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At a recent town meeting in Randallstown Maryland, Pastor Robert J. Anderson of the Colonial Baptist Church demonstrated his Christian love while sharing the stage with Derek McCoy, executive director of the Maryland Marriage Alliance.
The take away moment is here.
Knowing the righteous judgment of God that those who practice such things are deserving of death. Not only do the same … for those who also approve of those who practice such things.’ If we don’t vote against it, then we are approving these things that are worthy of death.And here's the reponse from the Maryland Marriage Alliance to the well-deserved uproar this caused among civilized people.
Deana Bass, a spokeswoman for the Maryland Marriage Alliance, said Anderson’s comments were being taken out of context and that they were in no way a suggestion that gays and lesbians should be harmed.Ah, thank you Ms. Bass. Saying we are worthy of death and getting called out for it is a distraction. Mmmmm hmmmmm. Nothing to see here. Move along.
“What he was saying was that men and women of faith should stand up for what they believe in and vote against Question 6,” Bass said.
Any attempt to paint McCoy or the alliance as a group that believes gays should be harmed was a distraction, Bass said. The real issue was that people who were expressing their faith were under attack and being called bigots, she said.
What else is happening in Maryland, you ask? Well let me tell you. It seems that in Montgomery and Prince George’s counties absentee ballots mailed out from the Maryland State Board of Elections are missing the second page. What would be on that second page? Why Question 6, the marriage equality measure of course.
The Maryland State Board of Elections Deputy Administrator Ross Goldstein confirmed that some absentee ballots in Montgomery and Prince George’s counties are missing the second page.It's not important enough to concern our pretty heads over. Nothing to see here. Move along.
He says the state is investigating what happened but stresses it’s a small number.
Let's now mosey over to Washington State and see what the bigots there are up to.
Same sex marriage, if it makes you a bit uncomfortable (child's voice) maybe it's because you know better. If we ignore or allow our morals to be manipulated by others, then they're not our morals. We respect the freedom of other, but they're trying to bully me (children's voices) by law to abandon my beliefs. Discriminating against a tradition that has stood the test of time, generation after generation. They can't ignore design. We wouldn't have generations without man and woman, husband and wife. And the two shall be as one. (Child's voice) Even the law can't change that.Nice. If our argument is utter bullshit, let's get some angelic children's voices to camouflage our bigotry. And let's not forget to turn logic entirely on its ear and claim we're the ones being bullied. Nothing to see here. Move along.
There's plenty more ugliness coming from the bigots in their desperation to keep any of the state marriage equality measures from passing. They know this will be a turning point for them. Losing just one of these battles will completely derail their favorite argument before the courts that every time a marriage equality measure has come before the people, their side has never lost. However this time around we stand a very good chance of winning and forever the turning a corner towards equal rights for all. When that happens, what do you think they'll have to say about that? Even though it will prove a devastating blow to their cause, they won't be able to admit it publicly. Even though it will prove that Americans are losing the stomach for hate, losing their stomach for narrow-minded moralizing, losing their stomach for denying equality to their fellow Americans, the reality won't be acknowledged.
Once again it will be: Nothing to see here. Move along.