WASHINGTON – Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee on Thursday rallied those attending the "March for Marriage" in Washington with an emphatic call for leaders who "will not bow to Nebuchadnezzar," a reference to the Old Testament story of faithfulness to God.
In that story, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego defied orders from the king, Nebuchadnezzar, that they fall down and worship his image, even under the threat of execution by being thrown in a fiery furnace.
The king himself was in awe when he saw them alive, unhurt and not even smelling of smoke after being thrown into a furnace, heated seven times hotter than normal, because they obeyed their God.
Huckabee's targets Thursday were the judges who, across America in recent months, have been overturning the will of the people and declaring that state's must approve of same-sex "marriage."
That's just wrong, according to the Constitution, he said.
Only the legislatures can change laws, and only executives, governors or presidents can enforce those changed laws.
All judges can do is express their opinion about the constitutionality of laws, he pointed out.
Those "black robes," he said, need to submit to the "ultimate authority, the people, bound together by the document of the Constitution."
"When you hear the trend [of same-sex 'marriage'] is moving, keep in mind, it is not a trend of the people, it is a trend of the courts," he said. "There is nothing in the Constitution that gives the judicial branch the right to consider themselves above the people, above the Constitution."
He took aim directly at the U.S. Supreme Court, which has avoided most cases involving same-sex "marriage" by deciding on technicalities, but by that very maneuver has left standing lower court orders for states to create same-sex "marriage."
"We need to remind [them] they are only the Supreme Court, not the supreme branch of government. They are most certainly not the Supreme Being from which all law ultimately emanates."
Then he called for those who would refuse Nebuchadnezzar's orders, officials in high places who would see an unjust law, and refuse to obey.
"It is time for us to say there is no responsibility for the executive and legislative branches to capitulate their powers, that they are equal to a judicial branch that has decided it has taken upon itself the rights and responsibilities of all three branches."
That, he said, is no more, no less, than a "judicial coup d'etat."
"It's time we start saying, 'Courts, you cannot prescribe such an order.'"
"This country would not exist if it had not been for the providential hand of God," he warned. "If we reject His hand of blessing, we will feel His hand of judgment."
Estimates were that there were in excess of 2,000 people at the rally, the second annual March for Marriage, in front of the U.S. Capitol.
Former Sen. Rick Santorum, who in 2012 ran an unsuccessful bid for the White House based largely on traditional family values, called on Republicans to stand by the party platform and lay out a vision that is both "inclusive" and uplifting for America.
Judges have ruled in just the past few weeks in Kentucky, Ohio, Idaho, Utah, Oregon, Arkansas and in other jurisdictions that state's must recognize same-sex "marriages." Such rulings reached an extreme when U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker, a homosexual in a long-term relationship with another man, threw out the decision by California voters to define marriage as between a man and a woman, and put himself in the potential position of benefiting personally from his own court ruling.
The driving force behind the surge of official advocacy for homosexual "marriage" is evident. WND reported only a day earlier that Barack Obama's agenda has been to move forward on the issue on multiple fronts.
Obama, who once was dubbed the first "gay" president by Newsweek, told an LGBT fundraiser in New York that he's done more to promote homosexuality than any other president.
Obama also has been called the "abortion president" by James Dobson, one of America's best-known Christian personalities, who later upgraded his label for Obama to "the anti-religious freedom president."
Obama's recent boasts about "gay" promotions were noted by officials with the American Family Association, whose millions of constituents largely have been appalled by the president's advocacy for a lifestyle choice the Bible has defined as sin.
A note from AFA President Tim Wildmon warned, "My friend, our nation is in deep trouble under President Obama and liberals in Congress … are you registered to vote in upcoming elections?"
He noted just some of Obama's boasts at this week's "gay" fundraiser in New York.
Obama said, "The day that the Supreme Court issued its ruling, United States v. Windsor, was a great day for America."
- So Pride Month is a time for celebration, and this year we've got a lot to celebrate. If you think about everything that's happened in the last 12 months, it is remarkable. In nine more states you're now free to marry the person you love – that includes my two home states of Hawaii and Illinois. The NFL drafted its first openly gay player. The U.S. Postal Service made history by putting an openly gay person on a stamp – the late, great Harvey Milk smiling from ear to ear.
- When I took office, only two states had marriage equality. Today, 19 states and the District of Columbia do.
- But because of your help, we've been able to do more to protect the rights of lesbian and gay, and bisexual and transgender Americans than any administration in history.
- We repealed "don't ask, don't tell," because no one should have to hide who you love to serve the country we love.
- I lifted the 22-year ban on people with HIV traveling to the U.S.
- Before I took office, only one openly gay judge had been confirmed in history. We have 10 more.
- [W]e stopped defending the so-called Defense of Marriage Act in the courts and argued alongside Edie and Robbie before the highest court in the land.
- I've directed my staff to prepare for my signature, an executive order prohibiting discrimination by federal contractors on the basis of sexual orientation and gender.
It was in 2010 when the November issue of "Whistleblower" magazine described the developments under Obama's homosexual agenda, and the truth of the issue.
"Despite recent shocking news reports – like the CDC's revelation that one in five homosexual males in the U.S. is infected with HIV/AIDS and new studies proving children raised by same-sex parents are far more likely to commit homosexual acts than other kids – the radical 'gay rights' agenda, including same-sex marriage and open homosexuality throughout the armed forces, is about to be forced down Americans' throats," the magazine warned.
In a short time, it was. Despite the fact that in 41 states voters added language to their own state constitutions defining marriage as between a man and a woman. Notoriously, in California, a homosexual judge ruled that if he married a man, the state would be required to recognize the marriage.
It was shortly after that Obama was labeled "The First Gay President," by Newsweek.
Writer Andrew Sullivan said, "He had to discover his black identity and then reconcile it with his white family, just as gays discover their homosexual identity and then have to reconcile it with their heterosexual family."
It's not the only title of questionable benefit that has been applied to Obama. Dobson, in fact, created headlines across the country when, at the National Day of Prayer, he called Barack Obama the "abortion president."
Shortly later, in a message to constituents, he doubled down.
The founder of Family Talk Radio and a courtroom opponent of Obamacare said Obama is "the anti-religious freedom president."
His comments came in a newsletter to constituents.
He began by citing atheist activist Mikey Weinstein's condemnations of Christianity and his court challenges. But Dobson says Weinstein, founder of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, isn’t the biggest danger to religious believers in America.
"Weinstein, for all his bluster, is not the primary threat to the free expression of religion. Despite the pandering he receives from the mainstream media, the greater danger is posed by our federal government," Dobson warns.
The federal government, he says, "seeks to limit or weaken religious liberty and to 'fundamentally transform' this great nation."
"That was an oft-quoted campaign slogan by candidate Barack Obama during his presidential bid in 2008. We now know what he meant by it," Dobson writes.
"Among other things, he was targeting religious freedom and set about accomplishing that from the beginning. That was the activity to which I objected strenuously during my comments in Washington. I offer no apologies for expressing those views now. The effort to force Christians to violate their consciences must be opposed with all vigor, regardless of the consequences – primarily because it is unconstitutional. Christians are being chastised, dismissed, harangued and sued for daring to practice their deeply held convictions in the public square. Family Talk is among those who have been pressed against a wall," he writes.
WND reported originally when Dobson spoke to the National Day of Prayer that hundreds stood and cheered his condemnation of the government's ongoing attempts through Obamacare to require Christians to participate in something that profoundly violates their faith – abortion.
"[Obama] has made it so that every American will have to pay toward the support of abortion," he said, citing hundreds of millions of dollars in taxpayer funds that already go to Planned Parenthood, the nation's largest abortion industry player.
He implored attendees to "keep fighting."
"We can win. And keep praying because that's what really made a difference here."
See Dobson's original comments:
Additional contributions from Bob Unruh