“I don’t understand why we have to change the form. I’m worried there’s another agenda involved here other than just allowing same-sex couples to be married. We know what a bride is, we know what a groom is—but if we choose to be a ‘spouse,’ does that even limit (marriage) to a human being? Do you know what I’m saying?”
Take a look again at the above quote.
That comment is from Rose Marie Belforti in Citizen Link (an off shoot of Focus on the Family) Magazine. Rose Marie, town clerk in Ledyard, NY was interviewed after she refused to sign marriage licenses for gay and lesbian couples after the New York State law went into effect on the 24th July 2011. She claimed as a Christian she could not compromise her beliefs.
Really, Rose Marie??? An a secret agenda to usher in the ability to marry an animal?!?!?!?!!?!?
This blog post is not about marriage equality though, this post is about how some Christians in their attempt to uphold what they see as a Biblical condemnation have taken to using misinformation, lies, and fear mongering to try to get their point across.
Tony Perkins is another Christian who, in order to raise funds for his organization, decided to bash and malign the “It Gets Better” campaign (a video series that helps combat bullying), by telling his supporters that it is a tool of the LGBT community to recruit kids into the gay lifestyle. You can read it below.
There are many comments that seek to create fear and hatred for the LGBT community, Here are a few more examples.
“Rick Perry’s fellow Texas Republicans voted on a 2010 party platform full of hate and malicious falsehoods about LGBT Americans, saying: “We believe that the practice of homosexuality tears at the fabric of society, contributes to the breakdown of the family unit, and leads to the spread of dangerous, communicable diseases…Homosexuality must not be presented as an acceptable, alternative lifestyle in our public education and policy, nor should family be redefined to include homosexual couples.””
Or Michele Bachmann linking the LGBT community to pedophilia in 2009.
“Rep. Michele Bachmann spoke out against federal hate crimes bill being considered on the U.S. House floor on Wednesday by conflating gays and lesbians with pedophiles, and saying that the bill would protect pedophiles from hate crimes.
“[A]pparently people who are practicing pedophiles would be considered protected under this legislation, but not, I understand, veterans, not, I understand, pregnant women, not, I understand, 85-year-old grandmothers would be protected under this law,” she said. “But who would be protected? A pedophile, someone who considers themselves gay, someone who considers themselves transgender, someone who considers themselves a cross-dresser? That is who is protected.”
The bill, the Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act, adds “sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability of any person” to existing federal law which currently includes race, color, religion, or national origin. Minnesota Reps. Betty McCollum and James Oberstar are co-sponsors.
Contrary to Bachmann’s statement, pedophilia is not considered a sexual orientation, a disability or a gender identity, and is instead a criminal act.”
The above comments are all fodder for some Christians fight against the “Gay Agenda”. This agenda apparently involves animals, kids, and the tearing apart of a civilized Christian country. In the minds of these people the “Gay Agenda” is ultimate control over every aspect of American Life and the destruction of the Church, turning the good ‘ol USA into a modern-day Sodom and Gomorrah.
In all the ranting and railing against the LGBT community the aspect of the Christian faith that has been lost is love, unconditional, embracing, accepting love. The same love God has for us in Jesus.
If there is a Gay Agenda it is this…that individuals in the LGBT community want to be accepted, and treated as equals.
The church, among all other organizations, should be at the forefront in promoting this agenda.