Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Matt Barber

7/2/2013 (1 year ago)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

In other words, mock 'marriage' or not: Keep on keepin' on, my friend.


As we've now seen in states that fancy mock "gay marriage," for instance, the only way to force Christian individuals and business owners - such as bakers, photographers, innkeepers and florists - to lend their talents to sin-centered "gay weddings" is through the power of the police state. This amounts to a systemic, immoral and profoundly unconstitutional trampling of the First Amendment.

The French marriage defense movement

The French marriage defense movement

Highlights

By Matt Barber

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

7/2/2013 (1 year ago)

Published in U.S.

Keywords: Windsor, gay marriage, homosexual marriage, Matt Barber, culture war, homosexual, gay, LGBT, Supreme Court, Liberty Counsel


LYNCHBURG, VA (Catholic Online) - While poorly decided U.S. Supreme Court cases are a dime a dozen, prior to last Wednesday, two stood out among the most wretched and constitutionally groundless in American History. First was the 1857 Dred Scott decision. Among other things, it robbed African-Americans of both their U.S. citizenship and their dignity.

Next came the 1973 ruling in Roe v. Wade. It has robbed over 55 million U.S. citizens of their very lives. For the first time in American history, the high court imagined a phantom constitutional right for women to dismember alive their own pre-born children.

Both of these cases are blights on American history. Fortunately, the first, Dred Scott, has been officially relegated to the dustbin of judicial disgrace, while the second, Roe v. Wade, continues to be used as justification for mass genocide. With each passing day, the bodies of the innocents pile-up like God's chosen at Auschwitz.

Tragically, this past week we hit the unholy trifecta. A third precedential abomination was added to the mix. On Wednesday, the high court handed down two cases concerning the pagan left's abjectly bizarre efforts to redefine the age-old and immutable institution of marriage (Hollingsworth v. Perry and U.S. v. Windsor).

The more egregious of the two opinions, Windsor, presumes to invalidate Section 3 of the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), granting limited federal recognition to sin-centric and sodomy-based same-sex "marriage."

Not only did this 5-4 decision effectively deconstruct the institution of legitimate marriage, removing all ethical and legal justification for barring similar such perverse "marriage" amalgamations as "gay marriage" (i.e., multi-party or incestuous nuptials) - it also laid the groundwork to force the 37 "marriage reality" states to join the remaining 13 in a corporate "marriage equality" delusion. This is not just judicial activism; its judicial tyranny - a potentially fatal self-inflicted wound to the high court's yet waning legitimacy.

Still, while much will be written about Windsor from a legal standpoint, for now, let's focus on another of the decision's inevitable outcomes: Anti-Christian persecution. If, through judicial fiat, "gay marriage" ultimately becomes the law of the land, tens-of-millions of Christians (as well as Jews and Muslims) will be forced to choose between obedience to God and obedience to Caesar - between fidelity to conscience and government oppression.

Millions of us have already made that choice.

As we've now seen in states that fancy mock "gay marriage," for instance, the only way to force Christian individuals and business owners - such as bakers, photographers, innkeepers and florists - to lend their talents to sin-centered "gay weddings" is through the power of the police state. This amounts to a systemic, immoral and profoundly unconstitutional trampling of the First Amendment.

What follows will be a deviant-sexual-behavior-based "LGBT" suspect minority class with all the associated trimmings. In the eyes of government, Bible-believing Christians will be treated as modern-day racists. Any outward expression of the Judeo-Christian sexual ethic will be trumped by newfangled "gay rights" and deemed verboten. For all intents and purposes, Christianity will be criminalized. This is not mere speculation. It's been the plan all along.

Case in point: Chai Feldblum, President Obama's EEOC commissioner - a lesbian activist who supports "plural marriage" - has promised as much. She admits that progressives "want to revolutionize societal norms" and believes that "gay sex is a moral good." She calls the clash between religious liberty and "sexual liberty" a "zero-sum game," meaning someone wins and someone loses. Guess who loses? Feldblum has "a hard time coming up with any case in which religious liberty should win."

Even so, last week, after the offending high court opinions were announced, I was reminded by a close friend and fellow Christian attorney that, "God is in control, and that has to be more than a slogan at times like this."

Since, no doubt, the Obama NSA has already read our entire email exchange, I thought I'd go ahead and share excerpts with you as well. My colleague's insights are profound. I found them encouraging. I hope you do, too.

"Amen," I replied. "At the risk of sounding a bit apocalyptic, I'm fully convinced that this is part of His divine plan - perhaps to begin separating the wheat from the chaff. We have arrived: 'As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man.' Matthew 24:37."

"I agree with you," he responded, "and that conviction makes all this much easier. What depresses me is the astonishing disconnect and irrationality that sin so easily produces, and how quickly it spreads; we are truly sheep and fully as stupid without a Good Shepherd.

"In my 35 years as a Christian, I never seriously believed we might end up in prison for our faith - except, perhaps, for something like a pro-life demonstration. This is the first time it seriously occurs to me that the trajectory of the nation is such that it is possible in five to 10 years. Oddly, this thought does not discourage or scare me; in fact, it's almost a joyful thought that we might have the privilege to suffer for our faith. Rejoice greatly when men revile and persecute you for my name's sake, for your reward is great in Heaven (a rough paraphrase of Matthew 5:12).

"It may be that the truly toughest tests we had were earlier in our lives," he continued, "before we got fully engaged and in the movement. . Now we're part of networks with support from like-minded people, and we're largely insulated from what the opposition can do to us. The real heroes are our clients who speak up at the risk of losing their livelihood, getting thrown out of school, or getting death threats from the tolerance crowd. I feel now like my faith costs me less than when I was in private practice before hostile judges and antagonistic media hit-men."

"You nailed it," I replied. "What an honor that our Creator chose us before time began to be part of a Gideon's army of truth-tellers and defenders of the faithful. It's an amazing time to be alive. But, as you mentioned, although we're on the front lines, we also have tremendous support. It's quite liberating to be written-off by the world and, consequently, free to speak and behave in a way that reflects the reality that we couldn't give a rat's behind what the world thinks of us. Those we represent rarely have that luxury.

"Whether it's one day or hundreds of years," I continued, "I really believe we are living in the last days (in the total scheme of time and space). I just hope that when and if the time comes, the Holy Spirit gives me the strength of character to not only refuse to deny His Truth, but to be like our martyred brothers and sisters who walked up and kissed the stake before being burned alive on it.

"Anyway, that's enough trying to cheer each other up for now," I joked. "Keep on keepin' on, my friend."

Do I really believe American Christians will be burned at the stake over counterfeit "gay marriage"? No. Do I believe Christians will face real persecution, such as loss of livelihood, civil penalties, physical abuse or even jail? Absolutely.

Still, come what may, we Christ followers must always remember this admonition from Romans 12:12: "Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, [and] faithful in prayer."

In other words, mock "marriage" or not: Keep on keepin' on, my friend.

(Go to MarriageSolidarity.com to pledge no surrender on marriage).

-----
Matt Barber (@jmattbarber on Twitter) is an attorney concentrating in constitutional law. He serves as Vice President of Liberty Counsel Action. (This information is provided for identification purposes only.) 

---


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'


Copywriter 2015 - Distributed by THE NEWS CONSORTIUM

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for March 2015
Universal:
Scientists: That those involved in scientific research may serve the well-being of the whole human person.
Evangelization: Contribution of women: That the unique contribution of women to the life of the Church may be recognized always.


Rosaries, Crosses, Prayer Cards and more... by Catholic Shopping .com


Comments


More U.S.

Obama grants clemency, 22 prison inmates to be released Watch

Image of

By Hannah Raissa Marfil (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

President Obama granted clemency to 22 prisoners with drug-related charges, according to the announcement of the White House on Tuesday. Eight of them were initially sentenced with life imprisonment and expected to die behind bars, if not for the clemency granted. ... continue reading


Entire Alaskan town's population amazingly lives in a single housing unit Watch

Image of Inside the 14-story building rests a police station, school, post office and health clinic.

By Hannah Raissa Marfil (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

In Whittier, Alaska, nearly everyone lives in a single building. The 14-story Begich Towers is the residence of almost all the 218 members of the town, including the police station, a school, an indoor playground, two convenience stores, a B&B, a laundromat and the ... continue reading


Where did April Fool's Day really come from? Watch

Image of

By Hannah Raissa Marfil (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Christianity is one of the factors that led to the creation of the April 1, according to the most popular theory of the April Fools' Day. This is not a joke: according to the theory of the two calendars, most Christians wanted to celebrate the start of the New Year on ... continue reading


Extending the Lie: Ken Blackwell Asks, Which Black Lives Matter? Watch

Image of J. Kenneth Blackwell

By J. Kenneth Blackwell

Almost seven months after the fateful, fatal encounter between Michael Brown and former Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson, Attorney General Eric Holder officially announced a truth he had been holding close for months - that the "Hands Up, Don't Shoot" mantra ... continue reading


Americans gassed up their cars and took to the roads in a big, big way last year Watch

Image of In December, record-breaking traffic volume was reported with drivers logging 251.4 billion miles. Indiana led the pack with the highest single-state increase at 10.5 percent for that month.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

It's an American trait to gas up the car and take a drive - anywhere, and that certainly proved to be true last year. According to the Federal Highway Administration, or FHWA, Americans drove 3.02 trillion miles last year, the second-highest level of vehicle ... continue reading


Is the U.S. under Invasion? In nine U.S. States, troops to 'operate undetected amongst civilian population' Watch

Image of Despite assurances that the training is to prepare troops for overseas missions, Army documents in the past have made clear that plans for martial law are in place for within the Continental United States, or CONUS.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

The military exercise is both mysterious and just a little bit threatening. The controversial Jade Helm military exercise, scheduled to take part in nine U.S. states this summer will involve soldiers operating "undetected amongst civilian populations." The ... continue reading


OPEN BORDERS: Children without guardians continue to stream into the United States Watch

Image of

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Children without adult guardians, from the southern border that the United States shares with Mexico, continue to stream into the U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson, speaking to Congress last week, says that these child immigrants number in the ... continue reading


Bella's Gift: The Santorum Book that Keeps on Giving Watch

Image of The book, Bella's Gift, has shaken me. On more than one occasion, it has forced me to my knees in tears. That is because, in a candid, honest, profoundly spiritual way, this splendidly written book puts the reader in the presence of unconditional love. then, through its deep spiritual truths, it unleashes the dynamic power of amazing grace.

By Keith A Fournier

I was with Rick Santorum at the Awakening Conference in Orlando, Florida. Rick and Karen Santorum are personal friends. Their whole family is a source of inspiration to me. But most especially, that little Princess named Bella Santorum. She is the center, the ... continue reading


Play-doh Christianity and the Vanishing Cross

Image of Bell can have his happy-clappy, navel-centered religion and his wimpy god. He just can't call it Christianity, and he can't claim it's the Church.

By Jennifer Hartline

There is no Christianity without Christ, and no Christ without the cross. There was no need for the cross except for our Redemption, and no need for that except for our sin. To preach Christianity without preaching repentance from sin and taking up your cross is ... continue reading


McDonald's does the unthinkable - Big Mac Shop launches McFashion clothing line Watch

Image of

By Hannah Raissa Marfil (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Fast food conglomerate McDonald's had released its own fashion and lifestyle line, with the clothes full of Big Mac prints on them. The McFashion debuted on Tuesday in Sweden, in celebration of their most recent campaign, "I'm Lovin' It 24." Profit generated from the ... continue reading


All U.S. News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Daily Readings

Reading 1, Isaiah 61:1-3, 6, 8-9
1 The spirit of Lord Yahweh is on me for Yahweh has ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 89:21-22, 25, 27
21 My hand will always be with him, my arm will make ... Read More

Gospel, Luke 4:16-21
16 He came to Nazara, where he had been brought up, ... Read More

Reading 2, Revelation 1:5-8
5 and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for April 2nd, 2015 Image

St. Francis of Paola
April 2: Francis was born at Paola, Italy and was educated at the ... Read More

Inform, Inspire & Ignite Logo

Find Catholic Online on Facebook and get updates right in your live feed.

Become a fan of Catholic Online on Facebook


Follow Catholic Online on Twitter and get News and Product updates.

Follow us on Twitter