In light of the on-air attacks by WHO radio host Steve Deace and pastor Bob Deever of Grace West Church against Iowa State Senator Matt McCoy's Christianity, it's important to take a stand against bigotry.
Voices of faith are vital towards protecting the freedom to marry in Iowa. Are you a person of faith who supports equality? Please sign our petition...and join other faith members in support of equality.
Some religious leaders opposing same-sex marriage argue that it is an assault against them, and they say that churches would be forced to perform same-sex weddings. That would be miraculous indeed, since the Constitution of the United States guarantees religious freedom, and same-sex marriage is a civil contract, a government-issued contract, having nothing to do with religion. Same-sex marriage has nothing to do with religion and won't make churches, mosques, temples or synagogues do anything they don't want to; it has no effect whatsoever on any house of
worship or any single worshiper's beliefs or the devotional practices they share with others on holy days or anytime.
So, "SHUT UP!" are my only words to these religious leaders. It is high time to call them to account, and to call them what they are: either ignoramuses or liars. They are either too stupid to know what Freedom of Religion means or else they understand it but spread lies anyway, hoping to scare believers into thinking that suddenly they are being threatened somehow. Give me a break!
Americans United is an organization opposing a Constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage. We can take relevant text of their website and adapt it to same-sex marriage in general to get a clear idea of what perfidious nonsense these deceitful religious leaders are engaging in:
Arguments that...houses of worship could be forced to perform same-sex unions...are fallacious. Under the First Amendment’s Free Exercise Clause, houses of worship are free to limit marriage on whatever theological grounds they choose. Thus, a church may limit marriage to its own members, require marrying couples to promise to raise children in the faith, refuse to perform ceremonies for anyone who has been divorced or impose other types of limitations based on the group’s tenets and beliefs. The right of religious bodies to decide which couples they will marry and which they will not is already protected by the First Amendment.... [Opponents of same-sex marriage] have raised this issue as a scare tactic; it is wholly without merit.
That is what the arguments are that same-sex marriage threatens religious practice: "Wholly without merit."
Chris Rodda of the Military Religion Freedom Foundation (MRFF) applauds the fact that GQ has helped further expose "Donald Rumsfeld's Bible verse riddled Worldwide Intelligence Update cover sheets," which, as accurately expressed by GQ, "represented a mixing of Crusades-like messaging with war imagery," and that "had become routine."
If is unfortunate, however, that GQ also positions their coverage as revelatory. In fact, the MRFF has been monitoring such Christianist excesses in the military for years.
Rodda also notes that:
Jeff Sharlet's eye opening article, "Jesus killed Mohammed: The crusade for a Christian military," in the May issue of Harper's Magazine, clearly sparked a sudden interest in a battle that MRFF has been fighting for years....
You can listen to this audio file of The Leonard Lopate Show's broadcast featuring a segment of Jeff Sharlet discussing his article.
Chris Rodda provides a list of links to her articles of the past several months about "our military's 'holy war....'"
H. Res. 397, introduced on May 4 [is] "America's Spiritual Heritage Week," but [Rep. Forbes' (R-VA)] list of historical distortions, misrepresentations, and lies has not changed. Therefore, my debunking of his historical hogwash, used last year to stop H. Res. 888, isn't changing either.
Just a week before her now infamous inaccurate dating of the last swine flu outbreak, Congresswoman Michele Bachmann spit out a few more bits of historical hogwash, including a fake George Washington prayer, to bash the president. ..... Bachman then continued to display her incredible ignorance of American
history by saying that the founders signed the Constitution and the
Bill of Rights on the same day....
The more often Americans go to church, the more likely they are to
support the torture of suspected terrorists, according to a new survey. ..... White evangelical Protestants were the religious group most likely to say torture is often or sometimes justified.