Tuesday, June 30, 2015
"Marriage" Persecution Has Begun
Within hours after the Supreme Court ruling on marriage last Friday, a newspaper changed its policy regarding what can and cannot be said in editorial and op-Ed columns.
Christian leaders in the state say, "Already we see evidence right in our own state that we will lose our First Amendment right to free speech simply because we do not agree with today's SCOTUS decision..."
The Harrisburg, Pennsylvania newspaper wrote in celebration Friday night, "As a result of Friday's ruling, PennLive/The Patriot News will very strictly limit op-Eds and letters to the editor in opposition to same-sex marriage."
"These unions," they say, "are now the law of the land, and we will not publish such letters and op-Eds anymore than we would publish those that are racist, sexist or anti-Semitic."
They wrote, "The march of progress is often slow, but it is always steady."
They defined "progress" in the United States as another "step toward the ideal of equality envisioned by its founders. And we are all more free as a result."
The American Family Association of Pennsylvania does not see it that way.
In a press release they say "as predicted," the marriage decision handed down today has initiated persecution and the silencing of those who believe in natural marriage. It has begun in earnest.
They say within 3 hours after the ruling was handed down, the newspaper changed its policy.
The AFA group says, "What better way to say all are on board with this decision than to silence the voices of those not in agreement.
AFA spokesperson Diane Gramley said they are already seeing the effect of what Justice Scalia said would happen-debate is being stifled.
She said, "This decision is not a march to progress, but the exact opposite."
She also noted the irony in the newspaper's statement regarding the pride our founders would have in the Court's decision.
"This is a very ironic statement," she said, "as sodomy was illegal in each of the thirteen colonies because the Founding Fathers fully understood acceptance of this sin against nature and nature's God was dangerous to the country."
The conservative Daily Caller became aware of this revised version of freedom of speech and freedom of the press, and jumped on it.
Within hours, the Caller had published an article--- and almost immediately following the article, the newspaper began getting very strong push back.
They quickly revised their earlier statement to say essentially they would continue to allow free speech for "a limited" period of time.
The more they spoke, the more duplicitous they appeared to be.
Their explanation of the events surrounding marriage, and their decision to silence those who disagree with their agenda defines a confused, deeply committed activist news media:
“In the more than four decades since, a union that was viewed as unnatural and even a hideous provocation to violence is now commonplace and celebrated. On Friday, the United States crossed a similar threshold, continuing a long road to acceptance of same-sex unions. And this news organization now crosses another threshold. As a result of Friday’s ruling, PennLive/The Patriot-News will very strictly limit op-Eds and letters to the editor in opposition to same-sex marriage.”
Be Informed. Be Vigilant. Be Discerning. Be Strong. Be Prayerful.