Friday, August 28, 2015

Dobson claims that Obergefell was never about marriage

James Dobson

James Dobson, founder and former head of Focus on the Family claims that the fight for marriage equality was never really about marriage. Oh no. On Friday, according to Bob Unruh at WND, “Fundamentally, he contends, it’s a way to open up vast new avenues to attack Christianity.”

In his August newsletter, Dobson writes:
This Court decision is not about same-sex marriage, except only tangentially. Many gay and lesbian groups have admitted that marriage has never been their primary objective.
Really? Name two gay and lesbian groups that admitted what you claim. The (already lost) culture war is at stake. Oh my:
Instead, it is about everything else. What’s at stake is the entire culture war. To begin, it is an expression of hostility toward people who take their Christianity seriously. As you probably know, certain groups and organizations hate us. It is about weakening the Church of Jesus Christ and limiting what pastors and ministers can say and do publically .
The only thing that these people love more than gay baiting is to feel persecuted. Same-sex marriage isn't an “expression of hostility” towards anyone. Dobson's notion is ludicrous. It is about two people getting married. That's it. No hidden agenda. Moreover, the notion that Obergefell somehow threatens freedom of speech is absurd. The only thing that we hate is being told “We don't serve your kind here.”

Dobson continues:
It is about undermining the religious liberties of Christians that are guaranteed by the Constitution. It is about attacking Christian schools, Christian non-profit organizations such as Family Talk, and Christian businesses, hospitals, charities, and seminaries. It is about Christian colleges and universities, and about whom their leaders choose as professors and what their students will be taught. It’s about government funding and accreditation. It is all at risk. You’ll see.
He left out the persecution by the Internal Revenue Service. What Jimmy is referring to are laws that prohibit discrimination against LGBT citizens. These exist in 19 states plus municipalities within the remaining 31. All of these laws and ordinances existed long before Obergefell. They were enacted by the people's elected representatives. These laws do not unduly burden the free exercise of religion.

What Dobson wants are special rights based on religious beliefs which, of course, insults the Establishment Clause of the same First Amendment. Dobson cannot resist the shiny object that is the Kleins:
Obergefell will also result in God-fearing laymen being dragged into court for trumped-up charges, such as those thrown at Aaron and Melissa Klein, who refused to bake a wedding cake for a same-sex ceremony. Melissa has, by the way, not only been fined $135,000 for this “offense,” but has now been slapped with a gag order so she can’t even tell her side of the story. What ever happened to freedom of speech?
Again, the public accommodation laws existed long before Obergefell. If one cannot follow the rules then nobody is forcing them to open a business. And nobody “slapped” a gag order on the Kleins. The judge did not bar the Kleins from talking about their beliefs. He only barred them from advertising that their bakery will not serve gay couples. That is not a gag order and Dobson knows better.
To continue, the Human Rights Campaign has recently sponsored HR 3185, which is beyond belief. It would allow gay and lesbian activists to persecute Americans in virtually every area of society, including employment, housing and public accommodations, credit, and dozens of other areas of civil life.
What the Equality Act does is to amend the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to include sex, sexual orientation, and gender identity among the prohibited categories of discrimination. Religion is already included as Mr. Dobson is well aware. Apparently these people are “persecuted” if they cannot persecute LGBT citizens and taxpayers.

From there Dobson goes into a dystopian fantasy of Christian persecution, imprisonment and so on. Its only foundation is the extraordinary lust to actually be persecuted. They are only happy when they are unhappy and they are unhappy most of the time.

Earlier in this rant Dobson accuses us of hating Christians. I think that Mr. Dobson is projecting.

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