Legality v. Morality

World renowned neurosurgeon Ben Carson is a committed Christian.  This past March 26, Fox News’ Sean Hannity asked Carson in a televised interview his opinion on marriage.  Carson replied “Marriage is between a man and a woman…no group, be they gays, be they NAMBLA, be they people who believe in bestiality,…get to change the definition…”  He has been roundly excoriated by some in the student body of his alma mater John Hopkins University.

These students are calling for his withdrawal as the commencement speaker at their graduation ceremony because his “values are incongruous with the values of John Hopkins and deeply offensive to a large portion of our student body.”  Paul Rothman who is the Dean of Medical Faculty at John Hopkins agreed with the students saying Carson had used “hurtful, offensive language…when conveying a personal opinion.”

Carson is being accused of equating homosexuality with bestiality, but he didn’t.  He simply said none of the following groups can change the definition of marriage, and used those two groups, among others, as examples.  But those who are adamantly promoting the gay agenda will not allow facts to cloud the issue as they call anyone who speaks against the immorality they press a bigot.  Those who cried for tolerance have not proved to be intolerant themselves when it comes to those who disagree with them.

I will say what Carson did not.  Any sexual act outside of the marital covenant between a man and a woman is a perversion of the biblical purpose for sex and is an abomination.  That includes homosexuality and bestiality.  In fact, the verse in the Scriptures that condemns homosexuality as an abomination (Leviticus 18:22) is followed by the verse condemning bestiality (Leviticus 18:23).  Clearly the two acts are sinful in the eyes of a Holy God.

In 2003 the United States Supreme Court struck down the sodomy statutes in the State of Texas in Lawrence v. Texas.  The majority opinion was written by Anthony Kennedy who is considered the swing vote in the two cases addressing homosexual issues currently before the Court.  In a recent article Dr. R. Albert Mohler, Jr., president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary commented that Justice Kennedy’s opinion in Lawrence argued that moral opposition to homosexuality was not a rational basis for the establishment of a law.

That is sheer nonsense.  A moral sense of what is right and what is wrong undergirds every law on the books in America.  If we remove the moral underpinnings of our legal system we will be inviting anarchy.

Polygamy was outlawed by a unanimous decision of the United States Supreme Court in 1878 in Reynolds v. United States and forced a showdown with the State of Utah over the issue, because it was commonly held to be immoral.  But if homosexuality cannot be outlawed for immoral reasons, then there is no legal rationale to prohibit a resurgence of polygamy, or stop the rise of bestiality, or to prevent pedophilia, or necrophilia, and the list goes on.

I fear the faulty legal reasoning of the Supreme Court led by Kennedy’s opinion in Lawrence has placed this nation’s legal system on a slippery slope into a moral morass we may not soon extricate ourselves from.

Since Senator Rod Portman came out in favor of gay rights after his son Will admitted to him he was gay, social conservatives have been dropping like dominos.  But morality does not change merely because a family member practices immorality.  If Will Portman had lied about something, it would not suddenly become alright to tell a lie just because he is Rod Portman’s son.

I do not hate those who practice immorality.  It is out of a genuine love for them and their welfare that I warn them about their sin.  Sodom and Gomorrah was a road sign saying you are going the wrong way; they were a warning.  Because homosexuality is a sin there is hope for the penitent in Christ.

We are constantly told if we fail to support gay rights and marriage equality, we may find ourselves on the wrong side of history.  But Isaiah has warned us “Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil.”  I will take my chances with history, before I would be willing to find myself on the wrong side of God, because the real Supreme Court doesn’t convene down here.


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