A Very Odd Brief Filed in Marriage Cases

A Very Odd Brief Filed in Marriage Cases April 8, 2015

A brief has been filed in the Supreme Court marriage cases on behalf of a long list of Christian organizations and individuals, including the Billy Graham Evangelical Association and many more. Weirdly, they seem to think that the case is about free speech.

“We hope the Supreme Court will use this opportunity to affirm the Sixth Circuit and reaffirm the constitutional rights of all Americans to speak and act according to their beliefs,” he said.

The filing points out John the Baptist was executed for speaking against King Herod’s marriage to Herodias, Stephen the martyr was stoned to death when he refused to stop preaching about Jesus, and the apostle Paul and disciple Silas were in prison because they preached “customs unlawful for Romans to accept or practice.”

“For more than 2,000 years, individual Christians have refused to keep quiet about their sincere religious beliefs and have not flinched at speaking ‘truth in power,’” the brief says. “Same-sex marriage is not an exception to this historical rule. For two millennia, Christians have based their definition of marriage on the words of Jesus Christ, who incorporated by reference ancient words from the book of Genesis: ‘But from the beginning of creation, ‘God made them male and female.’ ‘Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.’ So they are not longer two but one flesh.”

The brief further states that if Christians’ “sermons and swords clash with the views of politically powerful groups or even government orthodoxy on same-sex marriage, they will have no choice but to seek refuge in the First Amendment generally, and the Free Speech Clause specifically.”

“A decision from this court imposing same-sex marriage on the states would dramatically exacerbate this conflict between advocates of same-sex marriage and Christian ministers, teachers, and leaders, and would inevitably lead to untold violations of the latter’s First Amendment free speech rights.”

Did they file this brief with the Supreme Court of fantasy land? The case has precisely nothing to do with free speech. Christian ministers, teachers and leaders speak out against same-sex marriage every single day, millions and millions of times (for crying out loud, this very brief does that) and no one has been arrested for it. Pastors aren’t being frogmarched out of the pulpit for reading verses from Leviticus, despite the dystopic delusions about the coming anti-Christian purge.

It’s just such a stupid argument: “You should refuse to allow gay people to get married because we imagine in our heads that we’ll somehow be punished for speaking out against it.” They can’t be serious, can they? Well yes, they can. This is just total disconnection from reality and, frankly, it’s demagoguery.

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