Win or lose at the Supreme Court when the justices decide on a request to be argued on Tuesday to make same-sex “marriage” recognition mandatory across the United States, Christians will face discrimination, even by their own government, according to a panel assembled by James Dobson on his Family Talk radio program on Thursday.
Just a day earlier, panel members Maggie Gallagher, co-founder of the National Organization for Marriage and a senior fellow with the American Principles Project; Jim Garlow, senior pastor of Skyline Church in San Diego; and Brian Brown, president of the National Organization for Marriage, agreed that Christians may be about to face a new status as a “hated minority” in the U.S. because of their support for biblical man-woman marriage.
On Thursday, panel members warned that there will be consequences of being that target of hate. In fact, there already have been.
Brown said he, and his children, have been called “bigots” because of his work supporting biblical marriage, and Garlow noted his church was subject to online attacks during its advocacy for traditional marriage in California several years ago.
“It got so hostile, we literally had to close our entire website down,” he said.
They raised the issue of the recent attacks by government entities on Christians for their stance on biblical marriage – the Washington state florist penalized for her beliefs, the Colorado baker facing penalties for the same thing.
“We are learning to gear up for resistance. We are not giving up under any condition,” Garlow said.
WND has reported on the long list of attacks on Christians for their beliefs, and has posted the Big List of Christian Coercion about such cases.
For example, the Christian owners of Liberty Ridge Farm in New York recently were fined $10,000 for not allowing a lesbian duo to use their home for a wedding.
And the Colorado Civil Rights Commission has ordered Masterpiece Cakeshop baker Jack Phillips to use his artistry to celebrate homosexual unions in violation of his Christian beliefs.
Gallagher said such attacks “on the livelihoods of ordinary people” are most concerning right now.
“People need to elect a president at the very least who can protect Americans from their government [which is] punishing them for standing up for marriage,” a panelist said.
Dobson raised the issue of government attacks on state-licensed Christians, such as counselors or therapists, who have in several states already been banned from counseling youth about their sexual orientation unless it is to promote homosexuality.
“Consider how outrageous this is,” he said, citing a confused 13-year-old. “What the president has said in effect is it’s illegal for those parents to go find a counselor who believes in masculinity and femininity as we have known it.”
Garlow said such government actions reprise “Nazi Germany.”
Gallagher added, “I think it’s going to get very bad out there, just as it did in the early days of the Roman empire.”
She said, “Either way [for the Supreme Court opinion], the progressive left is bound and determined to impose its ideology on America and do it in a way deeply dehumanizing of people like us who disagree.”
They warned of increase levels of “open hatred,” and said only prayer will bring a solution.
“We’re going to have to see a parting of the Red Sea spiritually,” added Garlow. “I believe that can happen.”
They cited the coming March for Marriage scheduled on Saturday in Washington, D.C., as a key event.
There, thousands, maybe tens of thousands or even hundreds of thousands of people will congregate in support of man-woman marriage. It is the third annual event, and organizers are calling it “the most critical march ever.”
“It is our last, best opportunity to reach the U.S. Supreme Court before they decide whether marriage as it has existed throughout our history is unconstitutional. In recent months, activist federal judges across the country have issued illegitimate rulings redefining marriage against the will of 50 million state voters and legislators who voted to preserve marriage as the union of one man and one woman,” organizers explained online.
“It’s time for the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold the legitimacy of state laws and constitutional provisions defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman. This is what marriage intrinsically is, and any ruling forcing states to abandon this construct of marriage will not be legitimate.”
In his October 2014 newsletter, he wrote about the Old Testament account of Abraham’s nephew Lot, “who chose to take his family into the wicked cities of Sodom and Gomorrah.”
“The men living there had become desperately depraved, burning with lust for each other. Jehovah told Abraham that their sin was so grievous that the Lord decided to rain utter destruction upon them. Abraham pleaded with the Lord on behalf of the people, but the patriarch could not find even ten righteous men in either of the cities to justify mercy,” he wrote.
“Why have I chosen to recount this biblical story from so long ago? Because I am convinced that America and other Western nations are sliding in the same direction,” he warned. “We have not yet reached the depravity of Sodom and Gomorrah, but that appears to be where we are headed.”
His concerns were shared by the Rev. Billy Graham in a Sept. 30 column for Decision magazine.
Only Graham didn’t hold quite as positive an opinion about America as Dobson. While Dobson said America is on a moral slide, Graham said it’s already hit bottom.
“Even though America is just as wicked as Sodom and Gomorrah ever were, and as deserving of the judgment of God, God would spare us if we were earnestly praying, with hearts that been cleansed and washed by the blood of Christ,” he wrote.
WND reported previously Dobson described Obama as “the anti-religious freedom president.”
In his newsletter at the time, Dobson said, regarding Obama’s abortion mandates, “Among other things, [Obama] 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.”
WND also reported that when Dobson spoke to the National Day of Prayer, 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.
Dobson, through his Family Talk, had fought the Obamacare requirement that employers must pay for abortion-causing agents for their employees. The U.S. Supreme has struck down that requirement now.
Dobson at that time bluntly backed up his opinion.
“[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 provider.
“How can anyone challenge my characterization of Mr. Obama as ‘the abortion president? … He even voted three times in the Illinois state senate not to protect babies who were born alive after surviving botched abortions,” he said.
Regarding the current fight over marriage, WND reported longtime conservative leader Pat Buchanan urged Christians to fight the “LGBT fanatics” who are demanding they betray their faith, even if it means civil disobedience.
In an interview with WND, Buchanan, the author of “Suicide of a Superpower: Will America Survive to 2025?” and other bestsellers, spoke on the controversy over the Indiana Religious Freedom Restoration Act.
Buchanan forcefully condemned defeatism among social conservatives and rejected retreat or even compromise. Instead, the one-time presidential contender and Reagan White House aide urged Christians to put the laws of God above the laws of man.
“This battle can be won, but it cannot be won if we do not stand our ground and fight against this moral onslaught from the left,” he said. “The hill to stand on and fight on is the God-given natural right and the constitutional principle that people of faith may choose not to associate with those whose actions are abhorrent and whose lifestyle is insulting and offensive to that faith.”
Buchanan dismissed arguments that “gay”-rights activists are simply asking for political freedom or the same rights as any other citizen.
“The LGBT militants are not asking to be left alone,” he said. “They are demanding that we accept the morality of homosexuality and same-sex marriages and manifest that acceptance, under pain of law and sanctions, in our daily lives.”
Buchanan added: “As the Romans demanded of the Christians, the LGBT fanatics want us to burn incense to their gods. The answer is no. If it comes to civil disobedience, so be it.”
WND also reported a team of prominent Christian leaders worked on a statement to inform the public – including Supreme Court justices – that they will engage in civil disobedience rather than follow a ruling that establishes homosexual marriage in the United States.