Focus on the Family in this new video claims same-sex marriage equality is “actually about silencing Christian voices in the public square.” Their “proof”? News reports about people flouting anti-discrimination laws and actually being held accountable. It’s not discrimination when it happens to LGBT people, only to Christians, is what Focus on the Family is really saying in “CitizenLink Report: The Real Agenda.”
This inability to see reality certainly is nothing new, but the refusal to acknowledge their hetero-supremacist ways is ludicrous.
“Shepard and Johnston are categorically denying that discrimination is discrimination,” writes Zack Ford at Think Progress:
They cite various cases of so called “marginalization” of Christians, but none of them even took place in states that have marriage equality. In each situation, it was a business refusing to provide a service to people because of their sexual orientation and then being challenged under state laws because that form of discrimination is illegal. A New Mexico photographer refused to document a same-sex couple’s commitment ceremony and lost in court. Bakers in Colorado and Oregon have been challenged for refusing to sell cakes to celebrating same-sex couples. A t-shirt company in Kentucky was found to be in the wrong for refusing to print t-shirts for a Pride festival. None of these states even have same-sex marriage; the business owners simply do not have legitimate standing to discriminate.
Focus on the Family feels that challenging these Christians constitutes an attack on their motives, and they’re right. They’re defending discrimination, and personal religious beliefs offer no justification for that second-class treatment in society.
Stuart Shepard refers to the lives of same-sex couples as merely “a disagreement over a policy issue.”
When we’re fighting for the right to visit loved ones in the hospital an make decisions for them and for our children, we’re not talking about policy issues, were talking about issues of life and death.
Were we to start filing bills to remove the rights of opposite-sex couples to marry, to see their spouses in the hospital, to be included in survivor benefits, would Focus on the Family and their radical religious right friends claim were were talking about “policy issues”?
Watch the video and see how they’re totally twisting reality and facts:
Hat tip: Jeremy Hooper at Good As You
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