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09/07/2014

At least one anti-gay Christian activist is owning it: Money comes before principle

by Jeremy Hooper

Writing for WND (formerly WorldNetDaily), activist, pastor, and Christian radio host Jesse Lee Peterson instructs anti-gay business owners on how to handle same-sex couples who seek a wedding-related ceremony or service to which the object:

WhWhat if, instead of closing their businesses, the Christians agreed to allow the same-sex union ceremonies on their property, but told the lesbian couple upfront that they would take their money and donate it to a conservative Christian law firm to fight against same-sex marriage? In other words, what if they took the sinners’ money and used it for good?

I floated this idea on my radio program and received calls from solid, stand-up Christians who could not even consider the possibility of doing this. They said that providing the service would go against their conscience and equated it to condoning the sin. But to me, using the sinners’ money to help restore God’s order is the right thing to do.
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It’s our duty, as God’s children to fight to win – not “occupy” in the modern sense of just showing up without any real hope of victory. We need to be thinking like Mel Gibson in the movie “Ransom” where – instead of playing the typical victim – he turns the tables on his son’s kidnappers.

If every Christian business owner had the mindset of using the sinners’ money for the good and said: “I don’t condone your sin, but I’ll take your money and use it to fight against you” – the outcome would be good and pleasing to God.
FULL: Christians, here's solution to 'gays' suing your businesses [WND]

First of all, yes, he did equate same-sex couples with cinematic kidnappers. So I could probably just end this post here, with an "enough said." But I won't.

I find this suggestion stunning. All of these anti-gay business owners make a big point of saying that their objections are not about money, but rather their religious convictions. And in that sense, at least they are consistent. The bible does make it clear that "filthy lucre" is not to be the Christian's motivator. And yet here we have this guy thinking he's all novel, not to mention morally consistent, when he tells these business owners to abandon what they insist are their principles because hey, money is awesome. He's putting a price tag on what this movement claims can never be bought.

I mean he's right that any public accommodation that purports to be in the wedding market is going to have to serve same-sex couples—that is inevitable. And I too would suggest that these businesses should just do the job they themselves offer to the public at large and make the money that they presumably wanted to rake in when they chose to enter into the commercial arena. But I'm not going around suggesting that I have a sanctified "right" to flout nondiscrimination laws, no matter the cost. If I were, I certainly wouldn't be like, "Oh no, there's totally a cost; you pay and I'll play!" They teach you not to do that in Principle Abandonment 101.

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