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07/25/2012

Video: Focus on the Family 'explains' what 'shaking a fist at God' means

by Jeremy Hooper

Dan Cathy's comments about gay people are pretty damn clear:

DAN CATHY: (1:05)"…I think we are inviting God's judgment on our nation when we shake our fist at Him and say 'we know better than you as to what constitutes a marriage' and I pray God's mercy on our generation that has such a prideful, arrogant attitude to think that we have the audacity to define what marriage is about"

AUDIO SOURCE: Dan Cathy [Ken Coleman Show]
DAN CATHY, president and COO of Chick-fil-A:"It's very clear in Romans chapter 1, if we look at society today, we see all the twisted up kind of stuff that's going on. Washington trying to redefine the definition of marriage and all the other kinds of things that we go—if you go upstream from that, in Romans chapter 1, you will see that because we have not acknowledged God and because we have not thanked God, that we have been left victim to the foolishness of our own thoughts, and as result, we are suffering the consequences of a society and culture who has not acknowledged God or not thanked God—he's left us to a deprived mind. It's tragic and we live in a culture of that today.""

AUDIO SOURCE: Dan Cathy event at Hope Community Church [Vimeo]

But now watch Focus on the Family "explain" to us what Cathy really mean, all while working overtime to make LGBT people look monolithically nasty:

It's always us, right? A man can say that gays are against God and likely to draw his rebuke, and yet it's still the attacked group that is in the wrong. No matter what he says about us and our ability to bring down nations, he's simply "defending marriage." Oh, and even though the vast majority of us have responded to this story in firm by extremely fair and measured tones, we are all written off as nasty name-callers. Because that's the passive aggressive dance that groups like Focus on the Family always use.

Essentially, they want the power to say any and everything about us, without scrutiny or pushback (much less penalty), so long as they justify that extreme condemnation with the bible. The discriminatory civil rights goals attached to that drive are obviously upsetting to those of us who know ourselves to be equal. But honestly, the rhetorical tools they use to foster their deception are almost more offensive to my brain than are their larger goals.

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Oh, and I should remind you that Focus on the Family has a deeply entrenched relationship with Chick-fil-A and the Cathy family. Here's Focus president Jim Daly praising the family at one the company-sponsored marriage summits:

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