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Institute On The Constitution Warns God Will Destroy America If SCOTUS Backs Gay Marriage

Last month, the Institute on the Constitution, the Christian reconstructionist group led by longtime Roy Moore ally Michael Peroutka, joined a Supreme Court amicus brief warning the justices that if they decide to strike down state-level bans on marriage equality, “it could bring God’s judgment on the Nation.”

IOC’s Jake MacAulay, who came to Peroutka’s group from the ministry of fiery Minnesota pastor Bradlee Dean, drove home this point in a video this week, in which he warns that it would be “very wrong and very dangerous” for the Supreme Court to back marriage equality, because “to attempt to change that which is eternal and forever fixed by the Creator is to do nothing less than make the claim that you are God.”

“Psalm Two warns that when the judges and the rulers of the earth throw off God’s law and take it upon themselves to make their own rules for right and wrong, they will be dashed to pieces like a rod of iron striking a clay pot,” MacAulay warns. “Regrettably we seem to be setting ourselves up for this very lesson. Unless our government officials start obeying God and stop ‘playing god,’ this is a lesson we will experience fully.”

Now to attempt to change that which is eternal and forever fixed by the Creator is to do nothing less than make the claim that you are God. This is very wrong and very dangerous, and the Supreme Court of these United States is now considering taking this very same dangerous step.

While there are many conclusions that can be drawn as we witness this cultural degradation, one comes most immediately to my mind. When a culture discards the Word of God as the standard for what is right and what is wrong, and relegates these determinations to fallen men, the results are as predictable as they are terrible.

In the time of the founding of America, when a Biblical worldview was predominant in the American people, this connection between following the commandments and peaceable existence was clearly known, easily understood and evidentially experienced in the American culture. Undoubtedly, living prosperously by living righteously is what Jefferson meant when he used the phrase “pursuit of happiness”.

Psalm Two warns that when the judges and the rulers of the earth throw off God’s law and take it upon themselves to make their own rules for right and wrong, they will be dashed to pieces like a rod of iron striking a clay pot.

Regrettably we seem to be setting ourselves up for this very lesson. Unless our government officials start obeying God and stop “playing god,” this is a lesson we will experience fully.

Mat Staver: Anti-Gay Activists, Like Rosa Parks, Won't 'Walk To The Back Of The Bus'

On Tuesday’s edition of “Crosstalk,” Liberty Counsel’s Mat Staver urged the owners of an Oregon bakery who were fined for violating the state’s non-discrimination law when they denied service to a gay customer to refuse to pay the fine in an act of civil disobedience against an “unjust law.”

“If the government wants to come in and put Rosa Parks on the back of the bus, Rosa Parks shouldn’t move to the back of the bus,” Staver said. “If they are wanting to take Christians and put you on the back of the bus because of your faith, you shouldn’t voluntarily walk to the back of the bus.”

He also addressed claims that the arguments in favor of the same-sex marriage bans are similar to the ones made defending bans on interracial marriage, which were also said to be based on moral, biblical teachings and not discriminatory in nature. Staver dubiously suggested that while homosexuality “has always been, up until recently been, described through millennia of human history as a crime against nature,” racial bias is not rooted in history.

“There is nothing historically or throughout our long history of Judeo-Christianity that says that someone who’s got dark skin can’t marry someone who’s got white skin or lighter color skin. That’s never been rooted in our history, that’s never been rooted in natural law, that’s never been rooted in millennia of human history,” Staver said. “Marriage is objectively, to use a philosophical term, ontologically, the union of a man and a woman. If you can’t get that right, good grief, how can you be a judge on any court?”

When host Jim Schneider asked Staver if he agrees with Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore’s claim that “same-sex marriage will be the ultimate destruction of our country,” Staver replied that he “100 percent agree[s].”

Joyner: SCOTUS Gay Marriage Ruling Could Bring About The Mark Of The Beast

Rick Joyner sent out an email to members of his Oak Initiative today, warning that a Supreme Court ruling in favor of marriage equality would be a "dress rehearsal" for the Mark of the Beast.

"Few events in history have so remarkably fit the biblical scenario of this mark as the potential U.S. Supreme Court decision on same-sex marriage," he declared. "As bizarre as this may sound, this is an uncanny parallel to the biblical prophecy."

The “abomination of desolation” that was prophesied by Daniel, Jesus, and the first century apostles could have been translated “the abomination that desolates.” Because homosexuality is referred to as an abomination in Scripture, and its impact on Western culture is so quickly and profoundly desolating the moral fabric of Western civilization, it is to be expected that many will start to consider this “the abomination that desolates.”

Who could have dreamed just two decades ago that we would have major cities celebrating “Days of Decadence” with all manner of perversions being performed and flaunted openly in our streets? Who would have thought that such a moral and religious nation could fall so quickly to the ultimate national depravity spoken of in Isaiah 5—calling what God calls “good,” “evil,” and what God calls “evil,” “good,” while the dishonorable are honored and the honorable are dishonored? Is that not precisely what has happened to America in just the last generation?

The meltdown of morality in our military could be happening even faster. Just a few years ago, the U.S. military was such a bastion of morality and integrity that adultery was considered grounds for dismissal because one’s vows had been broken. “Don’t ask, don’t tell” was the handwriting on the wall that a devastating change was coming. But who could have foreseen the pace of the desolation of our military since homosexuality was openly allowed in the ranks? It moved quickly from everyone having to accept it, to everyone having to celebrate it if you expected any further promotions, to now being forced out if you do not celebrate it.

Christians are now openly discriminated against, if not persecuted, in the U.S. military. Not only are some of the best and brightest leaving the military, they are no longer choosing it as a possible career.

The same is taking place throughout government services on all levels, as well as corporations, education, and the media, as was once the case for a long time in arts and entertainment. Now, with a single Supreme Court decision it could be that Christians, Muslims, and Jews that honor their books as the word of God will not be able to “buy, sell, or trade” in America without the constant threat of losing your business, or your position and livelihood, because of an offended homosexual.

Even if this is not “the mark of the beast,” it will be for those who are now losing what they, in some cases, have given their lives to build, because they would not compromise their religious convictions in order to buy, sell, or trade. If the Supreme Court decision falls the way it is expected to, we can be sure that very soon every Christian in America will have to make a similar choice between obeying the Word of God or this beast.

Sheriff Mack: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Is 'A Very Senile And Evil Person' Who Will 'Destroy Marriage'

Richard Mack, the Arizona “constitutional sheriff” who urges local and state elected officials and law enforcement officers to ignore federal laws, said in a radio interview yesterday that states must “recuse themselves” from any Supreme Court ruling striking down same-sex marriage bans, a ruling that he expected from a court led by the “very senile and evil” Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

“I think this Supreme Court is bought and paid for, I think they’re just political hacks, most of them, and they will not use moral agency or tradition or biblical principle. They’re just going to do what they’re there for,” Mack told far-right “Patriot” movement radio program “ Liberty Roundtable.”

“Those people have been put there, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a very senile and evil person, she does not like America, she does not like our Constitution,” he said, adding that if President Obama “was capable of being embarrassed or having any shame” it would be in his nomination of “Helen Kagan.” (The program’s host, Sam Bushman, quickly pointed out that he meant Elena Kagan.)

Saying that Justices Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor should recuse themselves from the case because “one of the reasons they were put on the court was to promote this movement in America to destroy marriage,” Mack said, “We’ve got to do something in this country to save our families and marriage.”

But he was not optimistic. After a Supreme Court ruling, he said, “the states are going to have to even more so recuse themselves from the federal government and from the Supreme Court ruling. And it’s going to take some guts.”

He told Bushman that the federal government has “no purview” over marriage, to which Bushman replied, “the only skin in the game they have is to peddle perversion.”

Glenn Beck Predicts Massive Anti-Christian Persecution If SCOTUS Legalizes Gay Marriage

After interviewing Aaron and Melissa Klein, the owners of an Oregon bakery who are is facing fines for discriminating against a gay couple seeking a wedding cake, on his radio program this morning, Glenn Beck predicted if the Supreme Court legalizes gay marriage nationwide, the government will start seizing church property and the persecution of Christians will become so intense that church attendance will drop by 50 percent in the next five years "because the stigma of going to church will be too much."

"Mark my words," Beck said, "if gay marriage goes through the Supreme Court and gay marriage becomes fine and they can put teeth in it so now they can go after churches, like the president's lawyer says, 50 percent of our churches will fall away.  Meaning, within five years, 50 percent of the congregants will fall away from their church because they won't be able to take the persecution."

"Mark my words," he continued, "within five years, 50 percent of the people that you sit next to in church will not be there. And not because [they'll say,] 'you know what, I think [gay marriage] fine,' [but] because they'll say, 'I can't do that, I'll lose my job, people are picketing my house, I just can't do that'":

Colorado GOP Official: LGBT Equality Leads To Pedophilia, Bestiality

In a recent Facebook post, the vice chair of the Colorado Republican Party wrote that LGBT rights will put American on “a very slippery slope” to legalizing pedophilia and bestiality.

Derrick Wilburn, who was elected to the party post earlier this year, took to the Facebook page of his group, American Conservatives of Color, to mock a New York Times opinion column calling for new approaches in dealing with people convicted of sex crimes against children. 

Wilburn later confirmed to BigMedia.org that he did in fact write the post, but insisted that he wasn’t comparing gay people to pedophiles:

“I wasn’t saying the two are comparable,” he said. “What I’m saying is, as a society, we are moving in the direction of, ‘how I believe I was born makes my behavior normative and therefore acceptable.’ We have to be very careful. At what point do we, as a society draw a line, or is there no line? I try to post stuff more as a topic of conversation than as my personal viewpoints, though of course I do have my views. If you read it like that, it’s really just more, this is something we need to talk about. “People are already saying, ‘Look, I was born with a genetic disposition to sexual attraction toward other men,’ if I’m a male. ‘That’s just how I was born.’ Okay, I’m not going to make that a point of dispute or argument. But then what do we do when someone ways, ‘I was borwith a propensity toward being attracted to children. I was born with a propensity toward being attracted to German Shepherds’.’

h/t RWW reader Erik.

EW Jackson: Baltimore Riots Are Obama's 'Chickens Coming Home To Roost'

At the end of a conference call about the Supreme Court marriage cases on Tuesday, Bishop E.W. Jackson addressed the riots in Baltimore following the death of Freddie Gray, saying that the violence represented President Obama and former Attorney General Eric Holder’s “chickens coming home to roost.”

“The bottom line is this is the president, Holder, Sharpton’s chickens coming home  to roost,” said Jackson, who was the 2013 GOP nominee for lieutenant governor of Virginia. “These people have been racial demagogues, they have never missed an opportunity to declare how unjust, how unfair the country is and they have sowed this stuff out there. Not that this sentiment wasn’t already out there, mind you, I’m not saying that they created it, but they certainly stoked it, they fanned the flames.”

Claiming that mistreatment of black men by police is “statistically insignificant,” Jackson complained that “nobody want to address” the fact that gangs like the Bloods and the Crips are full of “evil.”

“And the reality is, folks, there are 12 million arrests every year; two-thirds of those arrests are white folks,” he said. “There are 800,000 police officers in this country. Compared to the number of police officers and the number of arrests, as much as the press plays up these particular incidents, they are statistically insignificant. Now that doesn’t mean they’re not significant to the family or the community or to the people to whom these things happen, but they are statistically insignificant. The real dangerous to the average black person is another black person, like a Blood or a Crip or, apparently, they got the Black Guerillas now in Baltimore.”

Noting that he was criticized for making similar comments on Fox News this week, Jackson told his audience, “I know that both you and many others across the country are glad to hear someone like me express an opinion that they consider to be sane.”


 

 

Don Wildmon: Gay Marriage Will Doom Civilization

American Family Association founder Don Wildmon appeared on “Focal Point” yesterday, where he joined Bryan Fischer — who only a few months ago was technically fired by the AFA as a spokesman but continues to host the flagship show on the group’s radio network — to discuss the marriage equality arguments at the Supreme Court.

“Justice Kennedy holds civilization in his hands,” Wildmon said. “He will decide which way we are going to go, and if we step away from the Judeo-Christian perspective we will never return. Our society will be radically changed within the next 30, 40 years, your grandchildren will be influenced and the society that we have will never, can never be repeated.”

Fischer then called for listeners to pray that God will sway justices to “uphold the Constitution and uphold God’s definition of marriage.”

Anti-Gay Activist: Supreme Court Will Destroy America With Gay Marriage Ruling

Bill Johnson of the American Decency Association traveled to Washington, D.C., this week to march against gay marriage and warn of divine blowback to a Supreme Court decision striking down marriage equality bans.

In preparation for the trip, Johnson wrote on the ADA’s website that the gay rights movement is a Satanic attack on the U.S., wondering if these are “the last days of a truly free America.”

Predicting that “pastors and non-profit Christian organizations as American Decency will be targeted for merely preaching and teaching the counsel of God” if the Supreme Court makes such a ruling, Johnson warned that “truth, righteousness, the free expression of belief, Christian conscience, will be removed from our schools, our government – even many churches that fear man more than God.”

“Those against God’s word will be helping to destroy America from within – ushering in an increasingly godless culture (where right will be wrong and wrong will be right) as intolerance against God and His Holy Word will mark our culture at all levels of society,” he wrote. “The land of the free? It will be no longer.”

God calls homosexuality an abomination. That is a very strong word but that’s what God calls it: an abomination. One dictionary defined abomination in the following way: vile, shameful, or detestable action, condition, habit, etc.:

God curses a nation which turns their back upon Him. A nation that elevates abomination is in rebellion against God and His Holy character and His Holy Word.

Satan uses sin to divide. America is being divided. Perhaps the most recent display of that was in regard to the state of Indiana where major corporations and politicians - even the NCAA and the NFL (of all organizations) - excoriated Governor Mike Pence for merely trying to pass a state version of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) - which had already been overwhelmingly passed by the Federal government in 1993 and signed by then President Bill Clinton. State Senator Barack Obama had voted in favor of RFRA in the state of Illinois. RFRA passed there by a vote of 93-0 (1998).

Division. A house divided against itself cannot stand.

If the Supreme Court announces that it will approve same sex marriage when it makes its historic announcement sometime in June, be ready for an assault on the Freedom of Religion that will surely come.

Pastors and non-profit Christian organizations as American Decency will be targeted for merely preaching and teaching the counsel of God - what God’s word has to say about many things including homosexuality.

Those against God’s word will be helping to destroy America from within – ushering in an increasingly godless culture (where right will be wrong and wrong will be right) as intolerance against God and His Holy Word will mark our culture at all levels of society.

Christians will be forced to keep preaching and teaching to ourselves within our houses of worship, but no longer in the highways and byways of life. And, when that happens, truth, righteousness, the free expression of belief, Christian conscience, will be removed from our schools, our government – even many churches that fear man more than God.

The land of the free? It will be no longer.

The Personhood Divide: The Anti-Choice Movement's Bitter Feud Over The Best Way To End Legal Abortion

(Originally posted on RightWingWatch.org)

The “personhood” movement — those who seek sweeping bans on all abortion and common types of birth control in an effort to confront Roe v. Wade head-on — is hugely divisive within the anti-choice community. Groups like National Right to Life Committee, which have been pushing a more careful, incremental approach toward ending legal abortion, worry that the personhood movement risks undermining their progress toward the ultimate goal. Meanwhile, personhood advocates accuse groups like NRLC of selling out the ultimate goal in the service of small steps that they claim will never lead to the full criminalization of abortion.

A few months ago, we published a series of posts exploring the anti-choice personhood movement, its history, and how it is confronting a changing political landscape. People For the American Way Foundation has adapted that series into a report, “The Personhood Movement: Where It Comes From And What It Means for the Future of Choice,” which was released today. 

As the national debate over a NRLC-backed federal bill banning abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy have shown, one of the major sticking points between the two factions is whether the anti-choice movement should accept “compromises” that exempt women who have been raped from abortion bans. From the report’s introduction:

The largest and best-funded groups opposing abortion rights have, over the past several years, achieved astounding success in chipping away at women’s access to legal abortion in the United States. But these successes, Personhood Alliance’s founders maintain, are too small and have come at a grave cost.

In seeking mainstream approval for anti-choice politics, personhood advocates believe, groups like the National Right to Life Committee (NRLC) and Americans United for Life (AUL) have adopted a secular tone and downplayed their Christian origins. In focusing on drawing attention to issues like late-term abortion, they may have won some support for the cause but have done little to end the procedures they targeted. In seeking incremental successes, personhood advocates argue, the movement has given up on making a moral argument for the humanity of fertilized eggs and fetuses and lost sight of its larger goal of eliminating legal abortion entirely.

But the greatest betrayal in the eyes of these personhood advocates is the willingness of major anti-choice groups to endorse legislation that includes exceptions for pregnancies resulting from rape and incest. The personhood movement’s leaders contend that these political concessions are not only immoral and intellectually inconsistent, but also threaten to undermine the movement’s goals in the long term.

The personhood movement provides an interesting look into the bitter “incrementalist vs. immediatist” divide that has split the anti-choice movement since before Roe v. Wade. Both sides want an end to legal abortion; neither trusts the other to get there. But in the meantime, each is making progress in making it more difficult and more dangerous for women to access safe and legal reproductive care.

PFAW Foundation

Parshall: Gay Marriage Is The Work Of 'The Devil Himself'

When Ken Ham of Answers In Genesis attended the National Religious Broadcasters convention earlier this year, he sat down for an interview with Religious Right radio host Janet Parshall, who declared that marriage equality is literally the work of Satan and that ISIS and gay marriage are warning signs from God that His judgment is imminent.

"All of these assaults on the family, they might masquerade as legislative battles and judicial battles, but it's a spiritual battle," Parshall said. "It is the Devil himself, and I don't care how popular that sounds or not, going right to the core issue."

Gay marriage, she asserted, is an attempt to "negate who Christ is as the head of the church" and to call God a liar.

"How long will this go on?" she asked. "God has our attention. From ISIS to the redefinition of marriage, God is calling us to attention and if we ignore it, the church does it at its own peril":

The Personhood Divide: The Anti-Choice Movement's Bitter Feud Over The Best Way To End Legal Abortion

The “personhood” movement — those who seek sweeping bans on all abortion and common types of birth control in an effort to confront Roe v. Wade head-on — is hugely divisive within the anti-choice community. Groups like National Right to Life Committee, which have been pushing a more careful, incremental approach toward ending legal abortion, worry that the personhood movement risks undermining their progress toward the ultimate goal. Meanwhile, personhood advocates accuse groups like NRLC of selling out the ultimate goal in the service of small steps that they claim will never lead to the full criminalization of abortion.

A few months ago, we published a series of posts exploring the anti-choice personhood movement, its history, and how it is confronting a changing political landscape. People For the American Way Foundation has adapted that series into a report, “The Personhood Movement: Where It Comes From And What It Means for the Future of Choice,” which was released today. 

As the national debate over a NRLC-backed federal bill banning abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy have shown, one of the major sticking points between the two factions is whether the anti-choice movement should accept “compromises” that exempt women who have been raped from abortion bans. From the report’s introduction:

The largest and best-funded groups opposing abortion rights have, over the past several years, achieved astounding success in chipping away at women’s access to legal abortion in the United States. But these successes, Personhood Alliance’s founders maintain, are too small and have come at a grave cost.

In seeking mainstream approval for anti-choice politics, personhood advocates believe, groups like the National Right to Life Committee (NRLC) and Americans United for Life (AUL) have adopted a secular tone and downplayed their Christian origins. In focusing on drawing attention to issues like late-term abortion, they may have won some support for the cause but have done little to end the procedures they targeted. In seeking incremental successes, personhood advocates argue, the movement has given up on making a moral argument for the humanity of fertilized eggs and fetuses and lost sight of its larger goal of eliminating legal abortion entirely.

But the greatest betrayal in the eyes of these personhood advocates is the willingness of major anti-choice groups to endorse legislation that includes exceptions for pregnancies resulting from rape and incest. The personhood movement’s leaders contend that these political concessions are not only immoral and intellectually inconsistent, but also threaten to undermine the movement’s goals in the long term.

The personhood movement provides an interesting look into the bitter “incrementalist vs. immediatist” divide that has split the anti-choice movement since before Roe v. Wade. Both sides want an end to legal abortion; neither trusts the other to get there. But in the meantime, each is making progress in making it more difficult and more dangerous for women to access safe and legal reproductive care.

Pat Robertson: God Will Punish America For Persecuting Anti-Gay Activists

Today on “The 700 Club,” Pat Robertson once again warned that the U.S. will face divine punishment if gay marriage becomes legal nationwide.

After recounting a story about how one Catholic archbishop threatened to close Georgetown University rather than allow students to establish a gay affinity group, Robertson said that opponents of gay rights are “the victims of hate speech and hate activity” all over the country.

Robertson said that this purported persecution in the U.S. is much like when a group of men tried to rape angels in the story of Sodom and Gomorrah: “Who was on top, who was controlling things? It was the homosexuals. But who had the last word? It was God Almighty when he destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah.”

Steve King: 'What Happens To The Demographics Of America' If Birthright Citizenship Continues?

At a House hearing yesterday on his proposal to challenge the 14th Amendment’s birthright citizenship requirement, Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, alleged that the provision’s defenders simply want to “expand [their] political base by any means necessary” and worried about what preserving birthright citizenship will do to the country’s “demographics.”

King’s bill, which he has introduced a number of times in the House, seeks to end birthright citizenship by statute, since he and his allies claim — despite overwhelming historical evidence — that the 14th Amendment was not meant to apply to the children of immigrants. He calls it part of his strategy to fight the “anchor baby agenda.”

In the hearing, King approvingly cited the Dominican Republic’s repeal of its birthright citizenship law, which has left thousands of Haitian migrants stateless. Saying that the Constitution’s birthright citizenship provision “hands over the immigration policy to everyone except Americans,” King alleged that there’s no argument for it “unless you want to expand your political base by any means necessary."

Later in the hearing, King asked John Feere of the Center for Immigration Studies “if this practice goes on…can we confer citizenship on people who don’t even want it? And what happens to the demographics of America if this policy is not reversed?”

Rick Perry Calls Turkey An Ally After Suggesting Country Was Run By Terrorists

Back in his 2012 presidential campaign, Rick Perry delivered a less-remembered debate flub when he claimed that Turkey, a NATO member, was led by “what many would perceive to be Islamic terrorists.”

The remarks caused an international incident, as the State Department scrambled to condemn Perry’s allegation. Perry’s campaign responded by defending his claim that Turkey is led by terrorists and saying that NATO should consider kicking the country out of the alliance.

As he approaches the next presidential campaign cycle, however, Perry seems to be changing his tune, as he is now saying that Turkey is an ally that, if he were to be elected president, he would want to work with in the fight against ISIS.

“You go put together a coalition with our Arab allies with the sole intent of defeating ISIS,” Perry told David Brody of CBN. “For 1,300 years the Sunnis and the Shias have been fighting each other. We need to stay out of that fight, but what we do need to do is go find our friends, our allies in the Middle East, whether it’s Jordan, whether it’s Saudi Arabia, whether it’s Turkey, whether it’s Israel, create that coalition and put together the effort to go eliminate, to extinguish this ISIS, this radical Islam movement that is tearing apart the entirety of the Middle East.”

Of course, Obama has put together an anti-ISIS coalition which has been endorsed by all of the countries Perry mentioned.

Peterson: Obama Is 'Pulling The Strings' In Baltimore So He Can Seize Control Of The Nation's Police Forces

Newsmax's Steve Malzberg interviewed far-right radio host Jesse Lee Peterson yesterday about the unrest that is currently engulfing Baltimore following the death of Freddie Gray, which Peterson predictably blamed on President Obama.

After Malzberg complained that America is being turned into a "criminal-friendly nation," Peterson declared that Obama is intentionally fomenting civil unrest in Baltimore so that he can seize control of every police force in the country.

"Barack Obama believes in the redistribution of wealth," he said, "he believes in the redistribution of power, so if he can keep these blacks angry and under his control by stroking them, they're going to bring the chaos. And once the chaos comes, then Barack Obama, as he said in his speech, he can federalize the police departments around the country so that he can redistribute the power and wealth. That's what this is all about. He is pulling their strings by stroking their egos and making the feel good about being wrong for his own personal gain":

PFAW Foundation Releases Report on the Personhood Movement

Today, People For the American Way Foundation released a new report analyzing how the anti-choice personhood movement has shaped the fight against reproductive rights in the United States.

The report, “The Personhood Movement: Where It Comes from and What It Means for the Future of Choice,” details:

  • The origins and key players of the far-right Personhood Alliance and Personhood USA
  • Battles over personhood within the broader anti-choice movement
  • How the personhood movement contributes to the push for state and national legislation that restricts abortion access
  • The extreme goals that animate both personhood groups and their rivals within the anti-choice movement

“Even though anti-choice and pro-personhood groups are often at odds over their strategies, it’s unquestionable they are united by the same end goal: criminalizing abortion,” said Miranda Blue, Senior Researcher for Special Projects at People For the American Way Foundation. “By pushing a relentlessly uncompromising attack on reproductive health, the personhood movement has given cover and support to other anti-choice groups focused on gradually chipping away at choice. Ultimately, the efforts of personhood and anti-choice groups alike amount to a slow erosion of abortion access — and a dangerous attack on women’s health.”

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Capitol Prayer Service: God Will Punish America For Legalizing Gay Marriage

Last night, dozens of members of Congress gathered with Religious Right activists in the U.S. Capitol's Statuary Hall  for the annual "Washington: A Man of Prayer" event, a two-hour prayer service meant to honor the anniversary of George Washington's first presidential inauguration.

Most of the members of Congress who participated this year prayed for God's guidance as they carry out their duties as elected officials and for His protection over America, while some offered more pointed prayers, such as Rep. Joe Pitts, who lamented that we have become "spiritual and moral dwarfs," Rep. Doug  LaMalfa, who worried about the "seemingly godless times" in which this nation finds itself as the Supreme Court prepares to rule on marriage equality, and Rep. Bill Flores, who complained that "we are truly a troubled nation" in which Christians are being ridiculed and persecuted for defending the family and their faith:

End Times rabbi Jonathan Cahn spoke near the end of the prayer service and specifically warned the Supreme Court that it would bring God's judgment upon this nation if it strikes down state marriage bans.

"The Supreme Court opens its sessions with the words 'God save the United States and this honorable court,'" Cahn declared. "But if this honorable court should overrule the word of God and strike down the eternal rules of order that Heaven itself hath ordained, how then will God save it? Supreme Court justices, can you judge the ways of God? Can you, with man-made verdicts, overrule the eternal laws of God? There is another court and there is another judge and before him, all men and all judges will give account. If the nation's high court should pass judgement on the Almighty, should you then be surprised that the Almighty should then pass judgment on the court and that nation?"

Anti-Gay Activists Urge 'Resistance' Before Marriage Equality Destroys 'Just About Everything'

On Tuesday, as the Supreme Court was hearing arguments on the constitutionality of gay marriage bans, E.W. Jackson convened a conference call with Texas-based pastor Rick Scarborough and conservative attorney William Olson to discuss how a decision in favor of marriage equality would destroy America.

“Gentlemen, we’re facing a crisis unlike any before,” Scarborough told callers, saying that while Roe v. Wade was “a dreadful decision wreaking havoc upon the nation and upon the world” at least “with abortion we can opt out of that.”

Marriage equality, he warned, would be a different story.

“I have portrayed it as two trains on the same track going in opposite directions,” he said. “One is the train of free speech and religious rights, religious liberty as defined in the First Amendment. But the other train is this newly created, unnatural civil right of two men being able to marry one another or two women marrying one another.”

“And only God knows where we go after that,” he continued, “because once you tear down that wall, how do you keep a man from marrying a child, or five men from marrying one woman or one man marrying five women? Once the wall is torn down and God’s law is no longer supported by our federal laws and our statutes, then we move into a realm that we’ve never lived in before, but I can assure you religious liberty will not survive that. And there will be a collision, a collision unparalleled in American history.”

He urged callers to sign a pledge organized by Religious Right leaders vowing to meet any marriage equality decision with civil disobedience. If enough people sign the pledge, he said, maybe the court “will pause and say, ‘We’re about to sow to the wind and reap a whirlwind.’”

“This is the day for modern-day Bonhoffers in America to stand up and speak up,” he said, referring to the German pastor who was executed by Nazi forces.

Olson warned at a Supreme Court decision in favor of marriage equality would mean “we no longer have a written constitution, we no longer have rule of law, we have had Darwinian revolution influence the courts.”

“So we have an extraordinary moment where we might be losing just about everything…if an adverse decision is not met with resistance,” he said.

Olson told callers that while “we’re not being told we cannot preach the Gospel, but it’s awfully close to that command that requires us to obey God and not obey man.”

Referring to Scarborough’s comment at a press conference last week that he would be willing to die fighting marriage equality, Olson said, “As extraordinary as that sounds, that is not an impossibility.”

Anti-gay activists, he said, will have to practice civil disobedience such as “jury nullification” and encouraging state elected officials to refuse to enforce a marriage equality decision. This led Jackson to slam Republican politicians who say they would attend the wedding of a gay or lesbian loved one.

“The popular compromise it seems for politicians these days is, ‘I’m opposed to same-sex marriage, but I would go to a same-sex ceremony to support a friend,’” he said. “It’s unconscionable.”

 

Tamara Scott: If You Support Gender Equality, You Should Oppose Gay Marriage

Last week, Iowa Republican National Committee member Tamara Scott invited fellow RNC member Carolyn McLarty of Oklahoma on to her “Truth for Our Time” radio program to discuss an anti-marriage-equality amicus brief that a subset of conservative RNC members led by McLarty submitted to the Supreme Court.

As the two walked through the various points made in the amicus brief, Scott wandered into a digression about how the “women who are fussing on the left” about wanting to eventually see equal numbers of men and women in Congress should also oppose marriage equality, because if you ban gay marriage, there will be an equal number of men and women in each marriage.

“By 2020, they want 50/50 in the state houses and the U.S. House and Senate. They want 50 percent women and 50 percent men, they want 50/50, they want equality,” she said. “So my laugh is, why wouldn’t you want equality in a marriage? Why aren’t those same women wanting that same argument at home? Because we know children do better when they’re raised by their biological parents.”

This led McLarty to explain that “the extreme feminist movement and the gay liberation movement really is using same-sex marriage as a way to destroy marriage.”

“The feminist movement, they’ve been against marriage from the beginning, against traditional marriage, and it was up until the Massachusetts court case in 2003 where they recognized same-sex marriage in Massachusetts that they kind of changed their tune,” she said. “And now they see that this would also destroy marriage, so they’re for same-sex marriage.”

This led Scott to a discussion of civil unions, which she said she also can’t support because there is still the issue of “the act” that “God has not condoned,” and so allowing civil unions is “asking your fellow citizens to embrace something that goes against their First Amendment religious protections.”

“Well, it doesn’t make sense to me, because the whole point of our concern with the same-sex marriage is that the act, that God has not condoned it,” she explained. “I can’t condone what he’s condemned. I just can’t go there. So to ask or to force American citizens to condone something that’s against their deeply held religious convictions is wrong. So whether you call it marriage or you call it a civil union, you’re still asking your fellow citizens to embrace something that goes against their First Amendment religious protections.

 

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