Saturday, March 26, 2016

The War Goes On

In Obergefell v. Hodges, five un-elected Justices ignored the expressed will of an overwhelming majority of Americans, ruling that the definition of marriage as the union of one man and one women, which has existed for thousands of years, is unconstitutional. In the process the majority dispelled the concept “that we are a government of laws, not of men.”

In dissent, Justice Scalia (may he rest in peace) wrote that the majority opinion is “a threat to American democracy,”  and “This is a naked judicial claim to legislative—indeed, super-legislative—power; a claim fundamentally at odds with our system of government…. A system of government that makes the People subordinate to a committee of nine unelected lawyers does not deserve to be called a democracy.”

We must recall that of the 35 States that voted on the issue of same-sex “marriage”, 32 States chose to preserve the traditional definition of marriage.  In Obergefell, the Court appraised the laws of Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, and Tennessee.  In each of these states, an overwhelming majority of voters voted in favor of traditional marriage: 88% in Tennessee, 74% in Kentucky, 62% in Ohio and 59% in Michigan.

Chief Justice Roberts, doing away with the majority’s legal basis for same–sex marriage, determined, “The right it announces has no basis in the Constitution or this Court’s precedent.”  He wrote, “The Constitution itself says nothing about marriage, and the Framers thereby entrusted the States with “[t]he whole subject of the domestic relations of husband and wife.”

Up until Obergefell, since the founding of our nation, and for the last approximately 2,000 years of Christianity, across all civilizations and cultures, the definition of marriage has been the same—the union of a man and a woman. Indeed, Christ said:
“Have you not read that from the beginning the Creator ‘made them male and female’ and said, ‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’? So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore, what God has joined together, no human being must separate.” (Matthew 19: 4-6)

Considerer the following. In 1857, the Supreme Court used the same substantive Due Process rationale as in Obergefell in its Dred Scott decision to protect the rights of slaveholders to own slaves as property.  As Chief Justice Roberts observed, “Dred Scott’s holding was overruled on the battlefields of the Civil War….”  
This decision, similar to the Courts creation of the constitutional right to abortion in Roe v Wade, will not end the debate. 

In the short term those who do not accept the ruling in Obergefell must ensure that federal and state laws are enacted that will protect the religious freedom of Christians to speak out and to practice their faith. They must also begin to counter the slick, meaningless slogans used by homosexual advocates such as “marriage equality.” 

Families are a sine qua non for the survival of our country. Nevertheless, people who want to have sex with members of the same sex will not be satisfied until every vestige of opposition to same-sex “marriage” is demolished.  Already a wave of persecution has begun against those opposed to their agenda.  Princeton law professor Robert George pointed to the increasing oppression of Christians who oppose a redefinition of marriage. He said that business owners, adoption agencies and workers in several states have already been threatened, pushed out of their industries, or forced to violate their consciences in order to operate their businesses. The Professor pointed out that many government employees have been subjected to disciplinary action and threatened with termination for expressing their biblical views on marriage. Unquestionably there will be efforts to revoke the tax-exempt status of the Catholic Church as well as other Christian organizations that teach that marriage is the union of a man and woman. The list will continue on. Put on the armor of Christ.
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