By Chris Huqueriza
With the Federal Prop 8 trial heading to the Supreme Court this spring, the Westboro Baptist Church (website, godhatesfags.com) filed an amicus brief and has provided legal citations using primarily Bible verses.
In the beginning of their brief, they argue, “the government has a compelling interest in protecting the people from the destructive effects of same-sex marriage.” The brief goes on to state:
Same-sex marriage will destroy this nation. If the leaders of this nation treat what God has called abominable as something to be respected, revered, and blessed with the seal of approval of the government, that will cross a final line with God. The harm that will befall this nation, when the condign destructive wrath of God pours out on a nation that purposefully, in a calculating manner, institutionalizes marriage licenses for same-sex unions, is the ultimate harm to the health, welfare and safety of the people. The government is duty bound – in this Christian nation – to institute the standard of God on marriage, and pass and uphold laws that forbid same-sex marriage.
“Behold, I set before you this day a blessing and a curse; A blessing, if ye obey the commandments of the LORD your God, which I command you this day: And a curse, if ye will not obey the commandments of the LORD your God.” What interest could be more compelling for the government than to seek the blessings of God on this nation, by obeying His commandments and following His standards?
The 37-page brief describes in detail the radical Baptist church’s argument against not only same-sex marriages but also homosexuality in general:
Homosexuality is destructive in every way, to the individual and to the nation. Government should not put its seal of approval on that unholy union by issuing a marriage license. Government’s interest is in doing the opposite, for the good of the people and the nation.
With notable references from the books of Jonah, Deuteronomy, Psalms, Philippians, Proverbs, Malachi, and Genesis, the brief cites quotes from the Old Testament to further support their arguments against marriage equality.
Arguing, “This nation was built on Bible principles,” the church also discusses the notion of church-state separation:
Separation of church and state has become a battle cry for enabling sin. That was never the intention of the forefathers, but rather they intended to let each member of the new union serve God according to his or her conscience, not according to the dictates of an official state church.
The principle of church-state separation-from the time of Becket, to Blackstone, to Benjamin Franklin, to today- has long meant, among other things, that religious communities and institutions enjoy meaningful autonomy and independence with respect to their governance, teachings, and doctrines. This independence, recognized and vindicated in a long line and wide array of decisions by the Supreme Court, is entirely consistent with the appropriate powers of civil authorities.
The Westboro Baptist Church believes same-sex marriage is more of a threat than anything else in the nation:
The damage done to the minds, bodies and social welfare of this nation by drugs is nothing compared to the damage same-sex marriage will do to this nation and its people.
They also compare the sin of homosexuality to that of murder, and say a majority vote from the people in favor of same-sex marriage is irrelevant, and rather further demonstrates the need for moral guidance:
This court should not hold that the government is prohibited from setting a proper moral standard in the matter of marriage, any more than it should so hold regarding murder. The fact that polls reflect over half the nation favors same-sex marriage changes nothing. Indeed it underscores the need to legislate against such devastating immoral behavior.
The church concludes their brief as stated:
When this nation tampers with marriage as properly defined in the Scriptures, it is tampering with the very symbol of Christ and His Bride, the Church. It is a very serious matter; same-sex marriage is totally contrary to the standard of God…. If the United States wants to continue as a superpower, it should heed the words of the Bible.
The Westboro Baptist Church will have their marriage march, an anti-gay demonstration, on March 26th and will be joined by the National Organization for Marriage at the Supreme Court Building.