The Religious Right’s Full Page Denunciation of the United States Constitution

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As theocracy arrives in North Carolina and Michigan, the Religious Right, going with its penchant for hyperbolic full-page ads in major newspapers, publicly announced last week that if forced to choose between Bible and Constitution, the Constitution will lose.

Then, almost as though begging us to laugh at them, they used their various propaganda organs like the Tea Party, The Catholic Beat, Christian Examiner, World Net Daily, and so forth, to announce how heroic and great they are for putting their unconstitutional AND unbiblical beliefs on full display.

The ad, which took the form of an open letter to the Supreme Court, appeared in The Washington Post, USA Today, and in other papers, offered us the voice of all the usual suspects – Franklin Graham, James Dobson, Frank Pavone, Don Wildmon, Jerry Boykin, Alveda King and Alan Keyes:

“We will not honor any decision by the Supreme Court which will force us to violate a clear biblical understanding of marriage as solely the union of one man and one woman.”

Wow, that would be great but these folks have demonstrated their lack of a biblical understanding of marriage, because there is very little in the way of examples of biblical marriages that are between one man and one woman.

We have:

Man + woman where bride proves her virginity or is stoned to death (Genesis 2:24); we have man + woman + concubines (Judges 19:1-30); we have man + woman + woman, the most common form of biblical marriage – polygyny (Deuteronomy 21:15-17); we have rapist + victim (Deuteronomy 22:28-29); we have son-less widow + closest male relative (Gen. 38:6-10); we have male soldier + prisoner of war (Numbers 31:1-18, Deuteronomy 21:11-14; we even have male slave + female slave (Exodus 21:4) and man + woman + woman’s female slave (Gen. 16:1-6, Gen. 30:4-5)

I’m out of breath and I still haven’t found 1 man + 1 woman.

The irony here is that it is they wrote to the Supreme Court. The United States Constitution that they say is superseded by the Bible, establishes the authority of the Supreme Court. Therefore, if you think so little of the Constitution, why write to the Supreme Court, and then just tell the justices that if they don’t do what you want, you’re going to ignore them anyway?

Shouldn’t they be writing to the Sanhedrin? Or whining to the Pope?

Well, because they love grandstanding. Here – in full – is how the heroic resisters traitors framed their belief that the Bible supersedes the Constitution of the United States:

We the undersigned have joined together to present our unified message and plea to the Justices of the United States Supreme Court regarding the matter of marriage.

We are Protestant, Catholic, and Orthodox Christian pastors, clergy, lay leaders and Jewish leaders, who collectively represent millions of people in our specific churches, parishes, denominations, synagogues and media ministry outreaches. Marriage transcends our various theological differences and unites us together in one voice.

We affirm that any judicial opinion which purports to redefine marriage will constitute an unjust law, as Martin Luther King Jr. described such laws in his letter from the Birmingham Jail. We are Christians who love America and who respect the legitimate rule of law.

However, we will not honor any decision by the Supreme Court which will force us to violate a clear biblical understanding of marriage as solely the union of one man and one woman.

We affirm that Marriage, as existing solely between one man and one woman, precedes civil government. Though affirmed, fulfilled, and elevated by faith, the truth that marriage can exist only between one man and one woman is not based solely on religion but on the Natural Law, written on the human heart.

We implore this Court to not step outside of its legitimate authority and unleash religious persecution and discrimination against people of faith. We will be forced to choose between the state and our conscience, which is informed by clear biblical and church doctrine and the natural created order.

On this choice, we must pledge obedience to our Creator. While there are many things we can endure, any attempt to redefine marriage is a line we cannot and will not cross.

Here they are pushing their sectarian beliefs – the same sectarian beliefs denounced by the Founding Fathers, by the way – the same Founding Fathers who wrote the Constitution they now insist has ZERO validity.

Sounds to me like these guys –

James Dobson, Family Talk; Franklin Graham, President and CEO Billy Graham Evangelistic Association; Robert Jeffress, Pastor, First Baptist Church, Dallas; Jerry Johnson, President and CEO, National Religious Broadcasters Association; Gregg Matte, pastor, Houston’s First Baptist Church; Penny Nance, President, Concerned Women for America; Paige Patterson, President, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary; Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director, Priests for Life, Staten Island, NY; Pastor Steve Riggle, Grace Church, Houston; James Robinson, LIFE Outreach International; Don Wildmon, Founder and Chairman, American Family Association; Tim Wildmon, President, American Family Association.

Need to find themselves a new country, one where the Bible is the Founding document rather than the Constitution. You see here, power derives from the hands of the people, not from God. The people have assigned to the Supreme Court, via the United States Constitution, to decide these matters.

You won’t find God in the Constitution. So If you want a place where you tell everybody what God wants and then force everybody else to listen to you, you’re in the wrong country.

Adios. Don’t let the door hit you on the way out.

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62 Replies to “The Religious Right’s Full Page Denunciation of the United States Constitution”

  1. just substitute interracial marriage in the appropriate places and you’ll get the idea..

    or slavery and black…

    using a piece of fictional writing to justify ignoring a real non-fiction document never works…

  2. They need to buy an island with their billions, move their followers there and name it Merca. They can leave us alone and it would make a great target when the remaining Repubs need “boots on the ground” somewhere.

  3. Well as the population of the U.S. is over 300,000,000 I guess they don’t speak for all of us, or they would have added a few zeros. My question is what are they making every one else do? fall in line with their beliefs or choose what? And if they are made to choose, as they put it what are they going to do? Sounds like an or else moment with out the else. Very childish.

  4. And such is the end result of claiming to be persecuted.

    What they really wish to do: Persecute Others with Impunity.

  5. They don’t need to buy an island even though that is one solution. They just need a large supply of shovels to dig holes under their favorite rocks – and climb in. Apologies to all the other creatures who live in holes under rocks.

  6. what a bunch of ding dongs, any ruling by the Courts legalizing same sex marriage affects no one but the participants of the marriage….any sin would be on those getting married, so whats the big deal???

  7. These religious bigots are entitled to their own beliefs. If they don’t want to marry someone of the same sex, no one is forcing them to do so. You would think that hetero sex marriage is going to be outlawed if the Supreme Court decides allows same sex marriages.

  8. What’s the Big Deal?

    Fear. They’re afraid. They’re afraid of what will happen if Gays are allowed to marry. And their biggest fear is: Nothing will happen because of it.

    Why? They’ve been denouncing gays and gay sex for decades. They’ve been making asses of themselves all the while predicting most dire results if America didn’t crack down on them.

    And now- Gay Marriage. And if nothing happens- they’ll be shown as the buffoons they are. Thus losing what little credibility they had left.

  9. The old argument – some people are more equal than others.
    Send them to Israel. There’s a country founded on their Old Testament views.

    My European ancestors fled to America escaping people who claimed to be able to tell others how to think and act. And who backed it up with the sword and stake.

    I will not bend my head or knee to these royal wannabes. I’m an American. I don’t bow down.

  10. Fact is these same people thump their chests and declare themselves “Patriots”. I laugh and laugh whenever one of them spews that mess and then I hide my yawn behind my hand because it’s the same old snooze fest! These people would be better suited to living side by side with those who believe in Sharia Law so let them pack up and move to the Middle East where the the Middle Ages never dies.

  11. If the SCOTUS decides to allow marriage equality, expect
    evangelic neocons to blame every natural disaster on
    America’s “sinful” liberalism. Climate change doesn’t
    stand a chance against an enraged deity.

  12. Yep, childish indeed! Until they stop playing the “I’ll hold my breathe ’till I’m blue if you don’t buy me/do what I want” tantrum, and, start immolating themselves in public protest on behalf of their belief, I’m not going to hold MY breathe!

    A plague on their pox-marked, flea-bitten, crooked little tent of adulterous fustilarians!

  13. Well, I needed a good laugh this morning, so thanks. :)

    I’m saying that when there is a choice between the two, I choose the Constitution. Every single time. Why? Because these fools wouldn’t know what really is in the Bible if someone smacked each and every knuckle dragging monkey behind this ad in the face with it.

  14. So their homophobic ad against marriage equality states:

    “We ask you not to force us to CHOOSE between the state and the laws of God”

    We didn’t … and we won’t!

    You’re against gay marriage?

    Fine, then don’t have one, since NO ONE IS FORCING YOU TO!

    You don’t believe in marriage equality?

    Fine, then don’t attend one – or even officiate at one – since NO ONE IS FORCING YOU TO!

    You don’t have to “CHOOSE” anything – since NO ONE IS FORCING YOU TO!

    Simple as that.

  15. If these people want to live in a country that is ruled by the religious leaders then I would suggest Iran, or possibly Somalia. Both have or support a full Theocracy, which is a country ruled by the religious elite and all laws are based on the bible or Koran. Don’t get upset, they might actually find that Sharia Law is almost exactly the same as the laws they are demanding everyone else in this country follow. That would be Leviticus…….

  16. The evangelicals are feeling empowered since they have won a huge victory in Uganda by getting death sentence for the gay community, and their activist David Cato was murdered.

    The evangelicals have been preaching hate and intolerance & buying representation with huge donations to the politicians & churches.

  17. I’d recommend “swamp”…
    But, sadly, there is no swamp broad enough, deep enough, or sufficiently foul, to accommodate these hissing & slithering vermin. Too, I have kindly regard for swamp’s reptiles, and would not want to subject them to these venomous creeps.

    No offense, I hope.

  18. They’re true patriots until they are not. They spew their hatred and hide behind their faith, except the words they claim are in their holy book just aren’t there. I think these are the false profits that are actually called out in their Bible. Preaching hatred and trying to hide behind religion isn’t only found in Islam. Christianity has its’ share as well and it’s loud and clear here in the US.

  19. What is really sick about all of this, the fact that it is the GOP & the Republican Political Party Government Leadership, Big Monies, Global Greed, Negation of “ALL” Human Life & former President George W. Bush, Jr. & Sr. that are 1 of 13 Empires on earth that are directly responsible for the present state of our world economy & its political, spiritual & religious inequities! World Unity in the Brotherhood & Sisterhood of Universal Love & Peace! namaste

  20. Your slam towards Israel is ridiculous. Israel has a very strong liberal tradition that, unfortunately, is not in power right now. The religious right in America has nothing in common with the country of Israel.

  21. Just saying the simple word NO…is to these theocratic FASISTS a “War on religion and Christianity” Just saying NO is “forcing them” But when THEY say No it’s supposed to be “god’s law” FU(K this alleged Gods law and the idiots that ride it into government. We need to systematically dismantle religion in this nation. Yes there IS a war against them! And this war is FOR REAL FREEDOM!!!

  22. The religious right is a cancer in this country! it’s the no.1 hook they used to sucker my black republican parents into. My stepfather read the bible EVERYDAY! he was the kindest man I ever knew but this FILTH the religious right sells just appeals to weak minded people! My mother? she was a lost cause before she bought the RWers hate! but once she drank from the well of DAMN religious right! it was a done deal! she basically turned into ann coulter in black face! I’ve been trying to tell everybody! we are in a WAR!! the notion of the united states being UNITED was a lie from day one! Parts of america are still fighting the civil war! These so called CHRISTIANS are just foolish pawns being used by the OLIGARCH’s who call themselves libertarians and hard line conservatives, WAKE UP! these people are fascist! PURE and simple! These are the same exact people from Germany’s 1920’s they’re just using religion to cloak they’re true meaning! they’re pushing for a aryan nation!

  23. BTW just a historical foot note, these same FAKE CHRISTIANS are simply recycling the typical LILY WHITE republican trash that was used against interracial marriage! Gay marriage isn’t going to destroy the precious usa!! BTW for our resident republican TROLL patrol, if you had basic understanding of history, you’d realized that MANY of the people in history you admired were homosexuals, or bi sexual, like ROCK HUDSON- ALEXANDER THE GREAT- LEONARDO DA VINCI- GEORGE TAKEI- RIP TAYLOR- NEIL TENNANT- MARK TEWKBERRY- TIBERIUS- SCOTT THOMPSON- NEIL PATRICK HARRIS- SOPHIE B HAWKINS- SAM GARRISON, ”one of RICHARD NIXONS LAWYERS”!! BOTTOM LINE?? stop with this nonsense! Gay people have been around since day ONE!!

  24. Christyuns, they’re meaner than the Klan for sure. They rival the Klan in they’re love for Jeebus. Republicans and Christyuns, mean & hateful. In the name of Jeebus. They can only be described as evil if anything less. Mean ole’ Christyuns.

  25. Take away their tax exempt status for all these x-tains, to all these megachurches, televangelism, coalitions with people corps., politicians, and outreach programs that brainwash our future generations, through private schools and homeschooling.

    Then they would scream bloody murder that: We the People are persecuting them.

  26. ..ok, they don’t love the president, or the vice president, or half the congress, or the constitution, or the liberal at least 50% of the population,and now they don’t love the supreme court. what is it they love about america?

  27. I seem to have heard this before from a group that claimed that they had a right to have slaves, except now instead of slavery its religion, and they lost the war back then, they will loose again, I am Catholic by choice, but I’ll be dam if I am going to have a bunch of preachers, Bishops, or Rabbi’s telling me that I have to worship them and not follow the Constitution of the United State, they will loose.

  28. The state has never required anyone to break the law of God, but the state has never promised to enforce that law either. God can enforce his own law as he sees fit.

  29. They already do that every day. Those Gays are so sinister to unleash tornadoes, hurricanes, floods and famine on the rest of us every day.

  30. I agree with the basic premise of this article. BUT you cannot use the Old Testament, which was not written for Christians, to support your argument! The Old Testament was written for Jews, who were under the Law…Christians didn’t exist yet because Jesus Christ had not yet been born,let alone died. It is Christ’s death and resurrection which enabled his followers to be Christian…which literally, is Christ in [you], or having the spirit of Christ within the believer. So, if you want to support your argument with Bible verses, you’ll have to go to the New Testament. Fair is fair. :-) Everybody needs to know what they’re talking about,including Politics USA.

  31. Jesus said love thy neighbor as thyself. The passages in the bible also equate fornication, adultery, idolatry as sins. Why has not the evangelical right attacked those who have done this. Pope Francis said that same sex marriage is between God and them.

  32. What would they think if they knew King James was gay the version of the bible that they love the most. David Lane who they all clamor for his endorsement is so extreme he’s still pissed off that women are not considered property anymore and could only get birth control if they were married. He wants the bible taught in schools, a take over of media and every extreme thing you can think of. The GOP sold their souls for votes from the crazies and money from the millionaires and billionaires.

  33. kentuckywoman, You said, ” So, if you want to support your argument with Bible verses, you’ll have to go to the New Testament.”

    You DO know that Christ never said a word about homosexuality, gay marriage, or for that matter, abortion, right? So what is your issue?

  34. “…We are Protestant, Catholic, and Orthodox Christian pastors, clergy, lay leaders and Jewish leaders, who collectively represent millions of people in our specific churches, parishes, denominations, synagogues and media ministry outreaches…”

    I am an American Christian. Their statement does not represent me in any way.

    These need to learn and then admit that homosexuality is nature which, try as they may, cannot be changed or obliterated from this planet.

    http://www.care2.com/causes/the-forgotten-history-of-gay-marriage.html?cid=email_na

    The Constitution is a document which our Framers agreed on that guarantees our nation to be secular, not theocratic.

    The Bible was not dictated by God, is not a book of science. Scripture was written by men who tried to articulate their faith.

    BTW, only in America are they able to get away with such statements.

  35. Perhaps a leftist version of HUAC–after 2020 when the House districts get taken back we hope. Perhaps by then the Brownback/Walker et al clique will implode and states will normalize.

    Don’t mind me–this right-wing crap frustrates the heck out of me.

  36. Brook, I was once in a Bible study where one women used only the old testament as reference. I once said to her, “You don’t really mean that? Do you? Was as promptly ostracized. She once also said. “All Jewish people must become Christians” She also believed that the old Testament was the only word that should be used but, still said she was a Christian? Discounting any and all words of Christ himself.. Go figure!! I can’t.

  37. To those who propose the simplistic answer “tax the churches”, I say that if you tax them, you have to tax every charity and current tax exempt entity. The American Cancer Society, GMHC, and Public Television stations. Otherwise, you really are singling out religious institutions because you don’t like them. Got to find a better answer.

  38. False Comparison.

    Tax Exempt Charities are by law- not allowed to get involved in politics. If they do they lose their exemptions.

    Churches on the other hand, seem to defy their version of political exemption.

    So taxing them makes perfect sense.

  39. all the religidiots below need to be deported via Malaysian Airlines to North Korea, where they can bask in the glory of the “workers paradise” making low quality garments for their chinese overlords. Or, barring that, they all need to be placed into a psychiatric institution for the religiously inane and INSANE: James Dobson, Family Talk; Franklin Graham, President and CEO Billy Graham Evangelistic Ass.; Robert Jeffress, Pastor, First Baptist Church, Dallas; Jerry Johnson, Pres. & CEO, Nat. Religious Broadcasters Ass.; Gregg Matte, pastor, Houston’s First Baptist Church; Penny Nance, Pres., Concerned Women for America; Paige Patterson, Pres., SW Baptist Theological Seminary; Fr. Frank Pavone, Nat.Dir, Priests for Life, Staten Island, NY; Pastor Steve Riggle, Grace Church, Houston; James Robinson, LIFE Outreach International; Don Wildmon, Founder & Chmn, Amer. Family Ass.; Tim Wildmon, Pres., American Family Ass. etc… Psycho nut bags all! [WINK]

  40. Emmm…no…you don’t get it. Religious institutions get a statutory (not constitutional) tax break, so long as they are not engaging in partisan politics, but many of them are openly engaging in them. Charities, too, get a tax break by statute, not the Constitution, and those that are violating the statutory conditions of their exemption can also be taxed.

  41. It seems to me that the religious right is really the KKK.

    But the truth is out in the open. The righties are more Nazism than Americans. They hate our Constitution unless it’s the second amendment which they don’t seem to read past “right to bear arms.” They never were American Patriots, ever.

  42. At one time religious fools were just another minor inconvenience ,,until churches started deciding who could do what according to their non existing sky god,,,and want to pass this silly stuff into LAW that whould aply to me NO THANKS TAKE YOU GOD AND SHOVE IT,,,,YOUR ,,”RELIGIOUS FREEDOM is in YOUR home,,it is in YOUR CHURCH,,,,, and it ENDS on everyones sidewalk,,,NO you cant put your hocus pokus baloney on everyones elses sidewalk who in the HELL do you think you are,,,and all this TAX EXEMPT stuff is going to end also,,if churches want to be political fine PAY THE PRICE like every one else,,,,since you asked,,,

  43. They forgot to include the Muslim Brotherhood in their statement. They hold the same views too. It is radical Islam all over again. All fundamentalist religions are radical extremists.

  44. In the full text above, it begins w/ “We, the undersigned..” (undersigned? I saw no signatures.)

    It continues, “We are Protestant, Catholic…Jewish leaders…” which Jewish leaders? The Haridis? Lubavitchers? Orthodox?

    What about Conservative? (a misnomer if ever I heard one!) Reformed? Reconstructionist? ALL in this group ordain female and LGBT rabbis and perform gay marriages (and have kosher wedding cake. Even flowers, too! Boy-oh-boy, are we Jews tolerant!) And so are MANY in other religions, too.

    So give me a break. A BIG break from this utter nonsense; their alleged intimate knowledge of what “G-D wants”(or is it Jesus?) notwithstanding. These people continue to show they’re clueless and give me a good laugh whenever I think about the unintelligent leading the ignorant. The only thing they do know is how to vote. Oy vay!

  45. Jesus defined marriage as ” One man , one woman”

    You totally left this out . And the Supreme Court
    was not elected thru a Democratic process
    or through the people

    And while we are on the subject – the job of

    the Supreme Court was to interpret laws passed

    by the US Congress – not make up laws out of

    thin air .

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