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  • Westboro Baptist Church Files Federal Motion To Defend Anti-Gay Marriage Ban

    The Westboro Baptist Church, which calls itself "God Hates Fags," is seeking to intervene in a federal court case that will decide on same-sex marriage in Kansas.

    One of the world's most anti-gay groups and religious institutions, the Westboro Baptist Church, has filed a motion to join Gov. Sam Brownback, Attorney General Derek Schmidt, and the State of Kansas in defending a ban on same-sex marriage in federal court.

    The brief calls same-sex marriage "the number one moral issue facing this nation," and says it is "constitutional folly to suggest that a sinful-behavior-based union should be a union that is afforded civil rights and granted the imprimatur of respectability by a license from the government," warning the government that legalizing same-sex marriage "violates its duty of religious neutrality; and puts itself in the position of imposing sin on the citizens, to the great detriment and harm of the health and welfare of the citizenry." Westboro Baptist Church claims it "has a vital interest in what the courts rule regarding this issue, as it directly impacts their religious practices."

    “Same-sex marriage will destroy Kansas,” the WBC's brief states. “If this Court requires Kansas officials to treat what God has called abominable as something to be respected, revered, and blessed with the seal-of-approval of the government, that will cross a final line with God. The harm that will befall this state, when the condign destructive wrath of God pours out on Kansans is the ultimate harm to the health, welfare and safety of the people.”

    The WBC also appears to refer to the recent controversy in Idaho, where anti-gay groups are falsely claiming two ministers are being forced to marry same-sex couples.

    "It would be naïve to suppose that granting marriage licenses to homosexuals will end the discussion; the Court can take judicial notice of the waves of litigation that have ensued where same sex marriage is recognized, with homosexual activists trying to force others to participate, from bakers, to florists, to clergy, and anyone else on the path of their journey to force all America to call these same sex unions that violate God’s law, holy."

    The WBC's brief also quotes American theologian Jonathan Edwards as saying, "if sin was not restrained, it would immediately turn the soul into a fiery oven, or a furnace of fire and brimstone," and several passages from the Bible, including,

    “Even as Sodom and Gomorrah, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire.”

    Chris Johnson at the Washington Blade reports that "the brief doesn’t contain the same anti-gay slurs that have made the church infamous, [but] the filing does envision calamity if same-sex marriage is legalized in Kansas based on the biblical scripture. Stories cited by the church include the destruction of Sodom & Gomorrah, ancient cities thought to have incurred God’s wrath for allowing homosexuality, and God’s destruction of civilization worldwide by Noah’s flood."

    Thomas Witt, executive director of Equality Kansas, said the brief is indicative of the views of those who draw on religion to oppose LGBT rights.

    “Their motion to intervene shows the true colors of everyone who uses their religion as a reason to deny equal rights to LGBT couples,” Witt said. 

     

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    Hat tip: Equality Case Files and the Washington Blade

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    • commented 2014-10-27 21:56:17 -0400
      The Christian Dilemma:

      The greatest threat to Canada, America, and indeed to the rest of world, at this point in history, comes from the staunch advocates of right wing ideology, and I must submit this warning to you: There is a grave problem with the right wing movement, in that; they seem to possess a distorted sense of entitlement. They’ve set themselves apart, and seem to think that their faith gives them the right to view the world from a platitude of conceit, through condescending eyes, and with a false sense of superiority. They actually believe themselves to be superior beings, with a manifest destiny and some strange notion that God is on their side. A people with a desire to conquer, under the false guise of Christianity, seeking to dominate in the name of Christ, their view of humanity being reduced to nothing more than a matter of “us” and “them”.

      What they fail to realize is; if the Christ you believe in leads you to view other humans as lesser beings, then you are a follower of the anti-Christ. The plain truth is; God doesn’t have a religion and God doesn’t discriminate. Any religion that professes to be the only true religion, or that they‘re special in the eyes of God preaches false doctrine. If the Spirit of God is truly with you, it will only be known by acts of “unconditional” love and charity. No religion can claim exclusive rights to God. He belongs to all that He has created, and to foster a belief in “us” and “them” is to divide humanity, not unite it.

      And so it will be, in The End, that those who have set themselves apart from their fellow man will find that they have set themselves apart from God. The worth of a soul will only be measured by how much it has loved, nothing more, nothing less. Woe to those who have taken the widow’s mite and built castles and empires in His name. They have incurred a great accountability, their suffering will be unending.

      Even Jesus will not claim to be Christian, but will only proclaim the glory of the Father. And when He returns they will shout: “Here we are Lord!” And He will respond: “I never knew you”. They have forsaken the Word and have become prisoners of the Numbers.

      Those who have put themselves first will be last.
      ~

    • commented 2014-10-27 14:30:15 -0400
      I guess it’s a good thing marriage is not governed by religion. Christianity and other religions like it did not factually create nor invent marriage,

    • commented 2014-10-27 12:51:27 -0400
      No, wait, I think they might have a point. Their particular sect is built upon homophobic bigotry, so making it more difficult to be an openly homophobic bigot constitutes a burden on their religious practice. Of course, their religious practice is terrible, so I’m pretty sure the courts are going laugh them out.

    • commented 2014-10-27 12:22:51 -0400
      I guess they’re going to have to prove the concept of sin to the Feds. That would be interesting. And by the way folks, the sin of Sodom & Gomorrha was not giving over to strange flesh. It was inhospitability. Don’t these people even read their own book? Or do they just spout what they’re told to believe?

    • commented 2014-10-27 10:55:27 -0400
      warning the government that legalizing same-sex marriage “violates its duty of religious neutrality; and puts itself in the position of imposing sin on the citizens, to the great detriment and harm of the health and welfare of the citizenry.”

      Isn’t it violating religious neutrality to consider biblical reasoning?

    • commented 2014-10-27 09:16:37 -0400
      Anything that financially bankrupts this morally bankrupt organisation is fine by me.

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