Wingnut Rabbi Warns the Supreme Court

Jonathan Cahn, the Worldnetdaily’s favorite end-times rabbi, spoke the annual Washington: A May of Prayer event on Capitol Hill this week and warned the Supreme Court that if they ruled in favor of same-sex marriage, God would judge America.

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?”

So why hasn’t God destroyed Israel yet? They allow same-sex marriage AND the government pays for abortions. For that matter, why didn’t God destroy America for allowing people to worship other gods? That violates the very first commandment. Doesn’t the US Constitution “judge the ways of God” by so flagrantly violating his law by allowing people to work on the sabbath or to use his name in vain? Why does this “logic” apply only to gay people getting married and not to the thousands of other ways that American law allows people to so thoroughly violate Biblical law?

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  • sigurd jorsalfar

    God’s just biding His time, Ed. He’s waiting until enough Israeli gays get married that He just can’t contain His wrath any longer. Then you just watch while He does to Israel what He did to Canada.

  • Al Dente

    God has such lousy aim and such a poor sense of timing that 200 years from now an asteroid will crash into Venus because the Supreme Court ruled in favor of SSM.

  • wreck

    “Why does this “logic” apply only to gay people getting married and not to the thousands of other ways that American law allows people to so thoroughly violate Biblical law?”

    Because buttsecks.

  • dingojack

    Wreck – and — “it’s icky”.

    You shouldn’t provide only half of the totality of their argument against marriage equality. That’s hardly fair!


  • colnago80

    Excuse me, Israel does not recognize same sex marriage, and given the influence of the religious right in the next government there, it is extremely unlikely to do so anytime soon.

  • Modusoperandi

    colnago80 “Excuse me, Israel does not recognize same sex marriage…”

    Also, Israel appears not recognize opposite sex marriage, either.*


    * “The state views marriage as a religious institution and as such does not issue marriage licences, regardless of sexual orientation.” (yr link)

  • caseloweraz

    It appears from the video that the good rabbi trims his beard from time to time. Uh-oh!

    “Do not cut the hair at the sides of your head or clip off the edges of your beard.” – Leviticus 19:27

  • John Pieret


    Excuse me, Israel does not recognize same sex marriage

    Yeah, but there, where the majority have no truck with the “Jesus did away with the old law” excuse and Leviticus is still “good law,” they ain’t stoning male gays to death, thereby having overruled the word of God and struck down the eternal rules of order that Heaven itself hath ordained.

  • colnago80

    Re Modusoperandi @ #6

    The Government of Israel considers an opposite sex marriage performed in, say the USA, to be legal, regardless of the religious persuasions of the participants. It does not recognize same sex marriages performed in the country between participants of different religions. AFAIK, it does not recognize same sex marriages performed in countries or subdivisions thereof where they are recognized (e.g. California).

  • Gregory in Seattle

    The irony being, of course, that Israel itself is farther along in acknowledging and accepting same-sex marriage than many US states.

    (Israel does not allow same-sex marriage, but then, it allows only religious Jewish marriages. If you want a Christian wedding, or a civil marriage, or a same-sex marriage, you must have it done outside the country.)

  • colnago80

    Re Gregory @ #10

    Excuse me, a marriage between 2 Christians or 2 Muslims when performed by a priest/minister or an Imam is recognized in Israel. It also will recognize a mixed religious opposite sex marriage performed outside the country (as I understand it, in the case of the US, this is by treaty).

  • sugarfrosted

    @11 According to the Israeli atheists I have talked to Gregory is right. If you were to provide a source.

  • anat

    From wikipedia:

    Marriages in Israel can be performed under the auspices of the religious community to which couples belong, or for people who have proven to lack any religion, a “couplehood union” with rights and responsibilities akin to marriage, can be performed.[1][2][3] Matrimonial law is based on the Millet or confessional community system employed in the Ottoman Empire, which was not modified during the British Mandate and remains in force in the State of Israel.[4]

    There are nine officially recognised Christian communities, and Jewish, Muslim and Druze communities. Marriages in each community are under the jurisdiction of their own religious authorities.[4] The religious authority for Jewish marriages performed in Israel is the Chief Rabbinate of Israel and the Rabbinical courts. The Israeli Interior Ministry registers marriages on presentation of proper documentation.

  • anat

    You can have a Christian wedding in Israel, but only within the 9 recognized Chrisitian communities. Unfortunately to Christians of western descent, those 9 communities are ones that were present in the area in the days of the Ottoman Empire.

    From same source as above:

    There are nine officially recognised churches for the purposes of marriage. These are the Greek Orthodox, Roman Catholic (Latin rite), Armenian Apostolic, Armenian Catholic, Syrian Catholic, Chaldean (Uniate), Melkite Greek Catholic, Maronite and Syrian Orthodox churches.[citation needed]

    In 1970, the Anglican Church was included with these recognised churches. At the same time, special arrangements for the recognition of marriage were made between the State of Israel and the Lutheran, Ethiopian Orthodox, and Coptic Orthodox churches.

    Christians may seek official separations or divorces, depending on the denomination, through ecclesiastical courts.[29]

    So if you happen to be Baptist or Methodist or some other Protestant denomination you might find it difficult to get married in Israel, despite the fact that other Christians do get married there.

  • dingojack

    Anat – “… for people who have proven to lack any religion, a “couplehood union” with rights and responsibilities akin to marriage, can be performed.”

    Proven to who, exactly?


  • anat

    This is a relatively new institution, from after I left. See Controversial civil union bill up for discussion the story is from March 2010. It seems couples where neither partner has a religion need to prove their status to the couplehood registrar. Not that I know how.

  • yoav

    The couplehood union thing never actually became law. Couples living together can get recognized as “publicly known” which confer many of the legal benefits of marriage. Recognition of SSM is a nice example of the rule of unintended consequences. Historically people who couldn’t or wouldn’t marry in a religious ceremony used to fly or take a ferry to Cyprus and get married there and these marriages would be then recognized by the Israeli authorities, my guess is that the religious groups didn’t object because, as long as this was a rare occurrence, they viewed it as a pressure relief valve that prevented wide spread resentment from the secular public and a stronger push to eliminate the religious monopoly over marriage. When SSM started to be legalized by European countries israeli gay couple started to travel there in order to get married and then come back and asked for these marriages to be registered by the government. Initially the ministry of interior, controlled at the time by the ultra orthodox party Shas, refused but when the couple appealed the decision the court ruled that since other marriages that were legally preformed in other jurisdiction were recognized, even if they couldn’t have been legally preformed in Israel, then the same standard should be applied to SSM preformed in places where such marriages are legal.

    Last year the bigots got another thing to whine about when the ministry of interior created new templates to the national ID card which have name of father/ name of mother line twice instead of the standard one of each.