Sunday, June 30, 2013


I decided to go for the full text of the Think Progress artice. The Family Reserach Council is listed, for what it's worth, as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center. For me this is a prime example the high jacking of certain words by the radical, fundamental right. Twenty years ago this individual would not have been called a "top conservative." He would have been labeled what he is. A right wing religious radical.

"The Supreme Court’s rulings on the Defense of Marriage Act and California’s Proposition 8 were “disappointing” decisions that “dragged ‘we the people’ from behind the wheel of this republic and carjacked the nation,” Family Research Council president Tony Perkins said on CBS’ Face The Nation Sunday.

Perkins argued that the Prop 8 case represented a “silver lining” for anti-equality conservatives, since the Court did not “impose same-sex marriage on the entire nation.” Nevertheless, he predicted that the rulings were dangerous decisions that will terrify Americans once they learn the true consequences of marriage equality.

“Americans will begin to see that with same-sex marriage does not come a hope chest, rather a Pandora’s box,” Perkins said. “We’ll see parents who pay taxes to send their kids to school, those schools are going to start teaching those children values that are in contrast with their parents. We’re already seeing bakers and florists and photographers forced to participate in same-sex marriages under the threat of law and in some cases even jail!”

Asked by Schieffer to elaborate on why bakers and florists were being thrown in jail, Perkins referenced states like Colorado and Washington that have expanded anti-discrimination statutes to include sexual orientation. In those states, refusing services to any individual because of their race, gender, sexual orientation, or because they have a disability is illegal."

The same groups have latched on to the word Christian like a leech with a new blood supply. Christian is an umbrella term for a group of related religious beliefs. Come on guys be honest. Let us know where you're coming from. Most of the mainline denominations are proud to name who they are. Methodists, Presbyterians, Unitarians, Quakers. They'll let you know where they're coming from and where they've been.

So come on Southern Baptists, Seventh Day Adventists, Pentacostals and all those -----Christian Fellowship congregations. Be up front with the rest of us. And stop pretending you're the only Christians in Dodge City. Or anywhere else for that matter.

Although for me it's more a question of truth in labeling. I'm still about half Quaker and that is fading fast.

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