By Delores Jacobs, Ph.D., CEO The Center Advocacy Project
In their on-going, desperate efforts to exclude gay and lesbian couples from the fundamental freedoms promised to all Americans under our constitution, the extremists resort to the sad tactics we have all seen before. Tactics designed to manipulate their own faithful congregations!
Their basic strategy is to feed the fears of their faithful.
What is to be feared, according to them? They say (with an entirely straight face) if gays and lesbians are allowed to marry, it is only a matter of time before pastors will be arrested in their pulpits and all Christians will be forced to give up their religious beliefs. Sound contrived and alarmist? It is.
But it is a message they continue to repeat over and over, pull up obscure cases from Spain and Canada, and take decisions about the improper use of government money out of context. Apparently, they never met a fact that couldn’t be made up or misrepresented.
Read below from their own http://www.protectmarriage.com website. First they tell their readers that, in fact, the constitutional decision that granted gays and lesbians the right to marry DOES PROTECT THEIR RELIGIOUS FREEDOM
“On page 117 of the California Supreme Court ruling, it exempts pastors, stating the following: “Finally, affording same-sex couples the opportunity to obtain the designation of marriage will not impinge upon the religious freedom of any religious organization, official, or any other person; no religion will be required to change its religious policies or practices with regard to same-sex couples, and no religious officiant will be required to solemnize a marriage in contravention of his or her religious beliefs. (Cal. Const., art. I, § 4.);”
Wow, they can all relax a bit! It is possible, as the US Constitution and its framers saw decades ago, to guarantee us all freedoms: freedom to marry and freedom of religion. But, instead of preaching hope, optimism, faith, belief in justice, and celebrating a great nation, they go on with the following:
However, before you breathe a sigh of relief … the freedom to proclaim the Gospel hinges on the outcome of this election.
Instead of celebrating the protection of their freedoms, they tell their faithful that they are more vulnerable, they are going to be arrested for believing, and the very freedom to believe itself is in danger!!!
Unbelievable? It shouldn’t be. These are the tactics we have seen time and again throughout this country and in this battle. The only difference is that this time, long-term, committed gay and lesbian couples are the alleged hidden, explosive, world-altering danger. And , according to their spinners, the only apparent remedy or safety lies in excluding loving, committed couples from the fundamental freedoms granted to us as Americans.
Defeat the fear-tactics. Say NO to the deceptive, divisive, hate-filled rhetoric. Support the faith leaders who stand up and denounce these tactics. Vote NO on the Marriage Ban November 4th.