The U.S. Supreme Court's "same-sex marriage" ruling has elevated to a civil right an act once called an "infamous crime," destroying "the institution of God," charges Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore.
"How do they come out now and say that marriage, which is ordained by God, doesn't mean what it's always meant, between a man and woman?" Moore said. "Not between two men, two women, or three women and one man.
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"See, they don't have a definition. They've just destroyed the institution of God," he said.
His comments came over the weekend at the Magnolia Springs Baptist Church in Theodore, Alabama, and were reported by AL.com.
He was reacting to the narrow 5-4 decision last month that was blasted by the dissenters as unfounded in the Constitution and unconnected to reality. Also, the majority included the votes of two justices, Elena Kagan and Ruth Ginsburg, who were targeted with motions for recusal since they had publicly advocated for same-sex marriage even while the case was under review in what analysts considered a clear violation of judicial ethics.
Moore long has been critical of federal government mandates for same-sex marriage, and when a federal judge ordered it earlier this year, his court told state judges they were obligated to follow the state constitution instead.
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Moore himself did not participate in the order since he had made comments on the issue.
In his remarks at the church, Moore said the court's ruling is flawed.
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"Do we think of dignity as self-direction? Well, that's the way God in my opinion thinks of dignity. It's dignity to have self-direction. That's what our country is about. You can choose your way through your self-representation. Justice Kennedy uses dignity in saying the state deploys dignity when it recognizes the marriage between a man and woman. It should do the same thing to same-sex couples. He said they have a dignity. You are hurting their dignity.
"My answer to that is the consummation of a marriage involves a sexual act which is dignified between a man and a woman but is not dignified and has not been dignified historically between a man and man. Therefore are you denying them that? Or are they pushing their definition of dignity on an immoral act that Christians are supposed to detest? Under the historic law, sodomy under Blackstone was an infamous crime in violation of human nature. He said it was a disgrace to human nature. He said it was so vile it could not be named in an indictment. We've taken that act and promoted it to a civil right. Now we've destroyed the institution upon which it is based," he said, AL.com reported.
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He also said the decision violates the Constitution's freedom of religion.
"Guess what, go to your probate judge down here and say I want a marriage license and if he doesn't believe in that, it doesn't matter," Moore said. "They are taking away the freedom of religious liberty, and we have to recognize what's going on."
He continued: "What we've been taught is somehow Christianity is bad for our country. And that government can't have anything to do with Christianity ... Religious liberty is for everybody. But you've got to recognize a particular God. You can't recognize Mohammed because Mohammed doesn't give you religious liberty. Mohammad enforces, they enforce Islam through the state. That's why this country is so different. You don't enforce Islam or any other religion. You don't enforce Christianity. Christianity is not something you can enforce. But you can encourage it. But you can't establish one sect of Christians over another."
He said the issue is a symptom of sexual standards gone awry.
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"The issue is not about same-sex marriage. It's about a sexual revolution. It's about having people decide whether they are male or female. You're talking about overturning God's natural order .... When you start teaching kids that they have the right to choose whether they are male or female. When you talk about three or four years old, you know what they think. They don't know much. They may learn fast. And when they get in their mind they can be a man if they're a girl or a woman if they are a boy, I don't know what the end is going to be.
"Except it will come down to things like when you take your little girl to the girl's bathroom and you wait outside and you see some guy with hairy legs going into that bathroom, what are you going to do? What are you going to do? Are you going to stand back and let that guy go in the bathroom with your little girl?" he said.
In Alabama, voters by a margin of about 4-1 defined marriage as the union of one man and one woman. It was similar in dozens of other states.
As WND reported, Ginsburg has performed same-sex wedding ceremonies and made supportive public statements. Justice Elena Kagan also has performed same-sex weddings and promoted "gay" rights at Harvard's law school while she was at its helm.
Critics contend the two justice appear to be violating judicial ethics rules that require recusal from a case in which there is even the appearance of a conflict of interest.
A brief from the Foundation for Moral Law, for which Moore worked before he was elected to the court's highest position in Alabama, explained that Canon 3A(6) of the Code of Conduct for United States Judges provides: "A judge should not make public comment on the merits of a matter pending or impending in any court." 28 U.S.C. sec 455(a) mandates that a justice "shall disqualify himself in any proceeding in which his impartiality might reasonably be questioned."
The foundation pointed out in a submission to the Supreme Court: "Four weeks after this court granted certiorari in these cases, Justice Ginsburg was asked whether parts of the country might not accept same-sex marriage being constitutionalized. She answered: 'I think it's doubtful that it wouldn't be accepted. The change in people's attitudes on that issue has been enormous … It would not take a large adjustment.'"
Ginsburg's interview was with Bloomberg News on Feb. 12.
The controversy resurfaced, because even after being told of the appearance of a conflict of interest, Ginsburg again officiated at a same-sex wedding, as the New York Times reported.
The paper said that with "a sly look and special emphasis on the word 'Constitution,' Justice Ginsburg said that she was pronouncing the two men married by the powers vested in her by the Constitution of the United States."
The decision, and the path the Supreme Court justices took to get to the point of mandating same-sex "marriage" across the nation, already has drawn warnings that God's judgment has been delivered to other nations who flout his will, and it might happen again.
WND reported Franklin Graham of Samaritan's Purse and the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association hinted that Barack Obama is deliberately setting himself up in opposition to God.
On his Facebook page, Graham, who has kept up a steady stream of comments on the "gay"-rights agenda, brought up the subject again.
He noted Obama's decision to promote homosexuality with colored lights at the White House after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled June 26 the Constitution grants same-sex couples a right to marriage.
"He had the gall to disgrace the White House by lighting it up with the gay pride rainbow colors," Graham wrote. "This is arrogantly flaunting sinful behavior in the face of Almighty God. My advice? He might want to have some extra lightning rods installed on the roof of the White House."
His complete statement: "A lot has changed in three short years! Just three years ago, the president was on record as holding to the biblical definition of marriage. Now he can't say enough about his support for the LGBT agenda – and right after the Supreme Court’s decision to legalize same-sex marriage, he had the gall to disgrace the White House by lighting it up with the gay pride rainbow colors to celebrate. This is arrogantly flaunting sinful behavior in the face of Almighty God. My advice? He might want to have some extra lightning rods installed on the roof of the White House."
'Go to hell'
Graham is not the only leader to warn God will judge a nation that openly and willfully flaunts what the Bible for millennia has defined as sin.
Rabbi Jonathan Cahn, author of the New York Times bestseller "The Harbinger" and the inspiration behind the "Isaiah 9:10 Judgment" movie, criticized the Supreme Court's assumption that it has the authority to redefine marriage.
At a prayer event in Washington, he said: "The justices of the Supreme Court took up their seats [in a hearing] on whether they should strike down the biblical and historic definition of marriage. That the event should even take place is a sign this is America of [George] Washington's warning … a nation at war against its own foundation."
Washington warned the smiles of heaven can never be expected on a nation "that disregards the eternal rules of order and right which heaven itself hath ordained."
"Justices, can you judge the ways of God? There is another court and there another judge, where all men and all judges will give account," he warned.
"If a nation's high court should pass judgment on the Almighty, should you then be surprised God will pass judgment on the court and that nation? We are doing that which Israel did on the altars of Baal," he said.
See Jonathan’s Cahn’s message at Washington: Man of Prayer event at the Capitol.
Cahn said America's biblical foundation was affirmed throughout history, and the nation came into existence "solely for the glory and purposes of God."
"No historian can rewrite that. No president can expunge that," he warned. "If a thousand angels swore on a thousand Bibles that this was not the case, it would in no way alter the fact. … America was brought into existence for the will and purposes of God."
He explained ancient Israel turned away from God.
"They drove God out of the government. They worshiped idols and served other gods. They celebrated immorality and they persecuted righteousness. The blessings of God were removed and replaced with judgments," he said.
Now, he said, "America has made the same mistakes."
Moving to directly confront President Obama, whose pro-abortion and pro-homosexual agenda has been unparalleled in American history, he questioned what happens when a leader places his left hand on the Bible to assume to highest office in the land but with his right hand "enacts laws that violate the laws of God."
"Mr. President, when you address the House, look up above the senators and the representatives, above the Supreme Court justices, you'll see a face, the only full visage in that wall. It is the face of Moses. ... It would say this, 'No man can overrule the laws of God. No judgment of man can stand against the judgment of God'."
America, he warned, is faced with a critical decision: "Choose you this day whom you will serve … if the Lord be God, then follow Him. If Baal, then follow him and go to hell."