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February 24, 2014 - 7:26 am
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Kirsten Powers believes that Christians who are defending their right of conscience to object to performing services for same-sex marriages are enacting a new Jim Crow. She writes her thoughts on the matter down for the Daily Beast.

Let’s destroy that analogy before moving forward, in the hope that it never rears its idiotic head again.

Jim Crow laws, which were perpetrated on black Americans by Powers’ very own and beloved Democratic Party, were designed to oppress an entire race of people. They were not in any sense a reaction to an offense. They were not in any sense based on any Christian biblical principle. They were not in any sense about freedom of conscience. The Democratic Party’s Jim Crow regime was designed for purposes of pure racism. Its “separate but equal” regime was done by powerful people to oppress those who had no power — powerful Democrats oppressing powerless black Americans.

A pair of states have considered passing laws concerning same-sex marriage. Kansas and Arizona are considering laws that would allow a Christian who owns a business to opt out, for reasons of religious conscience, of performing services for same-sex marriages. Nothing in these laws would deny services of the government to same-sex marriages or force the state’s hand should disputes over services arise. The purpose of these laws would be to prevent Christians from facing expensive, time-consuming lawsuits if they refuse service to same-sex couples in wedding contexts. Such lawsuits have already happened, and the Christians have lost them. In one case that it still ongoing, a Mennonite couple in Iowa face a civil rights lawsuit because they refused to host a same-sex wedding reception in their art gallery. Their gallery is open to all most of the time, but they do rent it for receptions. As Christians, they do not believe in anything but the traditional definition of marriage. For this, they are being sued. They counter that their refusal is based on their own civil rights — the right of religious conscience to decline participation in events and ceremonies that they believe are against God, based on beliefs that long pre-date the state. This case follows the Colorado case of a wedding cake bakery that was sued for declining a same-sex wedding, and a photographer in New Mexico who similarly declined a same-sex wedding. Losing those lawsuits threatens the Christians’ right to make a living free of harassment, and may deprive them of their private property, while they have their names dragged through the mud thanks to a media that is very much hostile to traditional Christians in this country. Unfortunately, that hostile media includes the likes of Kirsten Powers.

In all of these cases, the Christians were literally minding their own businesses when the question of same-sex marriage hit them. They were not going out of their way to oppress anyone. They were not in control of the mechanisms of the state to exact any form of oppression. None of these cases resemble the Democrats’ Jim Crow regime at all. Jim Crow was government-enforced, top-down oppression based on race. Powers’ use of Jim Crow exhibits shallow, ill-informed and frankly illogical thinking. If there were licenses required for punditry, hers would be open to revocation on grounds of malpractice.

Powers may lack the critical thinking skills to understand why her use of Jim Crow is so far off the mark, but she is very intelligent and politically she knows exactly what she is doing. Invoking Jim Crow is intended to bully and coerce those of us who disagree with her, to silence us into submission, while at the same time it rallies forces on her side to go on the attack. Given the pieces and layout on this particular chess board, it’s not too much to say that Powers is using her position in media to persecute Christians. I won’t accuse Powers of engaging in Jim Crow oppression herself, as that analogy does not hold up. But she can perhaps be likened to Saul, the sincere first century scholar who sincerely set about attacking the early Church because he thought it was the morally right and politically correct thing to do. People can be and often are sincerely wrong.

Powers, we should keep in mind, sets about attacking Christians not just on same-sex marriage. She has written accusing America’s churches of “staying silent” in the face of growing persecution of Christians around the world. I won’t presume to speak for Powers’ church, but America’s evangelical churches are far from silent on the matter. We here at PJ Media are far from silent on the matter. Conservatives in general are far from silent on the matter. Ray Ibrahim, Brigitte Gabriel, Robert Spencer, myself, talk show hosts like Laura Ingraham, National Review’s Kathryn Jean Lopez and many many others write regularly on the persecution of the church abroad. Churches actively support missionary efforts to build Christian communities in the most dangerous places on earth, and highlight when governments go on the offensive against Christians. We take the oppressed in whenever possible.

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I obviously don't agree, Charlie. I know and note in the piece that she's a Christian. That does not absolve one of actions they take that hurt the church. I believe that her invoking Jim Crow is bullying. Her shady take on Christians' "silence" in the face of overseas, and far more violent, persecution, is also bullying. Both are meant to drive Christians out of the public square. There is a name for that. I used it in the title of this piece.
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I have no proof, but it is obvious that gays are trolling for and finding these small christian businesses in order to target them for harassment. The reasons are twofold: they set up legal precedents in the courts, and they send a signal out to Christians to "toe the line". To Progressives there is always more than one way to skin a cat.

Unless Conservatives and Christians likewise organize and fight these guttersnipes on their own turf, they will eventually become de facto social and political outcasts living in fear of the midnight raid.
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Here's Kirsten on the Obamacare contraception mandate as it applies to the Little Sisters of the Poor (USA Today 1.28.14) - "Personally, I support the mandate. The government has a compelling interest in providing free birth control. But there are ways to provide it that don't involve harassing nuns. Why not just use the more than 50 family planning clinics in Colorado, where the nuns are based?"

Aren't there ways to photograph, bake a cake, and sell flowers for same-sex weddings that don't involve harassing Christian citizen conscientious objectors? Why not just use the dozens of other studios, bake shops and florists?
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Stepping away from the gay issue for a minute, I see a parallel with these "divorce cakes" we keep hearing about. For those of you not up to the minute with these social trends, some people now throw a party when their divorce becomes final, sometimes with a cake showing a decapitated groom, or a more traditional cake split in two. If I were a baker, I wouldn't make a divorce cake. Wonder if I would get sued?
25 weeks ago
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"we have already lost the culture war"

Despair is a sin! Are you a Pétain, who surrendered France, or a Churchill, whose motto was "Never, never, never, give up"?
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Equating blacks and homosexuals, is blatant racism!
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Actually it is. Homosexual activity killed more Americans in the last couple of decades than the Second World War did. She is comparing *being* black with engaing in an activity that kills people! That is disgusting.

Will someone with a voice with some reach please have the courage to take it to her with this simple truth?

It is far better than the passive defensive answers that the losing side always goes into failure mode with. When somone promoting evil, which the theft of marriage as a shelter for children is, puts you on the defensive, it is always possible to respond in a way that puts them on the defensive.

Learn how to do this, have the guts to do it, or lose your country. It's that simple.
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The lesson here is never eat a chimpanzee in the Belgian Congo.
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I remember a time when your business was YOUR BUSINESS, and you reserved the right to not serve whomever you wanted, for any reason -- or no reason at all. If you didn't like it, tough; go somewhere else. You don't have the right to not be offended, and I'm under no obligation to serve you if I don't want to for whatever reason -- and I don't have to tell you what that reason is.

This whole Christian Versus Homosexual brouhaha misses the point entirely. It doesn't MATTER.

When a potential customer enters your store, he is vying to form a contract that exchanges money for goods or services. When the hell did the Government force you to take a contract from EVERYONE who walks in your door? That's INSANE. That's like storming in the door and FORCING labor from the owner against his will. Isn't THAT slavery?
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This is all thanks to unreasonable lawsuits that stood up in court. Unfortunately the ruling class has lost touch with the true spirit of liberty. Gov't officials carefully & steadfastly cater to the whims of the many "victim" classes they have created over the years.
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When someone is fighting for an evil cause (like stealing marriage from children for people defined by an activity that killed more Americans through AIDS alone in about two decades than were killed in World War II), you don't let them put you on the defensive. When they try, it is always possible to put them on the defensive instead of defending, which is what you are doing, Bryan. Why not say, in response to her comparing defending marriage with anti-miscegenation that she is comparing being black with a disease spreading activity. You see, that is what she actually is doing.

People will call you a hater. That's what the people fighting for an evil cause do when they can't answer the truth. Note that I spent a lot of time last week saying that the jihadists are following the trail blazed by the homosexual lobby, so, go take a look today where the jihadist in the comments after Robert Spence's anti-jihadist call him a "hater".

The only person who knows whether or not he is a hater is that person himself, and the only person hate hurts is the person doing the hating. It is an old Marxist technique to call uncomfortable, unanswerable truth, "hate". "Hate" is what Mark Steyn was tried for in Canada, for quoting European Muslims in a book that was so well received in the United States that it got Steyn an invite into GWBs White House.

The Islamists in their effort to bring anti-blasphemy laws and shut people up as "haters" are following the trail blazed by the evil homosexual lobby in Canada, where saying anything that could cause a group to be "subjected to hate", true or false, was an offense against the law. That law shut down any effective opposition to homosexual marriage, which is why Canada had marriage crashed by a group defined by a disease spreading activity long ago. The same court used the same "hate" concept to try Ezra Levant, then editor of the only North American publication to publish the rightly famous Jyllands Posten Mohammed cartoons (which practitioners of the religion of war used as an excuse to kill people, including an elderly nun). Imagine that, "hate" was used as an excuse to shut up portraying the religion that causes death and mayhem on a large scale around the world as a religion that causes death and mayhem around the world. Ezra and Mark were not the type to be silenced though, and they embarrassed the court into a loss.

"Equality", is another word used by Marxists and their dupes in their evil campaigns. Insincere people talk about marriage "equality" for homosexuals. Well, practitioners of homosexual activity have it. They can get married, just like anyone else. They have to marry a person of the opposite sex, just like anyone else. Meanwhile, watch for the demand for "equality" to become a part of the jihadist's push to impose Sharia on a once free society.

Take it to her Bryan. She is comparing being black with an activity that spreads disease, and that's pretty sick.
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To be fair, the rate of AIDS transmission among lesbians is very low and female same sex marriages outnumber male same sex marriages. I don't like the TMI ick factor of male anal sex, but I can't get that worked up about what the women do. Part of me likes the image of some Islamic terrorist getting killed in battle by a butch lesbian.

http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2013/06/26/how-many-same-sex-marriages-in-the-u-s-at-least-71165-probably-more/

Independent to my apathy on what about 2% of the population does with members of the same gender, I believe that private businesses should be free to choose not to provide services for a gay wedding. Government should stay out of this.
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"She has written accusing America’s churches of “staying silent” in the face of growing persecution of Christians around the world."

Oh what a disgrace if such a despised and base cult, which worships a misogynist pedophile demon, should be allowed to subjugate and kill Christians! With what reproaches will the Lord overwhelm us if we do not promptly and fully stand with those who are being attacked and murdered by Muslims for their Christian faith! Let those who have been accustomed unjustly to wage private warfare against other of the faithful now all unite and go against the Mohammedans in a Holy Crusade and end with total victory this war against monstrous evil which should have been begun and completed long ago.

Let those who for too long a time have been dhimmis, now become knights. Let those who have been fighting in service of Mohammedans against their own Christian brothers and sisters and their own Jewish cousins now fight in a proper way against all the followers and enablers of the misogynist pedophile demon. Let those who have been wearing themselves out in both body and soul in vain attempt to win the small minds and dark hearts of the Mohammedans now redeem themselves and labor for glorious honor against them.

Behold! On the one side will be the completely destroyed Mohammedans and their allies and servants, on the other the fierce and righteous protectors of humanity. On the one side will be the destroyed enemies of the Lord, on the other, his friends who will shout at all the Christian hating Mohammedans and their enablers as they destroy them, "Deus vult! Deus vult! Deus vult!"
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"She has written accusing America’s churches of “staying silent” in the face of growing persecution of Christians around the world. I won’t presume to speak for Powers’ church, but America’s evangelical churches are far from silent on the matter."

Well, I think she's got that pretty much right anyway. What should be ear deafening by now seems far closer to a faint whisper. Of course, wouldn't want to insult any members of the Great Religion of Peace.
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'It's foolish and dishonest to compare the current battle over same-sex marriage to Jim Crow."

It could be worse, the obviously inebriated Kristen Powers could be comparing it to the Holocaust. So there is that silver lining anyway, at least for now.
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That's already been done; for more than 25 years, gays have been proclaiming that "AIDS is the gay holocaust and Reagan was our Hitler..."
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Judging from how it covers them, the left hates Israel and Jews, too, so the perceived benefit of drawing any comparisons to the National Socialists Worker's Party and Conservatives now invites people to re-examine the left's relationship to the actual stated ideals of that party, and their own history.
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This is a much tougher problem than discrimination against blacks in the 20th century.

Because while there were white Southerners who believed that God wanted white segregation, most American Christians didn't believe that.

But the Bible is quite clear that homosexuality is sinful. It has thrown down the gauntlet on discrimination based on sexual orientation.

The hard-left and the atheists are eager to say publicly that it's the Bible itself that's the problem.

But the rest of the Dem Party can't just come out and say that.

And the GOP can't admit that a literal interpretation of the Bible would require discrimination against gays either.

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Why shouldn't homosexual activity be considered sinful? It killed more people in the last couple of decades than the second world war.
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Let us be clear who is playing Jim Crow on whom. Ms. Powers wants to enslave every free citizen into being coerced into providing service when they have a desire not to do so. Ms. Powers wishes to impose a new slavery on Christians, among others, who merely wish to be free.

No doubt we have a number of other social rules that we are coerced into following but these are typically negative rules, like "don't rob a bank". Ms. Powers wishes to add some "positive" rules, like "do bake a cake". There is no precedent for those afaik in the constitution. Perhaps "you will pay taxes" is one, but that is to the government (etc) not to some random individual who walks up to you and makes demands.
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Check out the fourteenth amendment dude. aka the Equal Protection Amendment. To you that means if you do unto one you do the same unto all. aka if a black man walks into your restaurant you serve him a meal, just like a white man, just like a gay man. If a gay couple walks into your wedding hall and wants to marry there, you let him and his partner marry there, just like any other couple.

That's the nature of public businesses according to law, like restaurants and tee shirt stores and wedding halls. If you serve some you must serve all. Um, I mean if you do for some you must do the same for all.
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Apparently it has escaped your notice that the 14th Amendment, like all the others, is a restriction on government power, not on the rights of citizens.

On the other hand, government regulations on who must be served by whom, ARE a restriction on the rights of citizens, restrictions which the government has no authority to make.

Here, brush up on the basics:

https://online.hillsdale.edu/

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What she is doing is comparing being black with engaging in a disease spreading activity, actually.
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