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04/06/2009

Palm Sunday followed by *Facepalm* Monday

by Jeremy Hooper

Speaking on the Iowa ruling and his predicted fallout, the Iowa Family Policy Center's Bryan English says the following:

"As I pondered the court's ruling, it occurred to me that Psalm 14:1 says 'The fool hath said in his heart that there is no God' -- and then I remembered that Abraham Lincoln said it's better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt," ... "It just seems to me that with those two truths in mind, this is probably a decision the Supreme Court should have kept to itself."

"It's only a matter of time now before those of us who are still willing to speak the truth and say that homosexuality is wrong are the ones that they are calling criminals," ... "We have to rise up now. We have to protect marriage. We must pass the Iowa marriage amendment. People need to get active."
Conservative Iowans fight to preserve traditional marriage [ONN]

Jeremy Hooper, increasingly annoyed with the brazen way these faith-motivated social conservatives write off justices as "fools," responds:

Look, you can go ahead and say that homosexuality is wrong all you want. Stand on a street corner and condemn away. Hire a skywriter to inscribe it in the atmosphere. Make a shadow box wherein you depict a rain of fire coming down on the Castro, then prominently display that "die-o-rama" in your window. Let your personally-held religious law govern your family's daily operations, and post your own "NO GAYS!" policy on your home's front door. Most LGBT activists will not only support your right to do these things -- we will fight for your ability to live your convictions!

So what do we ask, nay, DEMAND in trade off?
jeremy-hooperTHAT. YOU. STOP. TRYING. TO. FOIST. THOSE. PERSONAL. ANTI-GAY. RELIGIOUS. BELIEFS. INTO. CIVIL. LAW! You must respect TRUE religious freedom, which gives citizens the right to be free from religious constraints! And if and when you do cross a line and use your faith-based views to unfairly limit our liberties and freedoms, then yes, you might find just yourself on the wrong side of the law. Because America is not your church or your home -- it is a great, free nation. And great, free nations respect all of their citizens, not just the ones who have decided (a) that they have all of life's answers, and (b) that they are duty-bound to tyrannically impart those concrete definitives onto the body public!

This week, I will tell certain members of my family to have a happy Passover, while wishing others a happy Easter. I will also tell my longtime partner and current fiancé that I can't wait to become his legal husband (June 13). There is no conflict in this, my recognition of both varying religious beliefs and my personal civil rights.
Stop duping decent people into believing that there is!

Okay, now I need more coffee.

**SEE ALSO: The way the Iowa Supreme Court specifically addressed the religious vs. civil marriage question.

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Your thoughts

I'm surprise you can even write this after bashing your skull against the wall (figuratively of course) - This country is would be so better off if these "pro-family" groups would just get this very true piece of wisdom:

"You must respect TRUE religious freedom, which gives citizens the right to be free from religious constraints!"

Posted by: Alonzo | Apr 6, 2009 12:05:42 PM

Lincoln wasn't religious at all to begin with.

http://www.nndb.com/people/332/000024260/#FN1

Posted by: ---- | Apr 6, 2009 1:00:15 PM

The really sad part of this is that the wingnuts can look at the Taliban and not see any of their own behaviors. Of course, they will tell you that God is on their side, but so will the Taliban.

Posted by: Mike in the Tundra | Apr 6, 2009 1:06:15 PM

"Lincoln wasn't religious at all to begin with." NONE OF US WAS RELIGIOUS TO BEGIN WITH.
It has to be taught,
It has to be carefully taught,
Before you are six or seven or eight.
To hate all the people your relatives hate.
It has to be carefully taught.

"The really sad part of this is that the wingnuts can look at the Taliban and not see any of their own behaviors. Of course, they will tell you that God is on their side, but so will the Taliban."
And that is exactly what Obama is saying, we must bow to the Evangelical GOD and follow his rules. He does, so everyone else must too.


Posted by: LOrion | Apr 6, 2009 3:14:48 PM

http://bonnie-halfelvn.livejournal.com/73588.html

Posted by: Bonnie_Half-Elven | Apr 7, 2009 6:31:06 AM

BTW, I forgot to congratulate you on your upcoming wedding!

Posted by: Bonnie_Half-Elven | Apr 7, 2009 2:57:15 PM

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