History was made two weeks ago…
A huge cultural shift was set into law…
And whether you agree with same-sex marriage or not, Christians and churches will see increasing legal hostility and persecution in America.
Why? All because the U.S. Supreme Court made a sweeping decision legalizing same-sex marriage in America – and did so by declaring same-sex marriage a protected right.
With just a close 5-4 vote, same-sex marriage is now a constitutional right, so anyone opposed to it will be violating the civil rights of the gay couple.
Here are 9 shocking consequences of the Court’s decision that will impact the First Amendment’s protection of the free exercise of religion:
1. This decision was a political decision, not a constitutional one.
The Court – 9 unelected judges – voted their personal policy preferences; they did not decide a matter of constitutional law.
The Supreme Court got it wrong.
You may be for same-sex marriage.
You may be against it.
But the Court got it wrong.
The Court found a fundamental right to same-sex marriage in the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment… but when that Amendment was written, ratified, and executed, marriage was universally defined in America as the union of a man and a woman… and no one even imagined – much less intended – that the 14th Amendment challenged that.
Chief Justice Roberts, who dissented from the decision, says… “For those who believe in a government of laws, not of men, the majority’s approach is deeply disheartening… The majority’s decision is an act of will, not legal judgment. The right it announces has no basis in the Constitution or this Court’s precedent. The majority expressly disclaims judicial ‘caution’ and omits even a pretense of humility, openly relying on its desire to remake society according to its own ‘new insight’ into the ‘nature of injustice.’”
The decision is as flawed as the Court’s rulings in Dred Scott (which effectively legalized slavery in free states) and Roe v. Wade (which legalized abortion).
2. Judicial activism crushes our republican form of government.
The Court – packed with President Obama appointees and old-time liberals – is using its power to legislate from the bench.
This is not what the Supreme Court should do. It should interpret the law, not make law. The five justices in the majority abandoned their roles as impartial judicial arbiters, instead imposing their personal opinions on all of America.
In almost 40 states, the people have voted or their representatives have legislated that marriage is between one man and one woman, only.
In our Republic, a vote by the people or the legislature – not judges – guides our nation.
But this Court says no – it will legislate. The people’s voice is ignored by a judicial oligarchy.
This is why the 2016 election is so critical – the President appoints and the U.S. Senate confirms the justices.
As Justice Alito says: “Today’s decision usurps the constitutional right of the people to decide whether to keep or alter the traditional understanding of marriage. The decision will also have other important consequences. It will be used to vilify Americans who are unwilling to assent to the new orthodoxy. In the course of its opinion, the majority compares traditional marriage laws to laws that denied equal treatment for African-Americans and women. The implications of this analogy will be exploited by those who are determined to stamp out every vestige of dissent.”
3. The Court is redefining marriage in the law, not creating a new “right.”
Nowhere in our Constitution is redefining marriage an option. Our Constitution is silent on marriage.
Sadly, marriage should never have been a government function. But now with this new ruling, the Court has declared that thousands of years of history, human nature, and Scripture are wrong.
This ruling is an astonishing presumption of power, with devastating consequences.
The Court is attempting to have you embrace same-sex marriage – even if you disagree.
But although the Court says same-sex marriage is ok – the Bible does not, and Christians believe it is an important part of their faith, not a secular ceremony.
Marriage is instituted by God in Genesis and re-affirmed by Jesus.
When Jesus spoke about marriage (Mark 10:2-12 and Matthew 19:3-9) he quoted Genesis 1:27 – “male and female [God] made them” and 2:24 “For this reason a man may… be joined to his woman and the two shall become one flesh.”
Marriage is instituted by God for our benefit and our protection. It’s what gives stability to children – a balanced upbringing with a mom and a dad. Men and women are distinct and complementary. The biological and reproductive differences of men and women matter.
Man cannot change that.
The Court cannot change that.
Christians cannot change that.
4. Churches, religious organizations, and Christian schools will be forced to pick a side… traditional marriage or the Court’s definition.
Every church and religious organization will be impacted by the decision.
If there is a legal demand for a pastor to perform a gay wedding – will he do it?
Here are some of the dangers:
- Pastors legally coerced to officiate same-sex marriages
- Churches required to rent out facilities for same-sex weddings
- Churches, religious organizations, and Christian schools required to hire homosexual staff/employees
As politicians and lawyers push and exploit “discrimination” claims for not complying with the above pressures and more, we may see:
- Churches, religious organizations and Christian schools facing lawsuits and crippling fines
- Churches, religious organizations and Christian schools losing their tax exempt status (Time magazine has already printed an article calling for this)
- Christian schools denied accreditation and losing government funding for federal student loans – for a plethora of things: for having an official position that upholds Biblical marriage and sexuality, for having standards of conduct that do not allow same-sex behavior and relationships, for refusing to hire or for firing staff who engage in same-sex behavior, for offering opposite-sex married housing but not same-sex married housing, and more.
- Churches and religious organizations listed as hate groups by groups such as the Southern Poverty Law Center… maybe the government itself.
5. Christians are no longer free to exercise their religion.
Here are some of the dangers ahead for people of faith:
Pepperdine law professor Douglas Kmiec says that Christian-owned businesses will be held under public accommodation law – they will be required to serve all people regardless of sexual orientation.
As politicians and lawyers push and exploit “discrimination” claims, expect to see:
- Christians business owners facing lawsuits and crippling fines, and losing their businesses
As Biblical beliefs – that homosexual behavior is sinful and that marriage is between a man and a woman – are increasingly defined as “hate speech,” expect to see:
- Christian individuals face intimidation, financial loss and possibly criminal charges
- Opposition to same-sex advocates silenced – given no news or internet coverage (a believer in Oregon said doing a same-sex wedding violated his conscience. He has now been fined $135,00 and told to stop speaking about his beliefs – censorship!)
- Christian employees losing their jobs (because hiring Christians creates a “hostile work environment” for homosexuals)
- Indoctrination and “reeducation”
- Promotion of gender confusion in the young – resulting in an increase in homosexuality
- As religious liberty and the perceived legitimacy of Biblical beliefs are undermined, will doctors be able to refuse to perform abortions?
The left pushed for gay tolerance. Now they have acceptance. But the new push is getting everyone – including you – to embrace the homosexual lifestyle.
6. You are being redefined… and they want you to change.
Redefined by the media.
Digital and traditional media, including TV, have given a lopsided, pro-homosexual, liberal agenda for years.
But now, disagreement has become censored.
Intolerance of Christians is the new moral high ground.
If you are for Biblical marriage, you are clueless, insensitive, out of touch, ignorant, a bigot, a homophobe… or as they said of Christians in ancient Rome… a hater.
TV shows, movies, and news are intolerant of disagreement or beliefs in an opposing view.
Redefined by the politicians.
President Obama, Hillary Clinton, and Joe Biden say Christians must – and will – change their views.
And they believe government needs to be the one to ensure they do.
Biden said: “In too many places, life for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals is actually getting worse. In too many places, LGBT community members face… religious condemnation… The best mechanism to confront this hatred is to speak up in favor of universal human rights.”
In reference to abortion, Hillary Clinton said that “deep-seated cultural codes, religious beliefs and structural biases have to be changed.” She also said that “we move forward when gay and transgendered women are embraced as our colleagues and friends.”
Judges will demand “reeducation” or “tolerance” classes. This happened to a Christian baker found guilty in Colorado. Phillips was fined and forced into a reeducation program, read here.
7. It’s a sad time for America.
Our nation’s foundation was religious liberty. From Jamestown and the pilgrims – our history – was a people fleeing religious persecution and coming to America to worship according to their conscience.
Religious liberty created the United States. The U.S. did not create religious liberty.
Government was instituted to protect religious liberty.
Now the government is assaulting religious liberty.
Our rights – including religious liberty – came from God, not government.
“We are endowed by our Creator with certain inalienable rights,” says our Declaration of Independence.
Government didn’t create marriage, God did. Government can’t void marriage; God’s word cannot be voided by man.
You have seen the great American dream turn into the nightmare the world has known from the beginning of time – where a few control the many… where the “majority” or the ruling elite dictate behavior and political/religious beliefs… where all must obey the rulers.
8. We must win the election of 2016.
If we elect a conservative President, Senate and Congress, things can change.
- In 2016-17, we can pass the First Amendment Defense Act, which says the government cannot discriminate against people and institutions that speak and act according to their belief that marriage is a union of one man and one woman.
But, this only covers the federal government…
- The new President might appoint up to four justices, as four of the current justices are 76 years or older now.
The new President could dramatically change the ideological balance of the Court.
It’s critical you support, work for, and donate only to candidates that support these changes.
Some have said we need a constitutional amendment. Sen. Cruz proposed one and Gov. Walker is promoting it.
9. But we also must elect local candidates.
Only with the passage of state “freedom of religion” laws can First Amendment rights be protected.
20 states have some protections. Most need to be strengthened. All 50 need them.
The left’s prime target is opposing these protections. They used their digital media and political expertise in defeating the Arizona and Louisiana attempts – and making the Indiana law ineffective.
That means we must help elect assembly members, state senators and governors that will support the religious freedom bills.
What do you think? Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.