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RFRA 101: It Doesn't Have To Be Rocket Science, But The Christian Right Makes It So Very Very Hard - And Confusing!

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Religious Freedom Restoration Act - got it?
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First United Methodist Church has been a part of the community of Eureka Springs, Arkansas for 136 years. But this year they were banned from the Easter parade because they wanted to carry a banner reading, "Jesus loves all."
Church members say that the conservative parade organizers rejected the church because it fully welcomes and includes lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people.

Ah, the confusing, twisted reasons for discrimination!

A parade organizer, Laura Nichols, issued a lengthy statement that said she had nothing against homosexuals or the Methodist Church. But the statement also said: "This day isn't a day of pointing fingers or playing the blame game."

"Blame game"? "Jesus Love Everyone"? WTF?

On his radio program today, Bryan Fischer voiced his opposition to any effort to clarify Indiana's "religious freedom" law, warning that doing so will result in Christians in the state being pushed into slavery.

It's The Pizza, Stupid!

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When the owners of an anti-same-sex wedding pizza came clean on their "beliefs", they received a lot of flack ... and $840,000 worth of support in less than several days because "God has blessed us." Of course, the situation begs the question as to why the tiny pizzeria had to go public about it's discriminatory practice and why anyone would want to serve pizza at a wedding in the first place. We've yet to hear about a same-sex wedding ordering out for a pepperoni pizza wedding pie.

Maybe it's the publicity, stupid! The Yelp! reviews are in: only god-fearing people love Memories Pizza and all other negative reviewers are "libtards" who hate Jesus. Check out Yelp! and you'll find that 90% of the "Memories Pizza" reviews were in the last 5 days - few of which addressed the quality of the pizza, but rather the quality of the souls eating it.

Or Is It The Cake?

I think that cake is speech, and it says we celebrate this union. And to force someone who doesn't believe that same-sex marriage is correct in the eyes of God, I just don't think they should be forced or compelled by government to use their speech to support someone else's perspective.

- Reverend Tim Overton of Muncie, Ind.

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Discrimination Good - Liberals Bad

"America was much better off when its businesses routinely posted signs that read, "We reserve the right to refuse service to anyone," and meant it. After all, they "built it," and freedom -- like the freedom of association -- was universally understood to be a natural, God-given right. So what's so bad about discrimination anyway? Discrimination has always been a hallmark of freedom. The ability to discriminate is given to us by God so that we can make right choices. People discriminate all the time.

- Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson

Rev. Peterson goes on to say that we discriminate when we choose friends and mates - kind of like having "discriminating tastes" when choosing a fine wine or a good cigar.

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Rev. Dan Vojir is has been writing/blogging on religion and politics for the better part of ten years. A former radio talk show host (Strictly Books €" Talk America Radio Network) and book publisher, Dan has connected with some of the most (more...)

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