Supreme Court says, “Homosexual marriage trumps religious freedom.”
America’s religious freedom is waning. Biblically-based Christians will feel the hurt. For Christians comfortable in their pews, “How does this concern me?” The 19th Century saw our Government uphold Christianity because it needed a “moral and religious people.” The 20th Century saw the growth of the Progressive left and with the anti-Christian American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), our Government tolerated Christianity while scrubbing Christian symbols from the Public Square and public schools. Now, our Government is forcing Christians from the Public Square. The Supreme Court worsened this persecution by unnecessarily recognizing homosexual marriage.
James Madison summarized America’s religious freedom in his Memorial and Remonstrance Against Religious Assessments (1785). “The Religion of every person must be left to the conviction and conscious of every person; and it is every person’s right to exercise it as these may dictate. This right is an unalienable right” (like “Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness,” given by God as part of our humanity)…It is unalienable; because what is a right towards people, is a duty towards the Creator…It is every person’s duty to render to the Creator such homage, and such only as they believe to be acceptable to God. This duty to God is precedent both in order of time and in degree of obligation, to the claims of the Civil Society (the community)…We maintain therefore that in matters of Religion, no right is abridged by the institution of Civil Society, and that Religion is wholly exempt from its cognizance.”
Madison summarized his Assessments in our Constitution’s Bill of Rights. Its 1st Amendment contains two religious freedoms identified in two clauses, The Establishment Clause, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion,” and, of concern to us here, The Free Exercise Clause, “or prohibit the free exercise thereof.” The Constitution restricts Congress’s overreach into religion, but Congress isn’t the violator. The Supreme Court is the violator, because a cowardly Congress won’t stay the Court’s legislating morality by impeaching Justices.
In Supreme Court ruling, Obergefell v. Hodges (6/26/2015), the five-judge majority unconstitutionally legislated that the 14th Amendment (using “Due Process Clause” and “Equal Protection Clause” catchalls) requires States to license homosexual marriages and recognize those performed in other States. The Supreme Court’s redefinition of marriage elevated homosexual marriages based upon love and sodomy to the status of traditional marriages based upon love and the possible procreation of children. The Court’s redefinition created a right out of whole cloth and eliminated any legal connection between marriage and procreation. The Court enshrined homosexual behavior, but has no authority to do so, per the 10th Amendment!
Chronically unsatisfied homosexual plaintiffs continue to sue Christian defendants, like the florist in Washington, baker in Oregon, and photographer in New Mexico, for refusing to accommodate homosexual weddings. Christians felt pressured to close their pizzeria in Indiana. A Rowan County clerk in Kentucky is being sued for refusing to issue homosexual wedding licenses, and the entire three-clerk office in Decatur County, Tennessee, quit their jobs rather than issue same-sex marriage licenses, all based on religious beliefs.
Biblically-based Christians object to homosexual behavior; it’s an abomination and loathsome to God. God’s Holy Spirit teaches all Believers (Knowers), so indwelt, that the Bible is TRUTH, and TRUTH expects us, as Servants of The Living God, to confront sin, or at least not participate in it.
Homosexuals are adamant about making Christians participate in their activities because homosexuals require everyone to treat them with dignity. Homosexuals have convinced many people, the American Psychiatric Association (APA), and now the Courts that homosexuals are born that way. By 1987, through “sheer advocacy,” homosexuals inside the APA successfully delisted homosexuality as a mental illness, without a scientific study’s confirmation.
Justice Thomas addressed this need for dignity, “Perhaps recognizing that (homosexual) cases do not actually involve liberty as it has been understood, the majority goes to great lengths to assert that its decision will advance the ‘dignity’ of (homosexual) couples. The flaw in that reasoning is that the Constitution contains no ‘dignity’ Clause, and even if it did, the government would be incapable of bestowing dignity.”
Our Courts believe homosexuality is a civil right, like race. It’s not. People can’t change their race, but homosexuals can change their sexual orientation. Mutability (changing from homosexual to heterosexual, and vice-versa) disproves any civil right based upon homosexuality. Studies show homosexuals of sufficient WILL and psychiatric treatment can become heterosexual. Homosexuality is not God’s choice; it’s man’s choice!
Why the Court’s power-grab? Chief Justice Roberts labeled the Court’s decision “an act of will, not legal judgment,” and “…today’s decision rests on nothing more than the majority’s own conviction that (homosexual) couples should be allowed to marry because they want to.” Justice Scalia’s opinion states, “Today’s decree says that the Ruler of 320 million Americans coast-to-coast is a majority of nine lawyers of the Supreme Court…A system of government that makes the People subordinate to a committee of nine unelected lawyers does not deserve to be called a democracy…(The Court) violated a principle…more fundamental than no taxation without representation: no social transformation without representation.”
Roberts stated, “Unfortunately, people of faith can take no comfort in the treatment they receive from the majority today.” While Biblically-based Christians will continue to be persecuted, they’ll persevere. They answer to a Higher Judge than a discredited Supreme Court.