I got to see a TBN discussion about referendum 65. A few things stood out.
1) Listening to them would make you believe that ref 65 is a referendum on gay marriage. I think they did it for maximum scare effect.
2) The pastors went out of their way to not come off like hate mongers. "I have nothing against homosexuals. I want to defend marriage for the children! I want to honor god's word. Children and God. God and Children."
3) The pastors came off as hate mongers, "These laws could change EVERYTHING! Marriage is the fabric that hold our society together. What would happen if that fabric was torn apart? Think what they would teach our children in schools! This law could change who the government gives benefits to!" And my personal favorite, "You must get up and act! Remember, God not only punishes the practitioners of sinnful deeds, but also those of us who let the sinners practice these deeds." It's all about the subtext.
4) Awful music from young adults from the Prayer Team. The only thing I hate more than 89.5 is TBN music.
5)They tried, but failed to describe non-biblical arguments against gay marriage (again, not what this dam referendum is about). They really
Okay, referendum 65 is all about rejecting or approving HB2661. HB 2661 added sexual orientation to this language:
"The legislature hereby finds and declares that practices of discrimination against any of its inhabitants because of race, creed, color, national origin, families with children, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, age, or the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a disabled person are a matter of state concern, that such discrimination threatens not only the rights and proper privileges of its inhabitants but menaces the institutions and foundation of a free democratic state."
Can you believe that Tim Eyman actually says, "Government-imposed preferential treatment will only enhance suspicion and conflict between our citizens exactly as described earlier by Rep. Cox. When the classroom teacher treats Johnny special, the other kids end up not liking Johnny. When government gets involved, it usually makes things worse. This is especially true when it comes to social issues. Better for the government to stay out of it."
Is it Tim? Would it have been better if the government stayed out of civil rights? What about the our government's push to get Saudi Arabia to remove anti Christian language from children's textbooks (this story was on the radio this morning)? Should the government stay out of that?
Concerned Women for America has this brilliant nugget to add to the debate:
"If HB2661 stands, our freedom to lovingly rescue people out of the sin of homosexuality will be limited."
Yea, well, guess what? Lucky for you this part of the constitution also restricts my freedom to pull your head out of your fucking ass. Deal with it. I am.
ALSO, THIS IS VERY IMPORANT. WOULD YOU PLEASE SHUT UP ABOUT THE DAVINCI CODE? The book is obviously a work of fiction. I was tired of hearing about it in real time and now TBN and the religious right will not shut up about it. How stupid do THEY think their audience is? Judging by the shite that flows on TBN, my guess is "pretty stupid." Either they're just using this jig to raise money or they really think the foolish will be fooled. And organizations like TBN like to keep their monopoly on the foolish and their money. Now they're pimping a book called "The Da Vinci Deception" I mean really, is this work of fiction seriously being debated?