January 29, 2016 Radio Commentary

Franklin Graham, Religion & Marriage Law

Radio Commentary, 90.7, 91.7 New Life FM, January 29, 2016 – By Sue Ella Deadwyler

Have you heard the good news? Billy Graham’s son Franklin began his Decision America Tour in Des Moines, Iowa on January 5th. His sixth stop is planned for Atlanta, where the program of Christian music, prayer for the nation and an evangelistic message is free-of-charge and open to the public, at Liberty Plaza, directly behind the State Capitol, at noon Wednesday, February 10th. So, come, bring your friends, and wear your most comfortable walking shoes (regardless of how they look.)

Meanwhile, please work on Representative Kevin Tanner’s two new religious liberty bills introduced January 14th. H.B. 756 is okay. It affirms the right of businesses to provide services and products without compromising their religious beliefs. Call Judiciary Chairman Willard at 404 656-5125 and ask him to pass H.B. 756 out of committee.

But Section 1 of H.B. 757 is not okay. In the introductory paragraph of Section 1, H.B. 757 repeals Georgia marriage law in Code Section 19-3-3.1 that (a) defines marriage as between a man and a woman, (b) prohibits same-sex marriage in Georgia, and (c) prohibits the recognition of same-sex unions performed elsewhere. Then, it replaces Georgia’s current marriage law with the following:

“No minister of the gospel or cleric or religious practitioner ordained or authorized to solemnize marriages according to the usages of the denomination, when acting in his or her official religious capacity, shall be required to solemnize any marriage in violation of his or her right to free exercise of religion under the Constitution of this state or of the United States.” Continue reading

May 2015 Newsletter

Indiana RFRA Pits the Sexual Revolution against Christianity

In an April 21, 2015 speech in the Hillsdale¹ College Center for Constitutional Studies and Citizenship in Washington, D.C., David French outlined and expanded upon four critical truths that were obvious in the attack on the Indiana Religious Freedom Restoration Act. They are:

1. The battle is not between gay rights and religious liberty – although religious liberty is certainly at stake – but between the sexual revolution and Christianity itself.
2. Not a single orthodox denomination is making or even contemplating such changes, meaning tens of millions of Americans will remain – indefinitely – opposed to the continued expansion of the sexual revolution.
3. Cultural conservatism is showing increasing strength at the grassroots.
4. Conservative grassroots and conservative public intellectuals are united. There is no wavering among America’s most influential conservative writers and thinkers.

Conservative Muscle: Observations by Mr. French

  • Cultural conservatives answered the Left’s attempted Chick-fil-A boycott with a “buycott” that swamped stores nationwide, even causing some to run out of food for customers eager to show support for a beloved restaurant, owned by people who share their moral principles.
  • Leftist pressure against Hobby Lobby failed. Customers were either supportive of the owners or indifferent to politics, and boycotts had no effect on Hobby Lobby’s bottom line or its willingness to fight. Not only did Hobby Lobby win its Supreme Court case, its owners are set to open a massive new Museum of the Bible near the National Mall.
  • Efforts to drive Phil Robertson – of Duck Dynasty fame – off the air after controversial comments on sexual morality failed, giving cultural conservatives a victory in a medium (cable television) seen as almost uniformly hostile to orthodox Christianity. While Robertson has remained a polarizing figure (and often says things that make many of his supporters uncomfortable), there has been no serious repeat efforts to remove him from the air.
  • In Houston, leftist government officials were forced to backtrack within days after issuing subpoenas requiring area pastors to turn over the contents of their sermons and other communications. The public outcry was so swift and so great that the city capitulated even before a judge could rule on motions to quash.
  • Even in Indiana, as Republican politicians quickly caved to corporate and media pressure, the grassroots response in support of Memories Pizza soon swamped the Left. A GoFundMe (sic) account set up to support the owners raised more than $800,000 in small donations in a matter of days (including over $200,000 in one day), putting the pizza restaurant in a far superior financial position than it had enjoyed before the controversy. The message was clear: Cultural conservatives are not, in fact, culturally isolated but rather have the support of millions of Americans who oppose leftist bullying.

¹ “The Battle of Indiana and the Promise of Battles to Come,” by David French, Imprimis April 2015, Hillsdale College Reprinted by permission from Imprimis, a publication of Hillsdale College.

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May 15, 2015 Radio Commentary

Marriage in Georgia & Elsewhere

Radio Commentary, 90.7, 91.7 New Life FM, May 15, 2015 – By Sue Ella Deadwyler

Because natural marriage was under attack nineteen years ago, Georgia Congressman Bob Barr (R) authored the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and introduced it in the U.S. House of Representatives; Oklahoma Senator Don Nickles (R) introduced it in the Senate; Congress passed it with veto-proof margins and Democrat President Bill Clinton signed it. Therefore, since September 21, 1996 federal law has defined marriage as the legal union of one man and one woman and spouse as a “person of the opposite sex who is a husband or a wife.” But on June 26, 2013, the Supreme Court struck down Section 3 of DOMA.

Before 1996, Georgia law simply defined marriage as “an actual contract,” without explaining who could enter the contract. So, the Georgia General Assembly passed a bill in 1996 to clarify who could marry whom. As Governor Zell Miller signed it into law, he said, “H.B. 1580 defines marriage in Georgia as the union between a man and a woman. Further, the bill forbids the issuance of a marriage license to persons of the same sex or for the state of Georgia to recognize marriage licenses from other states which do not meet Georgia’s definition of marriage.”

Eight years later in 2004, the Georgia General Assembly passed S.R. 595 to amend the State Constitution with the language of the law and 72.6 percent of voters passed it on the 2004 General Election ballot. But, here we are eleven years later, facing nation-wide campaigns to redefine marriage, although the majority of voters always support natural marriage. Continue reading

August 1, 2014 Radio Commentary

Marriage

Radio Commentary, 90.7, 91.7 New Life FM, August 1, 2014 – By Sue Ella Deadwyler

Until now, the United States has never had a president who would give foreign aid only to nations agreeing to promote homosexuality.  Never in history has a U.S. secretary of state announced to her staff, “It’s okay to be gay,” but a recent secretary of state used her “stately” role to say just that.  Never has there been a U.S. tax-payer-funded refugee center, specifically, for foreigners claiming variant sexual orientations, but there’s one in Chicago now.

Never have so many decisions of voters been reversed by unauthorized officials posing as law-makers!  Now, almost routinely, judges abandon their duty to determine the constitutionality of laws.  Instead, they assume a legislative role to drastically transform U.S. culture.  Their current over-ride of voters in the redefinition of marriage portends a deathblow to cultural stability. Continue reading