The day the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) handed down its decision regarding same-sex marriage, I called my home church pastor, Scott Eynon, of Community Christian Church in Tamarac, Florida. Pastor Scott is a true man of God; his messages, based on God’s word, are empowering for the spirit.
This past weekend, I went back to South Florida for a break to SCUBA dive, see friends and hear Pastor Scott at my home church. Pastor Scott spoke yesterday about the power of prayer. God knows we need that in America right now. After church, Pastor Scott and I spoke of my phone call to him on the SCOTUS decision. He pledged his commitment to the word of God and to stand for marriage as a union between one man and one woman. Pastor Scott told me he’d made that pronouncement before the entire congregation, and they applauded. Indeed, several members came up after the service to express how proud they were.
I’ve listened to the arguments of the liberal progressive left and radical gay activists, who compare freedom of religion to slavery — and even the Holocaust. I’ve heard all the outrage about hate speech. Since when was it hateful to support marriage as it’s always been traditionally — how is that bigotry?
Funny, here’s the gay community ranting about same-sex marriage opponents; meanwhile, how many Christians live in Mosul, Iraq today? Let’s talk about the real persecution.
Freedom of religion, and the free exercise thereof, has been an established individual right in the United States since the adoption of our constitution in 1787. Now, five Supreme Court justices have redefined marriage based on the liberal left’s illogical and political ideology. They’ve put this newly-created “right” — based on individual sexual behavioral choices — on a collision course with a well-established right fundamental to the Pilgrims’ drive to settle on these shores.
Separation of church and state was not intended to ban our Judeo-Christian faith heritage from the public sphere. It was meant, as written by Thomas Jefferson to the Danbury Baptist convention, to preclude an establishment of religion — church — by the state, so the state would never be in a position to persecute citizens for their religious belief and coerce them otherwise.
Boy, have we got in all wrong in America, as evidenced by a recent Colorado case.
As reported by Fox News:
A family bakery owned by a Christian cannot refuse to make wedding cakes for homosexual couples, the Colorado Court of Appeals ruled Thursday.
The court affirmed the Colorado Civil Rights Commission’s order that Jack Phillips, the owner of the Masterpiece Cakeshop, violated the Colorado Anti-Discrimination Act (CADA) when he refused to make a wedding cake for Charlie Craig and David Mullins.
“CADA prohibits places of public accommodations from basing their refusal to serve customers on their sexual orientation, and Masterpiece violated Colorado’s public accommodations law by refusing to create a wedding cake for Craig’s and Mullins’ same-sex wedding celebration,” the court wrote.
Jack, a devout Christian who honors God through his baking, had argued that he could not participate in same-sex ceremonies because it would violate his religious beliefs. The appeals court ruled otherwise.
“By selling a wedding cake to a same-sex couple, Masterpiece does not necessarily lead an observer to conclude that the bakery supports its customer’s conduct,” the court wrote in its ruling.
Alliance Defending Freedom, a law firm that specializes in religious liberty cases, represented Phillips. They argue that the court is denying their client his fundamental freedoms.
“Jack simply exercised the long-cherished American freedom to decline to use his artistic talents to promote a message with which he disagrees,” ADF attorney Jeremy Tedesco said. “Government has a duty to protect people’s freedom to follow their beliefs personally and professionally rather than force them to adopt the government’s views.”
So, we’ve come full circle and now are violating the exact meaning of “separation of church and state.” Our government is now persecuting Christians for their beliefs. Let’s be clear: in the case of the Oregon bakers, the Washington state florist and the New Mexico photographer, they did not refuse service; rather, they asked to not participate in a specific ceremony based on their religious beliefs. That’s not discrimination. The actual discrimination is the state’s forcing people to choose between their religious convictions and punishment.
Let me ask a couple hypothetical questions: what if a gay or lesbian bakery owner refused to bake a cake for a Ku Klux Klan rally? What if some bakers refused to make a cake with a Confederate flag on it, for a specific Civil War remembrance? What if a homosexual couple went to a Muslim bakery asking for a wedding cake and were refused? I’m quite sure you astute readers can guess the results in any of those vignettes — including, of course, how the liberal progressive media would respond.
Then again, I have to ask the common-sense question: what difference at this point does it make? Why are these homosexual couples making a big deal of this and running to the government to punish folks? Are we to believe that wherever these individuals reside, no other establishment exists to serve their specific needs? This is how the free market works: find an establishment that will accommodate your requests for your specific event. If a Christian caterer were to refuse serving a satanic organization’s BBQ, would the state then come in and force them to do so?
And no, this is not a “civil rights” issue, like race; sexuality is a behavioral choice and we should not be making laws and granting “rights” based upon a behavioral choice. People have changed their “sexual orientations,” but — other than Michael Jackson — can you show me a black person who became white?
Marriage has been a longstanding tradition. If there’s to be an “accommodation,” then why not instead define “civil unions” legally so that same-sex couples can attain their desired and necessary standing in specific instances. What’s happening in America is that too many special interest groups are demanding things, and we have too much legislating from the courts.
Pastor Scott Eynon said to me yesterday that he’s willing to go to jail before he surrenders God’s (with the big “G”) to government’s (with the little “g”) will. Pastor Scott understands, as we all should, that five folks dressed in black robes cannot supersede the unalienable rights endowed to us by the Creator of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. It’s not government’s responsibility to “guarantee happiness” and hand out rights like candy so that kids run around on a sugar high. The case of Jack Philips in Colorado is just another instance of what happens when man’s whims and permissive will run into God’s perfect will.
This is a cause for civil disobedience, and I expect that’s where we’re headed.
In that spirit, I’d like to issue a challenge to this audience: how many of you can get a bakery near you to make a Confederate flag cake? If Christian bakers in the United States are now being forced to make same-sex wedding cakes that violate their religious beliefs, surely it’s incumbent upon all bakers to honor a request for a Confederate flag cake that pays homage to some Americans’ heritage. Give it your best shot, and send your stories and photos to [email protected] We’ll share some of the highlights with the group. Let’s see how “equal” protection really is these days in the United States of America.
And to the radical gay community and progressive socialists, heed my words: your man Barack Obama was reelected in 2012 because some 7 to 8 million Christians decided to sit it out. Something tells me that won’t be the case in 2016, as you can push folks around only so far — nah, I ain’t into the turning the other cheek thing. I prefer the Samson approach: take the jaw bone of a jackass and crush skulls, or use my strength to destroy the opposition’s temple — notice I used a small “t.”
Always remember: they may be called the “Supreme” court, but they are not the ultimate judge.