Connect with us

Culture

Using "Jesus Ate with Prostitutes" Argument to Shame Supporters of Religious Freedom

Published

on

Jesus regularly ate dinner with thieves and prostitutes, but you’re telling me it’s against your religion to bake a cake for a gay person?

I’ve seen this meme all over Facebook recently due in large part to the state of Indiana passing a “Religious Freedom Restoration” law. There are numerous other states that have similar laws on the books, but Indiana’s seems to be getting incredible scrutiny. I’ve seen and heard the ubiquitous words “bigoted,” “backwards,” and “anti-gay” thrown around frequently because of this law, but the majority of those opposing it don’t seem to understand a) what the bill actually means, and b) that religious freedom is protected under the law, even in spite of “general applicability.”
jesus ate with sinners
According to Supremecourt.gov:

“The Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993 (RFRA) prohibits the ‘Government [from] substantially burden[ing] a person’s exercise of religion even if the burden results from a rule of General applicability.'”

Additionally:

“Business practices compels or limited by the tenets of a religious doctrine fall comfortably within the understanding of the exercise religion that this court set out in Employment Div., Dept. of Human Resources of Ore. v. Smith, 494 U.S. 872, 877. Any suggestion that for-profit corporations are incapable of exercising religion because their purpose is simply to make money flies in the face of modern corporate law. States, including those in which the plaintiff corporations were incorporated, authorize corporations to pursue any lawful purpose or business, including the pursuit of profit in conformity with the owners religious principles.”

Religious freedom is protected under the law in spite of General applicability. These laws apply to the government, rather than to cases in which one citizen sues another, but the reasoning is similar. Just as the Government should not be able to impose upon religious freedom, citizens should not be able to do so to one another.
However, in an op-ed for The Wall Street Journal, Indiana Governor Mike Pence writes:

“[the law] only provides a mechanism to address claims, not a license for private parties to deny services. Even a claim involving private individuals. . .must show that one’s religious beliefs were ‘substantially burdened’ and not in service to a broader government interest–which preventing discrimination certainly is.”

Certain businesses are participatory in nature. Wedding photographers, bakers, florists, etc, take part in the activities for which their services have been rendered. And if these activities stand in contradiction to a business owner’s moral beliefs, they should not be legally punished for refusing to participate.
If a gay baker were asked to make a wedding cake for two members of the Westboro Baptist church (outside of all the vile acts they’ve committed—simply two members getting married), would that gay baker be within his rights to deny those customers his services? If we extend the logic being used against the Indiana law, the gay baker would not be exempt from participating in a ceremony to which he was morally opposed. Does that seem reasonable? If you are against the law in Indiana, but you think the previous situation is unfair, then you might want to reevaluate your perspective.
Another example. If a black photographer was asked to photograph a wedding for members of the KKK, would it be within their right to refuse to do so? I’d say yes. It’s an absurd example, but it makes the point.
Now, onto the meme itself. This type of pseudo-religious propaganda is used all the time–especially on social media. People see it and think “So profound…Jesus was like, love, right?” Then it gets shared thousands of times, and ignorance is spread like a disease. Jesus did indeed sit with tax collectors, prostitutes, and other sinners, but that act cannot be conflated with acceptance of their behavior. Jesus himself said in Mark 2: 15-17:

“While Jesus was having dinner at Levi’s house, many tax collectors and sinners were eating with him and his disciples, for there were many who followed him. When the teachers of the law who were Pharisees saw him eating with the sinners and tax collectors, they asked his disciples: ‘Why does he eat with tax collectors and sinners?’ On hearing this, Jesus said to them, ‘It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.'”

Trending: BREAKING: Minneapolis Suspect George Floyd Appeared in Porn Videos

Jesus ate with sinners so that he could show them his divine glory. However, he called them sick, by which he meant “sinners.” Jesus was not condoning behavior that was sinful, rather he was proselytizing to the sinners he hoped to save.
The New Testament makes quite clear what is labeled as sinful behavior. In 1 Corinthians 6: 9-10, the scripture reads:

“Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.”

Though some may argue that this scripture is open to interpretation (those people would be insane), or that the bible is false in its entirety, that doesn’t change peoples’ belief in it, and their right to hold that belief.
If a man opens a wedding photography business, and his faith tells him that certain behaviors are immoral, such as homosexual conduct, should he be forced to participate in a same-sex wedding ceremony which he believes is morally objectionable?
The photographer doesn’t have to scream at the gay couple, telling them that they’re going to burn in hell for all eternity, he can kindly tell them that due to his strongly held religious beliefs, participating in their wedding would constitute a violation of his faith. This would be a Christ-like form of proselytizing. Being around those whom you believe are sinning, but kindly telling them your beliefs on the matter.
In a parting bid, it has also been argued at me (I say “at me” because I don’t believe the other person was really listening to my side) that the same religious objection could be used against blacks, or interracial relationships. It was argued at me that people have used the bible to do such things many times before. And I agreed. People have. However, there’s a difference between the two cases. The bible doesn’t condone racism, but it does specifically and on numerous occasions condemn homosexual activity. Those who used the bible as a means to be racist were not using scripture; they can’t point to chapter and verse. In fact, in Acts 10: 9-23, Peter was instructed to bring the gospel to those unlike him–the Gentiles. However, those who believe that homosexual behavior is a sin can point to chapter and verse.
Regardless of your opinion on the bible—whether it be disdainful or reverent—one must have the right to not participate in activities their faith tells them are morally objectionable.
This is a contentious issue, and one that makes my blood boil due to the thick wall of willful and deliberate ignorance surrounding it. If a friend posts this meme on their Facebook wall, just know that it’s absolute nonsense.
This isn’t about it being “against my religion to bake a cake for a gay person,” it’s about my moral obligation not to participate in something my faith tells me is sinful. To make the “Jesus ate with prostitutes” comparison is infantile, and frankly, I wish more people could see that.

Don't forget to Like The Washington Sentinel on Facebook and Twitter, and visit our friends at The Republican Legion.

Become an insider!

Sign up for the free Washington Sentinel email newsletter, and we'll make sure to keep you in the loop.

Advertisement
Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Culture

Republican Jeff Jordan Wins Crucial Convention in Virginia

This is a huge win for conservatives in the hotly contested 8th district.

Published

on

As a fifth-generation veteran, Jeff Jordan has an undeniable love for his country.  As a native-born Virginia, that big heart beats strongest for the Old Dominion.

Jordan’s stance on the important issues of border control certainly hoped propel him to a victory today in Virginia’s 8th congressional district convention.

From his campaign website:

Immigration is a pillar of our national identity, but the rule-of-law is the foundation upon which that and all other pillars stand.  The process of immigrating to the United States must be done lawfully.  Those who enter illegally must be deported immediately, and the government officials who advocate and vote for sanctuary jurisdictions should be charged with felony obstruction of justice, as well as aiding and abetting criminal activity.  Furthermore, they should be held accountable as accessories to every criminal act committed by those here illegally.

Many were similarly struck by Jordan’s sensible approach to educating from outside the box.

Our educational institutions have increasingly become indoctrination institutions, teaching young minds what to think and not how to think, centering their worldview on emotional rather than rational constructs, and denying and defaming any views or ideas that differentiate from the collectivist agenda.  Federal policy must return our educational institutions to their former prominence as bastions of diversified thinking and discussion.  Taxpayer funding should be denied to those institutions that fail their responsibility to uphold those democratic ideals.

The drive thru convention was crawling with Jeff Jordan supporters as well.

Left to right, Thomas Speciale candidate for US Senate, Rich Anderson Candidate for chairman of the Republican Party of Virginia, Ivan Raiklin

Left to right: Sean Rastatter-Fairfax GOP First Vice Chair, Steve Knotts-Fairfax GOP Chairman, Vinson Xavier Palathingal- Fairfax GOP Community Relations Vice Chair, Ivan Raiklin-delegate

Candidate Jeff Jordan, (right), with Delegate Ivan Raiklin.

 

Continue Reading

Culture

BREAKING: Minneapolis Suspect George Floyd Appeared in Porn Videos

Published

on

It has been revealed that George Floyd, the Minneapolis man who died in police custody last Monday, once appeared in a hard-core porn video.

Floyd, in whose name thousands of rioters burned a Minneapolis neighborhood to the ground, died from trauma received during an arrest on Monday. In video of the incident, a Minneapolis officer is seen pinning Floyd to the ground with his knee on the back of the suspect’s neck.

Floyd is heard saying “I can’t breathe” on the video, but a recently released autopsy says that the suspect did not die from asphyxiation.

The autopsy released on Friday asserts that there was “no signs of traumatic asphyxia or strangulation.” Many speculated that the officer essentially strangled Floyd by pinning his neck. But the autopsy says this is not how Floyd died.

Instead, the autopsy attributes Floyd’s death to “being restrained, his underlying health conditions, and any potential intoxicants in his system.”

What ever happened during the arrest on Monday, it appears that we are learning more about the life of George Floyd — both the good and the bad.

As to the “bad,” one oddity about Floyd’s life is that he appeared in a hard-core porn a few years ago.

Floyd can be seen in a sex tape made by a porn outfit called “The Habib Show.”

These pornographers do not make artful porn, to be sure. Indeed, they often film somewhat brutal and crass sexual encounters where the women are passed from man-to-man, slapped around, choked, and assailed without let up.

Invariably, “The Habib Show” features two three or even four men on one woman.

So, these are not arthouse sex videos. They are down and dirty and brutal events.

In the video below (that has been edited to remove the sex scenes) you can see the opening scenes in which Floyd enters the hotel room and identifies himself as “Floyd the Landlord.” He also says he is from Houston, Texas. Then they introduce “Kimberly,” the girl who will serve as the sex object du jour.

WATCH:

We won’t link to the full sex tape, granted.

Continue Reading

Culture

Van Jones: Forget the KKK, It’s the ‘White, Liberal Hillary Clinton Supporter’ We Should Worry About

Ouch!

Published

on

By

Van Jones: Forget the KKK, it’s the ‘white, liberal Hillary Clinton supporter’ we should worry about.

Van Jones: “It’s not the racist white person who is in the Ku Klux Klan that we have to worry about. It’s the white liberal Hillary Clinton supporter walking her dog in Central Park who would tell you right now, you know, people like that, ‘Oh, I don’t see race, race is no big deal to me, I see us all as the same, I give to charities,’ but the minute she sees a black man who she does not respect or who she has a slight thought against, she weaponized race like she had been trained by the Aryan Nation. A clans member could not have been better trained to pick up the police — pick up the phone and tell the police it’s a black man, African-American man, come get him.”

IOW’s… Karens!
Continue Reading

Culture

Rush Limbaugh Gives Stark Cancer Update: The End May Be Coming Soon

On his radio program this week, conservative radio talk show giant Rush Limbaugh gave a stark update about his lung cancer prognosis.

Published

on

On his radio program this week, conservative radio talk show giant Rush Limbaugh gave an update about his lung cancer prognosis and it does not sound good.

A few months ago, Limbaugh — the most listened-to radio host in modern American history — was diagnosed with advanced lung cancer. He finally told his audience about the diagnosis after being missing from the air an uncommon amount of time.

Even after the announcement he has missed many days on the radio due to his extremely vigorous cancer treatments.

But this week, Rush gave an update and what he had to say did not sound good.

…these are extremely challenging times for me medically. Nothing that millions of you haven’t gone through or aren’t going through.

And those of you who have or those of you who are going through it, you understand it, and so it’s… (sigh) The temptation here is to start divulging a lot of stuff, and I’m not gonna do that, because I vowed not to be a cancer patient on the radio. I vowed to shield as much of that from the daily program as I can. I guess… I’m in the third wave of treatment now.

There have been many cycles, but this is the third wave, and this current wave, I have to tell you, is kicking my ass. For the last seven days, I have been virtually worthless, virtually useless. I haven’t left the house. I haven’t done much of anything except just try to rest and relax.

Rush added that there will be many more times to come when he just won’t be able to do the show:

The compunction I feel to do as well as I can every day — to meet and surpass your expectations — creates demands. And I was unaware of how much it was until this lung cancer diagnosis hit. Now I’m fully aware of it, and I’m aware of my energy limitations, and it’s why I said last Thursday that at any moment we may need to start rolling a best-of show here or guest hosts (which are standing by).

The talk radio giant also took a moment to gush over his wife, Kathryn, who has become his rock.

And I think one of the first things — I just have to mention this — is I could not be doing this without Kathryn. I have never experienced anybody so selfless. I marvel at her selflessness.

Oh, I know, I know. “Marriage vows. Sickness and in health.” But you know as well as I do that in a lot of circumstances like this, some people look for the door and look through the rearview mirror. And not only has that not happened, as I say, she has immersed herself in my treatment and in my care, being the advocate for me wherever we end up going for treatment and all of that.

Finally, he warned that things may get far worse before there might be hope for his recovery:

As I said back then, my intention is to be here as often as I can. My attitude is this, and the reality is, the day is gonna come where I’m not gonna be able to be here. I don’t know when that is — and I’m hoping that it is months, years.

I’m hoping that the current cycle that we’re in does its magic and starts working on the tumor as the clinical trial drugs did. But, regardless, the day is gonna come where it isn’t gonna be possible to be here every day — and who knows? It may not be possible to be here for three hours every day. I think I’ll be fine today. So, I look at this: Any chance to do the show, I’m gonna take it.

It all sounds very ominous. Rush’s treatment does not seem to be working to cure him of his disease.

If you used to listen to Rush but has slacked a bit lately, maybe you should start listening again. It may be the last time you are able to do so.

We are all praying for your recover Rush. We can’t do without you.

Follow Warner Todd Huston on Facebook at: facebook.com/Warner.Todd.Huston.

Continue Reading

Culture

Theme Park Uses Virus to Regulate What Noises Guests are Allowed to Make

Published

on

As the threat of coronavirus is slowly but surely being mitigated by social distancing and other precautionary measures, people around the globe are soon to be heading back into the public space.  Sports leagues are crawling toward new opening days, restaurants are cautiously serving up their staples, and even amusement parks are getting ready to welcome guests back within the gates.

But in the realm of tourist attractions and theme parks, there are plenty of new protocols that will be in place to ensure the safety and sanity of guests.  Masks will be mandatory at many parks, as well as pre-sold tickets limited to smaller occupancies.

A number of parks in Japan are going beyond these precautions, however, and imploring that their guests to keep their exclamations to themselves.

Among the guidelines proposed by the East Japan and West Japan Amusement Park Associations, operators are being urged to comply with dozens of expected coronavirus prevention measures already being utilized by parks across the globe, such as operating at reduced capacity, increasing the frequency of cleanings, installing handwashing stations, and pre-selling tickets to control the flow of guests. Visitors should also be given temperature checks before entering, wear masks at all times, and practice social distancing once inside, the guidelines stipulate.

Then came the wild stuff.

But that’s not all — the East Japan and West Japan Amusement Park Associations would also prefer the country’s amusement parks to be a much quieter place, to help minimize any droplets emanating from the mouths of entertainers, employees or guests. To that end, they recommend that patrons and workers be asked to refrain from using a loud voice (with lots of “splashes”). In other cases, where possible, they even advise that employees refrain from using their voice to communicate with guests.

The Agence France-Presse further reports that these requests would apply to guests watching any of the parks’ live entertainment spectacles. Performers would also be aiding in this effort, the outlet reports, by discouraging viewers from being too audibly dazzled by what they see on stage.

If you thought that the eerie silence of the coronavirus crisis was dystopian before, just wait until you see hundreds of guests silently riding rollercoasters and interacting with mascots on a bright, sunny day in Japan.

Continue Reading

Culture

Former Van Halen Lead Sammy Hagar Blasts Coronavirus Lockdowns, Refuses to Comply

Rock legend and former Van Halen lead singer Sammy Hagar says he is no longer willing to abide by the left’s coronavirus lockdowns.

Published

on

Rock-N-Roll legend and former Van Halen lead singer Sammy Hagar says he is no longer willing to abide by the left’s coronavirus lockdowns.

Hagar sat down with KSHE-FM radio on Friday and said that he is “not locking down anymore.”

The now 72-year-old rocker said that when he first heard of the virus and how it was so devastating for people over 60, he was like “Whoa, whoa, whoa!”

“I got a little nervous,” he told the audience.

“And then I thought about it, and after three weeks of lockdown, I was really getting bored, but I also started kind of liking it,” he continued.

But as the days ticked by, Hagar realized he was missing those close to him in his life.

“My whole life I worked every day of my life,” he said. “Sunday, it may be the Lord’s day off, but it’s not Sammy Hagar’s day off. I worked every freakin’ day of my life in some fashion on one of my projects. Either I’m recording, or I’m writing, or whatever. So all of a sudden, I went, ‘Man, I don’t have anything to do.'”

After a few weeks he woke up to a new realization.

“[Y]ou know what I thought of?” he said. “I thought, ‘You know what? I’ve had the best life of any human being on this planet. If the damn thing wants to come and get me and kill me, let it be. Life isn’t gonna be any better from this day on for the rest of my life than it has been.”

“I swear to you: I came to grips with it, and I was not afraid. I didn’t want to get anyone else contagious if I had it, but I don’t have it — I’m healthy as a freakin’ tick,” Hagar said.

The whole thing got him thinking about the plight others have found themselves in because of this virus nonsense.

“[T]hen I got jumped up about it,” he exclaimed. “I said, ‘This is bullcrap, people being afraid and staying away from their own children and their own parents.’ It just took the love out of families. I hate it. I don’t say the word ‘hate’ very much, but I hate this freakin’ coronavirus crap. And I’m not afraid of it, and I’m not locking down anymore.”

The “I Can’t Drive 55” singer concluded that he now refuses to live in fear and is ready to go about living his life.

“I’m not afraid of it anymore,” he insisted. “That’s all I’m saying. Everybody, be their own self. I’m not trying to sway anyone any direction. But Sammy Hagar, I’m not afraid of it. There you go.”

Follow Warner Todd Huston on Facebook at: facebook.com/Warner.Todd.Huston.

Continue Reading

Culture

Memorial Day Special: Never Forget What American Troops Are Made Of

Published

on

To honor our troops for Memorial Day this year, I am going to share this story about their mettle. What follows are excerpts from remarks by Marine Lt. Gen. John F. Kelly made to the Semper Fi Society of St. Louis on November 13, 2010. While leading his platoon on a combat patrol, Kelly’s son, Marine 1st Lt. Robert Michael Kelly, had been killed in action four days earlier in Sangin, in southern Afghanistan. Lt. Kelly was only 29-years-old.

Giving Thanks for Our Warriors

“Those with less of a sense of service to the nation never understand it when men and women of character step forward to look danger and adversity straight in the eye, refusing to blink, or give ground, even to their own deaths… No, they are not victims but are warriors, your warriors, and warriors are never victims regardless of how and where they fall. Death, or fear of death, has no power over them. Their paths are paved by sacrifice, sacrifices they gladly make… for you….

“Two years ago when I was the commander of all U.S. and Iraqi forces, in fact, the 22nd of April 2008, two Marine infantry battalions, 1/9 ‘The Walking Dead,’ and 2/8 were switching out in Ramadi… Two Marines, Corporal Jonathan Yale and Lance Corporal Jordan Haerter, 22 and 20 years old respectively, one from each battalion, were assuming the watch together at the entrance gate of an outpost that contained a makeshift barracks housing 50 Marines… Yale was a dirt poor mixed-race kid from Virginia with a wife and daughter, and a mother and sister who lived with him and he supported as well. He did this on a yearly salary of less than $23,000. Haerter, on the other hand, was a middle-class white kid from Long Island. They were from two completely different worlds… But they were Marines, combat Marines, forged in the same crucible of Marine training, and because of this bond they were brothers as close, or closer, than if they were born of the same woman.

“The mission orders they received from the sergeant squad leader I am sure went something like: ‘Okay you two clowns, stand this post and let no unauthorized personnel or vehicles pass. You clear?’ I am also sure Yale and Haerter then rolled their eyes and said in unison something like: ‘Yes, Sergeant,’ with just enough attitude that made the point without saying the words, ‘No kidding sweetheart, we know what we’re doing.’ They then relieved two other Marines on watch and took up their post at the entry control point of Joint Security Station Nasser, in the Sophia section of Ramadi, al Anbar, Iraq.

“A few minutes later a large blue truck turned down the alley way–perhaps 60-70 yards in length–and sped its way through the serpentine of concrete jersey walls. The truck stopped just short of where the two were posted and detonated, killing them both catastrophically. Twenty-four brick masonry houses were damaged or destroyed. A mosque 100 yards away collapsed. The truck’s engine came to rest two hundred yards away knocking most of a house down before it stopped. Our explosive experts reckoned the blast was made of 2,000 pounds of explosives. Two died, and because these two young infantrymen didn’t have it in their DNA to run from danger, they saved 150 of their Iraqi and American brothers-in-arms…

“What we didn’t know at the time, and only learned a couple of days later after I wrote a summary and submitted both Yale and Haerter for posthumous Navy Crosses, was that one of our security cameras, damaged initially in the blast, recorded some of the suicide attack. It happened exactly as [Iraqi policemen on the scene] had described it. It took exactly six seconds from when the truck entered the alley until it detonated.

“You can watch the last six seconds of their young lives. Putting myself in their heads I supposed it took about a second for the two Marines to separately come to the same conclusion about what was going on once the truck came into their view at the far end of the alley. Exactly no time to talk it over or call the sergeant to ask what they should do. Only enough time to take half an instant and think about what the sergeant told them to do only a few minutes before: ‘Let no unauthorized personnel or vehicles pass.’ The two Marines had about five seconds left to live.

“It took maybe another two seconds for them to present their weapons, take aim, and open up. By this time the truck was halfway through the barriers and gaining speed the whole time. Here, the recording shows a number of Iraqi police, some of whom had fired their AKs, now scattering like the normal and rational men they were–some running right past the Marines. They had three seconds left to live.

“For about two seconds more, the recording shows the Marines’ weapons firing nonstop… the truck’s windshield exploding into shards of glass as their rounds take it apart and tore into the body of the son-of-a-beech who is trying to get past them to kill their brothers–American and Iraqi–bedded down in the barracks, totally unaware of the fact that their lives at that moment depended entirely on two Marines standing their ground. If they had been aware, they would have known they were safe… because two Marines stood between them and a crazed suicide bomber. The recording shows the truck careening to a stop immediately in front of the two Marines. In all of the instantaneous violence Yale and Haerter never hesitated. By all reports and by the recording, they never stepped back. They never even started to step aside. They never even shifted their weight. With their feet spread shoulder-width apart, they leaned into the danger, firing as fast as they could work their weapons. They had only one second left to live.

“The truck explodes. The camera goes blank. Two young men go to their God. Six seconds. Not enough time to think about their families, their country, their flag, or about their lives or their deaths, but more than enough time for two very brave young men to do their duty… into eternity. That is the kind of people who are on watch all over the world tonight–for you.”

(Originally published by The Weekly Standard in December of 2010)

Tales like this are legion in the annuls of the military history of the United States of America. Our citizen soldiers are some of the best ever seen by mankind. This Memorial Day, please do remember them, pray for them, support them.

Please Enjoy Our Memorial Day Posts

Continue Reading

Latest Articles

Become an insider


Best of the Month

Do NOT follow this link or you will be banned from the site!

Send this to a friend