, Pastor of James River Assembly, says that the ordinance is "an assault on the First Amendment rights of free exercise of religion and free speech." "Forcing Christians to hire homosexuals and transgender employees may put them in a situation of
tacitly endorsing conduct the Bible clearly denotes as sinful behavior or be charged with criminal wrongdoing."
"This is part of an incremental strategy by the gay/lesbian lobby to indoctrinate society and promote the radical agenda of PROMO and their associates," Pastor Lindell adds. PROMO is the state's leading homosexual advocacy organization.The Most Reverend James Johnston
, the Catholic bishop of the Springfield-Cape Girardeau diocese, issued a masterful statement on the local "gay rights" controversy. Bishop Johnston said that the ordinance would not promote equality, but would instead impose a state-enforced "secular religion" on Christian believers as the price for membership in the political community.
"Does the government have a compelling interest in forcing every member of our society to participate in the
celebration of same-sex relationships? Do the people of Springfield really want to make criminals out of persons who are merely trying to live out their faith?" Johnston wrote.
"We have already seen some persons, who have refused to pledge full allegiance to this new creed, lose their jobs, be driven out of business, or fined for living out their convictions," Johnston added. "Something many of us never thought would happen in America."
"Our Constitutional right to freedom of religion is being reduced to freedom of worship. We can believe as we wish inside our churches, mosques, and synagogues, but we cannot live it in the rest of our lives," Bishop Johnston concluded. Dick Hardy
, who was a member of the city-appointed task force that studied the "sexual orientation" issue, is one of the leaders of the effort to repeal the revisions to the anti-discrimination ordinance. He says that 1,144 signatures are needed on petitions to place the issue on a citywide referendum for repeal.
"We as believers agree that every human being deserves fairness, dignity, and respect. However, the Task Force found no evidence whatsoever that any Springfield resident had been the victim of discrimination or mistreatment because of their sexual preference."
"This ordinance strikes at the heart of religious freedom by negating the personal faith beliefs of Christian employers and Christian business owners. It also enables any male to to say that 'I'm a female today' and follow a 12-year old girl into the women's bathroom."Calvin Morrow
, the head of Springfield Citizens United, is another of the leaders of the effort to reverse
the City Council's action. "Springfield has been targeted for nine years by LGBT operatives. They finally got what they wanted, thanks to a city council that defiantly ruled against the will of the citizens of Springfield. We have decided to fight back."
"The main point of these SOGI (sexual orientation/gender identity) laws is to criminalize and suppress Christians. We are enduring one-sided media coverage, hate mail, veiled threats, and a host of dirty political tricks. We covet the prayers of the saints at this time."
You can assist with the repeal effort by contacting Dick Hardy at email@example.com, or by contacting Calvin Morrow at 1-888-832-4316, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.