The COG is officially flipping its collective shit over gay marriage, joining angry old conservative Christian white people across the U.S. in universal disgust with Friday’s SCOTUS decision that struck down state prohibitions against same-sex marriage.
Really, last week was terrible for America’s rightwing fringe — where the COG often fits on the political spectrum — with Confederate flags coming down, SCOTUS upholding universal health care and then immediately thereafter declaring that the Fourteenth Amendment’s equal protection provisions extend to same-sex marriages. If those aren’t three of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, what are?
Far from the fringe rightwing being completely ideologically and legally defeated, backlashes are already beginning and these fights are far from over: Black churches are starting to burn anew as white supremacists retaliate against waves of sympathy for the black community. The GOP continues to lean on final desperate measures to battle The Affordable Care Act. Republicans try to prevent gay people from marrying and promote civil disobedience in protest of new legal rights. And the march toward equality, while having taken a massive leap forward, still has long slog ahead as racism, homophobia and other tethers of traditional society fray but refuse to break.
The rage is real and the culture war has reached its middle.
So while everyone including major corporations, The White House, LGBT rights activists and most people under the age of 40 celebrate the further propagation of civil rights in a huge rainbow-colored explosion, the COG is right there to join the chorus of hateful apocalyptic doomsayers who think this is yet another sign of the end. COG members are raging and sorrowing on social media, some lashing out against and defriending their secular acquaintances and anyone else speaking out in favor of the ruling. And COG ministers of course are fearmongering about America’s slide into an amoral cesspool, echoing decades of bigotry against even the closeted LGBT people in their midst, the legacy of Herbert W. Armstrong’s hatred still echoing strongly through the splinter cults today.
This is a week that will live in infamy. A majority on Supreme Court of the United States has officially flipped off God. They’ve held that their judgment supersedes His Law. However this monstrous miscarriage of jurisprudence plays out across our lives, there is no question that six of the justices just elevated their temporal authority above that of God.
There appears to be no more remedy under the Constitution or in our judicial system to obey God in the face of those who would force the will of the sodomites upon us all. Certainly Christian ministers will have no protection for opting out of the performance of a queer matrimonial ceremony. They will face law-suits in Federal Court claiming discrimination and all kinds of pain and suffering on the part of the plaintiffs, they will be on the hook for civil damages at the least, and potentially punitive sanctions for having violated Federal Law.
God’s opinion of homosexuality has not changed—it’s never been okay. Some people feel homosexual feelings now, just as some people have through all of human history. God asks us as His children to choose the right way to live, no matter what hand time and chance deal us in life—whether that be urges to murder others, burn things down, cut ourselves, rape somebody, pursue homosexual relationships, steal someone else’s property, or whatever.
COGWA claims that same-sex couples are simply inferior to heterosexual couples:
God purposely made men different from women so that the two complement each other. There are attributes and abilities that a man has that a woman doesn’t (and vice versa). It is through marriage that two individuals become one, combining the strengths of each, which God calls “very good.” One of the many blessings that come from the marriage union is children.
On the other hand, same-sex couples are incapable of these God-designed results of marriage. Same-sex couples may adopt children, impregnate a surrogate mother, or even be impregnated by donor sperm, but that is not the same as a father and mother sharing in their child’s birth as a result of the oneness they share—sexually, mentally and emotionally.
LCG meanwhile is screaming about perceived persecution of Christians by the evil gays:
Indeed, the facts already show that many claims made by homosexual activists during their march to acceptance are, in the end, lies—whether born of unintended and willful ignorance, confused delusion or practiced deceit.
Artists and craftspeople who serve couples at their weddings—cake decorators, planners and photographers—are already facing lawsuits and financially devastating fines when they exercise their religious convictions and choose not to help celebrate a same-sex “marriage.”
Ministers who run wedding chapel businesses are finding that they must be willing to “marry” same-sex couples or perhaps face fines and even jail time. Local pizza makers who say they cannot in good conscience cater a “gay wedding” have experienced threats to their business. State laws guaranteeing religious freedom are increasingly under attack, out of concern that individuals may use them to express their religious conscience in support of traditional marriage. Millions of Americans are feeling as if their vaunted First Amendment freedom of religion is giving way to the mandate, “Thou shalt embrace gay marriage.”
The deeply-closeted, already struggling gay COG members out there have to be feeling worse than ever reading all this bilge as homosexuality is treated like a subhuman mental illness and the desire to find wedded happiness with a lifelong partner painted as a despicable plot to tear society apart.
The COG, like many fundamentalist Christians, deny not only that LGBT people deserve rights equal to everyone else’s, but also the science behind homosexuality, rejecting the basic facts that sexuality is decided by genetics and exists on a spectrum. After all, if gay people actually didn’t have a choice in their sexual orientation, that would pretty much make the COG a bunch of unfeeling monsters incapable of basic human empathy. Now wouldn’t that be weird?