Will Marriage Equality Make Christianity Illegal? Fox News Contributors Think So (VIDEO)

Quotes from Jesus On Morality:   “Do unto others as you would have others do                                        unto you.” On Tolerance:  “Let he who is without sin cast the first stone.” On Religion:     “You must love the Lord your God with all your                                  heart, all your soul, and all your mind.” On Being Gay:  “ . . .  ”

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America’s outpouring of support for marriage equality has clearly put the religious right’s Tolerance Warning System™’s on Code Red. Deliberations on Hollingsworth v. Perry by an evenly split Supreme Court, and a CBS News poll reporting majority support for marriage equality have conservative leaders and pundits going ballistic. The New York Post‘s hysterically shrieking about how marriage equality is threatening religious freedom; Congressman Stephen “Glassy Eyed Man Puppies” King (R-IA) went full-on stupid and said marriage equality is against the constitution; Rush Limbaugh likened marriage equality to animal sex  (apparently, he knows a lot about this); Mike Huckabee and other evangelicals are threatening to quit the GOP over this non-issue (don’t let the door kick you on the butt on the way out!); and the rest of them are saying their usual stupid crap.

The Supreme Court may take until the end of June to decide (insiders predict five possible outcomes), so we marriage equality proponents are in for a long and bumpy ride.

Now, Zack Beauchamp from Think Progress reports that Faux Fox News contributors Todd Starnes and Erick Erickson are whipping up the hysteria into a frothy mix by claiming marriage equality will criminalize Christianity. Imagine that! An 80% Christian Congress banning anti-gay Christian churches, businesses, and non-profits, and persecuting anti-gay Christians so they have to worship in secret, just like in Soviet Russia or in the early days of the Christian Church in Rome!

In a recent interview, Todd Starnes told America Family Radio Host Sandy Rio:

What concerns me, though, Sandy, is the vitriol coming from those who support gay marriage. You know, I’m the kind of person that is more than happy to sit down and talk and debate and listen to what people have to say. I may not agree with it, but at least, you know, it’s their right to have their opinion under our Constitution.

And yet, there seems to be this opinion on the other side that says, you know what, you and I don’t deserve the same rights. You know, it’s as if we’re second-class citizens now because we support the traditional, Biblical definition of marriage, or perhaps we are pro-life, and that means we’re somehow second-class citizens who don’t deserve to be in the public marketplace of ideas.

And Rio breathlessly responded:

You know there’s going to be punishment. There will be tremendous punishment. If gay marriage is embraced by the country, if the Supreme Court goes south this week in its hearings, we are in for – of course, we’re not going to hear about it until June – but we are in for persecution like we have never seen it.

Funny how people who aggressively seek to deny equal rights to their fellow citizens are so defensive of their own “rights.” When it comes to civil rights snatchers, this writer supposes it takes one to know one.

Here’s the video Rio’s interview with Starnes, from Real Clear Politics:

Meanwhile, Starnes’ Fox News colleague, Erick Erickson’s busy spewing some crackpot vitriol of his own, on RedState, a conservative blog widely read by Capitol Hell Hill Republicans. In his post, entitled ‘Gay Marriage’ and Religious Freedom Are Not Compatible,’ Erickson makes his impassioned but logically weak argument:

Once the world decides that real marriage is something other than natural or Godly, those who would point it out must be silenced and, if not, punished. The state must be used to do this. Consequently, the libertarian pipe dream of getting government out of marriage can never ever be possible.

Within a year or two we will see Christian schools attacked for refusing to admit students whose parents are gay. We will see churches suffer the loss of their tax exempt status for refusing to hold gay weddings. We will see private businesses shut down because they refuse to treat as legitimate that which perverts God’s own established plan. In some places this is already happening.

Whoa, wait a minute! Did Erickson just say something about “tax exempt status?” Eureka! light bulbSo THAT’s what all this hysteria’s really about!

It turns out that not all “dog whistles” — coded messages that are only understood by the conservatives’ target audience — are about race. All this crazy ranting is really about the public funding and tax exempt status of right-wing Christian churches, schools, and other organizations. Nobody’s going to force any religious institution or clergy person to perform marriage ceremonies for same-sex couples, nor will they force Christian schools and homeschooling parents to stop teaching Un-Intelligent design or the 10 Commandments. But, if we legally recognize our gay fellow citizens’ God-given civil rights, gay hating (mis-homothropic?) organizations could lose their tax exemptions and government funding when they discriminate against their brethren or sistren.

Fox News contributors Todd Starnes (L) and Erick Erickson (R)

Fox News contributors Todd Starnes (right) and Erick Erickson (even further to the right). Photo from Think Progress.

Conservatives hated it when we extended freedom and full citizenship to former slaves after the Civil War, and passed the 14th Amendment, during the Reconstruction. They hated it even more when we provided formal legal protection for the rights of our African-American fellow citizens via the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and are still trying to keep black people from voting to this very day. Conservatives have also avidly opposed extending equal rights to women, via the perpetually stalled Equal Rights Amendment, because we women would then start using the legal system to enforce their ridiculous demands for things like equal pay, potty parity, healthcare equality, and reproductive freedom.

Conservatives HATE it when their fellow citizens demand equal rights. And hate is what conservatives are all about.

As this writer’s AI colleague Rika Christensen points out in her recent article about similar ravings from the New York Post,

The issue here is civil marriage, not religious unions. This is about giving gay couples the same legal protections as non-gay couples […] No clergy person who is against same-sex marriages will ever have to perform one. This is a protection for them which will not change. The trouble comes when a religious entity seeks public funding.

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