The Satanic Temple, which blogger Joe My God pointed out doesn’t really believe in Satan but is an atheist organization with the mission to “encourage benevolence and empathy among all people” made news last week on a topic that might at first seem frivolous but has real-life implications if you are gay.
Lucien Greaves, co-founder and spokesperson for The Satanic Temple, has said if the U.S. Supreme Court decides (as it is expected to) that “religious freedom” is more important than civil rights, when they hear the case Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission No. 16-111 his organization has a devilishly clever plan to troll Masterpiece Cakeshop and others like them – but more on that later. First hear me out on why this is important to you.
What if the best surgeon in your city refused to treat you, citing religious freedom?
While I would normally suggest the couple find another business (one who supports the LGBTQ community), let me point out that by allowing this discrimination, it poses a problem that goes far beyond its hypocrisy. Nobody believes for a minute that this argument would be tolerated if the cakemaker suggested he couldn’t make cakes for Jews, who for example, could easily be classified as opposing this owner’s religious views. However, I digress. The real issue here is by allowing one business to discriminate and not provide service to a gay couple based on their selective religious teachings means that other services could also make similar claims. Although it seems far fetched, what if the best surgeon in your city refused to treat you to you based on his / her religious freedom beliefs? Don’t think it could happen? Don’t be so sure.
making sexual orientation a protected class is both important and relevant.
Although this court case has been described as a matter of Free Speech vs. Civil Rights, I don’t see it that way. The fact that sexual orientation is not a protected class under the Civil Rights Act of 1964, (unlike race and religion) means there is a good chance (considering the makeup of the court) that refusing to serve anyone who is LGBTQ could be affirmed as a constitutional liberty.
For this reason, The Satanic Temple (TST) announced a plan for those who feel alienated by the privileged status religion holds over sexual orientation: Request your homophobic baker make a cake for Satan. While this hardly resolves the problem, perhaps it can drive home the point that discriminating based on what a person looks like, what they believe or who they are is always wrong and providing religious protections that infringe on the rights of minority groups is inherently a bad idea for everyone involved.
Pew Research published findings from a poll they conducted to identify the most and least religious states. Their Religious Landscape Study included more than 35,000 U.S. adults, and it found that the percentages who say they believe in God, pray daily and regularly go to church or other religious services have declined modestly in recent years, but among the roughly three-quarters of U.S. adults who do claim a religion, there has been no discernible drop in religious commitment. Indeed, by some conventional measures, religiously affiliated Americans are, on average, even more devout than they were a few years ago.
Mississippi, Alabama and other Southern states are among the most highly religious states in the nation, while New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Vermont and Maine in New England are among the least devout, according to some of the key measures used to determine levels of religiosity in the Pew Research Center’s study, which you can read here.
As is so often the case with important messages, those who need to read or hear them turn a blind eye or deaf ear. However, when DJ Michael tweeted out this photo today, I couldn’t resist piling on by sharing as well. I only hope that the understandable anger and frustration that has come out of Orlando tragedy will be directed into more positive actions that will help heal and bring hope.
Last week Mrs. Betty Bowers, America’s Best Christian™, shared a funny, new educational video on how the Ten Commandments are the basis for all American laws; or not. Special Guests (in alphabetical order) are God, Sarah Palin, and George Washington.
The Orthodox Calendar which first ‘came out’ in 2012 continues to get more provocative with each passing year. Don’t be mislead by their name. The project is the brainchild of a group composed mostly of Orthodox eastern Europeans who use these provocative images to take an ironic approach to the Orthodox Church and raise awareness of homophobia; especially in the Orthodox region.
Watch the NSFW promotional video on YouTube then learn more about the project by visiting their website where they also sell all sorts of provocative items including their 2016 Orthodox Calendar, www.orthodox-calendar.com.
I wonder how this Pope will be received by the Republican Presidential candidates when he visits the US later this week?
When Kim Davis was asked why she repeatedly denied a marriage license to a same sex couple in Kentucky she responded that she believed in the Bible and didn’t want to go to Hell.
The fact is Mrs. Davis actions speak louder than her words. Her homophobic attitudes may (or may not) find a convenient home in the Bible but she doesn’t follow the Bible anymore than I do. What Kim and her chromosome-deficient ilk don’t realize is that how they live their lives is proof of their hypocrisy. If you believe in the Bible then you believe that her adultery means she should be killed. I don’t see Republican candidates running for President calling for Mrs. Davis to be stoned to death or crucified so let’s call a spade a spade. Kim Davis is a bigot.
“If a man commits adultery with another man’s wife–with the wife of his neighbor–both the adulterer and the adulteress are to be put to death.”