Mat Staver spoke to a group of Virginia pastors recently and went on a rant about the Supreme Court’s DOMA decision, using words that I find highly interesting and ironic. That ruling was wrong, he said, because it conflicted with “natural law, biblical law or common sense; it is contrary to the natural created order of God almighty.” Hmmm. Where have I heard similar words before? Oh, yeah.
“Almighty God created the races white, black, yellow, Malay, and red, and placed them on separate continents, and but for the interference with his arrangement there would be no cause for such marriages. The fact that he separated the races shows that he did not intend the races to mix.”
That was from the district court judge in Loving v Virginia, which overturned state laws against interracial marriage (a ruling that the man who hired Staver, Jerry Falwell, railed against in nearly identical language). The confederate state secession documents also used very similar language, that freeing the slaves was a violation of “natural law” and the “created order of God almighty.” And again when it came to giving women the right to vote. And ending desegregation. Noticing a pattern? Every important advance in civil rights in the nation’s history was argued against because it violated the wishes of “God almighty.”