Sounding the fundie alarm
“There are a number of pastors that said, ‘Look, we don’t get involved in politics, I’m not going to get involved in this issue, I just want to preach the gospel,’. When they realize their ability to preach the gospel may very well be at stake, they may reconsider their involvement.”
— Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, sounding the homo terror alert as election day nears to mobilize religious voters
You know, this new tactic of “religious discrimination” is getting tired and boring already. No one is stopping the bible beaters from worshipping or spewing bigotry in their churches.
The public is beginning to draw the line and fundies are feeling the heat. The AmTaliban goons just want to be able to impose their small-minded beliefs — and specific belief system — on everyone else in the public sphere.
By expanding the discussion from marriage to religious expression, social conservatives say they will reconnect with religious voters and religious leaders who don’t necessarily view same-sex unions as a threat.
…Perkins and others are building a case file of anecdotes where they say religious people have spoken out against gay marriage only to be punished. Perkins specifically cited the decision by Maryland Gov. Robert Ehrlich in June to fire his appointee to the Washington area transit board after the board member referred to homosexuals as “persons of sexual deviancy.” The board member, Robert J. Smith, said he was expressing his personal beliefs as a Roman Catholic.
Speaking of fundie organizations, what’s happened to the former haunt of Peter LaBarbera, the Illinois Family Institute? Blender Autumn noticed the entire site is down — a little domain renewal problem?
Here is the Google cache.
UPDATE: It’s back up (thanks, Daimeon), and there’s a doozy of an article up there, written by Porno Petey himself, “Illinois Pro-Homosexual Groups Launch Counterfeit ‘Marriage’ Project.”
Illinois Family Institute has been warning you for a long time that pro-homosexual forces in the state would be pushing hard to legalize counterfeit “marriage”–even as they disingenuously argue that a statewide marriage amendment is not necessary because “Illinois already has a marriage law on the books.”
Well, now they have formally begun their dubious crusade to overturn that law: a coalition of pro-homosexual activist groups, including Equality Illinois, Lambda Legal, and the ACLU of Illinois, will soon be launching a statewide campaign under the name “Equal Marriage Illinois” project–a misguided rip-off of Protect Marriage Illinois.
Then he starts whining about the fact that the advertising agency Young & Rubicam has been providing pro bono creative work to the organization, and asks readers to call the agency “to give feedback” about its support for “counterfeit marriage.”
Does he know how many homos work at ad agencies? They’ll laugh him right off of the phone. Oh it gets even more humorous. He gets right back to his plea for support of a marriage amendment. Tee hee — he completely failed to in his state effort to get anywhere on that front. He’s worried about gays making Illinois the “Massachusetts of the Midwest.”
The campaign is a statewide “public information and dialogue campaign focusing attention on the core issues of justice and family at the center of the marriage equality debate,” according to Equality Illinois.
In other words, you’re about to be hit with a slick PR campaign to radically twist the age-old definition of marriage, in the nice-sounding name of “equality.” This latest move by the state’s rich and powerful (yet tiny in numbers) homosexual lobby only proves our point: we MUST enact a Marriage Protection Amendment, as 20 states already have, and seven more likely will this fall.