The left are fond of painting themselves as happy warriors for the downtrodden, the enlightened and informed, in a nation besieged and ravaged by hateful Christian barbarians.
Is that a slight exaggeration?
The realities are closer to what is going on in Ohio.
An LGBT organization in Ohio has announced plans to target churches if they refuse to offer their property to be used in a homosexual wedding. In opposing the Ohio Pastor Protection Act (HB-36), the group Equality Ohio announced that they would target churches, forcing them to rent church facilities to groups that oppose their beliefs. This despite the fact that all the Roman Catholic bishops in Ohio support the bill, and Catholics make up approximately 20 percent of the state’s population.
HB-36, in short, would protect pastors from performing weddings that violated their religious beliefs, such as gay weddings.
When asked “if a church community has a church hall that they rent to couples who want to have that wedding reception in that hall … should that church hall and church community be forced to rent that to someone who wants to use that building for something that’s against that church community’s belief system,” an Equality Ohio spokeswoman said, “Sure, I would say that if that space is open and generally available to the public for a fee, yes that should be available to everyone.”
This statement may seem innocent enough, but to Representative Nino Vitale (R-Urbana), the author of HB-36, it is a declaration of war. “If you have property rights and religious freedom, shouldn’t you have religious freedom, at least on your own property?” Vitale asked in an interview with PJ Media.
Vitale’s fear is that if HB-36 does not make it to law, the ACLU of Ohio will target churches, in full.
There is always that threat.
Back in 2014, a lesbian Houston, Texas mayor went after area pastors, asking to be given copies of their sermons, in order to assure they weren’t preaching against homosexuality.
The courts in that case ruled against her, but it doesn’t change the fact that to topple churches and force compliance with the LGBT agenda would be the ultimate coup.
The representative also noted that “some of the largest insurance companies that handle churches in the United States now have religious freedom riders, and you can select those and add them to your church policy.” Potential lawsuits are “so big of an issue that even insurance companies recognize it.”
My own church selected such a rider, as a precautionary measure.
What it does, basically, is restrict activities on church property to those that are church-related. Period.
Vitale figures the Catholic church was the main target, saying it is rare to get all Catholic bishops in the state to rally behind a single piece of legislation, but that the Catholic Conference of Ohio did testify in favor of HB-36.
Furthermore, Vitale emphasized that the protections in this bill are very specific and limited. This legislation would not protect Aaron and Melissa Klein, for instance, the bakers who refused to bake a cake for a same-sex wedding and were fined $135,000 by the state of Oregon. It would not protect Barronelle Stutzman, who refused to sell flowers for a same-sex wedding in Washington, and recently lost her appeal before the Washington State Supreme Court.
The Ohio Pastor Protection Act would only stipulate that pastors and religious ministers could not be forced to officiate weddings with which they have a religious objection, and that churches and religious societies could not be forced to rent out their property for such events. Furthermore, similar laws are already on the books in Florida and Texas, and are pending in 14 states, including Ohio.
The gay mafia, however, see this as all-or-nothing.
They will paint it as a “civil rights” issue and attack it on that front.
The question then becomes, if they can attack religious freedom on that level, destroying the places of worship for those who disagree with them, what is to stop them from coming after Christians in their homes, next?