Idaho Pastor Rejects ‘Rainbow,’ Will Go to Jail
MARRIAGE. A marriage between a man and a woman is the only domestic legal union that shall be valid or recognized in this state. – Idaho Constitution, Article III, Section 28
GUARANTY OF RELIGIOUS LIBERTY. The exercise and enjoyment of religious faith and worship shall forever be guaranteed; and no person shall be denied any civil or political right, privilege, or capacity on account of his religious opinions. ~ Idaho Constitution, Article I, Section 4
Last week, I wrote that today’s “mark of the beast” is the gay rainbow. If you don’t have the gay rainbow sticker plastered all over your forehead and forearm and the windows of your business, you will not be allowed to buy or sell. Bakers, florists, photographers, bed and breakfast owners, counselors and broadcasters have discovered this the hard way.
Now pastors are being required to take the mark or be sent to jail.
As impossible as this should be in America, the land of the free and the home of religious liberty, it is happening as we speak in Idaho, one of the most conservative states in the union.
There, in Coeur D’Alene, ordained ministers Donald Knapp and his wife Evelyn are going to spend 180 days in jail and be fined $1000 a day for politely declining to perform a sodomy-based marriage ceremony.
Yes, you read that right. Declining to perform a homosexual wedding is now a crime in America.
If you ever doubted that the homosexual agenda is the greatest threat to religious liberty we have ever faced in American history, doubt no longer.
The Knapps run the Hitching Post Wedding Chapel. Last Friday, a practitioner of the infamous crime against nature called them to ask the Knapps to perform a wedding for him and his partner.
All this since John Roberts and Supreme Court used their gavels like sledgehammers to shatter Idaho’s constitution and its protection for natural marriage into little tiny shards.
Homosexuals have been dancing in the streets in Idaho since same-sex nuptials began last week. Now they intend to dance on the the grave of the Knapps’ wedding business.
After the Knapps declined, the Gruppenfuhrers who run the city are now intent on putting the Knapps behind bars for six months and fining them $180,000 unless they surrender every principle of conscience they hold dear and start performing ceremonies which God has clearly condemned.
And it’s not as if homosexuals have no other options. They literally can go right across the street and get married in the Kootenai County courthouse any time they please. This is proof that the Gay Gestapo is not about tolerance and live-and-let-live at all. They are the biggest bullies and bigots on the block.
If this sounds like secular Sharia to you, there is nothing wrong with your hearing. Secular fundamentalists in America are as much of a threat to liberty as the mullahs in Iran.
You will hear a bunch of legalistic argle-bargle about public accommodations and such. Don’t be deceived. All that is just thinly-veiled cover for anti-Christian bigotry and heterophobia.
The city is basing its Nazi-esque brutality on its “non-discrimination” ordinance. This is laughable on its face. This ordinance is in fact a “pro-discrimination” ordinance since it enshrines, celebrates and honors blatant and egregious discrimination of the worst kind against people of faith.
Pastors are persons, and the Idaho state constitution explicitly declares that “no person shall be denied any civil or political right, privilege, or capacity on account of his religious opinions.” Unless , of course, the gay mafia is after you. In that case, Christians have no rights which secularists are bound to respect.
All this grieves the heart of God, but delights the heart of the Prince of Darkness. To paraphrase Don McLean: as the flames climbed high into the night to light the abominable rite, I saw Satan laughing with delight, the day that marriage died.
(Unless otherwise noted, the opinions expressed are the author’s and do not necessarily reflect the views of the American Family Association or American Family Radio.)
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