Urgent Policy Memo!!!
From: Scrofandus, Secretary to His Infernal Majesty
To: Project Administration Team, United States of America
Demons, Imps, Afreets, and Divels of PAT-USA:
His Infernal Majesty has noted your zeal, and your considerable success so far, in the de-Christianizing of the U.S.A. He has, however, instructed me to remind you that there is an
overarching strategic principle that must never be ignored, no matter how good the tactical situation looks in the short run. As our master delights in quoting the enemy�s Scripture for his own purposes, I refer you to the words of that porch-climber, Paul of Tarsus: �[F]or Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness�� (II Corinthians 11:14-15).
We didn�t get where we are today by presenting ourselves to the American people as leering hobgoblins. They only listen to us when we are perceived as ministers of righteousness! Let me call your attention to a single case as an example of tactical
heavy-handedness that could undo all we have achieved so far. The Human Rights Division of New Mexico is currently prosecuting a mom-and-pop photography business, Elane Photography, for declining to take pictures of a lesbian commitment ceremony. Mr. and Mrs. Huguenin, the owners and operators of this small business, will be, at the very least, financially ruined if the division rules against them.
It goes without saying that we here in Hell endorse and encourage lesbian
commitment ceremonies and every other aspect of the gay rights movement: after all, we created it. If it weren�t for our efforts, there would be no gay rights movement. But how have we made all our progress? By tirelessly presenting sodomites as a poor, oppressed, put-upon, loveable minority persecuted by an intolerant, tyrannical, religiously bigoted majority�that�s how! Now, thanks to your heavy-handed tactics, the shoe is on the other foot. Our people are now the intolerant, bullying, bigoted tyrants, coming down like
sixteen tons on this poor, defenseless married couple and their pitifully tiny business.
His Infernal Majesty is not amused.
You have morphed downtrodden gays into the steamroller of Big Sodomy, arrogantly crushing all the little people in its path. Instead of ministers of righteousness, our servants at the New Mexico Human Rights Division are unmasked as bureaucratic bullies. There is a time and a place for brute force; we can all agree to that. But in the long run, brute force must inevitably fail. The Third Reich was wonderful while it lasted, but where is it now? His
Infernal Majesty has asked me to remind you that we don�t march people into Hell at gunpoint. They must go there of their own free will, rejoicing, singing, patting themselves on the back because they think they are going to Heaven. There must be no doubt in their minds that when they serve us, they are doing the right thing.
But you have now made room for such a doubt. You know that mortals, and Americans more than most, always rally to the underdog. The gays�status as victims is their most precious resource, and you are squandering it! His Infernal Majesty strongly desires that the gay rights movement should succeed, and thus estrange America from The Enemy Above. He has asked me to remind you that if you cannot implement this program, Hell is full of devils who can and will. On my own, I take this opportunity to remind you that a few millennia in the Lake of Fire is a marvelous aid to concentration: but I must not be heavy-handed.Please try to stay with the program!
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Here is another link: Christian Photographer Hauled before Commission for Refusing Same-Sex Job By John Jalsevac
New Mexico, January 30, 2008 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The case of a Christian photographer who refused to photograph a same-sex “commitment ceremony”, was heard before the New Mexico Human Rights Division on Monday.
A same-sex couple asked Elaine Huguenin, co-owner with her husband of Elane Photography, to photograph a “commitment ceremony” that the two women wanted to hold. Huguenin declined because her Christian beliefs are in conflict with the message communicated by the ceremony.
The same-sex couple filed a complaint with the New Mexico Human Rights Division, which is now trying Elane Photography under state antidiscrimination laws for sexual orientation discrimination.
The Alliance Defense fund (ADF), a legal alliance that is dedicated to defending and protecting religious freedom, sanctity of life, marriage, and family, is currently defending Elane Photography.
“On Monday we defended Elane Photography in court, saying basically that no person should be required to help others advance a message that they disagree with,” ADF Senior Counsel and Senior Vice-President of the Office of Strategic Initiatives, Jordan Lorence, told LifeSiteNews in an interview today. “That’s a basic First Amendment principle. The
government is punishing Elaine photography for refusing to take photos which obviously advance the messages sent by the same-sex ceremony – that marriage can be defined as two women or two men.”
In their complaint the homosexual couple has sought for an injunction against Elane Photography that will forbid them from ever again refusing to photograph a same-sex ceremony. They have also requested attorney’s fees.
“Depending on how far up the ladder this goes of appeal that could be a lot of money,” said Lorence. “Hundreds of thousands of dollars.” Lorence said that the ADF is framing its case in a similar fashion to the 1995 Supreme Court “Hurley” Case. “In the Boston St. Patrick’s
Day Parade case the US Supreme Court said that the State of Massachusetts could not punish a privately run parade because it refused to allow a homosexual advocacy group in to carry banners and signs in the parade. They said that would be compelled speech,
ordering the parade organizers to help promote a message they do not want to promote. To apply the discrimination law that way violates freedom of speech. We are making a similar kind of argument in this case.”
Lorence said that this current case is demonstrative of a “tremendous threat” facing those with traditional views on marriage and family.
“I think that this is a tremendous threat to First Amendment rights. Those who are advocating for same-sex marriage and for rights based upon sexual orientation keep arguing, ‘We are not going to apply these against churches. We are going to protect people’s right of conscience. We are all about diversity and pluralism.'”
But, in practice, says Lorence, “Business owners with traditional views or church owners with traditional definitions of marriage are now vulnerable for lawsuits under these nondiscrimination laws. There are 20 states that have these laws where they ban sexual orientation discrimination. Most of the major cities in the United States also have these kinds of ordinances. So these are a big threat, as the
federal government debates whether to make this a blanket nationwide law.
“We see that these [non-discrimination laws] are not rectifying some unjust discrimination, but being used to punish those who speak out in favor of traditional marriage and sexual restraint,” he concluded.
Lorence said that the ADF is “cautiously optimistic that the commission will do the right thing.” If the New Mexico Commission, however, decides against Elane Photography, Lorence said that the ADF would appeal the decision all the way up to the US Supreme Court if necessary.
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