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Audio: The excessively condemnatory voice of North Carolina's 'protect marriage' movement

by Jeremy Hooper

6A00D8341C503453Ef01538E652Eff970B-1We've already shown you the flyer for a May 17th "protect marriage" rally that groups like the Family Research Council are promoting in Raleigh, NC. So now, we thought we'd take a second and look at the man who is behind the rally, in order to gauge what the endgame actually is for those who claim they want to "return America" via bans on marriage equality.

The man in question is Dr. Ron Baity, Pastor of Berean Baptist Church in Winston-Salem and President of the so-called Return America group. Let's examine:

First up: Let's start with the most fundamentally overreaching (and all too common) view of these self-appointed "culture warriors": The view that explicitly states a desire to "save" (i.e. "change") much more than just the gay person's ring finger. Science be damned:

SOURCE: Marriage Sermon
[Berean Baptist Church]

Because why should any of us care about sexual orientation reality, when we can just use clumsy golf, watermelon, and acorn references to define what is and is not "normal"? Like this:

SOURCE: Marriage Sermon
[Berean Baptist Church]

Now let's move on to the point these folks always return to: The children. Here's What Pastor Baity thinks about teaching inclusivity to the next generation:

SOURCE: Marriage Sermon
[Berean Baptist Church]

More on what we supposedly do from Pastor Baity's monthly newsletter:

"Since they cannot produce they must recruit young people to their perverted, warped agenda. One cannot think of anything more nauseating, debased, lewd and immoral than recruiting precious young people into such shameful conduct."
Return America Newsletter, 1/2011 [ReturnAmerica.org]

Oh, and then Pastor Baity admits that if his children would've joined a gay-straight alliance, he would've "sat down in the middle of next week." We think you can guess what that means:

SOURCE: Marriage Sermon
[Berean Baptist Church]

But of course there's a reason why he wants to "protect children." Naturally, it's because The LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and trisexual, apparently) community wants to use their "lifestyles" to "recruit" folks towards the "urban renewal program" experienced by Sodom & Gomorrah, since the homosexuals' "pleasure in doing evil" is "the one sin in the Bible that causes God to act swiftly"

SOURCE: Take A Stand, 12/20/07

But the thing is, it's not even just LGBT people. Listen to how Pastor Baity admits to viewing people who choose religions other than his own:

SOURCE: Marriage Sermon
[Berean Baptist Church]

Yet despite all of these claims at the expense of other people's lives, loves, and religious viewpoints, it's Pastor Baity who is the real victim here:

"In 1945 Rev. Martin Niemöller chose the path of least resistance as he watched his country disintegrate. He summarizes his times best when he said:

First they came for the Communists, and I didn't speak up, because I wasn’t a Communists. Then they came for the Jews, and I didn't speak up, because I wasn't a Jew. Then they came for the Catholics, and I didn't speak up, because I was a Protestant. Then they came for me, and by that time, there was no one left to speak up for me.

This is our opportune time to speak up for the sanctity of marriage. This is our time to report for duty.
Return America Newsletter -- April 2011 [ReturnAmerica.org]

Right. Because it doesn't matter what we pro-civil-equality folks say or do. How we live or love. What we encourage or repudiate. What we accomplish or not. The anti-gay crowd, as a broad coalition, has already cast us in our roles, and they will not stop until we submit. Submission that goes well beyond legal estrangement.

"Protect marriage," North Carolina? We at least ask that you get all of the facts before robbing the rights!


*MORE CLIPS: Today, Rev. Baity is rallying in NC. Responsible NC media must note how far beyond marriage his fight really goes! [G-A-Y]

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