WASHINGTON, June 30, 2015 – Will the U.S. Supreme Court same-sex marriage ruling eventually criminalize Christianity and endanger pastors and Christians all over America?
The Rev. Bill Owens, president of the Coalition of African-American Pastors (CAAP) refuses to let that happen. He is calling for opposition to the Supreme Court’s ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges by active civil disobedience. According to Newsmax, Owens says that Christians should “do something to get arrested to call attention to the injustice.”
The nation’s highest court ruled in favor of same-sex marriage in a 5-4 decision that appeared to create a constitutional protection for gay marriage that did not previously exist. Chief Justice John Roberts and the court’s three other conservative justices—Antonin Scalia, Samuel Alito and Clarence Thomas—each wrote their own separate, blistering, dissenting opinions.
Scalia argued that the majority’s decision was a “threat to American democracy.”
What disturbs Rev. Owens even more is that he believes, “the homosexual community has not shown all of what it’s going to do.” He points to the 2013 law in California that allowed girls and boys to use the same showers and bathrooms in public schools.
The president of CAAP suggests that the court’s decision will take America “down a very immoral path.”
A new Christian Civil Rights Movement is being called for by Owens and other Christian leaders in the faith community because of the ongoing threats to faith leaders and Christianity.
Of grave concern is that pastors have been the targets of gay-rights activists due to their sermons about the Bible’s stance against gay marriage. To prevent that in Texas, Gov. Greg Abbott signed the “Pastor Protection Act” on June 25, according to the Texas Tribune.
The law allows clergy members to refuse to conduct marriages that violate their beliefs; the bill gives ministers the freedom to exercise their First Amendment rights.
Joining Standing at Freedom’s Gate host Kevin Fobbs to discuss CAAP’s civil disobedience actions against the gay marriage ruling and a new Christian civil rights movement will be the Rev. Bill Owens.
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