You know we keep hearing about the so-called ‘War on Religion’ being waged by The Gays because we are fighting for equality. Well, I for one never got the connection as to how my quest to be treated equally in this country affects the religious beliefs of anyone else, but we’ve seen that excuse in bakeries and dress shops and florists all over the nation:
We won’t serve you because Jesus said not to!
Back in 2004, Matt McLaughlin, a lawyer in California, previously submitted a citizen ballot initiative that would give Bibles o all public school kids, grades 1-12, because of the “great literature” found within. And though his plan featured an ‘opt out’ clause, it faced an uphill battle against groups like the Anti-Defamation League and Americans United for Separation of Church and State. In the end, McLaughlin didn’t collect the required number of signatures to get his initiative on the ballot, so it didn’t go anywhere.
Now, McLaughlin is back with a new proposal: Death to Gays. He calls his newly proposed initiative “The Sodomite Suppression Act” and it says, in part:
a) The abominable crime against nature known as buggery, called also sodomy, is a monstrous evil that Almighty God, giver of freedom and liberty, commands us to suppress on pain of our utter destruction even as he overthrew Sodom and Gomorrha.
b) Seeing that it is better that offenders should die rather than that all of us should be killed by God’s just wrath against us for the folly of tolerating-wickedness in our midst, the People of California wisely command, in the fear of God, that any person who willingly touches another person of the same gender for purposes of sexual gratification be put to death by bullets to the head or by any other convenient method.
Now, even a lunatic like Matt McLaughlin knows that the state of California, even the nuttiest parts of the state of California, would never pass a bill that puts gays to death … fingers crossed … so he included in his little plan a series of fines, imprisonment or removal from the state for being gay; that right, under McLaughlin’s plan, a sodomite — and I’m assuming he only means the same-sex sodomites — will be subjected to fines of $1 million fine … and/or 10 years in prison … and/or immediate expulsion from California for each instance of “sodomistic propaganda.” His plan also gives John Q. Public the authority to execute the provisions of the initiative — killing The Gays or forcibly removing them from the state — and then grants them full immunity from prosecution.
He also says “sodomites” must not hold public office, be employed in a public-sector job, or receive any government benefits, and he proposes that this law cannot be invalidated except by a quorum of CA Supreme Court judges, none of whom can be “sodomites.”
McLaughlin, I think, spends a lot of time in Sodomyville.
And, this is the truly crazy part … any California citizen can propose a statutory or constitutional initiative for the state ballot, by filing the text with the California Attorney general’s office and paying a $200.00 fee so in this case, Matt McLaughlin needs to collect the number of signatures equal to five percent of the number of votes in the most recent gubernatorial election — in this case about 365,880 signatures — to get his initiative on the ballot. Sounds like a lot, but in a state of over 38,800,000 I wonder how hard it might be to find 365,880 lunatics.
But here’s the part I find especially disturbing: there has not been one religious leader, church leader, person of faith, and let’s not even talk about the Republicans, to speak out against this lunacy. This just seems to prove my point that this so-called ‘War on Religion’ is just a smoke-screen for a ‘War on The Gays.’