By Paul Bremmer
Behind the jailing of Rowan County, Kentucky, clerk Kim Davis for refusing to issue marriage licenses after the Supreme Court created “same-sex marriage” is “a real active, aggressive, anti-Christian sentiment,” contends a scholar who writes on the “gay”-rights movement.
“The issue is not so much what she’s doing, the issue is what she believes,” said Michael Brown, author and talk-radio host. “That’s why the first principle in my book ‘Outlasting the Gay Revolution’ is ‘never compromise your convictions.’ We knew for years this was coming. Here it is; it’s time to take a stand.”
Brown made the comments in a recent appearance on the cable show “America Trends” with Dr. Gina Loudon.
As evidence that progressives are vilifying Davis for what she believes, he pointed out Gavin Newsom, as mayor of San Francisco in 2004, disobeyed the law by ordering his subordinates to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Newsom, rather than being jailed and vilified, went on to become California’s lieutenant governor and is now running for governor.
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That double standard says a lot about progressives, according to Brown.
“What it tells us is that tolerance is a one-way street,” he said. “It’s double-talk. The people calling for tolerance are utterly intolerant. The people talking about being inclusive are totally exclusive. The people talking about diversity mean ‘my way or the highway.'”
Brown doesn’t have a problem with Davis standing up for her beliefs. Some have said the clerk should have simply resigned her position rather than go to jail, but Brown disagrees.
“Look, this is how social change has come over the centuries in America, where people stood up for what’s right and they had moral conviction, they had moral backbone,” he said.
Brown, who writes a WND column and earned a Ph.D. from New York University in Near Eastern Languages and Literature, contends it’s unwise to change the institution of marriage as it’s been defined for thousands of years.
Loudon, the host and a fellow WND columnist, played devil’s advocate and asked whether that was not the same argument slave owners used in the 1850s to argue slavery should continue.
But Brown rejected that comparison. He noted there was vigorous debate over slavery right from the founding of the United States, whereas marriage has been universally recognized as the union of a man and a woman throughout world history. And he warned marriage is susceptible to being destroyed if its fundamental meaning is changed.
“Once you redefine marriage, you make it meaningless,” he said. “Who’s to say it’s two people? If it’s not the union of a man and a woman, then why should it be limited to two people? It’s no surprise that the same day the Supreme Court made its decision, June 26, within 24 hours polygamists said, ‘What about us?'”
Loudon, the coauthor of “What Women Really Want,” asked Brown whether the First Amendment’s establishment clause means Christians must not dictate who can and cannot marry.
But Brown reminded the audience the Founding Fathers sought to keep the state from interfering in the church. And he said the Supreme Court, by legalizing same-sex marriage, opened up a can of worms.
“What we’re running into now is sexual anarchy and social and moral chaos,” Brown cautioned. “If you’re going to use the mantra ‘marriage equality,’ ‘love wins,’ ‘I have the right to marry the one I love,’ you cannot limit that just to two people. All other combination, be it polygamous, be it polyamorous, be it adult consensual incest – there have to be reasons for it. The very reasons that Justice [Anthony] Kennedy gave in his ruling saying that this is why we must embrace this change – it works for any of the other relationships as well.”
Brown offered viewers a concise summary of his new book, “Outlasting the Gay Revolution”.
“Number one, we have to realize that the gay revolution has within itself the seeds of self-destruction and the bullying will backfire,” he said. “Number two, if we live by the eight principles in ‘Outlasting the Gay Revolution,’ principles of life, principles of reproduction, principles that celebrate gender distinctions, we will be the last man standing at the end of the story.”
WND reported when James Dobson, the high-profile Christian commentator, author and broadcaster, said the current social fight really isn’t ultimately 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, charged in his monthly newsletter that the Supreme Court’s Obergefell decision is “an expression of hostility toward people who take their Christianity seriously.”
He said 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 wrote: “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.
“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 wrote.
“What’s at stake is the entire culture war.”
He said the decision is 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.”