The Religious Right Thinks Cities' An...

The Religious Right Thinks Cities' Anti-Discrimination Rules Are an Attack on Christianity

There are 9 comments on the blogs.dallasobserver.com story from Jul 26, 2013, titled The Religious Right Thinks Cities' Anti-Discrimination Rules Are an Attack on Christianity. In it, blogs.dallasobserver.com reports that:

The San Antonio City Council is debating whether it should update it's anti-discrimination ordinance to include sexual orientation and gender identity.

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DNF

“Judge less, Love more”

Since: Apr 07

Born in Newark Ohio

#1 Jul 26, 2013
Love the guy holding the abstain from lust sign. He should practice what he preaches and stop obsessing over my genitals!!

Saw on Facebook today where a father is supporting his daughter in Texas. Her sign reads, "Jesus isn't a Dick so stop trying to put him in my vagina!"

BTW still waiting for any anti gay to show me the passage from the Bible that gives them a get out of jail free card when it comes to Matt. 25:31-46 and how they treat folks like me.

DNF

“Judge less, Love more”

Since: Apr 07

Born in Newark Ohio

#2 Jul 26, 2013
Reverend Flip Benham, an influential evangelical pastor, addressing the City Council. "It's a travesty that breaks my heart," he told them. "The City Hall has declared itself as God. It's a direct attack on the word of God."

From: "103 Bible Verses about Obeying Authority"
http://www.openbible.info/topics/obeying_auth...

Hebrews 13:17 ESV

Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they are keeping watch over your souls, as those who will have to give an account. Let them do this with joy and not with groaning, for that would be of no advantage to you.

Romans 13:1 ESV

Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God.

FTA"San Antonio's proposal is being attacked on similar lines, though with a shift from what God says to what the Constitution says. "It's a stifling of free speech," Steve Branson, a Baptist minister, explained to a local TV station."

The bill does nothing to impose penalties on speech. Only actions.

"Texas Values, one of the dominant social conservative groups in the state, elaborated on this in a call to arms posted yesterday on its website, calling the proposed ordinance an "unprecedented attack on religious liberty" and an attempt to "ban Christians from city government."

U.S. Constitution (yes I know Texans always have trouble with it)

Article VI [Legal Status of the Constitution]
The Senators and Representatives before mentioned, and the members of the several state legislatures, and all executive and judicial officers, both of the United States and of the several states, shall be bound by oath or affirmation, to support this Constitution; but no religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States.

“Peace”

Since: Feb 08

Earth

#3 Jul 26, 2013
Benham’s first arrest occurred at the Central Church of God, a Charlotte congregation that regularly draws more than 6000 people to Sunday worship. According to OSA’s website, the group wanted to alert parishioners “to the fact that there are two abortion mills within a four mile radius of the church.” Their goal?“To remind God’s people of their duty to speak for those who cannot speak for themselves.”
While church personnel are staunchly anti-abortion, they are also vehemently opposed to OSA’s tactics. Janice Landreth, assistant to Senior Pastor Loren Livingston, said that someone from OSA called the church in mid-January to ask if they could distribute literature outside sanctuary doors.“We said,‘No.‘ We don’t ever allow that because it ends up being chaotic,” she says.“We asked them not to come here for that purpose, but they deliberately trespassed on our property on February 7 despite this.”
http://rhrealitycheck.org/article/2010/03/09/...
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Phillip 'Flip' Benham Found Guilty Of Stalking Abortion Doctor In North Carolina
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/07/02/phil...
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He should read his book….
1Peter 2:13-17
13 Submit yourselves for the Lord’s sake to every human institution, whether to a king as the one in authority, 14 or to governors as sent by him for the punishment of evildoers and the praise of those who do right.
15 For such is the will of God that by doing right you may silence the ignorance of foolish men.
16 [Act] as free men, and do not use your freedom as a covering for evil, but [use it] as bondslaves of God. 17 Honor all men; love the brotherhood, fear God, honor the king.
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Romans 13:1 ESV Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God.
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John 14:15 ESV “If you love me, you will keep my commandments

“Peace”

Since: Feb 08

Earth

#4 Jul 26, 2013
CHARLOTTE, N.C.-- A jury found a North Carolina preacher guilty of stalking a Charlotte abortion doctor after passing out hundreds of "wanted" posters with the physician's name and photo on it.

Though the man wouldn't dare bomb or kill the doctor, his actions incite others to do those evil things.....

this is just part of the church being its own anti Christ, running off people who might think about going to church.

I am ask often to go to a church but why would I join an institution which has done so much evil throughout history.
bob lewis

AOL

#5 Jul 26, 2013
Elections have consequences. America spoke in a clear voice last November. They said America was an awful Country that must be destroyed. They gave solid support to Obama's mission to permanently divide and hypenate America into a pathetic Third World joke.

DNF

“Judge less, Love more”

Since: Apr 07

Born in Newark Ohio

#6 Jul 26, 2013
bob lewis wrote:
Elections have consequences. America spoke in a clear voice last November. They said America was an awful Country that must be destroyed. They gave solid support to Obama's mission to permanently divide and hypenate America into a pathetic Third World joke.
You might want to read George Washington's Farewell address:
"....The unity of government which constitutes you one people is also now dear to you. It is justly so, for it is a main pillar in the edifice of your real independence, the support of your tranquility at home, your peace abroad; of your safety; of your prosperity; of that very liberty which you so highly prize. But as it is easy to foresee that, from different causes and from different quarters, much pains will be taken, many artifices employed to weaken in your minds the conviction of this truth; as this is the point in your political fortress against which the batteries of internal and external enemies will be most constantly and actively (though often covertly and insidiously) directed, it is of infinite moment that you should properly estimate the immense value of your national union to your collective and individual happiness; that you should cherish a cordial, habitual, and immovable attachment to it; accustoming yourselves to think and speak of it as of the palladium of your political safety and prosperity; watching for its preservation with jealous anxiety; discountenancing whatever may suggest even a suspicion that it can in any event be abandoned; and indignantly frowning upon the first dawning of every attempt to alienate any portion of our country from the rest, or to enfeeble the sacred ties which now link together the various parts.

For this you have every inducement of sympathy and interest. Citizens, by birth or choice, of a common country, that country has a right to concentrate your affections. The name of American, which belongs to you in your national capacity, must always exalt the just pride of patriotism more than any appellation derived from local discriminations. With slight shades of difference, you have the same religion, manners, habits, and political principles. You have in a common cause fought and triumphed together; the independence and liberty you possess are the work of joint counsels, and joint efforts of common dangers, sufferings, and successes.

But these considerations, however powerfully they address themselves to your sensibility, are greatly outweighed by those which apply more immediately to your interest. Here every portion of our country finds the most commanding motives for carefully guarding and preserving the union of the whole....

"....While, then, every part of our country thus feels an immediate and particular interest in union, all the parts combined cannot fail to find in the united mass of means and efforts greater strength, greater resource, proportionably greater security from external danger, a less frequent interruption of their peace by foreign nations; and, what is of inestimable value, they must derive from union an exemption from those broils and wars between themselves, which so frequently afflict neighboring countries not tied together by the same governments, which their own rival ships alone would be sufficient to produce, but which opposite foreign alliances, attachments, and intrigues would stimulate and embitter. Hence, likewise, they will avoid the necessity of those overgrown military establishments which, under any form of government, are inauspicious to liberty, and which are to be regarded as particularly hostile to republican liberty. In this sense it is that your union ought to be considered as a main prop of your liberty, and that the love of the one ought to endear to you the preservation of the other.

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DNF

“Judge less, Love more”

Since: Apr 07

Born in Newark Ohio

#7 Jul 26, 2013
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I have already intimated to you the danger of parties in the State, with particular reference to the founding of them on geographical discriminations. Let me now take a more comprehensive view, and warn you in the most solemn manner against the baneful effects of the spirit of party generally.

This spirit, unfortunately, is inseparable from our nature, having its root in the strongest passions of the human mind. It exists under different shapes in all governments, more or less stifled, controlled, or repressed; but, in those of the popular form, it is seen in its greatest rankness, and is truly their worst enemy.

The alternate domination of one faction over another, sharpened by the spirit of revenge, natural to party dissension, which in different ages and countries has perpetrated the most horrid enormities, is itself a frightful despotism. But this leads at length to a more formal and permanent despotism. The disorders and miseries which result gradually incline the minds of men to seek security and repose in the absolute power of an individual; and sooner or later the chief of some prevailing faction, more able or more fortunate than his competitors, turns this disposition to the purposes of his own elevation, on the ruins of public liberty.

Without looking forward to an extremity of this kind (which nevertheless ought not to be entirely out of sight), the common and continual mischiefs of the spirit of party are sufficient to make it the interest and duty of a wise people to discourage and restrain it.

It serves always to distract the public councils and enfeeble the public administration. It agitates the community with ill-founded jealousies and false alarms, kindles the animosity of one part against another, foments occasionally riot and insurrection. It opens the door to foreign influence and corruption, which finds a facilitated access to the government itself through the channels of party passions. Thus the policy and the will of one country are subjected to the policy and will of another.

There is an opinion that parties in free countries are useful checks upon the administration of the government and serve to keep alive the spirit of liberty. This within certain limits is probably true; and in governments of a monarchical cast, patriotism may look with indulgence, if not with favor, upon the spirit of party. But in those of the popular character, in governments purely elective, it is a spirit not to be encouraged. From their natural tendency, it is certain there will always be enough of that spirit for every salutary purpose. And there being constant danger of excess, the effort ought to be by force of public opinion, to mitigate and assuage it. A fire not to be quenched, it demands a uniform vigilance to prevent its bursting into a flame, lest, instead of warming, it should consume.
Rainbow Kid

Alpharetta, GA

#8 Jul 26, 2013
Reverend Flip Benham's religion ends where my civil rights begin
david traversa

La Rioja, Argentina

#9 Jul 27, 2013
The average " Christian " does not need attackers ; all blows will boomerang towards him ( or her ) self eventually .

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