Blue Ollie writes about how the Palinite Front is reacting to the fact that gays and lesbians are being granted first-class citizen status in many states.
The moronic right wing is feeling that it’s liberties are being infringed upon. Funny, but the right wing seems to equate “liberty” with “we want to be able to control YOUR personal life”. (source)
Ollie directs us down a link trail that leads us to this article in The Baptist Press: ‘Gay marriage’ colliding with parental rights, religious liberty around the country.
My thought, just upon reading the headline, is that this proves how abjectly weak their ‘religion’ truly must be. If two guys getting married and fucking each other up the ass on their wedding night ‘collides’ with the ‘liberty’ of anyone whose prostate gland isn’t directly involved, then the ‘collision’ ‘victim’ has some deep psychological problems. The author trots out the usual asshats, including asshat extraordinaire, Matthew Staver — who unwittingly tells us what this is really all about.
Mathew Staver, chairman of Liberty Counsel, a religious liberty legal organization, told BP. “Whenever you have same-sex marriage or same-sex civil unions, you end up having a clash between the same-sex agenda and freedom of religion. The two are not compatible, because the same-sex agenda seeks to force by law acceptance of its view, and that will inevitably collide with Christian values…. People really need to wake up, because this, I think, is the greatest threat to our liberty that we face today — bar none.” (source)
Wow… his ‘religious’ beliefs are so strong, yet a couple of people loving each other is in direct confrontation with his supposed ‘religion.’ Oh wait, we were going to find out from Matty boy what this was really about. Lets let him continue talking out his sphincter.
“That’s the agenda. It’s always been the agenda,” Staver said. “There is no question that if same-sex marriage becomes legal, that churches eventually will have their tax-exempt status threatened — no question whatsoever. If churches today discriminate against race, they would not be able to have tax-exempt status today. If churches discriminate on the basis of same-sex marriage — if it became legal — then same-sex marriage becomes the equivalent of race, and churches would not be able to have tax-exempt status if they oppose same-sex marriage.”(source) (emphasis added)
In other words, he’s worried that the public will no longer have to subsidize superstition-based businesses. Same old shit with the christianists. It doesn’t have a damn thing to do with their magic space ghost. It is all about money and power. Isn’t it awfully funny that the same people who will rail the loudest against socialism are its prime beneficiaries?
I don’t see why churches (or anyone else) should be forced to be non-discriminatory. If you want to run a religion based on racism, sexism, or homophobia, then so be it. If you want to run a religion based on equality, so be it. But it does piss me off that my property tax bill is higher every time I see a sign pounded into the ground announcing the future home of some ‘church.’
I challenge the ‘religious’ who feel so ‘persecuted’ by worrying about losing their tax-exempt status to solve the problem once and for all. Simply tell the government that they don’t WANT tax-exempt status. Then Staver’s bullshit ‘religion’ can discriminate against anyone they want, they can tell people how to vote (as if they don’t already), and when the tax bill comes due, ask the congregation to dip into its wallets. Let the marketplace decide whether a petty little cult can continue to survive. Surely even the most destitute members of the poorest congregation have a few bucks to keep a roof over the pastor’s head.
And if the congregation can’t, or won’t, tithe enough to keep the property tax bill paid? Then auction the place off as if it were any other piece of property. If the members of the church can’t muster up the favor of the Almighty, or put on a benefit concert, or whatever the rest of us have to do in order to pay our taxes, then why the hell should I have to subsidize it?
If the ‘religious’ will agree that my favorite sports bar should receive tax exempt status, then I’ll agree that their little house of lies should have the same. Until then, they should stop being a bunch crybabies whenever they are afraid that that the free ride might be over. It ought to be over, and if they think the free ride comes with too dear of a price tag, then they should reject the subsidy. Then I don’t have to pay higher taxes and they don’t have to treat fellow citizens with any degree of decency.