Churches are the left’s next target in the gay-marriage war
By Rich Lowry for The New York Post
June 29, 2015
Everyone knows where the debate over gay marriage is going next.
Now that the Supreme Court has imposed its edict on the land, the question is whether religious institutions and people of faith will still be permitted to act on moral beliefs that the court has portrayed as bigoted and deeply wounding.
In his long prose-poem about love masquerading as a judicial opinion, Justice Anthony Kennedy made a bow to these concerns.
He cited the First Amendment for the proposition that religions and those who adhere to them “may continue to advocate with utmost sincere conviction that, by divine precepts, same-sex marriage should not be condoned.” Gee, thanks, Mr. Justice.
This assurance is about as convincing as the rest of Kennedy’s airy majority opinion with little or no connection to the Constitution or law — which is to say, people of faith ought to brace for the worst.
Kennedy’s statement was carefully hedged to include only advocacy and teaching, a lawyerly wording that the other lawyers on the court were quick to pick up on. The First Amendment, Chief Justice John Roberts pointed out in his dissent, actually protects the freedom to exercise religion.
That means people of faith acting on their beliefs, not merely advocating them or teaching them.
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The Comedian Bill Maher said it best over a year ago on his HBO show, “…Gay mafia’ will take your career down ‘if you cross them!” These observations came after Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich stepped down over controversy that he had donated $1,000 to a group that supported California’s Proposition 8 banning gay marriage. Read more at the Washington Times
The events surrounding Mr. Eich, the Kleins (bakers at Sweet Cakes by Melissa) and many others demonstrate that the far left will go to any length to silence any dissent to their agenda.