Freedom of Religion Freedom of worship – or, in ObamaSpeak, you’ll still be able to keep the church you like [Darleen Click]
Anyone with half a brain could see this coming
Religious liberty groups are blasting a proposed ordinance that would force churches in Hutchinson, Kan. to rent their facilities for gay weddings and gay parties.
The Hutchinson City Council will consider adding sexual orientation and gender identity to the protected classes in the city’s human relations code. They are expected to vote on the changes next month.
According to the Hutchinson Human Relations Commission, churches that rent out their buildings to the general public would not be allowed to discriminate “against a gay couple who want to rent the building for a party.”
Meryl Dye, a spokesperson for the Human Relations Commission confirmed to Fox News that churches would be subjected to portions of the proposed law.
“They would not be able to discriminate against gay and lesbian or transgender individuals,” Dye said. “That type of protection parallels to what you find in race discrimination. If a church provides lodging or rents a facility they could not discriminate based on race. It’s along that kind of thinking.” (sic)
Matthew Staver, chairman of the Liberty Counsel Action, told Fox News the proposed law is “un-American.”
“It is a collision course between religious freedom and the LGBT agenda,” Staver said. “This proposed legislation will ultimately override the religious freedom that is protected under the First Amendment.”
He argued that churches cannot be forced by the government to set aside their religious convictions and their mission. And, he warned, some churches could even be forced to rent their buildings for drag parties.
“What we are ultimately going to see is churches forced to confront this law, forced to do things and allow their facilities to be used by people and for events that diametrically undercut the mission of the church,” he said.
It is a pernicious, but typical of progressives, to equate “race” with “sexual orientation/behavior.” Renting a church hall, depending the on the church, comes with any number of behavioral restrictions – from the serving of alcohol to dancing, dependent on the church’s tenets.
As SanFranGran Nancy has shown, Left-Liberals are now very open in their contempt of the Constitution. Their First Amendment is about Government definition and control of speech, press and religion.
Shut up, they say.Tags: first amendment, freedom of religion