John Stemberger
Why is a grownup dressed like that?

John Stemberger, leader of Florida Family Policy Council, is so homophobic that he started an alternative to the Boy Scouts. God forbid his kids should be in the presence of openly gay boys. Stemberger is also a Christian crackpot. In an email to supporters today, Stemberger writes:

If this election goes the wrong way, we may all have to return to being “Ichthus” Christians where we are sneaking around just to speak of our faith in secret because we are unable to publicly.

The ichthus, (pronounced “ikh-thoos”) the “fish symbol,” was used by Christians (as early as the 1st Century AD) to help identify with one another silently, in the hope of escaping persecution. Christians would often draw an “ichthus” to let other Christians know that they were fellow believers of Christ and that it was safe to talk about their faith.

Stemberger is a lawyer. Surely he knows that the temporary occupant of the Oval Office cannot alter, let alone nullify, the First Amendment to the Constitution which guarantees the right to free exercise of religion. Yet:

We are on the brink of being in a similar place as the early church, where government sanctioned persecution of Christians is the norm!

And while we may not yet face physical death, we are on track to face the death of our robust religious liberty, our ability to worship, our ability to preach from the Bible, our ability to live our lives and run our businesses according to Scripture and speak of our faith publicly. After our rights are stripped, the consequences and the persecution will come.

Not one word of that is true. Predictably, the next sentence tells supporters that they can prevent this persecution from happening if they simply send Stemberger some of their money.

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By David Cary Hart

Retired CEO. Formerly a W.E. Deming-trained quality-management consultant. Now just a cranky Jewish queer. Gay cis. He/Him/His.