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Mississippi's Example: This Is How to Defend Religious Liberty

Wednesday, April 6, 2016 @ 4:33 PM Mississippi's Example: This Is How to Defend Religious Liberty ATTENTION: Major social media outlets are finding ways to block the conservative/evangelical viewpoint. Click here for daily electronic delivery of The Stand's Daily Digest - the day's top blogs from AFA.

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I want to thank Gov. Phil Bryant and the Mississippi legislature for passing the “Protecting Freedom of Conscience from Government Discrimination Act,” which is designed to protect small business owners from the government forcing them to  participate actively in homosexual weddings if they don’t want to.

It wasn’t too long ago that President Barak Obama made the case that only marriage between and man and woman should be the law of the land. In 2004 Hillary Clinton said this from the floor of the United States Senate: “I believe marriage is not just a bond but a sacred bond between a man and a woman…the fundamental bedrock principle that [marriage] exists between a man and a woman, going back into the midst of history as one of the founding, foundational institutions of history and humanity and civilization, and that its primary, principal role during those millennia has been the raising and socializing of children for the society into which they are to become adults.”

All this gay marriage stuff is brand new to the American people. The vast majority of Americans, when given an opportunity to vote on it, have shown their overwhelming disapproval. But the Supreme Court overturned all 30 plus state marriage amendments last year. Yet today, if you don’t support the lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgendered (LGBT) social and political movement in full, you can have your life ruined. These people are ruthless and can make your life a living hell if they zero in on you. You must bow the knee to their agenda or you are a “bigot” or a “hate” group.

One example, in Oregon, is Aaron and Melissa Kline who owned a two-person bakery called Sweet Cakes by Melissa. A couple of years ago a gay couple came in and wanted Melissa to make a cake for their wedding. They singled out and went after Melissa because they knew she was a Christian. Melissa said she would be happy to serve them in any way but that she could not actively participate in a gay marriage ceremony because of her Christian convictions. The gays immediately reported her to the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries who levied a fine of $135,000 to be paid to the homosexual couple for “damages.” This kind of government punishment of small Christian business owners is happening more and more and it will get worse if they are not protected.

In Atlanta, Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran was fired by the mayor after it was learned that he had authored a book on marriage and family (which was only being used at his own church), that defined marriage as between one man and one woman. There was never any complaint that Chief Cochran had mistreated any homosexual in any way. It’s just that his views were unacceptable to the mayor of Atlanta. This case is still being litigated.

The LGBT movement – despite being only 2 percent of the population – now has complete control of the entertainment industry, much of government, the educational system, the mainline protestant denominations and corporate America. They are loud, obnoxious, rude, profane, demanding and intolerant of any opposing viewpoint. It’s all gay, all the time, or they will come after you, your family, and your job.

No business that serves the public asks its customers if they are gay, bi-sexual, transgendered or straight before providing services, nor should they. This is what opponents of our new state law want you to believe. That simply doesn’t happen. But any private small business owner such as a baker, a photographer, a florist, etc. should not be forced by the power of the government to be an active participant in a wedding ceremony or else be put out of business. Mississippi’s new law protects these people from having their lives ruined simply because they are Christians. 

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