I should have listened to Wade H. when he suggested the story about a pastor being threatened with a year in jail for not officiating a gay wedding was a fake story. Turns out Wade’s truth detector was dead on… the story appearing on my Monday Roundup That Matters was fake.
Here is the scoop from ChristianityToday:
Pastor Arrested for Refusing a Same-Sex Marriage
So, what should you do it you see a story like this?
Well, first, if pastors are going to jail for a ruling from last month, you should be suspicious. OK, not really, you should be totally incredulous.
But, let’s say it is a couple of years from now.
If that were the case, it would be EVERYWHERE. It would be on the nightly news.
But, you say, “It was at NBC.” Well, if something sounds crazy, check the URL. This particular story was on NBC.com.co.
Did you notice the extra .co on the end? That means it’s not really NBC.com. Also, click around to the other stories, which literally have text that reads “adfasf weoogsdre gawerags.”
You just make us all look gullible when you don’t do simple steps like that.
By the way, if you are a pastor you should already know that no one can make you officiate anything. In fact, you can refuse to officiate an interracial marriage. You’d be an idiot and a racist, but you wouldn’t be arrested.
Well, there you have it. Gullible indeed. Grateful it was not real.