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5 Anti-Gay Persecution Myths the Religious Right Wants You to Believe

5 Anti-Gay Persecution Myths the Religious Right Wants You to Believe
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The Religious Right, losing its battle against LGBT equality on its merits, is increasingly aping that gay rights will lead to an anti-Christian state. Here are five recent examples of these ridiculous falsehoods.

 

1) Gay Marriage Outlaws Christians Adopting

The oft-married Newt Gingrich who fails to see the irony in his championing the sanctity of marriage, continued to lie about what marriage equality laws mean this past week, saying in a Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press” interview:

“But what I’m struck with is the one-sidedness of the desire for rights,” Gingrich said. “There are no rights for Catholics to have adoption services in Massachusetts; they’re outlawed. There are no rights in D.C. for Catholics to have adoption services; they’re outlawed.”

“Does [supporting LGBT rights] mean that you actually have to affirmatively eliminate any institution which does not automatically accept [homosexuality]?” Gingrich continued.

What actually happened in states like Illinois, Colorado and in Washington D.C., is that Catholic adoption services refused to comply with anti-discrimination laws and refused to serve married same-sex couples, believing they should have a special right to discriminate. They closed their doors because they would not comply with the law, or, as was the case in Illinois, sued to try for special dispensation. They failed.

 

2) Gays are the New Nazis and a Christian Holocaust is Coming

Janet Mefferd, a Christian syndicated radio show host, who warned after Anderson Cooper came out that listeners might “vomit” in horror at his story, decided to take victimization to the max when, in a response to news that Gross Pointe South High School had canceled (but would later reschedule) a planned speech by fiercely anti-gay Rick Santorum, she posted on her Facebook that:

[America is moving] “toward a day when every Christian who supports real marriage might be made to wear a yellow patch on the sleeve, “a badge of shame” to identify us as ‘anti-gay haters.’ Kind of like the Jews in Nazi Germany.”

This is so obviously offensive that it doesn’t need commentary other than to point out that this is now a frequent and widespread meme among the Religious Right that shows their ignorance of history, because homosexuals were among those viciously persecuted, and their unadulterated blindness toward their own vitriol.

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6:23AM PDT on May 23, 2014

I agree with Pam W. Thank you, Pam.

11:01AM PDT on Jul 7, 2013

Religion as a whole is a disgusting sad crutch. If they need it, use it. But don't start boohooing when other people can get along just fine after they outgrow their imaginary friends. Ignorance is a choice in today's world of information! Stop telling other people how to live! Don't like homosexuality?!? Don't be gay! Oh my goodness I just solved the issue! What people do with their genitals is beyond the scope of what is your business. If I like anal, I will have anal.... your sky daddy be damned! (to clear it up though it isn't really my idea of a superb time, just an example). I don't really like people who spit on the sidewalk.. but am I pushing to have it made illegal? No, bc that would be stupid. And pointless. People will ive as they wish, without your consent. Get used to it, find a way to control something else in your life so you can get that need to be in everyones business out of your system.

8:49PM PDT on May 20, 2013

Those ''fundamentals'' are excellent definitions of what an atheist would consider TRUTHS about religion.

Now...I've never known any atheist who set out to destroy religion or burn churches, protest in front of churches, announce ''failure of natural selection'' (even though we might WONDER at it!)

In general, I think atheists are more intelligent and deliberately ethical than religious fundamentalists, simply because we CHOOSE to behave in a way which conforms with our principles.

Look at all the PROFESSED Christians who ''sin'' like crazy...KNOWING FULL WELL what they're doing is against all the Christian rules. When you've got a magical, mystical, supernatural pal who FORGIVES you....it gets easier, doesn't it?

6:18PM PDT on May 20, 2013

(cont) I'd probably assign the title extremist and maybe even fundamentalist atheist to this guy.
its any kind of intolerance we need to be wary of,from the right ,the left, or anywhere.

6:14PM PDT on May 20, 2013

from my study it seems originally " a fundamentalist" was a term used by Christians to define themselves as those who refused liberal christian movements and came up with a list of 5 "fundamentals" that a TRUE christian would adhere to.
Today the word "fundamentalist" seems to have evolved to mean "extremists."

There are extremists in every group. Some may even consider Sam Harris an extremist in his atheistic teaching . He obviously preaches against religious fundamentalism (as we all do)but he also takes a rigid stance against liberal Christians - NON fundamentalists, by declaring them bad Christians not yet atheists, which in his mind is sort of playing middle ground.
I'm not sure I'd call Sam Harris an atheistic fundamentalist but he might have a list of defining "fundamentals" that he might expect a true atheist to hold to. perhaps:

1. There is no God or devil.

2. There is no supernatural realm.

3. Miracles cannot occur.

4. Generally, the universe is materialistic and measurable.

5. Man is material.

a terrible atheist extremist once said: I am ...... "a cynical existentialist, anti-human humanist, anti-social social-Darwinist, realistic idealist and GOD-like ATHEIST. "I am prepared to fight and die for my cause," he wrote. "I, as a natural selector, will eliminate all who I see unfit, disgraces of human race and failures of natural selection." Pekka Eric Auvinen - Finnish killer of seven students and Atheist.
I would probably assign the title "a

3:41PM PDT on May 20, 2013

Richard, please say more about ''non-religious fundamentalism."

I've been an atheist for (essentially) my entire life. I don't care HOW the fundamentalists order their lives, celebrate their religion, etc.

What I DO demand is that they keep it out of publicly-funded venues, legislation and my private space.

Do you see that as fundamentalism?

2:12PM PDT on May 20, 2013

Sarah H. said:
"Bartley D here is a scripture for you. Jesus said "Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them." This is why we still live by the Old Testament.

Then why the hell did he give the "an eye for an eye..." and the "hate your enemy" speech in the first place. Sure sounds like a changing of the rules to me!

1:14PM PDT on May 20, 2013

seems any fundamentalism is intrusive in that way
attempting to change the world to fit some kind of "righteous" ideology.
But i think both religious and nonreligious fundamentalism can be damaging.
fundamentalists don't see themselves as fundamentalists...just being "right."
the fundamentalist takes the easy road...sees opposition as "evil"
demonizing anyone who opposes or disagrees with their agenda.

3:36PM PDT on May 19, 2013

Proselytizing is bad enough but attempting to legislate their dogma into laws by which we ALL must live is the worst!

I can close the door on an intrusive, uninvited Witness....but, when that proselytizer tries to force their way inside (through laws against anything they find ''sinful''....they're going to have trouble with me.

And the ACLU!

2:07PM PDT on May 19, 2013

pam w,
I respect your point of view..especially on the proselytizing bit!.
and that IS the rub isn't it? not content to keep it to oneself, they HAVE to spread their "faith" with as much rationalization as they can. Ironic, since rationalism is so "suspect".




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