When California's gay marriage legal debate gets tough, the tough get weirder: Universal Free Church has now launched a national petition drive to ban Mormon marriage.
Mary Cristos, leader of the new, St. Louis-based "Free" religious denomination, says the UFC believes in "religious freedom and religious free speech for everyone, but religious fascism for no one."
The church is all about personal freedom in one's own private life, with its lone Commandment stipulating, "At age 18 every UFC member has a libertarian right and duty to freely do whatever they want when alone or in private assembly with other consenting adult UFC members."
"Mormons have every right to hate the idea of gay marriage," Cristos explains. "They're welcome to find it detestable, abominable, a sin, whatever. That's religious freedom. Mormons also have every right to preach and speak out against gay marriage. That's religious free speech.
"But Mormons don't have the right to force their religious beliefs on everyone else by engineering and paying $20 million for a secular voter initiative that stole the already existing right of gays to marry in California. That's religious fascism."
Using tax-exempt wealth and political power to create a secular law that forces religious beliefs on everyone else is also "evil" and a violation of the establishment clause of the U.S. Constitution's First Amendment, according to Cristos.
So why outlaw Mormon marriage? She foists the same reason everyone uses to ban anything in this country: "to protect the children," citing the Mormons' "subversive and un-American beliefs in tax fraud and religious fascism."
A UFC blog post explains it would be difficult and expensive to organize a million-person march on Washington, but if a million Americans--straight and gay alike--signed their petition over the next couple months, it would be just as newsworthy an example of gay/straight solidarity on this constitutional issue. You can download the petition here.
This is what the petition says:
Petition to allow gay marriage and ban Mormon marriage
Whereas Mormons illegally spent tens of millions of their tax-exempt dollars to ensure passage of Proposition 8 in California. Thereby stealing the existing right of gays and lesbians to marry and forcing the Mormon's religious definition of marriage on everyone else.
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Whereas, despite Mormon lies, gay and lesbian marriage is not a threat to children.
Whereas Mormon marriage is a threat to children because Mormons have bizarre and delusional beliefs such as magic underwear, and that the biblical Garden of Eden actually existed somewhere in Missouri! If not stopped from marriage, Mormons will continue to have children and indoctrinate them with such bizarre and delusional beliefs.
Whereas Mormon marriage is also a threat to children because Mormons believe in illegally using tens of millions of their tax-exempt dollars and the secular political process to force their religious beliefs on everyone else. Thereby violating tax laws and the "establishment clause" of the First Amendment. If not stopped from marriage, Mormons will continue to have children and indoctrinate them with their subversive and un-American beliefs in tax fraud and religious fascism.
Now therefore I sign this petition calling for a constitutional amendment to be passed in every state to allow gay marriage and ban Mormon marriage, in order to protect the children.