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Homosexual bigots continue the "Night of the Long Knives" purge against anyone and everyone who believes in natural marriage.

The latest targets for their hatred and bigotry are the owners of the Wildflower Inn in Vermont. The inn's owners, Jim and Mary O'Reilly, are facing a potentially crippling lawsuit for one reason and one reason only: they have a religious conviction that marriage is the union of one man and one woman.

They respectfully declined to rent out their facility used for a lesbian wedding reception. Said the O'Reillys, "Many of our guests have been same-sex couples. We welcome and treat all people with respect and dignity. We do not however, feel that we can offer our personal services wholeheartedly to celebrate the marriage between same-sex couples because it goes against everything that we as Catholics believe in."

So the harassment of the O'Reillys is clearly "motivated by prejudice against (their)...religion."

According to the template of the left, they have become the victims of a hate crime.

For daring to actually act on their moral convictions, they are being targeted by the ACLU, which is determined to criminalize Christianity in the United States.

The O'Reillys now face some kind of criminal or civil sanction for acting on their deeply held religious convictions. If they are fined, then their property is being plundered as a punishment for their religious views. If they are ordered to violate their own consciences in their wedding reception policies, then their God-given and "unalienable" right to liberty has been shredded.

And the fact that homosexual bigots are using the power of government to carry out their hate-driven harassment of the O'Reillys only makes it worse. Harassment is harassment no matter who's doing it, and getting government thugs to do it for you under color of law is simply reprehensible.

Homosexual hatemongers have now created a "hostile environment" in which the O'Reillys are forced to work. They are being subjected to "conduct" which "annoys, threatens, intimidates (and) alarms" them, and have been subjected to behavior which is "unwanted, unwelcomed, and uninvited." Hello, hate crime.

In a sane world in which the First Amendment was still the supreme law of the land, the O'Reillys' freedom of religious expression and assembly would still be protected. Alas, the homosexual lobby is rapidly turning us into China and the former Soviet Union.

Christians are now being treated officially as second-class citizens with far fewer human and civil rights than those who engage in aberrant sexual behavior.

Bryan Fischer, Renew America 105 Comments [8/7/2011 2:42:22 PM]
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Detrs

No. No they are not.

8/7/2011 2:45:49 PM

lulururu

Literally, the only ones in this country who i see committing hate crimes are the Christian fundamentalist. You people who think you run the world should be locked up.

Besides that, the government could wrap bill up in bacon and toss him into a den of lions, I wouldn't bat an eye.

8/7/2011 2:52:24 PM

America is Renewed

These are the biggoted ones

8/7/2011 2:59:04 PM

derpmaster

How long would it take for a lawsuit if say, a gay atheist inn owner was denying service to Christians, as bad an idea for business as that would admittedly be?

Would it be a legit complaint? After all, according to our friend Bryan here, private business owners should never be punished for merely sticking to their convictions.

8/7/2011 2:59:37 PM

J. James

It never ceases to amaze me that these people manage to twist themselves into the victim position when THEY'RE the bigots.

"Oh noes, the Jews have victimized the Neo-Nazis!! D:"

Jesus fucking Christ.

8/7/2011 3:28:11 PM

dionysus

They can believe whatever the fuck they want but if they're running a business they can't discriminate based on sexuality/race/religion/whatever. And I'm sure if a Muslim owned Walmart or Jewel and had a rule against serving Christians you'd be (rightfully) throwing a shit fit about it. I can privately think that fundie Christians are morons and jerks but I can't use that as a reason to deny them services or employment. How is this so hard to understand?

8/7/2011 3:30:08 PM

David B.

"purge against anyone and everyone who believes in natural marriage"

Hey, I'm all for natural marriage!

I just think it's natural to marry the person you are in love with.

8/7/2011 3:31:07 PM



I love this, everytime a Christian is told they can't restrict the rights of someone else its clearly persecution against them. If your religion to you is an excuse to be intolerable to others and their beliefs then you should be labeled a hate group.

8/7/2011 3:40:22 PM

The_L

What?

Does this moron seriously not know that there are straight people in support of gay marriage?

8/7/2011 3:52:44 PM

derpmaster


In a sane world in which the First Amendment was still the supreme law of the land, the O'Reillys' freedom of religious expression and assembly would still be protected. Alas, the homosexual lobby is rapidly turning us into China and the former Soviet Union.


Is there a Godwin equivalent for Stalin references?

8/7/2011 3:58:03 PM

Zeus Almighty

"Jim and Mary O'Reilly, are facing a potentially crippling lawsuit ..."

The plaintiffs are suing them for $1. They're not looking for a payday.
Admittedly it will cost them O'Reillys money to hire a lawyer to fight this. But that's their choice.

8/7/2011 3:59:26 PM

JSS

Whoa whoa whoa. Hate crimes? I thought we were doing away with those. Remember? Hate crime legislation was of the 'homosexual agenda'? Now you want to go back on your principles because, well, you can dish it out but you can't take it.

And then we have that little bit about the First Amendment. Funny thing about that. Did you know it was meant to protect practicing rights of those of every religion? But no, let's bring it into play when those who do the persecuting feel "persecuted".

8/7/2011 4:05:23 PM

checkmate

We welcome and treat all people with respect and dignity ... however

Yup, sounds just like "I'm not a racist, but ..."

I think I'll buy an Inn in Vermont and put up a sign outside: "Dogs and Christians not welcome".

The response would probably be interesting.

8/7/2011 4:06:36 PM



"Homosexual bigots continue the "Night of the Long Knives" purge against anyone and everyone who believes in natural marriage."

Godwin - and just plain paranoid.


(I don't know this particular case, so I can't comment on it... but I doubt it's taking place the way you've described.)


"... they are being targeted by the ACLU, which is determined to criminalize Christianity..."

Tinfoil hat on too tight, Bryan? Why are you people so scared of the ACLU? They're just a group of lawyers.


"... the homosexual lobby is rapidly turning us into China and the former Soviet Union."

Homosexuality was illegal in the Soviet Union - including all discussions of it. The SU was actually very puritanical on social issues. (Even BDSM was illegal.) Poor comparison. I don't think China's a good place to be gay, either.


"Christians are now being treated officially as second-class citizens with far fewer human and civil rights..."

Where? If you want to see Christians being persecuted, go to Algeria.

8/7/2011 4:06:58 PM

Old Viking

Awwww, the poor widdle Christians.

8/7/2011 4:07:01 PM

mohanarun

This is stupid. The Oreilly's are at full liberty to refuse service for a lesbian union because it is their property. Their right to believe in 'Catholicism' should be respected as much as the right for the lesbian couple to marry.

8/7/2011 4:09:55 PM

checkmate

mohanarun

This is stupid. The Oreilly's are at full liberty to refuse service for a lesbian union because it is their property.


Well, then they can also refuse service to black people "because it is their property".

Is that what you mean?

What about refusing service to a mixed race couple? For a Bar Mitsvah? To Protestants (= heretics). All "because it is their property".

Is that what you mean?

8/7/2011 4:21:23 PM

Alencon

I checked this out and, incredible as it may seem, Fischer actually has the facts right.

A lesbian couple tried to schedule the inn for their wedding and they were told via email that innkeepers Mary and Jim O'Reilly "do not host gay receptions" because of their "personal feelings."

The ACLU has sued because under Vermont law businesses open to the general public must serve all customers.

It's a simple civil rights issue. They are in violation of a law which covers a lot more than just gay marriage.

The whole thing is moot though. The couple found somewhere else to hold their reception.

8/7/2011 4:29:23 PM

The Bad Guy

"Natural marriage"? There's nothing natural about marriage. Name another species that engages in this trivial act.

And I thought everything that's "natural" in this world is to be abhorred. Make up your fucking minds.

8/7/2011 4:36:37 PM

Fawful has seen God has a vagina on top of his penis

"Homosexual bigots continue the 'Night of the Long Knives' purge against anyone and everyone who believes in natural marriage."

ORLY? Tell that to Ernst Röhm.

8/7/2011 4:42:24 PM

Szena

From an actual news source:

"Vermont, which legalized same-sex marriage in 2009, also has a Fair Housing and Public Accommodations Act, which keeps inns, motels and hotels with five or more rooms from turning patrons away based on their sexual orientation...


The state law contains an exemption for religious organizations — but offers no protections for religious individuals."

As individuals they're free to hold whatever beliefs they want. As owners of a house of public accommodation, they need to follow the law.

Oh, wait, fundies are above the law, aren't they?

8/7/2011 4:51:21 PM

TakoTaco

So if my religious beliefs say that white people are the scum of the earth and should be eradicated, does that mean that it is within my religious rights to go on a brutal killing spree?

8/7/2011 5:09:37 PM

ChakatBlackstar

It's persecution to stop persecution?

8/7/2011 5:29:14 PM

Raised by Horses

The Civil Rights Act, bitch. It's there for a reason.

8/7/2011 5:41:30 PM

meatwad52

Those people should be allowed to run their business however they want. The government can't just legislate tolerance and compassion and not being a fundamentalist idiot. If you want a free country, you've got to take the bad with the good. It's been said a million times. People should be free to run their businesses however they want. If they run it like a bunch of bigots, then their business will undoubtedly suffer and probably be protested. It's kind of like natural selection. Let stupid people be stupid and wipe themselves out. Taking away freedoms isn't the answer.

8/7/2011 5:44:30 PM
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