Iowa state Rep. Terry Baxter wrote in a Facebook post over the weekend that the Supreme Court “crucified both freedom of speech and the freedom of religion as guaranteed in our constitution” when it struck down state bans on same-sex marriage, claiming that preaching from the Bible “can now be prosecuted as legally incorrect.”
“Just as faithful Christians suffered in the coliseums of Rome for remaining true to the Bible and their religious conscience, so many Christians are about suffer in the legal coliseums of America,” he wrote. “Preaching the gospel just became a hate crime!” Except that it didn’t, and same-sex marriage has been legal in Iowa since 2009, and people like Baxter are freely able to denounce same-sex marriage without being thrown to the lions.
Welcome to the "United Corinth of America." Yesterday, for the first time our history, five unelected members of the Supreme Court officially placed our country in the final state of decline in our drift away from the God of Creation. (Please take time to read Romans 1:18-32. Pay special attention to verses 26-27.)
This debacle is about to give birth to the worse religious persecution in our 239 year history as a nation. Just as faithful Christians suffered in the coliseums of Rome for remaining true to the Bible and their religious conscience, so many Christians are about suffer in the legal coliseums of America.
Preaching the gospel just became a hate crime! Sins of sexual immorality are now constitutionally protected in the same category as age, race and gender. The problem is that God decides a persons [sic] age, race and gender, but human depravity dictates a persons [sic] morality.
Apart from a biblical definition of sin there can be no salvation. Why? Because Jesus came into the world to save sinners. Many forms of sexual sin are now constitutionally protected and will receive equal protection and promotion in our classrooms, curriculum, media, public sector and courts.
The definition of discrimination now includes preaching against sexual expressions. To preach the gospel and call for confession, repentance and conversion can now be prosecuted as a hate crime. Yet from my perspective, the greatest expression of love is to help a sinner turn from the error of their ways and find a new life in Christ.
The Supreme Court ruling yesterday crucified both freedom of speech and the freedom of religion as guaranteed in our constitution. For the past few decades the gospel has been viewed as politically incorrect, it can now be prosecuted as legally incorrect. As a Representative in the Iowa legislature, I have discovered that the sting of new legislation always shows up in the unintended consequences. The implications of this ruling are staggering.
Anti-gay activist Michael Brown released a snarky thank-you note today to Justice Anthony Kennedy, author of the Supreme Court’s 5-4 decision upholding marriage equality nationwide. According to Brown’s letter, the ruling will “galvanize” the anti-marriage-equality movement the way Roe v. Wade galvanized the anti-abortion movement.
In a moment of time, you have done more to energize our side than a string of political victories for us could ever have done.
You have so painted us into a corner and so overstepped the bounds of your office that you have singlehandedly strengthened our resolve to stand, even unifying groups and individuals that had not worked together before now.
For that, sir, I sincerely thank you.
I also want to thank you for confirming what we have been saying for many years now, namely, that gay activism is the principle threat to our freedoms of speech, religion, and conscience.
Brown says the marriage equality ruling has given justification to “a torrent of hatred” aimed at religious conservatives, and he cites a biblical injunction from Jesus to his followers to rejoice when they face persecution.
Thank you, Justice Kennedy, for bringing unprecedented religious persecution to the shores of our nation. Despite the darkness and pain ahead, this will only cause the Church to wake up and grow stronger.
It is worth noting that Brown made similar remarks about a wake-up call for the Church, as well as a “fresh call to revolution” among America’s pastors, two years ago after Supreme Court rulings that overturned key sections of the federal Defense of Marriage Act and opened the door for same-sex couples in California to get legally married. In that broadcast, Brown told Christians not to get upset about “gloating” from gay-rights activists, but to pity them because God will “have the last word.”
In the run-up to the Supreme Court’s ruling on marriage equality, anti-LGBT activists bristled at comparisons to the Supreme Court’s 1967 ruling in Loving v. Virginia, insisting that bans on same-sex marriage shouldn’t be compared to anti-miscegenation laws since the latter didn’t have a religious basis.
Of course, while indeed the vast majority of Christians today oppose laws restricting interracial marriages, many Christians at the time used much the same arguments in defense of interracial bans as conservatives do to oppose same-sex marriage today (something one pro-equality pastor demonstrated creatively back in 2012). In fact, one-fifth of white evangelicals and Mississippi and Alabama Republicans still look down upon interracial marriages.
Nonetheless, Ted Cruz said today in an interview with NBC’s Savannah Guthrie that unlike same-sex marriage bans, “there is no religious backing” for interracial marriage bans, and therefore government officials should be allowed to deny marriage licenses to same-sex couples if they say issuing such licenses would violate their religious beliefs. He also seemed to suggest that discrimination against interracial couples ended with the Civil War.
Cruz should know better. After all, the Tea Party leader announced his presidential campaign at Liberty University, the school founded by Jerry Falwell, one of the fathers of the modern Religious Right movement, who denounced both desegregation and interracial marriages in religious terms.
And in a 2013 speech for the Heritage Foundation’s “Jesse Helms Lecture Series,” Cruz said that “we need 100 more like Jesse Helms in the U.S. Senate,” a reference to the notorious civil rights opponent who Tim Murphy notes “got his political start by bashing interracial marriage and accusing the spouse of a political opponent of dancing with a black man.”
Helms and Falwell were far from alone, as a majority of Americans opposed interracial marriage at the time the Loving case was decided. Another Religious Right leader, Bob Jones Sr., said in 1960 that “all orthodox, Bible-believing Christians” think that racial integration is wrong. Until they didn’t.
On "WallBuilders Live" today, Arkansas pastor Tim Brooks spent most of the program saying that America today is just like Sodom and Gomorrah in which militant gays seek to force Christians to participate in their sin.
"Here is the only thing that will satisfy this agenda, and it's very clear: participation," Brooks declared. "We want you to come out of your house and participate with us ... Lot never tried to force his lifestyle on them, he never even brought that up. They are trying to force their lifestyle on him, come out and have sex with us, have to participate. They're going to force participation and that's what we're seeing around the country."
Brooks went on to cite a similar story from Judges 19 to warn that it becomes "unsafe when the homosexual agenda takes over a city."
For his part, David Barton warned that efforts to pass nondiscrimination ordinances that outlaw discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity are nothing more than attempts to legalize discrimination against Christians.
"Any time you talk about nondiscrimination," Barton said, "what you are saying is discriminating against people of faith ... Whether you have the Abortion Nondiscrimination Act, whether you have the Employment Nondiscrimination Act, whether you have a nondiscrimination ordinance, every one of those has turned out to be a major club by which you can beat back people of faith and their beliefs and their convictions. So whenever you hear nondiscrimination anything in the last 15 years, you can be assured that becomes a legal weapons by which to divorce you from your faith and make you bow down to what they want and their viewpoints."
Religious Right activists aren’t holding back in their response to the Supreme Court’s decision on same-sex marriage, with more conservative pundits giving voice to their predictions that the U.S. will now face God’s wrath.
Pastor Scott Lively urged Americans to get ready for divine punishment:
In response to the ruling, Mr. Obama called it an example of “justice that arrives like a thunderbolt.” That phrase turns logic and morality on its head as it relates to official government endorsement of sexual perversion. But I suspect it will eventually, perhaps very soon, be recognized in retrospect as an unwitting prophecy about God’s punishment on America for what she has just done.
I just received an email from my ex-‘gay’ friend Greg Quinlan informing me that today’s “gay marriage” ruling happens to fall on the anniversary of the fall of Jerusalem and the Kingdom of Judah in 586BC to Babylonian King Nebuchadnezzer: the ninth day of the fourth month of the Hebrew calendar.
Christian Post columnist Michael Bresciani told readers that God showed him a vision of attacks, economic collapse, natural disasters and crop failures:
I am convinced that this is the beginning of the end for America, and the vision or message will begin very shortly.
What is that vision?
I saw an economic crash much more serious than the stock market crash of 29. It will produce poverty and deep scarcity across our land, the likes of which has never been seen in our history.
Nothing grabs the attention of the distracted faster than the complete removal of all creature comforts and extravagant wealth.
Crops will fail, stores will close and commerce will come almost to a complete stop. It will not be pretty. Add to that, attacks from our enemies and natural disasters rising to meet the pride of the sinners’ right where it hurts the most.
Lee Duigon of the Chalcedon Foundation said the “antichrists” celebrating the court’s decision, which he said will destroy freedom, will go to Hell:
Yesterday was the most shameful day in U.S. history, and America will never live it down.
Abortion did not require a radical makeover of our society, to be made to stick; but mock marriage will not endure unless its proponents can successfully criminalize Christianity, subvert and disable the church, and make mincemeat of our First Amendment.
The nadir, of course, was their ordering all the monuments in Washington lit up with rainbow floodlights–the rainbow, remember, was originally a sign from God–to celebrate active defiance of the word of God. But these antichrists specialize in taking God’s name in vain.
Every one of those persons who celebrated has put his or her soul in danger of damnation. This is open rebellion against God; it will not stand, nor will it prosper.
World Congress of Families spokesman Don Feder compared the court’s ruling to a recent terrorist attack in France:
In France, terrorists left a severed head at the site of an attack on a chemical plant. On Friday, the Supreme Court beheaded its own hostages – the Constitution and Judeo-Christian morality.
The Court’s edict in Obergefell v. Hodges will be used to further the persecution of believers whose conscience will not allow them to go along with the travesty. The “gay marriage” drive has always been about punishing dissidents. That’s why Christian businesses are specifically targeted.
But it’s not the culmination of the revolution. As Antonio Gramsci, the father of Cultural Marxism, wrote in his “Prison Notebooks,” the final stage is the abolition of the family and the church.
Accuracy in Media’s Cliff Kincaid believes that as a result of this ruling, which he likened to Pearl Harbor, America will no longer “be able to defend itself against its foreign adversaries and enemies.”
In fact, as the Scalia dissent notes, this decision will live in infamy. It is as if a Pearl Harbor-type attack has been achieved on America’s moral fabric and constitutional foundations.
A country that descends to the bottom of the barrel morally and culturally will not be able to defend itself against its foreign adversaries and enemies. Indeed, we have the evidence all around us that, as the culture has degenerated, our ability to defend ourselves has simultaneously been weakened. The recent Pentagon gay pride event featured a male General introducing his husband, as a transgender Pentagon civilian employee looked on.
Mark Creech of the Christian Action League said that the court’s ruling will bring an end to opposite-sex marriage and America itself, adding that the decision represents “the same kind of tyranny fought against by the American Revolutionaries.”
It is not just religious people who believe in the traditional view of marriage who should be disquieted, but every American concerned about the advent of lawlessness in our culture. In essence, this decision greatly destroys trust in the Judiciary. Two Justices who have been outspoken public activists for gay marriage did not recuse themselves before the High Court. This not only places their participation in violation of the Rules of the Court, but also brings their partiality into question. When Supreme Court Justices essentially shut down the political process on a matter of such fundamental import, when they overrule the will of the people, when they ignore the proper court procedure and set themselves up as the final authority, what is that but the same kind of tyranny fought against by the American Revolutionaries?
It is not likely fire and brimstone will fall on America immediately because of this decision, although God would certainly be justified in doing it. Nevertheless, this national sin is more apt to bring its own punishments overtime. Although many will think it hyperbolic to say, the state sanctioning of gay marriage will eventually destroy traditional marriage. Real marriage (natural) and anti-marriage (same-sex) cannot coexist any more than can matter and anti-matter. Children will suffer from marriage being redefined as a genderless institution that purposely renders either a mother or a father as obsolete to child rearing. Homosexuality will be taught in public sex-education curriculums as normal. It will further stress our Healthcare and Social Security systems by adding hundreds of thousands of new dependents. These issues, plus the constitutional crisis and threat to the democratic process this decision ushers in, may prove to be too much and result in a national collapse beneath the weight of our own sin.
We’ve seen plenty of strange bedfellows, but frankly this one has us stumped. Oath Keepers – the anti-government militia group whose leader, Stewart Rhodes, wants to hang John McCain for treason — is joining James David Manning, the Harlem pastor famous for declaring that “Jesus would stone homos” and warning that Starbucks flavors its coffee with “semen from sodomites,” at a 4th of July event at the Gettysburg battlefield that will apparently help to heal America’s racial wounds.
We can’t wait to see how this goes.
Huckabee Urges Governors To Defy Supreme Court Marriage Ruling, Says Marriage Equality Violates The First Amendment
Mike Huckabee, who vows to block the Supreme Court’s ruling on marriage equality if he becomes president, is urging state governors to do the same, telling Iowa talk radio host Jan Mickelson on Friday that if he were still the governor of Arkansas he would “respect” the court’s decision but would not “implement” it.
He urged governors to order county clerks to refuse to issue marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples “until such time as the people have spoken and affirmed the court’s decision.”
He added that “this is a defining moment for people in public office”: “We’re going to find out how many of them really believe in the balance of powers and the separation of powers and how many just decided they’re going to wave the white flag of surrender.”
Huckabee went on to tell Mickelson that the Supreme Court’s marriage decision actually violates the First Amendment by telling marriage equality opponents that “you can’t believe that anymore and put it in practice.”
“This is going to be about religious liberty, it’s not going to be about same-sex marriage,” he said. “A lot of people will try to make it about same-sex marriage, but it’s a bigger issue because, Jan, if the Supreme Court can tell people what the limitations of their beliefs and practices are, then the Supreme Court has just now decided that it can govern all of our liberties.”
Huckabee also argued that “it’s only a matter of time and not long away” before the court legalized polygamy, for which he said a “stronger case” can be made than same-sex marriage:
American Right to Life, an anti-choice “personhood” group that rejects the larger anti-choice movement’s strategy of chipping away at abortion rights through incremental measures, has taken the movement’s internal warfare to a new level, starting a social media campaign comparing incrementalist anti-choice groups to ISIS.
In the first of a promised series of social media share images, American Right to Life compares “ fetal anesthesia” measures — a tactic that the anti-choice movement has been using to make certain abortions more expensive and harder to obtain, while working to move public opinion to its side — to “urging ISIS to anesthetize before a beheading”:
Focus on the Family founder James Dobson is reeling from the Supreme Court’s decision to strike down state bans on same-sex marriage, telling right-wing radio host Joe Miller last week that the ruling represents an “assault” on American values of freedom and liberty.
Dobson also claimed that pastors must prepare for prison, conceding that the “avalanche” of gay rights may be unstoppable:
He similarly warned in a Friday column that “judgment will befall this once great nation” as a result of the court’s ruling.
Warning that “this radical decree will have a devastating affect [sic] on every dimension of culture,” Dobson said that children “barely out of babyhood are already being introduced in some schools to perverse adult behavior.”
Even worse, Dobson writes, “many more vulnerable kids will grow up in homes with same-sex parents.” “They are the real victims of the Court’s ruling,” he said.
Even though Friday’s re-definition of marriage by the U. S. Supreme Court was anticipated, I have found myself grieving over its implications for my country and for Western civilization itself. This radical decree will have a devastating affect [sic] on every dimension of culture.
I grieve most for what it will do to our children, our grandchildren and future generations. They will be taught that right is wrong and wrong is right, and that the teachings of Scripture are unreliable and inaccurate. How outrageous it is that boys and girls barely out of babyhood are already being introduced in some schools to perverse adult behavior.
Soon, public school textbooks throughout the country will be re-written and re-illustrated to conform to today’s ruling. It matters not that these revisions will contradict the beliefs and convictions of their parents. It will soon become the law of the land.
Many more vulnerable kids will grow up in homes with same-sex parents, obviously lacking either masculine or feminine role models. They are the real victims of the Court’s ruling.
Adults will suffer, too. I believe a barrage of court cases has already been planned against those who hold to politically incorrect views of marriage. Many of us will be dragged into court to be prosecuted or subjected to civil judgments. Some will lose their jobs, while others forfeit their businesses. Some will be persecuted and ridiculed and fined. Some may go to prison as the years unfold. Since same-sex marriage has now been determined to be a universal human right by the highest court in the land, it will trump religious liberty, churches, seminaries, Christian schools, businesses and a host of individual liberties. I also fear that judgment will befall this once great nation.
Speaking now for our organization, Family Talk, I believe it is time for this nation to hold State Constitutional Conventions, which would allow certain provisions within the Constitution to be reaffirmed. Among these possibilities would be a provision to set term limits on judges and justices. Another clause would limit the scope of their power. Unelected, unaccountable judges would no longer override the other two co-equal branches of government. Finally, language would be inserted to restore what Abraham Lincoln referred to in his Gettysburg Address as government “of the people, by the people, and for the people.” Wouldn’t that be a novel idea in the 21st century?
Near the end of his radio broadcast last Friday, Glenn Beck interviewed David Barton, the disgraced right-wing pseudo-historian whom Beck regularly turns to for his "expert" opinion, about the Supreme Court ruling striking down state bans on gay marriage. After the interview, Beck sought to bolster Barton's credibility by insisting that he really ought to be called "Dr. Barton" because he is "a brilliant, brilliant man" who "has his doctorate in education."
In fact, back in April, Barton spoke at Faith Baptist Church in Knightdale, North Carolina, where he explicitly stated that he does not possess a Ph.D.:
I was recently involved in writing a book about America's founding and it dealt somewhat with Thomas Jefferson. There were four of us in that book. It was a book for academics. It was done for colleges and universities. Three of them had Ph.Ds, I didn't."
Has Barton managed to obtain a Ph.D. since April? That seems unlikely.
After all, where would he even find the time in between speaking to 600 groups a year while also working 14 hours a day on his ranch?
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