Yes, it's true. That is, World Net Daily has sounded the panic alarm once again:
"Section 8 of Senate Bill 200 is a wide open door for any judge to censor anything that condemns homosexuality, including Scripture," Lundberg [state Rep. Kevin Lundberg] said at the news conference. Section 8 is headlined, "Publishing of discriminative matter forbidden."
"I do believe that the Bible is banned, under the plain language of this new statute," said Steve Crampton, general counsel of Liberty Counsel.
If you can't beat them, make up a whole bunch of persecution stuff to win sympathy. With the passing of SB200 in Colorado despite a massive attempt to strike fear in the hearts of all at the thought of the transgender boogeyman using a washroom, the right is now going into defensive mode.
Don't get me wrong: I don't hate Christianity, although I don't subscribe to any form of it currently established by any organized faith. I respect the intentions of the person the church claims to emulate, but when I look at a person who preferred the company of the poor, homeless, vagrants, prostitutes and tax collectors (I didn't make that up!) and then look at how that message has been turned by a small elite into one of hate, submission, marginalization, power to a select few, and control of the masses, I have to scratch my head in puzzlement.
The Bible, of course, is not going anywhere. It was (and on occasions is) used to justify racial discrimination and slavery, and survived the legal dismantling of those institutions (although legal dismantling of racism and actual societal dismantling of racism are two different things). It was -- and still often is -- used to justify the subordination of women, and it survived the legislation passed that asserts gender equality. No law enforcement officer in their right (or even left) mind is going to arrest someone for possession, production or sale of a Bible.
This is a pattern I know well from growing up in a Fundamentalist household. There's this environment of paranoia and terror created in people, keeping them in perpetual panic: the devil becomes an entity living in everyone and everything that lurks waiting to do everything he can to destroy the believers and the idols they cleave to. "OMG, we've thwarted the separation of church and state by infiltrating the state, but we're so persecuted!" It's an effective fundraising tool. I lost my mom to WorldNetDaily. They must be proud.
(Incidentally, I don't know how "oh my god!" turned into "ZOMG!!!111" either, but I see that bandied about with as much maturity as the things that come from the panicmongers.)
As for the Fundies, they will obviously go on painting themselves the righteous "underdog" champions in order to paint themselves to be the deserving bastions of morality. Says Steve Curtis, American Right To Life Action president:
"We will go ahead and continue to violate [the law]," he said. "Our challenge to the governor is go ahead and issue the citation, arrest us, do whatever you want."