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An 1875 marriage certificate. This represents part of our American cultural norms that come under attack on a broad front.

Last Friday (June 26) the Supreme Court of the United States nullified marriage as we know it. These “judges gone wild” left no basis in Constitution or law to stop polygamy (shall Utah and Nevada renege on their State admission agreements and reinstate the practice?), incest, bestiality (“heterospecial relations”), what have you. But the government clearly will not stop with this. Now it will persecute Americans who hold to the millennia-old Judeo-Christian faith. Let the war begin.

Obama gives warning

Our alien “President,” Barack Obama, gave people of faith an ultimatum in two steps. First he added rainbow colors to the White House Twitter avatar. Homosexual activists long ago adopted the rainbow, once a symbol of the Noachic Covenant, as their symbol. Second, he explicitly called on his fellow activists to “reach back and help others join [us].”

Today should also give us hope that on the many issues with which we grapple often painfully real change [can happen].

In other words: Christians (and observant Jews), your time has come to revise your Bible/Tanakh and ignore its clear commands against homosexual activity, and how it defines marriage. (The Daily Caller story has a link to a YouTube video of Obama making that speech. But the channel maintainer seems to have removed it. Still, Hillary Clinton’s own speech calling for “change” in religious beliefs, still shows.)

As an aside: the Southern Baptist Convention, three days before the ruling, resolved never to recognize “marriages” between same-sex roommates, or any law seeking to re-define marriage. Will they stick to that definition? This writer has direct, and sad, experience with nominally Southern Baptist pastoral officers, including two educated at Princeton Theological Seminary. They each abandoned key tenets of their faith. They let their church descend into subtle sexual sin. (Not the particular sexual sin we discuss today, but other, more subtle sins.) They then removed from church life all who tried to call such practices to account. This writer walked away from that church on the strength of that attitude and policy. CNAV takes anything the Southern Baptist Convention “resolves” with a grain of salt.

Where the government leads, others follow. Facebook offered a tool to help any user impose a rainbow background on his or her avatar. And one Paul Church, M.D., Professor of Urology (therefore “Andrology”) at Harvard Medical School’s Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (Boston, Mass.), now faces a discipline hearing at his hospital. How did he offend? By earning his patients not to indulge in certain practices. CNAV will not describe them. (To do so would render this site Not Safe For Work.) He told his patients, in effect: do you want to risk AIDS? Then keep on indulging. And for that the hospital’s autonomous medical-staff organization might throw him out.

And in Pennsylvania, the editorial board of a large consortium of newspapers now refuse to print any guest column or letter to the editor that opposes the concept of same-sex “marriage.”

Is marriage really so important?

Yes. Lay aside for now the health hazards of the gay lifestyle (especially for men, and going beyond AIDS). Children grow up and copy the attitudes of those who raise them. A boy growing up with “two daddies” or a girl growing up with “two mommies” will not see a healthy model of marriage, nor know, in his or her heart, that such a thing exists. Such a child will see a view of intimate relations, with a vicious twist.

And no, no human being is born homosexual. Some human being, or human beings, make them that way. Hidden-camera interviews reveal the most blatant such “making”: demands for sexual favors. Even without that, a person might turn his or her preference toward “people like him or her” (Greek homos alike) because he or she did not get enough of the right kind of love from one or the other parent, and subconsciously seeks a substitute. Professors of psychiatry once acknowledged that. (This writer knows, having read one of the old textbooks in medical school.)

Mr. Justice Clarence Thomas laid it on the line in his dissent. The government, he said, cannot bestow dignity on that which has none. The government acts arbitrarily by calling a rooming-in arrangement a “marriage.” Dave Daubenmire at Freedom Outpost agrees. Sin remains sin. When a church calls sin not-sin and dares promote or even accept “marriage” between same-sex roommates, it stops being a church in the eyes of God.

Do the American people really accept homosexual marriage?

Love and Marriage. Photo: Jim Hammer, CC BY-SA 2.0 Generic License

Two Tennessee legislators already have introduced a “Pastor Protection Act.” They seek to protect pastors who insist that marriage is marriage, and sin is sin, and never the twain shall meet. And Governor Greg Abbot of Texas pledged to defend religious liberty in his State, as regards marriage and how to define it.

Anthony Martin at seems to fear a bloody civil war over the issue. Specifically he spoke of pastors going to prison for not officiating at same-sex “marriages.”

If any civil war does break out, it will break out in the next generation or two (if we have them), between Christians and Muslims–and specifically soldiers, spies, and saboteurs for the Islamic State. This same-sex “marriage” ruling will help ISIS gain even more recruits. The Christians must stay true to their faith if only to provide an effective opposition. (This government will not.)

But that assumes we will have more generations. CNAV does not fear civil war. Instead, God might “save the day by making it the Last.” C. S. Lewis suggested this in the close of his Chronicles of Narnia arc, The Last Battle. (Which also took place between analogs of Christians and Muslims.)

Until then, CNAV will defend marriage, and define it as God defined it: between one man and one woman. CNAV will also show definitively that we have a God, that God created the universe, the earth, and life, and that He ordained their controlling natural laws. And therefore–ahem, ahem–we ought to do as He says.

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Terry A. Hurlbut has been a student of politics, philosophy, and science for more than 35 years. He is a graduate of Yale College and has served as a physician-level laboratory administrator in a 250-bed community hospital. He also is a serious student of the Bible, is conversant in its two primary original languages, and has followed the creation-science movement closely since 1993.

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