Religious conservatives argued endlessly that the Matthew Shepard Act would infringe on religious freedoms because, if a pastor were to preach homophobia at the pulpit and a member of his parish went out and killed a queer, the murderer’s religious beliefs would be used against him in court. So now that LGBT hate crimes legislation has passed, what better way to test the theory than to make it happen?
The Christian Anti-Defamation Commission’s Gary Cass (pictured) says his group is planning something called the “Rally for Religious Freedom,” a demonstration in front of the Department of Justice in Washington, that will be shouting anti-gay rhetoric to the heavens. On Nov. 16, ministers will gather — with megaphones, or at least a podium, we’re guessing — and read from the Bible about how we’re all sinners, we’re ruining American families, and how we get too much airtime on Bravo.
It’s all in an attempt to get Attorney General Eric Holder to address what Cass & Co. view as conflicting legislation. Says Cass: “We’re going to declare the whole counsel of God, including those parts that some may consider ‘inciting a hate crime’ to see if the attorney general is going to come down and arrest a group of peaceful clergy exercising their First Amendment rights.”
Of course he won’t come down and arrest anyone. Until one of your minions goes out and assaults one of us. Because that’s the plan, isn’t it?