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Christian Polygamists Rejoice at 2004 Election

Date: Nov 07, 2004
Word Count: 750 words
Cross-Reference: 2004 election, Conservative evangelicals, marriage amendments

Why should that surprise anyone? All such Christian evangelicals have cause to rejoice -- and a federal marriage amendment is still not likely to pass.

Following   the   re-election   of   President   George   W.   Bush   and   the   expanded   Republican   majorities   in   the   House   and   Senate,   many   Christian   Polygamy   activists   had   cause   to   rejoice   --   to   the   surprise   of   many. 
Supporters   of   Christian   Polygamy   --   having   no   connection   to   Mormonism   --   span   many   different   denominations   and   political   viewpoints.     Although   this   new   movement   originated   with   conservative   Christians   in   1994,   many   religious   liberals   --   required   by   their   own   "tolerance"   dogma   --   have   since   embraced   it,   as   well. 
Primarily,   though,   most   of   the   movement's   principal   activists   are   Bible-absolutist,   constitutionalist,   conservative,   evangelical   Christians. 
Accordingly,   such   Christian   Polygamists   typically   hold   the   same   moral   and   political   views   --   of   Bible   and   Constitution   --   as   that   held   by   most   other   evangelical   Christians.     On   issues   spanning   from   freedom   to   pray,   to   ending   pre-natal   infanticide,   to   reducing   taxation,   there   is   little   political   separation. 
The   only   difference   involves   the   unbiblical   ideas   of   "one   man,   one   woman"   and   "government   marriage." 
Notwithstanding   the   Republican   Party's   own   hypocritical   socialistic   tendencies,   the   2004   election's   clear   repudiation   of   overall   big   government   liberalism   is   a   cause   for   common   joy   among   all   evangelicals   --   including   conservative   Christian   Polygamists. 
Alongside   these   2004   election   results,   state   constitutional   marriage   amendments   also   passed   in   all   11   states   where   such   an   initiative   was   on   the   ballot. 
While   Christian   Polygamists   had   warned   fellow   conservatives   of   the   socialist   idolatry   of   voting   for   such   amendments,   the   election   results   do   provide   a   short-term   positive   benefit.     The   Christian   churches   are   no   longer   under   immediate   threat. 
Prior   to   the   election,   supposed-to-be   conservatives   had   sabotaged   the   churches.   They   had   used   big   government   justifications   to   promote   the   Marriage   Protection   Amendment,   quickly   metamorphosing   into   "New   Liberals."     After   failing   to   pass   that   federal-level   amendment,   however,   their   big   government   justifications   put   homosexuals   in   the   position   to   also   use   those   same   socialist   arguments   in   order   to   force   "same-sex   marriage"   on   the   churches.      
The   election   results   halted   that   pending   tyranny   in   the   short-term   --   a   great   reason   to   rejoice,   indeed. 
But   those   voters   had   turned   to   the   false   god   of   big   socialist   government   to   define   a   doctrine   which   God   alone   defined.     They   sought   to   governmentally   define   such   doctrine   in   a   way   which   God   never   defined   it   in   the   Bible   ("one   man,   one   woman").     And   they   did   so   in   order   to   "protect"   something   which   God   never   once   used   nor   required   ("government   marriage").     Sadly,   they   followed   their   "New   Liberal"   leaders   right   into   the   sin   of   idolatry. 
Seeming   contradictions   such   as   this   are   typically   viewed   by   most   Christians   as   how   "God   will   use   a   negative   to   work   a   positive." 
While   the   election   results   positively   protected   the   sabotaged   churches,   those   who   voted   for   the   amendments   --   despite   trying   to   oppose   the   sin   of   "gay   marriage"   --   were   still   in   great   sin   for   doing   so.     Regardless   of   sincerely   good   intentions   or   results,   Revelation   21:8   warns   Christians   that   all   idolators   are   also   going   to   hell. 
But   the   joyous   news   is   that   the   sabotaged   churches   are   no   longer   immediately   threatened   --   and   sinning   voters   can   repent. 
As   for   each   state   amendment,   itself,   each   one   may   already   be   unconstitutional,   according   to   the   U.S.   Supreme   Court. 
In   Romer   v.   Evans   (1996),   the   U.S.   Supreme   Court   overturned   a   Colorado   state   amendment   for   being   an   "impermissible   targeting"   of   a   class   of   individuals.     That   same   precedent   may   very   well   apply   in   equally   overturning   the   11   state   marriage   amendments. 
For   that   reason,   "New   Liberals"   will   try   again   for   a   federal   marriage   amendment. 
Even   so,   pro-polygamists   still   have   reason   to   be   optimistic. 
Amending   the   U.S.   Constitution   requires   a   two-thirds   super-majority   in   both   the   Senate   and   the   House   of   Representatives.     From   there,   38   of   the   50   state   legislatures   must   ratify   it. 
When   the   original   Federal   Marriage   Amendment   failed   in   the   Senate   on   July   14,   2004,   they   could   not   even   reach   a   simple   majority   of   51   votes   --   never   mind   trying   to   get   a   two-thirds   super-majority   of   67   votes. 
When   that   re-named   Marriage   Protection   Amendment   subsequently   failed   in   the   House   on   September   30,   2004,   the   227-186   vote   was   short   by   more   than   50   votes   for   the   required   two-thirds   super-majority. 
Clearly,   the   small   net-increases   to   Republican   majorities   in   the   House   and   Senate   in   the   2004   election   were   still   insufficient   to   pass   any   federal   marriage   amendment. 
But   even   if   it   could   get   through   the   Congress,   a   mere   13   state   legislatures   could   still   prevent   its   ratification.     While   President   Bush   won   the   election   in   30   states,   he   did   not   win   in   20   of   them.      
So,   a   ratified   passage   of   a   re-attempted   federal   marriage   amendment   remains   unlikely. 
But   "New   Liberals"   will   still   try.     And   Christian   Polygamists   will   try   to   help   them   return   to   true   conservatism. 
So,   it   should   be   no   surprise.     Christian   Polygamy   activists   have   cause   to   rejoice. 


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