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By Dr. John Killian, pastor of Maytown Baptist Church and the former president of the Alabama Baptist State Convention
Remember the classic WWII movie about the persistent British colonel who demanded that the Japanese POW Camp Commandant adhere to the rules of the Geneva Convention prohibiting the torture of officers? The Japanese Commandant ended up giving in to the colonel’s consistent stand.
It’s a story about principle, about standing for the rule of law, and about enemies respecting that resolve. But there’s a painful twist. After winning over the Japanese Commandant, British POWs (the colonel’s men), work to construct a bridge over the River Kwai, which will be used to bring war materials to the Japanese Army. Perhaps unknowingly, perhaps after a series of excuses, the colonel loses sight of the bigger picture: the Japanese Army is the sworn enemy of Great Britain and the Colonel is duty-bound to defend his country.
Even as he champions the rule of law before the Japanese Commandant, the British colonel is violating the very principle he claims to promote as he builds the bridge to his nation’s demise. At the end of the movie, after fighting his American allies’ attempt to destroy the bridge, he comes to his senses, cries “what have I done?” and detonates the bridge.
So, keep building the bridge Christian lawyers and judges. Keep working in the name of “justice” to ensure the rule of the sort of law that places helpless children who need a father and a mother in the homes of two homosexuals and force custody decisions in favor of homosexuals. Work to advance the immoral sexual education of our school children! Approve that false definition of “equality” that ousts those “bigots” who believe that homosexuality is sinful and harmful for an individual’s body and soul, from their businesses, their ministries, and their public offices! Substitute the Constitution’s supremacy for the supremacy of federal judges! And, see to it that the moral law of God never again invades the territory of our great American legal system!
Build the bridge to the destruction of all you claim to hold dear and on the brink of eternity – with American society in shreds, souls that don’t know Christ dying in sin, and a church devoid of relevance in the public square – perhaps you’ll still have time to cry, “what have I done?”
Or, just let go of your Bible chains! You have nothing to lose but your soul.
According to an order issued today by Supreme Court Justice Roy Moore, the existing order of the Alabama Supreme Court “…that Alabama probate judges have a ministerial duty not to issue any marriage license contrary to the Alabama Sanctity of Marriage Amendment or the Alabama Marriage Protection Act remain in full force and effect.”
Read the order here. CJ Moore – 160106 Admin order (2)
Phillip Jauregui of the Judicial Action Group issued the following statement,
“This Order is both courageous and very well-reasoned. We need more federal and state officers like Chief Justice Moore who understand that the job of the Federal Judiciary is not to legislate from the bench, but rather to simply decide disputes between parties consistent with the text of the Constitution. Judicial opinions, like Obergefell v. Hodges, that purport to set policy for all of America are simply not supported by the Constitutional grant of powers given to the Judiciary.
Thank God for Chief Justice Moore! Please keep him, his family, and his staff in your prayers!”
Phillip L. Jauregui
Judicial Action Group
Say NO to Same-Sex Marriage | American College of Pediatricians
THE AMERICAN COLLEGE OF PEDIATRICIANS URGES ALABAMA SUPREME COURT TO SAY NO TO SAME-SEX MARRIAGE FOR THE PROTECTION OF ALABAMA’S CHILDREN AND FAMILIES
MONTGOMERY, AL. (November 9, 2015) – In a brief filed Friday, the American College of Pediatricians (the College) urged the Alabama Supreme Court to consider the well-being of children in the case before them that would decide the legal impact of Obergefell v. Hodges in Alabama. Obergefell is the 5-4 decision by the Supreme Court of the United States discovering a federal constitutional right to same-sex marriage. Read the entire press release here.
More than sixty prominent legal scholars have issued the following statement on disobedience to Obergefell v. Hodges:
“We are scholars and informed citizens deeply concerned by the edict of the Supreme Court of the United States in Obergefell v. Hodges wherein the Court decreed, by the narrowest of margins, that every state in the country must redefine marriage to include same-sex relationships.
The Court’s majority opinion eschewed reliance on the text, logic, structure, or original understanding of the Constitution, as well as the Court’s own interpretative doctrines and precedents, and supplied no compelling reasoning to show why it is unjustified for the laws of the states to sustain marriage as it has been understood for millennia as the union of husband and wife.”
Read the entire article from American Principles Project here.
In case you missed it, Eagle Forum President Eunie Smith and Dr. John H. Killian, Sr. recently co-authored an oped on the case which was published on AL.com. You can see the oped here. It was also highlighted by World Net Daily. You may read that article here.
Eagle Forum of Alabama President Eunie Smith and Dr. John H. Killian, Sr. have written an oped that was recently published on al.com. Today, see the latest from WND.com.
on October 01, 2015 at 9:00 AM, updated October 01, 2015 at 9:54 AM
By Eunie Smith, President, Eagle Forum of Alabama and Dr. John H. Killian, Sr., former President of the Alabama Baptist State Convention
It has been three months since the Supreme Court of the United States rocked the nation with their landmark opinion in Obergefell v. Hodges, which purported to redefine marriage to include two adults of the same-sex and force that redefinition on “320 million Americans” as Justice Antonin Scalia disparaged in his dissent.
Five “unelected judges” – as Chief Justice Roberts called them in his criticism of Obergefell – dealt an arrogant blow to God, the family, nature, the rule of law, the Constitution of the United States and the democratic process. Simply because their opinion has been accepted as the “law of the land” by the media and the left, doesn’t mean that the rest of us have to close our eyes to the truth or pretend that the Constitution allows the judicial branch to legislate a new right to same-sex marriage.
Confusion has reigned in the wake of Obergefell. A Christian clerk was jailed for refusing to issue same-sex marriage licenses. A physician was found guilty of warning patients about the dangers of homosexuality. Leading LGBT activist groups rallied for the legalization of prostitution. The Browns, of “Sister Wives,” cited Obergefell in their fight to legalize polygamy. Protests are erupting over transgender boys being allowed in the girls’ bathroom. The Southern Poverty Law Center is pumping funds into their “Teaching Tolerance” curriculum – aimed at brainwashing children to accept perversion in our public schools. Alabama probate judges who uphold what Alabama’s law demands when it comes to marriage, receive frequent hate mail and threats designed to intimidate them into violating their religious beliefs about marriage.
This is only the beginning. Obergefell will be a catalyst for the further deterioration of the family, religious liberty, and the values and principles that have made America great. Massive litigation fees will be incurred as Christians in Alabama stand firm on their convictions in businesses, churches, and in the public square. Judicial activism following Obergefell will only intensify as the sentiments of men and women – no matter how “supreme” – are allowed to trump the rule of law found in the plain text of the Constitution and the “law of Nature and of Nature’s God.”
In March, the Alabama Supreme Court exhibited a remarkable understanding of these issues when they issued a permanent injunction that halted same-sex marriage in this state. Liberty Counsel – with a brief filed on behalf of Alabama Policy Institute and Alabama Citizens Action Program – has asked the Alabama Supreme Court to affirm its injunction and disregard the Obergefell opinion which four members of the United States Supreme Court said was completely unconstitutional.
That request has been pending in the Alabama Supreme Court for nearly three months.
Washington County Probate Judge Nick Williams and Probate Judge John Enslen of Elmore County, have asked for an “Emergency” Petition and a “Protective Order” to protect their sincerely held beliefs in light of the prosecution of Kentucky Clerk Kim Davis.
So far those petitions also remain unanswered.
Alabamians elected justices to the Alabama Supreme Court with confidence that they would judge rightly in the fear of God, in step with the Constitution of the United States and the Alabama Constitution, and representative of the traditional values that Alabamians cherish. We anxiously await their decision.
Duty to God, the preservation of our constitutional republic, and the future of families and children require no less than a prompt and resolute decision in this case. The Alabama Supreme Court should act immediately to protect the sincerely held religious beliefs of our citizens and the sanctity of the institution of marriage – as adopted by 81% of Alabama voters. They should not leave the citizens of Alabama to wonder, “Where is the Supreme Court of Alabama?”
At their website, the College has posted a wealth of information and scientific evidence that same-sex “marriage” is destructive to children and that children do best in natural families. In April, the College posted the following press release to their website, urging the Supreme Court to protect America’s children.
“The American College of Pediatricians urges the Supreme Court of the United States to consider the well-being of children in the case before them this week to legalize same-sex marriage. While the debate over the legitimacy of same-sex marriage can be viewed from many perspectives, there should be little debate about the effects it has upon children: Same-sex marriage deliberately deprives the child of a mother or a father, and is therefore detrimental. The College advocates for children in this debate from an objective position grounded in scientific evidence.
President, Michelle Cretella, states ‘The court must understand the gravity of their decision in its impact upon children around the world. Every child needs a mother and a father. Same-sex marriage directly disenfranchises children of this right.’
There is unequivocal evidence of the fundamental value of the married, father-mother family unit to the optimal development of the child. For more information, including a link to the Amicus Brief filed with the Supreme Court, visit the Same-Sex Marriage page on the College website.”
The following letter from Dr. James Dobson was distributed to Eagle Forum leaders nationwide.
May I urge you to read this letter carefully? It has been written with a fervent prayer that you will recognize the urgency it conveys. It deals with a decision that is about to be announced by the U.S. Supreme Court, dealing with the definition of marriage. In late June or early July, the Justices will reveal their decision to either affirm the definition of marriage as being exclusively between one man and one woman, or it will redefine this institution to include same-sex unions….
Read entire letter here .