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Ohio GOPer: Fight Against ISIS 'Is No Different' Than Fight To Outlaw Abortion

Yesterday, Janet Porter hosted her "Appeal To Heaven" rally outside the Ohio statehouse, which is just the latest step in her years-long effort to get the state to pass her radical anti-choice legislation known as the "Heartbeat Bill," which would outlaw abortion within weeks of conception.

Prior to the rally, Porter was joined for a press conference by various state lawmakers who support her bill, at which State Representative Matt Lynch compared the fight to outlaw abortion in Ohio to the fight against ISIS in the Middle East.

In a video posted on YouTube by OhioCapitalBlog, Lynch declared that ISIS beheading journalists and civilians in Syria and Iraq is no different than the practice of legal abortion in Ohio.

The two issues "are not dissimilar," Lynch insisted. "As a nation, as we're aroused literally to move Heaven and earth to combat this evil on the other side of the world somehow we're blind and we're silent to the twenty thousand plus deaths that are occurring, seventy a day, right here in the state of Ohio."

"We have to have the courage," he said, "to understand that the moral right against evil in the mid-east is no different than the moral fight against evil right here in the state of Ohio and that evil is abortion":

Glenn Beck Literally Stands Up And Applauds Parents Who Are Refusing To Have Their Children Vaccinated

During yesterday's morning staff meeting, Glenn Beck reacted to a report that vaccination rates in wealthy California neighborhoods have dropped dramatically, resulting in a resurgence of disease like whooping cough and measles, by literally standing up and applauding parents who are refusing to have their children vaccinated.

"I think that there is a lot of be said for being cautious on what we are jamming into our children's arms by law, all the time," Beck said, insisting that he is not against all vaccinations but simply objects to the arrogance of doctors and the government telling people they must get vaccinated.

"Whenever you put medication in your body," he said, "there is an equal and opposite. It happens. You're putting it in to fix this organ or to fix this flaw, it's going to push something else out of the way."

When Beck's executive producer, Tiffany Siegel, pointed out that this drop in vaccinations is leading to outbreaks of contagious disease and sometimes resulting in death, Beck was not overly concerned.

"It seems like we have an outbreak of Ebola," Beck said dismissively. "Disease is going to come. I'm not saying that we don't use modern medicine. I'm not saying that I'm against all vaccinations. I'm saying that we consider the arrogance of doctors and governments jamming needles in our arms and our children's arms and forcing us to do these things."

"There's a balance in all things," he concluded:

Scott Lively Says New HRC Report ​'Is Trying To Incite Murder Against Me'

Recently, the Human Rights Campaign released a report entitled "Exposed: The Export of Hate," which sought to expose the "network of American extremists who work tirelessly to undercut LGBT people around the world at every turn":

They spew venomous rhetoric, outrageous theories, and discredited science. Some claim that LGBT people are responsible for the Holocaust, the Rwandan genocide, and the spread of HIV/AIDS. Others argue that LGBT people are luring away children, and that acceptance of LGBT people will lead to the destruction of families around the world. Some even suggest that the death penalty could be an appropriate punishment for simply being LGBT.

Scott Lively was naturally at the top of HRC's list as a result of his years of viciously anti-gay activism and the key role he has played in promoting the passage of anti-gay laws in places like Uganda and Russia, and he is not happy about it, responding with a column in which he accuses HRC of "trying to incite murder against me":

[T]hings have changed in recent years.  Their man is in the White House.  The federal judiciary is now packed with a majority of pro-“gay” Democrats.  They’ve got the media, academia, Hollywood, the big corporations, the mental health associations and even the U.S. military under their thumb.  Their movement is steam-rolling over all political opposition even in conservative states, DESPITE public opinion.

The greater their power, the less they are concerned about hiding the true nature of their agenda or the true face of the LGBT community.

Frankly, that dramatically raises the threat level for people like me.  Because, as the “gays” lose their fear of public opinion, they are increasingly less inclined to restrain the murder that is in their hearts toward their enemies, the chief of whom is now Yours Truly.

...

I believe they are now deliberately trying to incite murder against me and every other person on their enemies list.  That might have sounded a bit paranoid in years past, but post-Corkins it is just cold hard fact that some “gay” activists are incited to murder by inflammatory leftist rhetoric.  The HRC knows that, and yet their rhetoric in this Exporting Hate publication is MORE inflammatory than the SPLC’s rhetoric the drove Corkins over the edge!

Because I am a Bible-believing Christian I am not afraid of death.  But neither am I volunteering for martyrdom.  As of today I am for the first time going to start taking precautions against the possibility of being assassinated by agents of the LGBT movement.  For one thing, I will no longer publicize my travel schedule in advance.

And I am demanding a retraction and public apology from both HRC and SPLC.  To both of them I insist: STOP INCITING HATE BEFORE YOU GET PEOPLE KILLED!!!!!

Glenn Beck's Self-Serving And Incoherent Standard Of Anti-Gay 'Hate'

As we have noted several times before, Glenn Beck seems to make a very self-serving distinction between strangers who hold anti-gay views and are therefore bigots and haters and other people who hold those exact same views but just so happen to be Beck's friends, in which case they are amazing uniters and a true force for good.

Nothing better demonstrates this disconnect that a segment from Beck's radio show today where he praised students at James Madison University for responding to an anti-gay preacher on campus by singing a hymn.

The preacher, according to Beck, was telling the students that they are all sinners who hate Jesus and were destined for Hell.  Eventually, the students began singing a hymn, which drowned out the preacher, and Beck was positively giddy.

"This is a perfect example of you do not defeat hate with hate," Beck said. "You defeat it with love."

The question, then, is just what was this preacher saying that was so "hateful" by Beck's standard? And how does anything he said in any way differ than the things that David Barton, Mat Staver, Tony Perkins, or any other Religious Right leader says every single day?

The same person who posted the video of the students singing also posted another video of the preacher before he was drown out and, to our ears, there was nothing said by him that we don't hear literally dozens of times every single day from all manner of Religious Right activists:

Next week, Beck is going to be speaking at the annual Values Voter Summit, which is hosted by a handful of anti-gay organizations, including The Family Research Council, the American Family Association, American Values, and Liberty Counsel, and which regularly features dozens of anti-gay activists as speakers.

So again, what differentiates what this campus preacher said, which Beck qualifies as unmitigated "hate," from what the people with whom Beck is eager to stand at the Values Voter Summit say every single day on their right-wing radio programs?

If there is a coherent explanation of what separates this preacher from, say, the Benham Brothers or Mat Staver or David Barton, all of whom Beck adores, we'd love to hear it.

Klingenschmitt: Satan Is Silencing God's Prophets Through Ex-Gay Therapy Bans

On today's "Pray In Jesus Name" program, Gordon Klingenschmitt reacted to a recent decision by the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals upholding New Jersey's ban on the use of sexual orientation conversion therapy on minors by declaring that Satan is using lawmakers to silence the prophets of God.

"There is a demonic spirit of persecution that is in some politicians," he said. "The Devil is influencing them to persecute Christians and they're using the courts to do it, they're using these laws to do it, they want to silence the prophets!"

Those who practice such therapy, Kilngenschmitt said, are prophets who have been "called to help these people get free of their sin."

"This court is commanding psychologists, if you prophesy, if you quote the Bible, you're going to lose your license," Klingenschmitt declared. "You know what? They're the ones who are wrong and you're the ones who are right if you're trying to help a teen get free of their sin":

Staver: Contraception Mandate Just Like Nazi Gas Chambers

The topic of today's "Faith and Freedom" radio program was the lawsuit filed by the Little Sisters of the Poor against Obamacare's contraception accommodation for non-profit religious organizations, which Matt Barber and Mat Staver once again compared to Nazi Germany.

Under the accommodation, non-profit religious organizations that object to providing contraceptive coverage for employees simply have to file a letter noting their objections and then they "will not have to contract, arrange, pay for or refer contraceptive coverage to which they object on religious grounds" as such contraception coverage will then be provided separately by the insurance provider.

That compromise, to Barber and Staver, is nothing short of pure evil and no different than the Nazis forcing people to gas the Jews.

"If you are being forced to pay for the gas in the chamber that is injected into that chamber to kill a Jew, that's one thing." Staver said. "On the other hand, if you are required to say 'you go right, you go left,' the ones that go to the left, they go to the gas chamber, you don't have to pay for that, but you have to make the decision to do it, it's the same thing. Whether I have to exchange a dollar or ten dollars or a thousand dollars to facilitate the death of a human being or whether I have to say 'I can't do it, I can't pull the trigger so therefore don't make me pull the trigger,' consequently since I've objected now a third party has to pull the trigger. There's no difference."

Barber agreed, saying that those who object "are still being forced to be complicit in that abortion homicide," which is exactly what President Obama wants because he "in large part, lives his life to enable people to kill others."

"This is good versus evil," Barber said, "and there's little question who's on the side of good here and who's on the side of evil":

Rick Joyner Says The Second Law Of Thermodynamics Disproves The Theory Of Evolution

During his "Prophetic Perspective on Current Events" program last week, Rick Joyner set out to discuss the topic of "Bedlam on the Border" but quickly got distracted and ended up explaining instead how the Second Law of Thermodynamics fundamentally disproves the theory of evolution.

As Joyner explained it, the Second Law of Thermodynamics states that "everything will trend toward disorder unless it is acted upon by an outside, intelligent source." That is, of course, not what the law says at all, but in Joyner's understanding, it proves that evolution is false.

Joyner argued that the Second Law of Thermodynamics proves "absolutely to the kazillionth power" that all of the events necessary to create life on earth could not have happened by accident, before asserting that "a lot of people don't understand how that impacts the theory of evolution."

But Joyner does.

"It fundamentally disproves the theory of evolution," he said. "The theory of evolution is impossible. It is absolutely impossible. That's why they've never found the missing link. It doesn't exist. If it existed, you'd be finding it everywhere all the time. It would be everywhere you look ... And sooner or later, we've got to realize how stupid the theory of evolution is. You have really got to be out of touch to believe something like that":

Allow us to remind everyone that Joyner personally spent eight hours in Heaven recently, so he obviously knows what he is talking about.

Glenn Beck's Gut Tells Him The Vote For Scottish Independence Will Lead To 'Global Destabilization'

Most of Glenn Beck's crazy theories seem to originate somewhere in his gut, beginning with little more than a "feeling" that something is wrong and then migrating to his brain where he attempts to shape it into some quasi-coherent theory with varying degrees of success before eventually expelling it out his mouth.

Watching the process take place is truly something to behold and it happened not once, but twice, during yesterday's morning staff meeting as Beck first sought to explain why President Obama is using the term "ISIL" instead of "ISIS," though he struggled mightly to do so because the theory that he came up with did not fit with his worldview or even make any sense.

Later in the meeting, Beck went through the process again when he issued a dire warning about the upcoming vote on Scottish independence, saying that it would lead to widespread civil war and "global destabilization."

After admitting that something about this independence vote bothers him but he doesn't really know what it is or why, Beck concluded that world leaders like Russian President Vladimir Putin are "licking their chops over this" because it can be used to justify splitting apart Ukraine while setting a precedent for "civil war all over the world," as Beck spun out some convoluted theory about how this vote for independence is "going the opposite direction of where the power is going," whatever that means.

"This is what my gut's been telling me," Beck said. "There's something wrong here. There's something really big ... there's a really huge consequence to this. That's what it is. This leads to global destabilization":

'Call Me Crazy': Glenn Beck Links Fears Of Airborne Ebola To Nigerian Prison Guards

Glenn Beck spent his entire opening monologue on his television program last night essentially scaring the living daylights out of his audience by warning that a global Ebola pandemic may be just around the corner and will be brought into the United States by Nigerian prison guards.

Citing fears that the Ebola virus could mutate into an airborne respiratory virus that could be passed by a cough or a sneeze, Beck then connected that to a "tip" he received from one of his The Blaze readers, who informed him that Texas is facing a shortage of prison guards and is therefore bringing in workers from Nigeria to fill those positions, which has reportedly been going on for years.

"There is this weird twist that nobody seems to be talking [about]," Beck said. "The only thing we know about Nigeria is that ... Ebola is breaking out! So we're hiring people from Nigeria who are going back and forth to their country. Does that really seem like a good policy, for a number of reasons? And again, what pops out is Ebola!"

"Call me crazy," he concluded, "but letting Nigerians roam freely in and out of our country as they work as correctional officers in prisons, also in transportation and food service, might seem like something we should look into":

Fischer: The Sale Of Bacon Proves That America Is A Christian Nation

On his radio show yesterday, Bryan Fischer brought up a three year-old incident in which an employee at a Halal-friendly KFC in Australia was suspended for abusing a customer who asked for bacon as concrete proof that America is a Christian nation.

"You want one single item of proof that America is a Christian nation and not a Jewish nation and not an Islamic nation?" he asked. "One single bit of proof is all you need: we freely allow restaurants and grocery stores to sell and to serve bacon. That can only happen in a Christian country."

"So the sheer fact that we freely allow the sale and consumption of bacon," he continued, "is absolute proof that we are, in fact, a Christian nation":

Dobson: Gay Marriage Could Cause 'The Entire Superstructure Of Culture' To Collapse

James Dobson recently sat down with Billy Hallowell, the Faith and culture editor at Glenn Beck's "The Blaze" website, to discuss Dobson's most recent book, "Your Legacy: The Greatest Gift."

During the discussion, Hallowell asked Dobson about the role that Christianity should play in society today, to which Dobson responded by warning that if the definition of marriage is changed, it will spell doom for our entire society.

"When you start to weaken" the institution of marriage and the family, Dobson warned, "it influences the entire culture and, in fact, the entire superstructure of culture can come crashing down. That's happened in Rome, it happened in Greece, it's happened throughout history and I don't think that America can survive in the form we have known ... if we allow the family to disintegrate. And that is, in fact, what's happening"

The Benham Brothers Are Ready To Put On Their Wedding Gown And Combat Boots To Defeat Satan

David and Jason Benham, two Religious Right activists who became right-wing celebrities after HGTV canceled their planned reality show due to their anti-choice, anti-gay activism, were among the speakers at last night's "Star Spangled Sunday" event, where they urged Christians to be a bold and heroic in standing up for Christianity just as they had been.

As Jason explained, HGTV may have canceled their show but "they did not take our freedom because we've been set free by the blood of Jesus Christ ... And we're encouraging everybody else to take a stand just like that."

David then declared that the church is just like the flag that flew over Fort McHenry during the British bombardment, before turning it into a strange analogy about MMA fighting by proclaiming that "when Satan steps into the octagon and he's got rockets in one hand and bombs in another with Hamas, and ISIS, and this agenda to silence our freedoms in America, it is the Bride of Christ that steps in with our wedding gown on and combat boots on and a sword in our right hand and we will win in Jesus name":

E.W. Jackson: Those Who Are 'Against God' Are Intensifying Attacks Because They Know 'We Cannot Be Defeated'

E.W. Jackson, the failed GOP nominee for lieutenant governor in Virginia, was among the speakers at last night's "Star Spangled Sunday" event, where he declared that "the forces ... against God" are ramping up their attacks on Christians in America because they know that "we cannot be defeated."

Jackson called on Christians to be bold and take a stand, knowing that "we cannot lose because the God we serve is on the throne and if God be for us, who can be against us?" He said that just as the British continued to attack Fort McHenry so long as the America flag flew, so too will the enemies of God continue to attack Christians.

"You don't attack a defeated foe," he said. "You don't kill a dead enemy ... The attacks are becoming more intense because the forces against us and against God know that we are not about to back down or back up, that we are rising up together as never before and so they are trying to come against us. They just don't understand that we cannot be defeated because our faith and hope is in God":

Mike Huckabee Promises Christians That The 'Sons Of Isaac' Will Defeat The 'Sons Of Ishmael'

Mike Huckabee closed out his remarks at last night's "Star Spangled Sunday" event by recounting how, many years ago, he used to watch Arkansas Razorbacks basketball games when they were re-broadcast late at night, especially when he already knew that they had won the game when it was played live earlier in the day because, no matter what the score was at any point, he knew that his team would ultimately win.

Huckabee urged those in attendance to apply this same lesson in response to the threat from radical Islam, saying that they should read the Bible in order to realize that the Christians will defeat the Muslims in the end.

"I got good news for all the dispirited and disquieted Christians in America who somehow are afraid that the Sons of Ishmael who are challenging us now in the Middle East will overwhelm the Sons of Isaac," Huckabee said. "Let me assure you, I have read the end of the Book! My dear friend, we win!"

'In America's Darkest Hour ... God Stepped In To Save The Day': A History Lesson From FRC

Last night, the Family Research Council hosted an event at First Baptist Church in Charlotte, North Carolina called "Star Spangled Sunday."

Billed as a celebration of 200th anniversary of the national anthem, the event featured speakers like Sen. Ted Cruz, Mike Huckbee, Rick Scarborough, E..W. Jackson and others and turned out to be primarily a promotional event for FRC's "123Vote.com" effort to register and mobilize Christian voters ahead of the midterm elections.

Kicking off the program was a video history lesson in which Kenyn Cureton, FRC's Vice President for Church Ministries, explained the many times that God directly intervened in order to establish and save America.

As Cureton explained, when the British burned Washington during the War of 1812, God sent torrential rains, and even a tornado, to put out the flames and kill the British troops.

"God brought a storm of biblical proportions to Washington," he said, "and unleashed it on those British invaders."

Time and again, "God providentially intervened" in American history to protect this nation, Cureton said, and He will do so again if only this nation will turn back to Him ... by which he presumably means "register and vote for Republicans":

Fischer: Janay Rice 'Getting Knocked Out In a Casino Elevator' Shows The Dangers Of Unbiblical Cohabitation ​

On his "Focal Point" radio program today, Bryan Fischer offered his insights into the Ray Rice domestic abuse scandal by saying that Rice's then-fiancée, now-wife Janay Palmer Rice was essentially responsible for her own abuse, which was the result of engaging in unbiblical cohabitation.

As Fischer explained, the Bible strictly prohibits premarital cohabitation, so Ray Rice and Janay Palmer were guilty of engaging in illegitimate sexual immorality and living in sin. This biblical position is reinforced by social science research, he said, that shows that such relationships are more dangerous for women than marriage or living alone.

Fischer said that since Palmer had apparently "not been educated, did not understand biblical standards, she put herself in a place where, if her eyes were open and she was thinking clearly and she had been educated as she should have been in our school system, by her parents, at church, she would have known that the most dangerous place for me to be as a woman is living with a guy I'm not married to."

"If you want to have reasons not to do it," Fischer concluded, "getting knocked out in a casino elevator, that's the only reason that you need ... When biblical standards of morality are ignored, people get hurt":

Mike Huckabee Says Conservatives Can't Accept 'Ungodly' Court Rulings On Gay Marriage, Abortion Rights

Yesterday, Vision America's Rick Scarborough hosted a conference call with Mike Huckabee and Tony Perkins that, as far as we can determine, was designed to promote the "Give Me Liberty" events that Scarborough has been organizing throughout the nation in an effort to encourage pastors to mobilize their congregations ahead of the midterm elections.

During the call, Huckabee said that all of America's problems are "ultimately spiritual" and can only be solved by a revival among the citizens who will "vote the Bible."

He blamed abortion rights laws on the failure of conservative Christians to get involved in politics, leaving him to wonder, "how do we face God with that?" On top of that, Huckabee criticized conservatives for accepting judicial rulings which strike down gay marriage bans, saying there should be a "massive outcry" against the decisions.

"We have people who say 'well, the courts have ruled on abortion, we just have to live with it,' or 'the courts have ruled on same-sex marriage, we just have to live with it,'" Huckabee said. "And I would suggest, no we don't! We shouldn't just accept things that are ungodly and that will cause us to have to stand before God with bloody hands."

The solution, he said, is for pastors to encourage their congregations to "vote the Bible" because doing so will solve every problem, including economic ones "because everything about the economy that's wrong would be fixed if people had a biblical understanding of the economy":

Young People For: Fellowship Associate

People For the American Way Foundation conducts research, legal, and education work on behalf of First Amendment freedoms and democratic values; monitors, exposes, and challenges the Religious Right movement and its political allies; identifies, trains, and supports the next generation of progressive leaders through its Young People For youth leadership programs and its Young Elected Officials Network; and carries out nonpartisan voter education, registration, civic participation, and election protection activities.

Young People For (YP4) is a progressive leadership development program focused on identifying, engaging, and empowering the next generation of progressive leaders. YP4 is dedicated to identifying young campus and community leaders, engaging them, and supporting them with the skills and resources they need to create change. Together, People For and YP4 are building a long-term network of emerging leaders committed to protecting our nation's fundamental rights and freedoms.

YP4 has three overarching priorities: 1) to diversity leadership in the progressive movement; 2) to support young leaders to effect change in their communities now; and 3) to ensure that young leaders are sustained in their leadership over the long term. The core of YP4 is our one-year fellowship for progressive college students, which supports and empowers them to create change now on their campuses and in their communities. The 2014 fellowship class is comprised of 150 fellows from 127 campuses in 39 states and is the next generation of YP4's growing network of over 1,500 alumni across the nation.

The position is located in Washington, DC and reports to the Fellowship Program Manager.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • In collaboration with the Fellowship Manager, develop quarterly, annual, and individual goals to ensure that deliverables are met.
  • Manage Fellowship interns.
  • Work closely with Fellowship staff to coordinate day-to-day communication with fellows.
  • Support and maintain substantive relationships with fellows through regular communication including in-person meetings, phone calls, and e-mail exchanges and provide support and coaching for fellows as they engage in individualized leadership development activities, short- and long-term planning, and goal-setting.
  • Support fellows’ social justice work on their campuses or in their communities and work with them to plan and execute sustainable, community-driven projects.
  • Develop and manage strong relationships with professors, administrators and campus activists at state universities, Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU’s), Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSI’s), Tribal Colleges, liberal arts universities and community colleges.
  • Support the Young People For team at local, state, regional, and national conferences and events.
  • Support the development of relationships with local, state, regional, and national progressive organizations.
  • Participate in annual Fellowship recruitment and selection process by creating and implementing innovative outreach strategies including phone, e-mail, and social media, reviewing fellowship applications, and interviewing candidates.
  • In collaboration with the Young People For team, plan and execute regional trainings and the annual National Summit.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • 1-3 years related experience including grassroots, political, student or youth organizing and/or leadership development work.
  • Ability to work effectively in a fast-paced environment; must be well organized, detail-oriented and able to effectively manage competing priorities and frequent deadlines.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including ability to work effectively with a variety of people.
  • Strong commitment to professional development.
  • Excellent written communications skills.
  • Previous experience in staff recruitment and/or job placement desirable.
  • Ability to analyze and synthesize complex information and present in a usable format.
  • Ability to work independently, with supervision, and as part as a team.
  • Ability and willingness to travel occasionally and to work additional hours when needed.
  • Familiarity with MS Office applications; experience with online communities and interest in web-based tools to advance progressive causes.
  • Familiarity with the progressive community and a commitment to the issues of Young People For (campus diversity, civic engagement, civil rights, economic justice, education, environmental conservation and justice, healthcare, immigration, international human rights, worker’s right, Native American issues, traditions, and empowerment, and progressive coalition and alliance building).

To apply: Send resume and statement of interest to Human Resources, People For the American Way Foundation, 1101 15th Street, NW, Suite 600, Washington, DC 20005. Email hr@pfaw.org

People For the American Way Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Rick Joyner Says Some Christians Can Cure Ebola Simply Through Their Presence

On yesterday's "Prophetic Perspective on Current Events" program, Rick Joyner recounted the eight hours he spent in Heaven recently, as well as the regular face-to-face encounters he has been having with Enoch, the great-grandfather of Noah, and the Prophet Elijah.

During his recent visit, Joyner learned that there is no Ebola virus in Heaven and that Christians are capable of taking authority over the disease here on earth. In fact, there are certain people who are given "total authority over Ebola," allowing them to cure people infected with the disease simply by being in their presence.

"Somebody with Ebola, they come into the room, the Ebola is gone," Joyner said. "That person is healed. It cannot live, cannot exist in their presence."

All Christians will one day have this same power, Joyner said, revealing that he even had a vision of children clearing entire regions of radiation simply through prayer:

Cardinal Francis George Says American Catholics Are Being Forced To Live Under Pro-Gay Sharia Law

In his most recent column for Catholic World News, Cardinal Francis George, Head of the Archdiocese of Chicago, wrote that Catholics in America are being forced to choose between their faith and the "State religion" which imposes "its own form of morality on everyone."

This new religion, he said, compels people to support things like abortion and gay marriage and, as a result, Catholics who refuse worship this "false god" have now essentially become second class citizens just like "Christians and Jews [who] are fined for their religion in countries governed by Sharia law":

In recent years, society has brought social and legislative approval to all types of sexual relationships that used to be considered “sinful.” Since the biblical vision of what it means to be human tells us that not every friendship or love can be expressed in sexual relations, the church’s teaching on these issues is now evidence of intolerance for what the civil law upholds and even imposes. What was once a request to live and let live has now become a demand for approval. The “ruling class,” those who shape public opinion in politics, in education, in communications, in entertainment, is using the civil law to impose its own form of morality on everyone. We are told that, even in marriage itself, there is no difference between men and women, although nature and our very bodies clearly evidence that men and women are not interchangeable at will in forming a family. Nevertheless, those who do not conform to the official religion, we are warned, place their citizenship in danger.

When the recent case about religious objection to one provision of the Health Care Act was decided against the State religion, the Huffington Post (June 30, 2014) raised “concerns about the compatibility between being a Catholic and being a good citizen.” This is not the voice of the nativists who first fought against Catholic immigration in the 1830s. Nor is it the voice of those who burned convents and churches in Boston and Philadelphia a decade later. Neither is it the voice of the Know-Nothing Party of the 1840s and 1850s, nor of the Ku Klux Klan, which burned crosses before Catholic churches in the Midwest after the civil war. It is a voice more sophisticated than that of the American Protective Association, whose members promised never to vote for a Catholic for public office. This is, rather, the selfrighteous voice of some members of the American establishment today who regard themselves as “progressive” and “enlightened.”

The inevitable result is a crisis of belief for many Catholics. Throughout history, when Catholics and other believers in revealed religion have been forced to choose between being taught by God or instructed by politicians, professors, editors of major newspapers and entertainers, many have opted to go along with the powers that be. This reduces a great tension in their lives, although it also brings with it the worship of a false god. It takes no moral courage to conform to government and social pressure. It takes a deep faith to “swim against the tide,” as Pope Francis recently encouraged young people to do at last summer’s World Youth Day.

Swimming against the tide means limiting one’s access to positions of prestige and power in society. It means that those who choose to live by the Catholic faith will not be welcomed as political candidates to national office, will not sit on editorial boards of major newspapers, will not be at home on most university faculties, will not have successful careers as actors and entertainers. Nor will their children, who will also be suspect. Since all public institutions, no matter who owns or operates them, will be agents of the government and conform their activities to the demands of the official religion, the practice of medicine and law will become more difficult for faithful Catholics. It already means in some States that those who run businesses must conform their activities to the official religion or be fined, as Christians and Jews are fined for their religion in countries governed by Sharia law.

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