Starbucks CEO to Shareholder: If You Support Biblical Marriage, Sell Your Shares


Seattle, Washington — At the annual Starbucks shareholder’s meeting this past Wednesday in Seattle, company officials told those who support Biblical marriage that they “can sell [their] shares in Starbucks and buy shares in another company.”

According to reports, during the meeting, the founder of Corporate Morality Action Center expressed concerns over the company’s support of homosexual marriage. Tom Stobhar from the organization cited that the company’s stance affected shareholder earnings after Starbucks backed efforts to legalize same-sex “marriage” in Washington state last year. The company’s announcement had resulted in boycotts against the coffee king.

“In the first full quarter after this boycott was announced, our sales and earnings — shall we say politely — were a bit disappointing,” shareholder Tom Strobhar stated.

“Not every decision is an economic decision. Despite the fact that you recite statistics that are narrow in time, we did provide a 38% shareholder return over the last year,” responded Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz. “I don’t know how many things you invest in, but I would suspect not many things, companies, products, investments have returned 38% over the last 12 months.”

“Having said that, it is not an economic decision to me. The lens in which we are making that decision is through the lens of our people,” he continued. “We employ over 200,000 people in this company, and we want to embrace diversity — of all kinds.”

The response drew both applause and cheers.

Starbucks CEO Howard Shultz

Schultz then concluded by saying, “If you feel, respectfully, that you can get a higher return than the 38% you got last year, it’s a free country. You can sell your shares in Starbucks and buy shares in another company. Thank you very much.”

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While some shareholders appear to be doing just that, a number of Starbucks customers have also refused to frequent the franchise as long as it remains opposed to Biblical marriage. One website, DumpStarbucks.com, launched a nationwide campaign to urge coffee lovers to go elsewhere for a cup of joe.

“We are urging customers across the globe to ‘Dump Starbucks’ because it has taken a corporate-wide position that the definition of marriage between one man and one woman should be eliminated and that same-sex marriage should become equally ‘normal,'” the effort’s website outlines. “As such, Starbucks has deeply offended at least half its US customers, and the vast majority of its international customers.”

As of press time, there were over 49,000 signatures on the campaign’s petition against the company.

“Starbucks is using its resources to invalidate traditional marriage in the US and redefine the institution of marriage despite the strongly held views of so many of its customers, including me,” the petition outlines. “Therefore, I will no longer purchase anything from Starbucks until you change your corporate values to be more reflective of my own.”

“Starbucks is proud to join other leading Northwest employers in support of Washington State legislation recognizing marriage equality for same-sex couples,” Starbucks outlined in a written statement last year when it announced its support for Washington’s push to legalize homosexual “marriage.” “We are deeply dedicated to embracing diversity and treating one another with respect and dignity, and remain committed to providing an inclusive, supportive and safe work environment for all of our partners.”

Starbucks was also among the over 300 U.S. corporations that signed onto a recent Supreme Court brief in an effort to overturn the nation’s Defense of Marriage Act. 

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  • Richard

    It’s time to protest against Starbuck’s management. Let’s let them know that we do not agree with their agenda! Everyone switch to another coffee vendor for two months or until Starbucks yields! No mercy, no business!

    • Dale

      Actually I think with that me and my 100 plus group members will be giving Starbucks are money because unlike you we have read the bible and find no morality in selling our daughters or buy foreign people as slaves which the bible supports and if you want to use the bible as a shield for your fear and hate then you must agree with it everything in it.

  • victor

    Buy put options, cause this tells me that they will go down. overpriced anyway. Arrogant CEO is like the capitan of new Titanic.

  • Linda

    Not only do they speak out against Christian marriage, they support Planned Parenthood!

    • Dale

      hate to tell you this but your religion is not the only one with marriages. as for planned parenthood do you have a clue of what they do ?? Yes they help people find an abortion doctor but more importantly they help family’s plan so that they can support their children. They help women with birth control and getting health checkups they provide education on sex and stds and so on.

      • michael

        one of the few sane and well informed comments in here. Thank you for so much, including your brain that you are using.

  • BeBe Ivy

    To Michael Begley…I see You signed Your name as “Idiots” and I would certainly not call You that. I believe You just misunderstood the verses You were referring to.

    First of all if You are quoting God, be sure it is His commandments. When the writers of the OT did not put His Words in red, I’ll never know. As I’m sure You are aware, most of the stories in the Bible are the mistakes people have made and God wants us to know and not follow the same way. That is true with Lot, Noah, Moses, Abraham, Jacob, David and the list goes on.

    However, when these men repented and decided to live righteously with great faith in God, God forgave them for their sins. Remember, God created everyone with a free will to choose. It was always their wrong choices that got them in trouble. All thru the Bible God has given us all a chance to repent from our wicked ways and follow Him.

    Even when mankind wanted things that God knew was not good for them, God did not stop them from choosing those things, but He did put stipulations on them. God allowed man to find out for himself they were wrong choices and when they repented and followed Him, He forgave them.

    We must remember that God’s timetable is not endless. There will come a time when His timetable runs out of time. Remember the flood? God gave that generation 120 years to repent, they didn’t, therefore they were destroyed in the flood.

    I noticed on Your second #9 You stated it doesn’t say anywhere in the Bible “Don’t marry people of the same sex.” You are correct, it doesn’t say marry, but God, Himself spoke these words to Moses: “You shall not lie with male as one lies with a female; it is an abomination.” (Leviticus 18:22). I hope You will read this chapter and see what God has done to the nations that have practiced these abominable customs. God warned His people again in chapter 20:13. Even if you disregard the Old Testament, you can find the same message in the New Testament; Galatians 5:19-21; 1 Corinthians 6:9-10; Romans 1:26-32 and Revelation 21:8.

    Please, please, don’t disregard God’s Holy Word. It is a Love Story from God to you, me and everybody else that has ever lived on this earth. He loves us that much that He sent us His Word to read and obey and He sent us His Son to die in our place, so we wouldn’t have to. On top of all that, as if that isn’t enough, He has sent His Holy Spirit to guide us and for us to lean on and learn from, ’cause God knows how hard it is down here on this sinful earth.

    • Jim Willis

      Excellent, BeBe! Great response!

    • Dave

      While this is a modern interpretation of the existing Bible, God never said anything to Moses in English. The modern text (and going back to the King James version are merely re-translations of various books written by a number of authors in several different ancient languages. The meaning of words varies over time. The Aramaic word translated in Leviticus 18:22 was normally used to refer to prostitutes at a temple. The verse would translate as “You must not lay with a male prostitute at the temple as you do with a woman”. While this is the most often quoted questionable translation from Aramaic, Greek, and Roman texts, there are many, many more such examples.

      The Old Testament was a collection of stories or fables that instructed Jews on behavior. It also incorporated historical facts about wars and families, but many of those are also questionable in current translations.

      The New Testament is the ONLY testament that Christians should be concerned with. It is a story of sacrifice and love. There was no room for hate from Jesus, except for those that would distort His message.

      Romans 2:1 should be a guide here – though I’ll admit that Paul’s letters may also have been mis-translated over time.

    • Dale

      really so how many sins have you committed according to the Levic

      Here’s chapter and verse on a more-or-less comprehensive list of things banned in the Leviticus book of the bible. A decent number of them are punishable by death.

      Unless you’ve never done any of them (and 54 to 56 are particularly tricky), perhaps it’s time to lay off quoting 18:22 for a while?

      1. Burning any yeast or honey in offerings to God (2:11)

      2. Failing to include salt in offerings to God (2:13)

      3. Eating fat (3:17)

      4. Eating blood (3:17)

      5. Failing to testify against any wrongdoing you’ve witnessed (5:1)

      6. Failing to testify against any wrongdoing you’ve been told about (5:1)

      7. Touching an unclean animal (5:2)

      8. Carelessly making an oath (5:4)

      9. Deceiving a neighbour about something trusted to them (6:2)

      10. Finding lost property and lying about it (6:3)

      11. Bringing unauthorised fire before God (10:1)

      12. Letting your hair become unkempt (10:6)

      13. Tearing your clothes (10:6)

      14. Drinking alcohol in holy places (bit of a problem for Catholics, this ‘un) (10:9)

      15. Eating an animal which doesn’t both chew cud and has a divided hoof (cf: camel, rabbit, pig) (11:4-7)

      16. Touching the carcass of any of the above (problems here for rugby) (11:8)

      17. Eating – or touching the carcass of – any seafood without fins or scales (11:10-12)

      18. Eating – or touching the carcass of – eagle, the vulture, the black vulture, the red kite, any kind of black kite, any kind of raven, the horned owl, the screech owl, the gull, any kind of hawk, the little owl, the cormorant, the great owl, the white owl, the desert owl, the osprey, the stork, any kind of heron, the hoopoe and the bat. (11:13-19)

      19. Eating – or touching the carcass of – flying insects with four legs, unless those legs are jointed (11:20-22)

      20. Eating any animal which walks on all four and has paws (good news for cats) (11:27)

      21. Eating – or touching the carcass of – the weasel, the rat, any kind of great lizard, the gecko, the monitor lizard, the wall lizard, the skink and the chameleon (11:29)

      22. Eating – or touching the carcass of – any creature which crawls on many legs, or its belly (11:41-42)

      23. Going to church within 33 days after giving birth to a boy (12:4)

      24. Going to church within 66 days after giving birth to a girl (12:5)

      25. Having sex with your mother (18:7)

      26. Having sex with your father’s wife (18:8)

      27. Having sex with your sister (18:9)

      28. Having sex with your granddaughter (18:10)

      29. Having sex with your half-sister (18:11)

      30. Having sex with your biological aunt (18:12-13)

      31. Having sex with your uncle’s wife (18:14)

      32. Having sex with your daughter-in-law (18:15)

      33. Having sex with your sister-in-law (18:16)

      34. Having sex with a woman and also having sex with her daughter or granddaughter (bad news for Alan Clark) (18:17)

      35. Marrying your wife’s sister while your wife still lives (18:18)

      36. Having sex with a woman during her period (18:19)

      37. Having sex with your neighbour’s wife (18:20)

      38. Giving your children to be sacrificed to Molek (18:21)

      39. Having sex with a man “as one does with a woman” (18:22)

      40. Having sex with an animal (18:23)

      41. Making idols or “metal gods” (19:4)

      42. Reaping to the very edges of a field (19:9)

      43. Picking up grapes that have fallen in your vineyard (19:10)

      44. Stealing (19:11)

      45. Lying (19:11)

      46. Swearing falsely on God’s name (19:12)

      47. Defrauding your neighbour (19:13)

      48. Holding back the wages of an employee overnight (not well observed these days) (19:13)

      49. Cursing the deaf or abusing the blind (19:14)

      50. Perverting justice, showing partiality to either the poor or the rich (19:15)

      51. Spreading slander (19:16)

      52. Doing anything to endanger a neighbour’s life (19:16)

      53. Seeking revenge or bearing a grudge (19:18)

      54. Mixing fabrics in clothing (19:19)

      55. Cross-breeding animals (19:19)

      56. Planting different seeds in the same field (19:19)

      57. Sleeping with another man’s slave (19:20)

      58. Eating fruit from a tree within four years of planting it (19:23)

      59. Practising divination or seeking omens (tut, tut astrology) (19:26)

      60. Trimming your beard (19:27)

      61. Cutting your hair at the sides (19:27)

      62. Getting tattoos (19:28)

      63. Making your daughter prostitute herself (19:29)

      64. Turning to mediums or spiritualists (19:31)

      65. Not standing in the presence of the elderly (19:32)

      66. Mistreating foreigners – “the foreigner residing among you must be treated as your native-born” (19:33-34)

      67. Using dishonest weights and scales (19:35-36)

      68. Cursing your father or mother (punishable by death) (20:9)

      69. Marrying a prostitute, divorcee or widow if you are a priest (21:7,13)

      70. Entering a place where there’s a dead body as a priest (21:11)

      71. Slaughtering a cow/sheep and its young on the same day (22:28)

      72. Working on the Sabbath (23:3)

      73. Blasphemy (punishable by stoning to death) (24:14)

      74. Inflicting an injury; killing someone else’s animal; killing a person must be punished in kind (24:17-22)

      75. Selling land permanently (25:23)

      76. Selling an Israelite as a slave (foreigners are fine) (25:42)

    • michael

      the only problem with your quotes and interpretations of leviticus code, is that you are pulling one interpretation out, and you are missing the many, many others… I don’t know if you’re a woman or not, but let’s start with that, because under Levitical codes, you are now as a woman, an abomination and are defiled, to be being stoned to death. We can take it on down the pathway… I have read and studied and been through 50+ years of biblical studies, both in church and in University, both in Baptist, Episcopal, Catholic, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (the LDS Church or, informally, the Mormon Church), lived in the Middle East during military service 50 years ago (read Torah and Quran many times… both differences and similarities), Methodist, Lutheran, United Church of Christ, Church of Christ, where do I stop in my humble praise of God.

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    • Dale

      live and let live I have a short time here alive Id rather not waste it hating people or trying to deny people there happiness. Instead Id rather spend it helping others and protecting others

  • http://facebook Kenneth Howard

    In Hell there will be plenty of Coffee drinkers. not a one of them will be saying “Give me another cup of coffee.” they will be praying God will you forgive me for disobeying your written word. Please forgive me of all my sins. I want to confess to you I was wrong and I now love you. Will you forgive me now I will confess you were right. Please forgive me. Helppppp meeeee pleaseee. Eternal torment will be forever and forever and forever without end. Are you sure you want to dishonor God’s word and mock his goodness.Be sure and your sins will find you out. whatsoever you sow you shall reap.

    • Dale

      only god judges you should be careful about who you thinks goes to hell or you may find your self in there place.

      Act as jesus would the man who offered bread to others who helped strangers who never sought to send others to hell

  • Donald

    I don’t drink coffee, but if I did I would drink Starbutts. Apparently their CEO didn’t learn any lessons from the recent flak about A&E with Phil Roberston. It’s time to stand up America. I think an all out boycott on Starbutts is the only way to make some of these idiots to understand we don’t accept their beliefs. If I owned stock in Starbutts I would definetly sell it, because its value is about to drop.

    • Dale

      We will stand for ours and I hate to tell you this but your fear that makes you act like a cornered raccoon will only lead to your beliefs being looked upon the same way the Nazis are now.

  • Marilyn

    BeBe Ivy,

    I completely agree with you. I really enjoyed reading it & I like the way you answered.

    GOD bless you and yours!

  • Not a religious moron.

    “I hope You will read this chapter and see what God has done to the nations that have practiced these abominable customs.”

    You do realize that the parts of America and other European countries where gay marriage is legal are doing exceedingly well and have lower divorce and abortion rates per capita.

    But hey, I’m sure America would be better if treated homosexuality like they do in Russia, Iran and sub-Saharan Africa. Yeah, those are the places we should try to be more like.

  • Jim

    If conservatives tolerated gay marriage and liberals tolerated gun rights, the country would be a better place…

  • Penny

    My not shopping ever at Starbucks has nothing to do with any of their or any one else’s beliefs….I don’t shop there because it is the nastiest tasting coffee I have ever had and I refuse to pay exhorbitant prices for horrible coffee.

  • Kristin D.

    The bible also has many passages condoning slavery. Therefore, it makes it completely irrelevant because otherwise we would still be in a pre-civil war social era. You can’t pick and choose which of the teachings you believe in the bible… then not award others that same right. Also, you think God is judging me for who I love.. and all the while, you think he isnt judging any of you for hating people you’ve never even met? Get real. I had the chance to work for Starbucks and it was a great experience.

  • jack

    Psalm 2
    (1)Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing?
    (2) The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord, and against his anointed, saying,
    (3) Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us.
    (4) He that sitts in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision.
    (5) Then shall he speak unto them in his wrath, and vex them in his sore displeasure.

  • Sue McMahon

    Congratulations on the results of your boycott! SBUX stock price has risen from $52 to $77 during your crusade. You’re absolutely right, it’s about the economics and clearly Howard Schultz did the right thing from both an ethical and business perspective.

  • Ben Huffman

    Good for Starbucks and Howard Shultz. It’s great to see a company take such a strong stand for equality.

  • James Fenter

    The Founding Fathers went to great lengths to ensure that the United States of America would NEVER have an official religion. Christianity is just one religion among many. And further, most of the time when a “Christian” is describing himself as such, he means only his particular denomination (Baptist, Catholic, Presbyterian, Episcopal…etc).

    For those of you who didn’t pay attention in sixth grade government class, YOUR particular set of religious values have meaning to YOU and only you. You don’t get to force them on other people. If you don’t like same-sex marriage, then don’t marry someone of the same sex. But the fact that someone else may do that has ABSOLUTELY no impact on your life, unless you start obsessing about what somebody else decides to do with their own life.

    And if you’re going to be that much of a busybody, all upset and unable to enjoy life because someone else is enjoying theirs, then I don’t know what to tell you. Perhaps you should go see a therapist, because it certainly sounds like a mental disorder.

  • Russell Byrd

    I find it extremely amusing that some “Christians” think they can get away with accusing a company of intolerance against them for their intolerance.

    If you really support biblical marriage I hope you are ok with your husband having 200 concubines

  • Rosalind Kalmans

    That is why church and state are separate. I support Starbucks stand and will continue being a customer, I do not support Chick F-la’s stand on choice but will continue being a customer. It is my choice to make these decisions.

  • Dave

    This is free enterprise, and free speech at work. Like the guy said, the management have returned excellent profits for shareholders – that’s free enterprise. Saying he wants to support all staff and advocating for a position is free speech, protected under the constitution – the company is entitled to do that. 49,000 worldwide boycotting anything won’t make any difference, but that is THEIR free speech right, so more power to them. Starbucks has millions of customers in their stores every day, so I don’t think they will notice.

    As to opposing biblical marriage – no, they do not; in fact, they are very supportive of biblical marriage. They also support reforms in civil law for same-sex couples. That is NOT interferring in any way with biblical marriage, which by definition (being biblical) is a construct just of the Christian faith – and companies should not pick which religions to support.

  • Loreen Nettles

    Ummmm… This country believes in biblical values! That is
    The foundation of this country… And the bible says no homosexuality.
    Therefore if you don’t like that you are more than welcomed to move!!
    Just because you don’t care what God thinks about doesn’t mean I have
    To support your sin! I love you and the Lord loves you more ,sincerely. But….. sorry… No can do!!!

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  • sharon

    That is the most ignorant CEO I’ve ever heard of : 1st anti-gun and 2nd he is pro gay !!!! I will Never buy there again and I hope ALL that own stocks sell them !!!!! IDIOTS abound in that company !!!!!

    • Steven Resnick

      Most ignorant CEO you’ve ever heard? He believes that people have the right to love whoever they want, yeah such an ignorant person.

      There’s plenty of companies that do not allow fire arms in their stores, so get over yourself and the funny thing the only one looking ignorant is you.

    • Matt

      Yeah, Sharon. More for me. People as ignorant as yourself really should have to take a test before you vote or buy things anyway. You’re a moron.

  • http://fairfieldbayphotography.com/ Jeff Beer

    What smear job! Starbucks has never held a position against “traditional marriage”. They support freedom of choice, which does not take anything away from anyone. I don’t even like Starbucks coffee, but I support them fully in this. You should be ashamed by the way you skew other people’s words and attitudes to match your own restrictive and controlling agenda.

    • holoh

      How is providing what was almost exclusively direct quotes, none of which were taken out of context, “skewing”?

      Also, having a position promoting non-Biblical marriage is the same as having a position promoting no-noodle lasagna, invisible television, untinted sunglasses, or anything else that just doesn’t make sense. Promoting something that is illogical as “correct” does in fact take away from what is correct and does makes logical sense.

      • http://fairfieldbayphotography.com/ Jeff Beer

        1st, how is it skewing. Let’s look at the title of this article: “Starbucks CEO to Shareholder: If You Support Biblical Marriage, Sell Your Shares”

        The CEO never said that. That’s skewing. The “sell your shares” part was in direct reference to the shareholder saying that performance was down following the boycott. The CEO showed excellent performance numbers, and said if he wasn’t happy with 38%, he could sell his shares and buy elsewhere. That seems pretty straightforward to me.

        2nd, your statement is true only when you assume that everyone believes in your view of the universe. It is not “illogical” to take advantage of
        tax rules, insurance benefits and inheritance rules that go along with
        being legally married. What I’m getting from your comment is that the only valid marriage is a marriage under a christian god. That is simply absurd. Would you outlaw marriages between Buddhists? Atheists can’t get married? What about the Jewish people? Is it necessary to believe in Christ to get married legally, in your view?

        Correct? I don’t know why you feel that you are qualified to determine what is “correct” for everyone.

        • Jordan

          what is written in the holy bible was written for a purpose, homosexuality is a sin…. period

          • http://fairfieldbayphotography.com/ Jeff Beer

            And you are free to believe that. However, you have no right to force your beliefs on others.

          • Steve Rutkowski

            Tell that to gay couples who are forcing small businesses to recognize their ‘marriage’.

          • Matt

            Name one instance where gay couples are forcing business to recognize their marriage? Although, if they are legally married in a state with marriage is legal between any two consenting adults, then that business is required to recognize their marriage. After all, that’s the law. And business, by the very nature of what they agree too when they get their license, says they can not discriminate for any reason. But I’m curious to here about this so called “business” that was forced to recognize a gay marriage that was not legal in their state.

          • Olivia Eason

            http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2013/sep/2/christian-bakers-who-refused-cake-order-gay-weddin/
            These people were forced out of business for their beliefs. I’m in *political only* support of gay marriage, but it’s simply not true that Christians and Christian owned businesses aren’t being discriminated against and harassed because of their beliefs.

          • Osowoofy

            And that state has a law that states businesses cannot discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation (btw, which means both gay and straight, in case you didn’t realize that). Otherwise, you can be as bigoted as you want as long as you’re in a state that doesn’t protect it’s gay citizens, Toots!

          • Chuck

            We’re not talking about “sexual orientation”. We’re talking about the sanctification of marriage, twinkle toes.

          • Osowoofy

            Not really, the bakers are working in the public sphere and are discriminating against a couple based on their sexual orientation, Toots. That’s shouldn’t be so hard to understand, but obviously it is for you. (and btw, “marriage” refers to LEGAL marriage, not your hyped-up sanctified BS).

          • Wayne McIntosh

            You must be gay yourself!

          • Deanna

            Hey, good one! Like it’s an insult. Idiot.

          • Wayne McIntosh

            If it walks like a duck and quacks like it duck then it is a duck! You’re the idiot! I obviously hit a nerve or you wouldn’t have responded!

          • homemadepasta

            Anti-gays routinely shriek out vicious personal attacks when we debunk their lies. What anti-gays can’t accept is their shrieking, “You must be GAY!” just makes normal, non-homophobic Americans laugh at anti-gays.

          • Deanna

            The sanctification of marriage? That’s only a portion of marriages in the world. Marriage has had many different definitions, and that is the right of the people. It’s not an exclusive Christian club who are lucky enough to get married. We don’t all have to believe the same thing, but we do all have to have equal rights.

          • homemadepasta

            Marriage is a legal contract, nothing sanctified about anti-gays divorcing more often than any other Americans, Chuck.

          • scourge99

            You need to look up the definition of “public accommodation”.

            If you run a “public accommodation” you cannot discriminate against protected classes. Or do you think a public accommodation should be allowed to discriminate against black people if it’s their honestly held belief?

          • Wayne McIntosh

            This has nothing to do with race, this is all about NOT supporting perversion!

          • isabellaE

            I think bigotry and this kind of mindless Christian rhetoric is a perversion. It’s definitely an opinion and set of beliefs rather than a generic predisposition and even so I can’t discriminate against Christians in my business. But my goodness you’re all a bunch of amoral bigoted nasty little a-holes who talk a lot of nastiness about other humans I wish your perverse nastiness would just disappear and your hideous lifestyle too. Garbage, the lot of it. Disgusting. I’d like to block the businesses that protect your interests, push Christians into hiding and it’s folks like you that make calling another person a “Christian” an insult. Because you, child, are a disgusting human.

          • homemadepasta

            Wayne keeps trying to change the subject. But all he posted was another standard anti-gay lie that has long since been debunked. Science has proven sexual orientation is inborn and unchangeable. Several US federal and several US State High Courts have examined that evidence and ruled that discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation is similarly unconstitutional as discrimination based on race because BOTH are IMMUTABLE characteristics.

          • scourge99

            Apparently you refuse to look up what a “public accommodation” is and what the laws are regarding them. Because of that you will continue to remain ignorant and uninformed about the legality of discrimination whether it be against homosexuals, Christians, or blacks.

          • Deanna

            It’s the same thing as if a Christian business owner were trying to discriminate against a biracial couple working for them. It’s the responsibility of the employer to be all inclusive and keep their personal PREJUDICES out of their business. We are all equal, including the right to marry who we love. Christians are not being harassed because they believe in God, but because there are viewing the LGBT community as less-than. Not worthy. And advocates, allies, and the LGBT community will keep fighting for equal rights until it is so.

          • Wayne McIntosh

            Will come a day when God will show you just how equal you are! You are a minority and you will lose!

          • homemadepasta

            It’s sad when anti-gays try to drag God down to their level, and will even LIE ABOUT THE BIBLE. Sorry, Wayne MacIntosh, we know what the Bible says about Sodom:

            Ezekiel 16:49

            King James Bible

            “Behold, this was the iniquity of thy sister Sodom, pride, fulness of bread, and abundance of idleness was in her and in her daughters, neither did she strengthen the hand of the poor and needy.”

            Anti-gays always lie.

          • http://batman-news.com Anna

            If you are going to quote Scripture, and if you do not lie, include this passage:
            Romans chapter 1:
            19 For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. 20 Ever since the creation of the world his eternal power and divine nature, invisible though they are, have been understood and seen through the things he has made. So they are without excuse; 21 for though they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their senseless minds were darkened. 22 Claiming to be wise, they became fools;
            For this reason God gave them up to vile passions. For even their women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature. 27 Likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due.

            And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them up to a debased mind and to things that should not be done. 29 They were filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, covetousness, malice. Full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, craftiness, they are gossips, 30 slanderers, God-haters,[f] insolent, haughty, boastful, inventors of evil, rebellious toward parents, 31 foolish, faithless, heartless, ruthless. 32 They know God’s decree, that those who practice such things deserve to die—yet they not only do them but even applaud others who practice them.

          • Ben Tousey

            Ahh, Sodom and Gomorrah. If you want to bring a Christian to orgasm, just tell them the story of Sodom and Gomorrah.

            In this infamous story, a “god of love,” a “compassionate god,” decides to commit genocide, presumably because “The stench of their sins” had reached him all the way into heaven. Which must have been some stench, since it would take tens of thousands of years traveling at the speed of light just to get out of our galaxy let alone all the way to heaven.

            What’s most troubling though is that Lot is apparently considered a righteous man — even though he was willing to give up his two daughters (eleven or twelve) to be raped by a mob of angry men to protect two grown men. What kind of father would throw his own daughters to a mob as bait, specifically emphasizing their virginity?

            But let’s look at the word “know” as it’s used in the bible. In some instances it has a sexual connection as in, “And Adam knew Eve his wife; and she conceived, and bare Cain…” However, only in the King James version of the Bible is the word know used in this context.

            The Hebrew verb “to know” occurs 943 times in the Jewish bible. Of those 943 occurrences, only ten refer to “carnal knowledge” such as Genesis 4:1. Genesis 19:5 would be the only place in the entire Bible where the word “know” would refer to homosexual relations.

            So, out of the 943 occurrences, 933 of those times the verb “know” means “know.” Nine out of the 943 times, “know” means carnal knowledge between a man and a woman. One time out of the 943 times, “know” means gay carnal knowledge.

            Within that context, Lot (who was not himself a citizen of Sodom but still a sojourner) invited two people to his home, and at night, though he did not have the authority to do so. So the men of the city showed up and demanded that Lot bring out the men he was hiding so that they might “know them.” In other words, they wanted to interrogate the strangers and find out their intentions. The outcome could have been tragic for Lot’s guests as they could have been put out of the city, or worse, killed.

            This might also make more sense out of Lot’s counteroffer to the mob in offering his virgin daughters to appease them.

            It certainly makes sense that if the men were straight, they would be more tempted to take Lot up on his offer. If the men had come to rape two men, why would Lot consider that they might be tempted by his two daughters instead?

            The result of this translation would lead to the conclusion that the cities of the plane, Sodom and Gomorrah, were destroyed for the sin of inhospitality: “Behold, this was the iniquity of thy sister Sodom, pride, fullness of bread, and abundance of idleness was in her and in her daughters, neither did she strengthen the hand of the poor and needy. And they were haughty, and committed abomination before me: therefore I took them away as I saw good.”
            (Ezekiel 16:49)

            Jesus himself seems to have believed this to be the case when he gave this command to his disciples: “Whosoever shall not receive you, nor hear your words, when you depart out of that house or city, shake off the dust of our feet. Verily I say unto you, it shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom and Gomorrah in the day of judgment, than for that city.”
            (Matthew 10:14-15, Luke 10:10-12)

            Otherwise, the story of Sodom and Gomorrah is a story of genocide, a righteous father giving his daughts to be raped, a righteous father having incest wiht those same two daughters…

            This story strikes me not as a story about god’s hatred of gay people, but of just how fucked up god’s people are.

          • http://batman-news.com Anna

            ben (lower case b), I suspect you exonerate yourself for all your hate speech and disrespect and intolerance, but the fact is you’re a hypocrite. The simple fact evident regardless of how many words you use or Scripture you abuse or how much you preach against Christianity is that you are intolerant of believers, while boasting about how tolerant you are.

          • Ben Tousey

            aNNa (lower-case a, upper-case N)… I have not exonerated myself as I have nothing to exonerate myself from. It is not hateful to tell the truth. Hate-speech is the term that intellectually dishonest people use to shut down a debate that they know they can’t win. The fact that you never took issue with my facts, and that you never brought facts to the party yourself, shows that all you have is the actions of a treed animal, you scream and hiss: HATE SPEECH, INTOLERANCE… yet complete ignorant of the irony. Nobody is more intolerant than you. Nobody hates better than you.
            Let’s remember, it was the “Christians” of the day who crucified Jesus because he dared to call them out on their hypocrisy. I suspect that in the long-run, I have more in common with Jesus than you do.

          • Joe G

            We will be the majority (Those of love and compassion). People that spread hate in the name of God like you will no longer exist.

          • homemadepasta

            The Washington Times, Olivia Eason? Thanks for admitting you lied. That’s the Moonies’ paper. Yes, the Moonies are anti-gay.

            Last year, the United States Supreme Court refused to hear the appeal of a New Mexico anti-gay photographer who was convicted of a similar crime. That’s after the US Supreme Court has examined many such anti-discrimination laws and found them fully Constitutional.

            But a group of anti-gay lawyers from the so-called “Alliance Defending Freedom Of Faith” just can’t accept this settled law, and are on a fool’s errand trying to get these laws declared unconstitutional. These anti-gays are going around the country looking for anti-gay bakers, photographers, florists, and other wedding industry suppliers to violate these laws, promising to defend them for free and pay any fines involved. Research this and any other of these cases, and you will see these “Alliance” lawyers are involved in ALL these cases.

            This “Alliance” is also involved in agitating in former Soviet Bloc countries for draconian laws attacking their LGBT citizens similar to what Russia has passed. It has a hefty budget for Europe, spending more than $750,000 on its European programs last year.

            As bad as it is for hapless anti-gays to be posting the nonsense rhetoric of the shameful lawyers here, the lawyers themselves are inciting these crimes, and should be investigated, and disbarred in some cases.

          • Steven Resnick

            Discrimination based on your religious beliefs is morally reprehensible and clearly a violation of the book they’re supposedly leading their life from.

            Funny how when Jesus was on the Earth he went to the lowest of the low when it came to people who helped including prostitute, there’s also that verse about “whoever casts the first stone”

            No Christian is in the power to judge anyone regardless of what sin they believe said person is committing. So, Olivia you are incorrect in you assumption and the business definitely belongs shut down if they aren’t going to serve anyone and everyone.

          • Thomas Patt

            You answered your own question.

          • Wayne McIntosh

            Get out of the basement and look around..it’s happening all over the nation!

          • homemadepasta

            You mean how all over the nation, Americans are rejecting and condemning your anti-gay agenda, and support their family members, friends, neighbors and coworkers who are LGBT, Wayne MacIntosh? Does this mean you realize your anti-gay agenda has already been defeated?

          • Danielle Wonsewitz

            A bakery run by Christians will bake cakes for Bar Mitzvahs, will they not? Even though that is against their beliefs. A Christian florist will provide flowers to a Buddhist wedding. Gay marriage is no different. Christ came to save sinners, not the righteous. He should be your example. The unsaved are the harvest. Your job on this earth is to serve and love the unsaved. A Jew doesn’t force everyone to live Kosher. Christians shouldn’t force everyone to live like Christ, either.

          • http://doverbeach.blogspot.com/ The Dover Beachcomber

            Yes, Christ did come to save sinners. But he *didn’t* come to leave them in their sins. The current push for Christian approval of gay sex is really a push to confirm gays in their sins, and to work a fundamental change in Christian ethics about sexuality, equating the perfection of God’s design with a perverted and barren distortion. One doesn’t “love and serve” a person by pretending their conduct doesn’t matter to God.

          • Deanna

            God made every gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender person on the planet that ever was, is, or will be. Sexuality is genetic and on a spectrum. It isn’t determined by outside influences just like YOUR sexuality isn’t influenced by outside sources. Have you had any same-sex urges you’ve had to just ignore and try not to act on? No because that’s not the way you were made. Loving someone of the same sex isn’t a sin. God is love. God doesn’t make mistakes. Millions of LGBT people know and love God. Oh and you want to bring up barren? Like there aren’t barren straight women who God made that way or distortion? Every person has a distortion one way or another- mental, physical… And we embrace most of them. The real distortion is your (and most Christians) interpretation of the Bible. God isn’t running an exclusive club of perfect people who receive exclusive human rights. He said, “Come just as you are.” The current push for approval of gay sex is a push for Christians to get back to being more inclusive because that’s “what Jesus would do.”

          • http://doverbeach.blogspot.com/ The Dover Beachcomber

            Ah, where to begin, with such a mishmash of misinformation, bad logic, and sheer disregard for the clear message of Scripture? (1) You write “God made every gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender person on the planet” followed with “God doesn’t make mistakes.” Apparently, you expect this to be received as proof that gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender urges are good because God must have made them. But God also made every person who has been born blind, deaf, and deformed. By your logic, we’d have to say that congenital burdens are also the work of God, and therefore we should never try to use medical knowledge to give sight to the blind, hearing to the deaf, or new limbs to the deformed — if they were “born that way.” After all, God made them that way, so they’re perfect just the way they are, right? (2) You write “Millions of LGBT people know and love God.” That’s probably true, but currently only a few of them seem to “love” God enough to obey Him in their sexual lives, and resist the disordered desires that they find in themselves — which aren’t gifts from God, but the result of our fallen nature. (3) Your introduction of the subject of infertility (“barren”) just helps prove my first point. Most people see infertility correctly as a malfunction in the body — and a burden, not a gift that God has bestowed, and which they should hold a parade to celebrate. Millions of men and women are so upset with the “perfect” way God has made them that they spend vast sums on IVF and other methods to overcome their God-given trait. Are they doing wrong? (4) You assert that “every person has a distortion” — which is true, if you mean a set of deep-seated inclinations to sin — but then you make the preposterous assertion that “we embrace most of them.” Not if we’re Christians, we don’t. We fight those inclinations for the love of God, who kindly made it very clear what constitutes good and evil. Of course, everyone’s free to ignore Him if they choose. (5) You’re right that God isn’t “running an exclusive club of perfect people.” We’re all sinners. But it’s no part of the Christian tradition to say to ourselves that it’s therefore OK for us to keep on sinning. (6) Where exactly did God say “Come just as you are?” And where did he tell us to STAY just as we are, with all our cruelty, malice, deceit, laziness — and sexual perversions? Read the Gospels carefully, and you’ll find plenty of examples in which Jesus warned us of the terrible price of not confronting our sins. Yes, there’s always forgiveness; but not without repentance first.

          • Joe G

            Not every homosexual is christian. Does that mean that they cannot obtain the same legal benefits of being married? In many cases because homosexuals cannot be married there are problems with insurance or inheritance. This is more than just a religious argument.

          • holoh

            Marriage is not a legal thing, it is a Christian religious thing only. You can call non-Christian monogamous relationships “marriage” all you want to, but God trumps what you say. By your rationale, I can call your wife “my bitch” and you have to accept that label of her because that is my belief, right? Let me know if you are ok with this or if you want to recant your position. Either one is a good way to start on your path towards no longer being a hypocrite. Please respond.

          • Joe G

            Yes Marriage is a legal “thing” when it comes to inheritance, taxes and insurance. Marriage has been around far longer than Christianity.

          • holoh

            Um, marriage has been around since the first two humans were married.

          • Joe G

            According to the Christian belief.

          • holoh

            Which is just as valid as any other belief, so why point that out?

          • FaithSaves

            According to every monotheistic religion in the world. And according to the NT Scriptures marriage is between one man and one woman as a reflection of Christ and his Church. Which is exactly why Christians should fight so hard to defend traditional marriage.

          • Gina

            it’s a fact.

          • Joe G

            Fact implies imperical evidence, your only proof is a book. A book that places human history starting around 6,000 years ago. From science we know that humans have been around for much longer and the practice of “marriage” has been around since the earliest of civilizations.

          • Stephen M. Zumbo

            Marriage as commanded by God began with the first Man and Woman, long before any civilization. See the opening chapters of Genesis, as upheld by Jesus in the New Testament.

            In fact, we *don’t* know that humans have been around far longer than that–that is an evolutionary *belief*; human evolution , age of rocks and bones, are based on fallible human assumptions that we can know their ages based on current decay radioactive rates and other natural clocks. We cannot, at least not without running from the Bible’s eyewitness testimony that God created the heavens and the Earth in six 24-hour days, and the genealogies in the book of Genesis and the Gospels that point to an age for Earth of thousands of years, not billion or even millions, and a violent worldwide Flood that would have radically changed the topography and systems of the Earth, and can explain both the fossils and geology we see today all around the world.

            Other observable clocks, such as the Moon’s rate of receding from Earth, or carbon-14 present in diamonds, and many more, point to a much younger age for Earth than is required by evolutionary belief. The movements of tectonic plates we see today may be the still-slowing remnants of the cataclysmic forces unleashed during and after Noah’s Flood about 4300 years ago. See Whitcomb and Morris, The Genesis Flood, or Walt Brown, In the Beginning.

          • Gina

            GOD CREATED MARRIAGE!! yes it’s been around a long time but GOD created it in the garden of Eden! it was designed to be between one man and one woman.

          • Kelly Holmes Marconi

            God created homosexuals too. And The Bible advises us not to judge lest we be judged. Sounds like you need to actually READ what the Bible says instead of judging everyone. Jesus didn’t act like you thank goodness, so what gives you the right to judge others?

          • Kelly Holmes Marconi

            If you think marriage is not a legal thing then you are ignorant. It’s a very legal thing including financial and tax implications for marriage participants.

          • Gina

            another lie, they can have a civil union and get those benefits. stop falling for the propaganda.

          • Joe G

            Not every state has the option of same sex civil unions. The states that do not have them will not recognize same sex civil union or marriage from another state. How is that propaganda? That is fact.

          • Kelly Holmes Marconi

            Civil unions do not provide the same benefits.

          • Gregg Powers

            yes he made everyone but the choice to engage in homosexuality is man’s choice…never forget that, unless you claim that man has no control over his actions in which case i assume that you believe murderers, etc were also created that way

          • Droppo

            Murder is a choice that obviously hurts other people without their consent. Gay marriage doesn’t happen to people against their will and doesn’t hurt anyone except Christians who get their feelings hurt that other people don’t agree with them. Proof that you have no good argument.

          • Gregg Powers

            Okay so at least you agree that’s a choice. it might seem to you that it hurts no one, but it could have more far reaching consequences that you imagine. However, this is not my world but God’s. Your argument is with Him

          • http://192.168.0.1/ Kyle Stephens

            it hurts me inside when I have to walk through a freakin’ gay parade in order to get through traffic when on vacation!

            I find this ironic what you say as Rush Limbaugh could just as viably be argued as having a [LEGITIMATE] opinion as yours on gay marriage, doesn’t he deserve the right to believe and say it? The FCC doesn’t think so, and guess what? Liberals support censorship! If they can’t censor it, they sue it for blasphemy even when it’s true.

            double standards are incredibly apalling with these libt*rds.

          • holoh

            Ummmm, God also made Satan. Your argument is completely irrelevant. By your logic – if I murder your whole family, you have to be completely ok with it because God made me that way and he doesn’t make mistakes? I’ve seriously had it with people like you making arguments that you know are not tenable. Please let me know if you would like me to murder your whole family or if you want to recant your statement. Not doing either equals continuing to be a hypocrite.

          • Stephen M. Zumbo

            God did not make Satan. Everything that God made was “very good” in the beginning, including Lucifer, the highest angel, “until evil was found in him.” Just as he later tempted Eve, he to wanted to be like God, instead of giving God glory and worship as he was created to do. God gave both Lucifer, and Adam and Eve, choices. Satan chose wrong, even though he knew God face to face, and God made his choice and punishment permanent. Adam and Eve’s choice was devastating for them and for all of us, but God chose to redeem all who will admit their sin and helplessness, repent and trust His plan of redemption through the death of His righteous Son, Jesus.

          • Gregg Powers

            This is just wrong. Period.

          • FaithSaves

            What would Jesus do? He would call out sin for what it is (woman at the well) He would not justify sin as when he said marriage is between a man and woman. The Bible clearly states that a man shall leave his father and mother and cleave to his wife. Jesus clearly stated marriage was between a man and a woman.
            Homosexuality was clearly listed as an abomination. And the Bible clearly teaches that with every temptation God will make a way of escape. Jesus clearly loved the sinner but never justified their sin. Can you show me in the Bible where anyone is born homosexual and therefore it is not a sin? Show me is the Scriptures where “Christians” are distorting the Bible on this issue.

          • Kelly Holmes Marconi

            Divorce is an abomination too. So is eating shellfish. So is a female speaking inside the church. Maybe you need to take your judgmental crusades to Red Lobster and to your Sanctuary Sunday morning.

          • Stuart Johnston

            There is not an ounce of scientific/biological truth in what you are saying here. You speak of DNA. Yet, no discernible traces or causation for homosexuality has been discovered or proved. Your argument is emotional and completely lacks validity. In short, you are not qualified to speak like this: “Sexuality is genetic and on a spectrum.” What? How utterly stupid of you to echo the words of another who has absolutely no clue about homosexuality. Plus, you speak for millions of LGBT people….Why? What makes you the expert? Jesus, by the way, would have likely said this: “Go, and sin no more.” Stop trying to rewrite a moral map that was drawn-up eons ago. How arrogant and selfish, as if you are the only individual here who has the mental capacity to understand clear and concise guidance. Stop bullying so-called Christians.

          • whamprod

            Slight inaccuracy here…. and I take no position on the legality of gay marriage as I don’t think the state has any business administrating marriage at all…. but my education was in the biomedical sciences (Texas A&M), and I’ve actually taken genetics courses. To date, all long-term attempts to prove a genetic determination of sexuality have been either inconclusive, or disproving. So you cannot say with any authority that sexuality is genetically determined. You just can’t. There are theories, but none have been proven as fact yet. So you have to make your arguments on an ethical basis, because at this point, the science just isn’t there. I’m not saying you cannot make this justification. I’m just saying that you cannot make it based on science.

          • TSquared

            Yes God created the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender person, however He did not create the sexuality that they live by. It would be against His will and God cannot lie. Their sexuality also has nothing to do with their genetics. What actual proof do you have showing there’s a gene for being homosexual? There is none. It’s an attack on one’s thinking by the enemy (the devil) and at times a generational curse, but it is NOT of God. When He created man (Adam and Eve), He told them to be fruitful and multiple and replenish the earth. As previously stated, two individuals of the same sex cannot reproduce, therefore goes against the Will of God which in turns means that homosexuality is NOT of God because He cannot lie! The push for Christians to jump on the bandwagon of “approving homosexual marriages” would not be an inclusive move that “Jesus would do”, yes He would love them but He would encourage them to turn away from their sin. Also, as previously stated, there’s a penalty for sin, which is death. And yes we all die but the death that is referred to biblically is not being united with Christ in heaven spiritually after the physical body dies. Now these words that we share will be null and void if you don’t believe there is a God. And if you don’t believe, I would encourage you to try God for yourself. Read the word of God, talk to Him yourself and experience Him yourself. No one can take away your personal experience with Christ. You have nothing to lose by trying God!

          • Gina

            that is a lie to try and get us to conform, it wont happen if we truly believe what God has said on this matter. God created everyone but he didn’t force them to commit sexual sin no more than he forces someone to kill or steal.

          • Stephen M. Zumbo

            God doesn’t do wrong or cause people to sin, but He is absolutely clear that homosexuality is SIN. Not just a difference. Jesus said, “If you love Me, keep my commandments.” Letting oneself do what one feels isn’t loving, when God has commanded us not to give into that feeling. When we’re tempted to sin, we need to flee from it every time, not say, “I was born this way” or “It’s my civil right.” Read Leviticus chapter 18 and Romans chapter 1 to see what God says about homosexuality and other sexual sin. If we insist on having our own way, God may allow it, but there will be negative consequences in this life, and in eternity.

          • Deborah Salmon

            I just wonder about something! Starbucks is set up as a company that sells tea coffee and food but now it seems it is also there to sell a political ideal! What ever that cause is Isn’t that overstepping the bounds of its business! Does it mean now that when I go to Starbucks and drink a egg nog that i will also get a dressing down on what political group I am supposed to adhere to or what ever the cause is for that season! Put anyway surely star bucks making a political a statement on same sex marriage should mean that tee shirt printers that don’t support gay pride have the right to make a political statement on traditional marriage (as it still is according to most scholars) the best union for flourishing and development and the best outcomes for children, emotionally and educationally! But apparently Howard Schultz should know all this being a CEO and educated and all !

          • Danielle Wonsewitz

            I look at homosexuality like I look at divorce. You think it’s okay to allow people the freedom to get divorced even though Christ preached often and VERY strongly against divorce (while never mentioning homosexuality once). Because at the end of the day all we’re talking about is freedom, not whether or not you think being gay is wrong. It’s not a sin for two men to get married is it? The only homosexuality the Bible mentions is a man lying with another man. The church exploited the government by handing over the rights to marry so people could receive tax breaks. And now they still expect to control who can and can’t get married? They already gave up that right. But even on the morality of it. If your friend gets divorced do you hound them about how sinful it is? No because it’s not your job as Christ’s representation. You especially wouldn’t scoff at or judge a stranger who is divorced. And even though the Bible says that sleeping with someone else, even if you’re remarried by the world’s standards, is committing constant adultery. You don’t tell a remarried person it’s wrong. Because they know what the Buble says and you let them live with it.

          • Gina

            It is technically true that Jesus did not specifically address homosexuality in the Gospel accounts; however, He did speak clearly about sexuality in general. Concerning marriage, Jesus stated, “At the beginning the Creator ‘made them male and female,’ and said, ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh[.]’ So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate” (Matthew 19). Here Jesus clearly referred to Adam and Eve and affirmed God’s intended design for marriage and sexuality.Jesus affirmed that people are either to be single and celibate or married and faithful to one spouse of the opposite gender. Jesus considered any other expression of sexuality sinful. This would include same-sex activity.Romans 1:26 For this reason God gave them up to vile passions. For even their women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature.27 Likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful,………..1 Corinthians 6:9 Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, ( it’s pretty clear that it’s a sin)

          • homemadepasta

            Shame on you for trying to drag Jesus down to the level of anti-gays. We all know Jesus NEVER attacked loving, committed same gender couples EVER.

          • http://doverbeach.blogspot.com/ The Dover Beachcomber

            There are plenty of evil things Jesus never attacked. That’s doesn’t make them virtues. Shame on you for co-opting Jesus to sanctify your sexual preferences.

          • Gina

            Jesus also didn’t “attack” the woman caught in adultery but he did tell her to go AND SIN NO MORE.

          • Ben Tousey

            First of all, I am NOT a sinner. That’s your schtick. I am evolving. From an evolutionary process, I’ve done quite well. I can rise above many of the forces of nature, respond to virus and illness, think logically, come together to help others, rise above instinct… even make plans for my future. So far, I’m the only creature on earth that does that.
            No matter what I do, I will always be “perfectly human.” Whether I sink to the depths of depravity, or rise to the heights of compassion, I will always be, “perfectly human.”
            Sin is a made up construct, made up as a way to force others into behaviors that would be otherwise unnatural, and especially un-human. One doesn’t “love and serve” a person until they can love and serve that person AS THEY ARE, not with your ideology slathered all over it.

          • http://doverbeach.blogspot.com/ The Dover Beachcomber

            Sin is a made-up construct, huh? You’re “perfectly human” no matter how cruel, no matter how depraved, no matter how evil? Well, I suppose I have to agree that you’d always remain a member of Homo Sapiens, no matter how you behaved. But so what? What kind of revelation is this supposed to represent? And one doesn’t “love and serve” anyone by lying to them about their behavior.

          • Ben Tousey

            Define sin. Show me anywhere in nature where “sin” is defined.

            As primates ourselves, all we need to do is look at our biological/genetic cousins, and we can see just that. When we look at chimps, our closest cousins, we can see that they can be altruistic, and atrocious at the turn of a hat. Yet they remain chimps.

            Sin, especially your version of morality has nothing to do with love.

            For example: if I am a father, and my teenage daughter is raped, as a Christian, I am morally obligated to tell her that this was God’s will, and that she must accept this. I must then
            proscribe a certain set of behaviors that she must follow and obey regardless of how she feels.

            As someone not bound to morality, I don’t have to take that route. Instead, I can comfort her, share her anger, her fear, her frustration, her confusion, and be a safe place for her to grieve and heal. If she finds herself pregnant, I can support her choice in how she handles that pregnancy. Together, the two of us can work out the best way to handle our emotions that support us as human beings, regardless of what the
            moralists tell us we need to do.

            If someone I love, let’s say my son, announces that he is gay, as a Christian, I am morally obligated to inform him that he must reject this legitimate part of himself, or else suffer the
            wrath of a God who loves him so much he murdered his own son to prove it. I must ostracize him, and, even if I love him, I must oppose his right to be safe, to be happy, and to be free. I must harass and harangue him, and finally, turn my back on him.

            As a parent, I can take the human approach: I can love him, embrace him, support him, and learn about his life and what being a gay man involves in a world so opposed to him. I can teach him how to love the best I know how, and teach him that love, and loving, are things we must do not only to make ourselves feel better, but also to bring humanity together. I can support his search for happiness, his right to be happy, and experience joy. I can also do my best to keep him safe from a legal perspective.

            As a Christian, when I stare out into the universe, I must deny the wonder and glory of the universe because I’m not allowed to entertain the possibilities of a universe free to build upon
            itself and to create. I am not allowed to see a creative universe, but, instead, a passive universe simply doing what it’s told. I must surrender wonder and awe for dogma. If observation and awareness challenge my dogma, I must deny that observation and make up my own “truth,” (can you say…
            “Conservapedia”?) and then do all that I can to squelch further
            inquisition.

            As a human, I am free to bask in the wonders of an amazingly creative universe. I can embrace the majesty, the wonder, and… dare-I-say… the mystery. When observation challenges belief (dogma), I am free to leave that belief behind in favor of the new discovery.

            As a Christian I must never learn what might challenge my belief, so I must approach all education cautiously and with terror. As a human, I am free to choose to learn, regardless of topic. I am free to embrace learning, and to challenge myself to grow mentally.

            As a Christian, in any situation, I must always choose morality.

            However, as human, I am free to choose compassion, humanity, kindness, and understanding over morality. I am,
            therefore, more free. Free to be human, free to love unconditionally, and free to accept and embrace all humanity, even those aspects of humanity that I’m uncomfortable with. I am free to choose the direction my life goes, and free to love others, and let them choose the direction their life goes, even if I’m uncomfortable with it. I am free to do everything in my power to make life on this planet… in this place… in this moment… better.

            Life is hard and comes with only one guarantee. But without morality, I am free to embrace it… or not…

            This love that you speak of, does not exist in your morality, but is, instead, overcome by the morality itself.

          • Joe G

            I agree with you, but not all Christians are backwards and ignorant. There are many who can still be good Christians and good humans. (Those that do not follow blindly)

          • Gina

            you will either serve God or serve the world, you can’t have it both ways, if you are luke warm he will spew you out of his mouth.

          • Joe G

            What about christian volunteer workers that help hurricane survivors? They are serving God and the world.

          • http://batman-news.com Anna

            What makes you think a Christian is morally obligated to tell his daugher that her rape was God’s will? Absolutely untrue, and I suspect you know that. Be intellectually honest or don’t waste my time.

          • Ben Tousey

            Who’s being intellectually dishonest? Are you not paying attention? Forced ultrasounds, anti-gay laws, Republicans (another word for Christian) everywhere denying science, tearing pages out of biology books, Megyn Kelly, Michelle Bachmann, Pat Robertson, Chuck Hagie, Mark Driscoll… These are all Christians are they not?
            There is none so blind as he who will not see.
            And by the way nobody wasted your time but you. Nobody compelled you to respond to this comment but you. You wasted your own time. Take responsibility for yourself or you’re worthless as a human being.

          • http://192.168.0.1/ Kyle Stephens

            who’s said Republicans deny science? There’s a difference between being Christian and being Anti-Science. You’re too focused in the 1700 Enlightenment Era…but I’d expect nothing less from such a neanderthal, especially the ones who want us to live in caves, so we don’t “disrupt nature.”

          • Ben Tousey

            Well, at least you know what a Neanderthal is. I love how Christians use the name Christ, and yet only know how to insult and call people names. Isn’t Jesus special, he disagrees with someone and insults them.
            But to answer your question, YOU say you deny science. That’s the basic Christian/Republican stance. You’re the ones out there denying climate change, you’re the ones out there denying evolution, you’re the ones out there trying to rewrite biology books, you’re the ones out there confusing sexuality with your brand of “morality.” It’s all you.
            I also find it fascinating that those who believe that they are “god’s” children, who believe that god created the earth just for them, feel no guilt about completely destroying that very planet. The truth is, emotionally, you DO live in caves.
            All those years ago god told Adam and Eve NOT to eat from the Tree of Knowledge, and Christians have been avoiding knowledge ever since.

          • http://192.168.0.1/ Kyle Stephens

            Since when? I know many Conservative Scientists, Conservative Programmers, and Conservative Microbiologists…all of whom are Christian…I could say that all democrats are gay hippies, doesn’t make it true….. or DOES IT? See? I can play the game too.

            Your attacks don’t work on me, as I believe in a middle road between science and religion. Buster, you’ve met your worst foe. You’d best not screw with me.

          • Ben Tousey

            No you don’t. I know bullshit when I see it. There aren’t many conservative scientists or microbiologists. And what you’re saying is “anecdotal” which is known as a logical fallacy, Science is about facts, figures, data, I can see that you’re pretty much run by emotion.
            BUSTER!

          • http://192.168.0.1/ Kyle Stephens

            yes it is anecdotal. That’s my point. so is YOUR point anecdotal.

            by the way I’ve seen your fb profile photo, the reason you’re a homo is because you’re a midget who can’t get women.

            Just shut up now.

          • Ben Tousey

            Do you eat Jesus’ body with that mouth?

          • Joe G

            Way to walk the high ground. Here you are talking about the middle road and making good points then you have to go and call Ben a gay midget? Really?! You sir are a horrible human being

          • http://192.168.0.1/ Kyle Stephens

            giving credit where credit is due. I don’t attack UNLESS I personally AM attacked. He attacked me, it was retaliatory self-defense. I am kind, but only so as long as people are kind to me, in the first place.

          • Kenneth Power

            maybe he should have announced to share holding Christians who support traditional marriage not buy their coffee anymore.

          • Ben Tousey

            Maybe. But since there’s no such thing as traditional marriage, it would be tantamount to telling house elves not to buy their coffee either.

          • Gina

            I have only seen name calling coming from you Ben!! LOL

          • Ben Tousey

            Try reading Gina. You see, these letters, they combine to make words. Words combine to make sentences. Sentences combine to make paragraphs. Paragraphs combine to make a post… a response… an answer… a comment… The reason you’re only seeing name calling is that’s all you want to see. Everything else gets blurred by your desire to remain ignorant.

          • Guest

            awww, someone pushed bens buttons,lol

          • Ben Tousey

            OOOHHHHH! She LOL’d… Oh, I can’t stop laughing… Such sharp repartee, such witty banter. Remind me to slap my knee.

          • Joe G

            Did you see the homo midget comment? Kind of hard to miss

          • Gina

            once again resorts to childish name calling when confronted…..typical.

          • Ben Tousey

            You’re welcome to try and add something to the conversation… if you have anything to add… which I’m guessing you don’t since all you’ve got is name-calling.

          • Steven Resnick

            Untrue it’s perfectly true. Funny thing how there’s a quote from Hebrews saying that “God will never leave your nor forsake you” yet when a woman is raped where is God? Oh right it’s part of his plan. That’s every Christian’s excuse when something bad happens.

            It’s God’s will. God will never give you anything that you aren’t strong enough to overcome and blah blah blah blah

          • David R

            “If a man meets a virgin who is not betrothed, and seizes her and lies with her, and they are found, then
            the man who lay with her shall give to the father of the young woman
            fifty shekels of silver, and she shall be his wife, because he has
            violated her. He may not divorce her all his days.”

            “If her father utterly refuses to give her to him, he shall pay money equal to the bride-price for virgins. ”

            Get raped and you’re a women it’s up yo your rapist and dad if you have to marry the rapist, and if the dad agrees all the rapist has to pay is the low low price of of fifty shekels. Even if it isn’t God’s will the bible is full of horrid horrid illogical and backwards things.

          • holoh

            He doesn’t think that – he just knows, like the liberal politicians, that he can make moronic arguments and they will still somehow believe him and find purpose in the moronic arguments.

          • holoh

            The 10 commandments are a good place to start, asshat.

            Again, I refer you to my argument above. If you “aren’t bound by morality”, then you have to be ok with me raping and murdering your whole family as long as it is consistent with my beliefs.

            Let me know if you are ok with me murdering your whole family or if you are a hypocrite. Please respond.

          • Ben Tousey

            Actually, ad homenim isn’t an argument, it’s just ignorant people throwing slurs and attack the person not the argument, since, of course, they have argument.
            You don’t even keep the ten commandments. Do you honor the Sabbath? You’re probably pro capital punishment, that’s killing. I would imagine as a Christian/Republican you’re all for taking money from the poor and giving it to the rich, that’s stealing.
            I also find it interesting that you’re so very hung up on murdering people. This suggests that perhaps you don’t value the ten commandments either. Jesus said that if you think it in your heart, you’ve done it… murderer.

          • holoh

            Killing isn’t in the 10 commandments, murder is.

            Also, I’m not a Christian, I’m agnostic.

          • Ben Tousey

            I know bullshit when I see it. You freak out when someone dares to question your “morality,” you defend the ten commandments, you come to a debate only with ad homenim, you threaten murder, you use incendiary language, your fangs are dripping with venomous anger… you’re a Christian… you speak as a Christian.

          • http://192.168.0.1/ Kyle Stephens

            and your ideology isn’t giving your own money, it’s using the people who actually work a d*mn hard day in labor, to pay for everyone else’s check so they can sponge and eat lobster. I don’t see your point… it’s not charity if you’re not giving your own money…it’s only charity if YOU fork over the freakin’ cash…

          • Ben Tousey

            You apparently haven’t read Jesus’ parable of the vineyard owner who went out three times during the day and hired workers, and at the end paid them all the same price. You’re the workers at the beginning of the shift, bitching and moaning that someone might have gotten something more than you… You have a problem with being kind to the poor, take it up with Jesus, cause he’s the one making such a big deal out of it.

          • Gina

            your not serious?? so you think that because we are Christians if our daughter get raped we can’t comfort her or seek justice for her??? where do you get your information about Christians??LOL, it’s laughable the way you think. without morality and the laws ( the 10 commandments) God set forth you have no moral compass. without morality you can do whatever you want, no matter who you hurt. you make no kind of sense!! oh and one more thing, God did not “murder” Jesus, Jesus GAVE his life to save people like you and me from having to pay for our SINS. now I have accepted that wonderful gift, I hope you do before it’s to late.

          • Ben Tousey

            Where do I get my information? From you. These are your rules, this is the way you do business. This is what you preach from your altars.

            As to the ten commandments, you don’t even keep those. Do you work on the Sabbath? I think you do. You certainly worship money, that’s having other gods before you. Do you believe in capital punishment? That’s murder.

            That you can’t be trusted to take care of others without some bronze-age document says only that you cannot be trusted around humanity. If you read my comment, which apparently you didn’t, there’s nothing in there about hurting anyone. In fact, that was the point. You hurt people because your morality tells you you have to. I look for ways to bring compassion and love.

            And god did murder Jesus. I was so bad that no matter what I did, god could never even look at me. According to Paul, god doesn’t even see me, he sees Jesus, that’s how repugnant I am to him. So in order to make it so that he could even look in my direction, he murdered his son. Hey wait, did GOD break one of the commandments? I’m guessing he did.

            I don’t have sins. I’m not a sinner. I’m an evolved human being, working my way up. There is no sin in evolving.

          • Gina

            you are a liar, there is no other way to describe you. nothing like what you have said has ever been preached form any church I have been in. IF you did come from monkeys then honey you have not evolved enough!

          • Ben Tousey

            Chuck Haggie, Mark Driscoll, Benny Hinn, Michelle Bachmann, Megyn Kelley, Franklin Graham, Bill O’Reily… it’s a long list. One of these days you should look into what your religion actually teaches… And I didn’t come from a monkey. I share a common ancestor with the monkeys. And You do too, whether or not you are willing to admit it. And the fact that you don’t shows that you have a huge gap when it comes to your knowledge of the physical world. But that makes sense. You see, back in Eden god told humans not to eat from the Tree of Knowledge… and you’ve been avoiding knowledge ever since.

          • Steven Resnick

            Except that is what every Christian does is lie to themselves.

          • http://192.168.0.1/ Kyle Stephens

            and what every liberal does is lie to to everyone else PLUS themselves. In every liberal there’s a gay pot-addicted monkey waiting to get out and do the strip dance.

          • Johnnie Grantham

            WRONG!!!

          • holoh

            So, by your rationale, I can rape and then murder your mother and you have to be ok with it because “I will always be perfectly human” and “NOT a sinner”?

            Want to recant your idiotic position, want me to murder your mom, or do you want to continue being a hypocrite?

          • Ben Tousey

            You clearly did not read this did you? I don’t value rape, you do. You’ve got all kinds of words for it: “gift from god rape,” “legitimate rape,” “inevitable rape.” Your own bible condones it. Lot offered his two “virgin” daughters to gang raped, and he was a righteous man. He then went on to have incest with both of his daughters, and that made him more righteous.
            Truth be told, the only ones who aren’t human are Republicans/Christians (same thing). But I don’t expect you to understand that since it would require something like compassion, which clearly, by your post, you lack.

          • holoh

            So, you are saying that what you value is legitimate and what I value is no legitimate. You have nailed the liberal ideology, haven’t you?

          • Ben Tousey

            I’m saying that you have no values. You’re shills for Corporate America, you deny science, you vilify the poor, you avoid education like it’s toxic, you’re unable to form an argument, whenever asked to give a logical debate, all you’ve got is ad homenim. You call yourself pro-life and yet defend an instrument whose only purpose is to kill, you are unable to enter into a logical debate without threatening murder… I’m saying you have no values… legitimate or otherwise. Satan would never come for your soul because you have none.

          • holoh

            In a previous post, you said “As someone not bound to morality” referring to yourself. The definition of morality is “beliefs about what is right behavior and what is wrong behavior”. So, you have no beliefs about what is right and wrong.

            Now, you claim that other people have no values? You admitted that you have no values! You have no beliefs about what is right and wrong.

            Your arguments are idiotic. You talk about satan, but don’t believe that values or morality exists. How exactly does that work?

          • Ben Tousey

            I’m wondering if maybe English isn’t your first language.
            I don’t need a bronze-age book to tell me what’s right and wrong. I know what’s right and wrong based on how my actions affect others. I try my best NOT to have beliefs, since beliefs are creations we make up in our head when we can’t find evidence to support them. You BELIEVE in a guy who died for your sins and rose for the dead. I say, show me evidence. You BELIEVE that the earth is only six thousand years old, I have evidence that it is far older. You BELIEVE that Climate Change is a hoax, I have proof otherwise.
            What I said is that YOU have no values. If anything conflicts with your bronze-age ideology, you stick to your bronze-age ideology. I said, that if someone I love was raped, I would NOT tell them it was a gift from god. I would, instead, do my best to be a safe place for them to work out what to do next. I don’t need “morality,” I have compassion, which helps me elevate myself.
            You value a book and a made up god. I value people and their genuine struggles. You value ideology and religion and religious systems. I value people and their genuine struggle to make peace with life. I value life, you value old dead people’s ideas of how life should work.
            In short, I am “pro-life,” you are “pro-morality.” Your morality doesn’t promote life, it destroys it. Just as Lot who offered his two daughters up to be gang raped, and was considered righteous. I would never put two innocent girls in harm’s way… you would. I would never value a father who would put his daughters in harm’s way like that… you do. That’s the difference between you and me. I value life, you do not.
            I realize that that seems moronic to you, but that’s because you’re not able to think above a third-grade level. You can’t explain to a dog why you leave him alone eight hours a day, he would never understand it. The difference is, you at least COULD learn if you wanted to.

          • http://192.168.0.1/ Kyle Stephens

            And obviously Swahili is your first language.

          • Ben Tousey

            And I think imbecilic is yours.

          • holoh

            Haha, that’s nice that you have this black-and-white world in your head, but the real world isn’t like that. You can’t just say morality is based on how other people react. Opposite things can hurt two different people very deeply as well as the same thing can hurt one person and give another great satisfaction. You are deluding yourself thinking you are considering the desires of others. In reality, you are only considering your own desires. As an example, it hurts me very deeply that people murder unborn babies. For others, they are hurt very deeply if a woman doesn’t have a right to choose what goes on with her body. Both are extremely valid concerns of the individuals involved, however, you only see validity in the side that agrees with your view.

            Also, I’ve already told you I’m not a Christian, so your points are stupid. Despite my belief that God does not exist, in order for mankind to have a shared set of values, something other than each individual needs to determine those values. Religion plays that role for society, making it extremely logical. Atheism’s logic consists solely in the fact that it is likely reality, but it doesn’t serve any purpose, unlike Christianity.

          • Ben Tousey

            The only reason that this looks black and white is because you’re color blind. The only reason it’s stupid to you is that it takes more than your third grade education to figure it out. My idea of morality is “simple,” but not easy. Hypocrates probably best sets it up: First, do no harm. Jesus had another version: Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. That you find it stupid just means that morality must be relegated to you from a bronze-age set of rules, and without those rules, you are incapable of thinking for yourself.

            And I know you want to “pretend” that you’re not a Christian, you’re not fooling me. You threatened me with hell, You derive your morality from a series of bronze-age mythologies, you attack those who disagree with those values, and you call atheism illogical. You’re “logic” is so transparent that anybody could see through it.

            One of those commandments there that you like is “Thou shalt not lie.”

          • holoh

            I already said that I’m not a Christian, but I see the utility in a standardized morality set provided by religion. In the US, the predominant religion in Christianity. If I lived in India, I’d say the same thing about Hinduism. My position is extremely logical, although it relies on the majority of the population to ascribe to the illogical belief in a religion.

            Yes, virtually every civilization and culture has had their version of the golden rule, however, it only works if the majority of people are applying the same morality to their decision making. It obviously doesn’t work if they apply different values. This is the essence of the clash between the West and the East, the former which values freedom, the latter which values respect and unity”

          • Ben Tousey

            If you weren’t a Christian we wouldn’t be having this conversation. There are thousands of moral codes, why did you chose this one? Why not the Qur’an? Why not the Upanishads? Do you read agnostic literature? Do you read any of the most prominent agonists out there? You’re not them. You are a Christian, and there is NOTHING logical about picking one moral code over another. In fact, the very notion that you have to go OUTSIDE to find a way to be moral, suggests that, logically, you can’t even see what morality is, let alone try to live by it.
            The essence of the class between the east and the west is ideological, it has nothing to do with morals. The west doesn’t value freedom any more than the east does, the west only values their ideology. Christians are no more compassionate than Muslims, they just follow a different book.
            What you believe in is a god who told three different cultures three different things, and then told them to duke it out.
            I strongly suggest you go to Wikipedia and look up the word “agnostic” because you are not it. You’re a Christian through and through.

          • holoh

            Do you read? I said “In the US, the predominant religion in Christianity.” I didn’t choose Christianity – it is simply the predominant religion in the US.

          • Ben Tousey

            You also have the freedom to adopt any other moral code you wish… you choose Christianity. That makes you a Christian.

          • holoh

            I also never said I abide by that code.

          • http://192.168.0.1/ Kyle Stephens

            I don’t deny science, I do calculus, I do computer science, I do chemistry and biology. I’m also a Christian who happens to not be Catholic. I don’t give a bloody rat’s petut what you think, but just shut up NOW!

          • Ben Tousey

            Ah, listen to Jesus, “Come unto you and shut the fuck up cause I disagree with you.” How old are you? I’ve had more intelligent conversations with third-graders.
            By the way, Jesus said, “By this shall all men know that you are my disciples… that you have love, one for another.”
            You’re not a Christian. I have more in common with Jesus than you do.

          • http://192.168.0.1/ Kyle Stephens

            since when did they say God had been responsible for rape? I see no mention whatsoever in this comment section. You’re putting words in everyone here’s mouths, without ever a single shred of origin off which to base the wannabe counter-argument.

          • Ben Tousey

            HUH?

          • Phil B.

            Sorry to break this to you, but you’re losing despite all your raging. Marriage equality in thirty states and counting.

          • http://doverbeach.blogspot.com/ The Dover Beachcomber

            I’m so relieved to learn that we can tell if a thing is good or bad by taking a vote. So back when NO state recognized “gay marriage” and the population found the very concept preposterous — say, 50 years ago — “marriage equality” was wrong. Right? ‘Cause whatever a majority agrees to is morally right, even if it changes its mind next month?

          • Ben Tousey

            Gay marriage was right, even back then, just as slavery was wrong, even when god said it was okay. We shouldn’t be voting on science, nor should we be voting on human rights. Those things are a giving, regardless of what the bible says.

          • http://doverbeach.blogspot.com/ The Dover Beachcomber

            “Gay marriage was right…”: prove your statement. “Slavery was wrong even when god said it was OK”: can’t tell which god you’re referring to, but if you’re referring to God as understood by Christians, please explain why the modern movement to abolish slavery, starting with William Wilberforce in the UK, was led almost exclusively by Christians. “We shouldn’t be voting on science…”: what “science” are you referring to? Are you saying that your moral position on calling sodomite relationships “marriage” is the same kind of assertion as that the atomic weight of carbon is 12? “Nor should we be voting on human rights”: but you’re assuming that gay “marriage” is a human right, and you can’t assume the very thing we’re debating. You ask that it be accepted as a “giving” (given?), as an self-evident axiom, but I don’t; I want you to prove it. And remember: while you’re doing your proving, no fair referring to absolute moral principles such as Christians hold.

          • Ben Tousey

            You can’t possibly be serious. It was the Christians that opposed the abolition of slavery. It was Christians that opposed the Civil Rights Movement. It’s Christians right now doing their best to disenfranchise voters of color. It’s Christians who are going after voting rights nation wide. The KKK is Christian. Cliven Bundy’s a Christian who thinks that the blacks actually had it better when they were slaves. Michelle Bachmann, Ted Cruz, Jim Crowe, Strom Thurmond, Pat Buchanan… all Christians

            The science we shouldn’t be voting on is ALL science: Biology, sociology, evolution, climate change, physics, astro physics, medicine… you know, those areas that really smart people study and Christians try to pretend that they don’t exist.

            Gay marriage IS a human right. The UN agrees.

            In your mind, Lot was a righteous man for offering his two daughters to be gang-raped. He was also a righteous man when he had incest with those two daughters, simply because he (allegedly) opposed homosexuality, even though, if you read my post, Sodom and Gomorrah wasn’t about homosexuality at all.
            You speak of biblical marriage, yet ignor the fact that Abraham had two wives, Jacob had two wives, David never met a woman he didn’t marry… and you’ve yet to deal with Jonathan and David’s homosexual relationship.

            You say you want proof, but that’s not at all what you want. What you want is someone who agrees with your ideology. You derive your science from the bible, a book that can’t even agree with itself on anything, let alone something scientific. You can read the book, Unprotected Texts: http://www.amazon.com/Unprotected-Texts-Bibles-Surprising-Contradictions-ebook/dp/B003YCOPDO/. It’s one of the better books on the subject.

            That being said, it doesn’t really matter. The only reason you have a problem with gay marriage is because of a bronze-age book. That’s it. While it’s true that you may find gay sex a little oogy, that should have nothing to do with you. It’s none of your business what other men do with their private parts. What’s going on is that you’ve found, in the bible, a hedge to hide your bigotry behind. Period. Now you can pretty up your biggotry by saying that the “bible” says it’s wrong. Viola, you’re not the bigot, you’re just following the bible.
            And somehow you want me to PROVE to you that you’re not being a bigot… That’s like asking a duck staring down the edge of your rifle to prove that you’re not trying to kill it.

          • whamprod

            “It was Christians that opposed the Civil Rights Movement. ” You’re an idiot. What faith do you suppose Martin Luther King Jr. believed in when he pastored the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama? How about the Southern CHRISTIAN Leadership Conference? How about the REVEREND Abernathy? The REVEREND Jesse Jackson, Sr? It was African animists who took rival tribes into captivity and sold them to Muslim slavers, who in turn sold them to (nominally) Christian slavers. I say “nominally”, because these Christians did not follow the text of scripture. That made them hypocrites. And it was a former slaver, John Newton, who wrote the hymn “Amazing Grace” after he experienced TRUE salvation, not before. And it was a Christian member of the British Parliament, William Wilberforce, who was so inspired by Newton’s hymn that he led the long but ultimately successful trek to outlaw slavery in the British Empire.

            It wasn’t Christianity that made these people bad, anymore than Islam makes all Muslims members of Al Qaeda. That would be like saying that because Charles Manson is an American, America is responsible for his murders. That, my friend, is bone-headed reasoning, particularly when the words of the Bible are there for anybody to read.

            I could go on, but it would just be unmercifully piling it on.

            And by the way, I don’t care what gay people want to do or not do. Ultimately, that is between them and God. I suppose that I care on a spiritual level, but I don’t believe that government ought to be involved in the business of marriage at all.

          • Ben Tousey

            Oh good god. You’re not just an idiot, you’re a fuckin’ moron. What it is about Christians that they so despise knowledge… In the Garden of Eden, god told Eve NOT to eat from the Tree of Knolwedge, and Christians have avoided knolwedge ever since.

            There’s an old saying: “If you’ve got an ugly or uncomfortable historical record that you’d like to have whitewashed, then Christian fundamentalists are the ideologues for you.”

            The slave trade was CREATED by Christians, specifically, European imperialists: France, Spain, Great Britain and Portugal as they colonized the world. They used slaves to work their mines and plantations. Papal Bear Nicholas V’s Dum Diversas granted Catholic rulers the explicit right to enslave non-Christians. George Whitefield, famed for his sparking of the Great Awakening of American evangelicalism, campaigned, in the Province of Georgia, for the legalisation of slavery, joining the ranks of the slave owners that he had denounced in his earlier years, while contending they had souls and opposing mistreatment and owners who resisted his evangelism of slaves.

            [Slavery] was established by decree of Almighty God…it is sanctioned in the Bible, in both Testaments, from Genesis to Revelation…it has existed in all ages, has been found among the people of the highest civilization, and in nations of the highest proficiency in the arts.
            —Jefferson Davis, President, Confederate States of America

            Every hope of the existence of church and state, and of civilization itself, hangs upon our arduous effort to defeat the doctrine of Negro suffrage.
            —Robert Dabney, a prominent 19th-century Southern Presbyterian pastor

            … the right of holding slaves is clearly established in the Holy Scriptures, both by precept and example.
            —Richard Furman, President, South Carolina Baptist Convention

            In 1837, southerners in the Presbyterian denomination joined forces with conservative northerners to drive the antislavery New School Presbyterians out of the denomination. In 1844, the Methodist Episcopal Church split into northern and southern wings over the issue of slavery. In 1845, the Baptists in the South formed the Southern Baptist Convention due to disputes with Northern Baptists over slavery and missions.

            And let’s not forget the Christian Identity Movement, the KKK, Aryan Nations, and the myriad of Christian groups that still argue for slavery.

            The fact that you’re so eager to turn a blind eye to these things suggests that you’re either ignorantly/blissfully unaware of thier existence, or you choose to do what most Christians do… ignor what you don’t like about your religion. But here’s how it works: bullshit is still bullshit, even if you spice it up with oregano and pesto sauce.

          • Gina

            when you can’t refute what he said you turn to cursing and name calling…typical. smh

          • Ben Tousey

            So you can’t read? I addressed every point, and added the information. Calling someone a moron, if they actually ARE a moron, is simply telling the truth. When you learn how to read, I suggest you read the comment, and you’ll see that not only is there an argument, it’s a solid argument… which may explain your comment. You have no response, so you go for the Snidely Whiplash remarks.

          • Gina

            solid argument?? LOL, I think not.

          • Ben Tousey

            Yah, I have to agree with you on this one… you don’t think.

          • Stephen M. Zumbo

            The words and actions of all the people and groups you named will be judged by God. All who claim to be Christians aren’t necessarily Christians. Even Christians can sin grievously, and not understand the Scriptures correctly.

            Slavery in Israel was basically to pay debt, or because a man couldn’t support himself, so he agreed to serve another. It was also for a limited time:masters were required to free their slaves after seven years, and to treat them graciously in other was until then. That is nothing like how most American slaves were treated–as less than human.

          • Ben Tousey

            I think you misunderstand slavery in Israel… Women, first of all, were property. They could be sold, given away as gifts, or, as in Lot’s case, offered up to be gang-raped. If a woman was raped, then the man who raped her, and the father haggled over a price. If the rapist chose not to marry her, the woman was considered unclean and never allowed to interact with her community.
            Slavery in Jesus day was even worse. Wealthy lenders loaned money to poor farmers, charging just enough interest so that they would never be able to pay the debt. When the farmer couldn’t pay, they were then slaves on the their own property.
            No, my friend, slavery was never good, and Jews were no exception when it came to how they treated their slaves.

          • Gina

            oh now hold up, the KKK are not a Christian organization any more than the westboro group. when you speak of “Lot” giving up his daughters, you need to study up on the culture at that time. when someone was a guest in your home, you took great care of them and it may not have been the “right” thing to do but the culture AT THE TIME was what made him do what he did. Abraham had ONE wife! Sarah, he got their concubine pregnant ( that was wrong), listen we never said we were perfect, never!! and anyone can CLAIM to be Christian, it doesn’t mean they are. Hitler was not, the KKK is not, westboro is not. Martin Luther King Jr. was a Baptist ( like me) so the whole Christians being against the civil rights movement, out the window. why is it when we stand up for what we believe we get flamed for it? oh, now I remember!! IN THE BIBLE, Jesus said this would happen when we make a stand in His name. no surprise then.

          • Ben Tousey

            The KKK ARE Christian. Westboro Babptist Church IS Christian. Hitler was a Christian. The same way that ISIS and Al Qaeda is Muslim. You can’t distance yourself from these groups because they make you uncomfortable. They teach from the same book, they serve the same god.

            Second, Lot offered his two daughters because they were property, pure and simple. And still, it’s your favorite story. It’s the story you love to tell every time you come up against the issue of homosexuality. Not only is it wrong, it’s horrific. That you would even consider telling that story shows how little regard for young women you have. That fact that you’re defending it now shows how comfortable with rape you truly are, so long as it happens in the name of god. And ultimately, it also expresses your love for genocide since the story brings you to orgasm every time you tell it.

            So I can have a concubine and that’s okay? As long as I’m married to my cousin?

            The reason you get flamed for standing up for your beliefs is that they’re vile. First of all, they’re beliefs, and therefore not real. The fact that you have to “believe” in the first place suggests that you don’t even have the evidence to support it. I don’t believe the earth is round, it just is. I don’t believe in gravity, it just is. I don’t believe in day and night, they just are, and I don’t have to pray every day that they happen… they just do.

            I DO, however, have to believe in Santa. I do have to believe in the Easter Bunny.

            If you simply believed, that would be fine. You have the right to believe whatever you like. But you refuse to stop there. You insist on inserting your beliefs into everybody’s business. You refuse to let others live their lives. You try to usurp the commons, you attack science, you rewrite history.

            This isn’t happening because of Jesus. People liked Jesus. He was beloved. The only people who hated him were… well… people like you. If you were like Jesus, you’d be liked too.

          • Gina

            you are the one who brought up Lot, I just thought you might educate yourself on the culture at the time and no matter how you try to spin it, those organizations are no more christian than you are. I see you are trying to “rattle my cage” by being vulgar and you still have no education on different cultures and times. you can’t shock me dear, I have heard it all before. :)

          • Ben Tousey

            Not many people of the day offered their children to be gang-raped, and it’s Christians that use Lot as a way to prove god’s hatred for gay people.
            And yes, my friend, these people ARE Christian. They are as Christian as you are. They use your bible, pray to your god, and quote your scriptures. And from where I sit, they’re not much different than you… with the exception that they know their bibles a bit better than you do.

          • Iris Tedder

            AGAIN BEN….show us in the BIBLE where is says GOD HATES GAY PEOPLE…K/ Then u can rant and rave and be so angry..k

          • sarah

            everyone “believes” something. so basically you’re also saying that what you think (believe) to be correct, is not real either.

            Another thing you must understand. this world has completely transformed the meaning of Christian. Christian is not some sort of heritage like Italian or Egyptian. True Christians strive to be like Christ everyday, by showing the fruits of the spirit and repenting of their sins and turning away from sinful lifestyles. Let’s be real. Hitler was NOT a “Christian”. –as in the real meaning of a true born again Christian.

            People love to attack us Christians. I wouldn’t dare see you have this type of argument with someone who was trying to force muslim beliefs down your throat. And for the record, people in the middle east still to this day will behead you for doing something like becoming a homosexual. Look it up. They are strong and firm in their beliefs. We are called to share the good news with people and that’s simply what we are trying to do. Watch the movie “God’s Not Dead.” You’ll understand better.

            You obviously have something that you are bitter against God for or else you would have no reason to just not believe in Him. What do you have to lose by believing in Christ? Besides an eternity in Hell? If you don’t believe the Bible to be right, then what exactly is right and wrong?

            Oh, and how exactly do you know the earth is round? Have you gone up into outer space and saw it for yourself? I would hope so since you say that “believing” in something isn’t real if you have to “believe” at all.
            We know the earth is round because we “believe” what astronauts tell us.

            Who was the first president of the USA? How do you know? Did you live to see him? My guess is no. We simply “believe” what we want to believe.

          • Ben Tousey

            Yah, that’s just a word game you like to play. You can’t admit that your beliefs are just that… beliefs, and so you try to muddy the water. It’s a logical fallacy… mostly a red herring, but also a weak analogy.

            As to your argument about Jesus, you’re just trying to distance yourself from those parts of your dogma that make you uncomfortable. Christians are exactly like Christ. It’s Jesus that they find so repugnant. You see, Paul created Christ in his image, vindictive, arrogant, combative, controlling… but Jesus… that’s the guy that freaks everyone out.

            Jesus was all about compassion. He believed that he and god were the same, and that mean that me and god were the same, and you and god were the same. Jesus hated the rich, he hated “Christians,” he hated those in power… and yes, I’m saying hated. This isn’t hyperbole, he hated those people. The gospels are full of him taking pokes at them, undermining them, and flat out calling them whitewashed sepulchres and den of vipers.

            Hitler WAS a Christian.

            People don’t attack Christians. Christians are like bullies. They come onto the playground, start stealing everyone’s lunch money, interfering in their games, and pushing the smaller kids over. And then, when the kids stand up to the bullies, they’re accused of attacking the bullies.

            I also love how you suddenly decide to bring in the Muslims here… just another sign that you’re the bullies… only Christians matter. Muslims are pushing their beliefs down my throat, Christians are. Muslims make up less than one percent of the population in America, Christians over ninety.

            The only good news that you have to share with us is that you’re homophobic, Islamophobic, bigoted, hyper-fanatical, extremist, racist, dogmatic and blind.

            The fact that you couldn’t even have a conversation without trying to elevate your ideology, and at the same time strike down someone else’s suggests that you’re all those things you say you’re not.

            And finally, you have got to stop slathering your bullshit all over everybody else because you don’t like what they say. I am not bitter against god. That’s beyond stupid and the fact that you have to say it makes you beyond stupid. Being bitter with god would be tantamount to being bitter with Santa Clause, or being bitter with Lord Vadar, or being pissed at Luke Skywalker.

            You ask me what I have to lose by folling Christ? I respond… My soul. As a human, I can care about the poor, I can care about the sick, I can care about women, I can care about children. As a Christian, I must abandon those things and care only about abortion, only about guns, only about repealing Obamacare… And what’s worse, is that I would be stuck in heaven, for eternity, with the likes of you. Your version of heaven is North Korea where nobody has any rights and everyone behaves as you, and there’s no escape. That’s what I have to lose.

            That you’re okay with rape, with slavery, with polygamy, with genocide, which are all things that the bible upholds, I am not. That you consider them right, I do not.

            Oh, and now you’re going to tell me that the earth is flat? You’re a flat-earther? I do not believe what astronauts tell me… That also is a logical fallacy. Seriously, you should look up logical fallacies, you’re pushing them out like diarrhoea.

            Trust me, I don’t have to believe who the first president of the United States was, or that the earth is round, or that our universe is fourteen billion years old. And the fact that you think we do shows just how how little though you’ve given this.

          • sarah

            Wow for someone who doesn’t like word play… You are very good at it yourself. I counted 12 times you put words into my mouth. Did I ever say the earth was flat? Did I ever say I didn’t care for the poor, or women, or children? Of course not. But people like you only want to hear what you want to hear and you twist things around to make yourself sound better.

            First of all, Paul did not create Christ. Second, we are not the same with God. Jesus is God’s son but we believe in the trinity, holy spirit, God and Jesus – all being the same. We are not one with Him. Third, Jesus never hated Christians, or rich people. I’m not sure which Bible you’re reading honestly… But you’ve got it all wrong.

            Christians are not like bullies. Yes, there are of course those people out there that call themselves Christians and act just like the world. But for those of us who are still drying to defend the true meaning of Christianity, we are not being bullies. It’s people like you who are bullying the Christians saying things that aren’t true and judging us and twisting our words all around.
            I’m not having conversation with you. And this is a blog post about Christianity. Which brings me to my next question…why are you even on here? Or care to write anything? You obviously believe differently so move on. And of course these are my “beliefs” I’ve never said anything otherwise. AND of course I’m going to elevate my ideology. Isn’t that what you do when someone tries to debate against you?

            All of this to say, you can’t win them all. When our final day comes we will see what the truth really is. Until then I would hope that you would “lose your soul” from the world and give it over to Christ.

          • Ben Tousey

            Yah, it’s kind of obvious that you don’t know what word play is. You said that you’re a Christian… therefore, you care more about abortion than you do about taking care of children. You care more about guns than you do human life. You live for one purpose, to repeal Obamacare so that the sick will never have access to heath care. That’s what Christians are about. We don’t hear what we want to hear. We hear what you tell us. You brought up that you have to “believe” who the first president of the United States was, that you had to “believe” that the earth was round… thereby making it known that you don’t understand the basic science behind all that stuff, and that you are incapable of understanding history and just have to go by what you’ve heard.

            And YES… Christianity is a creation of Paul. James the brother of Jesus, and Peter Jesus’ disciple dogged Paul his entire ministry trying to get the early churches to ignore what Paul was saying. Paul even writes about it in Galations.

            Second, regardless of what you say about Jesus, you’re wrong. You have no proof. While most scholars do agree that a man named Jesus existed, we don’t know who he was or what he stood for. You “believe” in a trinity, though such a thing does not exist.

            As to which bible I’m reading, I’m reading the bible you claim to know, and yet have never read. I strongly recommend another look through the gospels. You’ll be surprised at what you find in there.

            Christians always feel persecuted, but Jesus was beloved. If you were like Jesus, you’d be beloved too. In truth, you’re more like Christ, and he wasn’t so popular. People dying to defend something doesn’t make it true. I would never die for a belief, that’s just silly.

            As to “why am I here,” why are YOU here? Why are you trying to get into my bedroom? Why do you come down to the parade every year and try to create havoc. Why do you stand out on street corners shouting and yelling and threatening with hill. Why do you try to make laws that favor you and hurt others? Why do you try to take science out of the classroom? Why do you try to tell women what they can and can’t do with their bodies? Why do you force people to believe something that you know to be false?

            Why don’t you move on?

            And NO, I don’t elevate my ideology. That’s what makes you a bigot. You’re not able to see truth, you only see ideology. I’m looking for truth. I’m looking to see what is. I don’t elevate my beliefs. If there’s evidence, then I debate that. If there’s no evidence, then it’s a hypothesis, and we can debate, but I don’t elevate my hypothesis above another since neither of us has evidence. Only a bigot would elevate their ideology over another.

            And I don’t have to wait for my final day to see what the truth really is. That’s the beauty of science. I’m seeing it now. I will continue to see it. Tomorrow I will see more truth than I did today.

            I see the truth now, I don’t blind myself with beliefs. I refuse to give my soul away and become like you, soulless, heartless, and afraid of reality. I chose to embrace life, not run from it.

          • sarah

            I don’t know what you mean when you say I care more about abortion than taking care of children….when being pro-life means I care about saving children’s lives. And why are you assuming that I believe all these things? You say I live for one purpose – to repeal Obamacare so that the sick are without healthcare. Where did you get this information from? Do you know me personally? You are being the exact definition of judgmental.

            You say that Christians try to pretend that “science” doesn’t exist, but a lot of the scientific advances in the past were done by Christians. How does being a Christian automatically make me believe that science doesn’t exist. And evolution isn’t science by the way. It’s a belief.

            You obviously have a strong hatred towards Christians. And you assume that you know everything about every single one. You know nothing about me and yet here you are trying to prove to me, what I believe in. I know what I believe to be true and you are putting words in my mouth.

            You still never answered my question as to why you’re writing on here when you clearly are against Christianity. Why are you even reading a Christian blog? You must have some kind of knowledge that maybe just maybe what we’re saying is true.

            By truth I mean after this life. After death. You can’t possibly see the truth today or tomorrow because it’s not something that we can see in this human life.

            And pual did not create Christ. if you did read the bible you would have read… Matthew 16:16 “Peter replied; You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” Jesus and Christ were the same person. Again, not sure what Bible you’re referring to. And Jesus was loved, but he was also persecuted just like us Christians are today. The Bible says we will have persecution BECAUSE Jesus was also persecuted. John 15:18 “If the world hates you, know that it hated me first. If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you. Remember the words I spoke to you: No servant is greater than his master. If the persecuted me, they will persecute you also.” -Jesus.

            What laws am I trying to create? Last time I checked I’ve never tried to create laws that hurt others… Really not sure where you base your information from. It makes no sense at all.

          • Ben Tousey

            Seriously, where are you coming up with the bullshit. Liars for Jesus. Read it, Spend some time with it, stop trying to pretend that Christians have contributed anything to science. It was Christians who incarcerated Galileo when he said that the earth rotated around the sun, not the other way around. It was Christians who have tried to have science taken out of our schools. It’s Christians who have opposed science across the board, and those who have challenged that, historically, have paid for it with their lives.

            It is not judgemental to tell the truth about someone. You want me to believe that you’re something that you’re not. Again, I don’t believe. All of the evidence points to directly to what I said. The majority of Christians in the political and public spotlight are doing just that. You can’t piss on my feet and tell me it’s raining. If you try to enact laws that go after women’s bodies, if you try to enact laws that take science of out schools, if you try to attack children, healthcare, Muslims, brown people… and then tell me that I’m being judgemental… that just shows how ignorant you are.

            The fact that you have to wait until you die to find out the “truth,” again, suggests that you’re just making shit up. You know you can’t prove it, so therefore you try to use the life after death thing to make your argument.

            “They looked for a way to arrest him, but they were afraid of the crowd because the people held that he was a prophet.” Matthew 21:46
            “He consented, and watched for an opportunity to hand Jesus over to them when no crowd was present. Luke 22:6″

            John was written 100 years after Jesus death by a group of people who had one purpose in mind… vilify the Jews. John was written by the Fox “news” of gospel writers. John is the Fox “news” of the bible. Mark is the CNN, and Matthew and Luke are the Huffington Post. The earliest gospel, Mark, was written forty years after Jesus died. By then Paul had already canvassed the Mediterranean with his gospel of Isis and Osiris, death and resurrection.

            But again, the bible is either the proof, or it is the claim, it cannot be both. Just because Peter said it, doesn’t make it true. Paul made it all up.

            That you can’t see the harm you’re doing to America is typical of cognitive dissonance. You create havoc, and then pretend that the consequences of that havoc didn’t come from you, but come from something else.

            The fact that we have to contend with people like say saying that “we’re a Christian nation” and that our forefathers were Christian, and that you want to rewrite history books and rewrite science books…

            Your version of truth isn’t possible since you don’t know truth. What you have is ideology, made up by a guy who had a psychotic breakdown on the way to Damascus, which wasn’t even in Jerusalem’s jurisdiction, so Paul had no authority there. He was probably a temple cop, or a mercenary, sent to Damascus to kidnap someone on orders of the temple authorities, and on his way, had a psychotic breakdown. From there, he went on to create a person that Jesus own brother didn’t even recognize.

            Your desire to foist your ideas upon me, and to slather me with your bullshit look good from your perspective, but I already see the truth. That’s the beauty of science. It tells us what’s going on, and we can test it to make sure of what we’re seeing. I dont’ have to run from it like you do.

          • sarah

            Oh, and go to a country with muslim beliefs… I can guarantee they will try to get you to believe what they believe. America was founded on Christian principles. But unfortunately people have become so worried about “freedom of religion” instead of keeping up on the Christian morals. Now anyone can believe anything and be right. No. Not everyone can be right. Makes no sense.

          • Ben Tousey

            I don’t need to go to a Muslim country, I have the Christian Taliban right here. But thanks, bigot.

            I strongly recommend you read the book “Liars for Jesus,” so you can filly see that we know you’re lying to us, and you’re doing so blatantly, and in the face of evidence to the contrary. http://www.amazon.com/Liars-Jesus-Religious-Alternate-American-ebook/dp/B002OHD23E/ You Christians have the exact same arguments, that you made up, that are lies. Doesn’t one of your commandments say that you’re not supposed to lie.

            And not everybody IS right… For example, you’re wrong. You’re lying to me right here. You’re making up stuff right here. You’re being a bigot right here. So clearly, not everyone is right… If fact, you’re wrong.

          • Iris Tedder

            Ben stop while ur ahead… PAUL CREATED CHRIST????? U SERIOUS???? DOUBLE WOW. Jesus HATED rich people?? uhh.. hmmm NO..wrong again. What bible are u using for your arguments? Jesus hated Christians? UHH his name JESUS CHRIST…(CHRIST’ians)? Wow… u are more amusing than wise. I do not hate you or any homosexual, or anyone for that matter. I may not like their ways..but HATE is a very harsh word.. When that word was used in the Bible…as u well know…Hebrew/YIDDISH interpretations were a lot di’f than our own English language. Anyway…hate all u want… but its not healthy nor is it productive..

          • Ben Tousey

            Stop while I’m ahead, or while you’re behind.

            Look, It’s not my fault that you don’t understand the bible: how it was written, who wrote it, the politics behind it… that’s your issue not mine.

            As to “what bible I’m reading,” I’m reading the bible you all yammer from, but never bother to read yourselves.

            Jesus’ name is Joshua, not Christ. That’s a term that Paul inserted onto him.

            If you tell someone they can’t be who they are, what nature created them to be, what do you call that? That’s hate. I don’t hate women, but I don’t like their ways. They need to understand that they are just property, and that they have no protections in the bible.

            And if you’re going to attack other’s intelligence, it might be a good idea if you learned how to spell.

          • Iris Tedder

            @Ben…KKK was what??? LOL… SORRY BUT KKK was Liberal morons hating Blacks. W/Boro Church…RADICAL AND CRAZY PEOPLE “””CLAIMING” and Blaming to Be Christian…Hitler was actually a JEW….DEAR LORD..WHERE do u people get ur information??? BILL MAHER SHOW??? GEEESH..GET A CLUE PLEASE. RAPE is wrong on any level in any way shape or form. Ben u are a very angry, and sad person. NO one hates you if your homosexual. God doesn’t hate homosexuals either. HE loves us all. Why do u people make HIM out to be this BAD GUY that HATES you just because you’re not a Christian??? OR Homosexual? That is just so so blatantly WRONG. GOD IS LOVE…HE DIED FOR THE SINS OF THE WORLD….Not just for me…my neighbor , my dentist..etc..etc.. BUT FOR EVERYONE IN THIS WORLD. HE GAVE HIS OWN SON SO THAT U , ME, EVERYONE MAY LIVE AND TRY TO LIVE OUR LIVES THE RIGHT WAY… LOVING ONE ANOTHER.
            HE IS NOT UR ENEMY….WE ARE OUR OWN ENEMY…

          • Ben Tousey

            Iris, has your Caps Lock gotten stuck, or you just don’t understand how language works.

            So do you have anything to say, or are you just content in typing in all caps, and asking questions like you don’t understand WTF is going on?

            I didn’t know you were a psychologist. Is that diagnosis that I’m angry or sad a professional diagnosis? Cause I’m not paying you. I’m going to diagnose you. I had one semester of Psychology so I’m going for it: You’re opinionated, and just a bit crazy, possibly bordering on insane, and you don’t know how a Caps Lock works.

            Thinking that “god” hates me for being gay is tantamount to thinking that “Santa” hates me for being gay, or that the Easter Bunny hates me for being gay. I don’t give a lot of thought to what imaginary creatures think of me. I’m more concerned about the psychotic nut-bags that use his name think, and that’s where it gets scary, since they’re uneducated, adamantly opposed to science, adamantly opposed to education, and desperate to harm anyone who disagrees with them.

            You brought up a lot of “questions,” but offered no rebuttal. Your whole argument is based soley on ad hominem, which is irrelevant in the debate.

            And Jesus didn’t die for my sins, he died for his own sins.

          • Sam

            Gina, you’re defending the actions of Lot because they were in line with what was culturally acceptable, while arguing at the same time that cultural acceptance of gay marriage is wrong? The moral contortions you’re going through make the head spin.

            You also write as if you represent all Christians. There are many gay Christians, as well as many straight Christians who support LGBT rights including gay marriage.

          • Stephen M. Zumbo

            First, not every one who claims to be a Christian is one. Only those who humble themselves, acknowledge their sin, repent, and trust and obey His commands, believing in God’s promises and trusting in His grace, are born again.

            Second, God’s Word that homosexuality is a sin trumps the UN or any other fallible human opinion, no matter how many claim it is their civil right. God set the standard from the beginning, “male and female”, one man, one woman–no other pairing. (The patriarchs who took more than one wife or concubine were sinning against God’s clear standard, and the Bible context again and again shows the result of that sin in their lives.)

            It’s not bigotry to insist on the truth and what is morally right by God’s unchanging standard; it’s arrogance to say you know better than God.

            Homosexuality and all forms of immorality and unrighteousness that tempt sinful humans are to be resisted, not catered to. Without God, it is impossible, but with God, all righteous things are possible.

          • Ben Tousey

            I hate to tell you this, but they ARE Christians. They use your bible, they pray to your god, and they quote your scriptures. And they’re right. Everything they say actually exists in the bible. What scares you is that you believe the exact same thing, but when you see it coming from someone like the KKK or Westboro Baptist Church, it freaks you out… because you can’t imagine being that egregious. Yet, they expose you. They take away the pretty talk and show what you really think, deep down, where nobody’s looking. Not even you.

            God’s word is the claim. You can’t be both the claim and the proof. So you’ve got to decide… which is which. A bronze-age document could never compare to a document written now with all of our science and technology, which they didn’t have back then.

            If you’re going to use creation as the standard for how humans should couple, then I have a couple of questions for you. First of all, which version of creation are you quoting?

            I P’s version of creation god only created 1 person in the form of two… In essence, god was a hermaphrodite and so Adam married himself.

            In J/E, god created man, and then brought all the animals to Adam to find a mate. When no suitable mate was found, then god made woman. EVE was an afterthought. According to J/E, god really did intend for Christians to marry their pets.

            And if you take something that nature created, that nature set up, and you call it wrong because a bunch of bronze-age men found it weird, then yes, that is bigotry. It’s ignorance. It’s fanaticism. It’s insanity. It’s the height of stupidity.

            Again, homosexuality is not a sin. That’s like saying being African American is a sin, or being Korean is a sin. You cannot call basic biology, basic science, basic humanity, a sin. For if you do, then you are devaluing the human, and, in issues, insulting god on the way it chose to bring life to the world.

          • USMCVet96

            If you would have stuck with the second half, I could respect your comments….
            But throwing stones, making up affiliations to suit your whims and name calling invalidate the intelligent arguments you pointed out. It’s too bad really.

          • Ben Tousey

            I have no idea what you’re even talking about. Are you telling me that you consider telling the truth to be throwing stones? Are you telling me that pointing out the obvious is name calling? So how does one earn your respect, lying? If that’s what it takes, I’m not interested in your respect. I value the truth far more than I value your hurt feelings.

          • Iris Tedder

            OH…the UN agrees? WOW… well now I’ll rest better knowing that one…GEEESH. KKK was a LIBERAL bunch of idiots that hated blacks just for the heck of it. Christians NEVER opposed Civil Rights…actually Martin Luther KING a REPUBLICAN was an amazing leader whose party fully supported is movement..of which most were Believers/Christians. * Not sure where ur gettng ur info on Cruz/Bachman etc unless of course ur making it all up..and WoW no Sarah Palin jokes?? hmmmm ur slippin libs.lol
            Anyway… U do not have a clue of what u are talking about. SHOW US PROOF…AS I CAN most definitely. Of course none of u liberals would believe it so whats the point. LET ME JUST SAY THIS…AND BE DONE WITH THIS ridiculous display of UNEDUCATED humans.. GOD IS REAL….THE BIBLE IS REAL, OUR SINS ARE REAL, DO WHATEVER U CHOSE TO DO ….but just remember… ONE DAY..WE WILL ALL KNOW AND AS for me…I’d rather be on the RIGHT SIDE ANY DAY…THAN ON THE WRONG SIDE (which in this case is the ‘LEFT’)…

          • Ben Tousey

            Wow, Iris, you have clearly taken god’s injunction against knowledge to heart. In Eden, god told Adam and Eve NOT to eat from the Tree of Knowledge, and Christians have been avoiding it ever since. And YOU seem to have made it an art.

            Things aren’t “so” because you say they’re so, and the fact that you suddenly had to “insert the world liberal” here shows that this is less about a discussion of fact, and more a diatribe based entirely upon ideology. The people I mentioned, Cruz and Bachmann (you spelled it wrong) was to point out that they were Christians… behaving just the way you say Christians don’t behave.

            The irony of your comments is that Jesus, the biblical Jesus, was a liberal… a FLAMING liberal. If Jesus were to walk into your church today, you’d probably kill him too.

            As to your ad homenim attacks, let me just mention that the words you choose to identify others probably more accurately represent yourself, and you choose them because they’re the only way you know to respond. Those who jump to ad homenim have no argument, just ideology, and I think that makes you more sad than you think I am sad.

          • Iris Tedder

            HUH Ben?????

          • Ben Tousey

            I understand that you don’t understand Iris, it involves thought, and cognitive processes. But don’t worry, go back to your little bible study and you’ll hear all you want to hear.

          • allktag

            Yes… so was interracial marriage, the majority thought it was completely unacceptable 100 years ago. 50 years ago, people said it was okay and it was. Somehow, the world kept turning.

            Torture used to be okay. People were okay with it. People then started realizing how inhumane it was. Popular opinion diminished. It’s not practiced (legally) anymore.

            Some things take time to realize are wrong. Slavery was widely accepted and practiced throughout human history. It took thousands of years for a strong enough movement to say “you can’t own another human being”.

            That’s how history works, that’s how it’s always worked. As time goes on, things get better. Things adapt and evolve. Things that are widely accepted now as okay will eventually be viewed as out of touch and outright wrong 50 years from now. Welcome to human history.

          • marko10010

            As is post birth abortion. 10years ago almost every person on this planet would have been sick at the concept of this and yet now it is starting to be legalised. The idea that if us humans make a decision to change society it is rigbt is preposterous. Yes of course we have made some good changes to this world but to say we as a majority dont make diplomatic mistakes is a ludicrous comment

          • holoh

            Africa is widely adopting more and more anti-homosexuality laws. So, in Africa, by your definition more anti-homosexuality is “things get(ting) better”?

            Your statement “Things that are widely accepted now as okay will eventually be viewed as out of touch and outright wrong 50 years from now” is moronic. By that rationale, “personal freedom” is “widely accepted”. Does that mean you advocate that it should be “wrong 50 years from now”?

            Please let me know if you want to continue this charade of making assertions that you know are untenable or if you want to continue being a hypocrite.

          • http://doverbeach.blogspot.com/ The Dover Beachcomber

            Phil B. was celebrating “marriage equality in 30 states and counting.” As enjoyable as that moment of gloating may have been for him, majority opinion or “winning” on the political plane (largely in the courts, through unelected judges) proves nothing on the moral plane, which is exactly where a discussion on a Christian news website should be taking place. Things do “adapt and evolve” in human history, as you say, but I disagree that “as time goes on, things get better.” As time goes on, things change; but not necessarily for the better.

          • Gina

            no where in the Bible does it say anything about interracial marriage being bad, but I can show you many verses that say homosexuality is wrong and other sexual sins too.

          • Stephen M. Zumbo

            In fact, the fact that the Bible says everyone who ever lived, is now living, or ever will live is descended from Adam and Eve, and thence from the family of Noah, his wife, their sons and their wives, gives the lie to the evil idea of races and the supposed sin of interracial marriage. We are all one race–human–with varieties of ethnic and cultural differences.

            The only “races” that shouldn’t intermarry are people that are believers in Jesus with those who are unbelievers.

          • Iris Tedder

            That would have been easier for some on here to understand had it been worded that its best for one to marry a believer (EVENLY YOKED) thank an UNbeliever However it does say that if one does…they could easily lead them to believe and become a believer by their actions on how they live. More or less..

          • Kelly Holmes Marconi

            The Bible also says eating shellfish is wrong. It also says women who speak inside the church are wrong. And what about all those women who sin by cutting their hair? If you’re going to selectively use Bible verses to discriminate but ignore the parts of it that are inconvenient then you’re a hypocrite plain and simple.

          • Iris Tedder

            OK Kelly…. Please Please…EDUCATE urself on the Bible..k? NOW From the day Jesus Christ was born… WE no longer live by Mosaic Law.(OLD TESTAMENT)..we use it as a reference to the NEW TESTAMENT that we NOW live by.k? That means..we are NOT under Bondage to those things u just listed that u said ‘WE” IGNORE..when its OK for us to ignore since we live under THE GRACE DISPENSATION. (CHRISTS BIRTH). SO calling us a Hypocrite is on you…NOT US. Being uneducated and calling names IMO is as SIMPLE AS ONE CAN GET. However..I do not hate you for it..or do I condemn u. Thats not my place to JUDGE anyone.

          • Iris Tedder

            In case u have had ur head stuck in the sand…have u been keeping up with all the RACIST/RACISM going on ? PLUS torture is still on a rampage (ISIS/HAMAS/CAIR/ ETC)…NOT to mention…children being SOLD AS SEX SLAVES?? WHERE HAVE U BEEN???? GET A GRIP AND out of bed …read some thing.k?
            Nothing of what u said is valid…except for the fact none of us want any of this if ur a decent human being. However using this invalid garbage is NO argument or testimony for SAME SEX MARRIAGES. WOULD WE EVEN BE HAVING THIS CONVERSATION HAD UR OWN MOTHER BEEN GAY??????

          • Gregg Powers

            yeah well the same happened in Sodom and Gomorrah before it was destroyed….

          • Gina

            I read the back of the book ( the Bible) and we win, j/s :)

          • Stephen M. Zumbo

            Doesn’t matter how many states approve gay marriage, sir. God says marriage is to unite one man and one women. He is the Creator of marriage. Man’s opinion is irrelevant and, worse, wrong when it goes against God’s Word. “Let God be true, and every man a liar.”

          • Sam

            Actually, Stephen, scripture is filled with references to polygamy, not references to the sancity of marriage between one man and one woman.
            But, all that aside, it is curious that people who worry about gay marriage destroying the institution, have not been more vocal about divorce and out of marriage births. Given that only a small percentage of the population is gay, and only a certain percentage of that small group will get gay married, it would seem that, if you’re really concerned about the stability of marriage, you’d be talking about the damage done to the institution by heterosexuals.

          • Iris Tedder

            Why is it if a Christian disagrees we are either RACIST or RAGING? But if a Muzlim beheads someone /one of our own….NOTHING??? We aren’t Losing Phil….NOT BY A LONG SHOT. GAY MARRIAGES ARE NOT EQUAL…ASk ur mom. After all had she been gay..U WOULDN’T BE HERE NOW WOULD U?

          • Al1963

            There is supposed to be a separation of church and state, so it really doesn’t matter at all what your religious beliefs are. If you don’t like guy marriage, don’t get gas married. It’s that simple. Our country made a point to make sure no one religion dictated the rules. Get over it and read some more fairy tales out of the bible.

          • http://192.168.0.1/ Kyle Stephens

            I’m not against gay marriage per se. It’s the dang benefits they get. After all, if gay couples get extra benefits simply for being gay, why can’t straight couples ALSO get benefits? The hypocrisy is beyond my threshold of tolerance for libt*rds.

          • Droppo

            Let Christ take care of their sins then. You can just try to live a better life of your own and stop trying to control others. Or don’t you think God is capable of taking care of things on his own without your special help discriminating against gays?

          • Alex Melia

            There are so many other sins for you to have a go against, why fixate on homosexuality? Is that because of guilt? A lot of homophobes are closeted gays fighting their own inner (hypocritical) turmoils.

          • Candyapple!

            gay marriage is illogical and serves no purpose in society… societies will not thrive if everyone is gay… however, society will thrive with heteros… see America and the rest of the world for proof.

          • homemadepasta

            Just WHO claims same gender couples “don’t procreate”? The Child Welfare League of America says there are at least NINE MILLION children of same gender parents.

            “Question: How Many Children Have Gay Parents in the US?

            According to the Child Welfare Information Gateway, between 8 and 10 million children are being raised in gay and lesbian families.”

            http://adoption.about.com/od/gaylesbian/f/gayparents.htm

            ” A 1995 National Health and Social Life Survey by E.O. Lauman found that up to nine million children in America have gay or lesbian parents (Committee on Psychosocial Aspects of Child and Family Health, 2002). ”

            http://www.cwla.org/programs/culture/glbtqposition.htm

            Before some anti-gay tells that standard anti-gay LIE that same gender parents are somehow inferior to mixed-sex parents:

            “A growing body of scientific literature demonstrates that children who grow up with 1 or 2 gay and/or lesbian parents fare as well in emotional, cognitive, social, and sexual functioning as do children whose parents are heterosexual. Children’s optimal development seems to be influenced more by the nature of the relationships and interactions within the family unit than by the particular structural form it takes.”

            http://aappolicy.aappublications.org/cgi/content/full/pediatrics;109/2/341

          • Danielle Wonsewitz

            It is biologically impossible for same gender “couples” to procreate. You realize that, don’t you? They can procreate outside of the coupling, with the sperm/eggs of someone else. But that is not “same gender couples procreating”. That is two people procreating with someone else, and then raising the child together. Also, your “how many children have gay parents in the US” is primarily based on adoption. I strongly support gay adoption. And I think it’s despicable that a few people argue about how “immoral” it is for gays to raise children, yet they don’t seem to care that gay couples are raising the children of straight parents who threw them away. Love always wins in my book. But again, adoption isn’t procreating. Raising a child and procreating are not the same thing.

          • homemadepasta

            Spare us your “biologically impossible” nonsense, we all know you want to HURT those children. WHY? WHAT DID THESE CHILDREN EVER DO TO HURT YOU?

          • homemadepasta

            “I strongly support gay adoption.”

            But you want to make sure these children have less nourishing food, fewer school books, by attacking their parents.

          • Danielle Wonsewitz

            Are you high? Get off the internet, you don’t belong here. First of all, I said I strongly support gay adoption. Second, are you trying to argue with scientific fact? Do you think the sun revolves around the Earth? IT IS BIOLOGICALLY IMPOSSIBLE for two men to have sex and have a baby. Are you that stupid? Go away.

          • homemadepasta

            You posted a website to an anti-gay “ministry” that promotes the fake “prayawaythegay” earlier. You might want to make your posts more consistent. I see you are truly dismayed at the evidence I’ve posted here.

          • Danielle Wonsewitz

            Did you even read the link I posted? Obviously not. It was a minister’s wife going through scripture that mentions homosexuality and how it isn’t as black and white as Christians claim. The entire article basically says that the Bible doesn’t condemn homosexuality. Maybe you should actually read the entire thing before you unleash your inner moronic psychopath. Damn. http://someone-to-talk-to.net/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=57%3A10-does-the-bible-say&catid=34%3Afaqs&Itemid=41

          • True Radiant Free

            The Bible does clearly condemn homosexuality in the Old and New Testament.

            I Corinthians 6:9-11- “Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the Kingdom of God. And such were some of you, but you were washed…”

            I Timothy 1:10- “The law is for people who are sexually immoral, or who practice homosexuality, or are slave traders, liars, promise breakers, or who do anything else that contradicts the wholesome teaching.”

            Revelation 22:14-15- “How blessed are those who wash their robes, so that they have the right to eat from the Tree Of Life and go through the gates into the city! Outside are the homosexuals, those involved with the occult and with drugs, the sexually immoral, murderers, idol-worshippers, and everyone who loves and practices falsehood.

            Leviticus 18:22- “You shall not lie with a male as with a woman; it is an abomination.”

            Jude 1:7- “Just as Sodom and Gomorrah and the surrounding cities, which likewise indulged in sexual immorality and pursued unnatural desire, serve as an example by undergoing a punishment of eternal fire.”

            Romans 1:26-27,32- “For this cause God gave them up unto vile passions: for their women changed the natural use into that which is against nature: and likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another, men with men working unseemliness, and receiving in themselves that recompense of their error which was due. Who, knowing the ordinance of God, that they that practise such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but also consent with them that practise them.”

          • Ben Tousey

            You have got to pull that pro-creation stick out of your ass. Survival is NOT just about pro-creation.
            From an evolutionary standpoint, homosexuality makes perfect sense. As we traveled in tribes, and survival was always touchy, we needed more than just pro-creation.
            The human animal has the longest gestation period, and the most helpless of all creatures on earth is the human baby. Natural Selection didn’t just need to “pro-create,” it needed to keep those humans alive until they also were ready to pro-create. To that end, it makes sense to put people within the tribes who had no interest in pro-creating themselves. By focusing their attention on their nieces and nephews, they provided a greater chance that those children would eventually reach adulthood.
            You think only until the baby is born… Natural Selection is thinking long-term.

          • Danielle Wonsewitz

            Wtf are you rambling about? I just wrote a scientific fact about the impossibility of two same-sex humans biologically reproducing. Get the stick out of your own ass, dude. I never gave an opinion about pro-creation. I just stated a fact. You want to argue with facts go scream your nonsense at an encyclopedia and leave the rest of us alone.

          • Ben Tousey

            What you TRIED to do was invoke science… something you clearly know nothing about. But I do appreciate how angrily you scream about facts and encyclopedias…
            In the beginning god told Eve not to eat from the tree of knowledge, and Christians have been avoiding knowledge ever since.

          • Danielle Wonsewitz

            Where did I yell? I’m typing, silently and calmly at my computer so your comment doesn’t make much sense. But if you want to argue that two men can have sex and create a baby, be my guest señor science.

          • Danielle Wonsewitz

            Btw, since you don’t seem to be too great at reading or forming a logical conclusion: all I’ve done is argue on the side of gay marriage and equality. I’ve even used the Bible to show Christians that God doesn’t condemn homosexuality. So I’m not sure what exactly I said that got your lace panties in a bunch. The only reason I even commented about the biological impossibility of two same-sex humans procreating within themselves is because this “homemadepasta” buffoon seems to think that butt sex makes babies.

          • Ben Tousey

            Kiss Jesus with that mouth?
            What I said is that your argument, that somehow sex has to be all about creation is a bullshit argument (and yes, I do kiss Jesus with this mouth). You have this crazy and bizarre idea that the only purpose of sex is to procreate. What I pointed out… scientifically, is that this is not the case. That more than likely, Natural Selection created homosexuality to protect the species.
            What I’m saying is that procreation is a bullshit argument… If all you care about is procreation, then you reveal profound ignorance as to how life came to be on this planet in the first place.

          • Danielle Wonsewitz

            When did I say anything even remotely related to sex only being for procreation? Especially since I don’t believe that at all. Sex is awesome, and not just for procreation. Where are you coming up with this random crap? I never said any of the things you’re saying I did. The only argument I made was (like I already said but you’re incapable of reading anything other than what you write yourself) against homemadepasta’s comment “Just WHO claims same gender couples “don’t procreate”?” Because same-sex couples don’t procreate. They have sex, probably great sex, but they don’t procreate without outside help. I was just stating a fact in response to that single, sentence. I don’t know why you’re so interested in drumming up arguments that don’t exist when you refuse to even read what you’re responding to. I’m done talking to you. If someone else who’s actually intelligent and literate wants to have a discussion, feel free to hit me up.

          • Ben Tousey

            It obviously can’t be great sex if they have to worry about how other people are having sex. And believe me… I read your posts… A word of advice… it takes intelligence to recognize intelligence, just in case a smart person does decide to hit you up.

          • Ben Tousey

            Actually, I don’t wear panties. I prefer boxer-briefs. They hold my boys all nice and snug, and they shape my ass. They hug me like a real man with manly hands. They make me feel all sexy inside.
            They’re way more sexy than panties, and lace… that’s just too girly.
            The biological idea of whether or not two men can have a baby is ridiculous, insane, inane, stupid, and purely ignorant. (My boyfriend Roget taught me that.) That you even feel the need to bring it up shows that you haven’t yet dealt with the science around sexuality.

          • Ben Tousey

            By the way… do you eat Jesus’ body with that mouth?

          • Danielle Wonsewitz

            I don’t remember ever saying I was a Christian…

          • Ben Tousey

            You didn’t use the words “I’m a Christian,” but that’s one of the most common Christian arguments. Atheists don’t use that argument, scientists definitely don’t use that argument, only Christians use it…

          • holoh

            I think I’m in love with you.

          • Danielle Wonsewitz

            Oh really? Because you just called me a hypocrite in another comment.

          • holoh

            I love hypocrites.

          • holoh

            So, you live in a tribe? Your argument is moronic, moron.

          • Ben Tousey

            Do you eat Jesus’ body with that mouth?
            I understand your confusion, since you don’t seem to be much on education, knowledge, thoughtful thinking, nuance… and I understand why.
            In the bible god told humans NOT to eat from the Tree of Knowledge, and Republicans/Christians have been avoiding knowledge ever since.

          • holoh

            I’m not a Christian. I’m agnostic.

          • Ben Tousey

            Agnostics actually enjoy debate, and they come to a debate with facts, agnostics don’t use the bible to get their morality. Agnostics don’t freak out when someone calls into question the authenticity of the bible… You’re a Christian, it’s slathered all over your comments.

          • http://192.168.0.1/ Kyle Stephens

            I think I’d like to say the same about your head in Nancy Pelosi’s anal cavities..but I think I prefer you suffocate from the intoxicating odor.

            You’ve exhausted all my tolerance for the day, I’m starting to get irritated with bozos like you.

          • Ben Tousey

            How I love the children of Jesus. They have no tolerance, they make no arguments, and they only insult. Either Jesus is incredibly ignorant, or he just attracts the worst in humanity… or both.

          • http://192.168.0.1/ Kyle Stephens

            funny you say that, because last time I checked, you were insulting me. I’m about 3 steps away from doxing you. I have better things to do, think whatever you want.

          • Ben Tousey

            You’re going to DOX me? I don’t know what that is, but I can only assume you’re threatening violence… you know, like Jesus would do.

            So you’re going to tell me that this comment: “the reason you’re a homo is because you’re a midget who can’t get women,” ISN’T an insult? and BUSTER? Who the hell uses buster? What, are you eighty? It might explain your extreme crankiness.
            If all you have are insults, then you don’t have an argument, and you don’t. You can’t argue as a Christian since even the most ardent atheist could see that you have nothing in common with Jesus. You can’t argue from a point of “morality,” since all you want to do is attack those who disagree with you, which is hardly moral.

          • http://192.168.0.1/ Kyle Stephens

            who said attack? you aren’t very intelligent, are you? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doxing

            I told you I don’t mess around, but I’ve wasted enough time on bottomfeeders like you, I have an actual education to attend to. Go shove it. I’d be no better than you.

          • Ben Tousey

            Well good luck with your education. Hopefully you’ll finally make it out of Junior High School. I should warn you though, those SATS are for more than just filling in the dots. You have to think about the questions, not just make patterns with the dots. Word problems will probably be the hardest for you since you don’t understand language all that well, but keep it up. Pretty soon you’ll finally be able to spell IQ. And then, with lots of hard work, you’ll be able to know what an IQ is. And THEN, if you really hang in there, you’ll actually have an IQ. Don’t give up, you can do it.
            And by the way, if I’m a bottom feeder, then how is it that I keep running into you?

          • http://192.168.0.1/ Kyle Stephens

            junior high, well aren’t you a sweet heart. Not quite, I am a grade-A student at a university which ranks directly below little ivy. But I doubt since you’re probably unemployed, that you had such the education.

          • Ben Tousey

            You do strike me as kind of a grade-A nut-job. So you’re going to Liberty University? Getting your BS degree? You’re really good with the BS. It’s good to have dreams. I respect your dedication to your BS. Hell, I used to work on a farm and haven’t seen this much BS. Keep digging, there’s bound to be a bicycle in there someplace.

          • Ben Tousey

            I love how you want me to think you’re so smart, and yet you couldn’t muster up a cogent thought if your life depended on it.

          • http://192.168.0.1/ Kyle Stephens

            Well aren’t you a sweetheart. try junior in a top-notch university that directly ranks below a little ivy. Alas, I guess in your unemployed welfare-driven state, you didn’t get the education you decided to sacrifice, in order to burn the American flag.

          • Ben Tousey

            Yah, we chose not to get our education from Fox “news,” or Conservopedia, or the Texas Board of Edumication, or the bible. We chose to go with the science as we know it.

          • Ben Tousey

            Huh? I’ve had more intellectual conversations with a telephone pole… But then the pole didn’t try to convince me it went to school.

          • Joe G

            Lesbians couples can get a sperm donor so that’s kind of procreating

          • Danielle Wonsewitz

            Well yeah and it’s kind of neat to see lesbian couples who each gave birth to one child. But that still requires outside help. They can’t procreate within their own biology.

          • Joe G

            True they can’t.

          • holoh

            No, lesbian couples cannot get a sperm donor. An individual lesbian (or any other woman) can get a sperm donor. A woman’s ability or inability to get a sperm donor has NOTHING to do with whether she is gay, straight, asexual, or whatever.

          • Joe G

            Well if you really want to split hairs like that then yes you’re right.

          • holoh

            How is that splitting hairs? Two lesbian women cannot carry a child and give birth. Only one woman can and that has nothing to do with her sexual preference or relationship status.

          • holoh

            You are seriously trying to argue that gay couple can procreate? Really? Stop with the arguments that you know aren’t true. No one is buying them. They serve no purpose.

            Please tell me how you fit one penis inside another penis.

          • Danielle Wonsewitz

            How many children have been adopted by gay parents? Jillian Michaels and her partner adopted a child from Haiti. Would you rather that child still be starving to death and alone in Haiti? How about the fact that every child raised by a gay couple is loved and wanted. And the couples who decide to have children through surrogates, every single child is planned, wanted, and created on purpose. Sounds like a pretty beneficial relationship for a society. Definitely not pointless.

          • Ben Tousey

            First of all, not everyone IS gay… that’s a stupid argument. Only about seven percent of the population is gay so societies will do just fine with gay people in their midst. And if you want to see the dregs of society, check out your straight people. These are they who rape children, abuse children, frighten children, abandon children…
            Society isn’t exactly being served by straight couples right now either.

          • http://192.168.0.1/ Kyle Stephens

            so you claim we’re anti-gay, yet if anything, you’re anti-straight….I don’t see a difference…it’s painting the kettle black. Last time I’ve checked, gay people can ALSO abandon, frighten, abuse, and rape. Are feminists going to tell me there aren’t female pedos? You’re obviously bat freakin’ bullcrap crazy!

          • Ben Tousey

            Really, that’s your argument? How far up your ass did you have to go to pull that one? Have you been hanging out with third graders lately?
            Do you eat Jesus’ body with that mouth?

          • Joe G

            Who said everyone will become gay? A small percentage of the population is homosexual. Marriage equality won’t change that. Also, many homosexual couples adopt children and provide them with a loving and caring home instead of leaving these children in a broken system. That is useful in society

          • Alexis Palacio

            spot on ^^^

          • homemadepasta

            Sock puppet^^^

          • Gregg Powers

            you missed the point; homosexuality is against the moral law of God, having a Bar Mitzvah is not….

          • John McMickle

            It is not about forcing homosexuals to do anything, it is about Christians not wanting to anyway have their name or business name associated with a same sex ceremony,

          • Danielle Wonsewitz

            But why?! Nowhere in the Bible does it say it is sinful to be gay. In a handful of places it says not to have gay sex. But in no place doesn’t say marrying someone, spending your life with, or loving someone of the same gender is a sin. If they didn’t want to make a cake celebrating some gay sex orgy, I would understand. But for them to use God as an excuse to judge and spread hate, that’s grotesque.

          • John McMickle

            “In a handful of places it says not to have gay sex.”

            In those few places it is very explicit that gay sex is a sin.

            Romans 1:23-31

            “23 And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and four footed beasts, and creeping things.

            24 Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves: 25 Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.

            26 For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: 27 And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.

            28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient; 29 Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, 30 Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, 31 Without understanding, covenant breakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful: 32 Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.”

            That is pretty clear that the act of Homosexual sex is something a christian should have anything to do with. When you start a lot of bad things will happen. Essentially I did something a wrong today, so I will do something worse tomorrow. A Christian that want nothing to do with a same-sex marriage should have that right

          • Danielle Wonsewitz

            Does no one in this thread know how to read? Like I said, nowhere in the Bible does it say it is sinful to be gay, get married to someone of the same sex, or spend the rest of your life with someone of the same sex. But for whatever reason you’re talking to me about gay sex which was the exact opposite of my point.

            But whatever, since we’re here. You’re telling me that it is “pretty clear that the act of Homosexual sex is some a christian should have anything to do with.” It’s so clear and yet you only have one verse in the entire Bible? A vague verse at that, in the entire Bible. Do you know how big the Bible is? God was clear enough to say, don’t murder, many many times. And yet homosexuality is “so wrong” that it gets a single verse that is more than open to interpretation. When you take this verse in context, even just the context you already gave. The entire passage talks about lusting. It says because they started worshiping earthly things instead of God, He gave them over to their lust. It never says that the fact that it was two people of the same sex is what was the abomination. Even in the list of “unrighteousness” in verse 28 does it say anything about homosexuality. This is the EXACT same type of argument Christians used to make for slavery, calling it the will of God. You’re just repeating whatever your pastor or Christian professors have told you because you’re too afraid to question it.

          • John McMickle

            And that means it is wrong because he is giving you over to evil. That act of homosexual sex is a sin. That is based on the fact it says in several places do not do this.

          • holoh

            Please stop with the arguments that you know are false. No one is buying them. You can’t have your cake and eat it too. Your position is that business owners should do whatever their customers want them to do regardless of the owner’s beliefs. Therefore, by your rationale, you believe that a bakery owner should be forced to create a cake that says “All niggers must die”? Please respond (or continue being hypocritical).

          • Danielle Wonsewitz

            My stance is that companies don’t discriminate. What’s yours?

          • holoh

            I don’t understand your stance. Companies do discriminate all the time. Maybe you are using a different definition of discriminate than I am? Would you say that when a bakery refuses to make a gay wedding cake that is discrimination? I believe they have the right to refuse. If you want to call that discrimination, then I guess I support that discrimination. My point was – where does government draw their arbitrary line? If the government forces a bakery to make a gay wedding cake, they would then have to bake a cake if someone asked them to put “niggers must die” on it, right?

            I shouldn’t have called you hypocritical. I don’t understand your position enough yet (but I’m trying to).

          • Danielle Wonsewitz

            There’s a pretty clear line between refusing business because it hurts the image of your company, and refusing business based solely on who the person is. If companies can discriminate based on sexual orientation then they should be able to discriminate based on race, right?

          • Danielle Wonsewitz

            Should we have separate drinking fountains and bathrooms for homosexuals, you know, so we don’t all get AIDS? Of course not. Maybe we are using different definitions of discrimination. Yours seems to be a dictionary one, whereas mine is the one that coincides with civil rights. And you know, my biggest problem with the whole thing is that Christians claim it’s against their beliefs when it’s not.

          • holoh

            Your words need clarification. I believe what you mean to say is that it is against the beliefs of many Christians, but they are mistaken in their belief that homosexuality is a sin. They, of course, do believe it is a sin. Anyone could argue for an eternity if that belief is strictly cultural or religious because there are passages in the bible that can be interpreted to be against homosexuality. Many Christians, given their belief (which is probably cultural) that homosexuality is wrong, have latched on to that interpretation because it supports their ideas. This is obviously a very common thing. Islamic extremists have promoted a specific interpretation of the Quran that supports their position, for example.

            As for discrimination, I believe we are using different definitions. I wonder if you have an answer to my question above though. If the government forces a baker to make a gay wedding cake, what does it do when a neo-nazi wants that baker to make a cake that says “All niggers must die”? How could the government force the baker to do one thing that violates his/her beliefs, but then allow him to refuse to do something else that violates his/her beliefs?

          • FaithSaves

            Christ also said that marriage is between a man and a woman. Oh BTW wasn’t Christ “forcing” his beliefs on others when he made a whip and went into the temple? Christ loved the lost but that does not mean he excused their sin or took part in it. If Christ were a backer in todays world would he bake a cake for a homosexual wedding? He would not. However he would call sin out and tell the sinner to sin no more.
            (Show me anything I said that is not Bible)

          • Danielle Wonsewitz

            You’re the one making the claims, I’m not going to do your research and post sources for you. If you say Christ said this or that then post the verses yourself. And He went to the temple to discipline the religious leaders. He didn’t stop halfway through to point out some woman cowering in the corner and yell at her about every single thing she’s ever done wrong. Jesus hung out with drunkards, prostitutes, and tax collectors. When people pointed fingers and said “Don’t you know she’s a sinner?” Jesus said, “Don’t you know she’s forgiven? ” It’s not your job to condemn those who Christ is trying to save. Do you not have divorced friends? Do you not let them live in their sin? The Bible says that to be divorced and be with someone else is committing adultery, every day. Do you stumble through the internet, commenting “divorce is wrong”, and “don’t bake cakes for divorced people”? For some reason you can understand in that situation that someone else’s sin is between them and God, but not with homosexuality? You’re condemning people before you’ve loved them or showed them the grace of God and the work of Christ. Is that really the life you want to lead? You’re not the law. You’re not judge. Everyone will answer to God. If someone comes to faith in Christ, they can seek your council or that of a religious leader. But don’t greet them with judgment and condemnation.

          • Alex Melia

            Well said!

          • Gina

            thats not what we are doing! but everywhere you turn Christians are being forced to go along with sin or be punished. it’s not just the gay thing either. but thats fine because as soon as God gives Jesus the go ahead we will gone and you all can wallow in your sin till the end, then judgment. sorry but it’s true…no I’m not sorry, if you or whoever have been warned and wont listen then you made your bed.

          • Iris Tedder

            YOU HAVE GOT TO BE KIDDING ME DANIELLE??? Jews, Buddhist, Hindu’s…etc etc.. has nothing to do with same sex marriages. Ur speaking of their “faiths”.. Christians aren’t forcing anyone to do anything..and IF u know the bible so well…read SODOM AND GOMORRAH…then get back to me..k? God doesn’t hate the Sinner…its the SIN. PLUS when someone OWNS their own business they should have the right to TURN ANYONE AWAY..even if they are Christians.

          • Deanna

            It’s the same thing as if a business owner were trying to discriminate against a biracial couple working for them. It’s the responsibility of the employer to be all inclusive and keep their personal PREJUDICES out of their business. We are all equal, including the right to marry who we love.

          • Merlyn7

            Or tell those ‘Christians’ it’s illegal to discriminate in those states.

          • Phil B.

            Seems pretty simple to me. If a business discriminates, I take my business elsewhere. If enough people agree, the store loses business.

          • Steven Resnick

            Small businesses are licensed by the state and if their business is performing weddings they have no authority to discriminate regardless of what they believe.

          • Iris Tedder

            Got a better Idea Steve…TELL IT TO GOD ON JUDGEMENT DAY. Now if u chose NOT to believe in God or W/ever..that is def’ YOUR prerogative …but IMO forcing small business to adhere to gay’s isn’t that the same as what Mr Beer said about Jordans remark? *PLUS more and more Christians are standing up for their rights according to not their words..but GODS’.

          • aksteam

            And vice versa ;-), albeit it hasn’t been working that way.

          • Guest

            That cuts both ways.

          • Gregg Powers

            we will not force anything on anyone however we are also under no compulsion to buy from a company advocating sin

          • holoh

            Did you want to respond to Steve or just continue being a hypocrite? If we have no right to force our belief (that gay marriage isn’t possible) on others, how can you possibly say that business owners must be force to submit to to gay people’s belief that the business owner must serve them and even create things like gay wedding cakes? So, do you want to retract one statement or continue being a hypocrite?

          • Gina

            we have no right to force our beliefs on others, but they can force us to conform to their way of thinking by suing everyone who disagrees with them? if you don’t believe that’s happening just pick up a news paper or go on line. how long until they start suing our Pastors because they wont marry them in church, because we don’t believe the way they do? tolerance works both ways.

          • http://fairfieldbayphotography.com/ Jeff Beer

            I just thank god we live in a nation of laws, without having to answer to religious zealots.

            No one is suing to force people to “conform to their way of thinking”. They are suing to preserve their fundamental human rights. Buying a cake in a bakery should not be subject to bigotry or discrimination. Nor should buying a flower arrangement.

            You want others to be “tolerant” to people who are discriminatory and bigoted? That’s simply absurd. I certainly “tolerate” your beliefs. If you want to pray in public, fine with me. But when it impacts the rights of other people to do simple commerce you are crossing the line.

            I discriminate on behavior, not gender identity or sexual preferences, or race, or religion, etc. If someone comes into my shop and is polite and respectful, I’m happy to trade my services for their money.

            We need to exercise a little discipline in our lives, and not have the knee-jerk reactions to other people’s points of view. Just because you believe something is not correct is no reason to be mean to people.

            Happy Holidays!

          • saminorlando

            Pathetically your’s and Starbucks diversity does not include those who choose to believe the Biblical definition of Marriage that has governed society until Barack Obama! Sadly, those who continue to procreate humans by the love of a man and a woman are now the outcasts but the parasites who depend on birth by our Designer’s method to feed their perversions are the diverse ones! I will never visit a Starbucks again and besides Chic-fil-A has a terrific cup of coffee and its free to seniors as myself!

          • http://fairfieldbayphotography.com/ Jeff Beer

            The ironic thing is that Starbuck’s diversity DOES include christians and muslims and jews and everyone else.

            It simply does not exclude the people you choose to hate.

            And you don’t know me, so please don’t tell me what I believe.

            I think most of y’all are reading way too much into this.

          • Iris Tedder

            I saw NOTHING that of and validity that Jordan was FORCING IS BELIEFS ON ANYONE….MR BEER.

          • Steven Resnick

            Really have you ever heard of a person who is intersexed? Oh wait probably not your ignorant beliefs won’t allow you to.

            Can you define what a female is and what a male is? By your logic you only have physical characteristics.

            By the way Christian logic is that everyone sins, so what’s it to you that two people who are in love get married? It’s none of your damn business.

          • Chuck

            Steven Resnick, the problem with your argument of Christian logic is that gays and lesbians don’t think homosexuality is a sin even though it says it is. Worst sin of all is to think a sin isn’t a sin.

          • GKSanDiego

            Like you thinking that your bigotry isn’t a sin. Look chuckles, you’ve clearly got no room to talk. No room at all!!!

          • homemadepasta

            No, Jesus said the second worst sin is to fail to love your neighbor as yourself. Anti-gays clearly are committing that sin on a daily basis.

          • Candyapple!

            It is when you bring it into our schools… then it’s game on.

          • homemadepasta

            That’s another standard anti-gay lie. You anti-gays keep trying to change the subject when we destroy your previous anti-gay lie.

          • Merlyn7

            Gay students already attend your schools. The game has always been on.

          • Justin

            So is gluttony. Should we outlaw that too?

          • Candyapple!

            Gluttony – We shouldn’t promote it, support it, teach our kids to take part in it, right? We should steer people away from gluttony, not throw it a parade.

          • Deanna

            Is your church steering the overweight people in your congregation away from eating too much? Are they actively trying to get legislation passed making gluttony against the law? We aren’t talking about promoting being gay. That’s not something you choose to be. We are promoting equal rights. That’s it.

          • homemadepasta

            Comparing loving, committed same gender American married couples to “gluttony” is HATE SPEECH, nothing more. Americans have noticed how anti-gays are always trying to demean, demonize and dehumanize LGBT Americans, and we’ve had it with anti-gay HATE SPEECH.

          • Justin

            You should probably re-read my comment.

          • homemadepasta

            Oh, no, I got your comment, I debunked it.

          • Justin

            So, here’s why I say to reread my comment – I’m on your side here…

          • GKSanDiego

            Then explain in full detail why you’re not boycotting Red Lobster? And while you’re at it, why aren’t you bitching about all of those divorced friends of yours and the other ones wearing fabric blends?

          • Candyapple!

            Because nobody is promoting divorce, no one is out there saying divorce is good, it’s fine, everyone should be divorced like they are with homosexuality… nobody is encouraging people to be divorced.. they’re not teaching in school that divorce is good and normal… Quite the opposite, we discourage divorce, we don’t promote it.

          • GKSanDiego

            With a 50% divorce rate, that’s a hard statement to agree with, but taking it at face value, are you shunning your divorced friends, telling them they can’t marry again, denying them hospital visitation rights, and telling their kids they are lowlifes because their parents divorced?

            And what about all those shellfish you’ve been eating? That particular “abomination” is higher up in the food chain in the Bible, so you need to be beating yourself to a bloody pulp before you ever point a finger at a gay couple getting married because they love each other, and telling them they are sinful.

          • Deanna

            However divorce is legal. It’s socially acceptable. Children in schools are taught that it’s ok to come from a broken home, so yes, they are taught it’s ok. Go to your church on Sunday and take a survey of how many people took their sanctified, every-right-to-be-married marriage and tossed it down the drain… And maybe have done this more than once! And it’s ok! But a committed, loving same-sex couple who may never get divorced and respect the privilege to be married more than most straight couples do, can’t get married. Your club of married, divorced, remarried Christians is too holy for same-sex couples…..

          • homemadepasta

            Yes, Candyapple, anti-gays are promoting divorce by divorcing more often than all other Americans, as I documented above.

          • Joe G

            No one is saying everyone should be homosexual. People are promoting choice and equality

          • Danielle Wonsewitz
          • homemadepasta

            Your hate-based website promotes the FAKE “prayawaythegay” which has been proven never to work and always harms its victims.

          • True Radiant Free

            Feeling the need to spread your agenda much? Because we all know that people who support that lifestyle are losing…

          • Giancarlo

            Then why does God keep creating homosexuals. Last I checked, homosexuality is not a choice. You are born gay. Just as some people are born with both a penis and a vagina. Have you heard of hermaphrodites?

          • Jeffrey Wimmer

            You KNOW of any? Can you prove they really exist?

          • isabellaE

            Yes and yes. Read a book. Talk to people without dissolving into hysterics just because they are different than you, or know something you don’t, and you’ll notice a lot more exists than you thought before.

          • PS

            Wow saving lots of souls that way Jordon.. I don’t think you even know HIM just spewing hatred…

          • homemadepasta

            This obsession anti-gays exhibit with “gay sex” is not healthy.

          • Phil B.

            Is that the same bible that says its okay to sell your children into slavery? Hey I’ll trade you an XBox for your daughter.

          • Joe G

            If you want to talk about “nature” there are plenty of example in nature of homosexuality. Dozens of species have homosexuality. Quit trying to force your twisted views of the world on to everyone else.

          • Denverdood

            That’s your belief, which is not everyone’s belief.

            Look at the middle east…both religious factions say their god, and their way is right. They’re willing to kill each other over it. Their word of god is the right one?

            Learn to give unconditional love like Christ. Let your god judge who is the sinner. That’s not your job.

          • Pani B

            Could refute but it’s just easier to call you a dumbass

          • Bill Freidline

            Abomination, you say? And tattoos……and shellfish…….and poly/cotton blends….and……

          • P3Wannabe

            The simple fact of the matter is that you, like most other intolerant Christian people, are incorrect. While I will fully admit what Leviticus says in scripture, that is part of the old law. The old law passed away when Christ sacrificed himself on the cross. Now as for Christ himself, in the Bible, he never mentions anything about sexuality, later in the Bible in the letters of Paul (which were written by a fallible and imperfect man) there is mention of the so called “sin.” As for your vastly uneducated claim about homosexuality being unnatural it is a well documented fact that over 450 different animal species worldwide display homosexual behavior (Fereydooni March 2014). In conclusion, I suggest that you take the time to stop judging others and do what Christ called us to do in the first place, namely love one another.
            http://www.yalescientific.org/2012/03/do-animals-exhibit-homosexuality/

          • Paul Carr

            Really, Jordan. It’s an abomination the be homo? Guess we’re all in trouble, including you. Way to show your Bible thumping intelligence.Homo

            [hoh-moh] Spell Syllables
            noun
            1.
            (italics) the genus of bipedal primates that includes modern humansand several extinct forms, distinguished by their large brains and adependence upon tools.
            Compare archaic Homo.
            2.
            Informal. (sometimes lowercase)
            a member of the genus Homo.
            the species Homo sapiens or one of its members.

          • tmf_x

            Bible Cherry picking. The basis of Christianity.

          • Toby James

            RIGHT ON! They will never be married in God’s eyes, only man’s. We know man is capable of great evil and being a perv in America is acceptable to many.

        • holoh

          Yes, the CEO didn’t say those exact words – that is why it isn’t in quotes. It’s a paraphrase.

          Also, my belief is that the only valid marriage is a marriage under God. Other people aren’t married. What the law says has nothing to do with God or marriage, so, not it wouldn’t make sense to outlaw marriages between Buddhists. They can’t get married. Do you propose outlawing suntans for people with extremely fair skin who can’t tan? It makes no sense to outlaw something that can’t happen.

          That’s exactly the problem with America – you can’t fathom something without big government being involved with it. Why does government need to be involved in marriage? Most liberals say that it’s between two people and other not other’s concern. Why don’t they actually mean that instead of “it’s between two people and, oh, yeah, the government because we can’t possibly fathom successfully living our lives without the government directing everything we do”. Bringing the government into it does make it everyone’s business and therefore exactly the opposite of who liberals typically say it shouldn’t be the business of.

          Thanks for accusing me of determining what is correct for others. I’ve never claimed to do so. My beliefs are my beliefs. They don’t affect others and it is wrong if their beliefs affect me.

          • Steven Resnick

            The CEO never said anything remotely to that and the reason it was created by Christiannews.net is to get views for their article by misleading hapless Christians who will view the title as what Schultz actually said, when he didn’t.

            He has no problem with Christian marriage nor does he have a problem with gay marriage, he’s equal opportunity. He never came remotely close to saying anything about religion in his speech and he got a standing ovation.

          • holoh

            So, you have a problem with Christiannews.net misquoting him, but you have no problem accusing me of trying to determine what is correct for others when I have done no such thing. A little hypocritical, isn’t that?

          • homemadepasta

            “Also, my belief is that the only valid marriage is a marriage under God. Other people aren’t married.”

          • Joe G

            Yeah holoh that sounds like you’re forcing your view of the world onto other people. By you know saying that whatever ceremony that couple had is invalid in your eyes.

          • http://trevor.dekoekkoek.net Trevor de Koekkoek

            its not a paraphrase, its a misrepresentation aka lie.

          • Chuck

            people paraphrase all the time. u don’t see people getting sued for paraphrasing, because its not libel(aka not a lie).

          • holoh

            Please post a link to the lawsuit over this.

          • Matt

            Govt is involved in marriage because it was created by governments thousands of years before Christianity ever existed. people were getting married thousands of years before Christ supposedly walked the earth. Marriage was not created by God, it was created by institutions to bring families together to hold on to their wealth and to prosper. Various religions decided to incorporate marriage into their institutions. But anyone who thinks marriage was created by religion need to go back to basic schooling.
            And you are entitled to “believe” what every you want. But you live in a country of laws that you are required to abide by. If you don’t like the laws, then try to change them. But what you “believe” does not matter. You can believe the sky is purple. The law of the land trumps your personal beliefs. And if the law f the land s that any two consenting adults want to get married, that can. You don’t have to like it, but you have to legally accept it. And if you own a business and you discriminate against them because of your “beliefs” then you can loose you license since to get you license you swear to uphold the law and the rules of each municipality to have a business license. That’s why those two idiots with the cake shop up in Oregon lost their case. They broke the law and they bore the rules of their business license. Pretty simple. Really had nothing to do with the couple being gay, other than the owners made it about the couple being gay.

          • holoh

            No, marriage was created when God put Adam and Eve on earth, obviously.

            What I believe does not matter? Really? You can’t say “If you don’t like the laws, then try to change them. But what you “believe” does not matter.” Those two statements are blatantly contradictory. You believe slavery was perfectly ok and no one that believed it was wrong mattered until it was outlawed? Your position is moronic.

          • Debra Wehrly

            There is no evidence that Adam and Eve ever existed.

          • holoh

            None? How about being documented in the most produced book of all time? That is ample evidence. What you mean is that there is no proof. That is true, but that is also true of EVERYTHING that no longer exists but did in the past.

          • tyler

            I don’t remember Adam and eve in fifty shades of grey

          • holoh

            That’s not even the most produced book of the year.

          • scourge99

            Documented?
            Do you think the Iliad and the Epic of Gilgamesh are literal history too?

          • holoh

            So, nothing that was documented is true? I understand – you are saying that Darwin’s theory of evolution is not true. Got it.

          • homemadepasta

            A work of fiction is not “documentation.”

          • scourge99

            You are completely missing the point. Some things that are written are true. Some things are false. Some things are fiction. Some things are exaggerations or embellished. Some things are a mix.

            The problem you have is that you think just because its written down and people believe its true then it therefore MUST be true or is likely true. That is the mindset of someone who lacks critical thinking skills.

            The theory of evolution is quite a bit different than what Darwin proposed because of new information and data. And no scientist or intelligent person believes evolution is true just because its written down. Its true because there is a mountain of evidence and data which support it and none or very little that contradict it.

          • holoh

            LOL. Typical liberal. Not only is your position that what you believe is true and everything you don’t believe false, you are somehow the determiner of everything written down as fact or fiction. Good job showing your true and typical liberal colors.

          • http://batman-news.com Anna

            Except the obvious, which is nothing comes from nothing. It takes way less faith to look around you and believe in intelligent design than it does to believe something (that came from where?) exploded in space all by itself and that explains the dazzling array of life.

          • scourge99

            If something can’t come from nothing then where did your god come from? Nothing? Or has he always existed?

            If god has always existed then why can’t the universe have always existed or something else (not necessarily intelligent) that created the universe have always existed?.

            So which is it? Are you

            1) special pleading and arguing that only god can come from nothing?
            or

            2) special pleading and arguing that only god can always exist?

            Logic for the win.

          • homemadepasta

            A work of fiction does not provide documentation.

          • Joe G

            What about dinosaurs, fossils, ancient cities, the list goes on and on. Dinosaurs no longer exist today, but we know they existed we have evidence. There is no evidence that Adam and Eve existed.

          • homemadepasta

            Please enjoy your “Adam and Eve” fantasy, but learn to accept your fantasy is irrelevant in the eyes of the United States Constitution.

          • Chuck

            uh, you obviously don’t know history. The old testament, which predates Christianity by thousands of years, mentions marriage. Your argument is invalid.

          • scourge99

            Yea, marriage was 1 man and many wives. And they were his property. Still want to live in the dark ages?

          • homemadepasta

            Marriage predates the entire Bible.

          • homemadepasta

            “Thanks for accusing me of determining what is correct for others.”

            “Also, my belief is that the only valid marriage is a marriage under God. Other people aren’t married.”

            This habit anti-gays have of telling whatever lie sounds convincing to them at the moment has been the undoing of their anti-gay agenda.

        • http://www.barefoothippiegirl.com/ Barefoot Hippie Girl

          I agree with you. I do not support same sex marriage, but I do feel they skewed his words. That is not fair.

        • John McMickle

          Who created the rules and benefits that you describe? the Government it is up to the government to correct it, the solution that the Government has chosen is not acceptable to some people. The number of people that it is unacceptable to outnumber the people impacted by a very large number come up with another solution. Problem solved.

      • homemadepasta

        You mean how this anti-gay publication places the term marriage in quotes when applied to same gender couples? Hilarious. We even know why anti-gays are unable to accept the fact that marriage equality is here to stay. Psychologists report that the most commonly observed symptom of the mental disorder homophobia is cognitive dissonance, an inability of those so afflicted to accept documentation that contradicts their deep-seated phobia and hatred of LGBT Americans.

      • 02Dave12345

        If someone promotes opposite sex, Muslim, Hindu or Buddhist marriage, they are also promoting non-Biblical marriage. You live in a very diverse country, get over it, you do not get to define marriage with your holy book outside of your own church.

      • Paul Carr

        Holoh, I guess you didn’t even actually read the article, maybe you didn’t quite understand it, or maybe Jesus was whispering sweet nothings in your ear at the time, distracting you.
        The article itself never once states he actually said what the title implies. The actual quote is given, and it has nothing to do with it, The author did a fine job of avoiding being libelous by never actually giving his full quote at any point where they try and claim he said it. You, sir, are one of the morons they knew they’d get to bite their hook without checking things out first

        • holoh

          I did read the article and came up with exactly what you did: “the title implies” (so it isn’t a quote” and “The actual quote is given” (in the article). You have ZERO argument.

          • Paul Carr

            And if you read it and get anything near what the title implies, which you seem to do, then your level of comprehension is at about the 1st grade level, and I recommend some remedial work. The actual quote, even as the article gives it, does not even come close to what the author of the article is trying to convey, which is an idea your pea brain seems to accept as fact

    • Wade Newton

      They are anti 2nd Ammendment too dip shit.

    • Richardson McPhillips

      Joining an action before the Supreme Court to overthrow federal law defining marriage is pretty much holding a position against that law, and that definition..

    • D. Long

      Starbucks backed efforts to legalize same-sex “marriage”. If you want to be a diverse company you stay out of controversial issues like this. Plain and simple.

      • homemadepasta

        Why? There aren’t enough anti-gays left to organize a boycott. Anti-gays have NEVER staged a successful boycott. Their most notorious attempt at a boycott was against Disney over 20 years ago. It was such a failure that Disney BOUGHT ABC FOR CASH at the time.

        But the first boycott LGBT Americans organized in 1977 resulted in the Florida Orange Juice people dumping their anti-gay spokesperson, who never performed professionally again after a 1978 concert in Chicago.

      • Merlyn7

        They want to be a company that supports their employees’ happiness. Plain and simple.

    • Phil B.

      I’m not a coffee person, but they make a pretty decent Italian Soda. Think I’ll go have one.

    • Gregg Powers

      sure your right here? Huff post, liberal bastion, says the same thing of Howard Schulz. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/sam-fiorella/starbucks-enters-same-sex-marriage-boycott-_b_4203752.html sounds like you might be trying to sway people away from the boycott

    • Brenda

      Have you ever read a bible? It tells us to raise our children in the way they SHOULD go. It most DEFINATELY takes away the correct EXAMPLES to our youth especially. We SHOULD love the homosexual and be friendly….BUT….withholding our money from companies that support the lifestyle of homosexuality and casting our votes IS NOT violent OR hatefilled. Its our responsiblity as a servant of the MOST HIGH God. If you wont stand FOR your own beliefs..(marriage IS between one man and one woman…per the Word of God) …what WILL you stand for??? Nothing. The only choice a Christian has is to choose whether they will obey the Word of God.

      • Joe G

        Wait so you’re saying to love homosexuals and then you say to withold money from companies that support homosexuals? Not making much sense there. Oh putting things in all caps does not convey your message any clearer.

    • best9rfan

      Anyone who has the idea that 2 people of 1 gender can be married are DEAD WRONG!!!!!!
      God created marriage as 1 man and 1 woman, NOTHING ELSE!!!!!!

  • Dan Miller

    if you support biblical marriage boycott Starbucks

    • Steven Resnick

      Do you even grasp what the concept of biblical marriage is, cause I really doubt that you do.

      • Debra Wehrly

        A lot of people do not realize how much marriage has evolved since the biblical days. Whenever I hear anyone talking about “biblical marriage” I just want to cringe. The biggest misconception is that biblical marriage is that of between a man and a woman. The truth is that it is and I is not. Polygamy was widely practiced in the good old biblical days, even among the patriarchs. That was the norm. Biblical marriage can also take place between a woman and her rapist. How many people today would endorse that? The list goes on…

      • Beach Actor

        Well you’re wrong on that. After trying twice to post Rebuttal to biblical marriage both post were removed- which tells me that this entire blog is bias

    • homemadepasta

      You mea like Eve “marrying” Cain? Like Solomon’s 700 wives and 300 concubines?

      Don’t forget David and Jonathan.

    • Merlyn7

      Which coffee shop promotes having multiple wives?

  • lee metzger

    So Mr. Schultz, how does this work? I’m supposed to be tolerant of gay marriage, but it’s okay for you to not be tolerant towards those who believe marriage is between a man and a woman? (Which, by the way, biology and nature kinda point in that direction for anyone whose brains haven’t fallen out).

    • Ashley

      He never said he didn’t tolerate it, I swear people need to learn to read.

      • lee metzger

        You have strange perceptive abilities. So telling people to sell their shares who believe in biblical marriage is tolerant then? Educate me as to how.

        • http://trevor.dekoekkoek.net Trevor de Koekkoek

          read. he didn’t say that

        • Matt

          He never said that. You are inferring that. And we wonder why we are so far down on the educational scale compared to the rest of the world. READ WHAT HE SAID.

          • lee metzger

            The shareholder merely made a point connecting less shareholder earnings with the samesex marriage stance, and Schultz embarrassed him by telling him he could then sell his shares if he felt the way he did. He didn’t say it in the exact words of the headline above, but he may as well have. He hung himself anyway last year when he came out in support of samesex marriage. Those of us who are a little up the “educational scale” as you put it know full well that samesex marriage means the destruction of what defines a family, as well as affirming the gay lifestyle. Get over the fact that many of us simply don’t agree with that lifestyle and for Schultz to affirm it lost him a ton of business. He made his decision, let him live with the ton of business he lost because of it.

          • Osowoofy

            methinks you’re not quite as high up on that scale as you present yourself to be. seems to me that Starbucks is doing quite fine without the haters.

          • Debra Wehrly

            Actually, I think the opposite is true.

          • homemadepasta

            You’re correct, Debra Wehrly, scientists have proven it by studying same gender parents and their children for over 40 years now.

            “Children deserve to know that their relationships with both of their parents are stable and legally recognized. This applies to all children, whether their parents are of the same or opposite sex. The American Academy of Pediatrics recognizes that a considerable body of professional literature provides evidence that children with parents who are homosexual can have the same advantages and the same expectations for health, adjustment, and development as can children whose parents are heterosexual. When 2 adults participate in parenting a child, they and the child deserve the serenity that comes with legal recognition.”

            http://aappolicy.aappublications.org/cgi/content/full/pediatrics;109/2/339

          • Deanna

            Have you or any of your fellow Christians been divorced? Seems to me like straight people have been doing just fine ruining what defines a family. Right? My marriage personally has not hurt the definition of family one bit! You’re just ignorant of what actually defines a family. Love. Respect. Support. Learning. Growing. Caring. That’s all it takes no matter what your family unit looks like.

          • lee metzger

            Wrong about straight people ruining what defines a family. The standard is what I’m talking about, a biological mother and father and their children, an institution that has served civilization just fine for thousands of years. Just because people ignore the “standard” and do things that break up the marriage is no reason to jettison the standard altogether. And as a woman, you should know right well that a young girl wants to talk to a mother about certain issues, not one of her two dads. Ditto the young boy who has two mothers. Some of us love the family unit too much to see it torn apart by a group of political activists who could care less about marriage in general, using that as a springboard to shove acceptance of gayness down everyones’ throat whether they like it or not.

          • homemadepasta

            No matter how many times anti-gays SHRIEK that the same gender parents and their children down the street are “destroying the family,” we all see how happy that family is, and how well their children are doing.

          • lee metzger

            We do? That’s not what I see…..and YOU don’t see that either. The traditional model of the family has served civilization well for thousands of years and shouldn’t be altered because of modern whackjobs who to be kind, are totally confused about gender and gender identity.

          • homemadepasta

            No one is fooled by those standard anti-gay lies.

        • homemadepasta

          Spare us this “believe in biblical marriage” nonsense. State clearly what you want, which is to deprive LGBT Americans of Equal Protection Under the Law.

        • Merlyn7

          He said to sell their shares if they felt another company would provide more than a 38% return.

    • Steven Resnick

      You are truly clueless, the said person you were referring to made a comment about disappointing numbers, Schultz merely pointed out the 38 percent return and if he wasn’t happy with it, to go sell his shares and find a company where he can find a bigger return.

      It has nothing to do with not being tolerant of an opposing views, he made a suggestion because someone complained about his rate of return.

      Also, it’s perfectly fine for a CEO to stand up to someone who has a narrow minded ignorant view.

      • lee metzger

        Starbucks voted to oppose the Defense of Marriage Act. They’ve asked for their own problems. As far as a narrow minded, ignorant view, it is not ignorant to oppose any legislation that will totally uproot the bedrock of the traditional family. And do tell me, ignorant one yourself. In 2001 the CDC HAD to report that 1 in 5 sexually active gay and bisexual men carry the aids virus. So tell me now that these people are interested in marriage? Some of us aren’t so stupid.

        • Steven Resnick

          Uproot the traditional family….The traditional family has gone extinct and it happened a long time ago. So it’s obvious you’ve been living under a rock.

          50 percent of marriages end in divorce, yeah how’s that for traditional family.

          You’re citing a stat from 13 years ago to make a useless point, which is even more hilarious and again shows your ignorant views.

          • lee metzger

            First of all, you’re the ignorant one. That study was from 2008 and was contrasted with a study done over 10 yrs ago. Yeah, I can tell the traditional family has gone extinct. Kids today are cosmic brats, women are killing themselves trying to raise their children without a man, and men see women as little more that sperm deposit boxes. You’re a cosmic idiot, you really are. It clearly doesn’t matter what stat I give you, you’d just come back with your progressive bilge. Like I said smarta**, some of us aren’t so stupid, And yeah, since 50% of marriages end in divorce, no fault of the institution, do you really expect me to buy the idea that gays want to get married? HAHAHAHAHAHA.

          • Steven Resnick

            I’m the ignorant your post clearly states “In 2001 the CDC HAD to report that 1 in 5 sexually active gay and bisexual men carry the aids virus.”

            So now it’s 2008? Maybe you need a refresher court on how to come up with your facts.

            Really single women are killing themselves trying to raise their children without a man.

            Interesting that’s why over the last decade there’s more single parent families where it’s the man, not the woman raising the children.

            Amazing how facts can escape you.

            Funny how you call the children of today cosmic brats, yet with so many single parents families what’s the fault of that?

            Oh yeah Christian ignorance as the US leads in developed countries in teenage pregnancies .

            Go take your nonsense elsewhere.

          • lee metzger

            You obviously don’t even research online yourself to check on studies. I misspelled, the CDC study was from 2010, but no, in your zeal to criticize, you can’t even check on the stat yourself. As far as single women “killing” themselves, that’s not literally true. I assumed with your enlightened mind you’d get that but obviously not. The clear point is that women are finding it very hard to work a fulltime job, and then come home and be the parent too. But I suppose you’d say that’s just the way it is today, and they’ll just have to adjust to our enlightened times. And the kids are brats because men are not around to do their job in the home. A woman can discipline the kid, but sorry, it’s just way different when discipline comes from the man. But why should I waste time with you? You obviously come from the political spectrum that revels in screwing up a society as much as possible, and refuses to see the real cause of it. Case in point, Christian ignorance has nothing to do with our teenage pregnancy rate. On the contrary, modern secularism and its relativistic, do whatever you want in your own eyes utter BS is the clear culprit there.

          • Steven Resnick

            You are hilarious. Misstated facts, can’t even get the right date, it was 2001, then 2008, now it’s 2010. Lol.

            It must be a sad lonely existence for you since all you do is put your foot in your mouth.

            You’re saying being a single parent is hard, well duhhhhhh! You are hilarious. Keep on commenting can’t wait for the laughs to keep on coming.

          • Debra Wehrly

            Actually, I know a few single mothers and fathers too who do a fine job at raising their children. Is it hard? Yes, of course it is, but not impossible. It is interesting that you cannot even have a civil discourse without making insulting and disparaging remarks. It is funny how you want to put Steven Resnick into a box.

          • homemadepasta

            Please tell everyone you can how much pleasure you derive from fantasizing that all LGBT Americans would get a disease, suffer and die. That’s one of the ways anti-gays have sabotaged their own anti-gay agenda.

          • homemadepasta

            This obvious pleasure anti-gays exhibit at their hope that all LGBT Americans would get that disease, suffer and die is one more reason normal, non-homophobic Americans condemn the anti-gay agenda.

        • homemadepasta

          This conversation is about legal marriage–but when you hear “marriage,” you THINK “gay sex,” huh?

          Readers who would like to see the scientific evidence for why anti-gay posters are so obsessed with what they IMAGINE same gender couples do in private should Google “Homophobia is apparently associated with homosexual arousal that the homophobic individual is either unaware of or denies.”

    • Debra Wehrly

      Well, if marriage is only for reproduction, then perhaps we should ban infertile couples from marrying. Better yet, why don’t we legislate an age limit for people desiring to marry. After all, what would be the point of getting married if you cannot have children?

    • Deanna

      Marriage does not equal biology and nature. If that were a requirement, barren women or sterile men would never get married. (Just to give one example) By the way, LGBT people did not choose what sex to be attracted to or fall in love with. Just like I’m sure you didn’t have a choice along the way like, “Hmm, I’d love to be with the same sex but I’m going to choose to be with the opposite sex.” Sexuality is on a spectrum and it’s determined in our genetics. Marriage is about love, respect, commitment, support, learning, growing, and caring. That can be between any two consenting adults.

  • thetruthdealer

    i cant stand homos

    • SES V

      You sho is ugly and that’s thetruth!!!

    • Matt

      You know what they say when you protest too much . . . Maybe it’s your homosexuality that really has you scared.

    • homemadepasta

      Psychologists identified homophobia as a mental illness and published their results in the Journal of the National Institutes of Health in 1953, but Freud himself coined the term. Homophobia is the irrational fear, disgust, or hatred of gays, lesbians, and/or bisexual people, or of homosexual feelings in oneself. It refers to the discomfort one feels with any behavior, belief, or attitude (in self or others) that does not conform to traditional sex role stereotypes. Homophobia exhibits itself in the fear of knowing, befriending, or associating with gays, lesbians, or bisexual people; fear of being perceived as gay or lesbian; and/or fear of stepping out of accepted gender role behavior. Psychologists report that the most commonly observed symptom of the mental disorder homophobia is cognitive dissonance, an inability of those so afflicted to accept documentation that contradicts their deep-seated phobia and hatred of LGBT Americans.

      Please seek mental health care for your mental disorder.

  • Joshua Cohen

    This headline is journalistically disgusting. They didn’t say that at all. They said if shareholders could find a company with higher returns sell their shares and invest in that company. As a former journalist I’m offended. I am going to start a petition to boycott this Website.

  • Mindfullofthoughts

    As a ”Christian” site I’m offended you chose to use this headline for this article. The headline makes it appear he’s telling Christians to sell their stock when in reality he’s saying people upset with his stance on marriage wont get better than a 38% return rate… and that IS true. if you have to contort the truth to drive home a point you will fail.

  • Steven Resnick

    Funny how the title from Huffington Post is so much different then this narrow, attention grabbing, misleading headline.

    http://www.forbes.com/sites/frederickallen/2013/03/22/howard-schultz-to-anti-gay-marriage-starbucks-shareholder-you-can-sell-your-shares/

  • Steven Resnick

    Funny how the author doesn’t have the guts to name themselves and hides behind the name Editor, so it can’t be traced back to who actually wrote it.

    Coward!

  • Robert Conley

    The absolute worst cup of coffee I ever had came from a Starbucks in the SeaTac airport in 2007. I have avoided Starbucks since then.

  • Clae Brewer

    I wonder if Gays still eat at Chic-A-Fila?

    • Matt

      nope. And after their little boost in sales that’s to the Right Wing’s temporary support after the boycott, Chic-Fil-A posted their worse sales year in 15 years. That is why the owner apologized. Or did you not see that headline? That’s why they are now trying to get the gays back. Just like Coors did and Southwest Airlines. Once all you greedy Christians realize how much money gays spend, suddenly you find a way to “accept” them because it’s the “good Christian thing to do. Hypocrites!

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sO-msplukrw

      • Clae Brewer

        Im sorry it’s hard for me to understand someone who don’t know what they are, but I can help. Try Jesus.

        • homemadepasta

          Maybe YOU should try Jesus, Clae Brewer, but the REAL Jesus, not the fake homophobic Jesus. We know that’s a LIE, because Jesus affirmed a gay couple. Read Matthew 8:5-13 and Luke 7:1-10. Many of us are familiar with the Gospel story where Jesus healed the servant of a Roman centurion. In the original Greek, the word that the Roman centurion uses in this passage to describe the sick man – pais – is the same word used in ancient Greek to refer to a same-gender partner.

          • Clae Brewer

            Let me guess you are yet another individual who embraced your sin that you desire God join in on your perversion. Tsk Tsk… 1Corinthians 6:9 Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind,

            Do your home work on the word EFFEMINATE And that’s in the KJV..oh and here is the NKJV translation just in case you want to do to a parallel comparison…
            1 Corinthians 6:9 Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites,
            Jesus loves you. I say that as an invitation to freedom in Christ.

  • Nan Sampsel

    I don’t drink coffee & don’t shop at Starbucks, but I see no problem with what the company is doing. I am a Christian, but I do not force my beliefs on others. The US Constitution states that we all have freedom to any religious beliefs we choose. Therefore, it is unlawful to try to force another to live by your personal religious beliefs. Everyone is entitled to their own beliefs, because that’s all they truly are…beliefs. Just because someone believs something does not make them right. People can rant & scream “the Bible says…” all they want, it still does not give them the right to force their Belief in the Bible on others.

    • http://batman-news.com Anna

      Neither does it give you the right to mischaracterize stating what the Bible says as “rant”ing and “scream”ing. Odd position for a Christian to take.

  • Jokef1000

    A better approach is to just stop buying Starbucks Coffee…

    • homemadepasta

      How has that worked out? Are there enough anti-gays to make a meaningful boycott? Can you document their sales are off?

  • pokerwife1

    Read this article to Hubs and his response to the headline was that they could sell their shares and invest in another company or they could buy enough shares and take control of the company.

  • greywulf1064

    Their coffee is overrated and overpriced anyways

  • Stephen B

    I’ve read many of the comments here and for the exception of a few level headed individuals, most of the comments are emotional reactions to ideas which oppose ones world view. In other words, you aren’t making a case for your position that satisfactorily represents the ideology which you claim to support. Christianity is clear, yet many believers are ignorant to the very teachings which they vociferously defend. Let me attempt to clear a few things up for you. The bible says humans are depraved. That’s all humans not just the ones sinning in ways which offend your sensibilities. It also says, few will walk the narrow path which means most will reject the teachings of Jesus Christ and walk the broad path to destruction. The call to follow Christ is to individuals, not societies or cultures. No individual is capable of following Christ perfectly which is why we need a savior in the first place. Now take all of these facts regarding Christianity and tell me where it leads anyone to think that they should be railing against the behaviors of unbelievers, getting angry at unbelievers or boycotting their businesses? Doesn’t Christ say pray for your persecutors? Pray for your enemies? Pray for sinners? I just do not understand all of this emotional kerfuffle over humans acting like humans. Mt. 7:3.

  • http://trevor.dekoekkoek.net Trevor de Koekkoek

    the headline is an outright falsehood. Not so good for a Christian rag.

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  • Matt

    I’m surprised that after Starbucks released an all Drag Queen commercial that your little Christian minds haven’t popped!

    Starbucks Drag video
    http://www.refinery29.com/2014/10/77084/starbucks-drag-queen-commercial

  • hiway280z

    MIXTURE: TRUE: Howard Schultz affirmed the company’s support for same-sex marriage at a shareholder meeting. FALSE: Howard Schultz said supporters of traditional marriage were not allowed to be Starbucks stockholders or desired as Starbucks customers.
    Read more at http://www.snopes.com/politics/sexuality/starbucks.asp#bejs59pATOfUi4JO.99

  • hiway280z

    I won’t boycott because he has his view. He did not tell share holders to get out. That is what the dems did with the chicken because they support traditional marriage. If they force it down our throat then yes I will boycott.

    • homemadepasta

      The chicken chain owner never supported “traditional marriage,” he gave millions in corporate profits to known anti-gay Hate Cults. He knew these anti-gay Hate Cults would commit criminal acts to throw elections with his money. No use pretending you don’t know about his aiding and abetting criminal activities.

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  • Greg Hanson

    Funny, this article suggested towards the end that people were starting to sell their shares and boycott starbucks. Of crosue, history has proven this to be a farce as the stock is up now some 40 percent yet again,,, since this nonsense article was written. Too bad the far right and Christians have to lie to try and get people to listen to their bigotry and nonsense

  • Peter Castle

    The gay agenda is on a roll. It has invaded the culture and targeted the church from without and within.

    See “Vicky Beeching and the Lesbian Gospel” at http://t.co/CpHQtj5sGN.

    • homemadepasta

      No, it’s the churches themselves who now realize that Jesus NEVER attacked same gender couples. Anti-gays are just angry and want to deny any American our Freedom Of Religion once we figure out anti-gays are LYING about religion.

  • Marcia

    I personally support the idea that marriage should be between a man and a woman, but I don’t believe in punishing people for disagreeing with me. There was outrage in the Christian community when Chick-Fil-A was boycotted for taking a stand in favor of heterosexual marriage. When an executive at Mozilla was forced to resign for opposing same sex marriage, Christians were angry at the intolerance. Christians will never coerce anyone into changing their opinion. There has to be respectful dialog and willingness to accept the fact that others may never change their mind. I disagree with the leadership at Starbuck’s, but they have a right to their opinion, as I have a right to mine.

    • homemadepasta

      1) The owner of Chick Fil A donated millions in corporate profits to anti-gay Hate Cults that then used his money, with his knowledge, to violate campaign finance laws and throw anti-gay Hate Votes.

      2) The former CEO of Mozilla was not forced to resign, and the reason he resigned, as he said and Mozilla confirmed, is he was unqualified for the job and had already failed.

      • Marcia

        What you call “hate”, someone else might call “supporting morality”. It’s all in the spin. The owner of Chick-Fil-A broke no laws, nor did the groups to which he donated. The bottom line is that boycotting Chick-Fil-A didn’t make the owner change his mind. It actually increased his profit. People who disagree with each other are going to have to learn to peacefully co-exist. Throwing around words like “hate” doesn’t help.

        • homemadepasta

          The owner of Chick Fil A didn’t commit the criminal acts, but he aided and abetted those criminal acts, as he had arranged for those anti-gay Hate Cults to commit those criminal acts with his money. And, as for increasing his profit, yes, I know he claimed that. However, since his company is privately held, there are NO sales figures that have been verified by independent audit. To the contrary, he’s been desperately trying to “re-invent” his business, something no successful business does.

          If you don’t like normal, non-homophobic Americans noticing how hateful anti-gays are, then you should speak to the anti-gays. It’s up to them to stop acting so hateful if they don’t like being known for their hateful misdeeds.

  • Jimmy DL

    I might not agree with gay marriage, but equally I don’t expect those who aren’t Christians to act as the bible commands, also it is a heart change that is required first and foremost, the rest follows. Homosexuality is no different to sex before marriage or any other life choice which conflicts with what the bible says. Within a church family I would expect this kind of behaviour to be tackled, but we can’t just boycott any company which backs a non-Christian way to act. How about boycotting based on how a company treats it’s staff and suppliers.

  • GKSanDiego

    “Starbucks is using its resources to invalidate traditional marriage in the US and redefine the institution of marriage despite the strongly held views of so many of its customers, including me,” the petition outlines. “Therefore, I will no longer purchase anything from Starbucks until you change your corporate values to be more reflective of my own.”

    Good! Take your bigotry elsewhere and stop fouling the air at Starbucks. There has to be some rat-infested coffee shop that would welcome you and your bigoted, hate-filled mind.

  • Hrach Gevorgyan

    God, save the world from this unmoralities.

    • homemadepasta

      Yes, anti-gays are deeply immoral.

      • Hrach Gevorgyan

        It is your opinion becouse you are homemade poor quality pasta. Gays should be burned alive

        • homemadepasta

          Yes, we know anti-gays want to murder all LGBT Americans as well as anyone who disagrees with anti-gays. Please keep telling Americans how immoral anti-gays are. You’ve just about destroyed your anti-gay agenda by revealing your desire for genocide.

          • homemadepasta

            If any reasonable reader would like to see further evidence that anti-gays wish to commit genocide against LGBT Americans, just Wiki the founder of “dominion Christianity,” R J Rushdoony. In his book, “The Institutes,” Rushdoony wrote out of long list of Americans he wanted to murder.

          • Hrach Gevorgyan

            What do you understand from morality. If you speak about morals read Bible . You can find that what guys are doing it is a big sin. And secondly what you and people like you are doing I dont care. I care about those who are doing propaganda. So if you dont want to be burned shut up and dont appear in the public.

          • homemadepasta

            I’ve read the Bible. Jesus affirmed a gay couple. Read Matthew 8:5-13 and Luke 7:1-10. Many of us are familiar with the Gospel story where Jesus healed the servant of a Roman centurion. In the original Greek, the word that the Roman centurion uses in this passage to describe the sick man – pais – is the same word used in ancient Greek to refer to a same-gender partner.

          • homemadepasta

            “shut up and dont appear in the public.”

            Anti-gays are the ones in the closet now.

        • Merlyn7

          You want to burn people alive? Are you having any trouble with your religious conversion efforts because I might be able to point out why that is.

  • Lindsey Jones

    The author of this article should be ashamed of themselves. Any logically thinking individual would recognize the gapping obvious smear job taking place here. The CEO simply said shareholders who were unhappy with a 38% return could invest in something else. He never stated he was anti-christian or biblical marriage.

  • http://twitter.com/sharialawfan Steve Lawrence

    I never drank Starbucks anyway because a “frothy latte” always struck me as a beverage of choice for sodomites.

    • homemadepasta

      We all had a good laugh at that minister who said that tastes like the “sem*n of so*mites,” since it demonstrated he was claiming he knows what that tastes like!

      Readers who would like to see the scientific evidence for why anti-gay posters are so obsessed with what they IMAGINE same gender couples do in private should Google “Homophobia is apparently associated with homosexual arousal that the homophobic individual is either unaware of or denies.”

  • Alan Becerra

    I believe people need to stop being so selfish with their views and understand the world holds over 7.125 billion (2013) we need to grow with an ideal view to connect with everyone and help out the only race really – the human race with includes EVERYONE. we are all different but we also have to learn and respect each other’s views.

  • april

    i have a daughter that is bi-sexual and was scared to tell me because i grew up in a home whom believing that a marriage was between a man and woman (BUT LOVE IS LOVE), BUT i am not that small minded to not realize my child has the right to marry and love whom she choose’s . it is her choice and no one should be able to say anything about it no matter what your faith is. gay,bi sexual, transgender, lesbian and so , it is there choice not anyone else’s and i stand up for all no matter what there sexual preference is. we live in the land were all are free and equal . we all should have Equal rights. as for you God and the bible you believe what you want, and let people live there own lives, gay people are not the problem it the straight people who are trying to make something out of nothing. leave gay people alone and deal with your own issues and problem with in your own home and family. BETTER YET KEEP YOUR NOSE OUT OF OTHERS PEOPLE’S BUSINESS . AS FOR THE BIBLE IT SAID DO NOT JUDGE OTHERS UNLESS YOU WANT TO BE JUDGED. I WONDER HOW MANY OF YOU WHO READ THE BIBLE REALLY FOLLOW THE RULES? I HAVE SEEN SO MANY CHRISTIAN ‘S GO TO CHURCH TWICE A WEEK AND LEAVE CHURCH AND BE THE MOST NASTY PEOPLE ON EARTH (HATE FULL AND RUDE AND SO…) WHAT A BUNCH OF BACK SLIDING HYPOCRITE…

  • Danielle Wonsewitz

    … is Starbucks against straight marriage? If they’re trying to support gay marriage then I applaud them. But being against “Biblical Marriage” is saying you’re against straight marriage.

    • homemadepasta

      Starbucks supports marriage EQUALITY. And “Biblical”? More Christian and Jewish denominations are marrying same gender couples than are trying to subvert the United States Constitution and force their peculiar, minority “beliefs” onto all Americans.

      • Danielle Wonsewitz

        You and Ben Tousey are the two dumbest human beings on this entire planet. Get off the internet and get an education. None of your arguments make sense and they’re in no way related to the comments you reply to.

        • homemadepasta

          Thanks for telling readers how terrified anti-gays are of the facts I post here, complete with documentation from reputable sources. Now, why don’t you take a look around here and notice how most of the posters, even here, reject and condemn your anti-gay agenda, and that most of the anti-gays here are obvious sock puppets.

          • homemadepasta

            “Get off the internet”

            Americans have noticed how desperate anti-gays are to silence anyone who disagrees with them.

      • homemadepasta

        These denominations will marry same gender couples in 32 US States and the District of Columbia: Affirming Pentecostal Church International, Alliance of Christian Churches, Anointed Affirming Independent Ministries, The Association of Welcoming and Affirming Baptists, Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Community of Christ, Conservative Judaism, Ecumenical Catholic Church, Ecumenical Catholic Communion, The Episcopal Church, Evangelical Anglican Church In America, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Global Alliance of Affirming Apostolic Pentecostals, Inclusive Orthodox Church, Moravian Church Northern Province, Metropolitan Community Church, Old Catholic Church, Presbyterian Church USA, Progressive Christian Alliance, Reconciling Pentecostals International, Reconstructionist Judaism, Reform Judaism, Reformed Anglican Catholic Church, Religious Society of Friends (Quakers), Unitarian Universalist Church, United Church of Christ, Unity Church

    • Merlyn7

      At no point does the CEO say he opposes straight or Biblical marriages.

  • Candyapple!

    What if I keep my starbuck’s shares and use that money to promote traditional family values… after all, it’s a free country :-)

    • homemadepasta

      “Promote traditional family values” means attack the children of same gender American parents.

  • Candyapple!

    The purpose of marriage is to encourage families to stay together… like when the man gets his wife pregnant and they have other human beings that they created enter into the world… marriage is a mechanism to keep the man and woman together for the sake of the children that are produced from their union… whereas gays have to buy their kids or find a sperm donor…gays do not need to be married to do whatever it is they do… they can fight for civil unions and have all the benefits that married couples get. marriage should be reserved for heteros.

    • James Hickman

      Then why do we allow anyone to get married who can’t have children, or who can have children but decide not to?

    • homemadepasta

      Your opinion of the purpose of marriage is irrelevant to anyone other than yourself. Your various claims are not supported by any state’s laws.

    • Joe G

      So you’re saying that adopted children are somehow inferior to those born and raised by their biological parents and that the new parents of those adopted children somehow love them less than a biological parent would?

  • Aiden Garcia-Sheffield

    Lol…. Good luck getting rid of starbucks … #psl for life

  • Hickeroar

    The title of this article is a blatant lie. The CEO said nothing of the sort.

  • Deanna

    I like how when using the word marriage in regards to same-sex marriage it’s in quotations…. As if that’s a pretend kind of marriage. Marriage is not exclusive to those who believe in Biblical marriage. If it were, there would be a lot of straight couples who would no longer be considered married and they, too, would have quotations around marriage in this article. Even thousands of religious straight couples don’t fit the Biblical definition of marriage. Therefore, marriage shouldn’t be limited to those who believe in the Biblical definition of marriage. The CEO is simply expressing that. He is coming from a place of inclusion. Of human rights. Of love and understanding. No one is telling you YOUR marriage is wrong. Your short-sighted, close-minded, inconsiderate views about the exclusitivity of marriage are what’s wrong. There shouldn’t be a law withholding a right from a specific group based on different “beliefs.” Everyone should have the same right, then those who choose to practice it one way can and those who choose to practice it another way can as well!

  • Whatever1234

    The author posted this in a rage because someone doesn’t care to live life the way he wants them to.

  • homemadepasta

    We know why anti-gays are shrieking out increasingly bizarre, obvious lies like this
    “article.” Despite their efforts going back to Anita Bryant to keep LGBT Americans second-class citizens and at the far fringes of society, their misdeeds have placed anti-gays themselves at the fringe of society and unwelcome in America’s public life, such as the presidential Inauguration, while a gay poet spoke at that same Inauguration. President Obama awarded LGBT pioneer Harvey Milk with the Medal Of Freedom and the USPS introduced the US Postal Service stamp honoring Milk at the White House. Anti-gays have not been denied any rights, despite their specious claims that the US Supreme Court is “discriminating” against them when the Court prevents their attempts to subvert the United States Constitution’s guarantee of Equal Protection. Most Americans just laugh at anti-gays when they whine that their intended victims, LGBT Americans, are “the real bigots” or “the real haters.”

  • marcela

    I am so grateful to have seen this article! I will now be buying my coffee from this open hearted company who is inclusive and non judgmental. Where workers of all communities and religeons are free to work without discrimination. I will also repost it to get the eord out! You see… thete are fare more inclusive, compassionate Americans and Christians than bigoted ignorant folk who live in fear and judgment instead of love.

  • scourge99

    The author of this article FLAGRANTLY misrepresents what the Starbucks CEO said.

    How very Christian of the author to lie and misrepresent.

    • Joe G

      Hey don’t lump all Christians in with Anti-gays. Many of us are accepting of everyone

      • scourge99

        I agree not all Christians are anti-gay. I was trying to point out that the author intentionally misrepresents which isn’t a very “christian” thing to do. Especially on a Christian website.

  • Taxed Enough Already

    While I am against marriage being anything but one man and one woman—I agree with Jeff Beer. From the quotes used in this article, to back up the title’s claim, Schultz was saying go somewhere else if you think you can get a better return. That is not at all what the title implies. It doesn’t help any cause to mislead and it gives you, as a news outlet, less integrity. I hate being associated with people who intentionally mislead by half truths and omissions. How can I trust the accuracy of your news reports?

    • homemadepasta

      Virtually all anti-gays trade in deception. You can’t trust anything they claim to be accurate.

  • JE

    Regardless of your view on the topic of marriage, the CEO’s main priority is to maximize shareholder wealth. I believe he alienated a majority, and this will likely be reflected on the company’s bottom line. Not very smart in my opinion.

    • homemadepasta

      Can you provide us with some documentation that their bottom line has been damaged since this deceptive article was posted about 19 months ago?

      Sorry, anti-gays are NOT “the majority”:

      “[A] record-high 59 percent say they support same-sex marriage, while 34 percent are opposed, the widest margin tracked in Post-ABC polling. Support for same-sex marriage has changed more rapidly than almost any social issue in the past decade. In a Post-ABC poll in March 2004, 38 percent said same-sex marriage should be legal, while 59 percent said it should not, the same percentage now in favor of allowing gays to marry. Nearly eight in 10 say that gays can parent as well as straight people, up from just below six in 10 in a 1996 Newsweek survey. Sixty-one percent support allowing gays to adopt a child, up from 49 percent in 2006 and 29 percent in a 1992 poll by Time magazine and CNN. More than twice as many people consider being gay as “just the way they are,” rather than something they chose.

      http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/support-for-same-sex-marriage-hits-new-high-half-say-constitution-guarantees-right/2014/03/04/f737e87e-a3e5-11e3-a5fa-55f0c77bf39c_story.html

  • Quentin Dunmore

    well since you want Gay marriage, let’s include animal marriages to humans!

    i wonder what will they say if bill the sheep lover wants Betsy the sheep to marry will he allow it !

    • homemadepasta

      This is not a suitable place for you to seek an animal to marry.

      • Quentin Dunmore

        Gays and people who love to sleep animals are Biblacaly under the same umbrella

        • homemadepasta

          Nope, YOU are the one who wants to have sex with a sheep. YOU are the one who brought that up. The Bible does’t encourage you to have sex with animals.

          And don’t bother trying to drag Jesus down to the barn with you. We all know better. Jesus affirmed a gay couple. Read Matthew 8:5-13 and Luke 7:1-10. Many of us are familiar with the Gospel story where Jesus healed the servant of a Roman centurion. In the original Greek, the word that the Roman centurion uses in this passage to describe the sick man – pais – is the same word used in ancient Greek to refer to a same-gender partner.

          • Quentin Dunmore

            LOL!!!!… i know the truth hurts go cry somewhere else Sodemite!!!

          • homemadepasta

            You aren’t posting truth, you’re posting the same sort of LIES anti-gays always post.

          • Quentin Dunmore

            God will not violate His laws or commands that would make him a liar ….Sodomite!!! Leviticus 18:22

          • homemadepasta

            Something tells me YOU are violating Leviticus right now. Are you wearing a poly-cotton blend garment? Ever had ham or bacon? Ever touched a football? Ever cut your hair?

          • Quentin Dunmore

            Maybe in the book you call a bible it does but in mine The law of 1st mention stands from beginning to end !!

          • homemadepasta

            I’ve already proven what YOU are quoting is NOT the Bible.

        • Quentin Dunmore

          Thats what a Sodomite is !!
          One who lust after unnatural, (men with men and women with women) and Strange (barnyard and domestic animals) Flesh !!

          • homemadepasta

            How much time a day do you fantasize about “gay sex,” Quentin Dunmore? Scientists know why you do that:

            “Homophobia is apparently associated with homosexual arousal that the homophobic individual is either unaware of or denies.”

            http://www.landman-psychology.Com/Homophobia%20Associated%20with%20Homosexual%20Arousal.pdf

            http://psycnet.apa.Org/journals/abn/105/3/440/

            An agency of the federal government, the National Institutes of Health, publishes a supporting study:

            http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.Gov/pubmed/8772014

            Here’s a video that illustrates that study:

            http://www.youtube.Com/watch?v=AEuDDvqYbVw

            How about a You-tube SONG that explains this?

            http://www.youtube.Com/watch?v=1CQg9f7z9eg&feature=youtu.be

          • Quentin Dunmore

            BTW don’t shoot the messenger…. take it up with the author !

          • homemadepasta

            You’re the one lying about Jesus. Jesus affirmed a gay couple. Read Matthew 8:5-13 and Luke 7:1-10. Many of us are familiar with the Gospel story where Jesus healed the servant of a Roman centurion. In the original Greek, the word that the Roman centurion uses in this passage to describe the sick man – pais – is the same word used in ancient Greek to refer to a same-gender partner.

          • Quentin Dunmore

            Sodomites and Servants are two different things even IF the servant was Male there is NO Sodomite authorization from God when he clearly condemns it in Leviticus and Romans chapter 1.
            this is the heresy you deal with when people try to make the Bible say what they want it to say instead of letting it say what it says !
            if god says it’s wrong … in the begging of the book you can be he will say it’s wrong in the end of the book as well !
            look up the rules of Bible study and learn the truth and come out and touch not the unclean thing !

          • homemadepasta

            No one cares how much anti-gays LIE about God and the Bible.

          • homemadepasta

            “In 1996, three researchers from the University of Georgia published a study in the Journal of Abnormal Psychology about the links between homophobia and homosexual arousal. The authors, Henry E. Adams, Lester W. Wright, Jr., and Bethany A. Lohr, started with 35 straight men identified as homophobic and 29 straight men that were not. Both groups were shown heterosexual, lesbian and gay male porn while their erectile responses were measured. “Only the homophobic men showed an increase in penile erection to male homosexual stimuli,” reported the researchers.

            It was empirical evidence for a theory long popular among psychoanalysts: that those most hostile to gay people are often driven by terror and shame about their own desires.”

            http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2010/05/05/the-christian-rights-gay-problem.html

          • Quentin Dunmore

            KJV A.V. 1611 read and learn

          • homemadepasta

            You mean your FRAUDULENT Bible? No, thanks!

        • Merlyn7

          So are divorced people, right? Do you refuse to work for a company that allows its employees to get divorced?

    • homemadepasta

      Quentin Dunmore the sheep lover wants Betsy the sheep to marry.

  • http://www.suttonparks.com/ Sutton Parks

    This is a misleading headline. Howard Schultz did not say that.

    • homemadepasta

      Anti-gays always lie.

  • Quentin Dunmore

    god joined Adam and Eve not Adam and Steve!

    • homemadepasta

      Who joined Eve and Cain? God, right? No wonder Americans just LAUGH at that nonsense. Your sexual fantasies are no excuse for anti-gays to try to subvert our United States Constitution, especially since anti-gays are LYING about God.

      • Quentin Dunmore

        can you back it up with scripture?
        absolutely but you are free to try.. not so go for it !
        better learn this principle …. If gods against it .. so am I and if Gods for it so am I !! can you say the same ?
        no, you can say I am this and I am that … but the middle letter in sin …

        • homemadepasta

          Who cares about your FAKE “Scripture”? These denominations will marry same gender couples in 32 US States and the District of Columbia:

          Affirming Pentecostal Church International

          Alliance of Christian Churches

          Anointed Affirming Independent Ministries

          The Association of Welcoming and Affirming Baptists

          Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)

          Community of Christ

          Conservative Judaism

          Ecumenical Catholic Church

          Ecumenical Catholic Communion

          The Episcopal Church

          Evangelical Anglican Church In America

          Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

          Global Alliance of Affirming Apostolic Pentecostals

          Inclusive Orthodox Church

          Moravian Church Northern Province

          Metropolitan Community Church

          Old Catholic Church

          Presbyterian Church USA

          Progressive Christian Alliance

          Reconciling Pentecostals International

          Reconstructionist Judaism

          Reform Judaism

          Reformed Anglican Catholic Church

          Religious Society of Friends (Quakers)

          Unitarian Universalist Church

          United Church of Christ

          Unity Church

          • homemadepasta

            “can you back it up with scripture?”

            We’ve got something much better than your fake Bible. Marriage has been defined as a Constitutionally protected civil right by the United States Supreme Court 15 times since 1888. Please note the last two examples involve same gender American couples.

            Maynard v. Hill, 125 U.S. 190, 205, 211 (1888)

            Meyer v. Nebraska, 262 U.S. 390, 399 (1923)

            Skinner v. Oklahoma ex rel. Williamson, 316 U.S. 535, 541 (1942)

            Griswold v. Connecticut, 381 U.S. 479, 486 (1965)

            Loving v. Virginia, 388 U.S. 1, 12 (1967)

            Boddie v. Connecticut, 401 U.S. 371, 376, 383 (1971)

            Cleveland Board of Education v. LaFleur, 414 U.S. 632, 639-40 (1974)

            Moore v. City of East Cleveland, 431 U.S. 494, 499 (1977)

            Carey v. Population Services International, 431 U.S. 678, 684-85 (1977)

            Zablocki v. Redhail, 434 U.S. 374, 384 (1978)

            Turner v. Safley, 482 U.S. 78, 95 (1987)

            Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pennsylvania v. Casey, 505 U.S. 833, 851 (1992)

            M.L.B. v. S.L.J., 519 U.S. 102, 116 (1996)

            Lawrence v. Texas, 539 U.S. 558, 574 (2003)

            United States v Windsor 570 U.S. (2013)

          • Joe G

            Wooo!! My denomination is on there go UCC. Haha

  • homemadepasta

    We all know this article is full of routine anti-gay LIES. Anti-gays are even LYING about God and the Bible. Anti-gays DEFRAUDED the Bible! Modern Biblical scholars have proven the Bible was intentionally mistranslated relatively recently in order to provide “Biblical cover” for then-rising levels of homophobia. For example, the word “homosexual” didn’t even exist until 1870. Many major Christian and Jewish denominations condemn misusing the hate-based mistranslations to attack their fellow Americans and are marrying same gender American couples now. About 400 years ago, a group of religious authorities (sanctioned by King James I of England), secretly manipulated the English version of the Bible to reflect their own heterosexual attitude; they opposed the King kissing other men in public.

  • homemadepasta

    I’m still waiting for someone to prove that this alleged “boycott” of Starbuck’s by anti-gays has had any noticeable effect.

    When we examine the posts of anti-gays to seek a greater understanding of the mental disorder, homophobia, we note certain tendencies. Most anti-gays have built up an elaborate set of fantasies, such as that their tiny numbers are somehow “the majority.” When presented with the simple fact that a strong majority of Americans reject their demands to hurt and vilify LGBT Americans, anti-gays show they simply cannot accept any facts that contradict their deep-seated phobia and hatred for their fellow Americans who are LGBT.

  • PastorMark

    Two things. First, I support traditional marriage. Second, the headline bears false witness. The original challenge from the stockholder was that Starbucks’ position on gay marriage was adversely affecting the stock price. The CEO said to the questioner, not to every stockholder who supports traditional marriage, “If you think you can beat a 38% return, sell your stock and go for it.” It’s defensible to say, “I’m not going to Starbucks because I don’t want to support their stance on gay marriage.” It is indefensible to say, “Let’s boycott Starbucks because the CEO said those of us who support traditional marriage aren’t welcome as customers or stockholders.” In my opinion, this line of attack is very similar to the constant race-baiting from the Left. It is dishonest and wrong.

  • Clayton P. King

    I generally refrain from reading comments on articles like this because the troglodytes blow up the feed with their banter. Unless we’re going to allow men to have multiple wives, slaves and/or concubines, Biblical marriage hasn’t existed for a long time in America. That said, I applaud Starbucks for doing the right thing. If you don’t believe in same gender marriage, just don’t marry someone of the same gender. Otherwise, get your nose back in to your own business, quit worrying about everyone else’s, and enjoy the flipping 38% return on your investment. Jeez.

  • Serious Starsider

    The title is bullshit you Xtian liars.

  • Michaer

    I’m going to go get a Starbucks. This is pretty coo

  • http://batman-news.com Anna

    Regardless of my beliefs about homosexuality, I too deplore the disingenuous headline.

  • gskorich

    it has to do with return on investment. look at hobby lobby and allowing their employees access to birth control. they say no but then their 401k says something totally different. what is their response. silence. if you buy stock or shop based on your religious beliefs your beliefs have to go deeper than birth control and gay marriage.

  • Dan Miller

    For those of you that support same sex marriages or should I say relationships, here are a couple links to educate you about what Biblical marriage really is according to the Bible and not a CEO.

  • Dan Miller

    Since this blog removed my entire post because of the links we have to resort to posting scripture verses for some of the people here Don’t understand what biblical marriage really is. No where in The Bible does it state that a wife could be a man. This will be good for those who have not opened the Bible in a long time

    Eph 5:31
    Heb. 13:4
    Gen. 2:18, 2:23, 2:24, 5:25
    Matt. 19:4

    And those who still don’t believe the Bible is against homosexuality
    leviticus 18:22

    Buy your coffee at Seattle Coffee, Peet’s Coffee, and coffee bean.
    We no longer need to go to Starbucks

  • Skitchmoe

    The freedom to cast the dollar vote against a company through boycotting should be enjoyed by all. As an atheist I am thankful for my ability to boycott Chick-fil-A, Hobby Lobby, Barilla, etc., and I’m equally thankful that Christians have the same freedom. I’m at the same time not worried about the effects of the Christian dollar vote because of the trend toward secularism in this country. Religion is outdated and common sense, real-world practicality is slowly cutting into policy driven by supernatural thought. Just two examples are that gay marriage is now legal in more than half the states and “personhood” amendments repeatedly get trounced in elections. Support your causes regardless of their futility, it’s the American way!

  • Zendikite

    Wow, why are american christians such hatefull, self-entiteled egomaniacs? What happened to do unto others and love thy neighbour?

  • Tim

    Well I advocate dumping Starbucks because it tastes like it came from the bladder of a mangy cat, not for any other reason. We Christians ought to judge not lest we be judged. If non-Christians don’t want to accept our moral standards, who cares? There are enough professing Christians that don’t adhere to our moral standards that we should be teaching. Let the rest of the world figure morality out on their own. If our system truly is better, then show it, and the rest of the world will WANT to follow Christ. In the meantime, show love and mercy to your neighbors, not criticism.

  • zach morton

    Oh boo hoo, what a bunch of victims. How dare they hold a different view than you. You like their coffee buy it, if you don’t then don’t. Its funny how Christians want everyone else to “Not care” about Chick-Fil-A’s stance on Gay Marriage, however, these guys take a stand for equal rights, and BOYCOTT BOYCOTT BOYCOTT. And news flash morons, Marriage wasn’t invented by Judeo-Christian ANYTHING.

  • Genevieve Elizabeth

    Bravo to Starbucks! I’m going to go there now and buy myself a venti green tea frapuchino.

  • Militaryguy

    How is Starbucks “invalidating traditional marriage?” From what I’ve seen, many of the participants in traditional marriage do a fine job of that on their own.

  • Pani B

    Now if only they’d pay their taxes….and made decent coffee they’d be perfect

  • Ghostrider127

    I’m not Islamic but I have on good info that Muslims don’t support gay marriage either. Mr. Shultz, dare you comment on that or will you sissy out!??

  • Indra S

    Some people love to eat junk food like McDonald and I am cool with that. But if they start demanding other people to label their big Mac organic in the name of food equality then I will have a serious problem with that. Being gay is your choice but please leave the label marriage out of it because your partially hydrogenated union is not “organic” and it will never be equal to an “organic” marriage.

  • Shanna

    I’ll gladly invest in and purchase products from companies like this. I will not invest in or give my business, however, to companies like Hobby Lobby or Chick-Filet. Those companies are free to take the positions they do. As a U. S. citizen, capitalist consumer, and seminary trained Christian, thank goodness I am free to refrain from supporting their views with my patronage.

  • Jon Kay

    This is an embarrassment to journalism and Christianity alike. Once again we see the ongoing pattern of religious bigots with an agenda skewing the truth and lying in order to hurt people.

  • Scott Woods

    @Jeff Beer – Did you really think you could change the mind of ignorant a-holes that only practice christianity when it’s convenient? Or expect them to be tolerant of others even though is supposed to be part of their practice. You cannot change small minded idiots brainwashed from practically birth to be kind and loving towards their fellow man. Shame on you for trying to educate the socially disabled!

  • Bob Simms

    I’m not sure where who sticks what in other relationships ‘opposes’ my marriage or my relationship with God. Am I any less married because couple cohabit? Am I further from God because someone I have never met is an atheist? By all means boycott Starbucks for their support of gay marriage, but don’t dress it up as ‘opposing’ biblical marriage (which presumably includes the polygamy blessed by God in the OT). I’m pretty sure the vast majority of Starbucks employees are in heterosexual relationships. Starbucks are not calling for homosexual marriage to be compulsory or heterosexual marriage to be invalidated.

  • Constance Whitley

    This is a free country. Fanatical right wingers scream about “too much government” but want to legislate & dictate morality. Opposing gay marriage isn’t a business decision, it’s a personal choice. These nuts would bring back the Salem witch hunts if they could.

  • Joey Tai

    Just because a company supports same sexed marriage does not mean they are “opposed” to biblical (traditional) marriage. They never said that. It is about a company having good social conscience, diversity and equality; it’s NOT about taking rights away from straight people as this article is trying it’s damnedest to make you think. Just read what is in the quotation marks, all of the other word-twisting writing is to promote outrage. This is exactly the kind of thing that makes me loose respect for organized religion. You should be ashamed.

  • Bob Cleveland

    The article does definitely mis-state things. The headline is definitely dishonest and Christian publications should have nothing to do with dishonesty.

    There’s also the fact that the article cited is nearing two years old, anyway.

  • ken chow la

    They should also try to stop using Apple products. Let’s see how it works out for them.

  • Paul Carr

    Even the article you use never once states that was what his comment was. The quote, per your article was, “If you feel, respectfully, that you can get a higher return than the 38% you got last year, it’s a free country. You can sell your shares in Starbucks and buy shares in another company. Thank you very much.” after complaints that investment return was down due to people picketing over the fact that the company supports gay marriage, not denounces traditional marriage.
    You tried to used the quote out of context with this At the annual Starbucks shareholder’s meeting this past Wednesday in Seattle, company officials told those who support Biblical marriage that they “can sell [their] shares in Starbucks and buy shares in another company.” but notice that only part of that is in quotes. Good job avoiding a libel lawsuit there.
    Nice try, I’m sure there are a lot of morons who will buy into your article’s title without reading, or just outright ignoring the facts.

  • John

    This company should be run out of business. All of the upper management that supports Homosexual marriage are traitors to America and enemies of God and Christianity and should be hanged!!!!!!!!!! They and the business should be driven from the land!

    • Joe G

      If you try it I think you’ll be the one hanged.

  • Rex Botengan

    Which “Biblical Marriage” are we now upholding? One man and several wives or one man one wife and several concubines? So if you believe in having multiple wives then you should dump your coffee stock and purchase pharmaceuticals instead.

  • runnerin1

    He later stated that if you turn our logo upside down it is a figure of the Satanic Baphomet. I thought by now you people knew who we stood with. Next question?

  • My relationship is with God

    I don’t care if your religious, straight, Gay, black, white or atheist. coffee is coffee and I love my coffee. And I’m so Sick of the discrimination BS. I’m glad they support equal rights! One sinful human cannot judge another. That’s the pot calling the kettle black. God will be the judge in the end. So sit down, shut up and drink some damn coffee!

  • Louise Bigbee

    Lets get all of thestock holders together and remove him as C E O,

  • Alex Melia

    It is reasonably to assume that Starbucks believe their stance won’t actually lose them money, but it is still wonderful to see a corporation speaking out and speaking up against the bigots (yes there are no other names for you lot). I feel it a duty to speak up against religious tyranny every time it raises its head.

  • whamprod

    My problem with Starbucks’ advocacy isn’t what they advocate. I’m a liberative conservatarian and a born-again Christian, and I don’t think government has a place at the wedding altar at all – regardless of one’s personal attractions. My problem with Starbucks’ advocacy is that they are advocating anything at all. Corporations should stay out of politics…..and I would say this even if Starbucks were promoting Biblical marriage. The fact that corporations meddle in politics has done more to damage Constitutional government than almost any other influence.

  • Ed Selby

    Your headline is a lie – it truly “bears false witness”. You don’t even provide that quote in the article!

  • Guest

    As a Christian I am embarrassed

  • Kelly Holmes Marconi

    As a Christian I am embarrassed by the judgmental and slanted tone of this article. Starbucks has no problem with traditional marriage and supports it fully, just as it supports the rights of gay couples to marry. It supports equal rights for all people, straight and gay.

    This article is slanted and untrue. It’s this type of judgmental trash that has given Christians a horrible reputation, and as a Christian I’m very offended.

    If you are going to be judgmental (which The Bible clearly lists as a sin, much more so than homosexuality) then at least be accurate in what you accuse others of. Never has Starbucks said they don’t support Biblical marriage.

  • Sovereign Mary

    How to quickly skin a cow … Dip it in a vat of Starbucks coffee.

  • WhateverDunce

    Call Gay Marriage ‘equal’ if you want, but everyone knows it’s a joke.

  • hussey

    How are they “against biblical marriage” or “invalidating traditional marriage”? Your story is hogwash propaganda because of the extraneous wording like that, yet it’s actually being promoted/shared by those who agree with the Starbucks CEO because of right he is!

  • kmartin173

    Biblical, no. Mirriam Webster’s, yes.

  • Jay Faulconer

    I find it amusing that the petition states “Starbucks has deeply offended over half it’s US customers” yet has only 49,000 signatures on it. How they arrived at their math is curious.

    The fun fact in the whole matter is that if you don’t like gay marriage you don’t have to enter into one. You can condemn it all you like, isn’t Freedom of Speech fun? I exercise my freedom too, by not drinking $8 cups of coffee. I’m not telling YOU not to spend $8 on a cup of coffee, I’m just saying it’s ridiculous to me to consider doing myself.

    The problem with this country is not gay marriage, it is the inflated sense of self that so many are experiencing. News Flash: No one cares what I think, and no one cares what you think either.

    Starbucks
    has deeply offended at least half its US customers – See more at:
    http://christiannews.net/2013/03/24/starbucks-ceo-to-shareholder-if-you-support-biblical-marriage-sell-your-shares/#sthash.roGMlIkk.dpuf
    Starbucks
    has deeply offended at least half its US customers – See more at:
    http://christiannews.net/2013/03/24/starbucks-ceo-to-shareholder-if-you-support-biblical-marriage-sell-your-shares/#sthash.roGMlIkk.dpuf
    Starbucks
    has deeply offended at least half its US customers – See more at:
    http://christiannews.net/2013/03/24/starbucks-ceo-to-shareholder-if-you-support-biblical-marriage-sell-your-shares/#sthash.roGMlIkk.dpuf

  • Larry

    Jeff, I agree with you on one point, I don’t have the right to push my beliefs on anyone, but that is a two way street. This is supposed to be a democratic society and I have seen groups want a vote on things until they lose the vote then they want a group of judges to decide and they keep pushing until they get their way so who is pushing their views on whom?

  • Iris Tedder

    AMAZING isn’it it that he is so HYPOCRITICAL… … In 1982, Schultz married Sheri Kersch; they have two children: Eliahu Jordan (born 1986) and Addison (born 1990)……. BIBLICAL MARRIAGE ….THAT HE NOW DENOUNCES?? WOW..WONDER HOW MZZZZ SHULTZ feels about all HER UNBIBLICAL/BIBLICAL MARRIAGE?

  • daves1412

    I’m going to go to Starbucks more often now. Well done Mr CEO. I can assure you the majority of international customers support, rather than reject, your position.

  • daves1412

    If we want to genuinely resolve disagreements, I suggest we talk, rather than shout. And more importantly listen. Listen. Think about that word for a moment, and what it truly means.

    Being Christian is a choice. Being gay is a fact. How can facts be right or wrong? That makes no sense to me. You choose, through your faith or values, how to respond to the world around you. The world is changing all the time, and so do all faiths. No faith was ever intended by its originators to continue unchanged in its detail, because if it did, then it would become irrelevant at some point.

    There is no formula, there are only principles. And the purpose of every faith is to express and reinforce the positive principles that bring out the best of humanity.

    So if you are Christian, you can – and should – choose how to express your beliefs. I suggest positive messages rather than negative ones are the best way to make the world a better place, increase the love we feel for each other and just as importantly, the other creatures with which we share this very unique planet.

    For that is the message of the Bible. The only message that matters, ultimately.