David Limbaugh, the baby brother of the blog’s old pal Junkie Limbaugh appears from time to time writing op-ed pieces that are just as tightly, intellectually cohesive as his blighted older brother’s rants. We assume that Rush got the looks in the family (shudder) and thus the media platform, and David is as good looking as his work is honest.
Case in point, David wrote a piece for World Nut Daily: Criminalizing Christian behavior: It’s here, which is of course an essay about Marriage Equality and the jack-booted gay thugs who are forcing Y’all Qaeda to marry the ‘mos, even though it makes Baby Jeebus weep:
It seems that with each passing month, this senseless tyranny advances. The latest is that two Christian ministers in Idaho, Donald and Evelyn Knapp, have allegedly been ordered to perform same-sex wedding ceremonies at their chapel or face fines or jail sentences.
Now it seems that the Knapps are both ministers (of some sort) and they run a for-profit place to be married across the street from the place where one goes to get a marriage license in Idaho. They call their place, The Hitching Post LLC, a chapel, but they do not call it a church. Presumably, they do not have a congregation, and they do not have the tax-exempt status of a church either. David doesn’t tell us.
Being good Xristians, they won’t let the ‘mos marry at their place, The Hitching Post LLC, and damn the luck, their for-profit bidness, The Hitching Post LLC, has to comply with the public accommodation laws of Idaho. Take it away, David!
According to a lawsuit filed by the Knapps, the city of Coeur d’Alene is “unconstitutionally coercing” them to perform these weddings at their Hitching Post Wedding Chapel in violation of their religious beliefs, their ordination vows and their consciences. City Ordinance Section 9.56 bars sexual orientation discrimination in public accommodations, which forces the Knapps to choose between betraying their religious convictions and following them and facing up to 180 days in jail and up to $1,000 in fines. According to their complaint, they arguably commit a separate and distinct misdemeanor each day they refuse to perform such ceremonies, with the potential criminal penalties piling up cumulatively.
Just like they would be in trouble if they refused their services to wed anyone else.
When the Pharisees asked Jesus whether it is lawful to divorce one’s wife for any cause, he replied, “Have you not read that he who created them from the beginning made them male and female, and said, ‘Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’?” (Matthew 19:4-5). Jesus was quoting Genesis 1:27, lest there be any confusion that there is conflict between the testaments.
The point isn’t whether you or I believe this, though I do. It’s whether the Knapps believe it – and they do.
No, David, the point isn’t what is in their hearts, the point is what is in the law. I’ve met some racists in my time; they believe that they are right too, deep in their hearts.
Their attorneys’ complaint clearly states that they “are ordained Christian ministers who believe biblical marriage is good for society. Not only have they been happily married for 47 years, they have married roughly 35,000 couples and seen countless lives blessed through marriage. As ordained ministers, the Knapps believe God called them to promote the welfare of their community by uniting others in marriage. … Because their religious beliefs affect everything they do, the Knapps and Hitching Post, LLC only perform wedding ceremonies consistent with their religious beliefs.”
All of that is nice, David, but what about the law? Are they obeying it, yes or no?
Notice who the aggressors are here. Notice who is being intolerant. Why can’t same-sex couples who want to marry under the newly minted law find ministers who have no objection to the procedure? Are they seeking the vindication of their rights or trying to force their beliefs on other people to the point of compelling them to deny their own?
And why can’t people who have a business license obey the law? If we are talking hypothetical situations now, what if the Knapps turned down black couples, or Jews? What if the Jewish Deli down the street refused to sell their wares to goyim like you, David? Would you continue on down the street to deli after deli to get your bagel?