Allen B. West

More Christian persecution: Idaho city forces pastors to marry gays

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When I think of Idaho, two things come to mind: potatoes and the blue football field at Boise State. But now I have a new perception of Idaho. You might recall the recent nefarious actions of Houston’s Mayor Annise Parker — who is gay — and her subpoena brought against five Houston pastors demanding they submit their sermons, church bulletins, and other correspondence. I’m afraid the assault on the free exercise of religion – specifically Christian – continues, this time in Idaho.

As reported by the Washington Times, “Coeur d‘Alene, Idaho, city officials have laid down the law to Christian pastors within their community, telling them bluntly via an ordinance that if they refuse to marry homosexuals, they will face jail time and fines. The dictate comes on the heels of a legal battle with Donald and Evelyn Knapp, ordained ministers who own the Hitching Post wedding chapel in the city, but who oppose gay marriage, The Daily Caller reported.”

As a result of judicial activism and legislating from the bench, the Times says “a federal judge recently ruled that the Idaho’s ban on gay marriage was unconstitutional, while the city of Coeur d‘Alene has an ordinance that prevents discrimination based on sexual preference. The Supreme Court’s recent refusal to take on gay rights’ appeals from five states has opened the doors for same-sex marriages to go forth.”

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I just have to ask a simple question — how is it that the 14th Amendment of equal protection under the law is extended to include behavioral choices? Yep, I hear all the progressive socialist and radical gay agenda groups just fuming, but I’m asking a serious question. Sexuality is a behavior, not a race, nor a creed, not a gender — albeit in the war of refining language that is the goal — how do you make law regarding behavior? How does behavior become a protected class? Don’t give me the ol’ states used to have bans on interracial marriage argument because that’s not a valid comparison — that involved discrimination based upon race.

How does an entire country give preferences to a group — a small but vocal minority — based upon the choice of sexuality? It is rather hard for me to change my race, but if gay people decide to be bisexual, then do they receive different equal protections under the law? Or what happens if a gay person decides to be heterosexual — what gay rights do they lose and how are they unequally protected under the law?

I’m not trying to be obtuse or belligerent — these are valid constitutional questions. Yep, we all have the pursuit of happiness and if your pursuit then violates the defined Constitutional rights of another — what are their equal protections under the law?

Case in point, the Knapps were just asked by a gay couple to perform their wedding ceremony, as The Daily Caller reports, “and the Knapps politely declined. The Knapps now face a 180-day jail term and a $1,000 fine for each day they decline to celebrate the same-sex wedding.”

So let me understand, the equal protection under the law, based on sexuality choice overrides the equal protection under the law and the First Amendment rights of another — freedom of religion and the free exercise thereof? Am I the only one who sees the blatant hypocrisy of this as a horrific policy and truly the federal judge violating the basis of federalism?

Not only have the rights of the State of Idaho been dismissed — but also individuals’ right to the free exercise of their religion. We’ve seen this in New Mexico with a young couple’s photography studio and a couple in Oregon who had a bakery — in both cases they did not want to support a gay marriage as per their First Amendment right — and they were crushed by the radical gay agenda and the state.

It seems to me what is occurring in America is the redefinition of the word tolerance. To the progressive socialist Left, secular humanists, and Islamo-fascists, tolerance is a one-way street. My way, or the highway. And as I’ve said over and over, that leads to cultural suicide.

What is happening in America folks? The Mayor of Houston, the fourth largest city in America, subpoenas pastors to surrender their sermons or face penalty. The city of Couer d’Alene, Idaho has passed an ordinance forcing the marriage of gays or else face a jail sentence and $1000 per day fine. Is this still America, a country of religious freedom, or only freedom for religions that meet certain litmus tests?

I find it unconscionable that Islamic mosques and centers can preach and proselytize messages to undermine our America — including death to homosexuals — but hey, that’s accepted and tolerated.

I can attest to one thing: never has there been a time when Christian pastors have seen such persecution, leading to their unification. I believe progressive socialists and their radical gay agenda cohorts have awakened a sleeping giant — and not just the rocks will cry out.

I think it’s time for America to realize that behavioral choices are privileges — not rights. And the incessant redefinition of everything as a right is just more identity politics — not good policy.

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