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Restoring Freedom of Religion in America

libertyIn November 2011, 70 businesses and professional organizations added their names to a legal brief that was filed in a case that was in front of the U.S. Supreme Court. The businesses and organizations were recruited by a law firm that had been hired to file a “friend of the court” brief. The purpose of the brief was to encourage the court to overturn the Defense of Marriage Act, a 1996 law that defined marriage as a union between one man and one woman.

On June 26, 2013, the Supreme Court ruled that the Defense of Marriage Act was unconstitutional, a necessary step that had to take place before same-sex marriage could ever be declared to be a fundamental right under the U.S. constitution.

Earlier this year, the same group of lawyers were hired to write a similar brief in Obergefell v. Hodges, the case in which the Supreme Court ruled that same-sex marriage was legal in every state in the country. A total of 379 American corporations and organizations added their names to the brief. The corporations included American Express, Amazon, Apple, AT&T, Bank of America, CBS, Coca-Cola, CVS, DIRECTV, Disney, eBay, Facebook, General Mills, Google, Johnson & Johnson, Microsoft, PepsiCo, Proctor & Gamble, Starbucks, United Air Lines, and Verizon.

The following paragraph was included in the introduction of the brief that was filed on behalf of the businesses:

Some of the states in which [our companies] do business make marriage equally available to all of our employees and colleagues; others prohibit marriages between couples of the same sex and refuse to recognize existing same-sex marriages. This dual regime burdens [our companies]. It creates legal uncertainty and imposes unnecessary costs and administrative complexities on employers, and requires differential employer treatment of employees who are similarly situated save for the state where they reside.

The corporations that supported the radical act of legalizing same-sex marriage have grown accustomed to using their vast financial resources to get laws passed that favor their businesses and enhance their profits. The primary way the corporations get their way is by helping to finance the lifestyles and campaigns of our presidential and congressional candidates.

This past week several republican presidential candidates and congressmen declared that same-sex marriage is now “the law of the land.” They then proceeded to chastise those of us who want to fight back. Instead of fighting back, they told us that we “need to move on.”

Prior to the Supreme Court’s recent decision, same-sex marriage was banned in 13 states. Of the 37 other states, same-sex marriage was made legal in 26 of those states by judges who overturned existing laws that banned it. Only 11 of the 50 states had legalized same-sex marriage by popular vote or through state legislation.

Last week, I wrote that the only way we are ever going to reverse the court’s decision is to add an amendment to the U.S. Constitution that defines marriage as a union between one man and one woman. Our Founding Fathers outlined only two methods in which our Constitution can be amended:

  1. The first method requires that the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate approve the amendment by a two-thirds vote. Then the amendment must be sent to the state legislatures for ratification. Three-fourths of the states (38 states) must vote to approve the amendment before it becomes valid.
  2. The second method completely bypasses the U.S. Congress by allowing two-thirds of the state legislatures (34 states) to consent to a convention of the states. The purpose of the convention would be to propose one or more amendments to the constitution. If such a convention were to be convened, proposed amendments would have to be ratified by three-fourths of the states (38 states) before they could actually become a part of the constitution.

The second method was included in the constitution because our founding fathers feared that the U.S. Congress would someday abandon the best interests of the people they were elected to represent. That’s exactly what has happened.

In my opinion, congress will never vote for a marriage amendment to be sent to the states for ratification, especially in light of the fact that several hundred of the largest corporations in the United States have determined that legalized same-sex marriage is in their best interests. These corporations have “big money” that can be used to buy influence and results.

I’m sure you’ve heard the saying, “Money talks.” Well, if money talks, then big money shouts. And when big money shouts at judges and politicians, they know that if they don’t listen and respond appropriately, they’ll be slandered and, in some cases, removed from office.

There’s another important factor that must be considered when addressing the issue of whether a marriage amendment will be proposed by congress and sent to the states for ratification. A report that was released on May 21, 2015 by Gallop, the well-respected research-based polling company, stated,

The American public estimates on average that 23% of Americans are gay or lesbian, little changed from Americans’ 25% estimate in 2011, and only slightly higher than separate 2002 estimates of the gay and lesbian population. These estimates are many times higher than the 3.8% of the adult population who identified themselves as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender in Gallup Daily tracking in the first four months of this year.

How is it that the American public believes that one in four people (25%) are gay or lesbian when the statistics show that only one out of every 25 individuals (4%) is gay or lesbian? In my opinion, there are two primary reasons why Americans beliefs are so wildly out of proportion to the actual facts: the public school system and the media.

Another factor that plays a role in how people view same-sex marriage was revealed in a report that was released in April 2015 by Lifeway Research. A phone survey of 2,000 Americans revealed that peoples’ opinions about gay marriage are primarily influenced by (1) their religious beliefs, and (2) whether they have friends or family members who are gay. Both religious beliefs and emotions play a critical part in determining whether a person chooses to support same-sex marriage.

Since the religious beliefs of a majority of Americans have deteriorated over the past 50 years, many people who claim to be Christians are now open to the idea that same-sex marriage should be allowed.

Because of the financial firepower of American corporations combined with the beliefs and emotions of individual Americans, we’re never going to see congress vote to send a marriage amendment to the states. If there is ever going to be an amendment, it will have to take place as a result of a convention of the states.

How are we ever going to get 34 states to vote to convene an amendment convention? It’s never going to happen unless there is a catastrophic event that forces a majority of Americans to wake up to the fact that we are being ruled by power-hungry tyrants who are willing to completely disregard the plain meaning of the constitution so they can control every aspect of our lives.

Last week, I suggested that we should say at least one prayer every day for the specific intention that the next president we elect will commit to and push through a constitutional amendment that restores marriage to its rightful place in our society. Now that I’ve thought this through, I’m thinking that it will take more than one prayer a day.

The future of religious freedom in America is dependent upon the prayers and actions of faith-based individuals like you and me. There is no other way we’re going to be able to overcome the momentum that has been created by our public school system, media, politicians, and judges.

 

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One Response to “Restoring Freedom of Religion in America”

  1. SISTER ROBERTA HOULIHAN CSJ Says:

    DEAR HARRY AND GEORGETTE –
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