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Sat May 16, 2015, 09:33 PM

US Christians ‘bankrolling’ no campaign in Ireland’s gay marriage referendum

Source: The Guardian

With just five days to go before Ireland’s historic referendum on the legalisation of gay marriage, a bitter row has broken out between supporters and opponents over the funding of their respective campaigns. Supporters of a yes vote have accused opponents of a lack of transparency over finances and of accepting funding from rightwing Christian groups in the US.

... The yes campaign says its opponents have a huge advantage in terms of resources for buying billboard and poster space and have spent tens of thousands of euros in the last few weeks alone. Now no campaigners have booked full-page advertisements to appear later this week in dozens of regional Irish papers, calling on voters to reject incorporating the right for gay couples to marry into the republic’s constitution.

One of the no side’s strongest supporters in the US is the lavishly funded National Organisation for Marriage (NOM). In a letter to supporters around the world, it has urged evangelical Christians to visit keepmarriage.org, which is campaigning for a no vote.

... However, a spokesperson for NOM in the US denied this weekend that it had channelled funds to any of the three main opposition groups to gay marriage during the campaign. NOM is aware that foreign donations to lobby groups during referendums in Ireland are banned, the spokesperson said. Some in the no campaign have countered with claims that the yes side has benefited from millions of dollars donated by the Irish-American multimillionaire Chuck Feeney and his Atlantic Philanthropies agency.

Read more: http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/may/16/us-christians-no-campaign-ireland-gay-marriage-referendum

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Reply US Christians ‘bankrolling’ no campaign in Ireland’s gay marriage referendum (Original post)
Newsjock May 2015 OP
BobTheSubgenius May 2015 #1
Botany May 2015 #2
shenmue May 2015 #3
Botany May 2015 #6
dballance May 2015 #4
workinclasszero May 2015 #5
father founding May 2015 #7
rizlaplus May 2015 #8

Response to Newsjock (Original post)

Sat May 16, 2015, 09:47 PM

1. That these zealots can interfere in the politics of another sovereign nation is appalling...

...let alone how rancid and awful their position on the subject.

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Response to Newsjock (Original post)

Sat May 16, 2015, 09:57 PM

2. They are not Christians but bigots because Christians should follow the teachings of Christ

"If you were to read all four gospels thoroughly in search of Jesus’ teachings on homosexuality
it would be a futile endeavor. Not only would you come to the end of the gospels without finding
anything attributed to Jesus on the subject, you wouldn't’t even find a single reference to the issue
in any context."

http://bustedhalo.com/questionbox/what-did-jesus-have-to-say-about-homosexuality

These people need somebody or group of people to hate in order to give their lives some meaning.

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Response to Botany (Reply #2)

Sat May 16, 2015, 09:59 PM

3. They're scared to die

They think Armageddon is coming soon and they will be punished for what gay people do.

They're nuts.

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Response to shenmue (Reply #3)

Sun May 17, 2015, 12:02 AM

6. Some of them think God will give 'em an extra comfy couch in heaven ......

.... if they are mean to gay people on earth and some of them are just closet
cases who are fighting their own same sex feelings.

And yes they're nuts too.

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Response to Newsjock (Original post)

Sat May 16, 2015, 10:20 PM

4. I wish the title had be "UN Extremist Christians..."

 

We really need to start calling them what they are. We have extremist Muslims and here is proof that we have extremist Christians who are ready to resort to violence.

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Response to Newsjock (Original post)

Sat May 16, 2015, 10:26 PM

5. This is why it is very dangerous for the rest of

 

the world to sit back and watch us sink into fascism.

It will have worldwide consequences

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Response to Newsjock (Original post)

Sun May 17, 2015, 12:29 AM

7. Oh. I know why

 

Why don't the supporters of gay marraige go to Israel next.

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Response to Newsjock (Original post)

Sun May 17, 2015, 07:58 AM

8. I did espie a No poster atop a pole...

... just outside a former Industrial School/Magdalene Asylum/Mother & Baby Home.

Ireland now knows the story of these Industrial Schools - owned and managed by Religious Orders belonging to the Catholic Church - where children, 95% of whom had one or both parents living but were deemed 'inferior parents' according to the Catholic ethos that prevailed in Ireland through most of the 20th. century, were brutalised, subject to extreme physical & sexual violence, where they were ill-fed and badly clothed, and where their labour was used to enrich the Religious Orders.

The Magdalene Asylum story has still to be fully aired here in Ireland and the Mother & Baby Homes saga is going to reveal some very disturbing truths about a society dominated by the Catholic Church.

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