Religious views should trump law, right?


As part of the silent majority, I’m praising Sen, Mike Hewitt’s and Sen. Sharon Brown’s fight against today’s anti-Christian spread of tolerance. Like any good American, I spend at least an hour in church most, or at least some, weeks.

And while I’m sitting there, listening to some minister drone on about the Golden Rule, I can’t help but think, “Isn’t there some way I can use my devout faith to break the law and escape prosecution?”

Hewitt’s co-sponsorship of Senate Bill 5927 has opened my eyes to God’s vision of religious freedom. SB 5927 is different from freedom of conscience legislation that allows people to refrain from lawful activities that violate their religion. SB 5927 actually allows me to commit otherwise criminal acts if I believe my faith allows it.

The bill begins with the freedom to engage in discrimination (hate crimes, the lame-stream media calls them). I believe faith without works is dead. And my faith would be dead if I didn’t publicly hurt, shame or humiliate members of groups God hates. At last Christians will not be persecuted for witnessing for their beliefs!

I know every church will finally come out in support of the mistreatment of people on the basis of their orientation or other group membership! How else can we spread God’s love? Christianity hasn’t seen such a boon since American slavery and those ideas about Noah’s cursed son — and don’t you think we’ve forgotten that old-fashioned nugget of truth!

Now that churches can attract faithful members avoiding prosecution, every church will rush to adopt the most popular discriminatory dogmas! Flocks will grow!

And why stop just with attacks on people based on their group? With the precedent that crimes motivated by religious belief can be immune from prosecution, all sorts of crimes can be ours.

Consider forced sexual contact. Guess what? If a woman is incapacitated, drugged or threatened into being quiet, it’s consensual! And if she’s not engaged, you get to marry her without all that dating expense. Just check Deuteronomy 22. And philosophically, I don’t think I should pay taxes to a government offending my religious beliefs. Church offering plates will overflow with money saved on bail.

These may be old-fashioned values, but there are lots of old-fashioned people. With this alliance of Republicans and religion, Democrats and other atheists will soon have only one recruiting tactic left — clearly higher standards.

Darryl Masson

College Place


PearlY 2 years, 2 months ago

Well, the sarcasm, or should I say the snark, is a little entertaining, but your basic premise is all messed up. You seem to think it is a crime to discriminate. A crime is something you could go to prison for. The various forms of discrimination which have been made unlawful to protect certain groups (and not others) are not crimes. They are civil offenses, like parking tickets, or violations of zoning laws, or driving with an expired license tab.

But it's pretty clear you think anyone who disagrees with you should rot in prison. A fine example of tolerance!


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