SCOTUS Now Leads the Pack in Struggle for Tyrannical Power

PHILADELPHIA – Last Wednesday, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the Federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), and also caused Proposition 8 to be invalidated, thereby ruling against the majority of California voters.

While Wednesday’s rulings did not impose the sweeping redefinition of marriage that gay activists were seeking, it did fling the doors wide open to a whole new wave of lawsuits seeking to do just that. Caught in the crosshairs of the national debate over marriage laws are the religious freedoms of all Americans, but particularly those who hold to a Biblical worldview.

Many Christians and conservatives believe that the decision, while not unexpected, is nonetheless highly troublesome for America, feeling that the form of government which was established to undergird and guard Americans’ rights and freedoms will not survive much longer if acts like last week’s continue unchecked. They summarize the Court’s decision as nothing less than judicial tyranny.

According to Sam Rohrer, President of the Pennsylvania Pastor’s Network, the Court committed three major acts of defiance. He states, “First, five Supreme Court Justices defiled their Constitutional oath by declaring supremacy over the Executive and Legislative Branch by ruling null and void a legitimate and lawful act of Congress (DOMA) signed by President Clinton. By so doing, they have challenged the authority of Congress and violated the Separation of Powers. If Congress does not swiftly respond, they will condone this act of tyranny and become complicit in it. Secondly, they defied the Constitutional concept of state sovereignty, the citizens of California and all American citizens by declaring unconstitutional a legitimate act of the people through constitutional referendum. By recognizing the illegitimate actions of the California court, they sidestepped creating an immediate constitutional crisis by attacking the 10th Amendment directly, but accomplished the same thing. Finally, they denounced God Himself by declaring that God’s definition of marriage is not absolute. As such, the Court, just like shifting tectonic plates underneath the ocean, have set in motion a series of tsunamis that could destroy our Constitutional republic.”

Although some claim that the Court simply returned the issue of defining marriage to the states, this is up for critical debate. What many say is that the Supreme Court actually ruled that the people of any individual state have no power to create and enact their own laws. This ruling can be described as nothing less than judicial tyranny, and should enrage all Americans who cherish their right to vote, regardless of religion, race, or creed.

Also, in striking down DOMA, which many say did nothing to hamper or govern the individual states in their laws concerning marriage, but simply defined, for federal purposes, what marriage means when written into federal statues, the Court essentially ruled that Congress does not possess the ability to define for itself the terms within the laws it creates, yet every governing body at every level of society does exactly that. This ruling creates a precedent that grants the Court unlimited power to randomly create and define whichever words it wants in whatever way it wants, regardless of the intent of Congress or any other governing body when it seeks to define its own terms. When combined with the refusal of the Federal Executive Branch to defend DOMA and the California Executive branch to defend Prop 8, the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision should awaken all Americans to the threat that exists to their most cherished freedoms and the strength of any current law they look to protect.

The Pennsylvania Pastors’ Network is a group of biblically faithful clergy and church liaisons whose objective is to build a permanent infrastructure of like-minded clergy who affirm the authority of Scripture, take seriously Jesus’ command to be the “salt and light” to the culture, encourage informed Christian thinking about contemporary social issues; examine public policy issues without politicizing their pulpits and engage their congregations in taking part in our political process on a non-partisan basis.

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To schedule interviews with Sam Rohrer, President of the Pa. Pastors’ Network, contact Deborah Hamilton at, 215-815-7716 or 610-584-1096.

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