by Jack Minor –
In a disturbing trend, “gay” groups are becoming more violent towards those who do not accept their lifestyle.
Last week, a pastor in Oklahoma received multiple death threats after he spoke for two minutes at a city council meeting in Oklahoma City, arguing against adding “sexual orientation” to the city’s anti-discrimination policy.
Paul Blair, Pastor of Fairview Baptist Church in Edmond, Oklahoma told the council that the law was unnecessary and would create an unfair burden on employers and could allow men to use women’s restrooms and locker rooms.
Following his remarks, Blair and the church have been threatened with violence.
A caller said “I have committed homicide more than one time and in more than one state – and yet have not been caught or charged. Think about that.” The caller then said “I will be coming to visit you at 1230 North Sooner Road. I will be seeing you, bringing you something.”
The individual placed several other threatening calls, including one hinting there was a bomb on the church property. “I suggest you listen to this message clearly. A (muffled) has been placed on your property in the building, as well as some visitors will be visiting Pastor Blair at his residence. This is just to let you know. Thank you. Detonate it, detonate.” The caller also threatened to sexually assault Blair’s wife.
Individual members of the church have also faced threats.
Blair told the Gazette, that they called the police after the first calls and were going to leave it at that, but that changed once the possible bomb threat materialized.
“We have a Christian elementary school with 32 students and five teachers. We also have services on Wednesday night,” Blair said. “At that point it stepped across the line from somebody venting and became domestic terrorism.”
The police came back out and searched the building. Blair said the police then turned the case over to the Joint Terrorism Task Force.
Blair said it was amazing that the threats against his church and himself have been largely ignored by the national media.
“If I would have left these types of threats on the voicemail of the local ‘gay’ alliance, I would have been in jail before sundown. It would have been on the front page of the new York Times and the lead story on CNN.”
The threats have motivated Blair to further action. “On Sunday, I announced to members of the church I was going to be running for the Oklahoma State Senate. I received a standing ovation.”
Blair said Christians in the churches need to get more involved in social issues. “We need to be winning people to Christ, that is number one, but then we need to be standing against ‘the unfruitful works of darkness.’ Unfortunately, we don’t do a good job at that. We wring our hands in church talking about how bad things are, but we don’t go out and engage it.”
The reaction of Oklahoma authorities is considerably different than that of police investigating a similar case in Illinois.
The Christian Liberty Academy, a ministry of the Church of Christian Liberty in Arlington Heights, Ill. was hosting a banquet sponsored by Americans for Truth About Homosexuality. The banquet was intended to honor Dr. Scott Lively, author of “The Pink Swastika.”
Prior to the banquet, chunks of concrete bricks were thrown through the school’s entryway. The bricks said “shut down Lively.” A note was also attached threatening more violence if the church and school didn’t stop inviting “homophobic” guests to speak.
The note read “This is just a sample of what we will do if you don’t shut down Scott Lively and AFTAH. F— Scott Lively. Quit the homophobic s—!”
Several hours later, AFTAH received an e-mail from individuals taking credit for the incident. “In the early morning hours of October 15th, we put two chunks of concrete through the glass windows and doors of the Christian Liberty Academy,” claims the author of the release, who identified himself only by a vulgar nickname. “We did this because at 6 p.m. today they will be hosting an event organized by the homophobic hate group Americans For Truth About Homosexuality, that [sic] will be presenting an award to Scott Lively.”
The statement continued, “These chunks of concrete were thrown through these windows and doors for two reasons: to show that there is a consequence for hatred and homophobia in our community and to directly cause this event to be shut down. If this event is not shut down, and the homophobic day trainings do not end, the Christian Liberty Academy will continue to be under constant attack.”
Following the attack, local authorities investigated and subsequently said the attack did not qualify as a hate crime under Illinois state laws. The reason given was that state laws don’t address hatred of “homophobia,” so the incident is not defined a hate crime.
Rena Lindevaldsen an attorney with Liberty Counsel Action said the state’s position on the crime is indicative of a pattern of selective enforcement of hate crime laws. Lindevaldsen also said groups like the Southern Poverty Law Center which have labeled groups that support traditional marriage as hate groups are partially to blame for the attack. “these attacks are a direct result of groups like the SPLC stating that people who oppose homosexuality are members of hate groups.”
Arlington Heights police appear to have been following the lead of Attorney General Eric Holder with their belief the attack was not a hate crime.
During the debate on the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. hate Crimes Prevention Act, which was signed into law by President Obama, Holder testified before Congress that pastors attacked for their beliefs against homosexuality would not be protected if they were attacked.
During testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) asked about a hypothetical situation where a minister gives a sermon, quotes the Bible about homosexuality and is thereafter attacked … by a gay activist because of what the minister said about his religious beliefs and what Scripture says about homosexuality. Is the minister protected?”
No, said Holder.
“Well, the statute would not – would not necessarily cover that,” Holder stated. “We’re talking about crimes that have a historic basis. Groups who have been targeted for violence as a result of the color of their skin, their sexual orientation, that is what this statute tends – is designed to cover. We don’t have the indication that the attack was motivated by a person’s desire to strike at somebody who was in one of these protected groups. That would not be covered by the statute.”
The bill was nicknamed “The Pedophile Protection Act” after Rep. Steve King proposed an amendment that would specify pedophiles could not use the law to protect their activities.
Majority Democrats flatly refused to consider the amendment.
Erik Stanley, senior legal counsel with the Alliance Defense Fund, told WND the move was alarming because “this would be the very first governmental and societal disapproval of a sincerely held religious belief, held by a majority of Americans, namely that homosexual behavior is immoral.
“It’s the first time the federal government is writing into law a disapproval of that belief,” he said.
Rep. Alcee Hastings, D-Fla., argued on the House floor all alternative sexual lifestyles should be protected.
“This bill addresses our resolve to end violence based on prejudice and to guarantee that all Americans regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or disability or all of these ‘philias’ and fetishes and ‘isms’ that were put forward need not live in fear because of who they are. I urge my colleagues to vote in favor of this rule,” he said.
Stanley said, while he said he doesn’t believe there will be “immediate” prosecutions of pastors and churches for teaching the biblical injunction that homosexual behavior is sin, “I think the effect on speech and religious speech is nonetheless real.”
Ultimately, he warned that the homosexual advocates who have pushed the “hate crimes” plan consider this law just the first step “toward silencing Christians.”
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