Over two hundred Christian anti-gay organizations and even one infamous politician have signed a letter threatening, essentially, anarchy, if the Supreme Court even opens the door to same-sex marriage. The letter includes inflammatory rhetoric and threatens they will ignore any positive ruling from the nation’s highest court, because God’s law, they claim, trumps man’s law.
But what’s even more shocking than the language and threats used are some of the people who actually signed the document.
Of course, the usual suspects like venomous anti-gay preachers and certified anti-gay hate groups appear on the list. But so do people like the Catholic League’s Bill Donohue and Dr. Ben Carson, who just retired from Johns Hopkins after making highly-offensive comments about the LGBT community.
“We cannot and will not allow this to occur on our watch,” they state — although don’t specify what they will do if they don’t like the Court’s rulings.
And while they aren’t specifically threatening to riot in the streets and aren’t suggesting any acts of violence, their words could be fuel — or seen as a call to action — for others to do just that.
“Considering that Staver and others who signed this declaration have predicted that any ruling in favor of gay marriage will lead to civil war, one has to wonder just how these anti-gay activists intend to resist any such ruling,” writes Kyle Mantyla at Right Wing Watch.
“While there are many things we can endure, redefining marriage is so fundamental to the natural order and the true common good that this is the line we must draw and one we cannot and will not cross,” the letter states, using phrases like “make no mistake about our resolve,” and “we will not stand by while the destruction of the institution of marriage unfolds in this nation we love.”
And they specifically threaten the very authority and continued validity of the U.S. Supreme Court, claiming “its power rests solely upon the legitimacy of its decisions in the eyes of the people.”
Falsely claiming “the Supreme Court has no authority to redefine marriage and thereby weaken both the family and society,” and that they “pray that this will not happen,” the signatories, among them household names of anti-gay hate, write:
If the Supreme Court were to issue a decision that redefined marriage or provided a precedent on which to build an argument to redefine marriage, the Supreme Court will thereby undermine its legitimacy. The Court will significantly decrease its credibility and impair the role it has assumed for itself as a moral authority. It will be acting beyond its proper constitutional role and contrary to the Natural Moral Law which transcends religions, culture, and time.
They are also claiming their “religious freedom is at stake if the Court rules in favor of marriage equality — and that it will lead to a police state.
Experience and history have shown us that if the government redefines marriage to grant a legal equivalency to same-sex couples, that same government will then enforce such an action with the police power of the State. This will bring about an inevitable collision with religious freedom and conscience rights.
So just who are these unhinged religious zealots? They call themselves the Freedom Federation, and the list of more than 200 signatories reads like a page from the Southern Poverty Law Center’s anti-gay hate groups list. In fact, ten of the SPLC’s 37 anti-gay hate groups have signed the letter, including:
American Family Association
American Family Association of Pennsylvania
Americans for Truth About Homosexuality
Family Research Council
Illinois Family Institute
The Pray in Jesus Name Project
Traditional Values Coalition
Traditional Values Coalition
You Can Run But You Can Not Hide International
But that’s not all.
The list also includes its co-author, Mat Staver of the Liberty Counsel, and Oklahoma state Rep. Sally Kern.
Also, Dr. Alveda C. King, niece of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Bishop Harry Jackson, Ken Blackwell, Tony Perkins, Jim Garlow, Janet Parshall, World Net Daily’s Joseph Farah, Gordon Klingenschmitt, Peter LaBarbera, Matt Barber, Janice Crouse, Janet Porter, Linda Harvey, Bradlee Dean, James Dobson — the founder of the Family Research Council and Focus on the Family — Richard Land of the Southern Baptists Convention, Star Parker, Pastor Rick Joyner, Pastor Robert Jeffress, Cindy and Mike Jacobs, Don and Tim Wildmon of the American Family Association, Penny Nance of Concerned Women for America, Gary L. Bauer of American Values, and of course, Ralph Reed of the Faith and Freedom Coalition. Reed is, of course the notorious former leader of the Christian Coalition and a good pal of felon Jack Abramoff.
The good news is we now have, in one document, a list of 200 of America’s worst religious extremists.
And what’s fascinating, then, are the names not on this list of signatories.
Like the National Organization For Marriage, or Brian Brown or Maggie Gallagher, the Manhattan Declaration’s Eric Teetsel, Pastor Rick Warren, Scott Lively, Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Rick Santorum, or Rick Perry — which says a lot about just how radical, crazed, and theocratic these folks who signed the letter really have become.
Here’s the complete document:
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