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June 26, 2015

It's Already Starting: Top Clinton Advisor Won't Commit to Protecting Churches' Tax Exempt Status, Given Gay Marriage Ruling

Don't be paranoid.

I mean, just ten years ago they swore Lawrence would not lead to gay marriage, and then two years ago swore that gay marriage would not lead to you being forced to bake them a cake.

So if a top Hillary advisor dodges the question of tax exempt status for churches who refuse to perform gay marriages -- you can take her non-answer to the bank, Bigots.

Karen Finney, a top advisor for Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign, declined to answer if she believes churches that refuse to perform same sex marriages should lose their tax exempt status. Responding to a question from Breitbart News, Finney dodged with, "honestly today just thinking about what this means for my LGBT friends."

AllahPundit has a substantive post on what Kennedy says about this issue -- he spends a whole paragraph on it! It's also dicta -- statements which are not compelled by the decision at hand, but are speculations about future cases which are not yet before the court -- so none of his very weak reassurances are even binding, or precedent.

The dissenting justices notice this.

Clarence Thomas:

Aside from undermining the political processes that protect our liberty, the majority’s decision threatens the religious liberty our Nation has long sought to protect. …

In our society, marriage is not simply a governmental institution; it is a religious institution as well. Id., at 7. Today’s decision might change the former, but it cannot change the latter. It appears all but inevitable that the two will come into conflict, particularly as individuals and churches are confronted with demands to participate in and endorse civil marriages between same-sex couples.

The majority appears unmoved by that inevitability. It makes only a weak gesture toward religious liberty in a single paragraph, ante, at 27. And even that gesture indicates a misunderstanding of religious liberty in our Nation’s tradition. Religious liberty is about more than just the protection for "religious organizations and persons . . . as they seek to teach the principles that are so fulfilling and so central to their lives and faiths." Ibid. Religious liberty is about freedom of action in matters of religion generally, and the scope of that liberty is directly correlated to the civil restraints placed upon religious practice.7

That is -- religious conscience is more than just what we do in the two hours a week we spend in church. Though Kennedy reassures you that for those two hours, you are free to "advocate" for your bigoted, unsupportable, and evil views.

For now, anyway.

By the way, "Gay Star News" says only the "homophobic" could be upset by the video below of a young boy in whore make-up twerking to a song which seems to be chanting "I'm gay."



You know, as Anthony Kennedy says, the state is all about Love.

So when's the lawyer going to be finished with those National Divorce papers?


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