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Anti-gay marriage group sets up fund to support homophobic city clerks


The anti-marriage equality group, New Yorkers For Constitutional Freedoms, has established what they are calling “The Courage Fund,” a fund to support any individual (such as municipal clerks) who have to choose between their job and their “religious beliefs” on marriage.

The Courage Fund has been established to assist courageous municipal clerks and other people of conscience in New York State who oppose same-sex “marriage” from harassment, denial of rightful promotion, or unfair termination for invoking New York State law protecting their sincerely-held religious beliefs.

Though the application of the New York State law, which supposedly “protects” these individuals religious beliefs, is rather dubious in this particular case and will most likely have to be hammered out by the Courts, that is not really the issue that I find to be of importance.

Instead, in his discussion of former Barker Town Clerk Laura Fotusky, New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms Executive Director Reverend Jason J. McGuire makes the following point:

“Imagine the power of 25,000 Christians from all across the nation sending one dollar to let Laura know that she is not alone. That would be a message of Christian testimony the culture could not ignore. Now imagine if every Christian from all across America did whatever they could, $10, $100 or $1000 to fight for marriage in the Empire State. We could turn back the tide in New York and send a message that resounds across the nation,”

No Reverend McGuire, do you know what would be a message of Christian testimony and compassion?

Instead of giving money to an individual who chose to lose her job, wouldn’t it be a better testimony if 25,000 Christians sent one dollar to those who are in actual need? Those children who are homeless and on the streets, the single mother trying to make ends meet, or the young woman who cannot afford a college education? Giving to those in actual need would send the message that Christians care about others, not give to someone is manufactured “need”.

But instead, those in true need are not worth the time or energy, because it is always easier to collect money for someone who has been “persecuted” against because of their beliefs.

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