Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Christian Religionists Threaten SCOTUS With Civil Disobedience...

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"We will not obey.”

That’s the blunt warning a group of prominent religious leaders is sending to the Supreme Court of the United States as they consider same-sex marriage.

“We respectfully warn the Supreme Court not to cross that line,” read a document titled, Pledge in Solidarity to Defend Marriage. “We stand united together in defense of marriage. Make no mistake about our resolve.”

“While there are many things we can endure, redefining marriage is so fundamental to the natural order and the common good that this is the line we must draw and one we cannot and will not cross,” the pledge states.

The signees are a who’s who of religious leaders including former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, former U.S. Senator Rick Santorum, National Religious Broadcasters president Jerry Johnson, Pastor John Hagee, and Franklin Graham, president and CEO of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and Samaritan’s Purse.

The pledge was crafted by Rick Scarborough, the president of Vision America Action; James Dobson, the founder of Family Talk Radio; and Mat Staver, the founder of Liberty Counsel.

“We’re sending a warning to the Supreme Court and frankly any court that crosses the line on the issue of marriage,” Staver told me.

He said that once same-sex marriage is elevated to the level of protected status – it will transform the face of society and will result in the “beginning of the end of Western Civilization.”
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As the SCOTUS weighs arguments in preparation for a decision on marriage equality, the self proclaimed defenders of freedom are fighting hard to deny the freedom to marry the person you love. If you happen to be gay or lesbian that is.

Religionists are so up in arms over granting marriage equality they are threatening civil disobedience? If the SCOTUS rules in favor of marriage equality, the right thing to do, civil disobedience is definitely a course of action they can pursue. If nothing else it certainly should give them a warm and fuzzy feeling they pleased their God while attempting to deny happiness to a community they disapprove of.

There is really no rational argument for denying marriage equality. Massachusetts, the first state in the nation to recognize marriage equality has not collapsed. They have continued to function well with absolutely no discernable family or social dislocations as a result.

The ridiculous statement that a SCOTUS decision in favor of marriage equality "will result in the "beginning of the end of Western Civilization" is nothing more than over heated hyperbole. Nothing could be further from the truth. But it does play well with those grasping at straws in their attempt to find a rational argument for their position.


Via: Memeorandum


  1. Oh no! That means millions of straight Christians re not going to get gay married!


  2. Perhaps they are afraid that they will have to marry their "boy toys" instead of just abusing them.

  3. I see that the idiots mentioned in this post are inviting cheap shots in the comments.

    And know what. they sure deserve it.

  4. It is certainly their right to protest, and also their right to go to jail, or suffer other legal consequences.

  5. I defend their right to protest and to say anything they want against equality of marriage.

    But this is just too silly:

    The ridiculous statement that a SCOTUS decision in favor of marriage equality "will result in the "beginning of the end of Western Civilization"

    Massachusetts has had equality of marriage since 2004, 11 years ago. Heterosexual marriages are thriving, with Massachusetts have the lowest divorce rate. Marriage equality did not have a deleterious effect on any social issues, in fact, Massachusetts is thriving. The people who are giving out these dire warnings are basing them on nothing but their own prejudices.

    My niece is a devout Christian and belongs to one of this country's oldest congregations, which is in the middle of my state. When her pastor announced 3 years ago that the congregation would acknowledge marriage equality, they lost about a quarter of their flock. The rest stayed and welcomed this change. Happily.

    Those who were upset with what Pastor Grey said, left and found a church more suitable to their beliefs. Many Christians accept marriage equality, as do other religions. The Christians who predict a doomsday outcome are wrong. And Massachusetts prove that to be so.

  6. I don't know what they think they're going to do if the court does not rule their way. It will be interesting to witness the aftermath if the court does decide to "redefine marriage".

    From Mother Jones: "I know it's a fait accompli", said an unhappy-looking Ben Phelps, 39, a member of the Westboro Baptist Church... Phelps and a small group from his church were protesting on the outskirts of the rally. ... Phelps predicted the court will rule in favor of same-sex marriage "because we're in the days of Sodom".

    1. Well, there is a fine line between good taste and sodomy. ;)


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