For the past two years we have reported on the continued efforts of the militant LGBT community to not only establish homosexual relations as normative, but to shut down anyone who openly supports traditional marriage. We have been branded as bigots, people have lost their businesses jobs and forced into bankruptcy simply because of support for traditional marriage. And thus far the courts and civil rights commissions have sided with the activists against the Christians.
|Professor Edward Morse|
There is a warning from Canada where same-sex marriage has been recognized for over ten years. This is from an April 24th column by Dawn Stefanowicz published in Pubic Discourse:
“I want to warn America to expect severe erosion of First Amendment freedoms if the US Supreme Court mandates same-sex marriage. The consequences have played out in Canada for ten years now, and they are truly Orwellian in nature and scope.
“In Canada, freedoms of speech, press, religion, and association have suffered greatly due to government pressure. The debate over same-sex marriage that is taking place in the United States could not legally exist in Canada today. Because of legal restrictions on speech, if you say or write anything considered “homophobic” (including, by definition, anything questioning same-sex marriage), you could face discipline, termination of employment, or prosecution by the government.
“Over and over, we are told that “permitting same-sex couples access to the designation of marriage will not deprive anyone of any rights.” That is a lie.
“When same-sex marriage was legalized in Canada in 2005, parenting was immediately redefined. Canada’s gay marriage law, Bill C-38, included a provision to erase the term ‘natural parent’ and replace it across the board with gender-neutral ‘legal parent’ in federal law. Now all children only have ‘legal parents,’ as defined by the state. By legally erasing biological parenthood in this way, the state ignores children’s foremost right: their immutable, intrinsic yearning to know and be raised by their own biological parents.”
Can this happen in the United States? Will it happen? When will it happen?
Well, as you know it is already happening (see Deacon Manno’s comments below); not only here in Iowa but around the nation as well: a wedding chapel closed because the owners are devout Christians and they refused to let it be used for a lesbian wedding; a florists who, after serving a gay man for years, drew the line at setting up for a gay wedding and is now in jeopardy of losing her business; the baker whose business was wiped out and now faces bankruptcy and a $130,000 fine for refusing to bake a cake for a gay wedding [ironically you apparently can refuse to bake a cake with a Confederate theme without harm]; the photographer who was fined $7,000 for failing to photograph a lesbian commitment ceremony; Catholic Charities forced to leave three jurisdictions because it will not adopt to same-sex couples, and the list just keeps getting longer and longer, as regular listeners know.
So join Deacon Mike Manno and Gina Noll for their conversation with Professor Morse. It should be an eye-opening program.
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