With the Supreme Court about to rule on two cases involving marriage equality, a Who’s Who of the wingnut set have joined together and signed a “Marriage Solidarity Statement” pledging to resist any ruling in favor of same-sex marriage. The list of signees goes on for several pages in double columns. The rhetoric will sound quite familiar.
As Christian citizens united together, we will not stand by while the destruction of the institution of marriage unfolds in this nation we love. The Sacred Scriptures and unbroken teaching of the Church confirm that marriage is between one man and one woman. We stand together in solidarity to defend marriage and the family and society founded upon them. The effort to redefine marriage threatens the proper mediating role of the Church in society.
Experience and history have shown us that if the government redefines marriage to grant a legal equivalency to same-sex couples, that same government will then enforce such an action with the police power of the State. This will bring about an inevitable collision with religious freedom and conscience rights. We cannot and will not allow this to occur on our watch. Religious freedom is the first freedom in the American experiment for good reason.
Oh, nonsense. Your religious freedom to discriminate against gay people is no different from your religious freedom to discriminate against women, black people or those of other religions. In your church, you have every right to do so. If you own a business that is open to the public, you may not have that right depending on the state that business is in. But your religious freedom is burdened to the exact same degree that it is burdened by not being allowed to refuse to serve a woman, a black person, a Muslim or an atheist (and to the same degree that they are also prohibited from discriminating against you because you’re a Christian).
If the Supreme Court were to issue a decision that redefined marriage or provided a precedent on which to build an argument to redefine marriage, the Supreme Court will thereby undermine its legitimacy. The Court will significantly decrease its credibility and impair the role it has assumed for itself as a moral authority. It will be acting beyond its proper constitutional role and contrary to the Natural Moral Law which transcends religions, culture, and time.
As Christians united together in defense of marriage, we pray that this will not happen. But, 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 true common good that this is the line we must draw and one we cannot and will not cross.
Yeah? So what are you going to do? Marriage equality is absolutely inevitable in this country. What are going to do to avoid crossing that line? Hold prayer rallies? Be my guest. Leave the country? Have at it. Disrupt gay weddings? You’ll be arrested. But hey, if you wanna try that, I’ll pop the popcorn and enjoy the show. You lost. And there isn’t a damn thing you can do about it.
Naturally, the Worldnutdaily is helping to promote this outburst of impotent rage, calling it a “stunning challenge” to the Supreme Court’s authority. But there’s nothing remotely stunning about it. It’s the same lame, predictable reaction from the right whenever the Supreme Court hands down a ruling they don’t like (see Roe v Wade, the flag burning decision, the ruling overturning sodomy laws, the health care ruling, etc).