Janet Porter is president of Faith2Action*: turning people of faith into people of action to WIN the cultural war TOGETHER for life, liberty and the family. Author of "The Criminalization of Christianity," she hosts a daily radio program from 2-3 p.m. Eastern and a daily radio commentary heard in 224 markets and at www.f2a.org.
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It’s been quite a month.
On July 1, I was in Denver breaking the new state law by handing out my book, “The Criminalization of Christianity: Read this before it becomes Illegal.” Although I was a bit high-profile to arrest right now, the “Bible Ban Bathroom Bill” (SB 200 – now law) I was protesting not only welcomes men wearing dresses into your daughter’s shower room, it bans books like mine and … the Bible.
This month, a homosexual (with a blog on Obama’s campaign website) sued publishers of the Bible for $70 million because he didn’t like being called a sinner.
All the talk of “tolerance” is coming from the most intolerant folks around. They scream and shout about “hate” but spew it more than any other group in America. As I spelled out in my book, the name-calling is just the first step.
Step 1: Ridicule
Lable anyone who disagrees an “ignorant, hateful, intolerant, bigot.” Yep, old-fashioned name-calling, seen on playgrounds for centuries. We would do well to remember some lessons from grammar school: Bully appeasement doesn’t work – and losing your lunch money is just the beginning.
Step 2: Blame
I’ve seen it from the same group firsthand. Yes, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors passed another little gem 10 years ago against those of us who expressed hope for change for those struggling with homosexuality with an ad campaign featuring ex-homosexuals (850 were in one photo). We disagreed with them, so they blamed us for the death of Matthew Shepard: “It’s not an exaggeration to say that there’s a direct correlation between these acts of discrimination, like Matthew Shepard, such as when gays and lesbians are called sinful and when major religious organizations say they can change if they try, and the horrible crimes committed against gays and lesbians.”
By the way, both of the people who actually killed Matthew Shepard said it had nothing to do with Shepard’s homosexuality; they killed him for “money” for drugs. Didn’t hear that in the “mainstream” media, did you? They were too busy making him the poster child for thought-crimes legislation.
Step 3: Censorship
That’s what the San Francisco Board of Supervisors tried to do to us 10 years ago: All dissenters must be silenced! And if they won’t be intimidated into submission; they’ll do it with whatever club they can find: resolutions (like the one that passed unanimously), court action and the law – from thought crimes to the redefinition of marriage. For those of you keeping track, that’s exactly where we are in the agenda from the group that screams of “tolerance” and “diversity.”
Step 4: Criminalization
I can argue why marriage matters for the continuation of civilization. I can tell you about every study that shows without a doubt that children do best with both a mother and a father. But let me cut to the chase: If we don’t win the marriage battle, now on the ballot in California, Florida and Arizona, people who disagree with homosexual behavior will … go to jail.
And the ProtectMarriage.com spokesman, Pastor Jim Garlow of Skyline Weslyan Church in San Diego, agrees. On my Faith2Action radio program last week, he told me about a member of his congregation who makes a living as a wedding videographer and doesn’t want to end up like the photographer in New Mexico – the one who was fined $6,600 for refusing to take pictures at a homosexual’s “commitment ceremony.”
People in California are starting to understand just what is at stake in the battle for marriage – freedom itself.
But you’re a “quiet Christian” who thinks you’ll be safe if you just lie low? That’s exactly what will close your business or your church. Whether you rent rooms like the Knights of Columbus, who were fined $1,000 for not using their facilities to participate in a homosexual “marriage” reception, or are a printer like Scott Brockie, who was fined $5,000 and slapped with $170,000 in legal fees because he didn’t want to print homosexual materials, or the Canadian pastor told to deny his faith and denounce his pro-marriage stand, the ONLY way to keep your freedom is to use it now.
When the church was persecuted in England and Europe, our Founding Fathers came to America for freedom. People still build boats from scrap wood to try to come here for a glimpse of it. America is the last, best hope of the world. If we lose, there is nowhere else to go.
This is not the time for a “protest” vote. And forget about a third party. Because if Barack Obama is elected, with his thought-crimes agenda and support of the redefinition of marriage, the change we see won’t look anything like America.
America will remain the land of the free only as long as it is the home of the brave. If you care about America’s freedoms, muster the courage to stand up, sign up and speak up for marriage and McCain. Because if we have a few more months like this one, and four years of a Barack Obama administration in lockstep with the homosexual agenda, we won’t have our freedoms and we won’t recognize our country.