Mac Hammond, Brooklyn Park mega-church leader, warns that gay marriage "will silence and punish [us]"
|A post on Pastor Mac Hammond's blog is headlined, "URGENT."|
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For those who question how a union would impact anyone other than the couple getting hitched, Hammond explains:
Bills are now before our state legislature to legalize same-sex marriage and make illegal any voiced opinion opposing it. You may not think these bills will affect you, your family, or your business. To the contrary, like no other law in our state's history, if these bills pass, there will be a devastating impact on our culture, our churches, our personal and parental rights, our public and private educational systems, our professions, and even what we tweet and post on Facebook. No Minnesotan will escape the consequences of this bill on his/her family or business. The response of every individual receiving this communication is urgent and critical.Hammond backs up these assertions by pointing at other states and countries that allow same-sex couples to wed. His long list of bullet points cites the Christian Post, FOX News, the Catholic News Agency, and similar sources, and spans categories such as the lack of "protection" for religious conviction, fines against businesses that oppose same-sex marriage, and parental rights (for instance, "Parents cannot opt kids out of pro-homosexual curriculum").
"These [Minnesota] bills will make those who believe marriage is between a man and woman the equivalent of bigots," Hammond cautions. "Terms like 'equality' and 'diversity' will be code for marginalizing Christian beliefs."
Hammond concludes his missive by urging his readers to call their state representatives. "Don't be silent!" he says, in all caps.
Still, as if concerned that his one letter wasn't enough, Hammond took to his computer for a follow-up post the next day. This time, he raised the stakes, writing "URGENT" in front of his headline.
In this post, Hammond makes his main concern even more clear. "Most alarming," he writes:
is the forced "training" both public and private grade school kids will endure on sexual orientation and gender identity and expression. All schools, including private schools, will be forced by the government to actively "support" students' sexual orientation and gender identity. While proponents of these bills try to make the public believe these bills are only intended to confer "marriage rights" to a small number of Minnesotans, the reality is that they will strip the majority of Minnesotans of their rights in exchange.Hammond links to his bulleted list from the day before, which he identifies as compiled by "a lawyer in our congregation," as evidence of "how Christianity is under attack in the places where gay marriage has been legalized." The post leaves off with another plea for Hammond's flock to dial the Capitol and ask their reps to vote against legalizing same-sex marriage.
Hammond's message isn't limited to his blog (entries in which are also sent out as e-mails to his congregation). The weekend of March 15 and 16, Hammond's church, the Living Word Christian Center, hosted an event titled "The Power of Change Women's Conference."
The idea? To "minister to women affected by lesbianism," as guided by the "ex-lesbian" author of Called Out--A Former Lesbian's Discovery of Freedom. We can see why Bachmann's a fan.