This weekend, the Family Research Council is holding a “Liberty Sunday” rally in Boston to counter the supposed radical homosexual agenda that seeks to destroy religious freedom. As FRC sees it: “The expansion of anti-discrimination laws, including family law, to include homosexuality inevitably constricts Americans’ right to express and act on their religious beliefs.”
In the past, the Right has produced similar events, such as the “Justice Sunday” rallies, which they timed to coincide with the confirmation hearings of Justices John Roberts and Samuel Alito in an effort to convince religious conservatives that ‘out of control’ judges were leading the country to Sodom and Gomorrah and mobilize them in support of the nominations. “Liberty Sunday” organizers are using that same model this time to mobilize voters before the November election by promoting the latest right-wing talking points that gay marriage and any measures that protect gay people from discrimination are an attack on religious liberties – a theme that was hammered relentlessly during the recent “Values Voters” conference.
This “Liberty Sunday” will feature various right-wing standard bearers such as FRC’s Tony Perkins, Focus on the Family’s James Dobson, American Values’ Gary Bauer, and the Catholic League’s Bill Donohue. But it will also feature a handful of local right-wing activists who are just as radical as their more well-known counterparts, if not more so.
For instance, Roberto Miranda, Pastor of the Lion of Judah Congregation in Boston, has been invited, presumably because of his efforts to fight marriage equality in Massachusetts as well as his work in drafting a “Master Plan: A Strategic Plan for the Church in Massachusetts” which he wrote up after the state supreme court decision recognizing same-sex marriage in the state.
Needless to say, Miranda is vehemently opposed to marriage equality, seeing it as literally the work of the Devil
Satan has warred mightily against this region, and has effectively neutralized it through the influence of principalities of rationalism, humanism, intellectual pride and spiritual arrogance. Massachusetts, as well as all of New England, has become a cemetery of churches, a breeding ground for heretical doctrine, and intellectual furnace energizing attitudes of godlessness, rational arrogance and secularism It is no coincidence, of course, that something as dramatically distant from the Christian worldview as gay marriage would be originated in this region.
Miranda takes it one step further – if that is even possible – and claims that there is a direct correlation between marriage equality and the September 11th terrorist attacks
Is it exaggerated to see prophetic significance in the fact that on September 11, 2001 Boston served as the point of departure for the deadly forces that spread so much destruction and havoc in this nation and all over the world? What took place at the material level is now being carried out at the moral and spiritual level, as the virus of homosexuality and gay marriage begins to spread dramatically all over this nation and perhaps the world.
As difficult as it is to believe, it looks as if the Family Research Council has found in Miranda someone so extreme that he makes Bill Donohue look almost moderate by comparison.