By Jonathon Van Maren
Just in time for Pride Month, Christianity Today reported this pleasant story of a gay rights group suing a church for a cool $2.3 million for declining to rent out its property for an LGBT event:
An Oregon business has filed a complaint against a church that prohibited it from hosting an LGBT event in a building owned by the church, claiming that the fallout from that decision has harmed the company.
In 2015, Ambridge Event Center, which once rented out a space owned by Holy Rosary Church for various events, was compelled to reject an LGBT group’s request to hold an event on the property due to the church’s “morals clause.”
In a lawsuit filed last week in Multnomah County Circuit Court in Oregon, Ambridge alleged that the church’s rules against them hosting the LGBT event caused them harm. They are seeking $2.3 million in damages. The PFLAG Portland Black Chapter, an African-American LGBT support group, sent a request to Ambridge to have an event held at the venue they were renting from Holy Rosary.
Ambridge had to decline the request and then apologized, stating that the refusal came at the order of Holy Rosary. Although PFLAG considered filing a complaint with the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries, the organization did not do so in part because churches are exempted from state antidiscrimination law, according to Oregon Live.
This is hardly surprising, of course. The LGBT movement long ago abandoned any pretence of a “live and let live” approach or any semblance of tolerance. They now want to force acceptance of their agenda into the very churches they claimed were so meddlesome such a very short time ago. And because it is Pride Month, we will be treated to a weeks-long series of media stories discussing which politicians chose to show up at these festivals of lewdness (featuring nude men, simulated sex acts, and displays of bondage gear, among other things) to pay their dues to the victors of the Sexual Revolution.
Doug Ford, the leader of Ontario’s Progressive Conservative Party, is already under fire for declining to say whether he’ll attend the Pride Parade. Andrea Horwath of the New Democratic Party has declared that Ford should really come, because the celebrations are so “fierce.” Other commentators, of course, are taking Ford’s reticence to show up at an event that he once described as a gathering of middle-aged men flaunting their potbellies (among other things) as evidence of simmering hatred. Re-education, of course, is the only answer. It is no longer good enough, in politics, to keep the state out of the bedrooms of the nation. The LGBT activists and their political allies now demand that you show up, watch, and loudly indicate your approval. If you’re not applauding middle-aged gay men walking down the street buck naked, you’re a hateful bigot. Got it?
That’s why President Donald Trump is under fire again this year, as well. For the second year in a row, he has declined to use the presidency of the United States to officially recognize LGBT Pride Month. LGBT activists who had become accustomed to getting the kid glove treatment under the Obama Administration are outraged that Trump seems largely indifferent to their month of frolicking festivities, and are of course making this known. The Resistance, no doubt, will go on fiercely, but with much less clothing than usual. Trump doesn’t even particularly care about the LGBT movement one way or another, but being insufficiently vocal about your level of support is all that it takes to get labeled a homophobe these days.
Happy Pride Month, everyone.
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