abide by a set of moral codes, you determine your own conscience based on your own desires.” This belief of Dr. Carson’s was unknown to many of us at the time of his nomination.

We retain the highest respect for Dr. Carson’s achievements and value his right to publicly voice political views. Nevertheless, we feel that these expressed values are incongruous with the values of Johns Hopkins and deeply offensive to a large proportion our student body.

As a result, we believe he is an inappropriate choice of speaker at a ceremony intended to celebrate the achievements of our class. We hope the administration of the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine will select an alternative speaker that better represents the values of our student body and of our great University.

If you support the selection of another speaker, please sign this petition.

Watch Dr. Benjamin Carson denigrate the LGBT community on Fox News:

Thousands March in Paris Protesting Bill That Would Allow Same-Sex Marriage, Adoption

 

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Thousands March in Paris Protesting Bill That Would Allow Same-Sex Marriage, Adoption. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

SMH:  Thousands marched in Paris in protest of a bill, if passed, that would allow same-sex marriage and adoption. Police fired teargas to prevent the protesters from entering the Champs Elysees, Russia Today reports.

 

Demonstrators gathered Sunday in the center of the French capital for a final mass protest against the controversial bill that if backed in the Senate during April’s, vote may become law as early as the summer. So far the draft has been passed in the lower house of parliament.

Currently French gay men and women are allowed to adopt as individuals if approved by social services.

Protestors demand the government withdraw the bill instead putting the issue to the public through project a referendum.

Over 60 percent of the French support gay marriage, though just under half support adoption by same sex couples.The law was a key electoral pledge by Hollande, but his critics say he has tried to push it through without broad public consensus. Source: RT

I have to ask, how does same-sex marriage and adoption affect the protesters? They enjoy the right to protest. Well, how about gays and lesbians enjoying the right to marry who they love and adopt?

 

 Thousands March in Paris Protesting Bill That Would Allow Same Sex Marriage, Adoption