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Supreme Court Marriage Decision Will Lead To ‘Imprisonment’ For Christians Warns Crouse

by David Badash on July 2, 2013

in Marriage,News

The Supreme Court’s decision on DOMA last week will lead to a “bleak future” including “imprisonment” for Christians warns Janice Shaw Crouse of the rabidly anti-gay group, Concerned Women For America (CWA). Crouse, writing in the radical right wing Washington Times claims the “real problem with the Supreme Court marriage decision is buried in the fine print.” Aside from the footnotes, SCOTUS decisions are all published in the same font.

Crouse, who appears in the Coral Ridge Ministries’ DVD, “The Obama White House Radicals,” is the author of two books: Children at Risk: The Precarious State of Children’s Well-Being in America, and Marriage Matters: Perspectives on the Private and Public Importance of Marriage.

“Justice Kennedy contemptuously declared that all who support the traditional definition of marriage are haters; supporters of marriage as between one man and one woman for life are disparaging, injuring, degrading, demeaning and humiliating homosexuals — in spite of the fact that marriage between one man and one woman has been unquestioned ‘in virtually all societies for virtually all of human history.’ As Justice Scalia points out, it is one thing to disagree; it is quite another to label those holding opposite points of view as ‘enemies of the human race,’” Crouse claims:

In other words, believing that the Bible is the Christian’s authoritative “rule for faith, doctrine and conduct” constitutes the degrading, demeaning and humiliating of others. In essence, the Judeo-Christian values that have guided citizen’s behavior and actions throughout American history are no longer respected as the standard of conduct for good citizenship in this nation.

Licking their wounds, conservatives have trumped up false frar-mongered claims by the bucketful after last week’s Supreme Court decisions on DOMA and Prop 8. But Crouse’s fabrications are near the top of the ludicrous list. She writes that “the rulings warn of a future where Christians will have a choice: Keep silent about their faith or face not just being cast as a social pariah, but harsh retribution in the form of fines and imprisonment. It is hard to envision such an outcome, but the pivotal changes and losses of religious freedom and freedom of speech over the past few years portend a bleak future Christians must take seriously.”

“Being cast as a social pariah,” perhaps, at least in a few year, but “fines and imprisonment”? Really? How? Under what law?

There are no “fines and imprisonment” for spreading falsehoods.

Crouse should know.

A “Senior Fellow” at Concerned Women’s Beverly LaHaye Institute, Crouse in 2011 falsely claimed that gays die 20 years younger than average, commit suicide at three times the average rate, are prone to syphilis and anal cancer, and cannot maintain long term relationships — usually terminating them after just a year and a half.

Even Crouse’s lies are protected by the Constitution.

Hat tip: Right Wing Watch

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Larry & Patrick July 2, 2013 at 1:23 pm

I am always amused by the depth the religious wrong will go to preventing equal rights for those who refuse to subscribe to "their way or the highway to hell" mantra. The Constitution allows protections from religious tyranny such as that of the woman above and the religious wrong in the world today. Make no mistake We are winning the War and will continue to do so as "middle America", those folks who win elections, see the intense hatred of these folks played out. We as a gay couple will not stand for anything less than equality in this Great Nation of ours to which we support thru our taxes just like everybody else. The Constitution does not allow you to discriminate or harm a minority and was written to protect such peoples from that mob rule mentality. Dear Madam we are coming and we aren't going away, and since we are able to out raise you funds wise please please please keep spreading your hate-filled mantra so that the "normal" peoples in this Great Nation of ours really see YOUR agenda….and that is complete Religious Tyranny and total suppression of any who speak against you.

sdfrenchie July 4, 2013 at 10:31 am

Well said, guys. We're not going backwards ever again.

david0296 July 2, 2013 at 1:28 pm

"Keep silent about their faith or face not just being cast as a social pariah, but harsh retribution in the form of fines and imprisonment."

That's funny, because for centuries gay people could say exactly the same thing about having to keep silent about their sexual orientation. But Ms. Crouse couldn't care less about that. It might be nice for these hate mongers to know what it feels like to be demonized by society. I'm not holding my breath, but it might be a good lesson on learning 'empathy' for other human beings. These people are completely incapable of doing that right now.

judy3t July 3, 2013 at 8:29 pm

Fines are already rampant in the wedding businesses when people refuse to provide services for same-sex weddings. It is illegal to discriminate in the US and they are being held accountable. One wedding cake company in Texas was recently in the news over it.

The question is how much if violates your faith to put two brides or two grooms on a wedding cake instead of a bride and a groom. But right now if you refuse, you can be fined.

Will Ross-Chase July 2, 2013 at 2:55 pm

Lock 'em up! Sounds good to me! If that's what they think is going to happen to them because of the Supreme Court decision, let 'em have it! A few less bigoted Christians on the street sound good to me!

JoeNCA July 2, 2013 at 3:23 pm

So these are the exact same people who are praising Russia and Uganda for jailing gay people. Aren't they really just worried they'll be persecuted the way they're persecuting gay people?

sdfrenchie July 4, 2013 at 10:34 am

The American evangelicals are the ones behind the Ugandan Kill the Gays Bill.

bndkllr2 July 2, 2013 at 4:07 pm

"supporters of marriage as between one man and one woman for life"

Ever notice how the haters have to make their actual goal(the banning of marriage rights for gay people) seem as benevolent as possible? They are SUPPORTERS of marriage between ONE MAN and ONE woman (so we don't have polygamy) for LIFE (since gays just want to make it just a flavor-of-the-month fad apparently). Then they talk about the importance of "connecting children to their biological mother and father, as if letting gay people marry will affect that. It's kind of like when a White Supremacist group calls themselves, "Church of the Creator" so no one thinks about their racist motivations.

Celticladdie July 2, 2013 at 5:54 pm

And, what are her thoughts on divorce? She apparently doesn't have any problem with accepting that, now does she…

MiddleGrounds July 3, 2013 at 7:50 pm

I laugh because when they say "for life", and then seeing all these divorces, then it kind of proves you wrong, doesn't it?

TomTallis July 3, 2013 at 10:43 pm

I'm just dying to know what brand of shoe black she uses on her hair…

sdfrenchie July 4, 2013 at 10:39 am

It's beginning to sound as though these people want to be jailed just so they can say, "See? I told you so! We're being persecuted!" Eternal martyrs, the nitwits.

It actually would be quite pleasant to see them all put in jail, but it wouldn't be because they're Christians. It would be for committing hate crimes.

Regarding hate crimes: As I understood it, hate speech is part of the bargain in that, is it not? Maybe just here in California? I actually used the threat of reporting hate speech against the hater downstairs where we used to live and he shut the fuck up after that.

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