Here we go again. Last week, the city of Houston demanded and then rescinded the demand to pastors to turn over sermons that mention the sin of homosexuality. Christian business owners face fines, bankruptcy, and government re-education camps for refusing to celebrate the perversion of sexuality and the profaning of marriage.
Todd Starnes at Fox News reported that the government told two owners of a wedding chapel in Idaho that they must perform mock weddings between two people of the same sex or they faced fines and confinement. The ministers are represented by the Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF).
“Right now they are at risk of being prosecuted,” attorney Jeremy Tedesco told me. “The threat of enforcement is more than just credible.”
The wedding chapel is registered as a “religious corporation” limited to performing “one-man-one-woman marriages as defined by the Holy Bible.”
However, the chapel is also a for-profit business and city officials said that means the owners must comply with the local nondiscrimination ordinance.
That ordinance, passed in 2013, prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation and it applies to housing, employment and public accommodation.
Houston has a similar so-called non-discrimination ordinance. What we have here is freedom to flaunt perversion but outright prohibition to refuse to participate. As the homosexual lobby continues to undermine marriage, the ADF will be quite busy for the foreseeable future.