Homosexual Marriage Shot Down: “Separation of Church and State”?

We are the soldiers under God’s command
We hold His two-edged sword within our hands
We’re not ashamed to stand up for what’s right
We win without sin, it’s not by our might
And we’re fighting all the sin
And the good book — it says we’ll win!

Soldiers, Soldiers, under command
Soldiers, Soldiers, fighting the Lords battle plan

The above lyrics by the band Stryper may seem cheesy 80’s on their own, but have great bearing on Christians in our current culture war environment.

As most have heard Proposition 8, the California bill which would ban gay marriage, passed. This was a great upset to the homosexual marriage (I don’t use the term “gay” because I doubt many of them are very HAPPY right now). There have been outcries of anger and frustration from pro-homo marriage groups and many protests have taken place. But there is some serious hypocrisy in all of this.

First of all, there is one single group that is taking the brunt of the frustration and anger: people of religious faith. I use such a generic term because there have been fierce protesting at not only Protestant churches but at at least one Mormon church. While I highly disagree with Mormon theology and believe that they are in essence preaching “another gospel” (Galatians 1:8), I do agree with their pro-straight only marriage stance. Gotta agree with them there!

On the Bill O’Reilly Radio Factor program recently I heard a sound clip of about 1,000 demonstrators who had gathered in front of a New York City Mormon church on W. 64th street to protest the church’s funding of a anti-homosexual marriage effort in California which has now succeeded in helping to overturn the rigts of homosexuals to marry in that state. The protesters were chanting “Stop the Mormons, Stop the hate, separation of church and state!”

Separation of Church and State?

This was mass ignorance on an incredible scale. Raise your hand if you can tell me where the phrase “separation of church and state” comes from. And if you say from the Constitution you will have earned a trip to the wood shed. It is NOT in the Constitution. It was in a personal letter from Thomas Jefferson to the Danbury Baptist Association explaining to them that there is a wall erected between church and state and that they can rest assured that the government will never establish an official denomination. The Danbury Baptists were worried about their right to be Baptists. That’s it. That’s all there is to it but our courts and liberals have made “separation of church and state” mean something it was never meant to and has convinced most people that it is part of some legal document somewhere. It was in a letter. One letter. Not a single government document carries the phrase.

Furthermore, this Mormon church simply gave money to an effort they supported. It was their money to do with as they saw fit. It was the people of California who voted for Proposition 8 and it’s ban.

Violent Protest at a Protestant Church

A protestant church in Michigan was also the victim of fierce protests when an activist group invaded the church during a worship service and began tearing up the place. When was the last time you saw Christians act this way? We are often criticized for the Inquisition, but over the past 20 or 30 years we have been the victims of a secular Inquisition.

What About the Black Voters?

It was pointed out by Bill O’Reilly how the real heroes in the passage of Prop 8 were the African-American voters. Of the black voters that voted on the bill, 70% voted in favor of Prop 8 (i.e. in favor of banning homosexual marriage). This is interesting because homosexual marriage advocates cite a 1960’s ruling in Virginia which overturned a ban on interracial marriage. Homo activists declare that the current issue is related. Well, it isn’t related. One has to do with your race, the way you were born; the other is related to a life choice. Yes, a choice. Yet why are these activists not attacking Black churches or protesting in Black neighborhoods? It would be seen as utterly politically incorrect for them to do so and for such liberals being PC is the highest virtue.

I support the rights of Americans to peacably assemble. If Prop 8 had gone the other way and homosexual marriage was legalized in California you would be reading protests from me. However this was not a church thing. Yes, there were doubtless many Christians who voted for the ban, but in the end it was the people of California. But noooooo….it’s so much more fun (and PC) to pick on the people of faith. It’s so much easier to bash them with the “separation of church and state” hammer. But it is a feather hammer. It has no teeth (if you’ll allow me to mix metaphors). So don’t let these people scare you. Continue to stand up for and vote for your convictions and your allegiance to traditional values. I don’t have many opportunities to say this: Hats off to the voters of California!

Josh H.

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