The NC Constitution is being rewritten from the pulpit:
“Marriage was ordained by God, not by government. God set it in motion,” said the Rev. Ron Baity, president of Return America, a Winston-Salem-based conservative Christian organization that has led rallies in Raleigh on behalf of the amendment. “We’re trying to uphold the biblical standard of marriage.”
Is that the New or the Old Testament? I'm just wondering if we should go ahead and put to death the adulterer and adulteress, or let God sort that out later. And yes, that was sarcasm. For those who follow the Legislature, this is not the first time the good Reverend has tried to strong-arm our elected officials:
The legal representative of Pastor Ron Baity sent a letter this past week to North Carolina House of Representative Speaker Joe Hackney and the House clerk asking that his client receive an apology letter and another invitation to offer an uncensored invocation at the House.
In the July 7 letter, Gibbs threatened to advise Baity to seek other legal options if the House does not honor their requests within ten days.
“We trust that the North Carolina House of Representatives will realize its mistake and will offer Pastor Baity another opportunity to pray without requiring him to use a prayer that is mandated by the government,” he added.
Isn't that special? You have ten days to comply with my demands, or I will sue your (expletive deleted).
You know, it's one thing to lean on the Legislature, in an effort to get what you want. We do it here quite often, but it's usually in the form of an appeal to the intellect or moral conscience of elected officials.
It takes a special kind of hubris to issue a time-constrained ultimatum to part-time Legislators, many of whom travel a great distance to discharge their responsibilities at the General Assembly. But that's what you get when you lower the barrier between church and state.
Hat-tip to Mark Binker for his coverage of this mess.
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