Fresh on the heels of outrageous government encroachment into religious liberty on Sunday mornings in Houston, now we’re hearing of pastors being forced under threat of fines and imprisonment to violate their religious beliefs by performing weddings for gays:
Two ordained ministers have filed a federal lawsuit and are seeking a restraining order to prevent local officials from forcing them to marry same-sex couples, saying they have been threatened with fines and possible jail time over their refusal.
Donald and Evelyn Knapp, owners of Hitching Post Wedding Chapel in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, are being represented by the Alliance Defending Freedom, a conservative legal firm, claiming that city officials told them that they are required to conduct gay marriages under a nondiscrimination ordinance.
If they do not, the Knapps say, that they could “face months in jail and/or thousands of dollars in fines,” according to a press release from Alliance Defending Freedom. The firm said the couple could face up to 180 days in jail or $1,000 in fines for each day they refuse.
Gay “marriage” is overrunning religious liberty, as if sexual freedoms were more basic to a free society than religious freedoms. They aren’t. Religious freedom really matters.
Some commenters here have doubted that the gay marriage revolution would bring about harm to anyone. For example:
Sault, December 2013
I try to keep my beliefs based off of the evidence, and I still haven’t seen any that same-sex marriage is bad or causing harm to anyone. Got any?
The answer is yes, Sault.
Gavin, July 2013
… These sentences do not state exactly what actions the the state is enforcing in conflict with conscience, what cooperation is being mandated, or what “freedoms” are being forced down throats. Perhaps you could give a specific example so we could discus whether it represents a loss of religious liberty, or a loss of Christian privilege.
Here are a couple examples for you, Gavin.
There is harm for fundamental freedoms in this movement—freedoms that have sustained our society for centuries. This will not turn out well.
P.S. HuffPost says this isn’t what it’s claimed to be. I’ll try to find time to answer that soon. The short version is, they’re claiming a false separation of belief and business. That came up in the Hobby Lobby case, too.