Look, I know that there are many true Christians who identify with the Democratic Party, and I know that there are many Christians who are conservative, but who don’t identify with the Republican Party (even though we tend to vote GOP by default). But this news from Colorado this week shows why many of us simply do not trust Democrats and liberals when it comes to safeguarding our religious liberty. Excerpt:
A bill in the Colorado legislature that would have allowed religious clubs on the state’s college campuses to set rules on faith for its leaders died on a party-line vote in a House committee Monday.
Rep. Kevin Priola, R-Henderson, the bill’s sponsor, said the bill was about allowing religious groups to elect members of their faith as leaders, without risking a discrimination claim.
Opponents said it was about skirting a 1999 Supreme Court decision in Christian Legal Society vs. Martinez, which stated a student Christian organization recognized by a public university must accept non-Christians and gays as members.
Under the Colorado bill, religious clubs still would be required to accept anyone as a member, but it sought to exempt club leaders.
“It is only natural that a religious group would want its leaders to agree with its sincerely held religious beliefs,” Priola said.
He said outside groups could flood the membership and attempt to elect someone to either change the club or cause it to get barred from campus for refusing to allow the election.
Reps. Rhonda Fields, D-Aurora, and Dominick Moreno, D-Commerce City, said the bill was an attempt to discriminate by using religion, specifically against lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender students, from leadership, if not membership.
Roderick Harger, president of St. Joseph Campus Ministry at the Colorado School of Mines, said it’s about religious identity, not discrimination.
“Redefining the leadership would redefine the faith that we all share as Roman Catholics in a Roman Catholic group,” he said.
So now, not only must a Roman Catholic group be required to let non-Catholics join, it must also be open to accepting non-Catholics — even anti-Catholics — as leaders, because to do otherwise would be bigotry.
A Jewish group must not only be open to non-Jews — even anti-Semites! — but must be willing to allow an avowed anti-Semite to lead the group if elected.
All of this in the name of protecting gay rights.
It was a party line vote. Naturally. I believe that there is nothing the Democratic Party won’t do to religious believers in the name of advancing LGBT rights. This is why the Democrats keep people like me voting Republican, however unhappy and frustrated that makes me. For the Anti-Christian brand of Democrat, extremism in defense of the LGBT agenda is no vice. (And I say that as someone who, if a member of the Kansas legislature, would vote in favor of a bill to offer workplace anti-discrimination protection to state LGBT workers.)
The Law of Merited Impossibility: It won’t happen, and when it does, you people will deserve it.