California city councilman threatened with criminal prosecution for opposing homosexual marriage

A few years before he died on April 17, 2015, reflecting on the increasing secularization and anti-Christianity of our perilous times, Cardinal Francis George predicted:

“I expect to die in bed, my successor will die in prison and his successor will die a martyr in the public square.”

We can already see the outlines of one of George’s predictions.

Already, Christian-owned businesses, like bakeries, which refuse to cater to homosexual marriage have been prosecuted. Now, a city councilman is threatened with criminal prosecution for voicing his disapproval of homosexuals’ use of the rainbow flag as their emblem.

Last Tuesday, August 11, 2015, the city council of Newport Beach, California, voted 4-3 to disassociate themselves from an email sent to his constituents by one of their own, Councilman Scott Peotter, on the recent Supreme Court’s 5-4 decision on same-sex, i.e., homosexual marriage.

Peotter noted the irony of the LGBT movement’s use of the rainbow as their emblem, when the rainbow was originally given by God as a sign to Noah after the Great Flood, which the Creator had sent because of humanity’s sinfulness. (See Trail Dust’s “Who really owns the rainbow?“)

City Councilman Keith Curry went further than disassociating himself from Peotter’s email. Curry pushed the city council to formally censure Peotter, and to refer Peotter to the District Attorney for prosecution ostensibly because Peotter had used a picture of the Newport Beach City Seal in the background of his email.

Newport Beach City Councilman Keith Curry

Local LGBT activists expressed dissatisfaction with the city council’s Tuesday night vote, claiming Peotter’s comments were hate speech and created a hostile work environment.

Stepping into the fray is the Pacific Justice Institute (PJI). Their attorneys sent a letter to the City Council, cautioning them against punishing Peotter for his exercise of free speech.

PJI president Brad Dacus warns:

“It is alarming that some politicians and activists now believe that expressing support for traditional marriage should be prosecuted. This situation should be a wake-up call to all Americans.We face an ominous future of further repression, coercion and censorship unless we speak and act now in defense of our constitutional freedoms.

If Councilman Keith Curry wants to criminalize opposition to “gay” marriage, I suggest he should begin with the four justices on the Supreme Court who voted “no” on making homosexual marriage a new constitutional right. (See “Judicial Tyranny: Dissenting opinions on Supreme Court’s ruling on homosexual marriage”)

Thankfully, Curry will be term-limited out of the city council next year. His email address is [email protected].

Send Councilman Peotter a word of support! His email address is [email protected].

H/t FOTM’s MomOfIV and Cal Catholic

~Éowyn

Dr. Eowyn’s post first appeared at Fellowship of the Minds.

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