James Dobson, the high-profile Christian commentator, author and broadcaster who warned the U.S. Supreme Court before it created “same-sex marriage” that it was about to constitutionalize sin, says the fight isn’t really about marriage.
Fundamentally, he contends, it’s a way to open up vast new avenues to attack Christianity.
Dobson, who founded the highly influential groups Family Research Council and Focus on the Family, and now runs Family Talk. charges in his current monthly newsletter that the Supreme Court’s Obergefell decision is “an expression of hostility toward people who take their Christianity seriously.”
He says the decision by five justices, including two who effectively endorsed “same-sex marriage” while the case was pending, will prove disastrous for America.
His view is supported by the four dissenting justices, who warned that the decision had no connection to the U.S. Constitution and likely will be used to attack Christianity.
Dobson writes: “We are convinced that this unconstitutional decision, issued by five unelected, unaccountable and imperious justices, will ultimately prove to be as catastrophic as Dred Scott v. Sanford in 1857 and Roe v. Wade in 1973. It will touch every dimension of culture.”
He is referring to the decisions that said blacks were not fully human and that society has a right to kill unborn children for any reason.
“This court decision is not about same-sex marriage, except only tangentially. Many gay and lesbian groups have admitted that marriage has never been their primary objective. Instead, it is about everything else,” he writes.
“What’s at stake is the entire culture war.”
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Dobson called the decision an “expression of hostility toward people who take their Christianity seriously.”
“As you probably know, certain groups and organizations hate us. It is about weakening the church of Jesus Christ and limiting what pastors and ministers can say and do publicly,” he said. “It is about undermining the religious liberties of Christians that are guaranteed by the Constitution. It is about attacking Christian schools, Christian non-profit organizations such as Family Talk, and Christian businesses, hospitals, charities, and seminaries. It is about Christian colleges and universities, and about whom their leaders choose as professors and what their students will be taught. It’s about government funding and accreditation.
“It is all at risk. You’ll see.”
He cites existing cases against Christians for doing no more than living their faith, such as the case of Aaron and Melissa Klein, who were fined $135,000 for refusing to support homosexuality in their cake-decorating business.
“There is almost no limit to what will be imposed on the American public as a result of Obergefell. There is every indication that a barrage of court cases has been pre-planned and will be implemented against those who dare to disagree with the government’s view of marriage. Some will lose their jobs for failing to knuckle under,” Dobson warns. “Some will lose their professional licenses. Some will be persecuted, ridiculed and fined. Some will go to prison. After all, the Supreme Court has ruled that same-sex marriage is an inviolable constitutional right that will trump other liberties considered untouchable for more than 200 years.”
Warning of the “permutations” of the decision, such as demands for polygamy, he says the most concerning factor is the impact on children.
“I grieve over what will happen to kids in public schools. They will be taught that right is wrong and wrong is right, and that the teachings of Scripture are unreliable and inaccurate,” Dobson writes.
“How unthinkable it is that in some states kindergartners, barely out of babyhood, are being taught adult perverse behavior that should never be discussed in the classroom. Soon, publishers of public school textbooks throughout the country will have to re-write and re-illustrate materials to make them conform to the demands of Obergefell. It matters not that these revisions will contradict the beliefs and convictions of Christian parents. It has already become the law of the land in some states.”
Dobson warns that anything activists “can dream up could be imposed on our children by liberal judges.”
“LGBT propaganda will be blatantly taught to wide-eyed kids who are too young to understand how they are being manipulated. There is no consideration that the messages given will contradict the beliefs and convictions of millions of parents. The wishes of moms and dads will have been overridden and superseded by five justices who have a better plan for their kids,” he writes.
He says it happened in Germany under Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler, who said: “Your child belongs to us already … what are you? You will pass on. Your descendants, however, now stand in the new camp. In a short time they will know nothing but this new community.”
Dobson cited Rod Dreher, senior editor at the American Conservative, who wrote for Time: “The alarm that the four dissenting justices sounded in their minority opinions is chilling. Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Antonin Scalia were particularly scathing in pointing out the philosophical and historical groundlessness of the majority’s opinion. Justice Scalia even called the decision ‘a threat to democracy,’ and denounced it, shockingly, in the language of revolution.”
Dreher continued: ” So where does that leave us? For one, we have to accept that we really are living in a culturally post-Christian nation. The fundamental norms Christians have long been able to depend on no longer exist.”
Obergefell, Dobson said, “is actually about everything that America has been and will be.”
WND reported the case of Rowan County, Kentucky, Clerk Kim Davis, who has refused to issue licenses to same-sex couples because of her deeply held religious beliefs.
Homosexuals went to court demanding that she be forced to violate her faith even though they are able to get their licenses at any of dozens of other locations around the state.
Her case is moving up to the U.S. Supreme Court now.
The Davis case poses the question of whether or not the government can force someone to violate his or her constitutional religious rights to accommodate the newly recognized right to “same-sex marriage.”
Davis’ critics have vowed to make her pay because she’s not upholding a right that didn’t exist when she took her oath of office. Kentucky Gov. Steven Beshear, a Democrat, has told clerks to issue the licenses or resign. But that order would appear to create a religious test for public officials, meaning those with disfavored beliefs would be banned from office, which is unconstitutional.
Also developing recently was a move on the part of Newport Beach, California, city council members to censure and prosecute one of their own because he criticized the Supreme Court’s marriage decision to his constituents.
WND columnist Matt Barber also has warned of the “gay” end game in the fight.
“Homosexual activists don’t want the white picket fence; they want to burn down the white picket fence. The endgame is not to achieve so-called ‘marriage equality’ but, rather, to render marriage reality meaningless,” he wrote recently.
He pointed out that a federal judge in the Davis case wrote that Davis was free to believe as she wishes, but she was not allowed to act on beliefs that sustained America for generations.
“Judge Bunning’s decision equated Kim’s free exercise of religion to going to church. This is absurd!” responded Mat Staver of Liberty Counsel, which is representing her. “Christianity is not a robe you take off when you leave a sanctuary. The First Amendment guarantees Kim and every American the free exercise of religion, even when they are working for the government.
“Kim Davis did not sign up as a clerk to issue same-sex ‘marriage’ licenses. Her job duty was changed by five lawyers without any constitutional authority. At a minimum, her religious convictions should be accommodated,” concluded Staver.