You remember all that talk about how legalizing gay marriage wouldn’t require priests, ministers, or rabbis to conduct same-sex marriage ceremonies in violation of their religious beliefs. There wasn’t going to be any slippery slope, or so we were told.
Two ministers in Idaho are facing up to 6 months in jail and up to $1000 in fines for each day that they continue to refuse to perform a same-sex wedding that a gay couple requested last Friday.
NRO reports that “Timothy”—who was born female and has no Y chromosome—cannot be a diversity officer at Wellesley College because “he” is a white male.
Bryan Preston reports over at PJ Media that Houston Mayor’s Annise Parker’s subpoenas seeking sermons and other communications by church pastors related to resistance to the Houston “equal rights” ordinance allowing, among other things, men to use women’s restrooms will be “clarified.” In other words, the PR cost of her heavy-handed thuggery is too great.
Actually, asking for sermons should not be a problem. After all, sermons are generally public proclamations. The real problem is that internal church communications are also sought, and that may cross the line defined by pastoral counseling privilege.
When the people in the gay rights movement were essentially focused on their right to be left alone to do things in private, their cause had some traction with folks who didn’t agree with their private behavior. Now that some LGBTQs demand that their public behavior be allowed or even endorsed, there is increasing resistance. The need to resort to bullying such as Mayor Parker’s subpoenas shows the inherent weakness of their cause.
UPDATE—Stacy McCain has some comments here.
… with the First Amendment. A group of Christian ministers is suing the Houston city government over a so-called “human rights” ordinance. The Houston Chronicle reports that
[c]ity attorneys issued subpoenas last month during the case’s discovery phase, seeking, among other communications, “all speeches, presentations, or sermons related to HERO, the Petition, Mayor Annise Parker, homosexuality, or gender identity prepared by, delivered by, revised by, or approved by you or in your possession.”
Glenn Reynolds notes that they wouldn’t do that if they feared beheading.
If I were subject to such a subpoena, I would file to have it quashed as the Houston preachers have. If I had to respond to the subpoena, I would probably have to provide my copies of the Bible because of passages such as Leviticus 20:13 or Romans 1:26 … 32. I’d also have to turn in my copy of the Quran because of passages such as 7:80 … 84 which refers to the Biblical story of Sodom and cites homosexuality as a graver sin than adultery.
My codefendant Erick Erickson has a post over at RedState about the Democrats’ attempt to blame ebola on the Republicans. He points out that under Obama the Centers for Disease Control has spent money trying to determine why lesbians tend to be overweight.
Hey, and let’s not forget all the money the CDC spent to convince people to stop smoking and now we need tobacco to manufacture the drug to fight Ebola.
Read the whole thing.
UPDATE—Seen on the road …
The New Republic has a piece up called What the Next Two Awful Years Will Look Like. It makes some guesses about what will happen in Congress if the Republicans win control of the Senate. Among their predictions are
• The gutting of Dodd-Frank
• Keystone XL being approved
• Strategic cuts to Obamacare
• Difficulty in the President getting his appointments confirmed
They seem to think these would be bad things.
Lenore Skenazy has a post over at City Lab about letting kids be kids. Outdoors. By themselves. Without adult helicopter parents.
Her article got me thinking about how my childhood would be next to impossible these days. Patrols of 11- and 12-year old boy scouts no longer go camping on their own. A kid with a BB gun would be hassled by the police today. Building the kind of model rockets we made would get a kid busted by the BATFE.
Is this progress?