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Marriage equality will lead to civil war according to Liberty Counsel

Marriage equality will lead to civil war according to Liberty Counsel

The Liberty Counsel bills itself as an 'international nonprofit litigation, education, and policy organization dedicated to advancing religious freedom, the sanctity of life, and the family.' The head of the politically active organization, Matt Staver, stated in an interview for Moody Radio that an outright revolt and a second civil war will erupt if the Supreme Court rules in favor of marriage equality.

Staver further stated that the heterosexual marriage will be destroyed, along with freedom of speech and the freedom of religion if legislation in favor of same-sex marriage is passed.

An audio clip provided by the website 'Raw Story,' transcribes part of the conversation between Staver and host, Craig Pashall:

Matt Staver:

"Basically marriage will be completely destroyed, families will be destroyed, children will be hurt by this and freedom of speech and freedom of religion, including in the pulpit itself, will absolutely be bulldozed over. This would open a floodgate of unimaginable proportions. That’s why with those kinds of consequences to have five of the nine justices ultimately have this kind of power in their hands, that’s not how this court and this country was established, to have five individuals to be able to have that kind of catastrophic, social reengineering power in their hands, that’s just not something that was envisioned by the founders."

Craig Parshall:

"Absolutely right. God hasn’t given us a spirit of fear but of power and of love and of a sound mind so we need to be in prayer, but I also think we need to be preparing our hearts as well Mat that if in fact the Supreme Court decides to trample underfoot the truth of God’s word, we as a church are going have to decide what we’re going to do. Mat, you know I’m going to appeal to your pastor’s heart, that means that every single pastor who is called to hold out the word of life is going to have to decide whether or not he is going to sidestep certain passages for fear of some sort of response from the government."

Matt Staver:

"This is the thing that revolutions literally are made of. This would be more devastating to our freedom, to our religious freedom, to the rights of pastors and their duty to be able to speak and to Christians around the country, then anything that the revolutionaries during the American Revolution even dreamed of facing. This would be the thing that revolutions are made of. This could split the country right in two. This could cause another civil war. I’m not talking about just people protesting in the streets, this could be that level because what would ultimately happen is a direct collision would immediately happen with pastors, with churches, with Christians, with Christian ministries, with other businesses, it would be an avalanche that would go across the country."

Craig Parshall:

"There is no ambiguity as to what the definition of marriage is. Here are nine people in black robes who are basically going to judge, and I’m going to put this in the vernacular of the common man, these are nine people who are basically going to say: God didn’t say that and here’s our ruling. I know I really distilled it down but you’ve got judges who are basically going to decide for us at the high level, potentially, how marriage should be defined. That’s amazing. Who would have thought we would ever find ourselves in that place?:

Matt Staver:

"It’s stunning. That’s why I am very concerned that this has made its way to the United States Supreme Court because only five of those nine can make a decision and so five people, potentially, in the United States, only five out of the hundreds of millions that we have, have in their hand this opportunity to literally wreck marriage, to destroy the very foundation of our family and the biblical definition of marriage. The consequences are staggering. This could be the Roe v. Wade of marriage and family. If we ultimately say as a court and if the country follows it that marriage is between two people of the same sex and it’s now how common sense, history and the Bible ultimately defines it, that has catastrophic consequences. That is staggering and it is actually something that we ought to be in significant prayer about because this could be the unraveling of the United States."

The Southern Poverty Law Center, a non-profit watchdog group, lists Liberty Counsel as a hate group. In their 'Intelligence Report,' SPLC's Evelyn Schlatter wrote,

"Even as some well-known anti-gay groups like Focus on the Family moderate their views, a hard core of smaller groups, most of them religiously motivated, have continued to pump out demonizing propaganda aimed at homosexuals and other sexual minorities. These groups’ influence reaches far beyond what their size would suggest, because the “facts” they disseminate about homosexuality are often amplified by certain politicians, other groups and even news organizations."

Regarding Liberty Council, the SPLC states,

"The Counsel also has been active in battling same-sex marriage, saying it would destroy the 'bedrock of society.' In 2005, the group’s blog said: 'People who … support the radical homosexual agenda will not rest until marriage has become completely devalued. Children will suffer most from this debauchery.' A 2007 blog posting said same-sex marriage would 'severely impact future generations.'

"Like other anti-gay groups, Liberty Counsel argues that hate crime laws are “actually ‘thought crimes’ laws that violate the right to freedom and of conscience” — an opinion rejected by the Supreme Court"

For actual audio of these segments, please visit The Raw Story, here.

About Al Stefanelli

Al is a retired author, writer and journalist. His books include "Free Thoughts - A Collection Of Essays By An American Atheist" and "A Voice Of Reason In An Unreasonable World - The Rise Of Atheism On Planet Earth." Al began writing in 1985, starting with the New York Times. In 1993 he joined a McClatchy newspaper, writing a weekly column for ten years. His writing continues to be widely distributed on the Internet and in print. He also produced and hosted a weekly syndicated radio broadcast from 1995 to 1998, and his work won a North Carolina Journalism award in 1998. Al is the former Georgia State Director for American Atheists, Inc., and served on the Board of Directors for "The Clergy Project." He is also a former Southern Baptist Pastor, having served two churches and as pulpit supply for three counties. Currently, he writes part time for The God Discussion, co-hosts the Internet radio programs, "The God Discussion Show" and "Reap Sow Radio." Al lives in the Atlanta suburb of Peachtree City, GA.
  • Spuddie

    Shorter Matt Staver, I don't like that people support gay marriage whaaaaaaa

  • radicalmd

    The nine justices speak to civil marriage , just as they have already spoken to education, by stopping teachers from confusing students with biblical creationism. No one argues with the right to believe in faith or tradition, but we live in an unique (so far) moment in history, when a new method of understanding the world around us is available and has shown it is a "more correct" approach and does apply to all of humanity. Marriage equality is a minor bump in the road to human equality, a utopian dream, but a sound basis for future planning a society.

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