Bakers’ Sentence a Recipe for Disaster

Barb Wire

Discrimination isn’t what LGBT activists fear most. Debate is. That was obvious all weekend, as the Left unleashed its fury on Christians who dared to hold different views on marriage. Just days before the Supreme Court’s oral arguments on the subject, LGBT activists would have been wise to hide their zealotry until after a ruling — but clearly, that kind of restraint isn’t in their nature.

Not only do they want to force Christians to participate in an event that violates their beliefs — they want to punish and silence any dissenting thought. In less than eight hours, a fund that had been established to help Aaron and Melissa Klein, the young parents of five who owned Sweet Cakes by Melissa, pay their $135,000 fine had been taken down — just shy of the goal. (To donate to the Kleins through the new Samaritan’s Purse site, click here!) With amazing ferocity, LGBT activists targeted the GoFundMe site for daring to help a family for standing up for their faith. Faster than you can say “religious discrimination,” the site pulled the plug on the campaign — outraging thousands of Americans who simply wanted to show their support for the First Amendment rights the government was denying them.

Yesterday morning, the protests continued — this time over my appearance on CBS’s “Face the Nation.” Host Bob Schieffer opened the interview by saying, “Mr. Perkins, I am going to say this to you up front. You and your group have been so strong in coming out against… gay marriage that the Southern Poverty Law Center has branded the Family Research Council as an anti-hate group. We have been inundated by people who say that you should not appear because they, in their view, say that you don’t speak for Christians.”

Fortunately, CBS didn’t give in to the censorship and allowed us to respectfully disagree with the media’s narrative on marriage. But it was disappointing to see that any media outlet would rely on a group like SPLC that has actually been linked to domestic terrorism in federal court and traffics in politically-motivated, inaccurate, and biased claims. After taking a deeper look at the SPLC’s motives, the FBI removed links to the SPLC from its ‘hate crimes resources’ page and the Department of Defense, along with the U.S. Army, have distanced themselves from SPLC’s materials.

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But that wasn’t the only surprising part of the interview. Much like he did two years ago, “Face the Nation” host Schieffer actually asked what evidence there was that same-sex “marriage” would lead to the discrimination of Christians. “How can you say that?” he asked. I pointed to the Kleins, and now, thanks to FRC’s brand-new site, we can point to several more Americans who are being persecuted — and in some cases prosecuted — for holding a view that, until three years ago, President Obama shared. The media isn’t covering the stories of these victims — not because they don’t exist — but because liberals recognize their potential to swing the debate. The Left’s totalitarian tactics continue to trump the First Amendment rights of Christians who were fired, sued, harassed, fined, and suspended for their beliefs.

And even the Left isn’t immune from the attack. Simply for hosting Senator Ted Cruz at their house, a gay couple was inundated with threats and boycotts of their hotel business. Harassed to the breaking point, an emotional Ian Reisner apologized to his community. “I am shaken to my bones by the e-mails, texts, postings and phone calls of the past few days. I made a terrible mistake.” Mati Weiderpass, the other host, begged for forgiveness. “Unfortunately,” he said, “I cannot undo this. You taught me a painful but important lesson.” And that lesson is that the Left won’t tolerate dissent — even from its own. (Ask Dolce and Gabbana.) The children of same-sex couples are living proof of this turmoil, as many of them bravely come forward about the horrors of being raised in a homosexual environment — knowing it could cost them everything. Eventually, the American people will want to know: where is the tolerance these activists are so quick to demand? For more on the CBS controversy, check out Mark Hemingway’s column in the Weekly Standard.

The opinions expressed by columnists are their own and do not necessarily represent the views of Barb Wire.

Tony Perkins is president of the Washington, D.C.-based Family Research Council. He is a former member of the Louisiana legislature where he served for eight years, and he is recognized as a legislative pioneer for authoring measures like the nation’s first Covenant Marriage law. (Via FRC’s Washington Update. Tony Perkins’ Washington Update is written with the aid of FRC senior writers.)

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