THE NEXT TWENTY-FIVE YEARS WILL SEE AN INCREASED ASSAULT ON RELIGIOUS LIBERTY.
One such subtle assault is in the misuse of language—cleverly changing “freedom of religion” to “freedom of worship.” A more pernicious assault, however, is afoot—the attempt to redefine marriage and thereby open the way for federal recognition of same-sex marriage.
Currently, nine states and the District of Columbia have redefined marriage and allow same-sex couples to marry. The Supreme Court is now hearing oral arguments against the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act (which for federal purposes defined marriage as being between one man and woman) and California’s Proposition 8 (which amended the state’s constitution and affirmed the traditional definition of marriage).
If the high court overturns DOMA and nullifies the voice of the people in California by redefining marriage as simply an emotional union among persons, they will unmoor America’s moral heritage, unleash life altering consequences upon all Americans, and set us adrift on a sea of societal and political troubles. One of the first casualties cast overboard will be religious liberty. This is true for at least three reasons.
First, religious people will face an increasingly hostile culture.
Those who hold to the traditional view of marriage based on religious convictions would, in time, be seen as holding to a malicious prejudice against same-sex marriage. Already, to speak out against homosexuality in general as sin, as contrary to God’s design for human sexuality, or as unhealthy to practitioners, children, and society, is deemed bigoted and labeled homophobic.
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