The Supreme Court Has Silenced Us, Say Anti-Equality Bigots
On June 26, the National Organization for Marriage reacted to the news of the Supreme Court’s Obgerfell v. Hodges decision by declaring, “The Supreme Court has overridden and silenced over 50 million Americans on marriage.”
In a friend of the court brief on the case, a coalition including individual preachers such as
– Robert Jeffress of the First Baptist Church of Dallas
– Robert A.J. Gagnon of the Pittsburgh Theological Seminary
– Mark L. Bailey of the Dallas Theological Seminary
– Eric Metaxas of BreakPoint
– Albert Mohler of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
– Owen Strachan of the Council of Biblical Manhood and Womanhood
as well as organizations such as
– the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association
– National Religious Broadcasters
– In Touch Ministries
– Samaritan’s Purse
– the Chuck Colson Center For Christian Worldview
wrote that, as a result of the mere request for the legal equality of heterosexuals and homosexuals, “religious dissenters from same-sex marriage have been silenced by state actors and thereby denied access to the marketplace of ideas,” and warned that “the Republic may be harmed by the silence of those who were too afraid to speak.”
Have these opponents of same-sex marriage really been silenced?
Last night, the National Organization for Marriage held a gala event, where Rick Santorum was keynote speaker and at which, all evening long, preachers delivered sermons about the evils of marriage equality. Since the Supreme Court decision was announced, NOM has also published 10 articles, 62 tweets and 9 Facebook posts in protest against the legalization of same-sex marriage.
Franklin Graham, head of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and President of Samaritan’s Purse, appeared on Fox News soon after the Supreme Court decision, broadcasting his opinion against marriage equality around the world. The organization proudly declares that “The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association is reaching more people than ever” and also has announced that “In 2016, Franklin Graham is traveling to all 50 states to share the Gospel and encourage Christians to boldly live out their faith.”
Since June 26, National Religious Broadcasters has issued written statements and social media posts in protest of the Obgerfell v. Hodges decision, and has released a video of a debate it hosted on the topic of “Cultural Controversy Through the Lens of Scripture: What does the Bible say about homosexuality?”
In Touch Ministries has continued to make its daily radio broadcasts without interruption, and has published eight new articles.
Chuck Colson is dead, but that hasn’t stopped the Chuck Colson Center For Christian Worldview from issuing daily admonitions to its followers to keep on speaking loudly. These include two articles since June 26 specifically warning about “the cycle of silence”, and another explaining why Christians need to silence their opponents, advising that, “Our desire in seeking to silence those who traffic in lies is not to put them down, show them up, or try to make them look bad in any way. We will issue our sharp rebuke in private, if we can, but in public if we must.”
The same friend of the court brief that complains that opponents of same-sex weddings have been silenced also brags that Robert Jeffress “has made more than 1,500 guest appearances on radio and television programs,” and “hosts the daily Pathway to Victory radio program, appears on a weekly television program that is broadcast on 1,200 television stations throughout the nation, and is the author of 21 books.” The brief also proudly declares that Robert A.J. Gagnon “has been quoted in or written for The New York Times, NPR, CNN, and Christianity Today,” Mark L. Bailey “has written numerous articles and books,” Eric Metaxas is a “New York Times #1 bestselling author” and has “a radio commentary that is broadcast on 1,400 radio outlets with an audience of eight million,” while Albert Mohler “has been quoted in the nation’s leading newspapers,” and “has also appeared on CNN’s “Larry King Live,” NBC’s “Today Show” and “Dateline NBC,” ABC’s “Good Morning America,” PBS’s “The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer,” MSNBC’s “Scarborough Country,” and Fox’s “The O’Reilly Factor.”” Owen Strachan, the amicus brief says, “has written seven books and will publish three more in 2015.”
In what way are these people silenced?