Traditional marriage is something worth fighting for
October 12, 2004
The push to homosexualize America is getting some traction through the same-sex marriage issue. Unless it is curtailed, the effects of this insanity will be devastating, and those who know better must stand up to it! However, the battle to save marriage, as we know it, goes much deeper than opposing homosexual marriage. This struggle is about preventing a total moral overhaul of our society.
Paula Ettelbrick, the former legal director of the pro-homosexual Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund, speaks of this transformation of America. Ettelbrick says, “Being queer is more than setting up house, sleeping with a person of the same gender and seeking state approval for doing so…Being queer means…transforming the very fabric of society.” The fabric they have decided to transform, after all these years, is our moral foundation that has kept us afloat as a nation for over 200 years. It is a vital fabric and must be preserved.
In order to “transform” our society, radical homosexuals have a major goal to silence all opposition to their lifestyle. In their manifesto, After the Ball, Marshall Kirk and Hunter Madsen reinforce this extreme tenant of the radical homosexual agenda. Here is what they say, “[In regards to those] who feel compelled to adhere rigidly to an authoritarian belief structure that condemns homosexuality…our primary objective regarding die-hard homo-haters of this sort is to cow and silence them.” Homosexual activists believe they can silence us by amending current hate crimes laws with “sexual orientation” wording. The result is that biblical speech concerning homosexuality would become a crime.
The state of Pennsylvania has amended their hate crime law and The Washington Times reports that a pro-homosexual group helped draft that amendment. The phrase they added spells trouble for those who oppose homosexuality. The new words are, “ancestry, mental or physical disability, sexual orientation or gender identity.” Many constitutional attorneys are troubled with that sort of language in hate-crime laws. Brian Fahling is a concerned attorney with the AFA Center for Law & Policy, and he says the Pennsylvania law is dangerous for ministers. Fahling explains, “I think clearly the design here is to ultimately create an environment where Christians cannot articulate their faith regarding homosexuality and its sinfulness.”
Statements by homosexual activist Eleanor Brown should give us cause for some concern. She is a columnist for a pro-homosexual website and admits that the real purpose behind hate-crimes legislation is to silence the church. Brown says, “The religious right says we are trying to outlaw the Bible, and they are right.”
If same-sex marriage is shoved down our throats as the law of the land, sexual orientation laws will be used in an attempt to silence those who disagree, or suffer the consequences. Legalized homosexual “marriage,” touted as a civil right, will open doors for some ugly transformations. What is criminalized now will then become legal. Polygamy, man/boy marriage, brother/sister marriage, human/animal marriage and other absurdities could become legal. Is this what we want?
The slippery slope of homosexual marriage is an ugly path of moral rot – a defiled trip that, as a nation, we cannot afford to take. Last year when the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the Texas sodomy law, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia told us then that an end to all morals legislation was coming. Scalia warned us that laws prohibiting bigamy, adult incest, bestiality and obscenity would have to go.
Many of you realize that traditional marriage is sacred and that we must fight to keep it that way. When this all started, legislators passed marriage protection laws. However, we have seen that they can be challenged in court. State constitutional amendments, like the one recently passed here in Missouri, stops federal judges from imposing same-sex marriage on us. However, because they must align with the U.S. constitution, state constitutional amendments, like ours, can be challenged in state court.
From the founding of America, traditional marriage has been the rule. We must fight to keep these radicals from changing the definition of marriage to include members of the same sex. The only sure protection for this is a Federal Marriage Amendment to the constitution [FMA] that defines marriage as being between a man and a woman.
In July, facing overwhelming opposition to same-sex marriage, the U.S. Senate decided to prevent a Federal Marriage Amendment to the constitution from coming to a full Senate vote. Earlier this month the House did the same. If same-sex marriage is not forbidden, America will reap a bitter fruit. Therefore, the Congress must hear from everyone who understands this. Lawmakers must get the message, loud and clear!
Now is the time for Christians, including ministers, to speak out. The stakes are high, because if we lose this battle, as a nation we will slide further into a stinking cesspool of immorality. If that happens, we are certain to lose the freedom to express religious views, and someday, we could face legal punishment for speaking the truth from scripture. The significance of this battle cannot be overstated! (R.L. Beasley is executive director, the American Family Association of Missouri.)