Pending Supreme Court Gay Marriage ruling may threaten First Amendment Religious Freedom

Disturbing and Far-Reaching Consequences of re-defining Marriage

This is what happens when a nation rejects God.

keyThe great loss here is truth, objective truth, and we are turning dysfunction into virtue. ~Rush Limbaugh

We warn that individuals who violate covenants of chastity, who abuse spouse or offspring, or who fail to fulfill family responsibilities will one day stand accountable before God. Further, we warn that the disintegration of the family will bring upon individuals, communities, and nations the calamities foretold by ancient and modern prophets. ~Gordon B. Hinckley, Family Proclamation to the World

First Amendment at Stake in Gay Marriage Case

Ominous warnings spell out threats to America’s system of self-government

By Cliff Kincaid, Accuracy in Media, director of the AIM Center for Investigative Journalism and can be contacted at cliff.kincaid@aim.org

mediacorruptWith media coverage slanted in favor of same-sex marriage by a five-to-one ratio, it’s unlikely that the legal documents being filed before the Supreme Court in favor of a traditional one-man-and-one-woman marriage will ever be covered in an objective fashion.

Yet, some of the legal briefs carry ominous warnings about what could happen to the American system of democratic self-government and its Christian heritage if the Supreme Court unilaterally decides to impose same-sex marriage on the states.

They also warn about freedom of the press and religion being threatened by a powerful pro-homosexual movement that requires obedience to its desires and demands.

The court heard arguments April 28 and is scheduled to rule in June.

Legal Brief to Supreme Court by Constitutional Lawyers

A powerful brief filed by the firm of William J. Olson, P.C., Attorneys at Law, and the U.S. Justice Foundation cites the late conservative journalist M. Stanton Evans in his book, “The Theme of Freedom,” as saying that homosexuality constitutes “a reversion to pagan ways of thinking.” Evans said putting the United States on the road to paganism could lead to government “with totalitarian powers.”

Examining the nature of the homo-sexual movement and where it is driving the nation, the legal brief notes that sexual categories once limited to hetero-sexual and homosexual have now been expanded to include more than 50 gender options, as defined by FaceBook. And “some consider pedophilia to be a legitimate sexual orientation, returning us to the pagan pederasty of ancient Greece.”

 

With the court affirming same-sex marriage as a constitutional right, the lawyers see the culture sliding further into debauchery.

“Television no doubt will become even more pro-homosexual,” the attorneys argue, “making it more difficult for persons adhering to traditional values to live their lives and raise their children in an increasingly debased culture.”

Impact on Traditional, Normal People

Freedom Stifled for Licensed Professionals

‘In this brave, new, homosexual-friendly world,” [the attorneys continue,] “every licensed professional would be required to embrace the new orthodoxy, to bow down to the idol of ‘non-discrimination’, or be cast out of his profession.

PC-criticize“People who first claimed only to want tolerance of their behavior will allow no toleration for other views.”

The Olson brief says a Supreme Court decision in violation of America’s founding principles could directly affect the free press rights of those offering information about withdrawing from homosexual behavior. Websites offering such counseling could be outlawed as “hate speech,” the legal brief says.

In California, the document notes, “it is already a crime” to counsel minors that homosexuals can change their sexual orientation.

Freedom of Speech and Press Censored

free-press1“Newspapers likely will be forced to publish homosexual wedding announcements, in violation of their existing editorial control over what they publish,” the attorneys assert.

A decision in favor of same-sex marriage could also result in Christians being “driven from public office” for objecting to participation in gay marriage ceremonies, the brief says.

 

Church Ministries Threatened

bible-cross-flagThe Olson brief says that a constitutional right to homosexual marriage could supersede the religious freedom of churches, ministries, Christian schools and colleges, and that these entities “would be placed in jeopardy of losing their federal tax-exempt status.”

The loss of federal income tax-exempt status “could lead to loss of contribution income, and forfeiting of church properties to pro-homosexual charities,” the brief says. In addition, it goes on, it goes on, “criminal penalties might be imposed on church leaders.”

In Idaho, for example, two pastors recently were threatened with fines and jail time unless they performed homosexual marriages at their wedding chapel.

 

Judicial Tyranny

judicialtyrannyIn addition to the threat posed to the First Amendment rights of a free press and religious expression, the conservative public interest law firm Judicial Watch has filed a brief arguing that the will of the American people through the voting process has already been subverted by liberal judges.

The group points out that “most of the States where the traditional definition of marriage has been changed has been done through judicial actions and not the will of the people.

“The right to vote is clearly defined in the Bill of Rights to the U.S. Constitution,” Judicial Watch points out. Yet, courts have declared through “judicial fiat” that “the millions of voters who democratically adopted the marriage amendments were wrong,” thereby abridging “the right to vote of each and every one of those citizens.”

Voter Disenfranchisement

voter placing ballotThe inevitable consequence of this type of federal interference will be voter disenfranchisement. How can we beat the patriotic drum of voter involvement when the ultimate end can be erased by a few federal judges?”

The Olson brief also takes up the theme of the American people being denied their say in these matters, noting cases of judges who “have treated challenges to traditional marriage as an opportunity to exercise raw political power.”

Inevitably, the lawyers warn, the nation could witness the legalization of multiple-partner and incestuous marriages.

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