It’s been one year since the Supreme Court made same-sex marriage legal throughout the country, so it’s a good time to take a look at some of the predictions of doom and gloom and tyranny that came from the Christian right on the subject. Needless to say, none of them have come true. Barry Lynn runs down some of those failed prophecies:
Pastor Robert Jeffress of the First Baptist Church of Dallas, who was recently named to Donald Trump’s evangelical advisory council, vowed to engage in civil disobedience.
“That may mean we experience jail time…but as the scripture says, we ought to obey God rather than man, and that’s our choice,” Jeffress told The Daily Caller website.
Appearing on a Texas radio station, Rick Scarborough, a Baptist pastor and Religious Right leader, urged members of the clergy to sign a petition pledging to “resist all government efforts to require them to accept gay marriage, and they will accept any fine and jail time to protect their religious freedom and the freedom of others.”Richard Land, a former Southern Baptist Convention official, raised the specter of pastors in prison as well. Asked by Newsmax TV if the nation could come to the point where pastors end up behind bars for refusing to preside at same-sex marriages Land replied, “It could.”
Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee really went around the bend. He said marriage equality could lead to “the criminalization of Christianity.”
Huckabee also said, “If the courts rule that people have a civil right – not only to be a homosexual but a civil right to have a homosexual marriage – then a homosexual couple coming to a pastor, who believes in Biblical marriage, who says, ‘I can’t perform that wedding,’ will now be breaking the law.”
So Americans United has launched a new website to keep count of all the pastors who have been forced to perform same-sex marriages. The current count: Zero. The future count: Zero. Just another failed prophecy from people who claim to talk to God.