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Ralph Reed's Group Wants to Cut Grants to the National Cathedral over Gay Marriage

Ralph Reed’s Faith and Freedom Coalition wants the federal government to end its “Save America’s Treasures Grants” to the National Cathedral because the church decided to perform same-sex marriages. While same-sex marriage is legal in Washington D.C., where the historic Episcopal church is located, the FFC claims that the cathedral is undermining the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and therefore should not receive federal money “until such time that it ceases the practice of homosexual ‘marriage’ certification.”

“Taxpayers are being asked to subsidize gay marriage ceremonies,” the FFC writes, “Pro-family and Pro-freedom Americans will not sit idly by as the government attempts to change the Biblical definition of marriage.”

That’s right, the same FFC which believes Obama is waging a “war on religion” and trampling on “religious liberty” wants the government to cut off its grants to a church due to its opposition to marriage equality.

On January 9, 2013, the National Cathedral announced that it would start performing same-sex marriages and will be one of the first Episcopal congregations to implement the rite.

In recent years, the National Cathedral has received hundreds of thousands of dollars in federal grants. The Episcopal Church is one of the richest denominations in the United States and the oldest. According to Richard Ostling of the Associated Press, “the 7,364 congregations of the Episcopal Church receive $2.14 billion in offerings a year: Their buildings and liquid assets are worth untold billions." Why is a church with untold billions in assets and asking American taxpayers to fund their church? With this policy change, taxpayers are being asked to subsidize gay marriage ceremonies for a church that can readily access millions of their own funds.

Pro-family and Pro-freedom Americans cannot sit idly by.

We believe the definition of “marriage” to be the union of one man to one woman. If the National Cathedral wants to continue to receive taxpayer funding from Congress, they should respect Congressional action like the Defense of Marriage Act.

Pro-family and Pro-freedom Americans will not sit idly by as the government attempts to change the Biblical definition of marriage.

As concerned American citizens, we believe the definition of “marriage” to be the union of one man to one woman. Accordingly, we are outraged that the Federal Government would provide funding to the Washington National Cathedral, which has publicly announced its intention to perform homosexual marriage ceremonies.

We therefore demand an immediate suspension of any current or future federal funds to this institution, until such time that it ceases the practice of homosexual “marriage” certification.

by Anonymousreply 1802/08/2013

Personally I want to cut grants to that money guzzling never-finished-being-built-and-now-we-have-earthquake-damage-so-we-still-need-more-money endless bottom.

I got sick of hearing about their need for money about 2 decades ago. Cluttering up Mass Ave with those damn buses - park them on your own damn grounds. Yea, where the azalea bushes are. Or where your elitist school plays ball.

by Anonymousreply 102/08/2013

That's going to be a winning argument, Ralph.

History is really on your side for the whole gay marriage thing.

by Anonymousreply 202/08/2013

Hmmmm. Last I heard was gays also pay taxes to subsidize the other sides marriage. Damn good of us. Wish we could choose where our taxes were used.

by Anonymousreply 302/08/2013

Ralph Reed's name hasn't popped up in a long time. I thought he was out of the picture.

by Anonymousreply 402/08/2013

Good point [3]. Reed has been making the rounds, he was on Meet the Press, last Sunday. Seems like I also saw him on there a few weeks ago or somewhere else. I always thought he seemed so gay.

by Anonymousreply 502/08/2013

[quote]We therefore demand

PLEASE stomp your little feet too!

by Anonymousreply 602/08/2013

Please explain why we are subsidizing the "National Cathedral" in the fuckin' first place!

Yes, gays pay taxes like other people but that has NOTHING to do with the fact that our tax dollars are going to a religious boondoggle. Why?

by Anonymousreply 702/08/2013

I don't care what Ralph Reed wants, but I too believe it is wrong for the US to subsidize the National Cathedral. I also don't believe there should be chaplains in the US military. All this hokus pokus shit is fine for the individual, but having the US taxpayer support it is ridiculous.

by Anonymousreply 802/08/2013

I wish someone would destroy Ralph Reed's credibility once and for all.

by Anonymousreply 902/08/2013

you DO realize, R8, that the US taxpayer is subsidizing every church in the country, due to their tax-exempt status, right?

by Anonymousreply 1002/08/2013

I've never been happy with that fact, r10. I once suggested that all chruch properties belong to the state since they don't pay taxes. I thought it would be easier for me to shut them down if I went into politics.

by Anonymousreply 1102/08/2013

[quote] I once suggested that all chruch properties belong to the state since they don't pay taxes.

Well, for starters, there's that pesky Separation of Church and State thing..so I'm not sure that would work.

by Anonymousreply 1202/08/2013

You mean Ralph Reed hasn't come out of the closet YET? Wow!

by Anonymousreply 1302/08/2013

Is he gay, R13?

by Anonymousreply 1402/08/2013

He does like to shop, Cher, and the boy can dress . . .

by Anonymousreply 1502/08/2013

Ralph doing his mating dance. What an exhibitionist.

by Anonymousreply 1602/08/2013

Would someone pull the dick out of this maniac's ass and stuff it into his mouth so we don't have to hear this kind of shit?

by Anonymousreply 1702/08/2013

[quote] you DO realize, [R8], that the US taxpayer is subsidizing every church in the country, due to their tax-exempt status, right?

That's not the same as that damn cathedral with its hand out constantly.

by Anonymousreply 1802/08/2013
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