The Supreme Court heard arguments on April 28 in the case that could decide whether marriage equality will be the law of all the land. Of course, this brought right wing religious nuts out in force.
One of those nuts was Janet Porter, of the group “Faith2Action,” who took a couple of minutes to talk to right wing pastor Wiley Drake. Porter, who wrote a book in 2005 titled “The Criminalization of Christianity: Read This Book Before It Becomes Illegal!” says that the predictions she made in that book are coming true.
Drake’s two minute video opens with Porter saying that she is at the Supreme Court to issue a “restraining order” on the court, prohibiting it from ruling on marriage. This is in line with a bill recently introduced by Iowa representative Steve King, that would block federal courts from hearing cases involving marriage equality. Presidential candidate Rafael “Ted” Cruz is also on board with this idea.
Porter tells Drake that a Supreme Court ruling in favor of marriage equality will be the equivalent of Roe v. Wade, and that Christians will not obey it. “We’ll go to jail if we have to go to jail, but we will not bow to this agenda and violate our beliefs in God,” she says.
It’s not clear exactly what Porter is talking about. Is she going to lay down in front of the doors at Justice Of the Peace courts, or at churches that approve of same-sex marriage, and get arrested? How else would she go to jail?
Porter talks about how pastors are supposedly already going to jail for refusing to conduct same-sex weddings. She refers to a case from Idaho that she claims proves her point, but she fails to note the particulars. The case she is talking about comes from Coeur d’Alene, where a private business, called “The Hitching Post,” was originally told that it had to conform to the city’s anti-discrimination law, because it was a for-profit business, not a church. Owners of the business sued, and the city backed off, after The Hitching Post was reorganized as a “religious corporation.”
Right Wing Watch notes that Porter predicted in 2009 that a hate crimes law that included LGBT protections would cause the arrest of pastors for “Biblical positions and speech.” Porter’s prediction has not come true.
Here’s Janet Porter’s anti-marriage equality rant, via YouTube:[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kfwePSPtd4g]