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Conservative 'Silence' on Marriage Amendment, One Year after 'Lawrence'

Date: Jun 26, 2004
Word Count: 750 words
Cross-Reference: Lawrence v. Texas, Conservatives, "Same-Sex Marriage"

Many supposed-to-be conservative leaders admit they are losing the debate for the liberal, idolatrous Federal Marriage Amendment.

Following   the   June   26,   2003,   Lawrence   v.   Texas   U.S.   Supreme   Court   Decision,   many   supposed-to-conservatives   had   become   rather   cocksure   about   promoting   the   proposed   Federal   Marriage   Amendment.     Yet,   as   the   first-year   anniversary   of   Lawrence   v.   Texas   now   arrives,   numerous   leaders   have   admitted   their   diminished   confidence,   surprised   that   they   are   losing   the   debate. 
But   pro-polygamy   activists   are   not   surprised.     They   frequently   tried   to   warn   such   fellow   conservatives   that   the   proposed   amendment   is   an   utter   betrayal   of   conservatism.     Any   supposed-to-be   conservative   pushing   it   is   idolatrously   advancing   "New   Liberalism"   because   it   violates   all   conservative   principles   of   the   Constitution,   limited   government,   and   the   Bible. 
Conservative   leadership   from   the   Christian   polygamy   (non-Mormon)   organization,,   was   immediately   explaining   that   the   true   conservative   response   to   legalizing   so-called   "same-sex   marriage"   is   to   remove   the   false   god   of   big   socialist   government   from   any   involvement   in   marriage.     Then,   no   one   would   be   forced   to   recognize   any   alleged   forms   of   marriage   --   real,   fictional,   or   otherwise.     Moreover,   not   only   would   the   amendment   unscripturally   deny   the   polygamous   marriages   of   many   Biblical   heroes,   but   not   one   person   in   the   Bible   was   ever   married   "by   government"   anyway.     Indubitably,   the   amendment   is   unbiblical   and   unconservative. 
"New   Liberal"   leaders,   however,   self-confidently   refused   to   listen. 
But   one   year   after   Lawrence   v.   Texas,   those   same   leaders   are   now   openly   dumbfounded.     Indeed,   numerous   supposed-to-be   conservative   leaders   have   openly   acknowledged   that   grass   roots   supporters   do   not   seem   to   be   joining   this   outright   betrayal   of   conservatism. 
Their   "admissions   of   losing"   initially   began   on   February   18,   2004.     Gary   Bauer   was   the   first.     He   issued   a   lamenting   press   release   from   his   organization,   Campaign   for   Working   Families.     The   title   despaired,   "Why   We   Always   Lose."        
But   a   few   days   later,   on   February   24th,   U.S.   President   Bush   publicly   supported   the   proposed   amendment.     Such   official   presidential   support   re-invigorated   Bauer   and   other   "New   Liberal"   leaders,   of   course.     Once   again,   they   had   hope   in   their   idolatrous   Federal   Marriage   Amendment. 
But   the   subsequent   milestone-date   of   May   17,   2004,   came   quickly.     Massachusetts,   as   Court-ordered,   officially   began   issuing   "same   sex   marriage"   licenses   to   homosexuals.     Minimal   negative   public   response   thereto   made   Bauer's   --   and   others'   --   re-invigoration   rather   short-lived. 
And   "admissions   of   losing"   re-started. 
On   Sunday,   May   16th   --   the   day   before   that   landmark-date   in   Massachusetts   --   the   New   York   Times   published   an   article   by   David   D.   Kirkpatrick.     The   article   reported   how   grass   roots   conservative   supporters   have   shown   a   "tepid   response"   to   the   calls-to-action   by   the   supposed-to-be   conservative   leaders.     And   those   leaders   are   rather   dumbfounded   about   that   lack   of   outrage   and   even   outright   silence. 
Louis   Sheldon,   chairman   of   the   Traditional   Values   Coalition,   was   quoted   as   saying,   "I   don't   see   any   traction.   The   calls   aren't   coming   in,   and   I   am   not   sure   why." 
Matt   Daniels,   who   founded   the   Alliance   for   Marriage,   which   helped   create   the   proposed   Federal   Marriage   Amendment,   was   also   quoted   in   that   New   York   Times   article   as   saying,   "Our   side   is   basically   asleep   right   now." 
Dr.   James   Dobson,   of   Focus   on   the   Family,   re-iterated   his   own   surprise   about   this   in   a   June   24   Baptist   Press   op-ed.     He   wrote,   "...the   biggest   shock   of   all   may   be   that   this   development   has   prompted   little   more   than   a   minor   outcry   from   most   Americans." 
Both   the   silence   of   the   conservative   masses   and   the   dumbfoundedness   of   the   "New   Liberal"   leaders   were   again   reported   in   another   major   newspaper.     On   June   20,   2004,   the   Washington   Post   published   an   article   by   Alan   Cooperman. 
It   reported,   "Evangelical   leaders   had   predicted   that   a   chorus   of   righteous   anger   would   rise   up   out   of   churches   from   coast   to   coast   and   overwhelm   Congress   with   letters,   e-mails   and   phone   calls   in   support   of   a   constitutional   amendment...     But   that   has   not   happened." 
The   article   then   quoted   Tony   Perkins,   president   of   the   Family   Research   Council,   "Standing   on   Capitol   Hill   listening,   you   don't   hear   anything." 
None   of   this   surprises   polygamy   activists,   though,   who   believe   such   leaders   are   "not   hearing   anything"   because   they   would   not   listen   to   true   conservative   pro-polygamists'   warnings.    
Conservatism   cannot   succeed   against   "gay   marriage"   liberalism   by   advancing   marriage   amendment   liberalism.     And   Bible-believing   Christians   cannot   preach   against   homosexual   behavioral   sin   by   committing   big   government   idolatrous   sin. 
For   genuine   Christians,   the   polygamy   issue   exposes   the   marriage   amendment's   greatest   hypocrisy.     It   liberally   denies   the   polygamous   marriages   of   numerous   Biblical   heroes.     Such   "New   Liberalism"   undermines   the   Bible   more   than   anti-religious   liberals   could   ever   hope   to   achieve. 
Hence,   opposing   liberalism   with   liberalism   guarantees   that   liberalism   "wins"   the   debate.     And   true   conservatives   absolutely   do   lose. 
On   this   first-year   anniversary   of   Lawrence   v.   Texas,   renowned   "New   Liberal"   columnist,   Cal   Thomas,   conceded   it   the   most   clearly,   on   May   19th.     Supposed-to-be   conservatives   "have   given   it   their   best   shot,   but   this   debate   is   over." 


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