Tuesday, September 13, 2016

No Todd Starnes, pastors aren't going to jail in Massachusetts

Todd Starnes
Fox News' village idiot, the rather prissy Todd Starnes, loves nothing more than to be a victim of Christian persecution of some sort. Suffice it to say that we are not indiscriminately feeding Christians to lions anymore (but I have some candidates if it ever comes back). On Monday, Starnes wrote: “Pastors could face jail over Mass. anti-discrimination law.” Probably not. Starnes goes on to write:
Churches in the People’s Republic of Massachusetts have grave concerns about a new anti-discrimination law that could force congregations to accommodate the transgender community – under the threat of fines and jail time.
I am not amused. Later on:
Attorney General Maura Healey wrote that places of public accommodation include: “auditoriums, convention centers, lecture halls, houses of worship, and other places of public gathering.”
The AG has, indeed, written that. However, I would point out the following:
  • The new transgender nondiscrimination law creates an amendment to the state's General Laws, PART IV, TITLE I, CHAPTER 272, Section 92A. Houses of worship are not included in the definitions of public accommodations and the law excludes not-for-profit organizations in some instances and;
  • “Such a violation shall be punished by a fine of not more than one hundred dollars, or by imprisonment for not more than thirty days, or both.” Where exactly are all of the people who have been locked up for discrimination in public accommodations? Does anyone really think that a pastor is going to jail over this? And;
  • There simply aren't enough transgender people to create this kind of problem and;
  • Does anyone actually believe that a transgender citizen is going to attend a church with a pastor who is discriminatory? And;
  • Even with a secular event held at the church, what would be the big deal if a transgender person did attend (which is unlikely) and did use the restroom consistent with their gender identity? And;
  • Todd Starnes proves yet again that he is a moron.

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