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Same Stupid Arguments, Different State

Same Stupid Arguments, Different State June 6, 2014

Just like the coalition of Christian ministers in Michigan that has been spouting nonsensical arguments against same-sex marriage, Pennsylvania has its own group saying the same stupid things. They held a press conference at the PA state capitol to condemn Judge Jones and his ruling striking down their ban on same-sex marriage.

Flanked by about 20 heads of churches, Sam Rohrer, president of the Pennsylvania Pastors Network and the American Pastors Network, denounced U.S. Middle District Judge John Jones as an activist judge who had taken the law into his own hands and had invalidated the highest law in the land – that of God’s law – when he struck down the state’s 1996 Defense of Marriage Act, legalizing same-gender marriage.

“Let’s be clear, this ruling was made by one man – a federal district judge unelected and unaccountable. Politically appointed, never facing the voters and never answering to the press, many people in this position when unrestrained by moral truth, perceive themselves to be above the law,” said Rohrer, who held the press conference in the Rotunda of the state Capitol. “Indeed, their arrogance makes them appear as if they think they are God.”

Yes, Judge Jones is unelected — exactly the way those Founding Fathers you claim to revere so much required it in the Constitution you claim to be so devoted to. Unelected judges are one of the smartest provisions in that Constitution. Funny how you only complain about that when one of them hands down a ruling you don’t like.

Rohrer accused Jones – who in ruling the former ban on gay marriage as a violation of constitutional rights said the law should be “discarded into the ash heap of history”…because “we are better people than these laws” – of aggressive ideological elitism. The pastor added that Jones seemed to have an “undeveloped or distorted understanding” of the basis for civil law, adding that the judge may have been motivated by an intentional defiance of God.

“This divine law established by God Himself created not only the concept of family but the very precise definition of marriage as being between one man and one woman,” Rohrer said.

Your “divine law” is completely irrelevant in this country, which is not a theocracy. If you want a country that runs on “divine law,” may I suggest Iran or Pakistan?

The Rev. Todd Johnson, pastor at First Immanuel Baptist Church in Philadelphia, said the future welfare of the black community hinged on the protection of traditional marriage.

The Rev. Todd Johnson, of First Immanuel Baptist Church in Philadelphia, said gay marriage would further erode the black community.

“Marriage is biblical and sacred honor between one man and one woman,” he said. “In the African-American community, the statistics are overwhelming: in traditional families anchored by the marriage of one man and one woman, children are less likely to commit a crime, less likely to have babies out of wedlock, more likely to graduate from school, and more likely to participate in the workforce in a meaningful way.”

Johnson said the uptick in negative statistics in the black community has coincided with the dismantling of the nuclear family.

“Governor Corbett’s decision shows a lack of traditional moral leadership, and in the end, it will have a tremendously negative impact on the already declining family structure in the urban African-American community,” Johnson said.

Oh, this same old argument again. Let’s try to make it into a syllogism:

P: Marriage is good for parents and children and society

P: [nothing]

C: Therefore we can’t let gay people get married

There’s that big missing piece of the argument, the part where letting gay people get married will do anything whatsoever to affect the marriages of straight people. Does this guy think that if we let gay people get married, black men will suddenly decide they don’t like women and all become gay? That’s the only way his argument could even remotely make sense.


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