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Springfield billboard defends rainbow as God’s



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SPRINGFIELD – A billboard in Illinois' capitol city of Springfield reminds viewers the origination of the rainbow as a Scriptural one, related to God's promises – a stark contrast to the symbolism of the rainbow in contemporary society. 

Illinois is moving progressively towards embracing the LGBTQ policy agenda – with the state's first openly-gay House Majority Leader and Chicago with its first openly-gay mayor.

The billboard, located along Springfield's South Grand Avenue, appeared just days before the city's annual Gay Pride Parade on May 15th. The billboard's artwork says "The Rainbow Belongs to God. It's a Sign of His Promise" and refers to Genesis 9:13-15 and 2nd Peter 3:3-7.

The backing for the billboard is connected to a national religious group entitled "Gone Too Far", which is concerned about the Equality Act that passed the U.S. House recently.

The group sees the Equality Act as a threat in HR 5 to free and religious liberty. “The Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993 shall not provide a claim concerning, or a defense to a claim under, a covered title, or provide a basis for challenging the application or enforcement of a covered title.”

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi has made HR 5 one of her top priorities for this political section.

According to Concerned Women for America, the Equality Act seeks to add sexual orientation and gender identity to the immutable protected classes outlined in the Civil Rights Act.

"In addition to very legitimate religious liberty concerns," CWA says, "the Equality Act would directly harm women and girls by compromising sex-segregated spaces and placing women’s privacy and safety in jeopardy." 

The measure is not expected to be considered in the Republican-dominated U.S. Senate, but would likely be considered if the Democrats were to assume control over the U.S. Senate or the White House. 

How did Illinois' Congress members vote on the Equality Act? All Democrats voted Yes. All Republicans, except for Darin LaHood, voted No. LaHood did not vote. 

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  1. Blind trust in Government is the greatest enemy of truth! Beware of those that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter; gov’t is the enemy.
    HR 5, if enacted would be contrary to the constitution as a violation of the 1st amendment. The bill of rights was added to the US Constitution to protected our rights from who?? FROM THE FEDERAL GOV’T!!!! . The Bill of Rights is in the constitution as protection from an over-reaching government. HR 5 is gov’t overreach! Christian solders, gird your loins… its time to go into battle against this gov’t attack on our constitutionally protected religious rights of free exercise of religion, religious conscience, and free speech
    CONGRESS shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances”
    Any law congress enacts that denies Christians their protected right to the free exercise of Christianity is treasonous and tyranny. To true Bible believing Christians, LGBT behaviors are sins.
    True Christian parents don’t want their children taught that lgbt behavior is okay. When the federal govt can tell you by way of the “The Equality Act” what you can’t believe then there is no religious freedom. No Christian can rewrite the Bible or ignore parts to please an oppressive state government. To be a true Christian one must have faithful obedience to God’s word.
    The Bible says, “Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin” (James 4:17)
    While sin is a personal act, we have a responsibility for the sins committed by others when we cooperate in them:
    • by participating directly and voluntarily in them
    • by ordering, advising, praising, or approving them
    • by not disclosing or not hindering
    • by protecting wrong doers
    To a true Christian, LGBT behavior and same-sex marriage are a sin. You cannot separate freedom of worship, right of conscience, and freedom of speech without denying Christians the free exercise of religion.
    What the deceivers in the lying democrat party are doing is to give so called LGBT, special rights for their BEHAVIORS!
    NO ONE IS BORN LGBT, LGBT PEOPLE are NOT born that way, there is no objective scientific proof of homosexuals being born that way being remotely true. All behavior is a choice, unless a mental disorder/illness is involved. A few years ago, over 150 genetic scientists from around the world mapped the human genome and did not find a so called “LGB” or “gender confused” gene. Blacks are black because of genetics, homosexual are not homosexual because of genetics; homosexuals are not born that way. THERE IS ABSOLUTELY NO PROOF OF THAT BEING REMOTELY TRUE. All behavior is a choice, unless mental disorder or illness is involved. This proposed bill is designed to trick people, by use of the words “equality act”. Blacks are black because of genetics, LGBT persons are not that way because of genetics; LGBT persons are not born that way. All behavior is a choice, unless mental disorder or illness is involved.
    Pelosi and the democrats are gaslighting us, a tactic used by the Nazis in Hitler’s Nazi Germany. Gaslighting or gas-lighting is a form of mental and psychological abuse in which false information is presented as truth with the intent of making victims doubt their own memory, perception, and sanity. It’s a cruel and vicious form of mind control. More proof the federal govt is the enemy of the American people.

  2. I’m surprised kinzinger voted “no.” I hope the republicans in the 16th District vote “none of the above” for kinzinger in 2020 by taking a ballot but leaving his name unchecked. Maybe the district’s GOP will wake-up and put a real republican on the ballot.

  3. My point is the federal govt cannot lawfully enact HR 5 because it violates our constitutionally protected religious freedoms. Gov’t cannot force Christians to be tolerant of and supportive of sinful LGBT behaviors, govt cannot deny Christians the FREE exercise of religion and our right of religious conscience. Such a law as HR 5 would be the act of a Hitler-like police state.

  4. Such ridiculous nonsense. I grew up in this town, and I don’t remember it being like this. But, to be fair, I haven’t lived there in a while.
    The rainbow doesn’t belong to any god. A rainbow is a meteorological phenomenon caused by reflection, refraction and dispersion of light in water droplets resulting in a spectrum of light appearing in the sky. We can replicate them in elementary school sciences classes with no god required.
    The story of Noah’s Ark and the Biblical flood is nonsense. There’s no evidence to corroborate the myth of a global flood, the Ark could not have been seathworthy, 8 people couldn’t have shoveled 40 days worth of poop produced by thousands of animals. I could go on…
    It’s pure fantasy. You may has well put but a billboard that says, “Rainbows belong to Leprechauns – keep your hands off me pot o’ gold!”
    But here’s the most messed up part – let’s pretend that this ridiculous story is true, that the events laid out in the Bible transpired exactly as written. The rainbow represents the promise of an abusive, psychotic monster to never again mass-murder the entire population of the planet. What a beautiful thing! What a lovely sentiment to be celebrated.
    Because make no mistake – those people were murdered, according to the story. God could have blinked the entire human race out of existence. It could have shaken the cosmic etch-a-sketch and started over with a clean slate. No. It wanted to kill those people. And worse, it wanted them to suffer.
    Drowning is a horrible way to die. People who have survived near-drowning have described it like this: You’re in a constant state of panic. You’re gagged by water and you can’t scream. Your lungs burn. You keep thinking you can breathe, you’re in absolute denial. Your mind is haywire, the pressure makes it feel like you’re exploding. Eventually, your lungs give out, and you take a deep breath. You feel the water fill you up and make you heavier, you feel the weight of it clog all your orifices. It’s incredible pain.
    God wanted it that way. That is, except for the people who managed to stay dry but starved to death, which is its own kind of exquisite torture.
    Worse still, is the fact that they didn’t all die at once – they watched their loved ones drown. They clung to whatever high points they could, or treaded water as long as their limbs could manage, as they watched their mothers and fathers, children, brothers and sisters, wives and husbands succumb, one at a time, to the flood. They watched their loved ones suffer as god murdered them, and lived their final moments in terrible fear of what would come – because that’s the way god wanted it to go down.
    And why? Why did god want to do it this way? Because they were sinners? To teach them a lesson? What lesson? Noah and his family on the Ark didn’t need to be taught a lesson – they were deemed worthy of saving. The rest of them were killed with no chance to repent, no chance to take the lesson to heart and change their ways. Again, god could have blinked them out of existence, but their suffering brought it pleasure.
    We have a word for people like that. Lots of words, actually. None of them are good.
    And why kill all the animals? Can animals sin? Why was it necessary to punish all the living things that weren’t dirty, sinful humans? Because god loves killing things, even animals apparently. When you read the biographies of serial killers (and I’ve read more than a few), many of them share one thing in common – one red flag that portends a horrible outcome. Wanna guess what it is? They like killing animals.
    I go to sleep every night grateful that the vicious, petty, vain monster known as the god of the Bible isn’t real.
    People want to spend money on a billboard to celebrate an imaginary pact with a mass murderer all because the fact that a group of people refuse to live in a closet of shame offends their superstitious, bigoted sensibilities.
    They better keep their hands off me pot o’ gold!