Family Research Council Still Praying for Discrimination

As the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals prepared to rule in four different cases challenging state laws that ban same-sex marriage, the Family Research Council is not only encouraging their followers to pray for the outcome they prefer, they’ve even written the specific prayer for them:

Hope for Natural Marriage – Last week, a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit heard arguments in six lawsuits (from four states — Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, and Tennessee) over lower court rulings against voter approved Marriage Amendments, which define marriage as between a man and woman. The oral arguments were contentious but the judges responded more favorably toward natural marriage and the right of voters to decide the issue than in other recent such hearings. Until a Tennessee County Court ruled in favor of biblical marriage; we have seen a 36 ruling losing streak (See Skepticism; Peter Sprigg’s Hopeful Analysis of Sixth Circuit Case; Tennessee Ruling).

Pray that each member of the 6th Circuit Court will uphold voters in these states, their constitutional amendments, the natural law and the Law of God when they rule. When this matter reaches them, may the U.S. Supreme Court reject the idea that a right to same-sex marriage can be found in the U.S. Constitution and that it overrides the will of the people (Ex 18:21; 2 Sam 23:3; Pr 29:2; Mt 19:4-6; Jn 7:24; Heb 13:8).

I’m greatly amused by this. What’s the point of these prayers? Do they think God hasn’t noticed the situation? That he has ignored the millions and millions of people who have been praying for exactly that thing every day for more than a decade now? Are they hoping that maybe this time God will listen when he hasn’t up to this point? Is there a magic word that will make it more effective this time?

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  • sh3baproject

    the magic word—or words,are “I’m gay”

  • rationalinks

    Not magic words, sacrifices…do we not remember the book of Genesis and god’s dissatisfaction with Cain’s offering of produce but was totally sweet on Abel for his offering of blood from his flock? Come on Christians, quit half-assing.

  • Doug Little

    Surely there’s a good number of prayers for an outcome that upholds marriage equality, so how does the big fella decide which way to swing the court?

  • Michael Heath

    Doug Little asks (rhetorically):

    . . . so how does the big fella decide which way to swing the court?

    I’m betting on whichever outcome results in the most yuks. Where God has a depraved sense of humor.

  • Doug Little

    Michael @4,

    It does seem so, the people who trumpet his existence the most tend to be on the receiving end of his wrath more often than not. People attribute it to bad aim, I recon the old fella’s aim is perfect he just gets off watching his greatest fans suffer the most.

  • http://ahcuah.wordpress.com/ ahcuah

    You know, the judges already voted right after oral arguments. Thus, it is already decided, even though we don’t know the result yet. Even if prayer worked in advance of something, it’s not a time machine.

  • stever

    “… a Tennessee County Court ruled in favor of biblical marriage …”

    Really? One man and as many women as he can purchase from their fathers or take as prizes of war?

  • lordshipmayhem

    The magic word: “Insanity”. Trying the same failed methodology over and over again, and hoping for a different result this time.

  • Matt G

    This is EXCELLENT news! So if the bans on gay marriage ARE struck down, they will conclude either that God WANTS gay marriage, or that God doesn’t exist. Right? I mean we ARE talking about rational, reasonable people, right?

  • Usernames are smart

    how does the big fella decide which way to swing the court?

    — Doug Little (#3

    Obviously, he turns off the Judges’ free will, makes them do it his way, and then switches FW back on. Or something. Because reasons.

    Praise Jeebus!

  • Crip Dyke, Right Reverend Feminist FuckToy of Death & Her Handmaiden

    It’s a little known fact, but Exodus, 1&2 Samuel, Hebrews?

    God never actually read them after his ghostwriter finished the text.